Working out becomes something of an aesthetic as well as an athletic pursuit in the hands of Hock. The German maker of luxury fitness equipment was founded in 2009, but is now gaining in recognition thanks to interesting international collaborations (such as with Berluti).
Minimalist, sculptural style defines the products – sold in the e-shop – from limited-edition Gold Loft dumbbells (€99,000, first picture) in 18ct gold with precision-turned Grenadilla wood, to latex Ropa expanders ($300, second picture) with vegetable-tanned Italian leather straps and walnut handles.
Core to the product range are dumbbells – sold in pairs (1-6kg, from $500 to $1,000) or as entire sets (five pairs weighing 2-6kg each, $6,375, third picture) complete with stands in oiled walnut and brushed stainless steel. Heftier Diskus dumbbell pairs in aluminium/steel with walnut veneer weighing from 8kg ($1,400) to 20kg ($2,050) have raised ergonomic handles (full sets, $14,700).
Robusto hand weights in beautiful oval shapes fit neatly into the palm for use while stretching or running, and are available in simple wooden finishes ($300) and hand-sewn leather ($350) in caramel, sand, anthracite, orange – and even alligator (€999). Lightweight skipping ropes (from $200) in anodised aircraft aluminium have a high-speed ball-bearing system for easy rotation, and 9ft of adjustable leather rope for a customisable-length jump.
Even Pector pushup bars ($450) – small, sturdy trestles for strengthening the upper body – bring a design-led edge to what might otherwise be a banal fitness regimen.