You might have seen an image of these floating around the web and asked yourself if they were real. While not real breasts, they are a real product. The 306 Communication Agency in the Ukraine has designed and begun marketing cast iron dumbbells in the shape of a pair of breasts.
The kettlebells, which are said to soon be available in sporting goods retail stores (albeit I have no idea which countries), are available in three different weights:16kg, 24kg and 32kg and three different finishes.
The Kiev-based advertising, branding and design agency says “they were designed to increase male interest in sports.“
Initially designed to have the female names Lolita, Monica and Pamela, it appears they are now merely calling them S (small), M (medium) and L (large).
above: a piece of direct mail touting the new product shows them in three different finishes (a matte black, high gloss silver and high gloss gold).
above: A manufactured prototype of the kettlebell (size m) for the castings made of natural iron.
Note: Ads of The World and Coloribus referred to the product as Bob-boobs, when showcasing the direct mail piece. But I did not found them named as that on the company website.
You can finally throw away those gross velcro ankle and wrist weights, those toe breaking heavy steel dumbbells that sit on your floor, or god forbid, the ones whose spongey coating is peeling off, in favor of any of these. These hand weights or dumbbells look so great, that even when not in use, they can be left out as sculpture or a conversation piece.
Philippe Starck’s ergonomically designed Dumbbells come in silver aluminum with metal inserts or in an anodised gold finish . The gold set weighs 2 kilos, the silver set weighs 3. Both are fabulous and come in a nice XO starck designed case. Buy them here.
Another great looking set of dumbbells are the stainless steel magnetic dumbells designed by Henriette Melchiorsen. Each way a kilo and are as stunning as a sculpture.
Spotted on Yanko Design are these Orrefors crystal dumbbells designed by Alex Undall. Unfortunately, as far as I know, these are a concept and not available for purchase:
The Wellness Rack is an innovative, yet stylish, weight rack for strength training. Contains eight 2kg discs, eight half kg discs and two high-tech handles with a unique locking mechanism, all contained within a clear acrylic container. Maximum load per handle is 12kg.
Don’t want to work out with weights? Dumbbells and free weights aren’t the only workout gear to get a modern makeover. Jumping ropes or skipping ropes are fast becoming fashionable as well.
Two beautiful examples are the Seletti leather skipping rope with gold handles and the Philippi Vita skipping rope with nickel plated handles: buy The Seletti skipping rope here. buy The Philippa skipping rope here.