May 17, 2020

The most expensive home gym equipment

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Written by Gabriella Blake Exercise regimes can easily become tedious, but these four pieces of luxury home gym equipment are anything but boring. Each...

Written by Gabriella Blake

Exercise regimes can easily become tedious, but these four pieces of luxury home gym equipment are anything but boring. Each has something that will raise an eyebrow or two, whether that is for the wild claims they make, the extortionate price tag or even a combination of the two.

QuickGym ROM Machine

While the QuickGym ROM (Range Of Motion) Machine may not transport you backwards in time, if it does what it says on the tin it surely must speed time up. According to QuickGym, you only need to perform a 4-minuite workout on this machine in order to complete full cardio, resistance and flexibility training. Apparently the 85 lb flywheel with a centrifugal brake matches the workout to the user’s ability and any regime carried out using this machine will use 12 times more muscle cells than walking or running does.

So much achieved so quickly sounds like an impossible feat and the machine has attracted skepticism. As a result, the manufacturer goes to great lengths to convince you otherwise. Testimonials and a Q&A are both on its website, which also invites interested visitors to invest in a 30-day trial of the product. A test-run will set you back $2,500, although this cost will go towards the full $15,000 price tag of a ROM if you decide to purchase one. If you need convincing further before you take this expensive plunge, QuickGym will send you a demo video for free.

The machine was designed by visionary artist John Pitre and it is allegedly favoured by Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Jimmy Kemmel.

VibroGym Diamond

The range of Vibrogym products is hugely popular with Hollywood superstars, utilising whole body and vertical vibration and as a fitness method. Almost 100 percent of the body’s muscles are stimulated and exercised during vibration training, as opposed to just 40-60 percent of muscles during a conventional exercise routine. The frequency of vibrations can be altered to achieve a range of workouts and users can benefit from effective full body training in just 10 minutes.

One of the most luxurious models is the VibroGym Diamond. The manufacturer proclaims this product is “for those who not only love luxury, but also live it.” With 65,000 genuine Crystallized™ Swarovski Elements adorning the 100% stainless steel vibration plate, this is indulgence to the extreme. Six hundred hyacinth-coloured stones are used for the VibroGym logo alone.

While aesthetically pleasing for some, the crystals don’t promise to add any extra sparkle to the effectiveness of this knee-trembling workout. They will cost you $69,190, though.

Hypoxi Trainers

The manufacturers of these innovative ‘wind tunnel’ exercise machines describe the four Hypoxi products as a “targeted method of body shaping”. Apparently a six week course of three sessions a week on one of the machines is equivalent to six months of strenuous gym workouts. The pressurized environment in the L520 and S120 models means users can experience a quicker reduction in weight and cellulite as it stimulates blood circulation, one of the key aspects of losing body fat.

Developed at the end of the 1990s by Dr Norbert Egger, the Hypoxi trainers are now available in 40 countries across the world. The gadgets are specifically targeted to problem areas seen in both men and women; fat on the stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks and cellulite. The price of Hypoxi treatments are recommended at $69 a session, or $690 for a course 12.

The Hypoxi products are popular with celebrities and the S120 model made the headlines following rumours singer Cheryl Cole had invested £32,000 in her own machine amid concerns that then fellow UK X Factor judge Dannii Minogue would upstage her in the slender stakes.

Expresso Fitness S3 Novo

The Expresso Fitness S3 Novo is supposedly one of the most expensive exercise bike ranges available and the upright S3U model will set fitness fanatics back $5,800. Other S3 Novo models include the S3R, a recumbent-style bike and the S3Y, an upright bike designed specifically for children aged nine to 14.

The 19-inch monitor on these machines come with Expresso Live!, an interactive fitness management system which aims to add fun to a workout. Users can ride in over 30 ‘virtual tours’, competing against simulated riders or even real-life opponents online, enjoying the experience of realistic shifting and steering along the way.

S3 Novo users can also save their data and compete against themselves in ‘ghost’ rides, offering the rewarding experience of seeing exactly how much they have surpassed themselves. They are also able to review their progress and performance results on their iPhone, constantly reinforcing their enthusiasm for exercise.

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Aug 2, 2021

The 5 most successful COVID-19 vaccine rollouts

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The 5 most successful COVID-19 vaccine rollouts
We take a look at the five countries with the most successful COVID-19 vaccine rollouts so far

Bhutan recently announced it had fully vaccinated 90% of its population within just seven days of launching its vaccine drive. What made this so successful, and which countries round the world have delivered the most efficient vaccination programmes? Healthcare Global takes a look at the top 5. 


Bhutan has very quickly become the nation with the most successful vaccine rollout. The tiny Himalayan country has a population of 800,000, and has reported 2,518 infections and two coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. 

In April, India donated 550,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but had to pause its supply as infections increased, leading to a rise in demand. In July Bhutan restarted vaccine distribution after 500,000 doses of Moderna were donated by the US under the COVAX programme, and a further 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca arrived from Denmark, Croatia and Bulgaria.

As well as highlighting the importance of wealthier nations donating vaccines to countries that need them, Bhutan's government counts several doctors among its members, including the Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.  This has helped tackle vaccine hesitancy - with regular government announcements and answering citizen's questions on platforms like Facebook. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The UAE has fully vaccinated 71% of its population. The first vaccine to become available here was Sinopharm, manufactured in China, a major buyer of UAE oil. The two nations struck a partnership to produce the vaccine locally in the UAE.  After this Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine also became available free of charge. 

To date the UAE has had 682,000 reported cases of COVID-19, and 1,951 deaths. It was the first country in the region to report cases of coronavirus, and the government implemented swift public measures including a strict lockdown and drive-through PCR testing to keep infection rates under control - the number of PCR tests conducted reached more than double the population in January 2021.


In 2020 Uruguay was hailed as a success in terms of its COVID-19 response.  Despite sharing a border with Brazil, which has seen one of the world's worst rates of infection, COVID-19 cases were low thanks to a very efficient testing programme, reporting only 1,400 cases by June 2020. 

These statistics changed dramatically this year when the government decided to drop COVID-19 restrictions and rely on vaccinations; as a result Uruguay now has the world’s fifth-highest death rate, and the highest in Latin America. 

However it does have the second-fastest vaccination rollout in the continent, with 64% of the population fully vaccinated. In June it also began giving vaccines to people aged 12 to 17.

Experts are hopeful this speedy vaccination programme will stem the rise in infections. Speaking to, Zaida Arteta, secretary of the Medical Union of Uruguay, said: “It’s not over yet, we still have dozens of serious cases and expect more deaths. But the vaccine roll-out is one of Uruguay’s strengths. They are efficacious, and we are vaccinating very well and quickly. I hope the trend continues.”


Chile has been hit hard by the pandemic, with 1.62 million cases  and over 35,000 related deaths since it began. In response the government imposed a strict lockdown between March and November 2020 which drove infections down. In February 2021 it began administering vaccines, and within eight weeks more than a third of the population had received a first dose. 

Currently 64% of the population have received two doses, however Chile is battling surges after restrictions were relaxed and Chileans were given special holiday permits to travel freely around the country during the summer months. 

In June the capital city of Santiago went into another lockdown, but there are positive signs -  the daily average rate of infections has dropped from 7,200 to 1,100 in the space of a month. 


Before Bhutan's announcement, Israel had the fastest vaccine rollout in the world. The country's efforts to tackle COVID-19 have been labelled among the most efficient, thanks to a combination of population data and a campaign to encourage vaccine take-up driven by a mixture of text messaging and emails as well as outreach by ultraorthodox rabbis and leaders in Arab communities. 

To date 62% of the population have received two doses of the vaccine, however like many other regions around the world new variants are surging. In June the requirement to wear a facemask indoors was re-introduced after a rise in cases. 

A third booster vaccine is now being introduced for people over the age of 60 and those with weakened immune systems. The Pfizer booster vaccine will be given to people who received their second dose at least five months ago. 

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