Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to meet Debra Tay and Tudi Guillamot, the Co-founders of Cycling Bears and passionate fitness enthusiasts hailing from Singapore. Our paths crossed during Melbourne's Annual Decor and Design Show, where I was instantly drawn to our shared love for design. But what truly mesmerised me was their extraordinary talent for redefining the luxury fitness equipment industry.
With their innovative venture, Cycling Bears, they have without a doubt set a new standard for individuals with a discerning eye for both fitness and design. Let me assure you, after personally trying out their equipment at the design show, it delivers exceptional performance whilst the ergonomics ensure that it's easy to use. The incredibly fine craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics of every piece contribute to the modern sophistication and innovative appeal of any space. What I most appreciated about each piece was its distinctive design, exuding a delicate softness that evoked the allure of a stunning ornament or decorative objet d'art.
"During the pandemic, as we spent more time at home, home workouts gained prominence, especially when traditional gyms were inaccessible. Being devoted fitness enthusiasts ourselves, we introduced fitness equipment to our home, only to realise the inconvenience of storing away bulky and unattractive gear whenever guests arrived. This spurred our vision of creating gym equipment that seamlessly integrates functionality with elegant design, becoming an integral part of a home's visual appeal," Debra shared.
LUXURY FITNESS EQUIPMENT ELEVATING HEALTH AND WELLNESS
As I immersed myself in the magnificent world of Cycling Bears, I was fascinated by the impeccable focus on even the minutest details. My curiosity piqued, I couldn't resist inquiring about Debrah's design process. She graciously explained on how her background in interior design proved to be invaluable. She shared with me that her designs go beyond ergonomics, ensuring that even when not in use, the equipment maintains its aesthetic allure. The goal was to seamlessly weave the fitness equipment into the surrounding environment, resulting in a personal sanctuary that promotes tranquility and engages all the senses — touch, scent, and motion.
"Luxury can be interpreted differently by various individuals, but for us, it signifies bespoke, handcrafted creations using natural materials like wood. A luxurious space evokes a sense of calm and immediately draws people in. Stepping into our showroom, that's the exact feeling we want to evoke."
EXTENDING HEALTH AND WELLNESS BEYOND HOME GYMS
Taking future-oriented approach, Debra Tay and Tudi Guillamot of Cycling Bears firmly believe that the ongoing shift towards personal well-being will continue to drive demand for innovative wellness experiences. As people increasingly prioritise health and integrate fitness into their living spaces, the concept of home gyms is set to evolve beyond mere workout areas.
As a prominent leader in the luxury fitness equipment industry, Cycling Bears excels at promoting wellness and exceptional design. Through strategic partnerships with esteemed luxury fitness brands such as Ciclotte, PENT, NoHrd, and Stil-Fit, they offer meticulously crafted equipment made from the finest natural materials like wood, steel, and leather. The hallmark of Cycling Bears is their unwavering attention to detail, ensuring a seamless blend of elegance, cohesion and function.
Leveraging Debra's expertise as an interior designer and a certified NASM home gym designer, Cycling Bears goes beyond its core offering by assisting clients in designing and setting up fitness spaces and exclusive gym areas in prestigious locations such as hotels, offices, and even yachts. Recently, the luxurious Marina Bay Sands in Singapore elevated their Top 30 suites with the inclusion of Cycling Bears equipment, a trend that's being embraced by renowned hotels worldwide, including The Maybourne Beverly Hills, Claridges London, and RH Guesthouse in NYC.
Debra and Tudi are thrilled to extend this unparalleled design enthusiasm to Australian hotels, creating an atmosphere of unique elegance and practicality.
BESPOKE, HANDCRAFTED CREATIONS FROM NATURAL MATERIALS
Beyond the evident health advantages, Cycling Bears' product range prioritises beauty, quality, and function in equal measure, seamlessly integrating into your living spaces. Every item showcased in their Singapore showroom is thoughtfully curated, imparting a sense of stepping into a carefully designed home. Despite being sourced from various brands, the overall aesthetic remains harmonious, inviting, and captivating.
Designed by Milan-based Luca Schieppati, this award-winning exercise bike boasts an iconic circular form that effortlessly becomes the focal point of any setting. Beyond its visual appeal, the bike's performance is equally remarkable, offering five spinning positions and a turn multiplier transmission that authentically replicates the sensation of road cycling.
PENT's luxury dumbbell set, Colmia, is an embodiment of elegance and functionality. Crafted from stainless steel and natural woods, customers can personalise their set by selecting their preferred wood and even request custom engravings on the wooden stand. Colmia is available as individual pieces or in diverse weight sets.
Elevate your home workouts with the all-inclusive fitness unit Sophia, comprising dumbbells, kettlebells, a medicine ball, a skipping rope, a fitness mat, push-up bars, a yoga block, and more. This sleek ensemble comes with a convenient trolley, enabling users to move it around their home based on their workout preferences. An ideal solution for hotels seeking a versatile mobile gym.
Emulating the serene experience of rowing across a tranquil lake, the Flow-One rowing machine seamlessly integrates into any living space, enhancing its aesthetics even when not in use. Designed for compact storage, it beautifully occupies minimal space while adding a touch of elegance to the room.
Regardless of the specific equipment customers choose, Cycling Bears guarantees effortless maintenance, meticulously selecting equipment with longevity in mind, free from planned obsolescence.
AUSTRALIA: A NATURAL FIT
Cycling Bears, with their innovative approach to design and fitness, is a perfect match for Australia, a country that values health and wellness. Co-founders Debra Tay and Tudi Guillamot are excited to bring their unique philosophy to the luxurious hotels of Australia's sunny shores. Debra explained how their design approach creates 'havens of wellness', blending form and function to create spaces that exude both performance and elegance.
Their shared vision was solidified by Tudi's exploration of Melbourne's vibrant cycling scene, making the decision to launch in Australia a natural one. Together, this dynamic duo has revolutionised the landscape of luxury workout equipment, transforming home gyms into spaces that prioritise wellness and embody sophistication.
As Cycling Bears continues its journey, we eagerly await the unveiling of their Melbourne showroom—a harmonious blend of luxury and fitness.
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