Home gyms that complement your IKEA furniture and ensure you fulfil your fitness goals: Part 3
Did you know that athletes can start to lose their muscle strength in about three weeks if they’re not working out, according to a 2013 Trusted Source study. The one thing our educational system fails in establishing is the importance of discipline in taking care of our bodies, and the difference between taking a day off to sleep in vs taking a week’s break in case life throws us a hurdle. Covid-19 threw the entire world a hurdle from which we are recovering, and entering the world in a new norm is causing its own anxiety. The one thing that helped us retain our sanity is to continue with our routines in the WFH routine. The designs showcased here will help you continue with your routine whether you work at home or in an office, and ensure you don’t lose that hard-earned muscle tone!
Oliver Perretta’s Kondition was inspired by a piece of furniture that actually resembles a standard workout bench, IKEA’s BEKANT series. Both IKEA’s BEKANT and Perretta’s Kondition have similar personalities as they appear as modest, simple furniture designs whose true essence shines through in their ability to blend into any given room. At first, an unassuming side bench or low-rise table during living room hours, and then, an adjustable home workout with a sliding bench come gym time. Perretta was certain to make bullnose corners for Kondition’s workout station in order to enhance both the piece’s adaptive nature and its approachability in its inherent baby-proof design. Additionally, Perretta plans to utilize aluminum extrusion in any eventual construction process as that would ensure a high strength to weight ratio for more intense workouts. Stamped panels also make for easy and deep cleaning so that job won’t ever feel stressful after a good sweat.
A space-saving work + workout setup designed for your mind & body! It has been one year of WFH and we all have quickly realized the need for furniture that can serve dual purposes and optimize space when we are working at home/living at work. Especially for the urban demographic that lives in compact apartments, it is a challenge to create a home office and also have space left for exercise equipment – another lifestyle change we have adapted to! This innovative desk design uses wall bars at its core with modular attachments that let you use it as your 9-5 set up and then transform it into beast mode. Made in Germany, wall bars offer a particularly wide range of possible variations. In addition to many training options, the combination offers a functional workplace. The desk module is attached in a few seconds, without tools. The height is flexible, so it can be used as a desk or as a high table. After work, the desk module can simply be unhooked and folded in so that it can be stowed behind the wall bars, under the bed, or behind the door. With additions like the slide, the kids can find their movement-compensation on the wall bars even after work. These setups work for the whole family and the wooden finish lets it seamlessly blend with any interior aesthetic.
No drilling or screwing is required to fit the wall bars onto any door in your house – making them the ideal option for rented apartments or hostels. The exercise equipment extends well beyond its wall bar advantage. It can be used for sling training, stretching regimes, or isolated muscle training on the cheap. There are countless options to configure it, so you are never bored of repeating the same exercise. The FatMonkey wall bar also combines with your existing fitness bands, sling trainer, and gymnastic rings for circuit and functional training.
The Tempo Studio is a gym-set that comes complete with a display and a motion-tracking camera that actively scans and monitors your exercise in 3D. With built-in exercise routines that are guided by expert trainers performing live exercise sessions, the Tempo is the equivalent of going on a Zoom video call with your gym trainer. Hop onto a personalized live session with a gym trainer of your choice and the trainer on the other side of the screen guides you through your workout. The Tempo Studio comes built-in with a workout mat as well as all the training gear you’d need, and Tempo’s AI-enabled camera module captures and tracks your body’s movement as you work out, allowing the trainer to remotely know where you’re going wrong.
On the floor, the CLMBR occupies roughly 3×3 feet of space or about as much as two doormats. Most of the CLMBR’s gear is oriented vertically, which allows it to do two things – A. Occupy a fraction of the space of a home-gym yet give you all of it, and B. Use gravity to its advantage to make your workouts more intense and effective. The CLMBR uses resistance training to burn calories. It features a pair of moving handles and steps, a lot like an elliptical, but relies on a vertical sliding channel instead of an elliptical one. A sweatproof HD touchscreen sits just a few inches from your face, giving you an immersive training experience along with CLMBR’s in-built surround sound system. The interface allows you to choose from a variety of exercises across multiple experience levels. Face-to-face sessions with top fitness instructors help you burn those pounds, while the screen even gives you a breakdown of your workout in real-time.
No larger than two shoe-boxes kept end-to-end, the Gym Box by James Wall looks deceptively small for a home gym, however, it transforms into an extensive resistance and box-training kit once opened. Complete with an adjustable bench, a step-up box, a resistance platform, and multiple resistance-bands, the Gym Box can be used in a variety of ways, spanning more than 165 exercises to give you full-body workouts for losing weight, toning up, or building muscle mass. Designed to be two things – Compact and Versatile, the Gym Box allows you to fit all your gym-equipment into something that’s small enough to slide under your bed or into the bottom shelf of your wardrobe. It weighs 28 lbs, and measures not more than 45-inches in length, making it perhaps one of the smallest all-in-one home-gyms. Once it opens up, its parts can be configured into any variety of arrangements, or even used independently. The adjustable bench can be set to a 90° angle, or reclined to a full 180°, with 1¼-inch thick steel tubing to ensure it’s just as robust as the equipment you find in gyms.
Getting a multipurpose fitness machine is a good answer to all your excuses, but unfortunately, after a few months, they are left to bite the dust too. Moreover, they take up too much space and most of them are not that aesthetically pleasing. This 3-in-1 fitness wall by NOHrD christened Wall Compact is an exception, and surprisingly it takes up as little space as imagined – no more than your small couch. The home fitness solution is designed by WaterRower’s (expertise in developing rowing machines for over three decades) sister brand NOHrD that focuses on form and function. Their design ideology is centered on the user and the aesthetic appeal of the fitness equipment while still maintaining the highest standards of strength training backed by science.
Fitwork’s design sort of embodies a no-excuse mentality to being fit. Whether it’s the excuse of ‘being too busy’, or of ‘not wanting to go all the way to the gym’, Fitwork combats it by bringing the gym not just to your house, but to your workspace. Designed as a product to let you work and work out at the same time, this crazy hybrid of a desk-chair and treadmill keeps your legs active while you work. Whether you’re sitting in front of a laptop or standing in front of one, it’s the sedentary lifestyle that Fitwork tackles. The setup (which is sure to grab a few eyeballs) comes with an office chair attached to a treadmill underneath, and an elliptical in front. Coupled with an elevating desk, the Fitwork allows you to keep the lower half of your body active while you work, giving you cardio as well as keeping your spine engaged, whether you’re sitting or standing while working. While you’re sitting, your legs naturally rest on the Fitwork’s elliptical, allowing you to pedal away while typing out emails or attending zoom calls without really anyone knowing what a fitness buff you are. Swivel the chair back and boost your desk upwards and you’ve got yourself a standing workout workspace. Activate the treadmill and you can walk while working… or as I call it, walking the walk while talking the talk.
Liteboxer is the only connected fitness platform currently on the market today that offers full-body boxing workouts equipped with Rhythm Technology and expert training. It’s like Dance Dance Revolution but for your fists. Built and shaped like a traditional treadmill, Liteboxer works once users stand atop the base platform, adjust the punch pad’s height as needed, and connect their personal smartphone or tablet devices to the built-in tablet shelf for engaging expert training. Opting for a more physically digital experience, Liteboxer’s instruction primarily takes place on the punch pad so you won’t spend your workouts looking at yet another screen.
Designed to fit an entire fitness studio experience into your closet, the Otari setup folds down into something that occupies roughly the same space as a folded comforter or duvet. When it’s time to get those muscles working and that sweat running, the mat opens up to a full-length exercising surface and clips directly (you can actually use any existing yoga mat too) to the Otari Studio screen, within which lies the fitness experience’s secret sauce. The Otari Studio’s ultra-widescreen guides you through the exercises as you go, allowing you to access Otari’s extensive catalog of exercises brought to you by its world-class trainers sourced from top studios in NYC (you can even grab a preview of their training sessions on Instagram). The screen plugs into an external power source, comes fitted with 2 high-fidelity speakers, and runs the Otari Studio program, allowing you to work out in tandem with expert fitness instructors as the AI camera captures your routines.
For more inspiring home gym setups that don’t convert your interior space into a gym, check out our past collections!