According to the designer, personal gyms are about to become the new normal.
If there is any lesson to be learned from the past year and a half, perhaps the biggest takeaway (and keeper of sanity) is that health takes precedence over everything else. Whether the home’s status as a multi-linked character is permanent remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: just like sports and leisure, the home gym is here to stay. More than just an afterthought relegated to a damp basement, exercise spaces are becoming inspirational places – mixing form and function in bespoke ways.
Elevating fitness equipment into avant-garde designed furniture that deserves to be displayed, not tucked away in a forgotten corner. Made in Italy with cutting-edge technology, ergonomic engineering and sleek silhouettes, these are more than just simple fitness equipment.
From a style and substance standpoint, bringing fitness equipment into your home requires some expertise. Drawing inspiration from these design and innovation trends from designer Karim Rashid, Technogym features speakers.Technogym Talks is a series of exclusive interviews and discussions conducted nationwide by experts in health, fitness, exercise and design. To see the lineup and register for one, simply go to Technogym Talks.
In a July presentation in New York, Rashid talked about how home gyms are becoming more family-friendly. Here are three trends he cited that are helping to make personal gyms the new normal.
Fitness equipment = decoration
As architects and designers increasingly see home gyms as necessities rather than conveniences, they are designing homes for treadmills, stationary bikes and weight lifting. The result is to elevate fitness equipment to furniture and decorative status.
“When I walk into my home, my treadmill is part of the furniture, and I like that,” Rashid says, “It should blend in.
3 Trends That Prove Home is the Place to Exercise
That’s why Technogym equipment is designed to create seamless mobility in the living room or bedroom. Its Kinesis Personal series looks like an elegant slatted shelving unit, but it’s a fully functional gym with a sleek pulley system that’s both effective and unobtrusive.
Instead of wood floors that scratch, wear and echo, Rashid prefers a solution that takes performance to the next level.
“When you enter the gym, your floor is soft. Why not have soft floors at home?” he says. he says. “My old attic had a light pink ballet floor. The floor itself is soundproof, so you can’t hear the neighbors. It’s soft. It’s warm. It feels good to walk on. When people come in, it’s very quiet.
3 trends that prove home is the place to work out
Handbooks can be as old as hard-copy books, and Rashid says that when it comes to fitness equipment, people expect a plug-and-play functionality.
“You should be able to understand [how to use a piece of equipment] right away,” he says. “I’ve been on a lot of treadmills, but I don’t know how to enter my height or weight. These things have to be seamless, or consumers will reject it,” he says.
Take the Technogym Run Personal treadmill, for example, which, like the brand’s other Personal series machines, has a large touchscreen display, built-in speakers, live programming and a library of guided workouts, so all you have to do is practice running on a virtual field. The key is the new Technogym Live console, which includes those instructor-led on-demand training sessions, exercise routines and virtual routes set up in nature or in real cities.