The history of home exercise equipment traces a rich and colorful lineage—from today’s oft-maligned Peloton to the NordicTrack, Bowflex, and Thighmaster of yore. But the latest entry in the field is one of the quirkiest to date.
Scavolini has teamed up with Italian designer Mattia Pareschi to launch Gym Space—a line of luxe exercise equipment conceived for the bathroom. Pareschi was inspired to create the line when he was having trouble finding time to work out in his own life.
"I did a lot of sports when I was younger—I played basketball and volleyball," says Paresche. "But now I don’t have time to train, so I wanted to find a way to work out at home."
Gym Space facilitates this by allowing you to fit a stylish home gym into your bathroom. Pareschi tweaked traditional gymnastics wall bars to do double duty as an attractive storage ladder, and as a base for exercise. Clients can attach additional sports equipment to the bars—such as benches, elastic training bands, and TRX systems—for a variety of different workouts.
Pareschi discovered just how versatile the system is when a personal trainer gave it a spin. "After I saw someone using it professionally, I understood that you can do a lot of exercises with just these bars," he says.
Scavolini is an Italian brand known for sleek, modular kitchen and bathroom products—all of which are made in Italy. In addition to gym equipment, the wall bars can also be used to mount bathroom accessories such as lights, soap dishes, shelves, storage elements, and mirrors. The wall bars are available in light or dark wood finishes and three sizes (70 cm, 90 cm, or 120 cm). The accessories come in two colors: White or Anthracite.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of Gym Space is that you no longer have to hide your exercise equipment behind closed doors. "Usually when you have a gym in your house, it’s something that you hide when your friends visit," says Pareschi. "Here, we have something that you can show."
Will it make a splash? The market for luxury bathroom exercise equipment is yet untested—and we’re a little concerned about slipping and sliding during TRX reps—but it’s certainly an aesthetic upgrade from the clunky, gimmicky workout devices of the ’80s and ’90s.