The Ottoman Bench Seamlessly Blends Exercise Equipment Into Your Decor

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One of the major problems with home gym equipment is that it is bulky and often requires a dedicated room of the house to use. That is why, in my opinion, the future of home gyms will be equipment that is designed to blend in with the decor. A few weeks ago I came across a concept that attempts to tackle that design challenge, but the final product leaves much to be desired. I'm a certified personal trainer-and if I were to design a piece of functional exercise furniture, I would like to think that it would be something similar to Gabriel Prero's Otto-Bench.

Illustration for article titled The Ottoman Bench Seamlessly Blends Exercise Equipment Into Your Decor
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Illustration for article titled The Ottoman Bench Seamlessly Blends Exercise Equipment Into Your Decor
Illustration for article titled The Ottoman Bench Seamlessly Blends Exercise Equipment Into Your Decor

The Otto-Bench conceals an adjustable bench with an Olympic press and free weights inside a stylish ottoman-it even looks as though a leg press could be incorporated into the design. Obviously, it does not give you all of the variety that a commercial gym can offer, but it does offer a good set of basics-which is a good thing because there are plenty of manufacturers out there that try and cram too much into a design making it confusing and impractical to use. To be honest, you would be surprised at the amount of things you can do with a simple bench and some weights. It even won a design competition put on by Life Fitness, so don't be surprised if you see an actual product based on the Otto-Bench design sometime in the future. [Otto-Bench via Born Rich]

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Seems to me that if this ottoman is where you normally have one located, right in front of your couch to put your feet up on, once you extend all the parts, not only will the couch be in the way of doing some exercises (particularly bench presses), but it would be too heavy to move the ottoman out of the way.