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Entrepreneur integrates fitness equipment into furniture

December 9, 2016
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Stow Fitness armchairs
A couple works out with the fitness equipment built into a pair of Stow Fitness armchairs. Courtesy Stow Fitness

An entrepreneur with years of experience in the furniture industry has designed a new line of armchairs that feature built-in fitness equipment.

Jason Burt — who spent 15 years working for Herman Miller before becoming a consultant — launched Stow Fitness two years ago with the goal of combining exercise equipment with living room furniture. He said he wanted to provide a storage solution that would limit the amount of space workout equipment takes up.

Today, he has designed two products that he said are ready to move into mass production: an armchair with a full-size spin bike and an armchair with a full-size weight bench.

Each piece of workout equipment folds and is stored underneath the chair when not in use and can be pulled out and unfolded for a workout.

The spin bike unfolds in four steps, while the weight bench unfolds in two steps. The steps are designed to be “intuitive, simple and quick” for any user. 

The spin bike comes with a 40-pound flywheel, fully adjustable handlebars and seat adjustments for various riders.

The spin bike is also technology-enabled for speed and cadence tracking. It can connect to cycling apps through Bluetooth and is compatible with iOS and Android.

The soft-cushioned weight bench includes two dumbbells, a kettlebell handle and 90 pounds of weight plates.

The armchairs come in four colors and are built to commercial design standards for “high quality and durability.”

The spin bike and weight bench also come in an anti-bacterial powder finish.

Stow Fitness said last month it has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 to bring the product line to market.

The campaign ends on Dec. 24 and must be fully funded for the project to move forward.

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