March 24, 2012 // Category: Our People
I’m back at Life Fitness. Walking into the Franklin Park, Ill. facility a few months ago after being away for almost five years brought back a flood of memories. One memory stands out that involves the first time I walked through those same doors about 16 years ago.
I was working for another fitness equipment manufacturer, leading the strategy and development of our strength training products. Like today, the fitness industry was very competitive, but then, companies either specialized in cardio or strength machines. We were leaders in the strength category and trying to gain some momentum in the cardio market. Life Fitness was the leader in cardio, based on the Lifecycle exercise bike and a high performance treadmill, but also offered a computerized strength product called Lifecircuit, and had just purchased a small strength company in California. The landscape for fitness equipment manufacturers was going to change.
March 10, 2012 // Category: Our People
Few individuals have had as much influence on the modern era of the health and fitness facility industry as Ray Wilson. From owning and operating ten distinct chains of clubs, to bringing our industry its first high-tech piece of equipment, the Lifecycle™ exercise bike, Ray Wilson has had a significant hand in shaping the fitness club industry we know today.
March 09, 2012 // Category: Our People
On February 29th, 2012, Life Fitness produced the 500,000th treadmill at our Franklin Park, Ill. factory. The first Life Fitness treadmill ever produced was the TR9500 (also known as “The Tank”) in August of 1991. During that first year we averaged ten treadmilles per day. Needless to say we’ve perfected the art since then and today our team averages 177 treadmills per day!
The entire Life Fitness team wants to thank you – our customers, partners and fans – for your loyalty, without which we never could have passed that half-million mark.