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ISSUE 04 – Precor: History of Innovation

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Established in 1980, Precor sets the standard for quality, innovation, and performance in exercise equipment. Precor has distinguished itself as a worldwide industry leader, providing state-of-the-art fitness equipment to health clubs, hotels, spas, fitness centres, and private homes all over the world.

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We began by launching the first ergonomically sound rowing machine in 1980, and we’ve been supporting the natural movement of the human body ever since. In 1990, we created the first cushioned treadmill. We introduced the world to the Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer™ (EFX®) in 1995. Then in 2007, we released the revolutionary Adaptive Motion Trainer® (AMT®), a breakthrough piece of cardio equipment that constantly and fluidly adapts to your stride length and motion.

1980 Precor is founded by industrial designer David Smith as Precision Corporation.
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Precor develops the first ergonomically sound rowing machine, the Amerec 610 Precision Rowing Machine. The Amerec 610 Rower is used by the U.S. Ski Team while training for the World Cup.

The Amerec 612 Rower wins Award for Excellence from Industrial Design Society of Amerec; and wins first place in the durables category by The Aluminium Association Annual International Aluminium Extrusion Design Competition.

 
1982 Precor becomes the first fitness equipment manufacturer to add motivational microprocessor-based electronics to its equipment, providing continuous feedback and enhanced workout effectiveness.The Amerec 612 Rower is named Consumer Product of the Year by Industrial Design Magazine.
1983  The 935e Treadmill wins Excellence in Design award from The Aluminium Association, Inc.
1984 Precor acquired by Dart and Kraft, Inc.
1985 Precor introduces a full line of electronic ergometer treadmills, rowers and cycles.
1986 Precor Treadmill wins Best Category Award by Industrial Design magazine.
1987 Precor develops the first home and commercial programmable treadmills.
1988 Precor becomes a subsidiary of Premark International, Inc.
1990 Precor creates the first cushioned treadmill, reducing stress on the body and joints during workouts.

Precor forms a separate Commercial Products Division and launches the 960 series commercial treadmills.

 1993 Precor opens its first international office in the United Kingdom.

Precor produces its one-millionth piece of fitness equipment.

1994 Precor receives a patent for the unique Ground Effects (GFX) technology for its treadmills.
1995 Precor introduces the world to the first Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer (EFX), creating a new category in fitness, with the EFX 544.
1996 Precor voted #1 supplier of treadmills by Sporting Goods Business.
1997 Precor EFX wins Product of the Year by Fitness Magazine.
1998 Precor acquires Pacific Fitness, renown for its strength equipment.

Precor wins Best Treadmill as judged by personal trainers.

1999 Premark merges with Illinois Tool Works (ITW), making Precor a subsidiary of ITW.

Precor receives ACE Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for treadmills.

The 9.25i Low-Impact Treadmill wins Overall Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award from more than 20,000 treadmill owners polled by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Precor earns Distinguished Business in the Green status, the highest recognition a company can receive from Green Works, a department of the King County, Washington, USA, Solid Waste Division.

2000 The Precor Recumbent Bike wins the 13th Annual Excellence in Design Award.
2001 The home EFX 5.17 and EFX 5.21si Elliptical Crosstrainers received Best Buy rating from a leading Consumer Rating Publication and won Consumer Digest Best Buy certificates.

Precor launches a multi-station home strength line featuring six models.

2002 The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries awards its first Ergonomics in Action award to Precor.

Precor is purchased from ITW, becoming a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, the world’s largest sports equipment company, with internationally recognised brands Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc’Teryx and Mavic.

 

 

2003 Precor expands into Japan, with new offices in Tokyo and Osaka.
2004 Precor acquires Fitness Products International (FPI) a manufacturer of single- and multi-station selectorized equipment, functional training/free motion models and two types of plate equipment including the Icarian brand, Abench, Flite®, Stretch Center™ and Jade® brands.

Precor acquires entertainment technology leader, ClubCom, including its Cardio Theater division.

Precor Cardio Theater named the industry’s top entertainment supplier in the Nova7 People’s Choice awards program sponsored by Fitness Management magazine.

Precor doubles the size of its commercial strength equipment capacity by relocating its manufacturing operations to Valencia, California from Burbank.

On the second year, Precor Cardio Theater named the industry’s top entertainment supplier in the Nova7 People’s Choice awards program.

Global fitness industry leader Gold’s Gym International Inc. names Precor as its Vendor of the Year for 2004-2005, and the Precor sales manager as the Outstanding Support Individual.

2006 For the third consecutive year, Precor Cardio Theater is named the industry’s top entertainment supplier in the Nova7 People’s Choice awards program.

Precor and Hilton Hotels Corporation partner to launch Fitness by Precor facilities at full-service Hilton, Doubletree® and Embassy Suites Hotels® in North America, and at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

Anytime Fitness honours Precor with the 2006 Franchise Choice Award for Vendor Excellence.

2007 Precor launches the revolutionary Adaptive Motion Trainer® (AMT®), creating another new category of fitness equipment- adaptive motion.

Precor wins Vendor of the Year award from Gold’s Gym International.

S3.23 Functional Trainer for home use wins Best of Fitness Award from Health magazine.

M9.35i home treadmill named one of top treadmills by Runner’s World magazine.

Precor earns top awards in the annual Nova 7 People’s Choice awards program, earning recognition as Best Cardio Equipment Supplier to the international fitness industry, and gaining Best Product of the Year recognition for the breakthrough Adaptive Motion Trainer™.

 2008 The Adaptive Motion Trainer wins prestigious Red Dot design award as one of the world’s best-designed products; and is honoured as best product innovation at Fit2PRO, Belgium’s national fitness-industry trade show.

2008 Precor again earns top honours in the Nova 7 People’s Choice awards, named Best Cardio Equipment Supplier.

Precor sells ClubCom to Zoom Media & Marketing.

Precor introduces the all-new Experience Strength™ C-Line and S-Line machine-defined, selectorized strength equipment for fitness facilities.

Precor announces intent to build a new commercial strength equipment manufacturing facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, investing $26.2 million.

The Hilton Family of Hotels announces that Fitness By Precor facilities have been installed in more than 500 Hilton Family hotels.

2009 IHRSA Health Club Equipment Benchmarking Report ranks Precor #1 in 12 of 14 categories including Quality, Reliability, Ease-of-Use, Consumer Excitement, Adding Value to Business, and After Sales Service
2010 The 9.31 home treadmill receives Top Treadmill rating from a leading Consumer Rating Publication, besting 28 competitors, in the February 2010 issue; and the S3.15 Strength System for the home awarded Best Buy from Consumer Digest magazine.

Precor opens and begins operations at its new commercial strength manufacturing facility in Guilford County, North Carolina, near Greensboro. Operations move from Valencia, California, to Greensboro. The new Precor strength facility earns LEED CI Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Precor awarded Partner of the Year by 24 Hour Fitness.

Precor awarded 2010 Vendor of the Year by Gold’s Gym.

Precor became the finalist in Washington’s Best Workplaces 2010 by Puget Sound Business Journal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Precor launches the new Experience Series line of cardio equipment, highlighted by the 880 Line with touchscreen console technology and network capability.

Treadmill Doctor names 9.31 Treadmill its Best Buy Award Winner for 2011. EFX 5.31, 5.25 and 5.21 are named Best Buys in the Elliptical Category by Treadmill Doctor

2012 In March, Precor launches three major product innovations:

The new AMT with Open Stride which allows the exerciser to change not only the length of their stride, but the height as well, creating an infinite range of motion paths.

The new Discovery Line Plate-Loaded launches with seven re-designed stations.

Preva Networked Fitness launches, bringing the best of internet content and personalization for engaging workouts for exercisers and management tools for operators.

Treadmill Doctor announces that 9.31 and 9.23 Treadmills as well as EFX 5.31, 5.25 and 5.21 are 2012 Best Buy award winners

 

 2013 March:  Precor launches 5 new Discovery Series Plate Loaded products

April:  Preva mobile app launches

May:  President Paul Byrne announces retirement after 28 years at Precor

July:  Grand Forks Air Force Base becomes first U.S. Military Base with Preva networked equipment

August:  Gold’s Gym franchisees name Precor Vendor of the Year-Equipment for fifth time in eight years.

September:  Rob Barker, Vice President EMEA and APAC, assumes Presidency

September:  Preva Developer Portal launches to facilitate access to Preva data via open API

October:  Precor named to Washington Green 50 list by Seattle Business Magazine, winning Manufacturing category.


Source: www.precor.com/EN-US/ABOUT-PRECOR/HISTORY-INNOVATION
ISSUE 03 – EFX® with Converging CrossRamp®

EFX BlueprintWhy the CrossRamp® Matters

INVENTION AND EVOLUTION OF EFX TECHNOLOGY

Did you know the concept for the elliptical came from an inventor with a teenage daughter that needed to improve her stamina for tennis? The girl did not like running, but her coach observed her game was suffering due to her lack of endurance. The inventor followed his daughter with a video camera, and later traced her path of motion to discover it most closely mirrored an ellipse. He immediately went to work on a machine he called the “Road Runner.”

As Precor refined this concept with Dr. Barry Bates of Human Performance and Wellness, in conjunction with the University of Oregon, it was discovered that various ramp angles were preferred by different exercisers, and muscle activation changed depending on the incline. We combined a natural running path of motion with various ramp angles, and the first elliptical was born.

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Engineered to Mimic Natural Movement

In 1995, Precor unveiled the first elliptical trainer, the Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer™ (EFX®). It reduced impact by replicating the natural elliptical motion path of the foot during walking and running and worked a variety of lower-body muscles using CrossRamp technology. This technology is what makes a Precor EFX a true CrossTrainer.

Fast forward 21 years, and the Precor EFX continues to be the standard in elliptical fitness. But now, we’re changing the game by perfecting our cardio blueprint.

 

 

EFX ResearchNext Level Technology

The new Converging CrossRamp® takes a proven technology to the next level. Precor conducted three independent research studies with a public university in Washington state to evaluate and validate the new product design. At its simplest, the new ramp design better mimics a person’s natural converging path of motion as they walk and run. Muscle activation patterns also change depending on the training angle.

On top of all this, the EFX is designed to fit and work for anyone, no matter what their fitness level.

 

 

 

EFX In-ClubHow can the Converging CrossRamp® work for you?

  • For max glute impact, train in the forward direction with ramp angle between 13-20.
  • Train in the reverse direction at high and low CrossRamp levels to target your quadriceps.
  • Optimize calf engagement by training forward between CrossRamp level 12-15.
  • Train backwards at any resistance level and angle and your heart rate will likely elevate – it’s a less familiar movement!
  • At Crossramp level 20, knee flexion is similar to treadmill running.
  • When you train forward you actively push down the ramp; when you train backward you actively push up.
  • When training at a steady cadence, as CrossRamp level increases, so does heart rate and calorie consumption. Avoid slowing down to compensate for the higher ramp angles. Use the lower CrossRamp levels for recovery periods.
  • The low impact, fluid movement contributes to exercisers’ observing a lower Rate of Perceived Exertion, making the workout more enjoyable despite the training challenge.

 

Source: www.precor.com
ISSUE 02 – P82 880 Line Cardio Console

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ENGAGING.
PERSONALIZED.
PROVEN.

Create a Cardio Floor that Keeps Them Coming Back, Again and Again

It’s time to elevate your cardio area beyond simply providing a personal television viewing screen for your exercisers. The 880 line console not only offers a brilliant 15″ screen that’s ergonomically positioned to deliver crystal clear entertainment viewing for exercisers in motion, but it’s also a direct-to-exerciser communication portal allowing you an opportunity to build your brand, share information about activities and services, and strengthen the sense of community within your facility.

  • The P82 Console – The brand-new P82 console was redesigned to help operators save time and keep pace with the latest technology. The new console features Android-based technology, faster processing speeds, embedded Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC—all features that give operators the ability to deliver an unmatched in-gym experience that will keep members coming back for more. In addition, automatic console software updates are included for free as part of the standard software package, so that operators can spend less time with technology upgrades and more time running business.

 


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Networked Fitness

INSPIRE AND INFORM

Connect Your Facility to the Best

In a networked environment, the 880 line console is the ideal portal to entertainment options beyond standard television including exclusives like Video on Demand, a curated selection of music, sports and entertainment videos. In addition to a selection of dozens of pre-programmed workouts, exercisers can create Preva® personal accounts to track, save and re-access favorite cardio workouts that they create. Operators will appreciate the ability to send customized in-workout messages through the networked consoles to alert exercisers to services, specials, contests, and other events to build brand and a sense of community. The Preva solution also provides visibility into cardio equipment usage to enable optimal equipment management.

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MOTIVATION FOR YOUR EXERCISERS

Unique Features to Keep Your Exercisers Engaged

For your exercisers, the Preva operating system personalizes their workout like none other. From workout tracking to entertainment options like Video On Demand, Preva hooks the exerciser and keeps them motivated throughout their workout. After all, motivation is key to keeping them coming back to your facility.

See the affects that features like Video On Demand have on engagement and motivation of your exercisers. We surveyed over 1,500 exercisers in the U.S., Canada and U.K. and the results were stunning.


 

 

ISSUE 01 – PRECOR® Precor Adds Queenax

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Precor Adds Queenax Modular Functional Training to Comprehensive Product Portfolio

Queenax transforms a single space into a multi-purpose, highly-customizable functional training area

Click HERE to view our Precor catalogue.

 

Woodinville, WA — July 29, 2015 —Precor®, a leading provider of personalized fitness solutions, today announced the integration of leading functional training systems provider Queenax into its range of offerings. Precor parent company Amer Sports acquired Queenax, which will operate within the Amer Sports Fitness Division under the Precor brand. The acquisition enhances the Precor fitness platform, which includes traditional strength, cardio and networked fitness offerings. With the addition of Queenax, Precor expands on its ability to give operators a comprehensive set of fitness solutions that allow them to meet exercisers’ ever-changing fitness needs.

“Functional training is one of the fastest growing segments in the commercial fitness industry,” said Rob Barker, President of Precor. “The highly configurable Queenax system is the perfect complement to our robust strength and cardio offerings and reflects our commitment to helping operators delight their members with personalized, results-driven fitness experiences.”

Queenax is a space-efficient, modular functional training system that can be configured in a variety of ways to meet the needs of operators, exercisers, and personal trainers. The streamlined and configurable design of the Queenax system allows operators to maximize valuable gym floor space without interfering with traditional gym activities. A variety of training equipment, including suspension training apparatuses, boxing rings, and dip bars, can be added to the system, giving trainers the ability to run personalized training and small group classes based on clients’ needs.

“We’re proud to be part of a company that offers unique equipment that allows operators to differentiate their facilities and enhance members’ fitness experiences,” said Gionata D’Alesio, CEO and Founder of Queenax. “As a Precor brand, we now have the ability to reach a wider range of customers with Queenax training solutions at a time when the demand for functional exercise is growing quickly.”

Precor is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, one of the world’s largest sports equipment companies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

For more information, please visit precor.com/queenax.

About Precor

Precor, headquartered in Woodinville, WA, designs and manufactures premium end-to-end commercial and at-home fitness solutions. Precor delivers the personalized products, service experiences and resources operators need to grow business, and the tools exercisers need to reach their fitness and lifestyle goals. Since 1980, Precor has been a pioneer in creating innovative fitness solutions for customers, including the EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® “AMT®” and Preva® Networked Fitness. Precor is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, one of the world’s largest sports equipment companies, with internationally recognized sister brands that include Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc’teryx and Mavic.

About Amer Sports

Amer Sports (www.amersports.com) is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor. The company’s technically advanced sports equipment, footwear and apparel improve performance and increase the enjoyment of sports and outdoor activities. The Group’s business is balanced by its broad portfolio of sports and products and a presence in all major markets. Amer Sports shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange (AMEAS).

ISSUE 01 – PRECOR® AND SPINNING®

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Precor® and Spinning® Reveal New Spinner® Indoor Cycle Line

The new Spinner® Ride™, Spinner® Shift™ and Spinner® Rally™ enable operators to meet growing demand for indoor cycling with reliable, experience-driven design and comprehensive programming

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Woodinville, WA and Venice, CA (February 2, 2016) – Precor®, an industry-leading provider of personalized fitness solutions, and Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc., the creators of the Spinning® indoor cycling program and Spinner® line of bikes, today released the new Spinner® Ride, Spinner® Shift and Spinner® Rally, as well as an all new range of education resources, both of which aim to reinvent the indoor cycling experience for operators and exercisers.

“When we looked at the offerings on the market, we saw a number of ways we could combine our engineering expertise with Mad Dogg Athletics’ knowledge of indoor cycling bikes, programming and education to create a market-leading line of products that would benefit operators,” said Adam Hubbard, Director of Product Management at Precor. “Through our collaboration, we’ve created a line of bikes that has a distinctive look, durable construction and intuitive adjustments and, by leveraging Spinning® programming and education, has the ability to help gym operators grow their business.”

The all-new Spinner® line of bikes features a range of benefits for operators, including:

Built to Last Craftsmanship– Spinner® bikes manufactured by Precor are offered in powder-coated steel or aluminum frames that are designed to resist corrosion and sweat, helping to reduce long term operations costs. Reliability is improved with stainless steel fasteners, aluminum adjustments, innovative threadless pedals and bottom bracket spindle connection.

Community Insights – With Spinner® bikes by Precor, Spinning® Instructors can join the original worldwide indoor cycling community and give their facilities the credibility to attract and retain indoor cycling enthusiasts.

Smooth Outdoor Feel – Every Spinner® bike model uses a 43-pound perimeter weighted flywheel, and real road bike geometry to give each bike a signature feel that more closely matches the fluidity of outdoor cycling.

“Our collaboration with Precor was not limited to improving the indoor bikes themselves, but also the overall Spinning® experience,” said John Baudhuin, CEO of Mad Dogg Athletics. “To support this new line of indoor bikes, we have also greatly enhanced the Spinning® programs and education experience to give operators the support and tools they need to attract new members, create secondary revenue streams and differentiate their facility with Spinning® classes, teacher trainings, and more.”

The Spinner® Rally is available now, and the Spinner® Ride and Spinner® Shift will be available in March and April 2016, respectively. To learn more about the brand new line of Spinner® indoor cycling bikes and education tools, visit www.precor.com/spinning and www.spinning.com.

About Precor

Headquartered in Woodinville, WA, Precor designs and manufactures premium end-to-end commercial and at-home fitness solutions. Precor delivers the personalized products, service experiences and resources operators need to grow their businesses, and the tools exercisers need to reach their fitness and lifestyle goals. Since 1980, Precor has been a pioneer in creating innovative fitness solutions for customers, including the EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® “AMT®” and Preva® Networked Fitness. Precor is part of Amer Sports Corporation, one of the world’s largest sports equipment companies, with internationally recognized sister brands that include Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc’teryx and Mavic.

About Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.

Creators of the indoor cycling category and home of the Spin®, Spinning®, Spinner®, SPINPower®, Spin Fitness®, Peak Pilates®, CrossCore®, Bodyblade®, Ugi® and Resist-A-Ball® brands, Mad Dogg Athletics® is the world’s largest equipment-based education company. Mad Dogg Athletics has trained over 250,000 instructors and has reached millions of enthusiasts in over 80 countries through a network of over 35,000 fitness facilities around the world. The company manufactures Spinner® bikes for home use, Pilates and functional training equipment, DVDs, and a complete line of Spinning®-branded apparel and accessories.

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