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Entries in SportsArt Fitness (6)


EcoGym Galvanizes the Community by ‘Surfing the Wave of Sustainability’

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

The fitness industry is driven by passion. You still need to run a successful business, but fitness professionals pride themselves on a commitment to a larger mission: bringing health and wellness to the world’s population. By offering ways to help prevent chronic diseases like type-2 diabetes, a health club is a private business serving a public good. 

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How Clean Energy is Revitalizing Health Clubs—and Attracting Millennials 

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

No industry is removed from the zeitgeist. Trends rooted in activism and social consciousness can have far reaching effects on businesses whether they like it or not. Ask a clothier about his fur sales, for instance.

Rarely is there a seamless way to combine a social or political cause with a business plan that doesn’t create divisions. Taking a stand can be exemplary but also exclusionary. Personal beliefs aside, why would a business owner take the chance? 

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The Top Social Media Moments of IHRSA 2017

IHRSA Board Selfie

IHRSA's Board of Directors kicked off IHRSA 2017 week with a board meeting, and got silly during the portrait shoot.


Two Keynotes Streamed on Facebook Live

For the first time, we streamed two of our keynote speakers—Martin Lindstrom and Johnny Earle (above)—on Facebook Live, reaching thousands of people who couldn't watch the presentations in LA. 


A Trade Show Marathon

Nadia Ruiz ran 26.2 miles on a treadmill at the SportsArt booth, raising more than $4,000 for the Make a Wish LA campaign. 

Johnny Cupcakes Retweet

The official Johnny Cupcakes Twitter account showed IHRSA some love by re-tweeting us to its 92,600 followers.  


Cool to see @tamrajudge and @eddiejudge outside the #IHRSA2017 Live studio!

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The Real Housewives of IHRSA

You never know who you'll see at the convention! In 2015 Gronk worked out in the Life Fitness booth. This year Tamra and Eddie Judge, as seen on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County," were here promoting Cut Fitness and Woodway Treadmills.


Snapchat Filter Success

We created two official event Snapchat filters—another first—and hundreds of you used them!


$3 Million Raised at Augie's Bash

An impressive sum was raised at the BASH for Augie’s Quest, Life Fitness Co-founder Augie Nieto’s cure-driven effort focused on finding treatments and cures for ALS. 


How to Go from Madness to Mindfulness in Record Time 

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

Have you noticed that the same old objects we’ve had for decades have suddenly become “smart”? We have smartphones, smart watches, smart lights, smart clothing—even our appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators have joined the smart club.

Soon you’ll be using a smart toilet, if you’re not already.

Great, right? Well, not always. We love technology until we don’t. While cramming an appliance with chips and circuits brings a new level of performance and function, it also increases complexity, forcing the user to learn new operating systems with varying levels of difficulty. In short, our appliances are getting smarter, but that doesn’t mean we are.  

The Technology Paradox Plagues Health Clubs, Too

Any health club owner has witnessed this technology paradox in his or her own facility.

Today’s high-tech exercise machines are ingenious inventions, offering numerous variations of workouts on stair climbers, treadmills, stationary bikes, and other cardio equipment. But while the functionality always improves, the usability may not. Or to paraphrase noted Russian philosopher Yakof Smirnoff: “On health club machine, touchscreen controls you.”

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The Fitness Singularity Is Here—And It’s Awesome

This is a Club Business Exchange featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

We live in an age of anxiety. We worry about the changing global climate, public health, and the speed at which technology is transforming our lives. Sometimes it seems like it’s all going too fast, spinning out of control. 

It’s hard to believe that a single technological development could address both our quest for more renewable energy sources, and better tools to fight obesity and chronic diseases. But SportsArt, a pioneer in green technology, set out to create a line of fitness products that did just that: deliver optimum fitness results without a measurable carbon footprint. They succeeded—and then some—by creating ECO-POWR: a line of health club equipment that harnesses human activity and converts it back to the power grid. 

Rarely has man and machine combined to create such an elegant solution to multiple problems. Think of it as the fitness singularity: where technology combines with human abilities to create a better world. 

Human Energy Meets Human Ingenuity 

Turning human activity into a renewable energy source takes state-of-the-art technology, but to make it practical for a health club setting, SportsArt knew that their ECO-POWR line needed to be as easy to install and manage as traditional equipment. Using micro-inverters, similar to what’s used in solar panels and wind turbines, the stationary bikes and ellipticals don’t have any extra cords or boxes (external power devices)—they simply plug into a wall outlet. 

That’s it. Then the power generated by using the fitness equipment goes right back into the facility’s power grid.

Using humans as a renewable energy source is also good for the bottom line. One workout can produce as many as 160 kilowatts of electricity. That significantly adds up during the course of a day, creating a pleasing complement of benefits: the member’s health improves as the health-club’s energy costs decline—and all for the benefit of the environment. 

Appealing to the Eco-conscious—and Millennials 

SportsArt’s technology edge isn’t isolated to their green outlook. The company has created a revolutionary touchscreen technology called Senza that’s intuitive and versatile. With Senza, exercisers can easily and quickly find their desired workout and entertainment in the intuitive touchscreen controls. With Senza Journeys, you can work out in a number of scenic environments, from the Golden Gate Bridge to nature trails, and Senza is also customizable, so the club owner can personalize it to reflect the culture of his or her gym. 

ECO-POWR can open up a whole new marketplace for health clubs. SportsArt’s powerful green equipment and the Senza experience are uniquely appealing to millennials and other populations who may otherwise not consider joining a gym. In fact, some club owners use the equipment to offer discounts to member who generate the most energy. 

Despite its groundbreaking technology, SportsArt equipment is a money-saver, backed by a best-in-class warranty. To learn more about SportsArt and ECO-POWR, including videos of the equipment in operation, visit


SportsArt Fitness names Sechrest as new CEO

Industry veteran Scott Sechrest has been named chief executive officer - North America at SportsArt Fitness.

Sechrest has previously held positions at Cybex, Matrix and The Fitness Company.

“We are thrilled to have Scott lead our company. His vision, passion and drive are exactly what’s needed during our next phase of growth", said Paul Kuo, chairman and founder of SportsArt Fitness, in a press release.

SportsArt Fitness has designed and manufactured cardio and strength equipment for commercial, medical and residential use for more than three decades.

Visit the SportsArt Fitness website for more information about SportsArt.