There was a time when members opted for typical 30-to-60-minute, moderate-intensity cardio routines in clubs packed with cardio machines. They did so, largely, to burn fat and calories.
The problem was those workouts were, well, typical and routine. These days, members seek both excitement and efficiency—higher intensity in less time—which presents a challenge to manufacturers to reinvent total-body cardio equipment, as well as tweak its features.
“Club operators want reliable, high-performance products that members can easily use,” says John Kennedy, the vice president of Cascade Fitness. “They must be extremely durable to support shorter routines that are much more intense.”
Novel Offerings from Star Trac, Octane Fitness, and SportsArt
Among these offerings is Star Trac’s novel Trail Hiker, which delivers low-impact natural motion via dual ramping decks with an incline-to-flat step pattern, and dynamic movement arms that simulate outdoor hiking with trekking poles.
Also new is Octane Fitness’ MT8000, a version of its Max Trainer, introduced last year, which offers a stepping movement as the user’s arms push and pull. The MT8000 also enhances the exercise experience with a smart console that offers motivation and internet access.