In order to give exercisers access to greater variety in their fitness routines, Life Fitness re-launched the Life Fitness Connect app in September 2021, enabling exercisers to access compelling and personalized classes and seamless connectivity that allows them to take their workouts anywhere.
“Life Fitness Connect brings the workout to the user—whether in the gym or at home—with easy-to-use tracking features that sync with equipment and wearables, and a large library of on-demand and audio coaching classes to keep workouts accessible and fresh,” adds Dan Wille, global vice president of product development, strategy, and marketing at Life Fitness.
For operators, the Halo Fitness Cloud offers a breadth of benefits, such as seamless software updates, facility-wide equipment settings, and service notifications. The Request a Technician feature, for instance, allows clubs to select the equipment that needs to be serviced, explain the issue, and then schedule a time for the technician to visit your facility.
Partner integration is another advantage the platform offers. One such recent addition is the equipment management system, Ecofit Networks. The platform collects data points from connected cardio and strength equipment across all brands to create a 360-degree view of equipment usage. Through Ecofit, operators can run meaningful reports and view alerts that allow them to repair and maintain equipment more efficiently, determine the best mix of equipment on the floor, and make informed purchasing decisions.
“Overall, the Halo Fitness Cloud is a constantly evolving, comprehensive digital ecosystem geared to consistently improving the experiences of both operators and members, changing and growing as their needs shift,” notes Wille.
ICG Connect: A Digital Ecosystem Microcosm
Not all digital ecosystems are large and sprawling. Life Fitness recently introduced ICG Connect, a group cycling platform. As a standalone system, it can be considered somewhat of a mini-digital ecosystem.
“ICG Connect is based on an all-in-one kiosk that houses a powerful computer, sits next to the instructor’s bike, and integrates several software applications in a single platform,” says Mike Michels, senior project manager of Indoor Cycling Group (ICG), a Life Fitness company.
ICG Connect includes three modes: Connect Ride, an interactive, digital gaming experience meant to elevate the motivational response of class participants; Tour Coach, which allows instructors to build forward motion road playlists from a library of over 500 panoramic scenic roads; and World Tour, with pre-choreographed rides featuring terrain-focused footage that delivers engaging, interactive workouts.