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A History of Fitness Equipment


Excellence Celebrating 25+ years of success


In the highly competitive world of exercise equipment design and manufacturing, companies appear and disappear every year. Only those with the best and most- consistently innovative products survive. Despite the numerous challenges, our industry is fortunate to be served by several outstanding companies that have been supplying the Canadian fitness marketplace for at least 25 years. Here are some of


these companies worth celebrating. Check our future issues where we’ll be highlighting a few more who have stood the test of time!


22 Fitness Business Canada March/April 2014 46 YEARS


Weightliſting Hall of Fame and Museum at York Barbell headquarters


LIFE FITNESS S


ince the introduction of the Lifecycle exercise


bike in 1968, Life Fitness has been a leader in designing and manufacturing a full line of reliable, high-quality fit- ness equipment for commer- cial and consumer use. The Lifecycle has set the standard for efficient, easy-to-use workout


programs. The company is also a leading manufac- turer of treadmills, cross- trainers, stairclimbers and strength training equipment.


The original LifeCycle


YORK BARBELL B


ob Hoffman founded York Barbell in 1932 and developed among the


first lines of exercise equipment in the industry. A pioneer in the health food business, Hoffman in- troduced a line of nu- tritional supplements in the early 1950s and de- veloped the first energy bar in 1966. Through its long history, York Barbell


Y82 EARS


revolutionized the design of training equipment and products. From the early glove barbell designs to today’s preci- sion plates, innovative grip plates, finely craſted bar, and residential and com- mercial free weight equipment, York Barbell has consistently set the stan- dard in product styling, performance and value. Today, the corporate office of York Barbell Company houses the official Weightliſting Hall of Fame and Museum in York, Pennsylvania.


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