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he R&D team at Technogym
recognises that health club
members want to have fun
during their cardio workout
and has developed the new Excite
VARIO to meet this need.
The new machine is easy to use and
gives members the freedom to do short
strides, longer strides and even steps, so
they can be creative in developing their
own workouts and not be restricted to
fixed planes of movement.
The Excite VARIO also picks up on
the trend towards total body training
and can be used by people of all abilities.
innovation: the Excite VARIO
So let’s have a look behind the scenes at
the key drivers for creating a new cardio
machiane. Firstly, it’s important to replicate
natural body movements. To do this, the
scientists have to defi ne a safe, natural
movement pattern. Secondly, the new
machine must adapt to each user’s natural
stride length and allow them to actually
change their stride length during exercise.
Therein lies the main difference
between VARIO and an elliptical machine
with a fi xed range and pattern of
movement – VARIO automatically adapts
to the user’s natural movement and stride.
Intense testing in the R&D labs with
people of all abilities helped Technogym
create a unique 83cm stride length for
Innovation: The new Excite VARIO has a unique 83cm stride length
its new machine. This, combined with a
maximum user height of 210cm, means it rate while using the machine in both
can cater for people of all sizes. settings. Being able to change resistance
OK, so the movement is defi ned. during a ‘total body’ workout was also
What else have exercisers said they’re seen as a big plus!
looking for? Consumer research clearly So in simple terms what did the
indicates that a low entry height onto the engineers do? They modifi ed the moving
machine is important, as well as a low handles by adding heart rate grips and also
user height while in operation. To put it a set of Fast Track Control buttons which
another way, the higher from the ground allow the user to change resistance during
a person is, the more uncomfortable they the workout. These are similar to the
can become when exercising. This is a controls found on a car steering wheel -
simple point, but it’s very important that simple but highly effective!
attention is paid to every detail. To conclude, a workout offering total
The VARIO is a total body machine body movement and natural stride
with two sets of arms - a set of moving length is what the R&D team set out to
arms to give a ‘total body’ workout and achieve. The proof of the pudding is in
another fi xed set to be using during the eating though and you’ll have to try
Ergonomic: Technogym undertook
‘lower body’ workouts. VARIO and give us your feedback. It’s a
consumer research to fi nd out how
Customer feedback was clear – users great new cardio workout, that feels so
exercisers respond to equipment
wanted to be able to track their heart natural, it’s easy to do and it’s fun!
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL US ON 01344 300236, EMAIL
UK_INFO@TECHNOGYM.COM OR VISIT WWW.TECHNOGYM.COM/VARIO
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