The Leading International Trade Show For Fitness, Wellness & Health
This year’s show was a chance for us to see what the world’s leading suppliers of fitness equipment had to offer. Whilst there was the usual standard fare of selectorized fitness machines and cardiovascular equipment there was a marked increase in functional training equipment and demonstrations on how best to utilise this equipment to improve health and wellbeing. There was also a distinct increase in the number of spinning bikes and the paraphernalia that accompanies this burgeoning fitness trend.
The large commercial gym equipment suppliers such as Life Fitness, Technogym, Cybex and StarTrac all had impressive stands, not surprising given their well-established positions in the commercial equipment market and each were keen to show their latest models and ranges. The move to cloud computing has been embraced by the large suppliers so users can now use interactive screens on their machines to plan, monitor and share their workouts.
Spinning has seen a big increase over the last few years due in part to the uptake in cycling in our cities. Suppliers were keen to show off their latest ergonomic bikes that promise a comfortable riding experience. However, spinning classes have evolved significantly and now users are looking for a more complete experience rather than just loud music, flashing lights and energetic instructors. Spinning studios can now take you on a real journey so that you can see as well as feel your ride and all the while you can track your hear rate performance by real time feedback on a large screen right in front of you!
However, by far the most dominant feature at this year’s show was the functional training rig which has embraced the movement in recent years towards functional free weight and bodyweight training. These large but compact rigs allow users to move quickly and efficiently from one exercise to the next making it an efficient and exhilarating workout experience. Combining strength and cardiovascular stations this is group exercise experience will be a mainstay of commercial gyms for some time to come.