Last Updated on May 28, 2017 by TFM Staff
Nautilus Inc. is without a doubt one of the biggest names in exercise equipment. You’ve most likely seen their products, like the Nautilus E614 elliptical, in exercise equipment retailer stores and gyms. The Nautilus brand is easily one of the most recognizable cardio equipment brands. However, what is maybe less known is they also offer other exercise equipment through other brands such as Bowflex, Universal, and Schwinn.
Nautilus Inc. likes to make it clear that they are not just a product supply company though, they embody healthy living in general and this applies to their company and their staff. While they have an on-site fitness centre they also encourage their employees to participate in many of the community and fitness events that Nautilus Inc. puts on every year. Because of this they have won many awards for health, fitness and wellness in the workplace.
Nautilus specializes in cardio equipment including upright bikes, recumbent bikes, treadmills and elliptical. Their equipment is high quality, durable and advanced technologically. Each machine can monitor factors such as speed, heart rate, distance travelled and workout time. The monitor also has a stand for a book, magazine or tablet so your workout can be combined with leisure activities or checking your emails. Most of the equipment also offers Bluetooth Nautilus Connect which connects to the Nautilus Trainer app on your phone as well as uploading your data to your MyFitnessPal account. All you work out times, distance, heart rate and calories burned are effortlessly in one place for you to track your fitness progress.
Schwinn are specialists in cycling equipment. Although their original focus back in 1896 was solely on racing they have since expanded to include the home user. In that time Schwinn has made many innovations to the bicycle including the bicycle balloon tyre, the Cyclelock, the Fore-wheel brake and many more innovations. It wasn’t until 1965 that Schwinn noticed the fitness trend and created the first stationary exercise bikes and since then they have excelled at this more than anyone else. Schwinn signature is their Airdyne technology available in their bikes and elliptical. Airdyne uses wind resistance, so the harder you pedal, the greater the resistance encountered. They also have expanded into elliptical machines like the popular Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine.
Bowflex offers both cardio and strength equipment as well as equipment for at home. Their equipment represents innovation, engineering and technological evolution so that your workout is smarter, not harder. One great example of this is the TreadClimber. While most treadmills have an incline adjustment feature, the TreadClimber combines the treadmill, elliptical and stair climber together so all you have to do is walk, just 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week to improved health and fitness. Bowflex, however, is also a community, developed through Bowflex Insider. This is a place where you can find information on nutrition and eating, training programs and exercises and the latest health and wellness information so that you can live a whole healthy life.
Universal was founded at the iconic Muscle Beach with the purpose of making strength training safer and therefore more accessible to beginners. Barbells and Dumbells have been an integral part of strength training for many years but they require careful monitoring of technique and form otherwise the exerciser is likely to injure themselves. Thus the weight machine was born. Instead of free weights all the weight and the exercisers direction of movement is guided and controlled. Now Universal has a range of both single exercise machines and machines that incorporate as many as ten different exercises along with add-ons that assist in non-weight exercises like pull up bars and sit up benches. They, of course, also offer traditional free weights as well.
The original Nautilus may have just been a stand-alone exercise machine, but from there the company has grown into something much greater. By bringing together the exercise equipment industry leaders they have created a company that encompasses cardio and strength training like no other. Who else can boast a bike company in production since the 1800s, or the creators of the weight machine? A thing is only as great as the sum of its parts and Nautilus Incorporated only has the best parts.