Life Fitness Unveils State-of-the-Art Cardio Line with Next-Gen Biomechanics, Symbio™, at IHRSA 2024 

Life Fitness Unveils State-of-the-Art Cardio Line with Next-Gen Biomechanics, Symbio™, at IHRSA 2024

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Life Fitness unveiled a new generation of cardio, strength training, and digital product innovations at the 2024 IHRSA Convention & Trade Show held March 6-8, 2024 in Los Angeles. The company’s latest innovations build on a 55-year legacy as a cornerstone in gyms and fitness facilities around the world.


The Symbio product series fuses advanced biomechanics, luxurious yet purposeful design, and personalized, immersive experiences to create the ultimate multi-sensory fitness experience. Symbio’s meticulous engineering works seamlessly with the versatilities of the human body to craft workouts as unique as the individuals using the machines.


“It’s long been the aim of Life Fitness to bring new energy to the cardio space,” said Dan Wille, Chief Product Officer, Life Fitness. “With Symbio, our biomechanics team engaged in countless hours of research on how the body interacts with our new technologies and experiences, studying force impact, muscle engagement, VO2 max, ergonomics, and more. The result: a true manifestation of body and machine, together in harmony.”


Symbio’s product series includes:


  • Symbio Runner™ (treadmill) features Adaptive Flex Deck® technology, where exercisers can select their preferred surface firmness with simulated real-world terrains, which helps mitigates the risk of injury.
  • Symbio™ Incline Elliptical touts a patent-pending incline mechanism, which creates an ellipse that emulates the body’s natural running motion.
  • Symbio SwitchCycle™ functions as a 2-in-1 upright bicycle with out-of-saddle riding, 100 levels of resistance, macro gears for group sprint resistance jumps and sensor-guided positioning for optimal comfort.
  • Symbio™ Recumbent Cycle takes the guesswork out of seat adjustment with on-screen seat and positioning guidance.


“Symbio builds upon our company’s heritage of creating equipment that feels natural for all bodies and levels of exercise while also pushing new boundaries,” said Jim Pisani, CEO, Life Fitness. “Cardio activity remains a critical element of the workout, and providing fitness facilities with a breakthrough solution is critical for the health of the business. Symbio reenergizes this space with long-sought-after versality, personalization and immersive experiences for a new era of fitness. We see Symbio as a catalyst for innovation not only within our own company, but also the bellwether for innovation in the cardio market at large.”


Strength Portfolio Highlights

Alongside Symbio, the Life Fitness booth also featured an array of new products from the fitness brand’s strength portfolio. Along with new benches, Insignia machines with connected fitness, and Hammer Strength plate-loaded units, the booth highlighted the Dual Adjustable Pulley with Progressive Stabilization and the Assisted Nordic Ham.


  • Dual Adjustable Pulley: The Dual Adjustable Pulley sets the standard for versatility and workout effectiveness — allowing for nearly endless strength activities to benefit exercisers looking for increased variety and facilities wishing to maximize their strength floor space. Most notably, this pulley system features a patented Progressive Stabilization system, which delivers a more functional cable training experience, a low starting resistance, cabling for dynamic movements, and a patented adjustable stability pad for support during key movements.


  • Assisted Nordic Ham: The Hammer Strength Assisted Nordic Ham is a plate-loaded product which allows athletes to execute full-range Nordic Hamstring Curls. This product features a single adjustment to accommodate varying size users and a counterbalanced design, that means the more weight a user adds, the easier the curl becomes.


Digital Solutions Highlights

The company also launched Life Fitness Digital Solutions, the evolution of the suite of software platforms that connects Life Fitness equipment with tools to deliver more personalized workout experiences for trainers and exercisers, while maximizing profitability for facility operators.


Life Fitness Connect System, featuring Connect Kit, Trainer Connect and the exerciser-facing Connect app: The Connect System seamlessly integrates Life Fitness cardio, strength, and functional zones; exercisers can receive comprehensive tracking and workout guidance via the new Connect App; trainers can deliver personalized coaching through Trainer Connect. These Life Fitness tools, including tracking sensors for strength equipment, are part of the company’s acquisition of Sony Advagym.


Facility Connect is the next-generation asset management platform to maintain optimal equipment performance and make data-driven decisions to manage facilities, provide custom video content and personalize equipment options.

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