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March 06, 2008

Life Fitness Adds Nike + iPod Experience to Cardio Exercise Equipment

By Stefania Viscusi, TMCnet Assistant Editor

Anyone looking to further improve their cardio workout routine is in luck thanks to the latest announcement from exercise equipment manufacturer Life Fitness, who will be incorporating the Nike + iPod experience on all of its iPod-compatible equipment later this year.

With the new capabilities, users can plug their iPod nano into the equipment when they begin their workout and record their results. This information is stored on the nano and can be uploaded to nikeplus.com.
First introduced less than two years ago, Nike + iPod offers a running experience that combines music, personal coaching and fitness networking. Nike+ lets a users iPod nano talk to Nike+ enabled running shoes through the wireless Nike + iPod Sport Kit.
When gym users connect their iPod nano to their computer, their workout data is sent to nikeplus.com through iTunes. This workout data is converted to "CardioMiles," so that users of cardio equipment can easily set goals and participate in challenges with runners and with users of other cardio equipment.
Life Fitness will deliver the Nike + iPod experience on all of its iPod-compatible Elevation Series treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers and Lifecycle Exercise Bikes.

"By delivering the Nike + iPod experience through our equipment, we're giving exercisers new and exciting tools to maximize their workouts," said Bob Quast, vice president of product management for Life Fitness. "This groundbreaking tool is taking the exercise equipment experience beyond the fitness facility."

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