Fall into Fitness Sale

Fall into Fitness Sale

Take advantage of outstanding values on selected Precor Treadmills, Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainers and Strength equipment now through September 8th.


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Lindsay Stril
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Paul Byrne Announces Retirement as Precor President; Rob Barker Named as Successor

Fitness industry leader Paul Byrne will retire September 1 after 28 years with Precor

Woodinville, WA – May 13, 2013 – President Paul Byrne announced today that after 28 years with Precor, including 13 as President, he will begin his retirement on September 1.  Precor Vice President – EMEA & APAC, Rob Barker, will assume the presidency in the culmination of a long-developing succession plan. 
When announcing his retirement Byrne shared:
“Over the past 35 years, I have been fortunate to have been part of an industry that has contributed to the well being of so many people, and to have spent 28 of those years at Precor has been beyond fortunate.  It has been an immeasurable gift.  I will retire with great pride in what we have accomplished and with eager anticipation of what lies ahead.”
Byrne, one of the most recognized and respected executives in the fitness industry, began his career as the co-founder of Concept 90, a chain of stores that helped introduce the concept of specialty fitness retail in the United States.  In 1985, Precor founder David Smith invited Byrne to join the then fledgling company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  In 2000, Byrne took the helm as president.  Over the course of 28 years Byrne has been a consistent visionary, guiding the transformation of Precor, the fitness industry and the way millions of people exercise.  Under his leadership, Precor:

  • Grew from a $20 million manufacturer of home rowing machines in the United States to a $350 million supplier of home and commercial fitness experiences globally
  • Developed a corporate culture admired for openness and loyalty which is regularly recognized in media surveys of “Best Places to Work”
  • Introduced the Elliptical Fitness Cross-Trainer (EFX®) , establishing what is now the second largest category of cardio equipment found in homes and gyms
  • Introduced the Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT®), the most personalized piece of cardio training equipment available
  • Established the standard in the newly developing category of networked fitness with Preva®, which now operates in more than 1,000 commercial installations across 37 countries

Upon Byrne’s recommendation, Rob Barker was unanimously approved as the new President by the Amer Sports Board of Directors and Heikki Takala, President & CEO of Amer Sports.  The promotion of Barker continues the legacy of internal leadership development at Precor.  The expectation of a smooth transition and continued success of Precor was emphasized by Byrne:
“Rob has been part of the Precor family since 1995, and I consider him a great colleague and a great friend.  He has done an extraordinary job leading our international business and helping to shape our overall strategy as part of the global senior management team. I am confident in the future of the Precor business and the Precor culture with Rob as our new President.”
Barker joined Precor in 1995 as the U.K. Sales and Marketing Manager and has developed his experience through several positions.  For the last five years Barker served as Vice President – EMEA & APAC and as a member of the global Precor senior management team where he has helped shape the company’s growth strategy.  During his five year tenure at the helm of EMEA & APAC, the Precor business has grown dramatically.  From 2008 through 2012, sales increased 133 percent and now represent 45 percent of all Precor revenue.  Barker will begin his transition now, enjoying several months of overlap with Byrne.  He and his family will relocate to the United States this summer.  In response to the announcement Barker remarked:
“I am honoured and excited to be asked by Paul Byrne and Heikki Takala to become the Precor President upon Paul’s retirement.  I congratulate Paul on his strong career and admire his extraordinary efforts in shaping Precor into the world-leading company that it is today. It has been my good fortune to work closely with Paul for many years and to see first-hand how Precor has, under his stewardship, innovated entirely new categories of fitness equipment and services like the EFX, AMT and Preva. It will be a pleasure to work with our employees worldwide to continue the Precor legacy of innovation.”
Precor operates as the fitness segment of Amer Sports, where the traditional Precor expertise in exercise is complemented by the other brands’ deep understanding of sports and advanced sports equipment.  Heikki Takala, President and CEO of Amer Sports, added:
“I would like to thank Paul for his great contribution to the company as President of Precor.  Paul leaves a huge legacy, with very strong business momentum coupled with a tremendous strategic business transformation from ‘traditional’ fitness company into a ‘networked’ business behind the successful introduction of Preva.  As to Rob Barker’s appointment, I’m really glad that we have been able to internally grow a professional like Rob to assume Paul’s role. Rob’s many years of experience with Precor has given him the skills to succeed in the new position.”
About Precor 
Precor designs and builds premium fitness equipment for effective workouts that feel smooth and natural. With a passionate focus on ergonomic motion, insight driven innovation and superior engineering, the company continually advances the home and commercial fitness industry with breakthrough new product categories, including, EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® “AMT®” and Preva® Networked Fitness. Precor is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, the world’s largest sports equipment company, with internationally recognized brands Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc’Teryx and Mavic.

Club Industry reports that reliability is the important feature on which club operators need to focus when considering which treadmills to purchase for their facilities. Because they have the highest average usage rates for cardio equipment, gym operators told Precor in research study that they considered reliability one of their most important evaluation factors.

Precor is the Official Treadmill of the Rock 'n' Roll  Marathon Series

Precor is the Official Treadmill of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is the 'World's Largest Running Series' with  more than 500,000 people taking part in 26 North American cities each year. Read more


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Precor Among Leading Philanthropic Companies in Puget Sound Region

Precor Honored for Charitable Contributions at Puget Sound Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Awards Event

Woodinville, WA — May 27, 2014 — Precor®, a leading commercial and home fitness equipment manufacturer, today announced the Puget Sound Business Journal has named it one of the most philanthropic companies in the Puget Sound for its “Precor Cares” and “Precor Gives” charitable giving programs. Precor donated more than $800K in 2013, earning it a second place ranking among 25 medium-sized businesses in the Puget Sound region. The company was honored at the Corporate Citizenship Awards Luncheon May 22 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel.

“Our Corporate Citizenship event and publication allows us to recognize 75 companies from the Puget Sound region who collectively donated more than $1 billion in cash to charitable causes around the globe, and close to $120 million of that here in Washington,” said Gordon Prouty, publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal. “We’re pleased to recognize Precor as one of these outstanding organizations for their ongoing generosity and commitment to philanthropy.”

Established in 2006, the “Precor Gives” program empowers company employees to give to the charity of their choice. The company then matches employee contributions dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee, per year. Some of the supported charities in 2013 include Susan G. Komen, the American Diabetes Association and Habitat for Humanity, as well as local organizations including local Boys & Girls Clubs, Northwest Harvest, and the Coastal Conservation Association.

Through “Precor Cares,” the company has teamed up with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to award local YMCAs grants that advance the implementation of the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) program. To date, the company’s donations have benefited more than 40 Y communities across the nation.

“Our work with employee-sponsored charitable groups and the YMCA has allowed us to scale our giving programs to reach more people in need more quickly,” said Rob Barker, president of Precor. “We’re honored to be recognized for supporting causes near and dear to Precor team members and our partner organizations.”

The Corporate Citizenship Awards program is co-sponsored by the Seattle Foundation, whose mission is to “foster powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make King County a stronger, more vibrant community for all.” Read more about the top Puget Sound corporate philanthropists and their contributions in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s May 23 Corporate Citizenship special report.

About Precor
Precor designs and builds premium fitness equipment for effective workouts that feel smooth and natural. With a passionate focus on ergonomic motion, proven science and superior engineering, the company continually advances the home and commercial fitness industry with breakthrough new product categories, including, EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® “AMT®” and Preva® Networked Fitness. Precor is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, the world’s largest sports equipment company, with internationally recognized brands Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc’Teryx and Mavic.

Published May 15, 2014.  In this contributed cover article to the National Fitness Trade Journal, authored by Director of Product Management Adam Hubbard, the new Experience Series Treadmill launch is highlighted.  The story covers the primary features and benefits of the new treadmills, developed following extensive research with commercial fitness center operators, exercisers and service technicians.  

If Preva is new for your facility, chances are you are looking for the best ways to get off to a great start. Along with our Best Practices, here are a few quick steps to take to make sure you are in a good starting position.

Step 1: Make sure you are logging into Preva Business Suite
Every few weeks log into PBS to check on your equipment, update messaging, and refresh facility feeds.  You should have received login information via email at the time your order was placed.  Please contact your sales representative if not.

Step 2: Sign your team up for training
On Demand videos and 1:1 webinars are at your disposal to help everyone understand the value of Preva.

Tip - Once your staff is initially trained, schedule periodic training sessions to keep your staff up to speed.

Step 3: Market Preva in your Facility
In club collateral, email templates, and how-to guides are all readily available to you to promote Preva availability. View a list of resources here.

Step 4: Preva Tokens!
Increase adoption and engagement by offering quick access to Preva Tokens.  Exercisers with a token and goals workout on average 4x more often, which brings them into your facility more and increases engagement opportunities.

Learn more about the Token here.

Step 5: Induction Process
Wrap Preva into all new exerciser orientations and tours, and sign them up with an account and goals. Be sure to include a token in the process.

Tip - The Preva Mobile app is a great way to speed this process up. Staff can help exercisers create an account on the go, and it will be immediately available on the P80 console.

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There are many ways to utilize Preva tools and features. To help save you some time with trial and error, we've pulled together some of the best tips and tricks to help you be successful.

Preva Accounts Best Practices

Preva Best Practices

Keeping Members Engaged and Coming Back with Personalized and Goal-Focused Experiences

Preva Personalized Accounts provides your exercisers with a personalized workout that engages, motivates them to stick with their workout program and keep visiting your facility. With a Preva account, your exercisers set up their own fitness profile on networked P80 consoles, set and track weekly workout goals, receive fun achievement badges, and save their favorite workouts for replay later. With the Preva Mobile Application, Preva Accounts extends your members' experience beyond your facility so that your members can track fitness activities while on the go.

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Workout Messages Best Practices

Workout Messages Best Practices

Engaging Exercisers with Powerful Messaging Tools

In-Workout messages allow you, as an operator, to communicate your message directly to your exercisers, right on the P80 console. Designed to help you deliever the right message, to the right person at the right time, in-workout messages can be tailored to reach your exercisers at peak times within your facility.

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RSS Feeds Best Practices

RSS Feeds Best Practices

Engaging with Exercisers through Powerful Messaging Tools

Facility Feeds reside on the Preva Net panel of a networked P80 console and appear under "Club Feeds." Much like web RSS feeds, this feature allows your members to view a collection of customized articles in one location. Create and deliver high impact information direct to the P80 console that is easy for in-motion exercisers to consume, and enhances their membership experience. What better way to capture busy, plugged-in exercisers than while they are focused and using your equipment.

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Best Practices for Preva Business Suite

Best Practices for Preva Business Suite

Managing your Business with Powerful Equipment Optimization Tools

With your networked Precor equipment, you now have access to Preva Business Suite, a central web portal where you can observe and manage all Experience™ Series networked equipment, as well as communicate directly with your exercisers. Through Preva Business Suite, Precor technicians can also help diagnose problems, keep track of software versions, and make sure your networked equipment is always current. Having networked Precor equipment and Preva Business Suite allows Precor to push remote software updates to each unit eliminating the need for paid installers to come out and update your equipment, decreasing costs and downtime.

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Preva On-Demand TrainingOur dynamic and interactive instructor-led webinars are delivered by a live instructor to provide you with a fun and open experience to learn how to best utilize all features of your networked fitness equipment. Our modular class approach allows you to quickly find and focus on exactly what you are looking for. Preva training webinars are offered as individualized private sessions. Every networked fitness customer is invited to sign up for their private training sessions with our trainer.

Learn when it is convenient and beneficial to you and your staff with our on-demand e-learning program specific needs, allowing you to get all of your quest.

  • Courses are designed to provide you with a self-paced and self-directed learning experience
  • The modular design approach allows for easy and fast access allowing you to quickly and effortlessly find exactly what you are looking for
  • Pre-scheduled webinars are offered multiple times every week to accommodate your busy schedule
  • Our interactive format is tailored to your specific needs, allowing you to get all of your questions answered

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Precor has ready made templates and documents to market Preva in your facility.

Front Desk Reference Guide

Preva Workout Guides
Preva Personal Accounts & General P80 FAQ

A: You can create a Preva account via the display console using the following steps:

  1. Select the "Sign In" button at the bottom of the welcome screen.
  2. Choose "Create Account" from the sign in screen and enter the following information as it appears.
    • Email Address (be sure this is valid in case you lose your password)
    • Password (must be at least 8 characters)
    • Display Name (Name that will appear while signed in to Preva)
    • Date of birth, which determines your age (you must be at least 13 years of age to sign up for a Preva account)
  3. Read the "Terms of Use" page and choose "I Accept" when finished.
  4. You are now automatically signed into your Preva account.

To continue reading, check out our Front Desk Reference Guide

Guide to Communicating with your Exercisers

Precor P80 Console RSS Feeds
Keep in Touch with your Members During Their Workouts

Discover how to benefit from your Club Feeds and Message Manager.

The 'Club Feeds' feature located on the Preva Net panel of networked P80 consoles, enables you to provide content direct to your members. You can deliever news, information and club promotions to help keep members informed and entertained. You can even use the feeds to help drive additional revenue for your club's services.

Message Manager allows you to add high impact, customizable, and targeted messages that appear right on the exerciser's console.

To continue reading, check out our Guide to Communicating with Your Members

How to Create a Facility Feed

Creating a Web Feed for Preva® Net

A web feed gives users a way to retrieve and read new articles automatically. Feeds are popular with bloggers, news services, and magazine publishers. You can also use a web feed to get the word out about what's happening in your organization and support your business goals in the following ways:

Keep your members satisfied and active by posting members success stories, staff bios and background pages, group exercise schedules, news about special events, nutrition and fitness tips, or a local fitness blog

Increase you revenue by promoting sponsored blogs and news feeds, activities for which you charge separately, personal training programs, apparel, nutritional products, services, and merchandise

Keep members engaged in the community by informing them about local sporting and fitness events, local news and weather, and events held by local community and charitable organizations

To continue reading, check out our How to Create Facility Feeds

Check out these additional Club Resources

Email Templates

Facility feed checklist

In club collateral available on our Print on Demand website

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