"Life Fitness really developed the research category in fitness. The process of movement, exertion and feedback helps create products that are comfortable and effective."
- Julie Daly, Biomechanics Manager
The largest dedicated biomechanics team in fitness studies how people and machines interact. The result is equipment that is inviting to all exercisers.
The Science of Biomechanics
Julie Daley, Biomechanics Manager
Life Fitness began in-house biomechanics testing in 2000. Life Fitness was the first in the fitness industry to see the need for, and create, a biomechanics testing lab.
A range of tests ensure that products move the way the human body is supposed to, and they they provide results.
Kinematics testing determines the way the body moves. Input from this testing has been essential when designing cardio equipment like cross-trainers that have an elliptical path that mimics natural running.
Pressure analysis on the soles of the feet and the seat of Lifecycle bikes determines hot spots and ultimately enhances user comfort.
VO2 testing measures how much oxygen exercisers metabolize, which can be converted into calorie burn. Extensive data across a wide variety of exercisers results in “calories burned” displays on Life Fitness equipment that are extremely accurate.
Electromyograms measure the electrical activity in muscles and provide valuable insight into muscle engagement during exercise.