How It's Made: Redesigning a Cardio Line
That’s why when Life Fitness started planning the new Integrity Series we asked customers and exercisers for input. What do they like about the existing series? What would they change? We know our products pretty well, but so do the hundreds of thousands of people who interact with them on a daily basis. They’re the experts.
So, thanks to some valuable feedback, we made a few changes to Integrity. Here are a few examples of how we got there.
Cross-Trainer FlexForm pedals
The Situation – Cross-trainer innovation isn’t a thing of the past. Typical pedal surfaces provide a neutral angle through the elliptical motion, and once the exerciser finds a comfortable foot position, they tend to keep their feet static. This continued contact on the ball of the foot can lead to a condition called transient paresthesia or numb foot as constant pressure leads to slight impingements of the nerves.
The Solution – To help alleviate this condition, we developed a crowned pedal shape that allows the foot to make rolling contact with the pedal. The crown shape allows exercisers to naturally roll their foot on the pedal and remove some pressure from the ball of the foot.
The Result – After more than 100 hours of surveys, exercisers tested on our crown design felt enhanced comfort during their workout.
Easier access for service
The Situation – Through conversations with maintenance professionals around the globe, we were asked to make servicing our treadmill quicker and easier. Integrity Series has been relied on for rugged durability and with the 2017 treadmill we took on the challenge to make it even more streamlined and robust.
The Solution – Extensive development was done to reduce the components in our treadmill drive system and assembly. Fewer components equal less moving parts and greater reliability. A simple assembly design also allows for easy access for maintenance staff on key components.
The Result – We reduced overall hardware by 30%. We also made plastic shrouds easier to remove, cutting down drastically on the number of fasteners. These small improvements add up to a treadmill assembly that reduces the amount of service needs and makes them quicker to perform if they do occur.
C Console redesign
The Situation – We interviewed nearly 50 commercial customers in 13 countries around the globe and each provided one consistent message, “make it simple.”
The Solution – Integrity Series cardio equipment is found in busy facilities that serve a wide variety of exercisers. Integrity Series customers expressed a need for their exercisers to get on and go, so when designing our new C console we thought about how we could make navigation easier.
The Result – We removed over 60% of control buttons and brought the most used exerciser experiences front and center, which provides for a more inviting and approachable design.