SNEWS is celebrating its 25th anniversary and we're including the fitness industry in the party. What better way to celebrate 25 years of an industry than to talk to those futurists who opened stores, built gyms in their garages and tinkered with ergonomics in 1984 -- or even before in some cases -- to showcase what has been accomplished and what is on the horizon.
Photos? You betcha. We gathered up photos from the past 20 to 30 years of stores, people and equipment, as well as promotional brochures and even a couple of newspaper clippings.
See, below, what the industry's manufacturers had to share.... Then look in the SNEWS Magazine Extras section (www.snewsnet.com/magextras) in the 25 Years of Fitness section for all the photo spreads of manufacturers, retailers, people and equipment.
Do you have more you’d like to add? Drop us any photos you’d like us to upload to firstname.lastname@example.org, with IDs please and the year, and we’ll add them. Meanwhile, got comments? Share your thoughts with the industry in the SNEWS Chat at the bottom of the page.
Augie Nieto, Life Fitness founder and the RV “Slugo” (1980) in which he traveled hawking the original LifeCycle: Left to right, standing, Will Faville, Windy Loucks, Sean Lippert, Bill Borinstein, Mike James, Ann Lippert, Bob Farra; Peter McCoy, standing in the doorway; Bryan Andrus, kneeling; Nieto, holding the Lifecycle sign!
PaceMaster (Aerobics Inc.), all circa 1979. Note the brochures sold health benefits and not mechanical specifications. Now known as PaceMaster as the brand name, the company was called Aerobics, but when that became nearly a generic term, the company emphasized the name PaceMaster.
PaceMaster 850X brochure
PaceMaster 600 brochure
PaceMaster 600 brochure with models
Ted Habing, Inspire Fitness co-founder, on the first Pacific Fitness prototype, in the basement, 1977
If you liked this supplemental material to the SNEWS 2009 Fitness magazine’s article celebrating 25 years of fitness, then you’ll like all the rest too. Be sure not to miss additional commentary from retailer long-timers, more from manufacturer long-timers and some insights from those who are retired, out of the industry or from other related groups.
In addition to the photos in the magazine we have more, with full IDs and other information. Don’t miss vintage photos from manufacturers, vintage photos from retailers, vintage photos of people, and classic photos of old and original equipment.
Then, if you are wondering who is in and what is pictured in each photo on the grid on the Table of Contents page of the magazine, you can find those IDs by clicking here.