Fitness Industry Technology Council makes official request to standardize caloric burn data

A consortium of fitness manufacturers and organizations has put out an official call to standardize fitness equipment user performance metrics, starting with calories burned.
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A consortium of fitness manufacturers and organizations has put out an official call to standardize fitness equipment user performance metrics, starting with calories burned.

The Fitness Industry Technology Council, which SNEWS has been following for the past year, announced this week a request for proposal for the best methods to measure caloric burn. Click here to see the request. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 1, 2012.

“The population deserves to have the proper information about caloric burn presented to them … ” FIT-C officials stated in the request. “All too often side-by-side pieces of cardio equipment of the same functionality display different expended energy values for the identical workout.

“FIT-C is looking to normalize the playing field by providing a self-certification process for equipment vendors, which will generate documentation that will be reviewed by a qualified physiology lab for validation of process, and accuracy prior to certification.”

The non-profit FIT-C came together over the ast few years as fitness industry stakeholders met at tradeshows and discussed the growing disparity among technologies and performance metrics on fitness equipment. They have advised that the differences send mixed and unreliable messages to the consumer, reducing trust in the overall industry. The group also believes that by standardizing fitness technologies, users would be more willing to participate given the consistency across brands.

Members of FIT-C include the American Council on Exercise, ClubCom, Core Performance, Dynastream Innovations, FitLinxx, FitPro, Green Fitness Equipment Company, Integerus, Intel, Koko Fitclub, Nexersys, Polar, Precor, Triumph Group Management and True.

FIT-C formally will meet at Club Industry in Las Vegas (Oct. 10-12), along with an open meeting from 3-4 p.m., Oct. 11, at the trade show. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.

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The group also is sponsoring a fitness technology roundtable “Influence of Technology – A Glimpse at Tomorrow’s Health Club” at the trade show from 12:45-2:15 p.m., Oct. 12.

--David Clucas

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