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Across 56 countries, Precor has networked tens of thousands of pieces of cardio equipment using the company’s Preva networked fitness platform. Exercisers have logged more than sixty million individualized workouts to date, including 200,000 personalized workouts a month, while consuming more than five million minutes of media each day.
Exercisers start by setting up a personal account using the touchscreen consoles of any Preva-enabled exercise machine (treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, AMTs, etc.) located throughout the world in nearly 2,000 fitness facilities or via the Preva Mobile app. Upon creating an account, exercisers can set a weekly goal based on the number of workout days and an associated target for calories, distance or duration per workout.
Exercisers can then use the intuitive Preva interface and fitness compass to visually see their progress against predefined goals. Built on the principles of gamification, Preva keeps exercisers motivated with achievement “badges.” Fun and educational, these badges keep users engaged, and progress can be shared on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Exercisers attain badges such as “Earning your Wings,” rewarded for working out 18 hours in total, the length of Amelia Earhart’s first solo flight from Hawaii to California.
Workouts tracked in Preva can be automatically added into a person’s Microsoft HealthVault record for viewing together with other important health and fitness information. Consumers simply connect their accounts to Microsoft HealthVault, a secure, web-based platform to store and maintain personal health and fitness information in order to build a complete picture of health.
Sean Nolan, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft HealthVault, explains:
Microsoft HealthVault is a trusted place for people to gather, store, use and share health information online. With Microsoft HealthVault, the company’s Preva solution joins a powerful ecosystem of connected apps and devices that help individuals create and use informative health and wellness records for themselves and their families.
On demand entertainment
In addition Precor and DIRECTV are enabling fitness operators and hotels to provide exercisers with an expansive number of entertainment options, including their favorite programs in HD, as they work out on cardio equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and Adaptive Motion Trainers. Precor is the only fitness equipment manufacturer to offer an integrated digital media experience through DIRECTV, bringing CNN, Comedy Central, EPSN, Food Network, HGTV and other HD channels directly to the consoles of exercise equipment.
Brent Brooks, Precor Vice President of Networked Fitness, said:
Small gym facilities and hospitality-run fitness centers in particular have unique challenges in staying atop the latest entertainment programming trends. One of the top hurdles has been offering personal, high quality entertainment, due to the cost and complication of encrypting TV signals. With the new STB Media Adapter from Precor, hospitality and lodging and other fitness facility owners can quickly and easily extend HD channels to exercisers, promoting longer, more enjoyable and more frequent workouts.
The STB Media Adapter supports a direct HDMI connection to P80 consoles on Precor equipment. Its “plug and play” decryption capabilities enable hospitality operators to offer the same HD programming available in-room, right on cardio equipment screens. This integration delivers exceptional picture quality at a minimal expense and without the need for complicated hardware.