Technogym

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Technogym SpA
Industry Fitness
Founded 1983 Cesena
Founder Nerio Alessandri
Headquarters Cesena, Italy
Key people
Nerio Alessandri (president and founder)
Products Fitness equipment
Revenue Increase€512 million (2015)[1]
Number of employees
2200 (2011)
Website www.technogym.com

Technogym is a manufacturer of fitness equipment based in Cesena, Italy.

It was founded in 1983 by Nerio Alessandri.[2]

History[edit]

In 1985 Technogym launched its first complete strength training line, and in 1986 it presented Unica, a home trainer. Then, in 1990, the company added its first cardiovascular training line. In 2000 it launched the Selection line and in 2002 it launched Excite, the first cardiovascular training line with an integrated TV screen. In 2000 Technogym was nominated official supplier for athletic training equipment at the Olympic Games in Sydney.[citation needed] Since then the company has been an official supplier for numerous other Olympic Games, including Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 (nominated on July 13, 2010).[citation needed]

In July 2014 Technogym partnered with industrial designer Antonio Citterio to create a sleek line of home gym equipment. The Kinesis Personal Vision line integrates tablets that run a program called VISIOWEB that runs on an Android platform [3]

In August 2014, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, announced it was choosing Technogym as an exclusive supplier. [4]

Sponsorship[edit]

In 1993, Technogym sponsored the Formula One motor racing team Benetton Formula.[5]

Technogym has sponsored the Olympics in Sydney, Athens, Turin and Beijing [6] where it was of two official sports related official suppliers to the 2008 Summer Olympics, together with Adidas.[7] The company is set to provide equipment to the London 2012 Olympics.[8]

Performance Index[edit]

Technogym's cardiovascular training equipment displays a proprietary Performance Index (P.I.) when used in conjunction with a Heart rate monitor. Results are displayed on a scale from 0 to 99 with higher numbers indicating stronger performance. Results are not directly comparable with other measures such as VO2 max. The ranges quoted in manuals are

P.I. Performance
Up to 10 Poor
11 to 20 Fair
21 to 30 Good
31 to 40 Very good
Over 40 Excellent

The Technogym Performance Index (P.I.) is calculated on the basis of oxygen consumption during exercise (VO2=METS x 3.5) (METS=calories used per hour divided by weight (in kilograms)) and the average heart rate during exercise (given as % of maximum heart rate).

This formula is then used to calculate the P.I.:

P.I. = 100x (((VO2/%of max heart rate) -0.1)/0.9)

As can be seen from the above formula the PI is heavily dependent on the calculation of maximum heart rate. Technogym equipment calculates maximum heart rate as 220 minus age. Thus the calculated P.I. of an individual will drop year by year even if the performance itself does not change.

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