photo: Greg Wahl-Stephens for the Columbian
photo: Greg Wahl-Stephens for the Columbian

I was lucky enough to visit the Nautilus World Headquarters last week with my husband. He’s an avid runner (and you will see more of his posts on my site!) and we were both very interested in seeing the current and upcoming Bowflex equipment, including the Bowflex Max Trainer (which I got to try out – more on that).

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Ready for a day of Nautilus fun!

nautilusFirst thing I want to talk about is the Nautilus work ethics and seeing the employees as their own customers.

Nautilus has a full gym ready for anyone to use during the day. An employee has a hour free in the morning between meetings? He heads to the gym. I love that Nautilus encourages this because a healthy worker is a more productive worker. I know that after I work out I get adrenaline and determination and my work flourishes because of it.

nautilus2We spoke to CEO Bruce Cazenave along with acclaimed fitness expert Tom Holland about the structure of the company and the mission statement. His way of operating Nautilus is so refreshing – and obviously making a difference in the success of  the Nautilus and Bowflex brands, along with other brands Schwinn and Universal. He chatted about a program for employees called Road to Wellness. Each employee gets a “passport” and stamps when they complete a fitness course specified in the program. If that wasn’t  reward enough, those who complete the stamps will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize at the end of the year. Plus medical insurance members get a credit on their premium for the following year. Very cool, right?

From there we met with Rob Murd0ck, Vice President, General Manager Direct and an avid fitness junkie. He talked about the newest and most popular products – the Bowflex Max Trainer, the BowFlex TreadClimber, and Bowflex SelectTech, an ingenious set of weights that keep an entire weight workout in one compact product. Rob demonstrated both the Max Trainer and TreadClimber. Both products piqued my interest, but I ultimately decided on testing out the Max Trainer with the guidance of Tom Holland and Rob Murdock.

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Ok, can I tell you something? I don’t often get winded when I am working out. I mean, I do, but it’s usually after a little while. The Max Trainer kicked my butt! Within 2 minutes I was huffing and puffing on that machine. Tom says that the average workout on the Max Trainer is 15 minutes, I’m not sure I could last 5 minutes right away, so it’s a pretty great way to get your heart rate up quickly and use the minimum amount of time for the maximum amount of effort and tone/burn calories that much quicker. For me that’s a HUGE plus since my kids don’t usually let me run on the treadmill for more than 20 minutes at a time (if I’m lucky).

I’m totally buying one of those machines. And I am actually really REALLY excited about it!

While I was there I got to meet some pretty amazing fitness bloggers – Poppy at Facing 40, Melissa at MelissaKaylene.com, Karen at Submommy, Gentoku of Mind Fit Move, David of Keep It Up David, and Brooke of Brooke Not On A Diet. We each had reasons for keeping fit – Gentoku uses fitness and exercise as a way of centering himself and meditation, Karen and Melissa want to keep up with her kids, Poppy wants to feel 20 years old instead of the almost 40 she is (like me!), and David & Brooke have both had an impressive weight loss of over 160 pounds EACH. I know, right? How inspiring is that?

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Visiting the Nautilus has been a real inspiration – I am excited to continue my fitness journey! Be sure to check back (or subscribe) because I will be blogging about the Bowflex Max Trainer as soon as I get it 🙂

Thank you to Nautilus for allow us to tour the facilities! No compensation was made in exchange for this post (per FTC guidelines).

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