IRVINE, Calif. (November 25, 2002) – Star Trac hopes to fill every home and handheld Palm device with “get-fit-for-the-holiday” wishes as well as plans for a healthy new year with its home fitness equipment. In conjunction with these Yuletide wishes, the Irvine-based manufacturer announces the Star Trac Pro Elite, which is the first treadmill that exchanges workout data with Palm PoweredTM handheld devices. In the spirit of the season, Star Trac will also giveaway a new Palm Pilot to one lucky winner through an email drawing. To enter, email your name and contact information by December 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handheld devices operating with Palm OS software can exchange — or “beam” — workout data to and from the Star Trac Pro Elite treadmill console. This capability, created by software programmer Jay Wright, CEO of SingleTap, offers the unique ability to accurately monitor exercise performance over time. In development for more than a year, SingleTap and Star Trac found research that revealed many treadmill users were also handheld device owners.
Next month handheld owners may download and install the application on their devices by going to http://www.startrac.com. Once installed, place the handheld on the treadmill, align the handheld?s infra-red (IR) port with the port on the treadmill console, and “beam” your workout to the treadmill. Once the workout begins, the handheld receives various data including speed, incline, heart rate, calories burned, and distance traveled. When the workout is complete, the user can review and compare it with previous workouts. Users also can create their own custom workouts on the handheld and “beam” them to the treadmill. In the future, ready-made workouts will be available online as well. Users will be able to use self- or professionally-designed workouts based on individualized fitness goals.
The new Pro Elite treadmill from Star Trac also features two personal fans incorporated into the console, a digital weight scale, and the Soft Trac shock-absorbing running deck. Additionally, the Pro Elite treadmill monitors heart rate via contact and Polar devices, and may be programmed to operate according to the user-described target heart-rate training level. The treadmill also provides an incline range of up to 15 percent.
Most people know Star Trac for its treadmills used by more than 2.5 million people every day in homes, health clubs, spas and hotels worldwide, according to Jamie Kimmet, consumer sales manager. However, Star Trac was also instrumental in the development of the first upright, electronic stationary bicycle in the early 1980s. Star Trac continues to provide stationary and recumbent cycles including the official bikes for the popular Spinning indoor group-cycling program.
Now distributing to more than 65 countries, Star Trac endeavors to “to change lives through fitness” and “provide products and education that establish lifelong habits for health and fitness,” Kimmet said.
Call 1-877-STAR-TRAC or visit online at www.startrac.com for more information, arranging test runs and pricing information. All orders include free shipping, installation and 3-year warranty on parts and labor for home use applications (does not include Spinners).