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Life Fitness works with coach Hunter Allen on new indoor trainer

Published October 3, 2017

ROSEMONT, Ill. (BRAIN) — Life Fitness, a manufacturer of commercial and home fitness equipment, has launched the IC8, an indoor power trainer bike developed with Hunter Allen, a well-known cycling coach and author.


"The IC8 is the new standard in power training," said Bernd Puerschel, the vice president of ICG. "We worked closely with athletes to create an authentic indoor experience. Inspired by the movement of road cycling, triathlon and athletic-performance training, the IC8 has greater power accuracy and wattage than any trainer available in the market today."

The company said the IC8 was engineered to deliver the ergonomics, drive and feel of a road or triathlon bike.

The bike's WattRate Direct Power Meter is patented photocell technology measuring torsion at the spindle to compute power with less than one percent error.  The WattRate TFT Computer on the trainer has more than 40 performance metrics and capabilities to present over five screens with zoom and scrolling capabilities. The system also comes with Polar View, a detailed look at how the rider applies force through each pedal stroke to optimize efficiency. The IC8's Bluetooth and ANT+ capabilities allow the user to access workouts, create training plans and analyze workout data with the ICG Training App, available on IOS and Android, or connect to a third-party apps with ANT+ for power and  cdence.

The IC8 delivers up to 3,800 watts adustable via a resistance dial. The trainer also features a freewheel drivetrain and oversized chain with automated tension system.

The IC8 Power Trainer is for fitness facilities that offer road cycling, triathlon and endurance-specific training and/or want to target cyclists and triathletes looking for an authentic indoor training experience. The product can be located on the main cardio floor or in performance studios.

For group cycling scenarios, the IC8 comes with ICG Connect capabilities to capture the collective efforts of all the riders and provide a scenic and immersive group ride.

"Ride after ride, you can trust in the accuracy of its power meter, feel the precision in its German engineering, and enjoy the magic of its amazing computer," said Allen. "If you're a cyclist, and you want to improve, this is your indoor trainer."

Brunswick Corporation, the parent company of Life Fitness, acquired Germany's Indoor Cycling Group, a provider of indoor cycling equipment, in July 2016.

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