Chicago, Illinois (PressExposure) April 09, 2012 -- Chicago based Performance IQ unveiled a brand new product at the IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association) convention in Los Angeles last month. The system uses a device that retrofits onto the Keiser M3 bike and wirelessly transmits performance data via a laptop onto a screen at the front of the classroom. The performance of each rider can be hidden for privacy or displayed and ranked according to the total energy each rider exerts.
The display, known as the "Power Board" may be customized to reflect the preferences of the gym or studio. For example power, as measured in watts, may be indexed by the weight of the rider such that each rider competes based on power per pound of body mass. The system has only been available commercially since the beginning of 2012 but already studios from around the US are adopting it and more are sure to follow. With the success of the system with Keiser bikes, Performance IQ's engineering team is focussed on adapting the system to work with several other major bike manufacturers such as Schwinn and Star Trac. These systems are projected to be commercially available by summer 2012.
Performance IQ has partnered with Zing Fit to create a fully integrated club management software system. For studios that adopt this system, their clients may reserve a specific bike on-line and review their performance on a mobile device or computer after the class. For each rider the performance data shows both average and peak RPM and power as well as providing comparisons to personal best performances and averages over time. Riders now have an easy way to track their performance to ensure they're meeting their fitness goals.
The system is popular among the triathletes, those training for a specific event or those just looking to have fun and improve their overall level of fitness. Riders surveyed after using the system said that their effort increased by anywhere from 20%-100%. All the riders enjoyed it and some said they would not want to ride without the display in future. Even those who were at first bashful about seeing their results on the screen said that once they became comfortable, they began to use it as a tool to maintain their cadence and power to keep up with others which greatly improved their work out. Some studios host specific classes geared towards competition and award prizes to the top riders.
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