Mandeville, LA, July 31, 2018: The Fitness Industry Technology Council (“FIT-C”) is pleased to welcome John Ford, to the board of Directors. Ford, has served as CEO of Netpulse, the leading provider of customized mobile club apps, and recently named CEO of eGym North America. Ford will be supporting the FIT-C mission of promoting the adoption of technology as a key to advancing and growing the health club and fitness industry.
Ford began working in fitness technology at age 25 with the founding of Virtual Active, a virtual reality running, hiking and cycling experience in use in thousands of health clubs globally today. After the sale of Virtual Active to Netpulse, Ford joined them on their mission to bring cardio entertainment technology to connected treadmills everywhere. As the product leader at Netpulse, John lead the pivot of the company to its current form as the industry leading supplier of health club mobile apps. John is now excited to be responsible for delivering on eGym's promise of using technology to "make the gym work for everyone" in the North American markets.
Through the acquisition “the combined mobile platform solves all aspects of a club’s mobile needs,” Ford said, “it is the combination of the largest supplier-independent digital fitness platform and the largest open mobile platform. We want our customers to benefit from a completely integrated system”
FIT-C is a collaboration of dedicated leaders representing the innovators in technology across the fitness industry. FIT-C has been working with leading brands and businesses to develop widely adoptable networking solutions, sensor technologies, IOT, enterprise platforms, and industry collaboration to grow the industry. “John is a well-known leader in fitness and technology and his mission of moving the industry forward by embracing the concept of an open strategy to grow the marketplace is in complete alignment with the FIT-C tenets,” said President of FIT-C, Bryan O’Rourke.
FIT-C has built and improved several important technology standards for the fitness industry driven by the belief that in today’s highly connected world seamless integration of user data is critical to provide custom user experiences and total interoperability.
FIT-C was in founded in February 2012 as a non-profit membership organization to encourage increased collaboration to enhance user experience. FIT-C is led by Bryan O’Rourke, President of Integerus, LLC, along with board members; Paul Lockington, Dynastream Innovations, Inc. (Treasurer); Conor Clancy, Intel Corporation; Kelly Sweeney, ABC Financial; and Ted Vickey, Fitwell, LLC.
Current Working Group manufacturer members include, Star Trac, Stairmaster, Schwinn, Woodway, Octane SciFit, and SportsArt. Other Members include Intel, Mashery, ECOFIT, Integerus, Fitness EMS, Dynastream, MyZone, Garmin, Gold’s Gym, Wellbridge and many more .
eGym develops the latest concepts for the organization of the training floors in fitness facilities and health-based institutions, like physiotherapy practices. eGym provides the full product range for the digital value creation: “Intelligent” fully electronic power machines in combination with the eGym Trainer and Fitness Apps. With eGym ONE, eGym offers a rapidly increasing Open Cloud Platform to connect all major fitness manufacturers, and enables its vision of the connected gym to come to life.
Netpulse is the #1 provider of mobile apps for health clubs. With thousands of customers globally, Netpulse provides the fitness industry's most robust mobile platform for engaging members and driving revenue. The Netpulse platform offers the most advanced mobile features and connects leading wearables, tracking apps and club technology into one seamless mobile experience. Industry leaders such as Planet Fitness, Gold's Gym, and Fitness Evolution leverage the Netpulse platform for their digital offerings. Learn more at www.netpulse.com.