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FIBO 2018: These are the new trends in Cardio & Strength


From April 12th to 15th, exhibitors at fitness fair FIBO 2018 in Cologne will be showing new ways of motivating gym members. Whether regarding their individual media use during training or open interfaces for comprehensive customer support, the major equipment providers place a clear emphasis on smart solutions for gyms.

Entertainment is a major issue this year. High intensity interval training (HIIT), functional training and boutique concepts are still important topics in the fitness market. FIBO 2018 shows studio operators which investments are worthwhile. This is not only about the premieres in the market, but also about an evaluation of the existing. Which concepts were successful in the market? What benefits do digitalization and boutique concepts offer?


Fitness goes digital

Experts agree: the fitness industry is becoming increasingly digital. Gym operators are in charge now and need to take actions. More and more fitness fans take digital applications for granted. The good thing is that digitization has its advantages for studios. Digital solutions reach customers everywhere and support them in training. They increase the fun factor with playful elements, manage to motivate members and binding them to the gym. Plus, they make the operational organization way easier, leaving the gym staff more time for individual customer service.

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We focus on networked and cloud-based fitness training“, Douglas Strom, Sales Director DACH Life Fitness

At FIBO, Core Health & Fitness will show us its OpenHub technology for example, which is an open interface for tailor-made media use at the gym. Members can work with their personal apps as well as download and save their training results.


These are the new device trends for 2018

Numerous strength and cardio machines will be presented at this years FIBO, which will provide additional motivation and more efficiency in training. An example is the S-Force Performance Trainer by Johnson Health Tech. The device functions both as a stand-alone solution when it comes to cardio and as a highlight for HIIT, group and athletics training. Another exciting upcoming device are new power bikes with reliable watt measurement by Core Health & Fitness.


Customer loyalty thanks to entertainment

Entertainment is a welcome motivation boost for many gym members. Key players in the fitness market already adapted to that trend by constantly developing entertaining products and services.

„With entertainment concepts you can bind the athletes to the equipment. Many people are simply happy about distraction or professional guidance during a hard session. For most people, it will soon no longer be enough to let their music run through their mobile phone headphones.“, Douglas Strom.


This article is partially based on a press release by FIBO.

Source pictures: FIBO


That is pure motivation! Off to FIBO 2018!