SOURCE: Nautilus, Inc.

January 08, 2007 05:00 ET

Nautilus, Inc. Announces Business Partnership With the National Academy of Sports Medicine

VANCOUVER, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS), a pure fitness company, has announced a partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide research and training support for new fitness products and introduce new education programs for fitness professionals.

The NASM partnership involves conducting scientific research on new fitness innovations and tapping into NASM's substantial research-backed expertise as it develops programming for the company's pipeline of new products. Nautilus and NASM will also offer affiliate marketing relationships for NASM certified personal trainers.

NASM is a global leader in developing evidence-based health and fitness solutions, and serves as the training and certification body for many commercial sports and fitness enterprises, including 24 Hour Fitness, Gold's Gym International, Lifetime Fitness, Town Sports International, The Phoenix Suns, National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association, and several other professional teams and players. NASM also has a long-standing research partnership with the University of North Carolina.

"Our partnership represents a significant leap forward in building out the education dimension of our pure fitness business platform," said Tim Hawkins, President of the Nautilus Fitness Equipment Business. He said the NASM partnership will accelerate the programs and services currently developed through the Nautilus Institute, the company's research, education and training resource that was formed two years ago.

"By collaborating with NASM, our equipment innovations will emerge from a significant collection of evidence-based research and will be complemented by a new generation of educational materials and support. We also will make it easier for those seeking a fit and healthy life to obtain the proper equipment, apparel and training to achieve their goals."

"When it comes to fitness training, Nautilus stands out as an industry leader fully committed to helping people achieve their lifelong health and fitness goals," said Dr. Micheal Clark, President and CEO of NASM, based in Calabasas, Calif. "This is a unique partnership that has never been approached as comprehensively as this program. It has been more than six months in the making and is now ready to be shared with the industry and consumers.

"Through our direction in research and training, and Nautilus' leadership in product innovation and marketing, we will open new gateways to engage many more people and provide them with the tools and knowledge to live healthier lives."

About Nautilus, Inc.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) is a pure fitness company that provides tools and education necessary to help people achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle. With a brand portfolio that includes Nautilus®, Bowflex®, Schwinn® Fitness, StairMaster®, and Pearl iZUMi®, Nautilus manufactures and markets a complete line of innovative health and fitness products through direct, commercial, retail, specialty and international channels. The Company was formed in 1986 and had sales of $631 million in 2005. It has 1,600 employees and operations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, China, and other locations around the world. More information is at

About the National Academy of Sports Medicine

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been the global authority in evidence-based certification, continuing education, solutions and tools for the health, fitness, sports performance and sports medicine professionals. Today, NASM serves more than 100,000 members in 80 countries. In addition to its evidence-based NCCA-accredited fitness certification program, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), NASM also offers a progressive career track with Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's health and fitness professionals enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. For more information, call 800-460-NASM or visit

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