SOURCE: Nautilus, Inc.

January 29, 2007 05:00 ET

Nautilus, Inc. Named Exclusive Fitness Equipment Provider to Expanding SuperSlow Zone Franchises

VANCOUVER, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 29, 2007 -- Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS), a pure fitness company, has been named exclusive supplier to Orlando-based SuperSlow Zone (, a fitness and rehabilitation center franchise with 42 locations in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

The exclusive agreement involves installing Nautilus® strength equipment in all new SuperSlow Zone locations as the company adds around 240 locations over the next three years, leading with its popular medical day-spa model. Retrofitting the existing 40 facilities over the next two years also is planned. The typical SSZ facility features 12-18 pieces of Nautilus strength training equipment in 1,000 square foot training areas where a strength training circuit can be completed in about 20 minutes under direct supervision of a certified instructor.

"The current and planned lines of Nautilus strength equipment are the most advanced from the standpoint of proper human exercise mechanics, and provide the best available user experience for our customers," said Madeline Ross, CEO of Orlando-based SuperSlow Zone. "Because we are moving into a phase of rapid growth, we felt it was appropriate to convert now to the highest-quality equipment available in the personal training and rehabilitation marketplace. Nautilus already is established in more than 50 countries, which will enable our scalability as we develop master licensors and area developers."

The SuperSlow Zone helps busy people achieve and maintain strong, healthy and attractive bodies using the SuperSlow® exercise protocol accredited by the I.A.C.E.T. ( training organization. The protocol was developed in 1982 by strength training expert Ken Hutchins. SuperSlow involves 20-second cycles of each repetition of high-intensity, low-impact strength training, which properly and safely builds muscle and increases resting metabolism, allowing the body to burn more calories even at rest.

Between the ages of 20 and 50 the average individual loses approximately 15 pounds of muscle and gains more than 30 pounds of fat as a result of the decrease in metabolism associated with muscle loss. In addition to improving strength and endurance, regaining or building muscle tissue increases metabolism, and improves body shape, bone density, cardiovascular efficiency, and joint stability.

Workouts are by appointment and can be combined with healthy eating programs to help clients achieve tailored results in one or two 20-minute sessions a week. Many facilities are located adjacent to a medical clinic, making it easy for SuperSlow Zone instructors to accommodate people interested in improving their health and appearance, as well as those who are completing rehabilitation.

"Nautilus invented strength training 35 years ago and the SuperSlow Zone approach is an excellent application of the strength training principles we have employed for years," said Tim Hawkins, President of the Nautilus Fitness Equipment Business. "Our focus on the highest-quality equipment aligns well with SuperSlow Zone's approach to trainer-staffed consumer, medical, rehabilitation and spa facilities for people who seek to improve health, performance and appearance."

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

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