WOODINVILLE, WA and LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2014) - 2014 International CES (South Hall 2 Booth #26923) -- Precor®, the company that introduced the world to the elliptical fitness crosstrainer and other breakthrough exercise offerings, today announced workouts tracked in Preva® can be automatically added into a person's Microsoft HealthVault record for viewing together with other important health and wellness information. Exercisers start by setting up a personal account using the touchscreen consoles of any Preva-enabled exercise machine (treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, etc.) located throughout the world in nearly 2,000 fitness facilities. After tracking completed workouts against goals on machines or via the Preva Mobile app, consumers connect their accounts to Microsoft HealthVault, a secure, web-based platform to store and maintain personal health and fitness information, to build a complete picture of health.
"The goal of HealthVault is to help every individual create a full picture of their overall health and wellbeing, and then use that information with tools and services that improve their lives," said Sean Nolan, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft HealthVault. "Preva is a fantastic example of both of these -- they make it super-simple to track workouts in the gym or via their mobile app, and they provide motivation to exercisers through a unique rewards system that reminds them that their hard work is paying off. We're thrilled to have Precor as the first fitness equipment partner in our growing ecosystem."
Microsoft HealthVault is a trusted place for people to gather, store, use and share health information online. With Microsoft HealthVault, the company's Preva solution joins a powerful ecosystem of connected apps and devices that help individuals create and use informative health and wellness records for themselves and their families.
Preva is the preferred choice across gyms, non-profit clubs, hotels, universities and more for helping consumers set, track and reach fitness goals. Upon creating an account on Preva-enabled exercise equipment (880 Line) or via the Preva Mobile app, exercisers set a weekly objective for number of workout days and an associated goal for calories, distance or duration. Each time a consumer completes a workout in the gym or outside, the activity is logged into the user's account. Microsoft HealthVault users can now add this same information to their wellness record online.
"Consumers are their own best advocates when it comes to managing their own personal or family health," said Brent Brooks, Precor Vice President of Networked Fitness. "Microsoft HealthVault is the place to create a complete picture of your health with you at the center. We're excited to tie so seamlessly into this platform, providing a transparent experience to consumers so that they can make goals, monitor progress and be inspired along the way."
Built on the principles of gamification, Preva keeps exercisers motivated with badge achievements. Fun and educational, these badges keep users engaged with their fitness goals, and milestones can be shared on leading social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Users gain badges such as "Golden Gate," rewarded for burning 232 calories, the average equivalent of walking from one side of the Golden Gate Bridge to the other. The system's intuitive interface and fitness compass makes it easy for users to visually see their progress against predefined goals.
"We already know that exercisers that set goals with Preva are proven to work out on average one day more per week in an exercise facility than those that don't," added Brooks. "We're excited to reach more consumers through this partnership and offer the inspiration they need to tackle the wellness goals they set for themselves."
Microsoft HealthVault gives consumers one place to access all of their health information online. Users add information and connect with data from health care providers. Connected apps help consumers put more into and get more out of HealthVault. Users can also choose to upload data directly from personal health devices, such as blood pressure monitors and pedometers. Consumers can choose to share parts of their health record with anyone, whenever they want.
Precor designs and builds premium fitness equipment for effective workouts that feel smooth and natural. With a passionate focus on ergonomic motion, proven science and superior engineering, the company continually advances the home and commercial fitness industry with breakthrough new product categories, including, EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® "AMT®" and Preva® Networked Fitness. Precor is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, the world's largest sports equipment company, with internationally recognized brands Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc'Teryx and Mavic.