Product Spotlight: Wattbike Pro

Richard Zaal, LIV North Regional Sales Manager, shares his experience with the Wattbike Pro and reveals the benefits for athletes.

Wattbike is the next level cycling and performance tool which caters to both high performance athletes and individuals looking to improve their fitness. 

Robust, versatile and reliable. The Wattbike Pro was the one that started it all for indoor cycling and set the bar for performance bikes. The research, analysis and improvement that has gone into the Wattbike Pro means the data produced for riders is extremely accurate within +/- 2%. Beyond that, the Polar View enables me to improve my pedalling efficiency and power output since I can visualize each pedal stroke. Combined with air and magnetic resistance, with a maximum of 3,760W, I know I’m always able to get a tough workout. All the effort I do indoors with the Wattbike Pro translates into performance outdoors thanks to the real ride technology which replicates the resistance and sensation of riding outdoors on the road. 

From my last ride, I was able to find out via the Wattbike app, the following information after my ride: 

Improved efficiency via the Wattbikes Watt meter I am able to determine which leg is more dominant and how to improve the efficiency of my 360 degree pedal stroke while riding, (polar View). The Wattbike monitor will show you how to improve your pedal stroke while riding via the onboard display. In addition, the 20 minute Test is designed to establish your functional threshold of power (FTP) which is the average number of watts a rider can sustain in an hour. This is a great measure to track your improvements against. There are numerous heart rate programs, cardiovascular programs, HIIT Training programs and testing programs built into the Wattbike console. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the Wattbike!

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Athletic Kulture

Facility Feature: Athletic Kulture

Athletic Kulture opened with the right product at the right time.

Over 3 years ago, our sales staff started working with Ryan Hawkes, on what seemed to be, a pipe dream of opening a new concept 24 hour club. Ryan was so committed to his philosophy on health and fitness for the community of Barrie that nothing stood in his way, not even a pandemic.

Thursday September 17th, Athletic Kulture opened for members to use with all the proper safety precautions in place; as well as an excellent offering of virtual programs. Congratulations to Ryan and Joe for a great job on opening their first Athletic Kulture. LIV North has worked with Ryan Hawkes through many drawings, product changes and updates to ensure the product mix was exact. We are proud to be part of Athletic Kulture in Barrie.  

Kudos to Erin Pietz, Dealer Manager, LIV North and Glen Buchanan, territory Manager on excellent teamwork to make this project successful. Visit Athletic Kulture at 154 Reid Dr, Barrie, ON

Athletic Kulture
Athletic Kulture
HSBC Place

Event Spotlight: Fitness @ Home

In March of 2020, fitness facilities across Alberta were temporarily shut down, including all fitness centres within commercial towers.  At HSBC Place in Edmonton, LIV North Account Manager Jaclyn Neumann, quickly mobilized and within a few days of closure began offering a wide variety of live streamed and on-demand fitness classes, along with wellness challenges all designed to help support the tenants’ well-being during these stressful times.  The fitness centre at HSBC Place is one many facilities managed by LIV North

During the past 6 months, Jaclyn and the HSBC fitness centre members engaged in numerous activities together, creating an HSBC “virtual fitness community” utilizing LIV North’s digital platform, LIVx.  Members appreciated the ease of use of our LIVx app to access classes and other wellness activities. 

LIV North is proud to be partnered with Epic Investment Services in delivering innovative fitness & wellness programs to tenants and to cultivating healthy communities.

LIV North Welcomes New Vancouver Territory Sales Manager

Please join us in welcoming Susan Feil Nyikes to the LIV North Sales Team. Susan joined LIV North this September as Territory Sales Manager and will be working with Richard Zaal to service our customers in British Columbia starting from her home on Vancouver Island.

Susan has an outstanding background with the Life Fitness family of Brands accompanied by a strong background in Fitness Club Operations.

British Columbia has always been a strong market for Life Fitness, it’s a market that appreciates the quality of the Life Fitness family of brands and Woodway Treadmills. Susan will be working with our Vancouver based installation and service teams to support new and existing customers.

We are excited to have Susan on board with the LIV North team. 

snyikes@livnorth.com  | 778-679-0034

For more information, hi-res images, or to set up an interview, please contact: 

Brian Townsend Vice President, Sales, LIV North Inc. 

btownsend@livnorth.com Direct: 416-665-9280 

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North America’s Largest YMCA Outfitted with Life Fitness by LIV North

The sheer size and scope of the Cor Van Raay YMCA in Lethbridge, Alberta is impressive enough—more than 260,000 square feet consisting of amenities like a large field house, massive aquatics center, an indoor playground and a well-planned fitness center. It is by far one of the largest installs done by LIV North.

It’s no easy task outfitting a facility as large as the Cor Van Raay YMCA, but LIV North employed a well-planned approach. The work started by combining three key components—space, product and the YMCA’s vision of community. Together with our team first approach, we were able to deliver top of the line fitness equipment for members to enjoy for years to come. After 3 1/2 years of planning ended, the opening of the standout facility was in May 2019 and members have been enjoying it thoroughly ever since. 

There were several key steps that contribute to the success of this install and partnership:

Complete buy-in from both sides. YMCA chose LIV North due to the involvement of the entire team. Sales, Logistics, Ownership, Delivery Crew, and the ability to bring everything together. Both sides were in constant communication over 3 1/2 years of meetings both in Calgary and Lethbridge. 

The delivery happened on one of the coldest weeks of the year in Lethbridge reaching -30 degrees celsius. There were complications like the elevator going down on days 3-5 but the team manually moved items up two flights of stairs. 75% of the floor plan needed to be revised overnight as changes to the electrical outlets were moved in the final stages of construction. We seamlessly addressed these at no cost to the client.

Set Expectations and deliver on set goals. Life Fitness and LIV North showed that no matter the size of the project, deadlines, and expectations were not only met, but exceeded the customer’s vision. The budget was in line and the delivery time was under what was expected. This came from us being able to use expert install crew from both cities.

Customization. The ability to customize a project based not only on the demographic but the client’s vision. This YMCA has a different look in the performance area with turf being used. In addition, we did the teen room with billiards and air hockey/foosball tables. Small customizations that we are able to pull from our partner Life Fitness.

It’s the first time Life Fitness have showcased an installation outside of the US for their promotional video. The project spotlight was spearheaded by LIV North’s Russ McLean. This project was 100% Life Fitness, and their partner products except the dumbbells and plates. Footage from this site is part of the Global rebrand, which highlights Canadian fitness, service, and teamwork.

The goal for Cor Van Raay was to have 6000 members before September 2019 – they hit that in July. A very impressive feat and one we were delighted to help facilitate with the install. Jennifer, the CEO of Lethbridge YMCA, confirmed that before the COVID-19 closure, the member number was 10,084. The largest amount of members they have ever had. 

The best partner in the business is LIV North and Life Fitness.

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