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Inspire Fitness was started in 2004. I can hardly believe it’s been nearly 10 years! There are four owner’s; Ted Habing, Fred Hoag, Jeff Laborde and Chuck Habing. Our majority owner, Ted, is our designer and is mainly the one responsible for how our gyms look and function.
Ted got his start in the fitness industry as a designer for a company called Paramount back in 1985. He spent three years with Paramount before deciding to venture out and start a business of his own. He quit Paramount and started Pacific Fitness in 1988. In the beginning Ted literally put his prototype home gyms in a box truck and drove them to different specialty fitness stores in southern California. The gyms had a unique look and were biomechanically superior to the others on the market. Orders were placed and Pacific Fitness started picking up traction. As you know, specialty fitness is a small industry, so it didn’t take long for word to spread to other parts of the country.
In 1990, I was managing a specialty fitness store in Atlanta, GA. One day I received a call from my boss who told me that he was sending stock to my store that day. He mentioned that a new gym from a company I had never heard of before, Pacific Fitness, was in the mix. He asked me to build the gym and see how customers responded. It was called the Pacific Fitness Malibu. I was to report back after the weekend. If my memory serves me correctly, my assistant and I sold four Malibu gyms over the weekend. Pacific Fitness was instantly our “A” line for strength. The gyms were all extremely smooth and innovative. Not to mention sexy.
In 1996 I was lucky enough to get hired to be the Southeastern regional sales manager for Pacific Fitness. It was short lived, however, as Precor was determined to add strength equipment to their offering and made Ted and offer he couldn’t refuse for his business. Myself and Jeff Laborde were both working as sales reps for Pacific at this time. Jeff went on to work for Precor and I went on to work for Vision Fitness. Precor had the intelligence to include a non-compete clause in the sales contract. This prevented Ted from developing or designing any fitness equipment for 5 years.
In the Spring of 2004, Ted was more than ready to jump back into the industry. He needed to assemble a team, so he contacted Jeff and myself and presented us with a business opportunity. Ted’s brother Chuck, who spent several years in the banking industry joined the group as well. We got busy in late 2004 determined to build on the Pacific Fitness legacy . 10 years later Inspire is one of the premier lines of home fitness equipment. Of course, I’m a bit bias, but a Consumer Digest best buy for our FT-1 last year, as well as several other awards such as home gym of the year in 2009 for the M3.
Then in 2008 the Inspire Fitness was introduced to the UK & Europe and our products are sold by leading specialty fitness stores both online and in showrooms Nationwide.
Home usage - Lifetime Frame & Parts, 2 Years Cables, 90 Day Upholstery & 1 Year Labour.
Commercial usage - Lifetime Frame & 10 Years Parts, 1 Year Cables, 90 Day Upholstery - up to 6 Hours usage per day
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