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iFit raises US$200 million to accelerate growth in connected fitness category

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Connected fitness streaming platform, iFit has announced the completion of a US$200m growth equity investment led by Pamplona Capital Management.

iFit is available on NordicTrack treadmills, incline trainers, rowers, cycles and strength products. It is owned by ICON Health & Fitness, which is also the parent company of fitness market specialists NordicTrack, ProForm and Freemotion.

iFit notes that its proprietary streaming technology allows a multi-faceted interaction between the user, their iFit trainer and their smart machine… ‘iFit seamlessly adjusts the speed, incline, decline, and resistance of iFit-enabled machines in sync with interactive trainer-led streaming workouts shot on location around the world.’

Content on all machines includes interactive studio classes, global workouts, cross training workouts and Google map workouts.

“This capital raise will allow iFit to further accelerate its rapidly growing interactive fitness platform in the connected home and club fitness industries,” said Scott Watterson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ICON.

“We will dramatically expand consumer awareness, broaden the most expansive library of interactive fitness content in the world, and continue to invest in innovation and technology that truly enhances our customers’ fitness experience.”

He continued, “Our company is unique in the fitness industry. We have multiple brands including NordicTrack, ProForm and Freemotion, with multiple price points and multiple product lines of treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines, rowers and strength products. As a result, we enjoy a booming direct-to-consumer business and a successful retail distribution, with more than 1,500 locations where consumers can shop our connected equipment in person. These factors create a prime environment for sustainable membership growth.

“Our current base of 330,000 paid memberships is growing rapidly. We added more than 77,000 new paid iFit subscribers in our last quarter alone. That uptake is indicative of a strong consumer affinity for the iFit experience across our product lines.”

Watterson concluded “As a company, we’re laser-focused on bringing iFit’s exceptional interactive fitness experience to as many consumers as possible, on as many products as possible, as fast as possible. This capital raise just accelerated our ability to achieve our mission.”

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