Cybex International’s Company Heritage

Cybex International

Founded in the late 1960’s the original Cybex was called “The Cybex Ergometer Company”.  The company manufactured isokinetic rehabilitation equipment in Ronkonkoma, New York.  A company by the name of Lumex acquired Cybex and continued to manufacture rehabilitation equipment.  Lumex was a publicly traded company and was traded on the American Stock Exchange.
In 1983 Lumex purchased Eagle Fitness Systems, a fitness equipment manufacturer based in Owatonna, Minnesota and established itself as a supplier of variable resistance strength systems to health clubs.  In 1995, Lumex sold its medical supply business and changed its name to CYBEX.

In May 1997, CYBEX merged with Trotter, Inc., a company founded in 1973 by engineer, Edward Trotter. Trotter manufactured primarily treadmills in its Medway, Mass plant although it had begun a strength line with the acquisition of Pyramid (small strength company near Pittsburgh). Trotter was owned by UM Holdings at the time of the merger and, in the merger transaction, UM obtained 51% interest in the publicly traded company.

In late 1997, the isokinetic business was sold and in 1998, CYBEX acquired Tectrix, a California-based manufacturer of primarily bikes and steppers. Production of bikes and other Tectrix cardiovascular products was ultimately moved to Medway. CYBEX currently operates out of two manufacturing facilities: Medway and Owatonna.

In an expansion of the company’s international presence, in 2001 CYBEX acquired Forza, the prior CYBEX dealer in the United Kingdom. This acquisition established direct sales and distribution in the UK. CYBEX has distributors in 87 countries around the globe.

The revolutionary Arc Trainer, first introduced in 2002, established CYBEX in the cross trainer category and the Eagle line re-affirmed the CYBEX leadership in strength training and marked the third complete line of CYBEX selectorized equipment. This is in additional to the plate loaded, free weight and functional training lines of strength equipment. In 2010 CYBEX introduced its Big Iron series for pro athletes. The 750 Treadmill as well as both upright and recumbent exercise bike were developed as part of the premium product line CYBEX has always been known for.

CYBEX continues to introduce innovative new products that reflect the company’s heritage of exercise science and currently offers over 175 individual fitness machines. The company is listed on the NASDAQ and trades as CYBI..

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