Treadmills may be the most popular piece of equipment under your club's roof, but club operators know that to be successful, the industry has had to evolve and introduce new equipment and products to help it attract and retain members. Still, some would argue that a truly new piece of equipment hasn't been introduced in the industry since the introduction of the elliptical in the 1990s.

This article looks at the impact that equipment and products both on the floor and in the back office have made on the industry during the past 25 years. Beyond treadmills and ellipticals, the equipment includes step machines, bikes and climbing walls. They also include the software that has helped club operators run their businesses more efficiently and productively.

For more details about these products from the past 25 years, read the full story online in our special 25th anniversary celebration page at www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/25th-anniversary.

You'll also find previous stories about clubs of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, as well as profiles of some of the people of influence in the industry.