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FitCentric Technologies, Inc.

FitCentric Technologies to Launch NetAthlon 2.0 and other innovations at InterBike

08.17.2005
Montclair, California
FitCentric Technologies to Launch NetAthlon 2.0 and other innovations at InterBike

FitCentric Technologies continues to lead the fitness software category by developing NetAthlon 2.0 (NA 2.0), the successor to NetAthlon 1.0 (NA 1.0) which redefined PC interaction with fitness machines. Like other FitCentric software products, NA 2.0 offers the user (cyclist, runner, rower, climber, etc.) 3D real-time animated courses that fill the screen (LCD, CRT, TV, plasma, projector LCD, etc) with highly realistic and compelling content that support crashing, steering, 3D glasses and performance data display and capture. Environmental sounds are accurately synchronized as well. While NetAthlon 1.0 supported eight characters on screen, NA 2.0 supports 25 cyclists at one time encouraging larger competitions online. FitCentric introduced Web Racing in 1996 and with a partnership with GameSpy Arcade, has produced the largest number of online sporting events. NA 2.0 makes the events even more competitive.

"NA 2.0 has other features our users will like. There is a new user interface that makes program setup and changes simpler. The library of courses has been converted to the new format and enhanced with denser graphics and higher resolution," says Ken Burres, FitCentric CEO. "The NetAthlon product will soon be extended to include NetAthlon Event Edition for networks and NetAthlon Club Edition for gyms and fitness centers. New courses are coming for the imminent winter season including Alpe d'Huez time trial from the 2004 Tour de France."

NetAthlon is the most comprehensive software application available for fitness machines and continues to lead the industry for utility, realism, and featureset. It is the only software that integrates all PC interactive cycling trainers with unified drivers so training and competition allows no mechanical advantages and sessions are "on a level playing field." NA 2.0 integrates seamlessly with UltraCoach 3.0, FitCentric's performance analysis software that is packaged FREE as UltraCoach Lite with NA 2.0.

NA 2.0 supports Web Racing, online eventing for fitness machines -- simulating outdoor group riding and racing, but there are upgrades: fitness machines that support crashing will find that this is more realistic and still permits the user to crash without actual physical injury!, characters integrate with the courses just like outdoors, and all NA 1.0 courses have all been enhanced with more details and resolution.

FitCentric also has other offerings for InterBike -- a wireless retrofit for simple cycling trackstands that integrates speed, heart rate, cadence, and steering into the data path and make the PC interactive NA experience MORE realistic and motivating. This makes the trackstand into an expensive wireless fitness machine in minutes

FitCentric NA 2.0 will be integrating online real-time coaching onscreen. "We have been working with FirstBeat Technologies of Finland to bring the most innovative change in the PC cycling and fitness experience," offers Burres. "Most people wait until after they run, cycle, row, etc., to know if they have been 'in the zone for effective and safe training.' Then, they plan their next workout. Following an onscreen icon for guidance, the user will know instantaneously if their training is effective and guiding them to appropriate fitness. "The FirstBeat people have created EPOCH, an embedded technology that does analysis in real-time while they are exercising," adds Paul Stewart, FitCentric CTO. "Using beat-to-beat heart rate data capture, the embedded application works behind the scene to analyze data, but on-screen users get a simple helpful message! We are very excited about this technology as it will help recreational and competitive athletes and in schools where coaching is often not available to aid youth fitness and weight reduction programs."

NetAthlon 2.0 Highlights:

  • Unmatched high resolution graphics with realistic character robotics
  • Web Racing support for 25 users on-screen at a time
  • User interface completely redone for make program navigation simple
  • New courses in the NA 2.0 format for rowing, cycling, running
  • Completely integrated with UltraCoach Athletic Training Software

About FitCentric Technologies:
FitCentric Technologies was started by two triathletes trying to get fitter and still work by using computer technology and sports physiology integrated into a software application. That was in 1988 (UltraCoach) and now years later, they have exceeded their expectations with NetAthlon 2.0 and virtual training, but still have a list of projects to make FitCentric software more effective and motivating. FitCentric is committed to making fitness software easy to use, fun, and worthwhile for youth, adults, rehabilitative venues, and seniors. "We see a global community of fitness using the Internet as the next fitness club, using NetAthlon as an operating system, states Burres, a neurosurgeon, sportsmedicine physician, engineering physicist, and Ironman triathlete. Paul Stewart, co-founder of FitCentric, is also an Ironman triathlete, computer scientist, and FitCentric's CTO. "We are committed to producing software that will always lead users to higher levels of health and fitness and have fun along the way," remarks Stewart.

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Contacts
FitCentric Technologies, Inc.
1-800-400-1390
kburres@fitcentric.com
www.fitcentric.com

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