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HISTORY OF FITNESS INNOVATIONS

TuffStuff Fitness International Inc.

1971

1971

California Gym Equipment Company is founded by Steve Yatso and Ruth Grider.

1972

1972

California Gym Equipment Company begins manufacturing simple fitness products like benches and racks for schools, colleges, gyms and professional teams.  In the beginning, all fitness equipment is distributed through gym equipment dealers, as specialty fitness equipment stores did not exist.

1977

1977

The first breakthrough in home gym design, SELECTOR-MATIC S-1000 featuring a bench press, lat station and a detachable bench for sit-ups, all mounted on a single platform.

1978

1978

California Gym Equipment Company evolves the home gym design to include a leg extension, curl station, and a low pulley station; the first complete “home gym” is born, and the retail fitness industry for the new home market begins.

Introduce the first four-stack gym, SELECTOR-MATIC S-4000 designed for professionals and institutions.

1982

California Gym Equipment (CalGym) MasterLine 500 Series Home Gym-min

Ken Carter and Sherman Grider launch the first free standing all-inclusive gym built for the home, MASTERLINE 500.   The Chrome Cal Masterline 500 Series started at $1,295 (including delivery and set-up).  “This elaborate home gym uses a conventional bench press with 200 pounds of weights and a quadriceps/hamstring curl attachment at the end of the bench.  A bar on the top of the unit can be used for straight arm presses,” said Steve Nearman in “Club Down Under” Washington Post 1984 article.

1983

1983

Home gym designs begin to take another revolutionary turn, new advancements, features and stations were developed to the demand of ever growing specialty fitness stores that were opening and home fitness consumers.  California Gym Equipment becomes the first company to offer a Pec Dec attachment on a home gym.

1985

1985

The institutional multi-stations CG-Series, with 6, 8, and 10-stations all chrome finish, solid brass pulleys and solid brass cams.  Mechanical arm press system and movement were being replaced by solid brass pulleys and cables.

CONCORDE 500 single stack unit with detachable bench, mechanical press arm, with low pulley station.

1986

TuffStuff - CalGym Apollo 1 Home Gym in 1988

TuffStuff Odyssey Chrome CalGym Home Gym 1987Introduction of Odyssey-1 Home Gym, becomes the first ever to offer multiple add-on stations including a leg press, pec dec, ab/back and inner/outer thigh station, with all chrome finish.

Apollo-1 classic design is introduced.

FAST-CHECK, the first computerized system monitoring the speed and strength developed specifically for professional athletes.

1987

1987

SPECTRUM fusion of strength, basic system is an 8-station and four weights gym system ideal for fitness facilities.

1988

Acquisition of California Gym Equipment by Bollinger Inc., Sherman Grider remains President/Consultant until the end of 1989.

1989

1989

Kwik Fit single stack home gym utilizing 2-inch square steel tubing main frame structure with a combination of other steel material for aesthetic appearance.

Apollo-3 4-stack system design by Sherman, the first square frame structural main frame design and compact footprint.

CalGym brand name is introduced by Bollinger. Sherman Grider departs from California Gym Equipment (Bollinger) and starts Task Industries Inc. designing rack stands for music industry.

1990

1990

California Gold home gym is introduced by Bollinger.

The Apollo system is renamed to California Apollo.

1991

1991

The TuffStuff brand name is born, introducing the fitness industry’s first free weight benches and machines painted in white and black combination, and the first machines to use adjustable cams and pull-pins on all adjustments which become an overnight sensation and are now the industry standard.

 

TuffStuff is awarded the contract by the City of Los Angeles to install commercial free weight benches at the world famous Muscle Beach outdoor gym in Venice, California.

 

PowerLine commercial strength series is introduced by Bollinger Inc.

1993

1993

Sherman Grider (Task Industries) purchases CalGym back from Bollinger Inc. and begins full operations as Task Industries. Formula-G Free Weight, California Gold Gyms and PowerLine Commercial Strength continue as CalGym equipment and together with TuffStuff’s own brand name free weight series.

TDH-345 Half Cage Ensemble, the first company to utilize 2 x 3-inch tubing on its residential products.

Muscle-1 the first home gym that features the A-frame press bar utilizing the dual pulley cable system.

1994

TuffStuff Apollo 4 Multi Gym in 1994

Apollo-4 is introduced. TuffStuff redefines the multi-station gym market with the introduction of its compact 4-stack multi-station gym system that set new standards in the industry. The beginning of the Legendary Apollo System.

 

Muscle-3 is completely redesigned featuring adjustable pectoral arms.

1995

TuffStuff Fitness Muscle IV Home Gym

CardioGym, the first multi-functional home gym system designed for continuous independent arm movement and quick uninterrupted range of motion is introduced.

Muscle-IV an upgraded version of the Muscle-3, “Born in America” theme.

1997

1997

TuffStuff introduces the Odyssey 5 Home Gym.  The all frontal exercise station design becomes the most copied gym in the fitness industry over the course of the next 8 years.

1998

1998

Launch the CFM-490, a basic single stack home gym with wrinkle gray finish with black upholstery.

 

Introduce MuscleBeach B-Line free weight benches and single stack home gyms at a lower price point to serve a larger customer base.

1999

TuffStuff Apollo 450 Multi-Gym in 1999

TuffStuff introduces the Apollo 250, 350 & 450 systems.  The first modular strength system with interchangeable stations, offering two stack, three stack and four stack options.

2000

2000

Introduce Club-Tek and Duo-Tek series.  Task Industries enters the commercial strength market with a full line of selectorized single and duo stations, along with free weights, benches, and machines.

Introduce the KDX Premier Gym Series.  A slick, compact, and modular system featuring the lowest profile in the fitness industry.  Becomes known as the “Cadillac” in multi-station gym design.

2001

2001

Introduce the Brute plate-loaded home gym for serious strength training.

 

Introduce the CFM-500, a newer version of the CFM-490 with an all-new finish featuring white and black upholstery.

 

Introduce the TSM-278 Smith Machine.

2002

2002

Kinetic Sports in collaboration with TuffStuff develop the first electronic tablet-based Cyber Trainer to count repetitions, weight lifted, and store information with full audio and visual.  TuffStuff is way ahead of its time, pre-touchscreen tablets.  Is granted a U.S. Patent.

 

Introduce 150 & 250 TuffGym Series, a commercial class gyms designed primarily for home use.

2003

2003

Simplex II, light commercial strength equipment ideal for hotels, condominiums, schools, police and fire departments, and schools.

Private labelling, Simplex II modified exclusively for Butterfly Lite franchise of women health clubs.  Private labelling for AFP, Advantage Fitness Product, customized Simplex II.

 

TuffStuff introduces the Power Spot Dumbbell Machine, the world’s first mechanical dumbbell spotting machine.  A selectorized 200 lbs. weight stack system is also introduced to simulate the free dumbbell movement.

CFM-555 the final upgraded version of the CFM home gym series.

2004

Task Industries Inc. renames the corporation TuffStuff Fitness Equipment Inc.

2004

2004

The legendary Apollo system (AP-3500, AP-4500, AP-5400) is redesigned with a choice of horizontal or vertical press system.  Set configuration of 3-work station or 4-work station with interchangeable modular work stations.

 

TuffStuff is granted the title “The Official Equipment of Muscle Beach” and Sherman Grider donates customized Club-Tek free weight benches and machines for the outdoor workout stage.  TuffStuff is also granted use of the stage as a new equipment testing facility.

 

XXL Super Racks are introduced for professional athletes and colleges.

2005

2005

TuffStuff introduces a touch-activated control center, Apollo Personal Trainer 5.1 exclusively for the Apollo 5400.  A perfect workout assistant in an unsupervised environment, solid state digital DVD technology offer full audio and video instructional guides with anatomical illustrations of body parts and target muscle groups.

 

TuffStuff also launches the Proformance Commercial Strength Series replacing the Club-Tek and Duo-Tek series.

2006

TuffStuff AXT-5D Home Gym 2007

TuffStuff introduces the AXT series of home gyms: AXT-2, AXT-3, AXT-4 and AXT-5.

 

Launch the AFT-1 single stack Multi Functional Trainer.

 

TuffStuff becomes the first company to design a dual stack functional trainer CXT-100, including a triangular shape to easily fit in a corner and be outfitted with a Smith Press system.

2007

2007

TuffStuff privately labels and manufactures a series of modified Simplex equipment, including functional trainers and multi-station gyms exclusively for the hotel market.

2008

TuffStuff SPT-6X Six-Pak Trainer

TuffStuff introduces the Six-Pak Trainer with compact, European-style design cable motion technology.  The space efficient, all frontal work stations is granted a U.S. Patent.

 

CalGym Series is introduced.  The successor of the Simplex II Series, a light commercial strength equipment for the institutional market.

 

TuffStuff introduces the commercial line of cardio equipment, CTS Club Cardio.  An effort by TuffStuff to break into the club and gym markets.

 

Cyber Trainer is re-introduced to work with the Six-Pak Trainer.  Audio and video training assistant, includes a touchscreen with built-in user memory and calendar.

2009

TuffStuff Apollo 7000 Strength Equipment

TuffStuff debuts the first truly Modular Multi-Gym System with the release of the Apollo 7000 Series.  The modular design offers freedom to create stand alone independent stations, including single, two, three or four station configurations.

2010

TuffStuff Proformance Plus Strength Equipment

TuffStuff launches a completely redesigned Proformance Plus Commercial Strength Series of equipment.

2011

2011

TuffStuff celebrates its 40th Anniversary, and continues to manufacturer excellence.

 

TuffStuff introduces the Gladiator B-line of free weight equipment at a lower price point to reach even more consumers.

2012

2012

TuffStuff introduces the CT8 Fitness Training System, and ignites a revolution in functional training.  Offering customizable, modular design and station options, the CT8 serves people of all ages and fitness levels.

 

In 2013, TFI also introduced the X-Lift Cross Training Rack (CLX-1000).  Engineered with a space saving, all-in-one platform design, the CLX-1000 further enhances the cross training experience.

2013

Dual Stack Functional Trainer (HTX-2000)

TuffStuff creates the smallest dual stack commercial gym on the market with the introduction of the HTX-2000; including complete cable movement with the addition of a leg extension/curl station.

2014

TuffStuff Fitness International Inc. Rebrand

TuffStuff changes its corporate name to TuffStuff Fitness International (TFI).

 

In 2014, TuffStuff introduced the EVOLUTION Series, a full line of residential and light commercial equipment.  TuffStuff also launched the XPT Self Spotting Power Cage, designed and developed in collaboration with Brady Poppinga, NFL Veteran and Super Bowl Champion.

2015

2015

TuffStuff introduces the HYBRID HOME GYM SXT-550 and CLASSIC HOME GYM AXT-225. The SXT-550 combines popular functional training with traditional press arm and leg stations, offering the best of both worlds.  The sister gym (AXT-225) includes a traditional home gym platform with full body machine-based movements, and a cable outrigger station.

2016

CalGym Strength Equipment Series by TuffStuff Fitness

TuffStuff launches the CalGym 9000 Series, featuring a new design and dual or multiple function commercial equipment.

2019

TuffStuff Proformance Plus Knurled handles

TuffStuff improves Proformance Plus commercial strength line by replacing all rubber grip handles with longer-lasting knurled chrome handles.  Standard color options expand to 7 choices: Custom two tone finish with (1) Charcoal Texture (2) Platinum Sparkle (3) Red Baron II (4) Sky White (5) Twilight Blue (6) Matte Black (7) Wrinkle Black.