Last week I was given the awesome opportunity to head out to Vancouver, Washington to hang out with the team at Nautilus for a couple of days. It was such a great time and I learned so much about the company.
Nautilus owns Bowflex, but also does home exercise equipment under their name as well as Schwinn. Long story short, they’re into being healthy and living your best life. I could go into a play by play of the day spent there, but I rather give you the highlights!
The people who work for Nautilus are completely down to Earth and awesome! I was lucky enough to meet everyone from their social media team to the CEO of the company. They were fun, personable, and just great to be around. I was a bit worried that I would feel uncomfortable around professional people, but I wasn’t at all. They were all willing to get to know each of us and made us feel welcome.
Nautilus cares about their employees and customers, a lot. They have a great gym that they encourage their employees and their families to use, they have things like kickball teams and people training for the Tough Mudder. They also have this really awesome incentive for their employees that involves a passport where you can earn stamps for different things you complete. Such as going to a nutrition class and if you earn 8 stamps, then you can potentially get $150 off your healthcare for the year. How great is that?
As for their customers, they offer spectacular customer service. They check in with people after they’ve owned their equipment for a while and love hearing the successes their consumers have. Also, any of the commercials you see feature people who have actually used the equipment, not paid actors. I find that to be pretty amazing since most of the time when you see success stories regarding certain products, you can’t always be sure they actually used that product.
Speaking of the product, I got a chance to check out the Bowflex MAX Trainer and the TreadClimber. I really enjoyed both products! I’ve never been a fan of treadmills, but loved the TreadClimber. It was more exciting than treadmill and I could really feel it working my glutes. The MAX Trainer though was probably my favorite piece of equipment. It looks like an elliptical, but is so much more than that. The idea is you complete a 14 minute workout incorporating a HIIT style workout. I did it for just a few minutes, and WOW! That is something I could do, quick and effective!
Multnomah Falls is absolutely gorgeous! Along with learning about Nautilus, they treated us to a hiking trip to the top of the falls. It was typical rainy Pacific Northwest weather, but the hike and view from the top were completely worth it! We sure don’t have quite those views here in the Midwest!
As with most trips, there was food and beer involved. Out in Portland/Vancouver, there is no shortage of delicious food & beer! There was a delicious chile relleno filled with quinoa and veggies, a pizza topped with mushrooms and goat cheese, and possible the best dessert ever, a s’more served in a cast iron skillet. All beer was great as well!
I had such a great time with the webcast! I probably annoyed you guys with my posting about it, but I wanted you all to get some questions you’ve had answered as well as hear David’s story, along with great advice from Tom Holland. Rob was the moderator and did such a great job with keeping things moving. I would love to do more of these things in the future, maybe I should just vlog more.
If you missed it, you can watch it below! It is an hour long, but there are so many wonderful tips and stories involved!
I met a lot of great local to Portland/Vancouver bloggers as well! I’ll be honest and say that I only knew of one of them. But, I was happy to learn about the others! A lot of pretty amazing people! Karen from Sub Mommy, Poppy from Facing 40, Carol & Josh from All Mommy Wants, Toku from Mind Fit Move, Melissa from Melissa Kaylene, and of course David from Keep It Up, David were all there for the event. The social media person for Nautilus, Marisa, has her own blog as well called Margaritas in the Rain.
It was such a wonderful time spent with some great people! I absolutely love the area out there and even texted Mr. B telling him to just pack up the car and head on out. Sadly, we have responsibilities, so it isn’t that easy. I look forward to visiting Nautilus and the crew again!
Did you get a chance to watch the webcast? What did you think?
Does your job encourage healthy living? If so, how?