Cardio console - explained

Dec 23, 2021

Cardio console - explained


The fast evolution in in digital devices is changing everything and everybody.



Button Essentials

The Quickstart button is the key. As the most-used feature on a console, it

hast to be large and clearly visible.


Speed and Incline buttons have to be unmissable too. After all, most of

the time, people are DIY’ing their way through a workout. They need to make

changes easily — even when the person is tired, sweaty, and in motion.


Don’t forget to stop! The stop and cooldown buttons have to be equally visible and easy to hit. Because you never know when someone needs to take a timeout in a hurry.


The F.I.R.S.T. things a user has to see.

An excersizer stepping onto a new cardio machine is like a hiker at the beginning of a road. They’ll stop and read the map if they have to. But really, they just want to get going. The best console is like a clearly marked road map. And there are 5 traits a console should display from the F.I.R.S.T. moment a person steps onto the machine:


Users can easily recognize the machine and what’s available to them, no matter the equipment


Messages help users clearly understand what to do next


Operations work with no hassle


Doesn’t overwhelm the user with unwanted or rarely-used features


Works with a other devices, pairing up with them quickly



The Rapid Growth of Personal Devices

No wonder “wearable devices” have ranked as number 1 trend influencing fitness every year for four of the past 6 years, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The numbers on the growth of personal digital devices include:

  • 340 Million People bought new smartphones during Q1 2021
  • 14 Million Smartwatches sold during Q1 2020
  • 55% How many of those smartwatches were Apple Watch
  • +200% Sales increase of Bluetoothheadphones during 2019
  • 60 Million Number of Apple AirPods sold (same year)
  • $4.4 Billion Value of global fitness App market


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