Our Heritage

Growing up in an impoverished post-war Taiwan, JHT founder Peter Lo knew that following one's dreams would require hard work, ambition and a true entrepreneurial spirit that, 43 years later, has become the core of our business.

Johnson Health First Building It was 1975. With the idea that building his own business would be the key to long-term success, a determined Lo hand wrote over 1,000 letters to American companies to offer support and services for their manufacturing needs. He received two responses. One, an exercise equipment company called IVANKO, asked if Lo could manufacture barbells. With his first order of $200 for 200 barbell pieces, Lo created Johnson Metal. While learning the skills and knowledge necessary for barbell manufacturing, Lo began to understand the individual and societal benefits of fitness equipment and wanted to foster his commitment to health and well-being around the world.

First Product By the 1980s, Lo's barbell business had expanded to the cardio fitness space. JHT became the original equipment manufacturer for numerous industry leaders, including Trek, Schwinn, Omron, True and Universal, among others. In 1996, JHT's first branded effort was spun off by the Trek Fitness management team-Vision Fitness-with the idea that the specialty fitness channel, still a small market at the time, would see immense growth in the future. While higher-end cardio products were too expensive and mass products were too low-quality for most fitness enthusiasts at the time, JHT was able to find the "sweet spot" by offering exceptional quality at a more affordable price.

With a knack for spotting major trends in the fitness and manufacturing worlds to meet today's consumer needs, JHT's business more than doubled within just three years. In 1998, JHT introduced Horizon Fitness to bring higher quality and durability to the typically lower-end sporting goods/mass market channel. Three years later, JHT launched the Matrix Fitness line of products to the commercial fitness channel.

Airdyne Bike Throughout its gradual but massive growth, JHT has also established itself as a true pioneer of product innovation, from the Matrix hybrid bike to the first folding elliptical to perfecting the eddy current magnetic brake system. Many of the technologies invented for JHT machines have now become industry standards. From the beginning, an investment in key technologies to increase quality and add value has been a key priority for JHT.

Currently, JHT is the largest fitness manufacturer in Asia and the third-largest manufacturer in the world. With a product portfolio covering all fitness channels and markets, including Vision, Matrix and Horizon, we are among the industry's fastest-growing manufacturers, and, with 26 worldwide subsidiaries, we are able to deliver on a truly global scale.