About Us

Company History

Heart Rate Inc. has played an integral role in transforming the way people exercise with its 38 year history of innovations. Few other companies can claim as many fitness equipment firsts-including inventing total-body training-that have become expectations for exercise today. Plus, Heart Rate Inc. offers much more than its highly regarded vertical trainers, including a full line of heart rate monitors, the unprecedented VersaPulley with "user defined" resistance using patented MV2 technology, VersaRower, ExerVibe, VersaCore and VRX suspension straps.

Built in USA With Pride

We are one of the few remaining cardio equipment manufacturers that continues to manufacture all of our products in the USA. We take great pride building and manufacturing all of our products: VersaClimbers, Heart Rate Monitors, VersaPulleys, VersaRowers, ExerVibes and VRX right here in the USA. Made, with great pride, in the USA since 1981.


Heart Rate Monitor Pioneers

Incorporated in October 1978, Heart Rate Inc. had the foresight to know that heart rate could be a valuable tool to gauge the intensity of exercise-for beginning exercisers up to elite athletes. In 1980, the company completed the design and a functional prototype of a heart rate wristwatch and then was awarded an exclusive patent to further develop the capacitive electrode used in the NASA space program. This sensor was designed to acquire high quality ECG signals during space flights. Unfortunately, at that time, many wristwatch, medical and sports equipment companies were not convinced that heart rate monitoring promised to be a viable business, so they declined to provide funding. Faced with a lack of financial backing, Dick Charnitski, the president of Heart Rate Inc. and a mechanical engineer, then turned his attention to developing a total-body exercise machine. The birth of total-body exercise.

The Birth of the VersaClimber

Recognizing that no equipment had brought climbing indoors-as well as understanding the tremendous value of total-body exercise in comparison to workouts such as running and cycling-Charnitski created the first VersaClimber in his own garage, in 1981.

The result was the VersaClimber. Later heart rate monitoring was incorporated into the VersaClimber making it the first commercial exercise machine that used heart rate as a speedometer of exercise.

Nothing like it existed anywhere, and since its debut, VersaClimber has been the No. 1 total-body vertical trainer - A time line that spans over 38 years.