This week on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and Spreaker, STT catches up with the man behind VersaClimber, VersaPulley and VersaRower. Dan Charnitski is General Manager and part owner of the family business that his father began in 1976 with the invention of a hand held heart rate monitor. In 1980 his father Richard Charnitski, a mechanical engineer began design on the VersaClimber. About that time while playing football at Cal State Northridge, Dan changed majors from business to physical education with an emphasis in exercise science and in the meantime visited home occasionally to help test and build the first VersaClimber. In 1982 Dan moved back home and helped his father to start to manufacture and sell the VersaClimber. Between taking classes and finishing up his B.S Degree at Cal State Fullerton Dan drove a VW bus to deliver VersaClimber to gyms. Although Dan’s experience was in exercise science he got quick and potent on the job manufacturing and marketing training guided by his father. So, since 1982 Dan has been working up through the ranks at Heart Rate Inc. He has been involved in the development, manufacturing and marketing of several products for the health, fitness, rehab and sports training markets. And now 33 years later, Heart Rate Inc. is going strong manufacturing in the USA and consistently striving to be a positive influence in the exercise field.

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