WOODWAY’s history begins in Germany in 1974. Willi Schoenberger, a technical director in charge of planning a fitness center, noticed that the most important piece of equipment, the treadmill, didn’t meet the most important requirements: a mechanically sound machine that is designed to meet human needs.
He envisioned a comfortable surface that didn’t interfere with the natural biomechanics of running or walking. Also, he wanted a transportation system which eliminated the friction associated with conventional (conveyor belt) treadmills. After intensive research, and trial and error (and in cooperation with the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany), Willi developed and patented a very unique and revolutionary treadmill design.
In 1975, WOODWAY GmbH was founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The name "WOODWAY" is derived from the German "Waldweg" (Wald = Wood and Weg = Way) – the feel of running on a soft pine needle covered path in the forest.
In 1983, a manufacturing license was awarded to Sakai Medical, for the use of WOODWAY technology in the Japanese marketplace.
In 1988, a U.S. license was granted to a small, well-established manufacturing company in Waukesha, Wisconsin. WOODWAY USA was formed when the U.S. incarnation of the WOODWAY was developed and completed in 1990. WOODWAY USA is proud to be the primary manufacturer of WOODWAY Treadmills worldwide, exporting treadmills for international distribution, in addition to serving our domestic customers and clients.
As WOODWAY moves forward, attention to product quality, innovation, and customer service are at the forefront of our efforts. Along with our treadmills, other products, services and strategic relationships are being developed so as to keep WOODWAY on the leading edge as we meet fitness training, testing and rehabilitation needs.