Our Story

Before founding NuStep, Dick Sarns, a bio-medical engineer, designed and developed medical devices used in heart surgery including the world-renowned Sarns heart-lung machine. Years later, as research emerged that supported exercise for cardiac patients, Dick shifted his focus to developing exercise products for cardiac rehabilitation. After years of research and development, Dick, and his son Steve, introduced the first recumbent cross trainer. In 1997, NuStep was born.

Inspiring people around the world to Take That Step

The vision that guided Dick and Steve almost 30 years ago continues today as the driving force of the entire NuStep team – helping individuals to Take That Step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle. NuStep cross trainer users around the world attest that our equipment  helped them transform their lives. We are honored and pleased to help make this international NuStep community possible.

Inclusive By design

The inclusive NuStep recumbent cross trainer is designed for a wide range of users, from the physically fit to those with mobility limitations. NuStep is the exercise equipment brand of choice for physical therapy centers, cardiac rehabilitation clinics, senior living communities and health and wellness centers across the country. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where our high-quality recumbent cross trainers and accessories are designed, manufactured, assembled and shipped worldwide.

We value our partnerships

We support initiatives that make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives and take pride in our relationships with the following organizations:

  • American Heart Association
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • American Stroke Foundation
  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living


Whether you want to age actively or recover from an injury, surgery, joint replacement or cardiac event, a NuStep trainer in your home provides the freedom to exercise according to your personal schedule.


For Professional Use

Professionals around the globe offer NuStep cross trainers in their health clubs, wellness centers and rehabilitation facilities.


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NuStep users tell how their lives have been transformed and the vital role their NuStep plays in that transformation.

“The best piece of equipment I own.”

- Colleen Braun: People can transition from physical therapy to an independent program on their own.


“We'd like to help more people.”

- Lisa Banks: We're really excited to see what it can do for the rest of the community.


“Our residents absolutely love them!”

- Carlyle Place Navicent Health: When we expanded, two additional NuSteps were at the top of our equipment list.



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