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About Us

Established nearly five decades ago, TuffStuff Fitness International has become recognized worldwide as a leading manufacturer of high quality consumer and commercial strength products.

From our humble beginnings as a small family-owned company (founded in 1971), to our current state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Chino, California.  TuffStuff maintains one of the largest American production lines in the fitness industry, and remains the only fitness company in the United States with the capability to manufacture any product it sells.  This capability is remarkable in an industry where most equipment suppliers do not design or manufacture anything they sell.

The continued success of TuffStuff’s products in both the institutional and consumer markets may be attributed to a team of dedicated staff, focused on making design improvements and meeting market demands, while delivering exceptional customer service and support.

TuffStuff Fitness Pioneers

1932 – 2016

Cammie Grider CEO at TuffStuff Fitness
Cammie Grider

Chief Executive Officer

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Donny Penado COO at TuffStuff Fitness
Donny Penado

Chief Operating Officer

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Pete Asistin VP Global Sales at TuffStuff Fitness
Pete Asistin

Vice President of Global Sales

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Ken Carter - Head of Research and Development at TuffStuff
Kenny Carter

Head of Research & Development

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Jesus Ponce - Plant Manager at TuffStuff
Jesus Ponce

Plant Manager & Chief Purchasing Officer

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Rolando Flores at TuffStuff Fitness
Rolando Flores

Manufacturing Supervisor

HISTORY OF FITNESS INNOVATIONS

TuffStuff Fitness International Inc.

1989
Jun 14

1989

1989

Kwik Fit single stack home gym utilizing 2-inch square steel tubing main frame structure with a combination of other steel material for aesthetic appearance.

Apollo-3 4-stack system design by Sherman, the first square frame structural main frame design and compact footprint.

CalGym brand name is introduced by Bollinger. Sherman Grider departs from California Gym Equipment (Bollinger) and starts Task Industries Inc. designing rack stands for music industry.

1990
Jun 14

1990

1990

California Gold home gym is introduced by Bollinger.

The Apollo system is renamed to California Apollo.

1991
Jun 14

1991

1991

The TuffStuff brand name is born, introducing the fitness industry’s first free weight benches and machines painted in white and black combination, and the first machines to use adjustable cams and pull-pins on all adjustments which become an overnight sensation and are now the industry standard.

 

TuffStuff is awarded the contract by the City of Los Angeles to install commercial free weight benches at the world famous Muscle Beach outdoor gym in Venice, California.

 

PowerLine commercial strength series is introduced by Bollinger Inc.

1993
Jun 14

1993

1993

Sherman Grider (Task Industries) purchases CalGym back from Bollinger Inc. and begins full operations as Task Industries. Formula-G Free Weight, California Gold Gyms and PowerLine Commercial Strength continue as CalGym equipment and together with TuffStuff’s own brand name free weight series.

TDH-345 Half Cage Ensemble, the first company to utilize 2 x 3-inch tubing on its residential products.

Muscle-1 the first home gym that features the A-frame press bar utilizing the dual pulley cable system.

1994
Jun 14

1994

TuffStuff Apollo 4 Multi Gym in 1994

Apollo-4 is introduced. TuffStuff redefines the multi-station gym market with the introduction of its compact 4-stack multi-station gym system that set new standards in the industry. The beginning of the Legendary Apollo System.

 

Muscle-3 is completely redesigned featuring adjustable pectoral arms.

TuffStuff Fitness is a proud member of:
National Foundation For Governor's Fitness Councils - NFGFC-governor Logo
IHRSA - International Health Racquet Sportclub Assn
US General Services Administration GSA logo
Venice Muscle Beach Logo