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I wanted to thank you for sending me the personal, handwritten “Thank You” note for my recent purchase. Very nice touch! This is my third major purchase in your stores over the past how many years and every time has been a good experience. Your salespeople are generally very knowledgeable about the products and are usually able to find the right solution for my specific needs. This recent example is textbook: I was looking for a basic squat rack that also had a set-up for pull-downs and similar exercises. Scott Guggenberger in your Burnsville store showed me several new options but quickly realized that a recently traded-in Smith machine from Hoist might be the best choice. In addition, he was able to identify a treadmill from Vision that precisely met my desire for quality and warranty but only had basic electronics since I typically don’t use all the extra features. Finally, he was able to put it all together in a package, including a used Olympic set, delivery and set-up, at a price that made sense to me.

The delivery team set-up everything yesterday and I used it last night—worked great! By the way, your deliver process functioned exactly as I was told—a rarity these days. They called me to set-up a time within a couple days of purchase and the delivery crew actually arrived early at my house.

Retail is a tough business, particularly when you’re selling bigger-ticket items in a tough economy. I know because I’ve been following public companies in the consumer/retail sector as a Senior Research Analyst for over 17 years. My primary focus for the past several years has been the Active Lifestyle sector, which is my terminology for companies that make or sell everything from athletic shoes to fitness equipment. If you ever have time or interest, I’d appreciate any opportunity to visit with you and learn more about your business.


Hi Dick,

We truly appreciate your thank you note regarding our recent purchase of home gym equipment – so much so that we wanted to share what made our experience such a pleasure.

Will, who serviced our needs impeccably, is an absolute asset to your company. He was informative without being pushy and exhibited a level of care that we hope our employees do on a daily basis. We previously purchased a treadmill from 2nd Wind over five years ago. This most recent experience with your company will absolutely have us returning to you for our continued needs and will cause us to refer our friends, employees, associates and clients.

We thought you should know that both our interaction with Will and your thank you note really hit it out of the park!

Very truly yours,


Hi Dick, We truly appreciate your thank you note regarding our recent purchase of home gym equipment – so much so that we wanted to share what made our experience such a pleasure. Will, who serviced our needs impeccably, is more »


I have previously purchased exercise equipment from Sears and Costco and will NEVER do that again. I will be in the market for a new treadmill in the next couple of years, and I know that I will be heading back to your store in St. Louis Park for that purchase. Continue reading

M Graner

Mike knew every question we had before we even asked. Mike could sense my wife's desire to get the treadmill in our house asap and he located one in stock across town. We were able to pick it up an hour later and run on it that night. Continue reading

T & C Fulton
Chesterfield, MO

Please know your stores are more than just a place that sells exercise equipment. It is a place where goals and dreams are started and nurtured. Continue reading

S Seaton
Coralville, IA

Your deep knowledge of the equipment in the showroom helped me decide to make a purchase at a time I was in fact not seriously looking to do so. The after-service, including delivery and the nice handwritten thank-you note made it a very rewarding customer experience. It all felt just right… Continue reading

F Bielders

I was completely satisfied buying the treadmill. When my treadmill arrived, I was called immediately, again good customer service. They told us to call them if we needed any help setting it up, mind you it was Black Friday. Continue reading

M Hansen
Downers Grove, IL

This is our first elliptical and Scott did a great job of listening to our needs, explaining and demonstrating, several models before we made our decision. He never tried to pressure us nor hard sell us, but showed true value in his expertise. Continue reading

G. M. Jensen
Mequon, WI

The sales experience was 100% perfect in every way from the time I entered the store to the time I left. I was greeted with a warm hello as soon as I walked in the door. I was helped immediately by a sales person. The sales person didn’t try to sell me anything but rather we had a 20 minute conversation about my needs. Continue reading

B Harmon
Richfield, MN

I was very pleased with the sales help we received from Neal S at the Fargo store and felt your pries and equipment were a good value. I will definitely recommend 2nd Wind to anyone I know who may be looking for exercise equipment. Continue reading

P Steen
Fargo, ND

Logan was very knowledgeable and courteous and he went way above and beyond to inform us about the equipment and help us with our purchase. We will not hesitate to purchase from 2nd Wind again. Continue reading

S Holder

Jason was professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and personable without any high-pressure sales. Fantastic customer service! Continue reading

Dale and Susan
Madison, WI

Max listened very intently and asked us good questions to be sure he understood all our needs. He was professional, friendly, and has a terrific sense of humor! Continue reading

H Quinlan
Edina, MN

The senior person in charge of the set-up was especially knowledgeable, polite and careful of our home. Continue reading

Alan & Karen
Cedar Rapids, IA

I was very pleased with the assistance we received from your associate Ryan Schipp. I thought he was very patient and did a very nice job accommodating our various quirks. Continue reading

M Struebing
Brookfield, WI

I certainly can appreciate the focus on the customer, and as a customer, I look to improve my heart and that of my husband by using your equipment.
My husband Mike and I anxiously await the delivery this Friday; it will literally change our lives. Continue reading

Chicago, IL

Matt was very helpful throughout the purchasing process and never made me feel silly, even when I asked some “out there” questions. He went above and beyond the call of duty... Continue reading

J Ross
Greenfield WI

I worked with Colton David who was incredibly knowledgeable and very service oriented. He even stayed after the store closed at 5 to accommodate my needs. Continue reading

N Willard
Edmond, OK

I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for listening to us, your customers. We are very happy with the exchange of the Octane Q47 machine. .. Continue reading

Steve & Sharon

Customer Service is alive and well at 2nd Wind. Continue reading

Scottsdale, AZ

Brandon in Hobart Indiana was very knowledgeable and helpful to us. He knew the equipment, counseled us on our needs and facilitated our purchases. Continue reading

C Pera

Talk about going the extra mile for a customer! Continue reading

J Donnelly
Fargo, ND

The entire experience in this store created a new image of 2nd Wind for me—one that exceeded my expectations of retail customer service (which isn’t easy to do). Continue reading

J Leighton

I was ultimately very happy with the product I ended up getting and the quick turn-around on the minor glitch – first impressions are important, and you guys nailed it good. Continue reading

B. Smith

Telling Paul thanks doesn’t seem like much for helping my wife and I change our lives, but I don’t know what else to say. Continue reading


But I wanted to let you know that this was probably one of the finest sales associates I have ever dealt with…and that indeed is what caused me to purchase the product. Continue reading

P Vaglica
Brookfield, WI

In a lot of ways, you are all running a business the way it should be. I’m looking forward to working with you in the future and making sure my friends and family do business with you too. Continue reading


With Mark’s help, I feel I am on the journey to better health, and I couldn’t be happier. Continue reading

L Fugate
Appleton, WI

This is my third major purchase in your stores over the past how many years and every time has been a good experience. Continue reading


The experience could not have been better and the credit goes to Steve the store manager/salesman. His knowledge about the product and his willingness to make sure we were satisfied made the entire process smooth and pleasant. Continue reading

J Mentel
St Louis, MO

This past Friday I went to your store in Schaumburg and was greeted by BJ Thomas. He was very helpful and knowledgeable of your product line and what would work best for my needs. Continue reading


After visiting the normal sports equipment chains, I noticed your store online. On my initial visit I was assisted by Bill Rockow, who not only demonstrated the features, advantages and benefits of the recumbent bikes that you sell, but also provided an overview of other types of fitness equipment that would help me reach my exercise goal. Continue reading

W. Cotton

You stayed in touch and answered all of my questions in depth. You were very knowledgeable and confident in selling your product but you weren’t pushy or over agressive in your sales pitch. In short you did a great job. Continue reading


I will definitely go directly to 2nd Wind for all my future exercise equipment needs. Continue reading


All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the entire experience. And your personal letter to us was icing on the cake! Continue reading

D. C. Waller
Pewaukee, WI