Charles M. Leighton, the founder of the company responsible for making NordicTrack one of the most iconic and revolutionary lines of exercise equipment, has passed away. The NordicTrack line started with a single piece of at-home exercise equipment, a cross-country ski simulator, in 1975. Leighton's company, CML Group, acquired the equipment brand in the late 1980s and expanded the NordicTrack line to include treadmills, leg machines, cross-trainers, elliptical-style machines and more.
CML Group declared bankruptcy in the late 1990s. The NordicTrack brand was purchased by Logan, Utah-based Icon Health & Fitness.