Nautilus can trace its roots back to the 1960s when Arthur Jones invented a workout machine he dubbed The Blue Monster. Jones later changed the name of the company to Nautilus. Jones sold the company in 1986.
Bowflex acquired the company and it went public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NLS. By 2011, the company stopped selling commercial equipment to gyms and placed its focus on home gym equipment sales.
Nautilus, Inc. has been an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly company since 2010.
The company also sells products under the Bowflex name, Schwinn, Universal, Modern Movement, and Octane Fitness brands.
In September 2021, the company acquired VAY, a motion technology company.
During the pandemic of 2020/2021, Nautilus saw increased sales as people were unable to attend gym classes. It is unknown if this trend will continue or for how long.
Nautilus maintains a corporate office in Vancouver, Washington.