The Road Traveled
Juris Terauds began his relationship with fitness and the
biomechanics of sports techniques as a youth. A native Latvian, whose parents immigrated to Canada during the
war, he came from a line of both accomplished track and field athletes and scholars.
After finding his niche in the javelin throw, Juris set numerous high school records before attaining a Track and
Field scholarship to the University of Dubuque, Iowa. To date, the distance record he set while an undergraduate
Juris went on to win three Canadian championships, yet missed his opportunity to join the Canadian Olympic team by
a mere thread.
Two degrees, three children and ten grandchildren later, using the X-iser stepper as an integral part of his
training regime, Juris finally fulfilled his ultimate goal by competing for the US and winning the gold in javelin
at Sydney, Australia’s 2009 Master’s Games.
His career from athlete to educator evolved while earning his PhD
in Biomechanics from the University of Maryland.
Between 1972 and 1975, as an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Odessa, he developed a resistance
system for sprinters, as well as a pneumatic javelin launcher that enabled him and his colleagues to study the
aerodynamics and ballistics of competition javelins. The javelin design used at world class field events today are
based on this research.
However, it was not until employment as a full tenured Professor
at the University of Alberta in 1977, that Juris’ research began in earnest for what was to become the X-iser
The first prototype followed soon thereafter, and in 1980 X-iser Industries was founded. Although the US patent for
the stepper was not filed until 1983, it is this patent that sparked the development of every stepping machine
found in gyms around the world, and for every portable stepper that has ever glanced the market.
Due to flimsy patent laws, Juris would not see any of the profit or recognition as the originator of what quickly
became one of the most popular and effective forms of indoor cardiovascular fitness equipment.
Unable to compete with corporate money and the sudden influx of stepping machines from several different
manufacturers, he turned his energy and focus into creating a stepper for home use and travel that is inarguably
the most durable, lightweight, and compact of any in production today.
Additional Achievements and
- • 1966 – 68, Coached high school basketball team to Quebec
- • 1965, 1966 & 1968, Coached high school track team to
Quebec Provincial Championship.
- • 1973 – 75, Director, Research Center for Leisure and
Sports, University of Texas.
- • 1973 – 76, Director, Biomechanics Research for all
Athletic Events, Montreal Olympic Games.
- • 1973 – Present, Consultant to elite athletes using
Biomechanics Research Methods to help coaches and athletes
improve performance and safety
- • 1975 - 81, Full Professor, University of Alberta;
developed the first Biomechanics PhD program in Canada.
- • 1975 – 78, President, Third International Symposium of
Biomechanics in Swimming.
- • 1976 & 1980, Director and Coordinator of
Biomechanics Research at the Olympic Games.
- • 1976 – 78, President, International Symposium of Science
- • 1977 – 78, President, International Symposium of
Biomechanics Cinematography & Science in Gymnastics
- • 1980, NASA, Representative for Biomechanics; Committee
Member for Motion Picture and Video Systems in a
Space Environment; set guidelines for motion
requirements on the Space Shuttle and other carry on space vehicles.
- • 1980, Founded X-iser Industries.
- • 1981 – 87, Director, Research Center for Sports, San
- • 1982, Visiting Professor to seven Universities in
Africa, sponsored by Department of State.
- • 1985, Visiting Professor, University of Stuttgart,
- • 1987 - 90, Department Head of Sports Sciences at
Colorado State University, Ft. Collins; responsible for elevating
their undergraduate program’s national
ranking to number one and more than doubling their student enrollment.
- • Consultant, International Amateur Athletic Federation,
London, England; biomechanics of athletics.
- • Consultant, Royal Dutch Athletic Federation; sports
injuries and the elite athlete.
- • Consultant, United States Olympic
- • Consultant, Ektelon Corporation, San Diego, California;
racquets and racquetballs and their stress on joints
of elite athletes.
- • Consultant, US Track Coaches Association; track
performance and safety standards in coaching and performance.
- • Consultant, Coaching Association of Canada, Ottowa,
Canada; biomechanics of elite performance and performance safety.
- • Consultant, Federation of Canadian Archers, Inc;
biomechanical factors of archery and bow/arrow behavior.
- • Consultant, Commonwealth Games Foundation, Edmonton,
Canada; biomechanics of elite performance and
- • Consultant, American Athletic Equipment Division,
- • Consultant, Accles & Pollack Ltd., Oldbury, England;
- • Consultant, Photo-Sonics Inc., Burbank, California;
development of biomechanical instrumentation.
- • Consultant, Instrumentation Marketing Corp., Burbank,
California; development of high speed videography
- • Consultant, South African Sports Association for the
Physically Disabled; biomechanics of performance safety.
- • Penned 17 books on Biomechanics.
- • Published 34 research articles in national and
- • Presented 68 research papers at national and