Here it is - my official blogging debut.  As the newest member of the Lifetime365 blog team, I'm looking forward to sharing some of my personal experiences and basketball product expertise with you. 'Tis the Giving Season!  And, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know that giving back is one of the things that is extremely important to Lifetime.  So, needless to say, I was excited to recently have the opportunity to participate in giving back on behalf of Lifetime at the South Jeffco Sports Association (SJSA)  Holiday Tournament in Lakewood, Colorado. SJSA is a nonprofit youth sports organization offering playing opportunities in various sports  to kids age 4-17. The Holiday Tournament event was held at the Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood. The three-day tournament included boys ... More

We hope lots of you have Lifetime products on your Christmas lists this year!  If you do, hopefully, the instruction manual included with your product will answer any questions you may have, especially regarding assembly instructions.  And, just in case you accidentally throw your instructions away with the giant heap of wrapping paper, we even have most of our assembly instructions online.  Whew!  If you need still need extra help after reading the instruction manual, be to also check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on www.lifetime.com.  If you can't find your answer online or you simply want to talk to someone in person, Lifetime's Customer Service department is always happy to help.  However, just like you, it is important to us for our employees to celebrat... More

I'm guessing a lot of our readers will pull out their Lifetime folding tables and chairs to use as extra seating for holiday dinners and parties this month.  Well, no need for me to pull out ours - we are already using them every day! That's right.  We have a new kitchen table and chairs in our house.  For the past few weeks - and for the next month or so - we are using our Lifetime 37-Inch Square Folding Table and Lifetime Contemporary Folding Chairs for our kitchen table and chairs.  No, I'm not doing consumer research for Lifetime.  We are getting ready to move in a few weeks and our old kitchen table and chairs were too big for our new kitchen eating space, so we sold them at our garage sale a few weeks ago.  And, we don’t want to buy a new one until we get to our new house and re... More

This Spring, we started a "25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" to celebrate our 25th corporate anniversary and our invention of the first quickly adjustable basketball hoop.  So far, we've given away 20 hoops!  That means we still have 5 more to give away before December 31! This is a great opportunity to win a high-end Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop.  We're giving away model 71522 which retails in the Lifetime Store online for $499!  It's a 54" steel-framed acrylic backboard with a pneumatic Power Lift® Height Adjustment mechanism that raises and lowers the hoop from 7.5 to 10 feet with just one hand.  So, if you haven't already entered to win, now is the time!  Once you enter, your name stays in for all remaining drawings.  We draw random winners at random times, s... More

Wow, what a week we just had. Lifetime is headquartered in Clearfield Utah. Clearfield is in North Davis County. Davis County, as you may have heard on the national news, was the sight of some historically strong winds on Thursday, December 1. The mountains we have here typically shield us from things like tornadoes, but when the jet stream is just right, wind is forced up the Wasatch mountains and slams down on us. This only happens every 10 to 15 years. Early Thursday morning we woke up at my house to the fence missing, the trampoline missing, and flying debris. The winds were so strong that to go outside was dangerous as debris of all shapes and sizes was flying around. The National Weather Service said the winds reached up to 100 MPH. These are the same wind speeds you find in a category 2 hurricane. By the time it ... More

I think I now know how Santa must feel on Christmas morning.  Wow! It was such a great feeling when I shared the news yesterday with three lucky people that they were the random winners in our Lifetime Store gift certificate giveaway.  Being able to help make someone's holiday a little merrier is such a wonderful, heartwarming experience. Congratulations to our winners who will get to enjoy shopping in the Lifetime Store with their gift certificates: $400 - Kristi F. of Herriman, Utah $200 - Mary W. of DeLand, FL $100  - Michael T. of Ogden, Utah Thank you to everyone who entered our final monthly giveaway of 2011.  It was so interesting to see all of the variety of products you were planning to buy with your gift certificates.  Basketball hoops, sheds, swing sets, compos... More

Still searching for that perfect Christmas gift to give your parents, grandparents, or your spouse?  Here's an idea - how about a cozy Lifetime Glider Bench? Last year, I gave my Dad the Lifetime Glider Bench for Christmas. I purchased the original Lifetime Glider Bench because it matched the Lifetime Picnic Table they have in their back yard.  (The Lifetime Glider Bench is also available in a Wood Alternative version that looks like real wood slats.) My Dad put his new Lifetime Glider Bench under a huge tree in the backyard at his lake house so he can sit under the shade and watch the lake. This summer when my family went home to visit, we all took turns at some point relaxing and gliding on the bench to watch the soothing waves on the lake, the crackling fire pit, or a friendly game of Cornhole.  But, ... More

 This giveaway has ended. This week, we asked fans on our Facebook page what product they would like us to giveaway for our final monthly giveaway of 2011. It turns out, when you make so many great products, you get many great answers!  The majority of you wanted us to giveaway a shed.  But, picnic tables, swingsets, raised garden beds, and tables and chairs were also voted as favorites. Oh, decisions, decisions.  Sigh.  Know what?  Since it's the Christmas season and many of you have products from Lifetime on your list that you want to give (either to someone else or just yourself),  I think it would be much more fun to give away gift certificates to the Lifetime Store so YOU can pick whatever product (or maybe even more than one) you want! So, we'll be giving away not one, not two, but ... More

 
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Judging the Weber School District Science Fair
About a week ago, six of our Lifetime employees (mostly Engineers and Information Technicians) volunteered to help judge the Weber School District Science Fair. The two-day fair took place at Weber State University with more than 700 students ranging from sixth to twelfth grade. Judges reviewed the exhibits and interviewed students on their use of scientific thought, methods, visual appearance and creativity.Categories included: Behavioral Studies, Botany, Chemistry, Earth Space, Energy Transportation, Engineering Computer Science, Environmental, Medicine Health, Microbiology, Physics Math and Zoology. The fair brought in an average of 200 to 300 people which included parents, college students and the general public. Each of the judges had fun learning about the different subjects from how safe your drinking water is t...
See Lifetime's Factory on Live TV!
Lights, camera, action! It has been another exciting week here at Lifetime. On Monday, Lifetime was featured in a Made in Utah segment on Studio 5, KSL's local lifestyle show. The hour-long show featured a pre-recorded segment (starring yours truly) that was filmed in the Lifetime Store, as well as three live segments with host Darin Adams in our factory. Studio 5 is doing a week-long series to show products and companies that are made in Utah. We were honored they decided to start with Lifetime! Filming the pre-taped piece was SO much fun. Studio 5 Producer, Stephanie, was a blast and great to work with. She was very creative and full of energy. Who knew sipping lemonade on a Lifetime Glider Bench would be so fun? For the live segments, the KSL camera lady, Jen, showed up about 10:00am to get things set up, find a broadcas...
The All New Lifetime Power Flex - New Rim, New Adjustment Mechanism
The coolest thing about working at Lifetime Products is our dedication to innovate and make stuff that just doesn't exist yet. Our newest basketball system - the Power Flex System - is my favorite system that we make because of just that. In an industry that is saturated with competition, we were able to come up with an in-groundbasketball system that is unique in many ways. First, we started with the height adjustment mechanism. Our engineers were able to patent new technology with a gas-assist, triggerless handle adjustment called the Power Lift XL Height Adjust. This new Power Lift XL is similar to our existing Power Lift mechanism that Lifetime invented in 1996 - which was the first pneumatic height adjustment mechanism for basketball hoops. However, our new Power Lift XL has larger handle to help make raising and loweri...