GamerCycle turns video game time into an aerobic activity for children. The ergonomic exercise bicycle is sized for children and teens and works with existing game consoles such as XBOX, Play Station and Game Cube. You pedal to keep the TV picture on, and when you stop pedaling, the picture goes off. The GamerCycle isn't an interactive bike, so the pedal speed doesn't affect game characters. Contact: Gamercycle, 6701 Bridgehill Cove, Austin, TX 78746; phone: 512-228-4725; fax: 512-280-2294; e-mail: [email protected]; www.gamercycle.com
Pools and Spa Training
The Certified Pool and Spa Inspector Training CD helps public and environmental health officials conduct effective inspections and helps pool and spa operators maintain facilities. This national training program, jointly launched by the National Swimming Pool Foundation and the National Environmental Health Association, will increase the consistency and effectiveness of inspections, ultimately protecting the public by reducing the potential for injury and illness. The interactive CD-based program has extensive imagery and more than 25 minutes of video to help the student recognize potential issues and understand safety aspects. Contact: National Swimming Pool Foundation, 4775 Granby Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80919; phone: 719-540-9119; fax: 719-540-2787; www.nspf.com.
The Hydra-Alert Dehydration Watches with Fluid Check measure sweat loss during exercise. The Fluid Check monitors the key elements that affect fluid loss, and Hydra-Alert uses on-board temperature and humidity sensors. Once programmed with personal data by the user, such as age, weight, resting heart rate and maximum oxygen consumption value or maximum heart rate, the watch displays sweat loss in ounces and your percentage of body weight lost in sweat, alerting the user to replace lost fluids equal to the sweat loss rate. The price ranges from $150 to $350 depending on the model. Contact: Acumen Inc., 101A Executive Dr., Suite 200, Sterling, VA 20166; phone: 800-852-7823; fax: 703-904-0218; www.acumeninc.com.
The Body Bar Flex is a flexible, fiberglass-composite rod with easy-grip durable rubber casing and end caps that come in two lengths of 3 feet and 4 feet for total body training options. Weighing about one pound, the product can be used for balance and stretching when straight, but offers resistance ranging from zero to 10 pounds when bent into an arc. It has an ergonomically tailored flexibility to allow full joint range of motion and works the entire body in simple or compound movements to develop strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. Contact: Body Bar Systems, 1942 Broadway Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80302; phone: 800-500-2030; www.bodybars.com.
Trainers and therapists use the Thera-Band Rocker and Wobble Boards for a range of balance exercises with their clients. The Rocker Board features uni-planar movement while the Wobble Board is multi-planar, creating the highest level of difficulty. The boards can be used in clinical or training environments for closed kinetic chain exercises, ankle and knee injury prevention and strengthening, core strengthening and stability, ankle range of motion and flexibility, and sensorimotor training. The boards have a sensory-stimulating surface to provide improved proprioceptive feedback during balance exercises. They are also lightweight and portable and feature an anti-skid base for use on hard surfaces. Contact: Thera-Band, 1245 Home Ave., Akron, OH 44310; phone: 800-321-2135; www.thera-band.com.
The Cybex Trazer improves muscle and mental agility while adding new dimensions of fun and function to exercise. This interactive virtual environment uses reaction time, acceleration, speed, power and balance to drive on-screen activities. The product is designed for anyone including kids, teens, athletes and grandparents. Contact: Cybex, 10 Trotter Dr., Medway, MA 02053; phone: 508-533-4300; fax: 508-533-5500; www.cybextrazer.com.
The Hinged Glassless Mirror is suitable for home and studio use. The portable, lightweight, glassless, non-distortion mirror is more reflective than glass and is non-fogging. The hinged feature allows the 4-foot-by-6-foot mirror to fold in half, providing easier transportation, more convenient storage and substantial savings on shipping. The mirror is available in one size and retails for $280. It can be purchased separately or as part of Aeson's customizable home studio. Contact: Aeson Flooring System, 2000 Hamilton St., Suite C200, Philadelphia, PA 19130; phone: 215-636-9000; fax: 215-564-4206; e-mail: [email protected]; www.aesonflooring.com.
The Micro Fiber Shower Wrap is ultra-lightweight and absorbent. The 36-inch long wrap has a gathered elastic top with snap closures to adjust for a comfortable fit. The bottom and side edges are piped to prevent rough edges, and the polyamide and polyester wraps are machine washable. Contact: Qosmedix, 150-Q Executive Dr., Edgewood, NY 11717; phone: 631-242-3270; fax: 631-242-3291; www.qosmedix.com.
The CheckFree Schedule Manager is a Web-based reservation system for health clubs. The software allows members and nonmembers to schedule appointments online in real time and pay for those appointments either online with a credit card or at the club upon check in. By integrating with RCM Solutions, CheckFree's club management system, the product enables clubs to streamline scheduling and managing of their resources and facilities. Contact: CheckFree Health & Fitness, 6000 Perimeter Dr., Dublin, OH 43017; phone: 800-242-9522; fax: 800-331-4373; www.checkfreeclubmanager.com.
The Sportsmith strength and personal training catalog provides an expanded selection of the most popular training products for athletes, fitness professionals and physical therapists. In addition to free weight equipment, cable attachment and speciality bars, the catalog includes medicine and stability balls, core/balance products and aquatic products. Contact: Sportsmith, 5925 South 118th E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74146; phone: 800-713-2880; fax: 918-307-0216; www.sportsmith.net.
The SwivelSkim systematically captures and removes debris scattered at or near the pool's surface with minimal physical effort — saving operator fatigue and back injuries. Since it floats, the operator only has to push it out and pull it back for full operation. Its debris-collecting net swivels on its floating axle to keep the opening to the net facing forward. Contact: Iwanit Products, 4 Buena Vista De Rio, Bldg. A, Carmel Valley, CA 93924; phone: 831-659-7100; fax: 831-659-7171; www.swivelskim.com.
Calorie Management System
Bodybugg tracks calorie expenditure automatically, providing a real-time view of a user's actual calorie consumption. The system allows the user to measure both total calories burned and consumed which gives the user the ability to adjust his/her food intake and/or activity levels to meet fitness goals. The system features the device with Web interface and wireless communicator, along with automatic calorie tracking, a food calculator and log, motivational support, exercise and movement calculators, personalized support and a user-friendly interface. Contact: Apex Fitness Group, 100 Camino Ruiz, Camarillo, CA 93012; phone: 800-6562739; fax: 805-449-1370; www.apexfitness.com.
The EFX576i Elliptical Crosstrainer features CrossRamp technology, which uses different muscle groups and creates a varied stride motion as the ramp angle changes from 13 degrees to 40 degrees. A new ergonomic handlebar design provides users with a greater range of hand positions as the stride and ramp angle change. The new product has 14 pre-set programs, including a fitness test that simulates VO2 max ratings. Contact: Precor Inc., 20031 142nd Ave. NE, P.O. Box 7202, Woodinville, WA 98072-4002; phone: 800-786-8404; fax: 425-398-3006; www.precor.com.
Water Temperature Control
The new Generation High Low Manifold System adjusts to varying flow requirements for tempered water in health clubs, parks and other recreational facilities. Features include pre-assembly with large- and small-type thermostatic mixing values; DURA-trol solid bimetal elements; 8-inch temperature differential between supply and outlet temperature; integral supply check stops, wall supports, cast-lever handles and locked temperature regulators; outlet ball valve shutoffs and piping; and rough bronze standard finish. Contact: Leonard Valve Co., 1360 Elmwood Ave., Cranston, RI 02910; phone: 800-222-1208; fax: 401-941-5310; e-mail: [email protected]; www.leonardvalve.com.