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These new socks allow consumers to wear their flip flop and thong sandals — even when the temperature doesn't normally permit it. Designed for surfers, travelers and yoga enthusiasts going from indoors to outdoors, Sol Socks are made of soft and lightweight fleece material, which keep the consumer's feet warm in all kinds of weather. The socks come in a wide variety of colors and sizes to fit any adult's feet. They are designed for individuals who would like to slip on a pair of sandals and keep their feet warm while walking from a health club out in the cold weather to their car.

Contact: Sol Socks, phone: 410-366-0206; e-mail: [email protected];

Strength Training

Star Trac's new Instinct line of commercial selectorized strength machines consists of 10 single function and nine dual function stations along with 12 benches and racks that can be used in any combination. The Instinct line is the fifth full line of strength equipment from Star Trac featuring easy-adjust ratcheting seats along with walk-through designs and consistent locations of weight stacks. Sixteen of the 19 selectorized pieces feature a compact, 55-inch weight stack tower, and the fully shrouded weight stack accommodates the safety needs of all levels of exercisers. In addition, full-color, illustrated placards and red-colored adjustment knobs make it an easy-to-operate solution for members in health clubs and YMCAs as well as for hotel guests and community-living residents exercising in unsupervised facilities.

Contact: Star Trac, phone: 800-228-6635;

Imaging Software

IntelaMetrix uses ultrasound technology for body composition analysis for its BodyMetrix products. BodyMetrix is easy-to-use, non-invasive, affordable and is integrated with BodyView, a reporting and personal imaging software program that provides a complete report on body composition, BMR, trends, health risks and recommendations. BodyView also incorporates 3-D visualization of present and future views so members can visualize their goals.

Contact: IntelaMetrix; phone: 877-838-9918; e-mail: [email protected];

Strength Equipment

Life Fitness introduced two new core-training products: a Back Extension and Leg Raise. The Back Extension features an adjustable pad support that accommodates users of all sizes, and its lower roller support provides stabilization throughout the exercise. The Leg Raise features a unique back pad support that conforms to the user's back, providing a more effective and comfortable exercise than traditional leg raise machines. The core-training pieces are biomechanically correct with an ergonomic design. They feature oval tubing and contoured upholstery, which complement other premium Life Fitness products.

Contact: Life Fitness, 5100 River Rd., Schiller Park, IL 60176; phone: 847-288-3300;

Training Aids

Harbinger introduced a training aid that helps exercisers get the most out of the traditional push up. Its new Push Up Bars allow for more effective upper body muscle building by helping alleviate stress on the wrists that occur when doing a traditional push up. The bars can also be used at different width intervals to strengthen a variety of upper body muscles including reverse push ups and tricep dips. They are made with “Delta” shaped bases that provide a stable training platform. The base also features non-skid rubber pads for traction and padded foam grips for increased comfort. The bars' polyethylene construction can support up to 350 pounds of load weight on each bar. The bars themselves weigh just over one pound, so they are easy to transport.

Contact: Harbinger, 35 Executive Ct., Napa, CA 94558; phone: 1-800-729-5954; fax: 707-257-5843;


Affiliated Acceptance Corporation (AAC) provides security and control with its Biometric Fingerprint Identification software. Users can control member access by eliminating the sharing or loss of membership cards. This is the newest addition to a line of member check-in and identification products offered by AAC, including customized member ID cards and key tags, access card readers, pin number control and video imaging.

Contact: AAC, P.O. Box 790001, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079; phone: 800-233-8483;

Heated Mats

Bodymat is a full-sized, cushioned electronic mat that provides a therapeutic stretch experience to users. The mat offers users a deeper stretch, relaxes muscles, increases oxygen flow, stimulates nerve endings and provides a soothing experience for users. The mats are designed for health clubs, personal trainers, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and group exercise instructors. The mats retail at $289.

Contact: Bodymat; phone: 800-942-0127;

Disinfecting Wipes

GymWipes Antibacterial Towelettes are an easy and hygienic way to lower the risk of infection and cross contamination. The towelettes are pre-moistened, disposable, surface disinfecting wipes, that stop the spread of germs on surfaces. GymWipes safely sanitize commercial fitness equipment and kill 99.9 percent of germs that can cause illness.

Contact: 2XL Corporation, 27 McIntosh Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514; phone: 888-977-3726; e-mail: [email protected];

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