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People can get their hearts pounding as easy as jumping up and down in place. So why then is cardio equipment so important to a health club? Because jumping up and down in place gets pretty boring after a few times. That's why it is important to keep on top of the the many pieces of cardio equipment put out by manufacturers from rowers to treadmills to elliptical trainers and more. And don't forget the increasing technology that accompanies them from integrated heart rate to workout programs and more.


The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rower incorporates a powerful monitor, ergonomic handle and re-engineered front end. The monitor offers five displays and features a personal LogCard, which stores workout results, total meters rowed, favorite workouts and language preference. The redesigned front end makes it more durable. The power generation feature provides power to the monitor during use, extending battery life. Contact: Concept2 Inc., 105 Industrial Park Dr., Morrisville, VT 05661; phone: 800-245-5676 or 802-888-7971; fax: 802-888-4971;
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The Cybex Arc Trainer is part climber, part elliptical trainer, part cross-country skier. With its arcing path of motion and up to 900 watts of resistance, it meets the demands of new users and elite athletes. The split display features six programs, each with 10 levels, as well as a quick start mode with 11 incline and 101 resistance levels. Contact: Cybex International Inc., 10 Trotter Dr., Medway, MA 02053; phone: 508-533-4300; fax: 508-533-5500;
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The Executive Trainer lets you exercise with animated graphics of road and track, while visual landmarks measure your climb. The Cardio Trainer has a liquid crystal display that provides information at a glance. Both models have a numeric keypad that feature Quick Speed and Quick Grade, and optional AccuTrack contact heart rate. The Pro Sport Trainer has improved graphics and larger buttons. The L7 series has a 58-inch running surface. All commercial treadmills come with a five-year warranty. Contact: Landice Treadmills Inc., 111 Canfield Ave., Randolph, NJ 07869; phone: 800-LANDICE; fax: 973-927-0630;
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Magnum's NexStep is a recumbent stepping machine with a natural feel, low impact, closed kinetic chain movement that provides postural stabilization for biomechanical integrity throughout the exercise. NexStep is attractive to baby boomers. Offering a cardio alternative from a recumbent position gives you something to motivate current members. Contact: Magnum Fitness Systems, 2201 12th Ave., South Milwaukee, WI 53172; phone: 800-372-0554; fax: 414-768-7047;
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StairMaster's® ClubStride 5100 elliptical trainer features a patented stride technology with articulated foot pedals that track the natural movement of the foot throughout the range of motion. The Remote Operation Controls (ROC) allow users to control their workout with their fingertips on the upper-body handles. Upper-body and front handrails have contact heart rate monitors and the elliptical features a variety of workout programs. Contact: Nautilus Health and Fitness Group, 1886 Prairie Way, Louisville, CO 80027; phone: 800-864-1270; fax: 800-898-9410;
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The RST7000 Total Body Recumbent Stepper is versatile and easy to use for all body, upper body or lower body only. Walk through access allows easy and safe entry for users. With 200 levels of computer-controlled resistance, the RST7000 is great for all fitness levels. SCIFIT's ISO-Strength program is perfect for interval and strength training. The stepper is ADA compliant and the seat is removable for wheelchair access. Contact: SCIFIT, 5151 S. 110th E. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74146; phone: 800-278-3933 or 918-359-2000; fax: 918-254-4189;
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The ZTX 850 treadmill from True Fitness features a powerful 6HP brushless S-drive motor, exclusive S.O.F.T. System shock absorption, 23-inch-wide running surface and five-year motor and controller/3-year parts/3-year labor warranty. The treadmill has quality, innovation and performance. Contact: True Fitness Technology Inc., 865 Hoff Rd., O'Fallon, MO 63366; phone: 800-426-6570; fax: 636-272-7148;
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The 108 CM VersaClimber features a shortened step height of 10 inches, while arms travel a full 27 inches, a specialized interactive module to better assist/instruct the user with motivational messaging, optional arm extenders, small foot print and more. Each comes with heart rate control, variable resistance, padded side handrails, time, distance, calories burned and much more. Contact: VersaClimber, 3910-E. Airport Loop, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; phone: 800-237-2271; fax: 714-755-5749;
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The WaterRower is a blend of function, design and durability designed to reproduce the natural rhythm and feel of rowing on the water. The rower uses a patented water flywheel. Made from wood, the rower is quiet, smooth and stylish. It stores upright and is virtually maintenance free. Contact: WaterRower Inc., 560 Metacom Ave., Warren, RI 02885 phone: 800-852-2210; fax: 401-247-7743;
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Woodway treadmills provide a level of comfort and feel — from the unique, patented ball-bearing transportation system design to the inclusion of the 3/8-inch soft, shock-absorbing rubber on the surface of each slat, the treadmill's interaction with the user is extraordinary. Contact: Woodway USA, W 229 N 519 Foster Ct., Waukesha, WI 53186; phone: 262-548-6235; fax: 262-548-6239;
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