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With the look of real wood, Woodstep Plus is a flooring system for virtually all types of fitness activities including aerobics, yoga, basketball and other multipurpose uses. The six-layered floor includes fiberglass for stability, high-density foam underlayment for shock absorption and a factory finish for easy maintenance. The flooring can be installed temporarily, semi-permanently or permanently and is guaranteed for up to seven years against wear and tear. Contact: Aeson (c/o Stagestep), 2000 Hamilton St., Ste. C200, Philadelphia, PA 19130; phone: 800-523-09600; fax: 215-564-4206;
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Apex Fitness offers five different programs. They include: 1. All-inclusive: exercise, nutrition, supplementation and a certified personal fitness pro; 2. Nutrition coach: menus, supplement recommendations and regular follow-ups; 3. One-time nutrition: provides a diet and supplement recommendation; 4. Supplementation only; 5. Sports fitness and conditioning: sport-specific exercise routines and instruction developed by NASM. Contact: Apex Fitness Group, 100 Camino Ruiz, Camarillo, CA 93012; phone: 800-656-2739; fax: 805-504-8049;
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FitnessPartner is an Internet technology that can help your club, corporate or community-based wellness programs serve its participants with medical and lifestyle questionnaires, activity tracking, incentive programs, wellness workshops, fitness testing and more. FitnessPartner provides individualized services, such as health and medical risk assessment, fitness assessment, exercise programming, attendance monitoring and incentive program management. Contact: Aphelion Inc., 1100 NASA Rd. 1, Houston, TX 77058; phone: 800-324-9800; fax: 281-333-9816;
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Visual ClubMate features a time clock to manage your hourly staff, credit book to manage your prepaid lessons and other deferred revenue streams, booking and scheduling systems for spas and lessons, and DecisionMate for creating a snapshot of your primary business concerns so that you can better evaluate your operations, and also features FISA-compliant XML interfaces. Contact: Aspen Information Systems, P.O. Box 680031, Houston, TX 77268; phone: 281-320-0343; fax: 281-251-7271;
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The ASF marketing programs combine the latest technology with the most proven marketing methods in the industry. The company provides comprehensive reports on the results and effectiveness of your campaign. You can save time and money and expand your prospect base and increase your sales. Contact: ASF International, 12596 West Bayaud Ave., Ste. 100, Denver, CO 80228; phone: 800-227-3859; fax: 303-980-8006;
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Balanced Body offers the Reformer/Half Trapeze that combines the two most popular pieces of Pilates equipment into one efficient, space-saving machine. This total body conditioning equipment is versatile for a wide variety of personal training and sport-specific conditioning applications. It is ideal for clubs that plan to offer a complete Pilates program, yet have limited space. Contact: Balanced Body Pilates, 8220 Ferguson Ave., Sacramento, CA 95828; phone: 916-388-2838; fax: 916-379-9277;
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BroadcastVision's Exertris is a new bike that combines interactive gaming and exercise. Exercisers use their pedaling power to play a series of games either alone or competitively against each other. It is available exclusively from BroadcastVision. Contact: Broadcast-Vision, 5126 Clareton Dr., Ste. 160, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; phone: 800-770-9770; fax: 818-879-9790;
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Cybex International has introduced the Arc Trainer, a revolutionary cross trainer to satisfy the need for ever-increasing diversity in today's marketplace. The trainer combines its impact-free arc motion, Advanced Stride technology and the broadest resistance range for unparalleled versatility to meet the demands of all types of exercisers. Contact: Cybex International, 10 Trotter Dr., Medway, MA 02053; phone: 508-533-4300; fax: 508-533-5500;
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FreeMotion Fitness provides innovative commercial fitness equipment, including selectorized, plate-loaded and free weight strength equipment, NordicTrack commercial cardio products, as well as group and personal training programs. Contact: FreeMotion Fitness Inc. 1096 Elkton Dr., Ste. 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80907; phone: 877-363-8449; fax: 719-955-1104;
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Hampton Fitness Products offers the Eclipse pro-style dumbbells. Pound for pound, they are the most modern free weights that are available, combining form, function and style. The result is a high-performance product for a gym that is serious about weight training and modernization. Contact: Hampton Fitness Products, 1913 Portola Rd., Ventura, CA 93003; phone: 877-339-9733; fax: 805-339-0401;
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Ideal Products has set the standard for quality, function and design of manufactured wood lockers. The pride of the industry, each locker is handcrafted by experts using modern designs evolved over 30 years of research and development. Ideal's techno-advanced factory is equipped with the latest in automatic, computer-controlled machinery to ensure precise fabrication of all components and assembled with the utmost integrity. Contact: Ideal Products Inc., 5555 Brookes St., Montclair, CA 91763; phone: 800-88-IDEAL; fax: 900-988-7263;
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Ivanko offers a stainless steel Olympic bar that has a tensile strength of 218,000 psi to prevent bending. It is ultrasonic and magnetic particle tested to detect cracks that can lead to snapping; it's stainless steel so there is nothing to peel off, chip or rust. One of the few bars approved by the International Powerlifting Federation for international competition. Contact: Ivanko Barbell Co., P.O. Box 1470, San Pedro, CA 90733; phone: 310-514-1155; fax: 310-514-1363;
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The iso-lateral leg press is Hammer Strength's newest lower-body plate-loaded unit. This machine is the only leg press on the market that allows legs to be trained with a diverging path of motion. The seat adjusts in half-inch increments and the design of the footplate ensures the ankle is maintained at 90 degrees throughout the entire movement to minimize undesirable forces. Contact: Life Fitness, 10601 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131; phone: 800-735-3867; fax: 847-288-3703;
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Magnum Fitness Systems has introduced the RXT, recumbent cross trainer — which is a total body cardio workout delivered from the recumbent position to reduce low back stress. The RXT's drive system is the same non-plug-in eddy current brake incorporated in Magnum's bikes. The display board matches the company's treadmills and bikes. Contact: Magnum Fitness, 2201 12th Ave., South Milwaukee, WI 53172; phone: 800-372-0554; fax:414-768-7047;
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National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) brings the excitement of live courses to your computer with its interactive CD-ROMs that offer state-of-the-art continuing education and certification programs for fitness professionals. Available for NASM's Foundations of Personal Training, CPT: Optimum Performance Training for the Fitness Professional, Sports Fitness Specialist and Integrated Flexibility Specialist courses. Contact: National Academy of Sports Medicine, 26632 Agoura Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302; phone: 800-460-6276; fax: 818-878-9288;
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IC Evolution has a sleek, one-piece design and all-steel frame. The Schwinn Evolution indoor cycles are examples of innovative, high-quality products the industry has come to expect from the company that started the indoor cycling revolution. The Evolution-SR features the patented Smart Release system, offering all the benefits of a fixed gear, while adding a unique braking feature. Contact: Nautilus Health & Fitness Group, 1886 Prairie Way, Louisville, CO 80027; phone: 888-471-0014; fax: 303-545-1654;
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Iron Grip Barbell Co. offers customized Urethane free weight equipment, which offers fitness facilities a way to enhance their presentation and establish a competitive point of difference. This sophisticated engraving process can duplicate text, logos and complex artwork in a variety of custom colors. The process results in a vibrant, permanent design that will never degrade, rub off or come loose. Contact: Iron Grip Barbell Co., 1567 Sunland Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; phone: 800-664-4766; fax: 714-850-6910;
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The NuStep team developed the NuStep TRS 4000 recumbent cross trainer to help people of all ages and abilities maximize their health and wellness. The patented TRS 4000 is a unique, low-impact cross trainer that limits stress on the joints. In one session, exercisers get a vigorous workout while strengthening the muscles in the upper and lower body. It is compact, can be placed anywhere and requires no electricity. Contact: NuStep Inc., 5111 Venture Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108; phone: 800-322-2209; fax: 734-769-8180;
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Peak Pilates has introduced the Total PilateSystem, a complete package of space-saving combination units paired with a breakthrough classical Pilates certification. The exclusive Total Workout System combines three primary pieces of equipment — mat, reformer and Cadillac, into one compact footprint, ideal for private sessions and small group classes. The accompanying Total PilateSystem Certification, co-developed with the experts at Power Pilates, teaches an integrated approach to the complete Pilates method in a condensed format, offered conveniently across the country or hosted at your facility. Creative program options, expert consultation and marketing support ensure that facilities maximize their Pilates profit potential. Contact: Peak Pilates, 5425 Airport Blvd., Ste. 103, Boulder, CO 80301; phone: 800-925-3674;
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Rapidtron provides a fully automated member-entry system that uses two technologies, bar code and contactless smart cards. Capable of reading existing membership cards with bar codes, and has existing interface solutions for most fitness software management systems. Contact: Rapidtron, 3151 Airway Ave., Building Q, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; phone: 949-798-0652; fax: 949-474-4550;
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SportsArt America has introduced the 6300 series commercial treadmills that feature CardioAdvisor and the Flowtec system. The CardioAdvisor displays the user's high, low and mid-point heart rate targets, as well as actual heart rate. The system simplifies HR training and maximizes results. the Flowtec system is a multicomponent cooling and cleaning system that enhances motor and component life. Contact: SportsArt America, 19510 144th Ave., NE, Ste. A-1, Woodinville, WA 98072; phone: 800-709-1400; fax: 425-488-8155;
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STOTT PILATES* Rack & Roll Reformer provides all of the versatility, precision and craftsmanship of the company's professional model in a streamlined, space-saving, stackable design. Now, clubs, clinics and studios with limited floor space can offer private or small group reformer-based programming without compromising on equipment quality or dedicating a permanent area to Pilates equipment. Contact: STOTT PILATES*, 2200 Yonge St., Ste. 1402, Toronto, Ontario M4S 2C6, Canada; phone: 800-910-0001; fax: 416-482-4050;
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Multi-Grip's patented cable handles can increase club training revenue. Call to find out how. The handles allow users to safely and effectively work all parts of a muscle group with ergonomically designed grips that fit every cable machine. Unlimited range of motion will reduce wrist and joint stress and dramatically improves workout effectiveness. Contact: Multi-Grip, 10054 Mesa Ridge Court, Ste. 116, San Diego, CA 92121; phone: 877-426-3537;
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International Fitness Club Network (IFCN) is the world's only network specializing in integrating corporations and health insurance agencies with quality health and fitness clubs worldwide. Through our partnerships with quality health clubs and fitness suppliers IFCN is able to provide for the fitness and wellness benefits of more than 32 million employees. Contact: 3 Davol Square, Ste. 350, Providence, RI 02903; phone: 888-321-4326l; fax: 401-453-1238;
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