New stuff from health and fitness manufacturers and suppliers
WOMEN'S BAG GLOVE
Harbinger introduces a new bag glove to fit women’s hands. The Ultimate Series 322 Wrist Wrap bag glove is designed for use in cardio kickboxing, martial arts and other combat-style workouts. The new design features a patented secure adjust-able wrist support, a cushioned palm grip, ultra-light EVA foam padding, hinged thumb positions and a NoSweat lining moisture management system. Contact Harbinger, 35 Executive Court, Napa, CA 94558; (707) 257-5838; fax: (707) 257-5843; www.harbingersports.com.
HEART-RATE MONITOR SYSTEM
Polar Electro Inc. has developed a free, service-driven business guide designed to help health clubs grow their business and increase member satisfaction, says the company. Polar developed the Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring (CHRM) system to support the joint IHRSA/SGMA “50/2010” goal of achieving 50 million health club members by the year 2010. CHRM provides communication and assessment tools meant to improve club business, employee job satisfaction and member health, says the company. The CHRM kits and business-building guide of tips to implement the program are available from the company. Contact Polar Electro Inc., 370 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797; (800) 290-6330; (516) 364-0400; fax: (516) 364-5454; www.polarusa.com.
Powers Process Controls new thermostatic tempering valve, the HydroGuard 480, is designed for use in under-the-counter lavatory applications where the temperature of hot water must be controlled for safe, economic use. Made for use with electronic and/or metering faucets and two-handled mixers, the company says the valve can handle the flow for up to eight faucets. It also offers a tamper-resistant temperature adjustment. Contact Powers Process Controls, 3400 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60076; (847) 568-6211; fax: (847) 673-9044; www.powerscontrols.com.
FREE WEIGHTS FOR GROUPS
Iron Grip’s new product, Group Strength plates, has two opposing handgrips integrated into the plates for ease of handling and use. The grips allow users to grasp the plates easily when changing weights on a bar, making quick transitions between exercises smoother and safer, the company says. When not in use on the bar, the weights can be held by the grips to be used in a variety of exercises that would usually require dumbbells. They feature Iron Grip’s patented 12-sided shape to minimize rolling. Contact Iron Grip Barbell Co., 1567 Sunland Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; (800) 664-4766; (714) 850-6900; fax: (714) 850-6910; www.irongrip.com.
Odwalla introduced its Think Drink nutritional beverage. According to the company, Think Drink contains 250 milligrams of lion’s mane mushroom mycelium and 120 milligrams of gingko biloba—botanicals to stimulate the thinking center of the brain. These ingredients are blended with strawberry, papaya, apple and orange juices for the drinks. Odwalla says it partnered with a medicinal mushroom expert to include the fungi’s nerve growth stimulant. Contact Odwalla Inc., 120 Stone Pine Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019; (650) 726-1888; fax: (650) 726-4441; www.odwalla.com.
McArthur Towels new gym towel measures 23 inches by 44 inches with a ribbed- weave, double-thread construction. The towel’s fabric consists of 86 percent cotton and 14 percent polyester to reduce shrinkage and to allow maximum commercial launderings, according to the company. The white-ribbed towel comes with a choice of blue, green, red, gold, purple, red-white-and-blue stripes, or it comes in all white. Contact McArthur Towels Inc., P.O. Box 448, Baraboo, WI 53913; (800) 356-9168; fax: (608) 356-7587.