What's new from industry suppliers and manufacturers.
Personal Video monitors
BroadcastVision LLC introduces Fitness Cinema Private Screening, a wireless personal video screen, which mounts on, or in front of, exercise equipment. Exercisers plug any lightweight headphone into the Fitness Cinema Private Screening controller and select their entertainment from a variety of television, video and digital music channels. Fitness Cinema Private Screening features a high-density LCD screen and BroadcastVision’s wireless technology. Fitness Cinema “Video Messenger” is an optional private screening feature, which allows facilities to inform members of a variety of in-club activities. Contact BroadcastVision LLC, 5126 Clareton Drive, Suite 160, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; (800) 770-9770; fax: (818) 879-9790; www.broadcastvision.com.
Pre-Exercise Screening Software
Health professionals have long realized the importance of pre-exercise screening before an individual begins an exercise program. Now, new software designed to explain and automate the American College of Sports Medicine’s 1995 pre-exercise screening guidelines helps users spot and control risks in only a few moments. HealthScreen, from Human Kinetics Publishers, allows a client’s demographic, exercise and medical information to be entered into a computer, and with the click of a button, the appropriate screening decisions are automatically made. Users know in seconds whether the individual in question should obtain a medical evaluation before beginning an exercise program. Contact Human Kinetics, 1607 N. Market St., P.O. Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076; (217) 351-5076; fax: (217) 351-2674; www.-humankinetics.com.
Milnor has expanded its line of small dryers to include several new models. The new dryers include the M82, the M96, the M122, the M175 and the M190. All of these dryers provide high productivity by drying quickly. High heat input and airflow rates enhance efficiency. Large baskets allow free tumbling and better exposure to hot air for fast drying. These dryers also use the Phase 6 microprocessor, which offers six preset dry cycles that are all reprogrammable. Automatic drying helps prevent overdrying and a programmable cooldown mode guards against wrinkles. Contact Pellerin Milnor Corp., P.O. Box 400, Kenner, LA 70063; (800) 469-8780; fax: (504) 468-3094; www.milnor.com.
Home Study Program
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) just made life a little easier for anyone wanting to become an ACE-certified personal trainer. With the new Personal Trainer Home Study Program, ACE has created a multimedia program that allows people to use a variety of study tools to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer certification exam. The home study kit includes: ACE Personal Trainer Manual, Master the Manual: A Study Guide to Accompany the ACE Personal Trainer Manual, sample test, 160-page home study guide, 300 flashcards, six 30-minute audio cassettes, 12- and 20-week study planners, free consultation with ACE personnel and a self-administered Internet practice exam. Contact American Council on Exercise, 5820 Oberlin Drive, San Diego, CA 92121-3787; (800) 825-3636; (619) 535-8227; fax: (619) 535-1778; www.acefitnes.org.
Customized Free Weights
The Iron Grip Barbell Co. is offering a new custom decoration option for its heavy-duty commercial line of free weight equipment. Permanent, custom decoration is now available on Iron Grip urethane Olympic plates (45, 35 and 25 lb. sizes) and urethane dumbbells. To customize the Urethane products, the process begins with the customer’s logo being scanned into a computer where it can be manipulated. This computer-generated logo is then sent to a computer-controlled engraver, which engraves the custom logo into the outer surface of the urethane plate. The engraved logo is then filled in with a specialized liquid urethane and precisely heated in a process that bonds this urethane permanently to the engraved surface. Contact Iron Grip Barbell Co., 1567 Sunland Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1514; (800) 664-4766; (714) 850-6900; fax: (714) 850-6910; www.irongrip.com; [email protected]
To complement its full line of warm-air hand dryers, World Dryer offers three different hair dryers: the Airstyle Model B, Airstyle Model RB and the Worldwind. Airstyle hair dryers feature .25-inch thick cast iron covers finished in porcelain enamel. They deliver 7,300 linear feet of air per minute and have an energy-efficient, high-powered, 80-second drying cycle. The Airstyle Model B is the surface-mount version of this cast-iron hair dryer, and the Model RB is the recessed version. Worldwind hair dryers are wall-mounted units that feature a flexible hose and hand piece. Selected designer colors are available. Contact World Dryer, 5700 McDermott Drive, Berkeley, IL 60163; (800) 323-0701; www.worlddryer.com.
Automated External Defibrillator
Medtronic Physio-Control recently an-nounced clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of a biphasic waveform version of the LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillator (AED). Medtronic’s new 3D biphasic technology adjusts three elements of the defibrillation shock, thereby optimizing shock performance and successful defibrillation. The first dimension is energy. Devices incorporting 3D biphasic technology are capable of delivering shocks at escalating energy levels from 200 joules up to 360. In addition, the 3D biphasic waveform adjusts both the duration of the shock and its voltage to compensate for patient impedance so the heart receives the intended shock energy. Contact Medtronic Physio-Control Corp., 11811 Willows Road N.E., P.O. Box 97023, Redmond, WA 98073-9723; (800) 442-1142; fax: (425) 867-4146; www.physiocontrol.com; www.medtronic.com.