The latest offerings from health and fitness manufacturers and suppliers.
DRY WATER MASSAGE
Aqua Massage allows users to experience a total-body water massage in only 15 minutes while they remain fully clothed and dry. Easy-to-operate controls allow users to choose the intensity, speed and location of 36 acupressure jets. Aqua Massage is self-contained, requiring minimal maintenance and no additional plumbing. Contact: AMI Inc., P.O. Box 808, Groton, CT 06340-0808; (800) 248-4031; (860) 536-3735; fax: (860) 536-4362; email@example.com; www.amiaqua.com.
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FITNESS TRAINING CARDS
SoloTrainer brand Fitness Training Cards can be incorporated into a regular exercise program. According to the manufacturer, the cards help individuals of all fitness levels maximize their workouts' benefits, while decreasing workout time. These 3-1/2-inch-by-4-inch plastic cards clearly demonstrate proper exercise form and contain easy-to-read detailed instructions. Color-coded tabs designate each muscle group for quick reference. Anatomy diagrams highlight the muscles that are emphasized during each exercise. Moreover, helpful trainer tips offer practical pointers. Contact: IntraFit, The Whitney Building, 200 E. 90th St., Suite 220, New York, NY 10128; (212) 996-9857; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.solotrainer.com.
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INTERACTIVE WEB SOFTWARE
DirectWellness can be customized to work with current Web sites or it can form the foundation for a new, interactive Web presence. For participants, the site provides questionnaires and feedback for medical status, goal setting, physiological age/aging rate, and nutritional status and behaviors. Participants can also review the results of fitness assessments, receive and/or create workout programs, log their activities, and participate in incentive programs. Club trainers can administer fitness assessments, review client progress, create customized workouts, and create and monitor wellness workshops and programs. Staff management can track population trends in disease incidence, monitor facility usage patterns and review staff activities with clients. Contact: DirectWellness, P.O. Box 357, Califon, NJ 07830; (908) 832-2949; www.directwellness.com.
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Star Trac's new Thruster is a circuit-style strength-training machine that gives users a calorie-burning workout while simultaneously executing physiologically perfect lunges, squats, pull-ups, dips and push-ups, states the company. The Thruster is built like a chair with a backrest that glides smoothly up and down. By adjusting the chair seat height to match the height of the knee, the user is able to glide up and down (against the backrest) from a seated position to a modified standing position. To promote upper-body strength, the machine incorporates both overhead bars (configured like traditional pull-up bars) and sidebars that replicate dip/push-up bars. Contact: Star Trac, 14410 Myford Road, Irvine, CA 92606; (714) 669-1660; (800) 228-6635; fax: (714) 838-6286; www.startrac.com.
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STANDING CALF MACHINE
Designed to fit the body instead of the body fitting the machine, Calf Master's Selectorized Standing Calf Machine model M600 by Arc International uses biomechanically designed footplates that help reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot, and allows for greater range of motion, according to the company. The machine's ergonomic design, utilizing an angled body alignment with contoured shoulder pads, helps to alleviate the strain on the shoulders and reduces the vertical spine compression, notes the manufacturer. Contact: Arc International, P.O. Box 7344, Santa Monica, CA 90406; (877) 272-1468; (310) 821-8790; email@example.com.
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AQUATIC EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
OPTP's new AquaBodyCiser can be used by both physical therapists and the fitness community to deliver overall body fitness and diminish lower-back pain. The AquaBodyCiser can help with strengthening the muscles in the lumbo-pelvic and abdominal regions, lumbar stabilization, cardiovascular exercise, and rehabilitation of the knee and shoulder. In addition, the product also encourages stabilization and strengthening of the spine through low-impact exercise. Constructed with dense plastic, the unit features an adjustable shutter to increase and decrease resistance. Contact: OPTP, 3700 Annapolis Lane, Suite 175, P.O. Box 47009, Minneapolis, MN 55447; (800) 367-7393; (763) 553-0452; fax: (763) 553-9355; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.optp.com.
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