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Entertainment Systems and Elliptical Equipment

There are two factors in the fitness industry helping to make your members' cardio workouts a little more enjoyable. The first is obviously entertainment systems and the second is ellipticals.

If your members - who are typically pressed for time - can watch their favorite TV show, surf the Web or listen to music, it helps pass the time more quickly and allows them to do two things at once. If you don't offer members these options, you may find them looking for a facility that does.

Elliptical equipment, one of the hottest pieces of cardio equipment on the market, accommodates users of all abilities by offering a kinder, gentler workout. If you don't have ellipticals, go to a club that does and look at the waiting lines.

The following is just a sampling of some of the equipment available.


BroadcastVision introduced wireless fitness entertainment in 1989 to provide fitness facilities with exercise-friendly workout environments offering multiple entertainment choices. Today, the BroadcastVision Fitness Cinema Entertainment Network motivates and enhances the overall workout experience to more than 17 million viewers a day worldwide, according to the company. Choose from three wireless Fitness Cinema systems (Fitness Cinema 900, Personal Fitness Cinema and Fitness Cinema FM) to attract new members, and increase retention and overall profits.

BroadcastVision, 5126 Clareton Drive, Suite 160, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; (800) 770-9770; fax: (818) 879-9790;

Cardio Theater's wireless Cardio Theater LCS has been designed to provide up to 52 channels of exercise entertainment for a fitness club's cardio area while eliminating the wires from one piece of equipment to the next, states the company. A moderately priced system, Cardio Theater LCS can deliver clear, digital stereo sound to each cardiovascular machine in the club. Individual volume and channel controls allow users to select their television or music choice, with an unlimited number of users tuning in simultaneously. This provides a variety of entertainment options for members.

Cardio Theater, 24420-D N.W. Nicholas Court, Suite 12, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (800) 776-6695; fax: (503)645-9036;

DirecTV Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service providers with more than 8.7 million customers, including customers subscribing to PrimeStar by DirecTV. DirecTV enjoyed record customer growth in 1999. The company offers access to more than 210 digital-quality channels, all with picture and sound so sharp and clear, you'll find it hard to believe that you're watching the same TV set.

DirecTV, 2230 E. Imperial HIghway, El Segundo, CA 90245; (800) 347-3288; (310) 964-5563; fax: (310) 535-5430;

The new Pro-200 speakers from Kenleigh Industries feature high efficiency along with a wide and smooth dispersion pattern. They are designed to provide a high degree of midrange (vocal) intelligibility and accurate bass response in an aerobic facility environment. The speakers are 25-inches tall, 12-inches wide and 15-inches deep.

Kenleigh Industries, 3401 Adams Ave., Suite A, San Diego, CA 92116; (800) 995-7007

The newly formed Netpulse E-Zone Media Networks offers an interactive multimedia platform combining television, video on-demand, radio and the Internet. It offers users a huge array of entertainment and information to make their workouts more enjoyable, in addition to state-of-the-art exercise programming and customization to make workouts more productive.

NetPulse E-Zone Media Networks, 215 Second St., Top Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 357-2184; fax: (415) 357-1998


Hoggan Health Industries Inc. introduces the new EL-200 Sprint elliptical, designed specifically for the light commercial market. This sturdy, space-efficient unit features a nonimpact elliptical footpath that can be operated in forward or reverse motion; easy entry; handgrip heart rate; eight levels of resistance; 11 workout profiles; and water bottle holder. It also is self-powered. The display provides readout of speed, time, distance, calories, level of resistance and heart rate.

Hoggan Health Industries Inc., 12411 S. 265 West, Draper, UT 84020-0957; (800) 678-7888; (801) 572-6500; fax: (801) 572-5614;

Precor has expanded its line of Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainers with the EFX556 Total Body Elliptical Trainer, a complementary product to the EFX546. The EFX556 allows members to get optimal workout results. Functioning in unison with the lower body, the unique handlebars of the EFX556 optimize upper-body muscle involvement and range of motion, allowing for a more intense workout that can add variety to reduce muscle fatigue.

Precor Inc., 20001 North Creek Parkway, Bothell, WA 98041-3004; (425) 486-9292; fax: (425) 486-3856;

The Reebok Fusion elliptical runner offers a variable stride length from 21 to 31 inches, affording a comfortable range for all club members regardless of leg length. The Reebok Fusion is designed to promote the no-impact benefits of elliptical technology along with the freedom of running, states the company. The longer stride length allows exercisers to run at higher speeds than currently available, and the stride length can be varied automatically while in mid-exercise. This allows the user to change regimens from walking to jogging to running without stopping the movement.

Reebok/CCS Fitness, 16401 E. 33rd Drive, Suite 40, Aurora, CO 80011; (800) 344-0444; fax: (303) 341-8128;;

SciFit recently announced the newest addition to its commercial cardio line, the SX1000 Tele-Rail elliptical. Measuring only 60 inches long, the new SX1000 is compact without sacrificing the full commercial features the industry has come to expect. The new SX1000 is self-generating with a battery backup and also includes contact heart rate monitoring. Another feature that makes the SX1000 unique is the patent-pending Bio-Flex articulating footbed. The Bio-Flex footbed pivots with each stride to increase circulation and ensure a more natural gait.

SciFit, 5616A S. 122nd East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74146; (800) 278-3933; (918) 254-7395;

SportsArt's 8007 elliptical is built to withstand the rigors of club use. The 8007 offers a patented design that delivers the silky motion serious fitness enthusiasts demand, state company officials. In addition, the 8007 has a self-generating power supply which doesn't require a cord or wall outlet. This feature gives commercial facilities the flexibility they need regarding product placement. The 8007 has 12 preprogrammed courses, two custom interval programs, heart rate control, heart rate touch, manual quick start and 12 resistance levels.

SportsArt America Inc., 15500 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Building C, Suite 100, Woodinville, WA 98072; (800) 709-1400; (425) 481-9479; fax: (425) 488-8155;

StairMaster's FreeRunner offers variable stride length technology, allowing it to accommodate all exercisers. With the StairMaster FreeRunner, users can vary their stride length from 10 inches to 40 inches. The handlebars also give users an upper-body workout. The FreeRunner has five different workout programs, each with 20 levels of intensity, including selectability of workouts from 5-60 minutes, and intensity level from 3.4 METs to 17.0 METs. The console includes a Quick Start Workout option for one-touch programming and five motivational and effective predesigned programs with one touch workout profile preview.

StairMaster Health & Fitness Products Inc., 12421 Willows Road N.E., Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98034; (800) 635-2936; (425) 823-1825; fax: (425) 821-3794;

Star Trac's Elliptical Edge offers a 24-inch power stride for a full range of motion that simulates natural running. A fluid, non-impact forward and reverse motion helps makes working out easier on the joints. In addition, the self-powered, slim design requires no wiring for easy installation, and the built-in rollers and a rear handle make it easy to move. The Elliptical Edge offers users eight preset programs, Personal Trainer, FitLinxx and Cardio Theater compatibility. Other features include a towel rack, reading rack, water bottle and personal stereo holders.

Star Trac, 14410 Myford Road, Irvine, CA 92606; (800) 228-6635; (714) 508-3303;

True's 750E elliptical trainer is engineered to provide a smooth, comfortable heal-toe pattern. It was designed with careful consideration given to natural motions and walking patterns of the human body. For added safety and aesthetic appeal, True has enclosed the glide wheels inside an all-aluminum extruded track. Even the control panel is curved to reduce glare and facilitate ease of use. The 750E comes with heart rate control, and is equipped with a full commercial three-year parts and labor warranty.

True Fitness, 865 Hoff Road, O'Fallon, MO 63366; (800) 426-6570; fax: (636) 272-7148;;

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