NEXT Proteins entered the controlled-carb market with its new SlimWhey Protein Bar. The bars are made with whey protein and are marketed to women with active lifestyles. Each bar has 120 calories and contains calcium, folic acid, nine grams of protein, less than three grams of net sugar carbs and no trans fat. Bars come in three, triple-layer flavors including caramel peanut, peanut butter and coconut almond. Suggested retail price is $1.29 per bar. Contact: Next Proteins, P.O. Box 2469, Carlsbad, CA 92018; phone: 760-431-8152; fax: 760-431-9969;
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Version 8.0 of Training Partner has several enhancements. The new software allows exercisers to more easily enter cardio activities that are completed inside and outside a club. The change allows trainers to enter information such as seat settings directly onto the Training Partner when giving a FitLinxx orientation and makes it easier for an exerciser to set or update his or her range of motion. Contact: FitLinxx Inc. 860 Canal St., Stamford, CT, 06902; phone: 866-316-5151;
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Blu Sand International's new line of Bleachsafe salon towels is 100 percent cotton and can be laundered in hot water with chlorine bleach without fading or damage to the fabric. Towels come in 36 colors and are designed for health clubs and tanning, nail and hair salons. Contact: Blu Sand International Inc; 100 Middlesex Ave., Carteret, NJ 07008; phone: 732-802-2090; fax: 732-802-2006;
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Island Oasis introduced four new recipes of festive beverages for the Thanksgiving season. The Pilgrims Apple Turnover combines Island Oasis ice cream with brandy, Irish cream and apple cider, rimmed with graham cracker crumbs and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon; the Guava Gobbler blends Island Oasis guava, mango and rum; the Cool Cornucopia Colada combines Island Oasis pina colada, white crème de menthe and white crème de cacao; and the Mayflower Milkshake Smoothie blends Island Oasis strawberry and ice cream. Contact: Island Oasis, 141 Norfolk St., Walpole, MA 02081; phone: 1-800-777-4752;
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Indoor Cycling

Star Trac and Mad Dogg Athletics introduced three new Spinner bikes. The Spinner Pro, the Spinner Elite and the Spinner NXT. All three offer more reliability and durability along with additional user-focused features. The new Spinner NXT features an oval-shaped tubing, rust-resistant aluminum construction and an alphanumeric handlebar with seat post adjustment with a micro-adjustable seat slider. Contact: Star Trac,14410 Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92606; phone: 1-800-228-6635; fax: 714-838-6286; email: [email protected];
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Star Trac announced upgrades on its motor, deck and belt system as well as display and warranties on its treadmills. Star Trac's Elite and Pro treadmills have been upgraded with five horsepower motors, a maintenance-free, no-wax deck system, and a five-year parts and labor motor warranty. Star Trac's Pro S, TR4500 and Sport treadmills have all been augmented with three horsepower motors and three-year parts and labor motor warranty. Contact: Star Trac,14410 Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92606; phone: 1-800-228-6635; fax: 714-838-6286; email: [email protected];
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Slim•Fast Foods Co. introduced the Optima product line. Optima shakes, meal bars and snack bars have less sugar than the regular Slim•Fast line, high calcium and a better blend of nutrients. Optima products are for controlling caloric intake and weight loss. Contact: Slim•Fast Foods Co., P.O. Box 3625, West Palm Beach, FL 33402; phone: 561-833-9920;
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Mats Inc. introduced Bolon to its DzynSpec floor covering collection. The woven vinyl sisal product is available in many colors and weaves, and because it can be cut without fraying or tearing, allows designers to use curves and shape in their designs. It is for high-traffic areas, dries quickly and features a non-slip surface. High levels of sound absorption keep footstep noise down and chairs roll over the surface easily. Contact: Mats Inc., P.O. Box 839, 37 Shuman Ave., Stoughton, MA 02072; phone: 866-968-3996; email: [email protected];
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