Product Technology & Innovation



Balanced Body's Magic Roller is a high-performance, professional roller made of top-quality, closed-cell foam, so it holds its round shape. Like traditional Pilates equipment, the Magic Roller cushions the spine in supine positions, the forearms in prone positions, the shins in quadruped positions, and the feet in standing positions. The soft texture provides greater comfort and cleaning ease. Contact: Balanced Body, 8220 Ferguson Ave., Sacramento, CA 95828; phone: 800-PILATES; fax: 913-388-2838;
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Great for stretching, floor exercises, yoga and Pilates, the Ribbed, Rolled Durafoam mat measures 24 inches wide by 72 inches long. The mat features exclusive 5/8-inch thick, closed cell Durafoam, which helps make floor workouts more comfortable. The extra thickness also helps prevent injuries by making stretching and floor exercises easier on the spine, knees and elbows. The new non-skid ridges on the underside of the mat grip the floor and prevent the mat from slipping under the exerciser. The mat's non-slip surface is also moisture resistant and easy to clean. Like Harbinger's original Durafoam mat, the Ribbed, Rolled Durafoam mat features integrated straps, which makes carrying and storing the mat easy. Contact: Harbinger, 35 Executive Ct., Napa, CA 94558; phone: 800-729-5954; fax: 707-257-5843;
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Move your body…free your mind. More than 50 Pilates and yoga programs including some of your favorite routines are available on DVD. Stott Pilates DVDs are loaded with multiple options and bonus content. Contact: Stott Pilates 2200 Yonge St., Suite 1402, Toronto, Ontario M4S 2C6 Canada; phone: 800-910-0001; fax: 416-482-2742;
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With the look of real wood, Woodstep Plus is a flooring system ideal for virtually all fitness activities: aerobics, Jazzercise, equipment areas, martial arts and basketball. The heavy-duty, five-layer floor system easily installs directly over a concrete slab and now features a higher-density and thicker foam backing that ensures better protection and a factory finish for easy maintenance. Woodstep Plus may be heat welded to create a seamless surface and is guaranteed up to seven years against wear. Woodstep Plus can be installed semi-permanently or permanently. Contact: Aeson Flooring Systems, 2000 Hamilton St., Suite C200, Philadelphia, PA 19130; phone: 800-523-0960; fax: 800-827-0508;
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Springstep IV is a multipurpose floating wood subfloor that is ideal for all forms of aerobics, martial arts and yoga. The lightweight, 6.5-pound panels are easily transportable. With its tongue and groove system, the Springstep IV floating subfloor can be installed in hours instead of days reducing labor costs by 60 percent. No screws. No staples. No nails. No patching. No sanding. The panels are one-third the work with no tools required. With 21 foam blocks per panel, Springstep IV offers excellent energy absorption and resilience. Panels are sealed for water resistance. Contact: Aeson Flooring Systems, 2000 Hamilton St., Suite C200, Philadelphia, PA 19130; phone: 800-523-0960; fax: 800-827-0508;
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Like other products in the Altro high-performance safety flooring range, Altro Impressionist II has aluminum oxide and colored quartz throughout the thickness with silicon carbide in the surface. These grains deliver both initial and long-term slip resistance and provide durability. Altro Original Easyclean Technology™ ensures that the surface of the long-lasting flooring is easy to maintain. Altro Impressionist II is durable enough to be backed by a 12-year limited product warranty. The manufacture and durability of Altro high-performance safety flooring is unique among slip-resistant sheet vinyl floors. The floor remains slip resistant even after many years of wear and the harshest conditions. Contact: Altro Floors, 6390 Kestrel Rd., Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1Z3 Canada; phone: 905-564-1330; fax: 905-564-0750;
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EVERLAST recycled rubber flooring is engineered specifically for sports and fitness facilities and performs in such demanding areas as weight rooms, cardio and selectorized areas, spinning rooms, offices and lobbies. EVERLAST comes in 19 standard colors, has extreme durability and slip resistance, and is available in custom cut rolls for seamless appearance and cost savings. The rubber flooring has rapid response time from just days for standard orders to weeks for custom, and has an expansive service, installation and support network throughout the United States. Contact: Dodge-Regupol Inc., P.O. Box 989, Lancaster, PA 17608; phone: 888-383-7655; fax: 717-295-3414;
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At Fitness Flooring, whatever your flooring needs, we have an answer for you. We provide Exerflex group exercise flooring, which has been installed across the country for more than 20 years. For your CV and weight areas, we provide the popular Flecks speckled rubber flooring. If it's multipurpose areas that you need flooring for, we offer our PVC product, Goosebumps. We are committed to delivering on time and provide superior warranties on all of our products. Contact: Fitness Flooring, 6801 Lake Plaza #A105, Indianapolis, IN 46220; phone: 800-428-5306; fax: 317-842-5384;
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Active people demand durable floors that can handle the punishment of impact while minimizing the chance for injury. Gerstung's solution: our unique AirBase®, combining stability and shock absorbency in the most important piece of equipment you buy for aerobics programs. Customized in removable, portable or permanent styles for a variety of athletic, recreational and fitness activities. Contact: Gerstung/Gym-Thing, 1400 Coppermine Terr.; Baltimore, MD 21209; phone: 800-922-3575; fax: 410-337-0471;
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Replay™ is a fully functional and economical flooring solution that's resistant to golf spikes, ice skate blades, barbells, baseball cleats and more. Molded from recycled rubber tires, Replay is remarkably impact-resistant, absorbing shock as well as noise. Choose from our standard color combinations, solid accent colors or create your own custom color combinations. Replay comes in 24 × 24-inch tiles and 48-inch-wide rolls with a two-year limited wear warranty and is a standard 3/8-inch thick with other thicknesses available by special order. Contact: Johnsonite, 16910 Munn Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023; phone: 800-899-8916; fax: 440-543-5774;
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Taraflex synthetic floors are designed for safety, performance and comfort. Their multilayered construction includes 100% pure vinyl, reinforced fiberglass mesh and closed-cell foam backing to provide shock absorption, help fight fatigue and deliver consistent ball bounce. The Taraflex Sports Flooring line includes Taraflex Sport M, Taraflex Sport 3D, Taraflex Sport Performance, Taraflex Sport Plus, Taraflex Leisure, Taraflex Surface, Taraflex ActionSport 45, Taraflex Track, Taraflex Tennis and Taraflex Bateco. Taraflex floors meet and exceed the stringent performance standards mandated by major flooring associations. Contact: G2I Inc., 3069 McCall Dr., Suite 7, Atlanta, GA 30340-2830; phone: 800-727-7505; fax: 770-455-4577;
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Products to watch for in the next two issues:

March: Strength Training: Flexibility and Abdominal Equipment, Free Weights and Accessories, Plate-Loaded Equipment

April: Facilities and Operational; Spa Supplies; Pool Equipment, Supplies and Accessories; Tanning Booths and Services

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