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A steady stream of member referrals is only a click away! A twist on a traditional concept — ASF has released the most innovative member referral system in the industry. Send a professionally designed direct mail piece that includes four high-quality trial passes to your members, enter redeemed passes into your computer system and then view reports on the effectiveness of your program — including passes sent, redeemed and joined — on the Internet. For more information, log on to Contact: ASF International, 640 Plaza Drive, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
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Iron Grip's eWeight Planner software guides club owners through the free weight planning and purchasing process. The program calculates the amount of free weights required by a fitness facility. The Planner generates weight plate breakdowns depending on the type and quantity of plate-loaded strength and free weight equipment that the club has or is planning to purchase. It also suggests dumbbell quantities as well as Olympic bars, and recommends racks when necessary. To build the eWeight Planner, Iron Grip partnered with strength equipment providers including Life Fitness, Nautilus, Cybex, Hoist, Paramount and Body Masters. Future versions of the planner will include additional vendors. Contact: Iron Grip, 4012 Garry Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704-6300.
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HOIST Fitness Systems Inc. released its KL line of children's fitness conditioning equipment. The line was manufactured with input from experts in children's physical education. The KL circuit consists of nine units, including weight resistance training and bench activities. HOIST is in discussions with a training organization that will assist in the development and administration of the training program to be included in the purchase of each circuit. Included in the purchase is a video that includes proper biomechanics, how to instruction for children and the KL line, children's fitness safety and equipment maintenance. Contact: HOIST Fitness Systems, Inc., 9990 Empire St., San Diego, CA 92126.
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The Pro2 line of selectorized strength equipment comes in a standard (Pro2) or a fully featured (Pro2 SE) version. The line was developed based on feedback about the company's Pro Series strength line. Life Fitness added features and fine-tuned the ergonomics and biomechanics while making sure the systems were durable, easy to maintain and simple to use. The machines are ideal for exercisers of all fitness levels. The fully featured version has an integrated incremental weight system that enables exercisers to increase the weight in smaller amounts and makes modifications quicker to execute. Contact: Life Fitness, 10601 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131.
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Highlighting the offerings on the Star Trac Elite treadmill is the Pro Partner technology that allows users to interact with the treadmill via personal digital assistants powered by Palm OS software, as well as the addition of a digital scale on the treadmill frame that is aimed at promoting self-monitoring and providing more accurate caloric reads. The Elite also features integrated entertainment keys that allow the treadmill to be compatible with leading entertainment companies. Fitness facilities have the option to plug a wireless receiver directly into the display eliminating the need for an additional control box to be attached to the equipment. Contact: Star Trac Fitness, 14410 Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92606.
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The GRAVITYSystem consists of four-way programming — including group strength training, Pilates, personal training and post-rehabilitation — performed on one exercise machine. The system is designed to deliver quick and effective workouts while maximizing floor space. The system's four programming disciplines are part of GRAVITY4s — GRAVITY4Programming and each is conducted on the GTS machine. The GTS, a gravity-training device that encourages functional exercise by using an individual's body weight as resistance, uses a cable and pulley system and free-motion glide board. Able to adjust at nine levels of resistance, the machine engages all major muscle groups and facilitates more than 250 strength training, stretching and Pilates exercises. Contact: efi Sports Medicine, 7755 Arjons Drive, San Diego, CA 92126.
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The BOD POD® S/T Body Composition Tracking System features an egg-shaped chamber that uses advanced air displacement technology to measure body composition. A BOD POD S/T measurement takes approximately 4-1/2 minutes and does not require water submersion by the test subject. To take a BOD POD test, an individual is first weighted. Then, he or she enters the chamber and sits during two 50-second measurement periods. The BOD POD uses computerized pressure sensors to determine the amount of air displaced by the person's body. This is repeated to insure accurate results. The subject breathes normally during the entire process. Contact: Life Measurement Inc., 1850 Bates Ave., Concord, CA 94520.
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The Nautilus Group Inc.'s new line of commercial StairMaster treadmills — Club Track 2100 LE and Club Track 2100 LC — incorporates a new industrial design. The revised TripleFlex makes the treadmills more forgiving while maintaining stability and providing a smooth, steady fell. The updated cardio console includes a feature-rich user interface that is attractive and easy to use. With speed ranging from as low as 0.5 mph to as high as 15 mph, the treadmills accommodate users of all abilities. Contact: Nautilus Group Inc., 1400 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684.
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