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The Club Industry conference and trade show’s move from McCormick Place in Chicago to the Las Vegas Convention Center was the topic of much conversation during the Oct. 10-12 show. Concluding its 27th year, the show’s change in location helped attract more West Coast attendees along with its Midwest and East Coast audience. Next year, the show will return to McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 23-25.
On the Show Floor
On the second and third days of the show, vendors displayed their new products in the exhibit hall.
Star Trac, Irvine, CA, featured its TreadClimber. Two years ago, Star Trac signed a license with Nautilus Inc. to produce the TreadClimber for the commercial market.
The benefits of the TreadClimber, according to Star Trac, include more flexion at the hip and knee for more muscle engagement and a better lower body workout. The TreadClimber is scheduled to launch to the general public next March at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) show.
Octane Fitness’ Lateral X won the Best of the Best elliptical award at the show this year. The Lateral X, which debuted last March, allows users to adjust and move side to side. University research, according to the company, shows that Lateral X users experience a 27 percent increase in caloric expenditure going from lateral width 1 to the maximum of lateral width 10. Studies also show that the Lateral X motion represents a 30 percent increase in hip abduction, hip adduction and knee extension over traditional ellipticals.
Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, displayed its new Elevation Series with Discover Tablet Consoles, which the company says offers enhanced interaction, Internet connectivity and entertainment options. It is integrated with LFconnect, in which a user can manage equipment and update software remotely. Life Fitness says exercisers can also build a custom workout app through LFopen that works directly with Life Fitness open platform products.
Other companies at the show included Relay Fitness Group, Costa Mesa, CA, which debuted its Evo CX bike, and StairMaster, Vancouver, WA, which showcased its StepMill 5 and StepMill 3.
The Club Industry Live space on the exhibit hall floor featured live product and group exercise demonstrations. Jennifer Rush Jacobs from “The Biggest Loser” hosted several classes in the Club Industry Ride booth.