Heated Mats

Bodymat is a full-sized, cushioned electronic mat that provides a therapeutic stretch experience to users. The mat offers users a deeper stretch, relaxes muscles, increases oxygen flow, stimulates nerve endings and provides a soothing experience for users. The mats are designed for health clubs, personal trainers, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and group exercise instructors whose clients need a stretch combined with heat to increase flexiblity and balance, reduce injury and recover from soreness more quickly.
Contact: Bodymat; phone: 800-942-0127; www.thebodymat.com.

Software

Affiliated Acceptance Corp. (AAC) provides security and control with its Biometric Fingerprint Identification software. The software allows users to control member access by eliminating the sharing or loss of membership cards with just the touch of a finger. This is the newest addition to a line of member check-in and identification products offered by AAC, including customized member ID cards and key tags, access card readers, pin number control and video imaging.
Contact: AAC; phone: 800-233-8483; www.affiliated.org.

Strength Equipment

Life Fitness introduced two new core-training products: a Back Extension and Leg Raise. The Back Extension features an adjustable pad support that accommodates users of all sizes. Its lower roller support provides stabilization throughout the exercise. The Leg Raise features a unique back pad support that conforms to the user's back, providing a more effective and comfortable exercise than traditional leg raise machines. The core-training pieces are biomechanically correct with an ergonomic design. They feature oval tubing and contoured upholstery, which complement other premium Life Fitness products.
Contact: Life Fitness; phone: 847-288-3300; www.lifefitness.com

Training Aids

Harbinger introduced a training aid that helps exercisers get the most out of the traditional push up. Its new Push Up Bars allow for more effective upper body muscle building by helping alleviate stress on the wrists that occur when doing a traditional push up. The bars can also be used at different width intervals for reverse push ups and tricep dips to strengthen a variety of upper body muscles. They are made with “delta” shaped bases that provide a stable training platform. The base also features non-skid rubber pads for traction and padded foam grips for increased comfort. The bars' polyethylene construction can support up to 350 pounds of load weight on each bar. However, the bars themselves weigh just over one pound, so they are easy to transport in a gym bag or a suitcase.
Contact: Harbinger; phone: 800-729-5954; www.harbingerfitness.com.

Disinfecting Wipes

While working out, people often sweat, cough or sneeze, leaving behind germs that can spread the common cold, bacteria and many other types of illness. GymWipes Antibacterial Towelettes are an easy and hygienic way to lower the risk of infection and cross contamination. The towelettes are pre-moistened, disposable, surface-disinfecting wipes that have been developed to stop the spread of germs on surfaces. GymWipes will safely sanitize commercial fitness equipment and kill 99.9 percent of germs that can cause illness. They are proven to kill bacteria such as Salmonella choleraesuis, ATCC #10708, and E. coli, ATCC #11229. The formulation begins to eliminate germs on contact, and once it has fully evaporated, the germ-killing action is complete.
Contact: 2XL Corp.; phone: 888-977-3726; e-mail: sales@gymwipes.com; www.gymwipes.com.

Balance Training

Improve balance, coordination and motor skills with small, air-filled stepping pods. Add variety, challenge and fun to your training routine by arranging the multi-colored VersaSteps in numerous footwork patterns and configurations. Use with the flat side down for more stepping stability or the pebbled, domed side down for more difficulty. Stand on them for squats, lunges and yoga poses. Sit on them or place them under your hands or heels for Pilates, yoga and strength training. Use individually or as a set. Build core strength, increase reaction time, stability and foot speed. Suitable for fitness, Pilates, yoga, sports-specific training, rehabilitation, seniors' or kids' activities. Each VersaStep measures 5 inches by 3 inches and is available in a set of two or a set of six.
Contact: Power Systems Inc.; phone: 800-321-6975; www.power-systems.com.