Pilates

Power Systems Pilates Ring and Pilates Ring Plus integrate Pilates-style exercises into your members' workouts. Use the Pilates Ring for moderate flex resistance to activate and strengthen deep core muscles in the abdominals and back. As stamina and strength increases, advance to the more resistant Pilates Ring Plus. By using the products, the body becomes toned and muscles elongated without creating bulk. The Pilates Ring is made of foam-covered PVC with padded grips. The Pilates Ring Plus is three rings of banded steel with a synthetic rubber coating. It has fixed molded handles with slip resistant padded covers. Contact: Power Systems Inc., 2527 Westcott Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37931; phone: 800-321-6975; www.power-systems.com.

Software

AAC's FrontDesk Interactive Software system can be accessed from any computer or terminal that has internet access. Data transfers, daily backups, software upgrades and maintenance are all managed by AAC. With multiple locations on-line sharing data, managing the front desk is less complicated. Reports can be run for each individual club or for all clubs combined. Data does not have to be transferred between locations. AAC offers fully configured Windows Terminal Stations, capable of accessing the Centralized Management System and eliminating maintenance costs on systems at client facilities. Contact: Affiliated Acceptance Corporation (AAC), P.O. Box 790001, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079; phone: 800-233-8483; www.affiliated.org.

Water Testing

The AquaTrend Phosphate Test Kit features new packaging. Previously packed in a cardboard box, the test kit components are now packaged in a sturdy plastic bottle. The test gives accurate results after 60 seconds and measures phosphate from 0 to 1,000 parts per billion. Contact: AquaChek, P.O. Box 4659, Elkhart, IN 46514-0659; phone: 888-278-2243; e-mail: etscustomerservice@hach.com; www.aquachek.com.

Music

Tommy Emmanuel selected the title of his Favored Nations release, Endless Road as a colorful metaphor about life's twists and turns. The CD of solo acoustic guitar music is well suited for use in spas, in massage therapy and in other relaxing environments. Contact: Favored Nations Entertainment; phone: 877-687-4277; e-mail: merchandise@musictoday.com; www.favorednations.com.

Resistance Training

The Quick Series Guide to Elastic Resistance Training helps maintain or increase muscular fitness through the use of elastic resistance training. The guide presents a complete exercise program with a 6-foot resistive tubing. The guide also includes strength training tips, safety tips, how to train with tubing, warm-up and stretching exercises, 33 fully illustrated exercises and a one-week sample training program. The guide also has an edition for the military, titled Army Fitness Deployed. Contact: The Quick Series; phone: 1-800-361-4653; email:sales@quickseries.com; www.quickseries.com.

Literature

The Final Makeover: Your 40-Day Guide to Personal Fitness looks at our society's obsession with diet, weight loss and body image. Readers will gain an understanding of topics such as the risks of low-carb diets, liposuction, detoxification and supplements; why America is fatter than ever despite an overload of information, promises and research; simple explanations about how the body works including caloric intake, burning fat and exercise; and understanding service sizes, food labels, eating habits and body measurements. Contact: ESP Fitness, e-mail: dino@espfitness.com; www.espfitness.com.

Pool Surfacing

The RenoSys PVC Pool Shell provides cost effective swimming pool construction and renovating solutions for commercial pool builders. Renosys offers a 60-mil thick reinforced commercial thermoplastic PVC pool membrane system that is textured and durable. Pool builders custom tailor and melt together the material on site. Pools are made watertight and never need to be plastered or painted. The pools are also pore-free. Contact: RenoSys Corporation, 2825 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220; phone: 800-783-7005; fax: 317-251-0360; www.renosys.com.

Drawer Cabinets

Lyon Workspace Products' 36-inch wide modular drawer cabinets fill a size niche between standard 30-inch wide and 45-inch extra wide cabinets. From time to time, end users have storage requirements that call for an extra 6 inches of width that the new 36-inch wide cabinets provide. End users are just as likely to encounter requirements calling for a row of cabinets to fill a specific space. By combining various width cabinets from Lyon, end users can fill virtually any space in 3-inch increments. The Lyon 36-inch wide modular drawer cabinets ship in seven working days in a choice of more than 50 pre-engineered cabinet and drawer configurations. Contact: Lyon Workspace Products. P.O. Box 671, Aurora, IL 60507; phone: 1-800-323-0096; fax: 630-892-5747; e-mail: leads@tmemail.com; www.lyonworkspace.com.

Contract System

CheckFree Contract Manager is an electronic contract system for mid- to large-sized health club facilities. The system reduces the time that clubs spend processing and reviewing contracts each month, streamlines contract management and reduces paper storage. The system integrates with CheckFree Schedule Manager and CheckFree Club Manager. Health clubs can customize the system to their business tools, and the software can store signatures electronically. The software requires little training and has pre-set requirements for important field information to help ensure that contracts are accurate and complete. Contact: CheckFree Health & Fitness, 6000 Perimeter Dr., Dublin, OH 43017; phone: 800-242-9522; e-mail: hfsupport@checkfree.com; www.checkfree.com.

Shower Filter

VitaCShower.com's new shower filter contains vitamin C that neutralizes harmful chlorine in tap water, while promoting good health by boosting the immune system. Every time you shower or bathe, you are exposed to a healthy dose of vitamin C for the skin to absorb naturally. The product produces the necessary vitamin C to assist with skin disorders, prevent dry skin, lines and wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production. VitaCShower also promotes healthier, more manageable hair and prevents dry, itchy scalp. The Vitamin C is 100% organic, pharmaceutical grade, environmentally safe and meets EPA requirements. Contact: VitaCShower.com, 3000 Gulf to Bay Blvd. Suite 303, Clearwater, FL 33759; phone 1-800-418-1330; e-mail: support@vitacshower.com.; www.vitacshower.com.

Pool and Spa

Hach Company, the maker of AquaChek® Pool and Spa Test Strips, designed a blue, non-slip, easy-grip bottle with a yellow flip-top cap. With the bottle ergonomically shaped, it is easier to hold. And because of the flip-top cap, it is now easier to access a strip. The cap provides easy dispensing, allowing users to either shake a strip out, or use the traditional method of unscrewing the cap and reaching in for a strip. Consumers will see a new label design on the front and will recognize AquaChek's color chart on the back label. The insert has also been updated and now features 15 foreign languages and an improved blister card with a unique shape and colorful graphics. Contact: AquaChek; phone: 1-888-278-2243; www.aquachek.com.

Body Scrub

Basalt Works Body scrub is made from volcanic rock, called basalt crystals, created from undersea volcanic eruptions, which adds to its healing nature due to the high level of silica, oxygen, magnesium and iron in the stones. These components also make the scrub rinseable leaving the skin smooth and silky, not oily. The basalt crystals are mixed with six natural essential oils in a soothing or invigorating formula. The exfoliant is safe to use on the entire body since it doesn't sting, isn't sticky and is suitable for pre-sunless tanning and body glow treatments. Professional dry blend is available in 32-oz. tubs and oil in 16-oz. bottles. Retail companion pieces also available. Contact: Basalt Works, 338 S. Sharon Amity Rd., PMB 111, Charlotte, NC 28211; phone: 866-623-2729; fax: 704-366-1989; e-mail: info@basaltworks.com; www.basaltworks.com.

Catalog

The 2006 312-page Qosmedix catalog has been redesigned to give customers more information and make product selection easier. Color-coded sections include brief overviews of product categories and suggestions for use. Hundreds of new and exciting products for beauty, fragrance, bath, skin care or spa fields have been added to the extensive line. Full-scale, full-color illustrations make it simple to choose a product. Contact: QOSMEDIX, 150-Q Executive Dr., Edgewood, NY 11717; phone: 631-242-3270; fax: 631-242-3291; e-mail: info@qosmedix.com; www.qosmedix.com.

Literature

Mountain Weather: Backcountry Forecasting and Weather Safety for Hikers, Campers, Climbers, Skiers and Snowboarders teaches people how to read clouds, wind patterns, snow conditions and other weather clues. The book also has strategies for staying safe in adverse weather conditions with an emphasis on thunderstorms, mountain winds and avalanche hazards. It includes extensive information on weather patterns throughout the United States and easy-to-follow reference maps. The author, Jeff Renner, is a chief meteorologist for KING5 TV, an NBC-affiliate station in Seattle. Contact: The Mountaineers Books, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134; phone: 206-223-6303; fax: 206-223-6306; www.mountaineersbooks.org.

Biofoam Rollers

The Foam Roller Plus lasts up to five times longer than other biofoam rollers and has a 5-inch PVC core that is covered by an inch of foam to provide a firm but comfortable feel. The PVC core keeps the foam from being compressed over time. The roller is offered with a two-year warranty and shipped with exercise instructions and cover. Contact: Perform Better, P.O. Box 8090, Cranston, RI 02920-0090; phone: 800-556-7464; www.performbetter.com.

Botanicals

The Malie Kaua'i line is handcrafted with Hawaiian hydrosols — a fluid that contains every component of the featured plant, flower and fruit. Malie's Hawaiian Hydrosols have been developed into a perfume, body lather cleanser, body cream moisturizer, lotion bar soap and body butter bar. All products are designed to be absorbed through the skin and inhaled in the lungs and nose, allowing the user to consume the therapeutic benefits of the plant. Contact: Malie Inc., P.O. Box 701, Kalaheo, Kauai, HI 96741; phone: 866-767-5727; fax: 808-332-9944; e-mail: info@maliekauai.com; www.maliekauai.com.

Mats

Power Systems offers a variety of mats for Pilates, yoga, general fitness, floor work and stretching. They lay flat immediately, retain their shape and can be hand washed or wiped down with an anti-bacterial cloth to insure cleanliness. The Power Systems' yoga mats range from 68 inches to 72 inches long and 1/8 inches to 5/16 inches thick. Pilates mats range from 56 inches to 72 inches long and are 5/8 inches thick. There are also bags, racks and carts to safely store mats. Contact: Power Systems, Inc., 2527 Westcott Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37931; phone: 800-321-6975; www.power-systems.com.

Dumbbells

Get all the advantages of urethane and high alloy stainless steel handles. With InTek Strength's Solid Urethane Dumbbell, you won't have to worry about chrome coatings wearing off like you do with other dumbbells. Plus, there are no end caps or bolts to come loose, so maintenance is minimal. The Solid Urethane Dumbbell is available from 5 lbs. to 150 lbs. in 5 lb. jumps and 7.5 lbs. to 52.5 lbs. in 5 lb. jumps. InTek Strength; P.O. Box 430; Herrin IL, 62948; phone: 866-966-3825; www.intekstrength.com

Floss

Plackers Dental are disposable dental flossers. Patented Tuffloss® slides easily between teeth and is engineered not to stretch, shred or break during use, so one unit can floss the entire mouth. Plackers are available in individually wrapped packages. This locker room amenity promotes cleaner teeth, healthier gums and fresher breath at a low cost. Contact: Placontrol Inc., 12760 High Bluff Dr., Suite 320, San Diego, CA 92130; phone: 858-523-0600; fax: 858-523-0606; email: info@plackers.com; www.plackers.com.

Exercise Chair

The Resistance Chair exercise system allows mature adults to do a full body workout from a safe, comfortable seated position. Because users remain seated, they maintain balance and stability as they exercise the arms, chest, shoulders, abdomen, back and legs. The chair retails for $229.95 and is designed for mature adults, but suggested for all ages. Contact: Continuing Fitness, Inc., 22600-F Lambert St. 1206, Lake Forest, CA 92630; phone: 949-461-3000; fax: 949-461-3005; www.continuingfitness.com.

Phone Dialing System

The Aphelion Chatterbox Dialer is an automated phone dialing system that sends customized phone messages to selected members. The dialer can increase financial control, remind members about appointments, help retain members and help communicate with prospects. The system also has comprehensive reporting, message status and batch management. It's compatible with all Aphelion Fitness Manager editions V4.5 and above all i4 installations. Contact: Aphelion, 1100 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058; phone: 800-324-9800; e-mail: sales@aphelion.net; www.aphelion.net.