The new Cybex FT-450 functional trainer has a patent-pending design that adds two key strength training features. The progressive stabilization pad allows users to incrementally decrease their stability, which increases the work the core muscles are called upon to perform. Additionally, this feature supports the use of higher weight loads, which is typically achievable only on selectorized or other isolative strength machines. The cable width adjustment feature allows numerous height and width configurations to give trainers unlimited exercise possibilities.
Contact: Cybex International Inc.; phone: 860-313-1426; www.cybexintl.com.
Pool Test Strips
AquaChek released two improved one-dip products for pool service professionals — AquaChek Pro 5-way Test Strips and AquaChek Silver 7-way Test Strips. Both products feature a new 20ppm color block to detect free chlorine in pool water at levels of 0, 0.5, 1, 3, 5, 10 and 20ppm. The 20ppm color block is the highest available on a pool and spa test strip product and is higher than the range of traditional color-comparison liquid kits without dilution.
Contact: AquaChek; phone: 888-278-2243; www.AquaChek.com.
Yoli-poli Bags are a fusion of fitness, fashion and utility. The yoga bags are made from genuine leather lined with high-quality cotton canvas. Unique grommet detailing allows for ventilation to ensure that the mat is always able to air out and to prevent it from deteriorating or retaining odors. Yoli-poli bags come in two styles: pink metallic and jet black.
Contact: Yoli-poli; phone: 909-489-9048; www.yolipoli.com.
Vortex's The Perfect Storm is an adjustable, functional multi-station trainer that accommodates up to 12 people. It uses 5 feet by 12 feet of space in a 12-foot by 20-foot training area. Among its many features are an adjustable push-up and dip station, a chin-up bar, a training post to attach resistance bands, multiple U-bolts along the base of the unit for attaching bands, 16 bands of various resistance levels, a 65 cm physio ball and a resistance band storage rack. The Perfect Storm comes with full group programming and a business enhancement module.
Contact: Vortex Fitness Equipment; phone: 877-676-4677; www.vortexfitness.com.
Zogics introduced PureGreen24, an EPA-registered antimicrobial disinfectant with 24-hour residual effectiveness that kills MRSA without using hazardous chemicals. Its active ingredient, SCD, is comprised of silver ions and citric acid. PureGreen24 is strong enough to kill viruses and bacteria in a hospital environment, yet it is EPA-registered for use on children's toys at home. PureGreen24 is available in one-gallon bottles and 32-ounce trigger sprays.
Contact: Zogics; phone: 888-623-0088; www.zogics.com.
Plastex Matting Inc.'s Herontile anti-slip, anti-bacterial wet-area matting is now available with an optional edging ramp. The 13-inch Herontiles click together to make slip-resistant flooring around pools. The edging ramp can be attached where the tiles meet to create an anti-trip transition from the floor surface to the Herontile surface. Both the ramp and Herontiles drain away large quantities of water and are made from soft EVA for barefoot comfort.
Contact: Plastex Matting Inc; phone: 256-845 7725; www.plastexmatting.com.
Personal Training Resources
Donna Hutchinson of On the Edge Fitness Educators released a new personal training book and interactive CD program designed to provide aspiring fitness professionals with all the tips and insider knowledge needed to be successful in today's business environment. The book is titled “The How-To Guide to Starting Your Own Personal Training Business,” and the four-CD set is entitled “The How-To Guide to Growing Your Own Personal Training Business.” The combined resource focuses on how to develop a solid business vision, identify fee structures, maximize finances, implement simple marketing strategies and master customer service.
Contact: On The Edge Fitness; phone: 604-985-7410; www.edgefit.ca.
Customized Hand Dryer
Excel Dryer Inc. is offering digital imaging technology that allows buyers to design their own Xlerator hand dryers with company logos or other images. Excel Dryer's imaging technology allows the dryers to be branded with a fully integrated design, rather than a sticker that could easily be removed. Buyers can supply their own digital artwork or develop the cover graphics with the help of Excel Dryer's design team. The Xlerator completely dries hands in 10 to 15 seconds, uses 80 percent less energy than traditional hand dryers and helps facilities qualify for LEED credits from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Contact: Excel Dryer Inc.; phone: 413-525-4531; www.exceldryer.com.
Vibration Exercise Technology
The Wave Pro Elite was developed by medical and fitness specialists to help users achieve the results of vibration exercise in as little as 15 minutes, three times a week with less stress on joints, ligaments and tendons than with existing devices. The Wave Pro self-calibrates, adjusting vibration forces to each user's weight, size and fitness level. The device also features a large exercise surface area, intelligent touch screen interface, preset programming and variable frequency training designed to challenge and stimulate muscles.
Contact: Wave Whole-Body Advanced Vibration Exercise, phone: 905-761-0440; www.wavexercise.com.
MYE Entertainment released a new Eclipse Series Wireless Replacement Receiver, with universal transmitter compatibility, for cardio theater. The receiver is compatible with 900MHz, 800MHz and FM transmitters from all major brands and allows users to listen to both TV audio and FM radio in one unit. It also features an easy-to-read LCD display.
Contact: MYE Entertainment, phone: 800-779-6759; www.myeclubtv.com.