The latest offerings from health and fitness manufacturers andsuppliers.
LEG EXTENSION MACHINE
Paramount's new AP-2000 Leg Extension single-station has variable resistance levels. The new Leg Extension machine provides easy adjustment of the heavy-duty four bar linkage seat to five settings from a seated position. In addition, this station has Paramount's dual offset axis cam design, which provides an accurate resistance force curve and load ratio. The AP-2000 Leg Extension single-station measures 48 inches by 43 inches by 63 inches. Contact: Paramount Fitness Corp., 6450 E. Bandini Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90040; (800) 721-2121; (323) 721-2121; email@example.com; www.paramountfitness.com.
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CSSI, a supplier of resilient surfacing products, now offers the option of inlaying customized logos as an integrated part of the SoftPave or SoftRoll surfacing systems. This feature allows fitness facilities to provide a durable surfacing system while, at the same time, presenting an aesthetically pleasing, customized floor covering. These new logos are precision-cut from the same material as the surface systems; the tile or roll is then cut to provide space to inlay the logo. This process eliminates the possibility of excessive wear that may occur with painted logos. Contact: CSSI, 1403 Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA 17013; (800) 851-4746; www.carlsurf.com.
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The ABvantage Pocket-Size Abdominal Trainer is approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), as well as listed in its product catalog, and can be used by clubs in their group training sessions (Pilates, martial arts, Jazzercise and more). The trainer is completely adjustable for any body type or size, and can be used by any age or fitness level. This product is designed to eliminate muscle strain by supporting the exerciser's head, neck and upper body. Contact: Your Fitness Answer, 6638 Centers Drive, Holland, OH 43528; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.yourfitnessanswer.com.
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TUBING EXERCISE COLLECTION
Visual Health Information (VHI) introduces its new Tubing Exercise collection of 163 exercises, which are ideal for therapists, personal and athletic trainers, and strength professionals who need to provide clients with an evolving fitness regiment. This collection comes in reproducible card format or the PC-KITS software version. Many of the exercises can be performed with a stacked weight pulley system in place of tubing. Contact: Visual Health Information, P.O. Box 44646, Dept. 101, Tacoma, WA 98444; (800) 356-0709, ext. 101.
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Dodge-Regupol Inc.'s newly branded high-performance Everlast Surfacing line (formerly Everroll) features 27 new color blends. Everlast's selection contains brights like turquoise, fuchsia and a new red. Everlast Surfacing reportedly utilizes exceptionally clean recycled rubber and the latest technology to produce a unique, single-ply, nonlaminated construction. Everlast's flooring line contains no metal or dirt, is odor-free and passes stringent indoor air-quality testing for low VOC emissions, the company reports. Contact: Dodge-Regupol Inc., P.O. Box 989, Lancaster, PA 17608; (800) 322-1923; (717) 295-3400; fax: (717) 295-3414; www.regupol.com.
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PORTABLE PATTERN TOOL
The new Crooked Stick Portable Pattern consists of six, 22-inch flat, plastic segments that can be manipulated from a straight line to a hexagon. This neat agility-quickness-balance device is an ideal training tool for clients ranging from athletes to rehab patients. Multiple units can be snapped together to form longer, even more intricate and challenging training shapes. Contact: M-F Athletic Co., Perform Better, P.O. Box 8090, Cranston, RI 02920-0090; (800) 556-7464.
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MedX has introduced a new commercial model Exercise Lumbar Machine (EXL). According to the company, research has proven pelvic stabilization effectively isolates lumbar muscles such as the erector spinae and multifidus, cornerstones of the paravertabral group 1-2. Failure to nullify pelvic rotation enables the larger muscles of the buttocks, hips and thighs to extend the torso with little or no contribution from spine-specific musculature 3-7. Contact: MedX, 1401 N.E. 77th St., Ockala, FL 34479; (800) 876-6339; (352) 622-2112; www.medxonline.com.
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