Functional Trainer


The Cybex FT 360 offers users the ability to increase strength; and improve range of motion, balance and coordination while enhancing joint stability with movements that can be performed in situations similar to real life. The Cybex FT 360 is a tool for functional training that combines traditional strength, flexibility and cardiovascular components. Numerous training opportunities are available because the arms adjust in two planes of motion. One FT 360 occupies the same space as two machines, according to the company, with the training potential of a whole circuit of machines.

Contact: Cybex International Inc., 10 Trotter Drive, Medway, MA 02053; (508) 533-4300; Fax: (508) 533-2543 ; www.cybexintl.com. Circle Reader Service No. 101

Stairclimber
The Everclimb stairclimbing machine is designed to exercise the upper and lower body simultaneously with aerobic and muscular training for a total fitness workout. It features a natural climbing motion using a stroke up to 16 inches. According to the manufacturer, it is easy to use so the user can concentrate totally on the workout. It is ruggedly constructed and requires very little maintenance. It provides a good workout in a short period of time and accommodates a wide range of body sizes without adjustment changes.

Contact: Incliner Enterprises, P.O. Box 460153, San Antonio, TX 78246-0153; (800) 810-1455; Fax: (210) 432-2264. Circle Reader Service No. 102

Portable Climber
The Treadwall is a non-motorized, self-paced, rotating climbing wall that moves under body weight alone. According to Brewer’s Ledge, it provides a realistic rock climb of any length on more than 30 routes and at more than 40 angles. Because of the moveable holds and angle adjustments, which offer different challenges on every climb, people of all ages and abilities can use the Treadwall. Both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning can be achieved through this total-body workout. And a counter shows progress in distance, time climbed and calories expended.

Contact: Brewer’s Ledge Inc., 34 Brookley Road, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; (800) 707-9616; www.treadwall.com. Circle Reader Service No. 103

Stretcher
OPTP’s portable latex-free Hamstring Stretcher allows users to independently control their ROM. The adjustable line tightener in the handle allows the user to gradually tighten the line as the stretch is increased. At the maximum stretch position, the line tightening feature allows for contract-relax or hold-relax inhibition techniques to further facilitate additional ROM stretching. The patented latex-free Stretch Out Strap delivers the benefits of PNF stretching without a partner. This type of stretching combines isotonics, isometrics and prolonged stretch. The multiple-position grips allow deep, gradual stretching of major muscle groups with greater safety and effectiveness than is possible unaided.

Contact: OPTP, 3700 Annapolis Lane, Suite 175, P.O. Box 47009, Minneapolis, MN 55447-0009; (800) 367-7393; (612) 553-0452; Fax: (612) 553-9355; optp@worldnet.att.net; www.optp.com. Circle Reader Service No. 104

Climbing wall
Nicros’ modular, prefabricated wood subframe system eliminates the labor intensive process of hand framing the substructure and, thereby, reduces the cost. Nicros walls can also be built on a steel subframe. Walls are pre-engineered to meet or exceed climbing wall industry group standards. Elements can be combined into almost any configuration, and three-dimensional CAD renditions are available for viewing.

Contact: Nicros Inc., 519 Payne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55101; (800) 699-1975; (651) 778-1975; Fax: (651) 778-8080; www.nicros.com. Circle Reader Service No. 105

Plate Loaded Equipment
The Ground Base line of plate loaded equipment by Hammer Strength features three models including a combo twist system. The combo twist model features a right and left torso rotation. All Ground Base machines provide numerous exercise options while allowing exercisers to train with their feet on the ground encouraging total-body stabilization, better balance and greater functional workouts, according to the company. The unit also provides a safe and controlled training environment for sport-specific strengthening.

Contact Life Fitness, Hammer Strength line, 10601 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131; (800) 634-8637: (847) 288-3300; Fax: (847) 288-3703; www.lifefitness.com. Circle Reader Service No. 106

Fitness Book & CD
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) offers Stretching & Flexibility: An Interactive Encyclopedia of Stretching, a CD-Rom designed to help trainers teach clients proper stretching and flexibility techniques for sports-specific exercise. The CD-rom includes 140 different stretches in full-motion video sequences and provides comprehensive stretching programs for 23 sports, rehab and prevention exercises.

Contact: ACE, 5820 Oberline Drive, Suite 102, P.O. Box 910449, San Diego, CA 92191-0449; (858) 535-8227; Fax: (858) 535-1778; www.acefitness.org. Circle Reader Service No. 107

Calf Machine

MedX selectorized seated calf machine exercises the calves while seated. This eliminates vertical spine compression which can occur with standing units. A seated version also can allow for both straight-leg and bent-leg execution of the exercise. The straight-leg exercise works the gastrocnemius and the bent-leg works the soleus muscle.

Contact MedX Inc., 1401 N.E. 77th St., Ocala, FL 34479; (800) 876-6339; (352) 622-2112, ext. 106; Fax: (352) 629-8670; www.MedXonline. com. Circle Reader Service No. 108