Perform Better's new Balance Steps can be used in the clinic, gym or field to improve dynamic balance and proprioception. Place them in a pattern, then walk, hop or jump from one to another. Use the flat side down at first, and then progress to rounded side down. Made of durable soft vinyl material, the Balance Steps can be filled with air or water to create an unstable surface. Perform Better/M&F Athletic Co., P.O. Box 8090, Cranston, RI 02920; (800) 556-7464; fax: (800) 682-6950; www.performbetter.com.
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The 4-Way Neck Machine is the latest addition to the Avenger Training System by MedX. This plate-loaded unit features cam-varied resistance curve and adjustable range of motion. The machine accommodates concentric-eccentric contraction both frontward (flexion) and backward (extension) and left to right laterally. The exercise is determined by the direction the trainee sits in the machine. Seat adjustment and handgrips for torso stabilization enable positioning in line with the axis point of the movement lever. Four-horn on-board storage is designed for plates from 2.5 to 25 pounds. These horns are located from 28 to 56 inches off the ground for quick and easy loading. Contact: MedX 96 Inc., 1401 NE 77th St., Ocala, FL 34479; (352) 622-2112; (800) 876-6339; www.medxonline.com.
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The newly designed rack and the longer, sturdier chrome straight bar are the latest additions to Iron Grip's Group Strength line. The Group Strength rack (which can hold up to 20 Group Strength sets) can be locked quickly and easily with just one lock and cable, so plates, bars and collars are secure during non-class hours. The new bar enables members to load more weight on the bar — up to 100 pounds — as well as offers comfortable knurling for a more secure gripping area. Contact: Iron Grip Barbell Co., 1567 Sunland Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; (800) 664-4766; (714) 850-6900; fax: (714) 850-6910; email@example.com; www.irongrip.com.
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Planet Yoga has released the first in a series of instructional yoga videos, entitled “Yoga Practice: Introduction,” featuring Planet Yoga founder Leeann Carey. The video is based on the Planet Yoga method of teaching, and is 68 minutes in length. This first video is designed exclusively for beginning students. Contact: Planet Yoga, P.O. Box 876, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254; (310) 376-5354; fax: (310) 374-2355; www.planetyoga.com.
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Planet Protein's Fitness Freeze is a nutritious, pour-and-serve frozen drink featuring more than 24 grams of protein per 12 ounce serving. A low-carbohydrate supplement, the drink has 75 to 85 percent less carbohydrates and sugars than in typical smoothies, states the company. The machines for creating the Fitness Freeze use standard outlets, hold 100 drinks (12 ounce cups) and requires minimal cleaning every two to three days. Just mix the Planet Protein powder (no refrigeration required) with warm water and the machine does the rest. Contact: Planet Protein; (877) 95-PLANET; www.planetprotein.com.
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