It's time for fun in the sun, along with a little networking. The 2000 IHRSA/Athletic Business trade show takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29 to Saturday, Dec. 2, in sunny Orlando, Fla. The following new products and services are just a sampling of what will be on display at the show.
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the largest nonprofit certification organization in the world, sets certification and education standards for fitness instructors and provides information to the public about the benefits of exercise. ACE offers certification for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, lifestyle and weight management consultants, and clinical exercise specialists.
American Service Finance
From fitness studios to large athletic clubs, ASF International is one of the premier business support companies for growing clubs. Billing services include EFT, bank drafts and monthly coupon booklets. Computer systems and club management software include free upgrades and technical support. Other services include point-of-sale, collection services, Web site design and birthday cards.
Aphelion's Fitness and Health Management software has everything a club operator needs to manage a club, states the company. It includes in-house billing, member and guest tracking, fitness testing, health risk assessment, point of sale, sales and marketing, scheduling, picture check-in and reports. Plus, the company provides some of the best support in the industry. Aphelion's software reduces billing costs, improves retention, increases memberships, expands re-tail sales and maximizes profits, state Aphelion officials.
Cardio Theater Inc.
Cardio Theater's wireless Cardio Theater LCS has been designed to provide up to 52 channels of exercise entertainment for a fitness club's cardio area while eliminating the wires from one piece of equipment to the next, states the company. A moderately priced system, Cardio Theater LCS can deliver clear, digital stereo sound to each cardiovascular machine in the club. Individual volume and channel controls allow users to select their television or music choice, with an unlimited number of users tuning in simultaneously.
The Cybex 700R and 700C series cycles offer a roadlike feel, in either an upright or recumbent design. Both come with optional Cardio-Touch, which allows members to monitor and control their heart rate by touching the handgrips. Heart rate controlled, steady state and interval programs are available for use with both Cardio-Touch and standard Polar heart-rate system. The dual poly-v belt is designed for durability and smooth, quiet operation. Each bike has low starting wattage with an optional AC adapter to further reduce starting wattage so users can pause a workout without losing their place in the program. Additionally, programs can be changed by the user at any time during a session.
FitLinxx is the leader in and the endorsed standard for fitness networking, with compatibility endorsements from more than 30 manufacturers of fitness equipment, state FitLinxx officials. The FitLinxx Interactive Fitness Network has proved to help facilities attract a broader member base and retain members longer by providing the personalized attention and feedback needed to help ensure member success, notes the company.
Hoist Fitness Systems
The new Hoist selectorized CL 2403 seated leg press includes a primary frame construction of bent 2x4-inch 11 gauge of structural steel tubing. This product is also engineered with an easy-lift ratcheting for seat adjustment, as well as chromed telescopic tubing, providing a minimum of 6 inches of adjustment in seat heights and back support positions. In addition, it includes an easy glide linear bearing seat adjustment to accommodate various leg lengths. The leg press also has dual contoured torso pads for proper position and head/back support along with an oversized foot plate for multiple foot positions.
Booth: 1001, 1101
Motion Technology Selectorized (MTS) extends the authentic Ham-mer Strength plate-loaded lifting experience into the selectorized category. Like Hammer Strength plate-loaded equipment, MTS provides a converging movement pattern that more closely replicates the body's natural movements. Independent arms allow users to train one limb at a time or continue training one limb while recovering from an injury to the opposite side. Unique to the MTS design are dual weight stacks - one for each arm - preserving the purity of independent nature that is a hallmark of Hammer plate-loaded equipment and minimizing potential friction to enhance the smooth feel of the exercise.
Magnum Fitness Systems
Magnum has introduced Breaker Benches, a patent pending advancement in Olympic benches. They eliminate the need for a spotter to help break the bar, according to the company. They also eliminate any undue stress to the lifter's shoulder, allowing the lifter to break the bar effortlessly.
Booth: 618, 619
The Avenger Training System by MedX features computer-analyzed, full-range resistance curves for biomechanical precision, multi-horn on-board plate storage and waist-level plate loading on most machines. Ten single-station models are in the initial release. Virtually maintenance-free, the Avenger line carries the MedX 10-year warranty on the frame and five-year warranty on moving parts.
Nautilus' new Nitro line of selectorized single station weight stack equipment is designed to complement its existing 2ST line. Featuring a low height profile and compact footprint, Nitro is built for heavy-use facilities, yet is competitively priced. Designed for a wide range of fitness levels and body types, Nitro features converging single axis movements, full-range variable resistance cams, belt drive, EZ-Glide seats and add-on weights. All Nitro stations feature the full Nautilus three-year commercial warranty.
Nebula Fitness Equipment
Nebula has gone back to the drawing board to introduce a smaller, sleeker and more functional line. The company asked its customers what they wanted in their products and the result was equipment that has smaller foot prints, is easier to use, is heavy duty without looking scary and is very adjustable. Nebula carries a complete multi-station line. It can built from two to 12 stations and 20 different machines can be put on the unit. Twelve stations can be put into as little as a 24-foot-by-14-foot area. This is a space saver for wellness centers, hotels or personal training studios, states the company.
The NuStep TRS 4000 is the original seated stepper that delivers a safe, low-impact total-body workout. It offers 10 settings that condition the cardiovascular and muscular systems. The NuStep was designed with user comfort as a top priority. The swivel seat makes access easy, and its ergonomically correct design prevents back strain, states the company. A large, easy-to-read display shows heart rate, METS, watts, total steps and calories burned. It uses a belt-driven eddy current system for smooth, quiet, maintenance-free operation. The NuStep's sturdy welded steel frame and extra-long aluminum arms accommodate even the tallest and heaviest users. And a new, neutral base color stays clean, even in high-use settings.
Precor now offers its newest version of the Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer, the EFX556. The EFX556 Total Body Elliptical Trainer allows members to get the greatest overall results from every minute of exercise, state Precor officials. Functioning in unison with the lower body, the unique handlebars of the EFX556 optimize upper-body muscle involvement and range of motion, allowing for a more intense workout that can add variety to reduce muscle fatigue.
Q-Sport officials say the Qruzer cycle is engineered with aerospace technology, successfully tested for 6,000 hours with up to a 600 pound load, and built to last a lifetime. The tubular frame, with a lifetime warranty, has high structural integrity; the ergonomically designed rubber-dipped handlebars provide a nonslip comfort grip; the sure-stop handbrake assures convenient safety; and the stainless steel components mean less maintenance, according to the company. Along with the Qruzer, Q-Sport also offers a new indoor cycling program that blends conventional cycling skills with the established philosophies of group fitness classes. Certified "Qruzing" instructors offer classes with five hand positions and 20 techniques.
Schwinn offers two stationary bike models specifically created for health clubs. The 910 Elite upright stationary bike and the 920 Elite recumbent stationary bike are derived from the 910i and 920i, with enhancements that include an upgraded drive train and sophisticated electronics. High-lights for each model include handgrip and telemetric heart rate with multiple heart-rate control programs and fitness tests. The models are self-powered using a hybrid generator and electronically controlled brakes. The Elite series also contains a two-stage, belt-to-belt drive train for smooth performance. In addition, Schwinn offers the popular Spinner bike for use with the widely successful Spinning indoor cycling program.
SportArt's 5100 recumbent and 5200 upright bikes features the latest version of SportsArts America's patented Generator (self-powered) system, which has been successfully battle- tested in every conceivable commercial application around the world, state SportsArt America officials. Besides allowing maximum versatility of placement (no power required), the Generator bike's system delivers smooth and predictable resistance while offering fewer potential service problems than moving magnet systems found on similar products. The 5100 and 5200 are part of a complete series of club cardio equipment from SportsArt.
Tarkett Portable Sportsfloor, distributed by StageStep, has no equal when easy-to-handle, portable floors with resilience and high performance are needed, state StageStep officials. It was designed for competitive aerobics, dancing or athletic activities such as basketball and volleyball.
StairMaster Health & Fitness Products Inc.
The StairMaster LeMond RevMaster group cycling program, which combines the outstanding aerobic benefits of group cycling with the excitement of world-class racing, will draw members to your club, according to StairMaster Health & Fitness Products. The cycling training course includes a comprehensive workshop for up to eight instructors, intensive bike fit training and continuing education credits. The marketing kit includes videos (bike fit, technique and workouts), bike fit tools and numerous promotional items.
TimeTrade.com brings self-service scheduling to the Web, so you can accept appointments, take reservations, enroll classes and register events in real-time on the Internet. TimeTrade is your instant electronic reservation desk, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
True's treadmills demonstrate the company's commitment to engineering precision. The key to its long-term reliability is the relationship between the treadbelt and running deck. True's deck and belt combo boasts the company's patented Continuous Lubrication System. This system applies a measured amount of wax to the belt and deck 100 percent of the time the treadmill is in operation. This results in a low amp draw. This means longer treadmill life, and lower energy and maintenance costs.