This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
Check out the newest products as seen in the April 2016 issue.
The result of Technogym's 20-year experience as official fitness equipment supplier to the Olympics, SKILLMILL™ allows everyday athletes to improve their power, speed, stamina and agility in a single product. The SKILLMILL features a self-powered belt on a curved deck, allowing exercisers to transition from a resistance-free walk to an all out sled push with a simple adjustment of the MULTIDRIVE resistance lever. The SKILLMILL is an excellent addition for group exercise or small circuit training.
Xtreme Grass from Act Global is the latest reinforced natural turf system to enter the US market. The system features synthetic grass fibers attached to a strong, open-weave backing. It is simple to install using typical natural pitch construction methods and offers up to 30 percent more playing hours compared to natural grass alone. Typical natural grass maintenance can be carried out on the system by a field manager, and repairs can be done quickly off site and integrated into the existing system. The system is designed to be 100 percent recyclable at end of life.
Perform Better's new Glute Bridge Roller slides easily on any surface. The unique foot holder keeps heels stable during hamstring curls and bridging and can also be used to perform knee tucks, pike-ups and more. The raised handles facilitate upper-body rollouts and core work, while the center plate can be used for standing lunges and squats.
The new HR700™ wide-area rotary mower from Jacobsen features an industry-first 14-foot-wide cutting width, allowing it to cut up to 25 percent more grass than traditional 11-foot rotary mowers. Built on an extremely nimble platform, the HR700 delivers a zero-uncut circle and easily maneuvers around obstacles. The new model also features a high-performance steel SureStrength™ deck, Q AMP™ variable-rate steering, the AdaptiCut™ system that automatically adjusts mow speed, an iso-mounted operator platform, a full-suspension seat and cruise control for superior productivity and comfort.
RenoSys, manufacturer of renovation products for the aquatic industry, now offers three color options of its RecDeck™ PVC slip-resistant and waterproof flooring — sand, dark gray and light gray. Constructed of a thick, reinforced PVC membrane, RecDeck can be used in any recreational area where slip-resistance, watertight integrity and long-term ease of maintenance are required. The aggressive slip-resistant texture and a superior anti-fungal formulation make it ideal for pool decks, spray grounds or locker rooms. Flooring can be installed over foam for added comfort in hydrotherapy and active-aging applications, or wherever extra fall protection is needed.
To help fitness center operators meet the growing demand for indoor cycling, Precor and Mad Dogg Athletics have partnered on a new line of Spinner® bikes, the Spinner® Ride™, Shift™ and Rally™. The bikes feature powder-coated steel or aluminum frames designed to resist corrosion and sweat and a 43-pound, perimeter-weighted flywheel to help recreate the feel of outdoor cycling. Accompanying the new line is an enhanced set of educational resources and programs aimed at enhancing the cycling experience for operators and exercisers.