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review
Kate Cracknell reports on
some of the new product
launches at FIBO 2009
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ecord sales, a 9.1 per
cent increase in exhibitor
numbers and a 3.2 per
cent growth in visitor
numbers – these are the figures
reported for FIBO 2009 by organisers
Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH.
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In fact, the 517 exhibitors marked a
new record for FIBO, while 48,800
visitors attended over the three days device for mobilisation of the lower back.
of the show which took place in Essen, According to Chirotractor, existing back
Germany, from 23–25 April. exercise concepts concentrate mainly on
Hot on the heels of IHRSA, many back muscle strengthening and neglect
of the products on display in Essen stretching and fl exibility. The device
had been launched in the US in March. is said to allow the health club user to
Nevertheless, a signifi cant number of safely mobilise, self-adjust and stretch
products showcased at FIBO were the lower back in order to prevent and
enjoying their trade show debut. Here treat locked intervertebral joints, and to
we round up some of the launches at relax tight back musculature.
this year’s show.
Escape Fitness launched Reebok’s
Bicicletas Goi-Contini launched new range of studio equipment. Catering
its prototype Running-Bike. The design for all studio activities, the range –
of this exercise bike, with the pedalling which comprises around 90 pieces of
axle further back, together with a longer equipment – covers boxing, strength
connecting rod, means the movement and aerobics. Reebok has redesigned
pattern resembles running. The idea the look and feel of the products,
is that the bike could be used as a introducing new citrus colours to appeal
gym80’s Enforbike
substitute where running is unadvisable to the female market. This follows
is the world’s fi rst
due to impact on the joints. Reebok’s research – a survey of 5,000
impulse training cycle
women across the world – which found
Chirotractor, a company founded that they wanted to have fun while
by the orthopedic specialist Dr Eduard getting in shape. A new speed-training quads are able to lift more weight when
Chen, introduced its CT-L back exercise line joins the range, which includes the exerciser is exposed to visuals of
ladders, speed belts and cones. fi re and the colour red, for example –
Body Sense comprises a series of fi ve
gym80 International, now with ‘pods’, each with one piece of resistance
a UK offi ce, launched a number of new equipment inside, and with a screen
products at FIBO. Enforbike is the world’s showing visuals of the colours/elements
fi rst impulse training cycle, offering all that will fi re up the relevant muscles.
the benefi ts of vibration training with Meanwhile, E-Strength is a
the ease of cycling a bike. It’s said to help motorised, software-controlled
users train more effi ciently by increasing strength range offering isometric,
muscle fi bre activation, with a range of isotonic and isokinetic movements in
studies also proving its value in areas one machine. The fi rst prototype was
such as rehab and cellulite reduction. The exhibited at FIBO, with a 10-piece
product won the FIBO Innovation Award range scheduled for launch in 2010.
for Equipment in the Fitness, Health and gym80’s Software Version 3 – the
Rehabilitation Category. latest version of the manufacturer’s
Body Sense is based on almost 30 exercise management software – allows
Stretching out Chirotractor’s CT-L
years’ research by scientist Jurgen for multi-site connectivity, more
back device allows gym users to
Woldt. Acknowledging that certain interaction with the user and improved
relax tight back musculature and
muscles in the body respond to compatibility with other manufacturers’
prevent locked intervertebral joints
particular colours and elements – the CV equipment through C-SAFE.
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