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Fitness Products & Trends That Caught Our Eye for 2014

Alexandra Williams, MA
pic at Total Gym booth at IHRSA 2014

7:30 am Circuit Class

March was a busy convention month, as we went right from the Natural Products Expo over to the IHRSA convention, which serves the health and fitness club industry. The majority of attendees are club owners or managers, and we go every year to learn the latest, both for products and industry trends.

We stop at Expo booths that catch our eye because they have something that will work for us as instructors, or for you, our readers and radio show listeners, or because there appears to be a fun or unique baby boomer angle.

pic of Sproing machines

Our knees like the Sproing workout system

As the major players for all the fitness equipment and machines are exhibiting their latest inventions or upgrades, it makes perfect sense that they offer workouts in their booths. So we got up at super-pre-dawn o’clock and did a circuit class with Total Gym, followed by a really boingy and sproingy “run” on the Sproing  not a treadmill “soft surface system.” We loved both, especially the Sproing, as we have crappy, genetically flawed reconstructed knees from our superstar soccer days (the word “superstar” needs to be read with a twinkle in your eye).

pic at the Regupol booth IHRSA 2014

Getting irregular with Regupol

Speaking of needing to exercise on soft surfaces, we had some fun goofing off testing out the shock absorption of the flooring surfaces at the Regupol booth. Made of post-consumer tires and post-industrial rubber, we did our best recycled splits!

To recover from all our hard work, we invited ourselves into the sauna room at the Helo booth. The heat was on!! Actually, after only a few hours’ sleep, we were kind of tempted to take a nap in the sauna. The reps were nice about it until my sis started snoring!

Helo Sauna booth at IHRSA 2014

Say Hello to Helo

pic of Nexersys machine

Muscles Meets Nexersys


If you ever take any of my group fitness classes, you will find out rather quickly that I’m not a fan of teaching kickboxing-style workouts. That was before. This is now. On a whim, we stopped at the Nexersys booth and gave the machine a good workout. Or it gave us one. Something tiring. Essentially it’s an interactive machine with punch and kick pads. Some people want chocolate or jewelry; I want this machine. Their website tag line is “Get the Body You Want.” He never showed up, so I did a four minute workout with the body I had – mine!

All group fitness pros need music, so we grapevined our way to Power Music, and signed up for their digital music subscription service that lets you access unlimited pre-made and custom mixes. We were going to buy CDs, as that’s about our level of technology, but the guys at the booth were so into customer service that they explained how much money we’d save with the service, then walked us through the entire downloading process. I left with music already on my phone AND a sheet of instructions. Props to the peeps at Power for major hand-holding. Now I just have to figure out how to use my phone with the sound system at the university. Sad, I know.

pic at LifeFitness booth IHRSA 2014

Helping Marc Coronel do the splits at the LifeFitness booth

Shout out to LifeFitness and the Synrgy360 system for A: having a workout set-up that resembles a playground, and B: hiring the ever energetic, always positive Marc Coronel to demo the workouts. Second shout out to DietBetter (formerly DietBet), a social media, interactive weight loss game. You can win money for safely losing a specific percentage of your weight. We met the founder and learned that some new, top-secret fun things are on the horizon.

pic at DietBetter booth IHRSA 2014

DietBet = DietBetter





The day ended with us relaxing completely testing for research purposes on the SolaJet DryWave massage beds. You lie down on something akin to a modern waterbed, but with more support. Warm water jets move up and down your body, providing a deep tissue massage. We intended to fake sleep so we could do intensive research, but the people at the booth actually let us stay until the Expo was closed.

pic at Sola Jet booth IHRSA 2014

Is that Thumbs Up or Surf’s Up at the Dry Wave Massage?


Some of these items cost a lot, so ask your fitness facility to buy them. Pitch a fit so you’ll get your way. Cheer yourself up with a Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt CLIF Mojo bar. Also for research purposes.



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About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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9 Responses to Fitness Products & Trends That Caught Our Eye for 2014

  1. Yum Yucky March 21, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    OMG, that Regupol pose. I love it! How awesome it would be to hang out with you chicks for a day. And then you buy me lunch & desserts. Yeah. That happens in this scenario, too.
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    • KymberlyFunFit March 22, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      If you promise to mosey on over to us, we promise to buy you lunch. But if Greedy Baby slaps down her order too, then we have to sashay over to the Natural Products Expo West for food. That’s how we frugally roll. Yes, there is a dessert hall. Maybe.
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  2. Jody - Fit at 56 March 21, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    LOVED watching you & others on IG & other places show us all the fun – especially you two fun gals!!! Wish I could have been there in person!
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    • KymberlyFunFit March 22, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks Golden One! We hardly believed ourselves getting up so early to try three different workouts. I also did a cardio stint on the Helix machines — like an elliptical but rotating sideways in the frontal plane instead of forwards in the sagittal plane. My knees hummed along with that action!
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  3. Carol Cassara March 21, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    This looks like way too much fun! You definitely saw some good stuff.
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  4. Doreen McGettigan March 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    What great new equipment. I am trying to get inspired to start a program again.
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  5. GiGi Eats Celebrities March 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I want to put a massage bed in that sauna!! AH HA AH! I am good to go! ;)
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  6. KymberlyFunFit March 22, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    What will it take to reinspire you Doreen? Maybe we are up for it. The equipment might also motivate you.
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