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NORDICTRACK INTRODUCES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND AEROBIC CROSS-TRAINER

 NORDICTRACK INTRODUCES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND AEROBIC CROSS-TRAINER
 CHASKA, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NordicTrack, a leader in the in-home fitness equipment industry, today announced the introduction of the revolutionary new Aerobic Cross-Trainer, the first machine ever to incorporate a treadmill, cross-country skier and stair-stepper all in one.
 "The Aerobic Cross Trainer represents a landmark in the evolution of in-home fitness equipment," said James R. Bostic, NordicTrack president and CEO. "We'll begin to see more the more multi-purpose home fitness equipment, as society continues its trend toward convenience, economy and a healthy, physically fit lifestyles."
 In recent years, fitness and medical experts alike have recommended cross-training, or multi-activity training, to prevent exercise boredom, minimize overuse injuries and improve fitness levels.
 According to a recent study by American Sports Data, stair-climbing, one of the fastest-growing fitness activities, has also shown the most significant gain among cross-training exercises. The study, which compared cross-training activity from 1987 to 1990, also revealed that treadmill exercises are being incorporated into more cross-training programs.
 "NordicTrack's Aerobic Cross-Trainer combines the most efficient form of aerobic exercise -- cross-country skiing -- with three of today's most popular forms of cross-training -- stair-climbing, treadmill running and treadmill power walking," Bostic said.
 The cross-country ski component on the Aerobic Cross-Trainer operates on the same principle as NordicTrack's original, world-famous cross-country skier. Instead of skis, the machine uses skates, which glide back and forth on runners along each side of the treadmill deck. An adjustable calibrated resistance gauge provides a range of lower-body workout levels. The upper-body exerciser, which also features calibrated resistance, folds down when the cross-country skier is not being used.
 The non-motorized treadmill operates on the same flywheel mechanism as the cross-country skier. The skates slide easily off the front of the runners when the treadmill is in use. Users can control the amount of force they work against on the treadmill by adjusting the same resistance gauge used for the skier. Lastly, unlike other treadmills, the Aerobic Cross-Trainer offers an optional arm exerciser (used with the cross-country skier) for total-body, aerobic "power walking."
 An attractive burgundy-colored shroud, positioned at the front of the treadmill, houses the mechanics for the stair-stepper system. The stepper, which operates on a two-directional dragstrap mechanism, folds out to face the user when he/she is standing on the deck. The hip pad, used for support on the treadmill and cross-country skier, inverts to create hand supports on the stepper. Users can control the intensity of their workout by adjusting the stepper's calibrated resistance lever, which is located within easy reach below the hand supports. When the workout is finished, the stepping platforms fold up out of the way against the shroud.
 To measure your progress while working out, the Aerobic Cross- Trainer offers a comprehensive electronic Personal Performance Monitor (PPM) system. Up to three people can use the PPM to chart their individual pulse, performance index and caloric expenditures, in addition to speed, time and distance. On the stepper, users can also keep count of flights of stairs. The PPM also provides both digital and audio queues that acknowledge performance goals.
 NordicTrack's Aerobic Cross-Trainer is being offered at the special introductory price of $999 and includes a free, 30-day in-home trial period and two-year limited warranty. The machine can be shipped throughout the United States and the world, and requires minimal assembly.
 NordicTrack, a CML company, sells the Aerobic Cross-Trainer, NordicTrack's Fitness Chair, the NordicRow TBX and NordicTrack's Back & Stomach Machine and other fitness equipment through direct marketing and a toll-free number: 1-800-848-7786, ext.819C2.
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 /CONTACT: Jackie Gustner or Amy Sinclair, 612-368-2593, both of NordicTrack/ CO: NordicTrack ST: Minnesota IN: LEI SU: PDT


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