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Safer Fitness Equipment Is Goal of New Test Methods

ASTM has issued F 2277, Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Selectorized Strength Equipment, which defines procedures for evaluating the performance of selectorized strength equipment, commonly called weight machines.

Representatives of fitness equipment manufacturers, compliance testing labs, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission developed F 2277 under the guidelines of ASTM Subcommittee F08.30 Fitness Products in Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. The group developed F 2277 as a companion to ASTM F 2216, Specification for Selectorized Strength Equipment. Applying the standards will promote continued safety and improvement within the fitness industry, says task group chairman Harv Voris, vice president of Engineering, Paramount Fitness Corporation, Los Angeles, Calif.

The subcommittee welcomes health club and fitness industry professionals to develop future ASTM standards, Voris says.

For further technical information, contact Harv Voris, Paramount Fitness Corporation, Los Angeles, Calif. (phone: 323/721-2121). Committee F08 meets Nov. 19-22 in Tampa, Fla. For membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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