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September 13, 2010 - Standards F2810, Specification for Elliptical Trainers, and ASTM F2811, Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Elliptical Trainers, have been approved under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F08.30 on Fitness Products. Test methods in ASTM F2811 allow designers, manufacturers, and test houses to access fitness product design. Subcommittee is also working on proposed standards for plate loaded fitness equipment and inclusive fitness products.

Latest ASTM Sports Equipment Standards Focus on Elliptical Equipment


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Press release date: September 8, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities is focusing on elliptical equipment in its two latest approved standards. Both F2810, Specification for Elliptical Trainers, and ASTM F2811, Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Elliptical Trainers, are under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F08.30 on Fitness Products.

Harvey Voris, vice president, Paramount Fitness Corp. and chairman, F08, says that ASTM F2810 and ASTM F2811 are next in the evolution of fitness product standards being developed by F08.30. The new elliptical equipment standards are follow-ups to another standard approved by F08.30 in 2009, ASTM F2571, Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Fitness Equipment.

"All of our standards are meant to assist designers in the development of functionally safe fitness products," says Voris. "Further, the test methods allow designers and manufacturers and test houses the ability to access the design of fitness products - in the case of ASTM F2811, elliptical trainers."

According to Voris, F08.30 is always open to new participants interested in working on the subcommittee's proposed standards. "New activities are going to include standards development for plate loaded fitness equipment, also known as free weight equipment, and for inclusive fitness products," says Voris.

Proposed new F08.30 standards include ASTM WK19803, Specification for Additional Requirement for Universal Design of Fitness Equipment Optimization for Inclusive Use for Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments, and ASTM WK24295, Specification for Externally Loaded Strength Training Equipment, Strength Training Benches and External Weight Storage Fixturing.

To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

ASTM Committee F08 Next Meeting: Nov. 16-19, November Committee Week, San Antonio, Texas

Technical Contact: Harvey Voris, Paramount Fitness Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., Phone: 323-721-2121; hvoris@paramountfitness.com
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