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ACE and SPRI Enter Strategic Marketing Agreement

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - June 23, 2004 - The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit fitness advocate, today announced it has entered a strategic marketing agreement with SPRI Products, a leading distributor of rubber resistance exercise products and fitness accessories.

Several SPRI products underwent an approval process to determine their consistency with ACE's standards. New SPRI consumer packages will display the ACE logo and carry ACE information inside that promotes the importance of accredited professional fitness certifications and the use of safe, effective fitness equipment and programs.

"We are pleased that SPRI is dedicated to providing high-quality, effective fitness products," said ACE President Ken Germano. "This partnership allows for direct communication with consumers and fitness professionals who are looking for excellence in equipment and information."

For more than 20 years, SPRI Products, Inc. has been the leading distributor of rubberized resistance exercise products, fitness accessories and exercise education programs for the health and fitness industry. Headquartered in Libertyville, IL, SPRI provides professional quality fitness solutions to health clubs, personal trainers and health-minded consumers via the SPRI website,, catalog sales and more than 700 retail outlets nationwide.

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's Authority on Fitness, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation's "workout watchdog," ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and is the world's largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at

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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, we have become an established resource for health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased research and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on health and fitness.

Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit health and fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with more than 65,000 certified professionals who hold more than 72,000 ACE Certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected organizations in the industry and a resource the public has come to trust for health and fitness education.