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Heartline(R) Fitness Systems Named to Inc. Magazine's Inaugural List of the 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in U.S....

Thursday, September 6, 2007 General News J E 4
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GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 5 Heartline Fitness Systems basedin Gaithersburg, Maryland, has been named one of America's entrepreneurialgrowth leaders by Inc. magazine, which just released its 2007 Inc. 5000ranking of the nation's fastest growing private companies. The rankings can befound on Inc. magazine's website at http://www.inc.com.

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Heartline achieved a 65.6% growth rate in the past three years from 2003to 2006, and ranked 3,913 among this year's fastest growing companies. "Weare excited to be recognized by Inc. for our rapid growth over the past threeyears, said Robert F. Burgess, Jr., President & CEO of Heartline. "It is atestament to our employee's dedication to sweating the details for ourcustomers, our dealers, and our vendor alliance partners."

"It's been an uphill battle since 1995," says Mr. Burgess. "We purchasedHeartline in 1995, and spent the better part of three years trying to figureout what we had just purchased." Heartline re-directed resources across theboard from forging new vendor partnerships (Star Trac Fitness), outsourcingits manufacturing, to an overall change in strategic and market focus."However, despite our focused efforts and hard work, a great deal of oursuccess can be attributed to the growth of Heartline's two core marketsegments-middle and high school fitness and training centers, and high-riseresidential and office building health clubs," according to Jason Malecki,Vice President, Commercial Sales.

According to The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, hereare the facts driving the fitness industry's growth: 1) 10% of children ages2-5 are overweight, compared to 5% in 1980, 2) 16% of children and teens ages6-19 are overweight, versus only 6% in 1980, or triple, 3) more than 108million adults are either obese or overweight, and 4) Only 28% of studentsgrades 9 through 12 participated in daily school physical education in 2006,down from 42% in 1991. "Unfortunately, the list goes on and on," says Mr.Burgess. "Heartline is determined to make a difference in the future healthand well being of our society."

Since 1995, Heartline's promise has been to design, distribute and servicethe highest quality strength training and cardiovascular systems available.Through Heartline's dealer and direct sales network, our products are soldinternationally in Europe, South America, the United States and Canada. Ourclients include such high profile organizations as: Marriott Hotels,Archstone-Smith Residential, Beazer Homes, Fairfax County Public SchoolSystem, and The United States Supreme Court.Contact: Robert F. Burgess, Jr., President Heartline Fitness Systems 800-262-3348 http://www.heartlinefitness.com

SOURCE Heartline Fitness Systems
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