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Fit to the Core: Slim and Tone’s New Core 4 Program Takes the 30-Minute Workout to the Next Level of Fitness


More Comprehensive, Customized 30-Minute Workout Provides Better Personalized Results
YARDLEY, PA -- 04/05/2005 -- Slim and Tone is a franchised national fitness chain headquartered in Yardley, Pennsylvania, owned by NutriSystem (AMEX: NSI). When is 30 minutes not just 30 minutes? When it comes to your health and fitness. Dedicated to helping women optimize their fitness experience, Slim and Tone, a leader in express workouts for women, has launched Core 4, a new training program designed to provide a more comprehensive workout to women without sacrificing the simplicity of the 30- minute time commitment. Balanced across four key elements of health and fitness -- endurance, strength, flexibility and nutrition -- the Core 4 workout allows women to realize better health and wellness regardless of age or fitness ability.

Designed specifically for Slim and Tone, Core 4 addresses the central components integral to complete fitness: cardiovascular exercise (using running boards, aerobic steps and other cardio stations); building strength (using hydraulic machines, Dynabands, free weights, and exercise balls -- each addressing different muscle groups); stretching muscles to improve flexibility; and a nutrition component which includes the NutriSystem Nourish weight loss program.

“What makes Core 4 so exciting is that it completely changes the ’one size fits all’ trap that many 30-minute workouts have fallen into,” said Betsy Ludlow, president and founder of Slim and Tone. “By creating personalized programs based on individual needs and abilities, Core 4 provides customized training that progresses with the member over time -- as results are achieved. This is the best way to avoid boredom and plateauing.”

Before starting the Core 4 fitness program, members receive a body composition analysis and fitness assessment from a certified Slim and Tone trainer to identify their areas of strengths and needs. Their target heart rate is also determined to insure that each person exercises at a pace that allows them to safely and effectively build cardiovascular endurance and burn fat/calories. The trainer will then design and recommend a personalized workout program that takes into account these specific needs and the goals of the members.

Core 4 consists of a well-rounded workout -- going beyond just hydraulic machines and recovery boards. While building strength is a major component of Slim and Tone’s 30-minute workout, there is a greater emphasis on cardio endurance given the prevalence of heart disease amongst women. A typical routine involves 20 minutes doing strength and endurance exercises followed by a concentrated set of cardio/endurance exercises. Flexibility routines have been added to Slim and Tone’s 30-minute workout to make the body limber and prevent injuries. A member’s progress is formally checked every quarter with a retake of the fitness assessment.

In addition, as the fitness division of NutriSystem, Slim and Tone is able to provide members with a complete weight loss program, NutriSystem Nourish. This balanced eating plan teaches good habits for life (like portion control and eating a variety of foods), and is the perfect way to integrate healthy eating into a new active lifestyle.

In celebration of the launch of Core 4, Slim and Tone’s across the country will be holding various events to educate women about the benefits of Core 4 and the importance of exercise and proper nutrition.

For more information about Core 4 and to find a Slim and Tone location, please visit or call 1-800-SLIM-TONE.

About Slim and Tone

Slim and Tone is a franchised national fitness chain headquartered in Yardley, Pennsylvania, owned by NutriSystem (AMEX: NSI), a leading provider of weight management and fitness products and services. Founded in 2003, there are over 130 Slim and Tone clubs active in twenty-three states as well as international facilities in Canada, China and Costa Rica. A women’s only fitness club dedicated to and designed by women, Slim and Tone offers a 30-minute circuit-training workout that combines hydraulic resistance machines with cardiovascular stations.


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