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When you’re traveling, it’s tough to find a spare minute to spend in the gym.

This is especially true during the holiday season—who wants to venture from a room packed with family, even in the name of fitness? And yet, the holiday season is a crucial time to stay fit—and you don’t have to sacrifice fitness when you’re on the go this season. Most StrechCordz®, MediCordz®, and TurfCordz® can be tucked into the pocket of a suitcase—their portability makes them ideal for travel. Here are our best tips and tools to keep you growing stronger as the days grow longer:


Swimmers: Make a Plan for Resistance Training

If you’re a swimmer, you know that the training doesn’t stop, even when outdoor pools are long-closed and snow begins to fall—but, during the holidays, it’s easy to let exercise slide.

For the unmotivated athlete, planning is key. Training schedules should be determined at least a month in advance. When you will be absolutely unable to exercise, be sure that the previous few days are rigorous—this way, the gaps between workouts serve as resting periods. With a steady plan, you can utilize your time, even during hectic days.

A key fitness tool for swimmers this holiday season is the StrechCordz® S100, a cord for dryland resistance training. In addition to being something of a classic—the S100 is the original dryland training device—it’s ideal for training in a limited area, building strength and enhancing speed.


Physical Therapy Patients: Keep Moving!

In physical therapy, the emphasis is on movement, to readjust to once-familiar movements and build back strength. While it might be tempting to surrender to the tryptophan snooze after a big meal, don’t give in to sluggishness.
When sitting isn’t necessary—dinner and the requisite game of monopoly having ended—stay on your feet! Back compressive pressure is lower while standing, and standing increases caloric expenditure and circulation.

Though your best tool depends on your injury, an outstanding recommendation is the MediCordz® Bungie Upper Body & Back Kit M600. This dual-purpose bungie cord builds strength in the back and the upper body, making it a time-saver during your busiest months. The tool merely consists of one of our tough rubber-and-nylon braided bungie cords and straps that fix to your feet, making it an easy tool to travel with.


Football, Baseball, and Basketball: Find a Partner!

When relaxation threatens to eclipse your fitness goals, find a training partner to stay motivated. Sure, not every family member might be an athlete, per se, but everyone can benefit from building muscle and burning calories, especially during the holidays.

An effective tool to bring on the go would be TurfCordz® Ankle Cordz S140 because of their portability and versatility. Work out your agility. Train for an explosive start. And strengthen abs, legs, and even hips. You won’t be sorry after a steaming plate of turkey dinner.

U.S. Manufacturer Launches New Resistance Training Tools Website,

NZCordzWhen the owner of NZ Manufacturing decided it was time to revamp her company’s website, Maureen Petrasko wanted her website to match the innovation, experience, and ease-of-use of the stretch cord and resistance training brands NZ manufactures. was developed to better serve the professional strength trainers, swim coaches and medical professionals who buy their brands online. The new fully responsive design (adapts to desktop, tablet and mobile devices) was developed based on feedback from customers, and a usability analysis on the old website to determine what to improve.

“When we started visualizing our new website last year, we knew we wanted to provide better online product research, easier customer service, and open up more resources for our customers. We wanted to make sure they could more easily find the right product for the right exercise application. We also wanted our customers to be able to order just as easily from the smartphone as they could on their desktop. Many of our customers are out at the pool, or training athletes on the field. They’re not usually sitting behind the desk,” says Maureen.

This new website offers all the features of the previous site such as the ability to place orders directly through the site and check status of orders. Additionally, customers can now view their order history back to the launch date of the new website. now provides a listing of recent press releases, video feeds, news articles, specials, enhanced product searches, related products and more. An updated advisory forum is being added soon where customers can get feedback and training tips from professional athletes, strength trainers, and medical professionals.

Our customers around the world will now experience a greater ease of use with the addition of VAT, and a variety of cost saving shipping options.

Makers of StrechCordz® resistance swim training tools, MediCordz® rehabilitation products and TurfCordz® strength and agility products, NZ offers a comprehensive line of resistance tools from accommodating a patient rehabilitating from an injury or surgery to high-end athlete training performance enhancement, NZ Manufacturing has been a leading innovator in the professional resistance training industry for over thirty years.

Celebrating Our 30th Birthday at ASCA Conference in Cleveland

smileyNZ Manufacturing is proud to announce that we’ll be in attendance at this year’s ASCA World Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, September 8th through the 13th. This will be the 47th Annual World Clinic and NZ Manufacturing can’t wait because this year, we’ll be celebrating our 30th Birthday.


Special Programs Expected

As we lead up to the Olympics in 2016, we can expect an extremely interesting ASCA Conference this year.  Special sections are slated to cover International swimming, which will be given by our keynote speaker, Frank Busch.  Busch is the USA National Team Director.  Other notable speakers include Wayne Goldsmith of Australia and many others.


Wide Range of Attendees & Topics

The 2015 ASCA World Clinic truly is a conference attended by individuals and organizations from around the world.  The clinic this year will have representatives from more than 30 nations with all sorts of topics ranging from training Olympians as well as basic swim education topics.


There will be multiple seminars covering topics such as research, athlete training, biomechanics, coaching philosophy, among others.  Attendees will be able to choose between workshops, lectures, classes and other types of presentations.  There will be well over 300 hours of material for attendees to choose from at this year’s ASCA World Clinic.


NZ Manufacturing Bringing a Little Extra Fun to the Conference

At NZ Manufacturing we thought that the ASCA World Clinic would be as good a time as any to celebrate our 30th Birthday (anniversary in corporate speak).  We’re extremely honored to be able to have been in business for this long and many of the contacts we’ve made through the ASCA conference have helped us to reach where we are today.

In true NZ Manufacturing fashion, we plan to bring a little something different this year to our booth at the conference.  We’ll have our StretchCordz products on display in Booth #105, and we’ve got a fun interactive 80’s flashback theme.  Take a trip back to the good ole’ days when you visit our booth this year.  Take your picture in our flashback booth, and post it to Social Media with #NZFlashback to be emailed a promo code for 15% off your next order.  Also, enter our video testimonial contest to win prizes (valued at up to $250).  Also, stick around our booth to get an extra birthday treat as well!


Specifics on Our Presenters


Date: September 9, 2015

Time: 8 am – 12 pm

Topic: Dryland Training for Age Groupers

Presenter: Charlie Hoolihan

Products used:StretchCordz with Handles & StretchCordz with Paddles


Charlie Hoolihan is a former age group and senior swimming coach of beginner to nationally ranked athletes. He is currently a Personal Training Director at Pelican Athletic Club in Mandeville, La where he trains clients and athletes including master swimmers, triathletes and runners.

He has spoken on various topics at several major national health and fitness conferences including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Triathlon, IDEA Health and Fitness Association and Club Industry. This will be his fourth appearance at the ASCA World Clinic.


We Look Forward to Seeing You at the 2015 ASCA World Clinic!

We’re extremely excited about the upcoming conference and hope that you’ll stop by Booth #105 to see what we have planned for our big 30th anniversary blowout bash!  This year’s conference will run September 8-13, so don’t miss out!

East Meets West at National Aquatic Therapy Conference

ATRINZ Manufacturing is having a very busy summer. We just returned from the National Aquatic Therapy Conferences, put on by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute (ATRI) in Sanibel, Florida from June 23-26.  143 people attended the conference from 31 states and 9 countries.  We are both an equipment supplier and sponsor for ATRI so we were proud to be at this wonderful event that celebrated 20 years of Ai Chi.


What is Ai Chi?

Ai Chi is a water exercise and relaxation program that was created to help aquatic practitioners and students enjoy aquatic exercise for physical rehabilitation as well as fitness, recreation and relaxation.  Ai Chi was created originally by combining concepts from Tai-Chi with Qigong and Watsu® techniques.


A few of the benefits of Ai Chi due to its influence from Tai-Chi include:

  • Low impact workout that is a perfect complement to resistance strength training
  • The art has been linked to reduced anxiety, stress, depression as well as improved mood for both healthy people as well as people dealing with chronic health problems.
  • Tai Chi has been shown to increase energy, build muscle strength and improve aerobic capacity.
  • Health benefits have been seen with patients dealing with chronic diseases such as:
    • Chronic heart failure
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Depression
    • Diabetes


Other Highlights of 2015 National Aquatic Therapy Conference

There were many other courses offered at the National Aquatic Therapy Conference aside from the topics related to Ai Chi.  These courses offered topics that addressed range of motion, gait, balance, proprioception, coordination, low back pain, orthopedic functional progressions and core just to mention a few.  Some of the courses also featured our new upper and lower extremity tubing kits.  The therapists at the conference were excited to use our new equipment and better understand how it could be used to improve therapy sessions with their patients.


NZ Manufacturing Excited About 2016 International Symposium

At NZ Manufacturing we’re already preparing for the International Aquatic Therapy Symposium, which will also be taking place in Sanibel, Florida, June 21-24 2016.  We’ll be an exhibitor at this event and can’t wait to meet up with some of the top therapists in the world.


About NZ Manufacturing

At NZ Manufacturing we have been manufacturing high quality resistance exercise tools for physical therapy, rehabilitation, swim training, sports training and overall fitness since 1985. 

Over the past 30 years we’ve continued to expand our resistance training equipment to meet the growing needs of our customers.  All of our products are proudly designed and manufactured in the USA with the highest quality materials available on the market.  Our products are primarily broken down into 3 categories:

  • StretchCordz – This line of swim training bands was designed to improve endurance, strength and stroke performance.  We offer both Dryland and In-Water training products.
  • MediCordz – These products were created out of a need from physical therapists for rehab products that were designed for comfort and ease of use in a medical or home setting.
  • TurfCordz – These resistance training tools are mostly used by high school, college and professional sports teams to improve speed, flexibility and strength training in a low impact fashion.


For more information on any of our resistance training products don’t hesitate to contact us at anytime by phone at 800-886-6621 or email at

Are corporate trends really that different today as compared to those of years past?

Made in the USA

In a recent effort to engage in readings of the top rated corporate strategy publications, I found that the practices we have been rolling with are not far from the management styles of some of the ‘trendy’ corporations of today.

Now celebrating our 30th year in business as a manufacturer and distributor of USA-made resistance-based exercise products, our practices may have set the tone for what corporations are now stating as new and innovative management style.

For over the past 15 years, NZ has adopted a practice of asking employees what hours they wish to work. All NZ staff decided to work 4 – 10 hour days, leaving a 3 day weekend for rest. This choice was solely voted upon by peers, not management. Our philosophy is to work hard and play harder.  Another practice the company initiated over 15 years ago was the Christmas in July celebration. The July 4th holiday is accompanied by an entire week of fully paid time off.  In addition to the summer holiday, up to two weeks of paid time off is provided for employees in December.

What about day to day business you ask?  Well, there is no fishbone diagram listing the levels of management in our company. We work cross functionally. Everyone is cross trained to support each other within a department. Departments meet throughout the week to discuss projects and offer suggestions and advice for their team members. It has been found that suggestions from other departments often prove beneficial as sometimes a fresh set of eyes and ears can lend insightful suggestions. Though we do not provide daily free food options to employees, groups meet once a week for a company sponsored lunch.  Not always is business the center of the luncheon; we may just discuss what everyone is doing over a long weekend or employees’ latest family updates. It is a time to connect and share some laughs and perhaps some tears of what is going in each others’ lives.

There are many large corporations today that tout their management style as new and innovative (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon), but are we that much different from one another?  What NZ has been doing for the past 30 years has been proven to work by the success of the company, the retention of its team members, and the continued growth of the products in their respective markets worldwide.