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ukactive: Activelab 2019

Following the ActiveLab Live! finale at the recent Active Uprising conference, we take a look at startups that are using technology to help people become healthier and more active

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 7

BlazePod
ESTABLISHED - January 2017
FOUNDER - Yaniv Shneiderman
Yaniv Shneiderman

BlazePod’s uniquely designed lighting Pods create visual cues and prompts to enhance workouts, challenge speed, agility, reaction times and other fitness elements. The BlazePod app is the heart that makes the Pods beat. The app links mobile devices to the Pods via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), controlling the way the Pods work for each specific drill, and receiving data back as each Pod’s light is tapped out.

Key information (at time of application)

• 2,500+ users

• Developing a B2B product

www.blazepod.com

BlazePod enables a variety of visual, interactive drills
HealthPod
ESTABLISHED - January 2018
FOUNDER - Tom Sheppey, CEO
Tom Sheppey

HealthPOD connects consumers with personal trainers and nutritionists for a one-to-one consultancy video-call. It’s an online, live, on-demand consultancy service focusing on health and physical activity in the first instance.

Key information (at time of application)

• £30k total raised

• Website has hosted over 150 trials and driven over 2,000 web visits

www.yourhealthpod.com

PlayerMaker
ESTABLISHED April 2014
FOUNDER(S) Guy Aharon, CEO Yuval Odem, COO
Yuval Odem

PlayerMaker is a next-generation player development solution that focuses on better youth player development and youth coaching enhancement. Trusted by top UK Premier League and Championship academies, PlayerMaker uniquely provides technical, tactical and physical performance insights. Motion sensors and advanced machine learning algorithms track all movement and ball touches to deliver a competitive advantage.

Key information (at time of application)

• £9m total raised

• Looking to develop and release a consumer facing product

www.playmaker.co.uk

Coach AI
ESTABLISHED December 2016
FOUNDER(S) Daniel Cohen, COO Nadav Sala Shai Neiger, CEO
Daniel Cohen

CoachAi is a virtual coach that acts as a personal companion to each and every user via their smartphone, increasing motivation and accountability while reducing friction. By intervening at just the right points along a person’s journey, CoachAi helps them reach the tipping point –the point at which exercise becomes a regular part of their life.

Key information (at time of application)

• US$345,000 total raised

www.coachai.com

CoachAi increases users’ motivation and accountability
Immersive Rehab
ESTABLISHED August 2016
FOUNDER Isabel Van De Keere
Isabel Ven De Keere

Immersive Rehab creates interactive and engaging physical and neuro-rehabilitation and mobility programmes in virtual reality that improve patient mobility and recovery. The goal is to increase the effectiveness of physical and neuro-rehabilitation, reduce referral times into physical therapy and improve patient outcomes.

Key information (at time of application)

• Next generation technology tested with 30+ individuals

www.immersiverehab.com

GoSweat
FOUNDED September 2016
FOUNDERS Alex Hind, CEO Helena Newport, COO
Helena Newport

GoSweat is a curated database that enables people to book 2,000 activities across 1,000 venues, all without needing a membership. GoSweat has the potential to become the new face of employee wellbeing, by replacing traditional gym memberships. Companies pay a monthly fee, which is then converted into GoSweat credit to be redeemed against any booking on-site.

Key information (at time of application)

• Raised £300k investment 1,000+ B2C users

• Participants of the OpenActive Accelerator and the Mayor of London’s Programme

www.gosweat.com

Shapewatch
ESTABLISHED January 2017
FOUNDER Alan Louden
Alan Louden

Shapewatch is an automated self-serve solution that provides a discreet, non-invasive body scanning experience with consistent, accurate results in a matter of seconds. Promoting long-term behavior change through ongoing comparisons using 3D visualisation, the Shapewatch solution enables health clubs to offer members a detailed and highly visual account of their key biometrics It’s like the ultimate animated selfie in 3D.

Key information (at time of application)

• Flexible design architecture enables clubs to integrate Shapewatch into their branded apps

www.shapewatch.com

Shapewatch lets users see how their body is changing, with 3D animated visualisation
Rocket Impact
ESTABLISHED May 2016
FOUNDER Phil Tsang
Phil Tsang

Rocket Impact is a tech start-up company, which specialises in creating mobile games for the health and fitness industry. Rocket Impact’s product is called Afitar® – a pioneering mobile fitness game, designed to encourage the young generation to exercise collectively whilst having fun with an action puzzle game at the same time.

Key information (at time of application)

• 300 users with no marketing to date

• Product coming to market

www.rocketimpact.com

Afitar is designed to encourage young people to get active in a fun wayn
Fittrack
ESTABLISHED May 2015
FOUNDERS Maximillian Maurer, COO
Bernhard Hackl, CTO Nico Festl, CEO
Nico Festl

Fittrack is a retrofit sensor solution that can be attached to existing fitness equipment, enabling all relevant workout data to be sent in real-time to the user’s app. The service enables athletes to document their fitness workouts completely automatically and helps to motivate them with detailed progress reports, challenges and individualised workout routines. By utilising the training data of their members, gym operators are finally able to adapt their offerings to how their members actually work out in their gyms.

Key information (at time of application)

• €1.3m raised total, installed in eight gyms in Germany, Austria and Spain

• Looking to break into the UK market

www.fittrack.io

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Motosumo

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Ali Yetisen

Lead researcher, Technical University Munich
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Toni Knowlson, Amazon Web Services

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Markos Kern

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Sony and Precor are collaborating. Henrik Bengtsson, head of business at Advagym, tells Wendy Golledge about Sony’s latest foray into fitness

Tesqua upgrades its in-club experience

Tesqua Health and Sports Centre, Netherlands, has partnered with FunXtion, experts in digital fitness, to create an immersive, instructor-driven, group exercise boutique concept within its existing facility

Lover app

Sexual wellness enters the mainstream with the launch of new Lover app
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Krissy Cela

I’ve never tried to cover up my imperfections, I’ve been as authentic as I can be throughout my influencer journey
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Changing the game

We cannot lose sight of the most important people in this equation – the athletes. We must ensure this data and technology delivers benefits to them
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Lauren Foundos, FORTË

The system switches between multiple camera angles and mixes the sound, without any human operators
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Christopher Ruddock, INCUS

Our mission has always been to make quality analytics accessible to both amateur and elite athletes. We have a truly world-class system in our hands that we look forward to sharing
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John Foley

Founder and CEO, Peloton
This year, we’ll launch state-of-the-art studios in London’s Covent Garden and in NYC

Sight & sound

The audio visual aspect of your club is one of the biggest factors in keeping members motivated and engaged with your offering. So how can you optimise this? We asked four of the top audio visual suppliers in the industry for their tips

Artificial intelligence

When you hear the words ‘artificial intelligence’, do you think of talking computers and helpful androids? Think again. We find out how AI can be used in fitness
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Jean-Michel Fournier

CEO, Les Mills Media
In the long term, the fitness industry will utilise technological advances in augmented reality and holographic telepresence
people

José Teixeira

SC Fitness, Portugal: head of customer experience
People often assume that those who pay more stay longer, but we don’t see this. What we see is that if you have PT you stay longer because you use more, not because you pay more
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Paul Juris

Director of sports science, Brooklyn Boulders
people are together on the climbing walls, cheering each other on, coaching each other, interacting, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. It’s a completely different environment from anything I’ve ever seen
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ukactive: Activelab 2019

Following the ActiveLab Live! finale at the recent Active Uprising conference, we take a look at startups that are using technology to help people become healthier and more active

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 7

BlazePod
ESTABLISHED - January 2017
FOUNDER - Yaniv Shneiderman
Yaniv Shneiderman

BlazePod’s uniquely designed lighting Pods create visual cues and prompts to enhance workouts, challenge speed, agility, reaction times and other fitness elements. The BlazePod app is the heart that makes the Pods beat. The app links mobile devices to the Pods via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), controlling the way the Pods work for each specific drill, and receiving data back as each Pod’s light is tapped out.

Key information (at time of application)

• 2,500+ users

• Developing a B2B product

www.blazepod.com

BlazePod enables a variety of visual, interactive drills
HealthPod
ESTABLISHED - January 2018
FOUNDER - Tom Sheppey, CEO
Tom Sheppey

HealthPOD connects consumers with personal trainers and nutritionists for a one-to-one consultancy video-call. It’s an online, live, on-demand consultancy service focusing on health and physical activity in the first instance.

Key information (at time of application)

• £30k total raised

• Website has hosted over 150 trials and driven over 2,000 web visits

www.yourhealthpod.com

PlayerMaker
ESTABLISHED April 2014
FOUNDER(S) Guy Aharon, CEO Yuval Odem, COO
Yuval Odem

PlayerMaker is a next-generation player development solution that focuses on better youth player development and youth coaching enhancement. Trusted by top UK Premier League and Championship academies, PlayerMaker uniquely provides technical, tactical and physical performance insights. Motion sensors and advanced machine learning algorithms track all movement and ball touches to deliver a competitive advantage.

Key information (at time of application)

• £9m total raised

• Looking to develop and release a consumer facing product

www.playmaker.co.uk

Coach AI
ESTABLISHED December 2016
FOUNDER(S) Daniel Cohen, COO Nadav Sala Shai Neiger, CEO
Daniel Cohen

CoachAi is a virtual coach that acts as a personal companion to each and every user via their smartphone, increasing motivation and accountability while reducing friction. By intervening at just the right points along a person’s journey, CoachAi helps them reach the tipping point –the point at which exercise becomes a regular part of their life.

Key information (at time of application)

• US$345,000 total raised

www.coachai.com

CoachAi increases users’ motivation and accountability
Immersive Rehab
ESTABLISHED August 2016
FOUNDER Isabel Van De Keere
Isabel Ven De Keere

Immersive Rehab creates interactive and engaging physical and neuro-rehabilitation and mobility programmes in virtual reality that improve patient mobility and recovery. The goal is to increase the effectiveness of physical and neuro-rehabilitation, reduce referral times into physical therapy and improve patient outcomes.

Key information (at time of application)

• Next generation technology tested with 30+ individuals

www.immersiverehab.com

GoSweat
FOUNDED September 2016
FOUNDERS Alex Hind, CEO Helena Newport, COO
Helena Newport

GoSweat is a curated database that enables people to book 2,000 activities across 1,000 venues, all without needing a membership. GoSweat has the potential to become the new face of employee wellbeing, by replacing traditional gym memberships. Companies pay a monthly fee, which is then converted into GoSweat credit to be redeemed against any booking on-site.

Key information (at time of application)

• Raised £300k investment 1,000+ B2C users

• Participants of the OpenActive Accelerator and the Mayor of London’s Programme

www.gosweat.com

Shapewatch
ESTABLISHED January 2017
FOUNDER Alan Louden
Alan Louden

Shapewatch is an automated self-serve solution that provides a discreet, non-invasive body scanning experience with consistent, accurate results in a matter of seconds. Promoting long-term behavior change through ongoing comparisons using 3D visualisation, the Shapewatch solution enables health clubs to offer members a detailed and highly visual account of their key biometrics It’s like the ultimate animated selfie in 3D.

Key information (at time of application)

• Flexible design architecture enables clubs to integrate Shapewatch into their branded apps

www.shapewatch.com

Shapewatch lets users see how their body is changing, with 3D animated visualisation
Rocket Impact
ESTABLISHED May 2016
FOUNDER Phil Tsang
Phil Tsang

Rocket Impact is a tech start-up company, which specialises in creating mobile games for the health and fitness industry. Rocket Impact’s product is called Afitar® – a pioneering mobile fitness game, designed to encourage the young generation to exercise collectively whilst having fun with an action puzzle game at the same time.

Key information (at time of application)

• 300 users with no marketing to date

• Product coming to market

www.rocketimpact.com

Afitar is designed to encourage young people to get active in a fun wayn
Fittrack
ESTABLISHED May 2015
FOUNDERS Maximillian Maurer, COO
Bernhard Hackl, CTO Nico Festl, CEO
Nico Festl

Fittrack is a retrofit sensor solution that can be attached to existing fitness equipment, enabling all relevant workout data to be sent in real-time to the user’s app. The service enables athletes to document their fitness workouts completely automatically and helps to motivate them with detailed progress reports, challenges and individualised workout routines. By utilising the training data of their members, gym operators are finally able to adapt their offerings to how their members actually work out in their gyms.

Key information (at time of application)

• €1.3m raised total, installed in eight gyms in Germany, Austria and Spain

• Looking to break into the UK market

www.fittrack.io

More features

Pivot to digital

The coronavirus pandemic has inspired a huge pivot to digital right across the industry, from sole traders to large chains and trusts. Kath Hudson looks at some of the offerings pulled together in lightning fast time to keep members active and sane

Wattbike partner on world-first group cycling software

Wattbike has partnered with Intelligent Cycling to transform indoor cycling with innovative new technology that enables automatic personalisation for riders in a group cycling class

Soft power

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing gyms across the world to temporarily close their doors, staying connected to your members digitally has never been more important. Software suppliers tell Steph Eaves how they’re contributing

PureGym scales up Funxtion’s digital integration

With the spread of COVID-19 forcing more people into isolation, PureGym worked with FunXtion to rapidly include a digital on-demand workout offering to support members at home
people

Sri Peruvemba

BeBop Sensors: VP of strategy
Our gloves allow users to have digital hands in virtual reality, and to manipulate objects as though they existed in real life

Class action

Jean-Michel Fournier, CEO of digital fitness outfit Les Mills on Demand, envisions the future of group fitness tech
people

Motosumo

Kresten Juel Jensen, CEO and co-founder and Nick Coutts, incoming chair
Everyone’s on their smartphones, so we saw this as a massive opportunity to gamify group fitness
interview

Ali Yetisen

Lead researcher, Technical University Munich
If the glucose levels are high, the tattoo turns green; if they’re too low it turns yellow
interview

Toni Knowlson, Amazon Web Services

These insights give fans access to the inner workings of their favourite teams

Get smart

A new, smart exercise mask will analyse breath for a wide range of performance-related indicators, as Tom Walker explains
people

Markos Kern

Founder & CEO, Fun With Balls
Like gaming, it’s very addictive, but this time in a good way. Imagine shooting space invaders on a squash court or kicking a soccer ball to kill some monsters

Get connected

Sony and Precor are collaborating. Henrik Bengtsson, head of business at Advagym, tells Wendy Golledge about Sony’s latest foray into fitness
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