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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
people

Jean-Michel Fournier

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

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
interview

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
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
people

Rachael Blumberg

Platefit: creator and founder
People know yoga, Pilates, HIIT and Barry’s Bootcamp, but many don’t know vibration training and it’s my intention, passion and purpose to make it available and bring it to the world

Body image

Will the body image debate define the future of fit-tech? Becca Douglas looks at the evidence
people

Andrew Grill

Practical Futurist
Your marketing department will have to start writing ad copy for robots, not for humans. These digital agents will be gatekeepers, a bit like a PA. It’s already happening, so get ahead and start using it
people

Ben Keenan

SUF Cycling: commercial director
This isn’t a spin around the park: SUF Cycling requires participants to dig deep, which can push some people not used to HIIT out of their comfort zone

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

The middle man

Many industries have aggregators so it makes sense for the health and fitness industry to have them too. Are they a force for the good, or could it become a case of the tail wagging the dog? Kath Hudson reports
celebs

Chris Hemsworth

I believe we all have untapped potential. And we all need support to achieve our goals. Centr puts the world’s best in the palm of your hand, to help you develop a healthier body, stronger mind, and a happier life - CHRIS HEMSWORTH

Bio Hacking

Silicon Valley hacker Dave Asprey used his tech skills to gather the latest fitness kit to create a bio hacking boutique. Kath Hudson investigates

Tech upgrade

New technology is transforming the way the health and fitness industry functions and interacts with customers. Liz Terry catches up with operators around the industry for an update

Body Insights

Want to know your biological age or your bone density, or maybe get a 3D model printed showing your hard-won new biceps? The latest tech enables this and much more. HCM does a roundup of the new kit on the market for fitness testing and body scanning

Get upgraded

HCM asks the industry’s leading software suppliers about the new tech and software features you can look forward to getting your hands on in 2019

In-club Tech

What’s happening in the world of health club management software? We get the inside view from some of the best-known tech companies in the sector

How can clubs get the most out of virtual?

HCM’s Steph Eaves gets tips from our panel of experts

Cycle revolution

A new age of indoor cycling is upon us, characterised by a more diverse range of bikes and consumers. Steph Eaves breaks down the options in this two-part series

Body composition analysers

Body composition analysers are an excellent way to differentiate your club, as well as help your members get results. Kath Hudson reports
interview

Matthew Allison, Space Cycle

I want to build a social lifestyle brand that combines music and wellness to create something that inspires people. I want to change the way people think of working out, so it’s like going to a club or a concert

Health club management software

We asked some of the biggest names in health club management software to share their predictions for the future

Smart and flexible member payments

Providing customers with the best member experience, while maximising revenue, is vital. We look at the latest in customer centric payment solutions

ActiveLab 2018: Meet the startups in fit-tech

Following the ActiveLab Live! finale at the recent Active Uprising conference, we take a look at startups seeking to solve some of society’s biggest challenges through technology designed to get people active
Video Gallery
How to use the MZ-Bodyscan
MyZone
The Best Product for the Best Clubs Read more
Company profiles
Company profile: Legend Club Management Systems (UK) Ltd
Legend provides the leading software solution for driving improvements in leisure operations. We deliver savings ...
Company profiles
Company profile: ResortSuite
ResortSuite offers a uniquely integrated solution. Destination spas running multiple solutions across various amenities (spa, ...
Directory
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Software
Book4Time Inc: Software
Spa software
ResortSuite: Spa software
Diary dates
03-05 Aug 2020
Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore
30 Sep 2020
Exhibition Centre Cologne, Cologne, Germany
01-04 Oct 2020
Exhibition Centre, Cologne, Germany
07 Oct 2020
Palais Brongniart, Paris, France
features

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
people

Jean-Michel Fournier

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

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
interview

Paul Juris

Director of sports science, Brooklyn Boulders
We’re trying to help people understand exactly how much effort they need to apply in order to get the best outcome, so they can do it over a long period of time and not burn out. The overall training effect is then much better
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
people

Rachael Blumberg

Platefit: creator and founder
People know yoga, Pilates, HIIT and Barry’s Bootcamp, but many don’t know vibration training and it’s my intention, passion and purpose to make it available and bring it to the world

Body image

Will the body image debate define the future of fit-tech? Becca Douglas looks at the evidence
people

Andrew Grill

Practical Futurist
Your marketing department will have to start writing ad copy for robots, not for humans. These digital agents will be gatekeepers, a bit like a PA. It’s already happening, so get ahead and start using it
people

Ben Keenan

SUF Cycling: commercial director
This isn’t a spin around the park: SUF Cycling requires participants to dig deep, which can push some people not used to HIIT out of their comfort zone

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

The middle man

Many industries have aggregators so it makes sense for the health and fitness industry to have them too. Are they a force for the good, or could it become a case of the tail wagging the dog? Kath Hudson reports
celebs

Chris Hemsworth

I believe we all have untapped potential. And we all need support to achieve our goals. Centr puts the world’s best in the palm of your hand, to help you develop a healthier body, stronger mind, and a happier life - CHRIS HEMSWORTH

Bio Hacking

Silicon Valley hacker Dave Asprey used his tech skills to gather the latest fitness kit to create a bio hacking boutique. Kath Hudson investigates

Tech upgrade

New technology is transforming the way the health and fitness industry functions and interacts with customers. Liz Terry catches up with operators around the industry for an update

Body Insights

Want to know your biological age or your bone density, or maybe get a 3D model printed showing your hard-won new biceps? The latest tech enables this and much more. HCM does a roundup of the new kit on the market for fitness testing and body scanning

Get upgraded

HCM asks the industry’s leading software suppliers about the new tech and software features you can look forward to getting your hands on in 2019

In-club Tech

What’s happening in the world of health club management software? We get the inside view from some of the best-known tech companies in the sector

How can clubs get the most out of virtual?

HCM’s Steph Eaves gets tips from our panel of experts

Cycle revolution

A new age of indoor cycling is upon us, characterised by a more diverse range of bikes and consumers. Steph Eaves breaks down the options in this two-part series

Body composition analysers

Body composition analysers are an excellent way to differentiate your club, as well as help your members get results. Kath Hudson reports
interview

Matthew Allison, Space Cycle

I want to build a social lifestyle brand that combines music and wellness to create something that inspires people. I want to change the way people think of working out, so it’s like going to a club or a concert

Health club management software

We asked some of the biggest names in health club management software to share their predictions for the future

Smart and flexible member payments

Providing customers with the best member experience, while maximising revenue, is vital. We look at the latest in customer centric payment solutions

ActiveLab 2018: Meet the startups in fit-tech

Following the ActiveLab Live! finale at the recent Active Uprising conference, we take a look at startups seeking to solve some of society’s biggest challenges through technology designed to get people active

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Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Software
Book4Time Inc: Software
Spa software
ResortSuite: Spa software
Diary dates
03-05 Aug 2020
Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore
30 Sep 2020
Exhibition Centre Cologne, Cologne, Germany
01-04 Oct 2020
Exhibition Centre, Cologne, Germany
07 Oct 2020
Palais Brongniart, Paris, France
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