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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

http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/HCM2019_7ukactive.jpg
Meet the fit-tech startups helping people to get active...
Yaniv Shneiderman, Founder, Blazepod Tom Sheppey, CEO, Healthpod Yuval Odem, COO, PlayerMaker Daniel Cohen, COO, Coach AI Isabel Van De Keere, Founder, Immersive Rehab Helena Newport, GoSweat Alan Louden, Founder, Shapewatch Phil Tsang, Founder, Rocket Impact Nico Festl, CEO, Fittrack ,Blazepod, Healthpod, PlayerMaker, Coach AI, Immersive Rehab, GoSweat, Shapewatch, Rocket Impact, Fittrack
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We now have eight sites and offer retreats, such as a retreat in a Moroccan palace and a French chateaux-based yin yoga and writing retreat
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New refurbishment featuring Technogym’s Biocircuit sees 27 per cent membership growth in the first six months at Macclesfield Leisure Centre
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Diary dates
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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

http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/HCM2019_7ukactive.jpg
Meet the fit-tech startups helping people to get active...
Yaniv Shneiderman, Founder, Blazepod Tom Sheppey, CEO, Healthpod Yuval Odem, COO, PlayerMaker Daniel Cohen, COO, Coach AI Isabel Van De Keere, Founder, Immersive Rehab Helena Newport, GoSweat Alan Louden, Founder, Shapewatch Phil Tsang, Founder, Rocket Impact Nico Festl, CEO, Fittrack ,Blazepod, Healthpod, PlayerMaker, Coach AI, Immersive Rehab, GoSweat, Shapewatch, Rocket Impact, Fittrack
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Global boutique fitness giant Xponential Fitness has appointed Michael Abramson, president of D1 Sports Training, ...
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Physical fitness has been associated with better brain structure and brain functioning in adults. The ...
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: The secrets to designing a stand-out fitness studio
The design and construction of a group fitness or exercise studio can have a big impact on the success of your gym.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: FunXtion launch Online Coaching; helping PT’s work effectively, efficiently and increase client contact time
FunXtion has introduced its new Online Coaching Tool, an advanced platform with quality content to help personal trainers work more efficiently.
Video Gallery
TRX MAPS
TRX Training
TRX MAPS completes body movement assessments in just 30 seconds to help trainers develop personalized fitness plans and goals for members. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: MoveGB
Move is the online fitness platform where consumers go to get active, and operators collaborate ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Wattbike
Wattbike is the creator of the world’s most advanced and innovative indoor bikes, developed in ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
Eleiko Sport AB: Exercise equipment
Lockers/interior design
Craftsman Quality Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Governing body
EMD UK: Governing body
Audio visual
Hutchison Technologies: Audio visual
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
21-22 Sep 2019
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
23-26 Sep 2019
JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa, Miami, United States
Diary dates
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