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fitness-kit.net: Product innovation

Lauren Heath-Jones rounds up the latest product launches in health and fitness

By Lauren Heath-Jones, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 1

Find out more – go to fitness-kit.net and type the fitness-kit keyword into the keyword search

Tollefson partnership will allow clubs to offer professional running training, says Ian Donley
Ian Donley

Wellbeats, an app-based content and software-as-a-service company, has partnered with Olympic athlete Carrie Tollefson to develop a new fitness channel dedicated to running.

The channel is being developed in response to user feedback, which suggests that running or walking is one of the most common forms of exercise amongst Wellbeats users. It will feature exclusive content, created by Tollefson – a middle-distance runner who competed as part of Team USA at the Summer 2004 Olympic Games – including tutorials and guidance for runners of all abilities.

Ian Donley, CEO of TVI Fitness, Wellbeats’ UK provider said: “We expect the new running channel to have wide-ranging appeal. It will be a real boost for Wellbeats users, beneficial for seasoned runners that don’t have a virtual training provision and offer an alternative format for people that would like to take up running but aren’t interested in joining running clubs,” he said.

"We expect the new running channel to have wide-ranging appeal Ian Donley"

“Having Carrie on board is a real coup that will mean fitness clubs that subscribe to the service will be able to offer professional running training.”

Wellbeats offers over 400 on-demand virtual fitness classes and 20 fitness channels, via a multi-platform app.

fitness-kit.net keyword: MATRIX

Wellbeats currently has over 2,000 clients
Matrix’s expanded Connexus range gives users more options, says Matt Gleed
Matt Gleed

Matrix has launched the Connexus Step+ and Connexus Column, two new training options for its Connexus Functional Training Rig.

Designed to improve the user’s core and lower-body strength, as well as cardiovascular fitness, the Step+ is a multi-use functional stability step. When used as a traditional step it facilitates a number of functional exercises, including mountain climbers, squats, dips and push-ups, while integrated hand grips in the legs enable users to perform deeper range push-ups and dips upside down.

It also has a removable contoured surface that acts as an instability platform to de-stabilise users and improve balance and core strength.

“The versatility and adaptability of Connexus makes it a great training system that helps to maximise space, bring variety and support training options” - Matt Gleed

Designed to be used in any gym regardless of size, the Connexus Column offers multiple options for suspension and resistance band training. It is wall mounted, so takes up minimal space, and includes three different attachment points, as well as built-in storage for resistance bands.

The Column also features device storage so users can keep their smartphone in view throughout training, enabling them to train with fitness apps. Matt Gleed, master trainer at Matrix , says: “The versatility of Connexus makes it a great system that helps maximise space, bring variety and support training options.”

fitness-kit.net keyword: MATRIX

Connexus has options for suspension and resistance band training
MotivatePT portal ‘removes barriers to fitness’, says Kira Mahal
Kira Mahal

Mobile personal training provider MotivatePT has launched a new client portal that aims to help users achieve their personal fitness goals.

Giving users a detailed overview of their fitness journey, the portal enables them to visualise their progress, while connecting them to their personal trainer. Features include shared interactive calendars, which the company says form the basis of a successful programme, as well as forward mapping.

It also notifies users when they are running out of pre-paid personal training sessions and reminds them to re-book.

“MotivatePT removes the barriers to fitness; equipping clients with knowledge, motivation and a schedule built around their lives” - Kira Mahal

Future plans for the portal include a scoring system, based on the MotivatePT method, as well as a food diary that can be shared with the trainer, giving them full visibility of the user’s diet, which allows the trainer to provide a more personalised service for their client.

“MotivatePT removes the barriers to fitness; equipping clients with knowledge, motivation and a schedule built around their lives,” says Kira Mahal, CEO of MotivatePT. “Our new online client portal helps to do just this.

“By allowing clients to easily view upcoming and remaining sessions and to see their personal trainer’s profile, it’s easier to keep their training consistent,” Mahal adds.

fitness-kit.net keyword: MOTIVATEPT

The portal enables a better PT-client connection
Free Soul celebrates women’s health and wellbeing, says Arjun Sofat
Arjun Sofat

Free Soul, a UK-based lifestyle brand, has celebrated its first year in business by expanding its product range to include new Vegan and Whey Protein blends.

Developed in partnership with nutrition specialists, the products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of women at all ages and stages, as well as support hormone balance, boost energy and maintain healthy weight.

The Vegan blends feature a pea and white hemp base and are available in ginger biscuit, vanilla protein, chocolate and berry flavours.

The complete range consists of four flavours of Free Soul Whey Protein and Vegan Protein blends, as well as a stainless steel protein shaker, Her PWR Wellness tablets, and Wake and Sleep teas.

Arjun Sofat, founder of Free Soul, says: “We’re delighted to have achieved so much in our first year. It’s meant we’ve been able to develop and launch new products to add to our core range.

“We regularly undertake research with consumers to ensure we understand their personal motivations and needs.

“We regularly undertake research with consumers to ensure we understand their personal motivations and needs” - Arjun Sofat

“Free Soul is about empowerment, support and the celebration of health and wellbeing for real women,” Sofat adds.

fitness-kit.net keyword: FREE SOUL

The range offers protein blends, tablets and teas
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/HCM2019_1matrix.jpg
Product Innovation: A look at new kit from Matrix, a running training app from Wellbeats, MotivatePT's portal and Free Soul's vegan protein blends
People
I want us to make sure we’re still the go-to sector with the greatest power to improve health and wellbeing in society. We absolutely must not abdicate that opportunity
People
HCM people

Jo Smallwood

general manager, Oldham Leisure Centre
We saw the opportunity to initiate new partnerships with the Oldham Foodbank to help local residents during the COVID-19 crisis. We can’t serve our community in the way we would usually do, so we’ve moved resources to help where people need us most
People
HCM people

Aaron Smith

Founder, KX Pilates
‘KX’ stands for ‘the Kaizen Experience’, which means ‘change for the better’ in Japanese. It’s a philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement. We’re always seeking to improve, not only as a company but as individuals
Features
Consumer culture
There’s been a lot of disruption and when everything stops, the winners will move into the space. You need to get ready for the next 24 months
Features
Training
Balance training is set to become a major fitness trend, with exercisers increasingly appreciating the benefits of having a strong core and good balance, particularly as they age. Lauren Health-Jones rounds up the latest product releases
Features
Opinion
The over-70s were treated as one homogenous group during the lockdown and advised to shield. Colin Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging says this is leading to an increase in ageism that the industry must fight to overcome
Features
Partner briefing
BMF, the outdoor fitness franchise company co-owned by Bear Grylls, is launching a £1m initiative designed to offer financial support to PTs and exercise professionals in getting back to work after the lockdown
Features
Talking Point
The fitness industry has shown incredible flexibility during lockdown, pivoting to digital to keep people active. But as lockdowns end, we ask what impact the pandemic will have on facility provision
Features
feature
As the health and fitness industry gears up for reopening, Caroline Constantine, MD of Right Directions, shares critical guidance about safe operating procedures
Features
Statistics
More than 65,000 people responded to a survey designed to gauge what members want and expect from the sector after lockdown, as Leisure-net’s Dave Monkhouse reports
Features
Latest News
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Fitness expert and television host, Jessie Pavelka has collaborated with Fisikal, experts in digital management solutions, to create the new JP4 app, a premium 12-week personal health and fitness transformation programme that takes the user on a journey of change through four key elements of health.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Incorpore and MoveGB ink groundbreaking partnership to transform corporate wellness offering
Incorpore and MoveGB have entered into a landmark partnership, combining the UK’s largest provider of corporate gym memberships with the nation’s biggest network of classes.
Video Gallery
Technogym mywellness app
Technogym
Improve your training experience. All your data in a single app. Read more
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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 ...
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Move is the fitness marketplace connecting our partners with customers through the largest variety of ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Gym flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Direct debit solutions
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Whole body cryotherapy
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Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Property & Tenders
Greywell, Hampshire
Barnsgrove Health and Wellness Club
Property & Tenders
Derby City Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
06-07 Jul 2020
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
28-31 Aug 2020
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
Diary dates
01-02 Oct 2020
Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, United Kingdom
Diary dates
11-12 Oct 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
27-30 Oct 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
30-31 Oct 2020
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates

features

fitness-kit.net: Product innovation

Lauren Heath-Jones rounds up the latest product launches in health and fitness

By Lauren Heath-Jones, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 1

Find out more – go to fitness-kit.net and type the fitness-kit keyword into the keyword search

Tollefson partnership will allow clubs to offer professional running training, says Ian Donley
Ian Donley

Wellbeats, an app-based content and software-as-a-service company, has partnered with Olympic athlete Carrie Tollefson to develop a new fitness channel dedicated to running.

The channel is being developed in response to user feedback, which suggests that running or walking is one of the most common forms of exercise amongst Wellbeats users. It will feature exclusive content, created by Tollefson – a middle-distance runner who competed as part of Team USA at the Summer 2004 Olympic Games – including tutorials and guidance for runners of all abilities.

Ian Donley, CEO of TVI Fitness, Wellbeats’ UK provider said: “We expect the new running channel to have wide-ranging appeal. It will be a real boost for Wellbeats users, beneficial for seasoned runners that don’t have a virtual training provision and offer an alternative format for people that would like to take up running but aren’t interested in joining running clubs,” he said.

"We expect the new running channel to have wide-ranging appeal Ian Donley"

“Having Carrie on board is a real coup that will mean fitness clubs that subscribe to the service will be able to offer professional running training.”

Wellbeats offers over 400 on-demand virtual fitness classes and 20 fitness channels, via a multi-platform app.

fitness-kit.net keyword: MATRIX

Wellbeats currently has over 2,000 clients
Matrix’s expanded Connexus range gives users more options, says Matt Gleed
Matt Gleed

Matrix has launched the Connexus Step+ and Connexus Column, two new training options for its Connexus Functional Training Rig.

Designed to improve the user’s core and lower-body strength, as well as cardiovascular fitness, the Step+ is a multi-use functional stability step. When used as a traditional step it facilitates a number of functional exercises, including mountain climbers, squats, dips and push-ups, while integrated hand grips in the legs enable users to perform deeper range push-ups and dips upside down.

It also has a removable contoured surface that acts as an instability platform to de-stabilise users and improve balance and core strength.

“The versatility and adaptability of Connexus makes it a great training system that helps to maximise space, bring variety and support training options” - Matt Gleed

Designed to be used in any gym regardless of size, the Connexus Column offers multiple options for suspension and resistance band training. It is wall mounted, so takes up minimal space, and includes three different attachment points, as well as built-in storage for resistance bands.

The Column also features device storage so users can keep their smartphone in view throughout training, enabling them to train with fitness apps. Matt Gleed, master trainer at Matrix , says: “The versatility of Connexus makes it a great system that helps maximise space, bring variety and support training options.”

fitness-kit.net keyword: MATRIX

Connexus has options for suspension and resistance band training
MotivatePT portal ‘removes barriers to fitness’, says Kira Mahal
Kira Mahal

Mobile personal training provider MotivatePT has launched a new client portal that aims to help users achieve their personal fitness goals.

Giving users a detailed overview of their fitness journey, the portal enables them to visualise their progress, while connecting them to their personal trainer. Features include shared interactive calendars, which the company says form the basis of a successful programme, as well as forward mapping.

It also notifies users when they are running out of pre-paid personal training sessions and reminds them to re-book.

“MotivatePT removes the barriers to fitness; equipping clients with knowledge, motivation and a schedule built around their lives” - Kira Mahal

Future plans for the portal include a scoring system, based on the MotivatePT method, as well as a food diary that can be shared with the trainer, giving them full visibility of the user’s diet, which allows the trainer to provide a more personalised service for their client.

“MotivatePT removes the barriers to fitness; equipping clients with knowledge, motivation and a schedule built around their lives,” says Kira Mahal, CEO of MotivatePT. “Our new online client portal helps to do just this.

“By allowing clients to easily view upcoming and remaining sessions and to see their personal trainer’s profile, it’s easier to keep their training consistent,” Mahal adds.

fitness-kit.net keyword: MOTIVATEPT

The portal enables a better PT-client connection
Free Soul celebrates women’s health and wellbeing, says Arjun Sofat
Arjun Sofat

Free Soul, a UK-based lifestyle brand, has celebrated its first year in business by expanding its product range to include new Vegan and Whey Protein blends.

Developed in partnership with nutrition specialists, the products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of women at all ages and stages, as well as support hormone balance, boost energy and maintain healthy weight.

The Vegan blends feature a pea and white hemp base and are available in ginger biscuit, vanilla protein, chocolate and berry flavours.

The complete range consists of four flavours of Free Soul Whey Protein and Vegan Protein blends, as well as a stainless steel protein shaker, Her PWR Wellness tablets, and Wake and Sleep teas.

Arjun Sofat, founder of Free Soul, says: “We’re delighted to have achieved so much in our first year. It’s meant we’ve been able to develop and launch new products to add to our core range.

“We regularly undertake research with consumers to ensure we understand their personal motivations and needs.

“We regularly undertake research with consumers to ensure we understand their personal motivations and needs” - Arjun Sofat

“Free Soul is about empowerment, support and the celebration of health and wellbeing for real women,” Sofat adds.

fitness-kit.net keyword: FREE SOUL

The range offers protein blends, tablets and teas
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/HCM2019_1matrix.jpg
Product Innovation: A look at new kit from Matrix, a running training app from Wellbeats, MotivatePT's portal and Free Soul's vegan protein blends
Latest News
Technogym has announced the launch of live and on-demand classes. The new content will be ...
Latest News
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that gyms will be able to reopen in a ...
Latest News
UK consumer confidence has improved significantly since the beginning of the lockdown, with a fifth ...
Latest News
The PGA Tour has recently bought 1,000 Whoop bands for its golfers, after PGA Tour ...
Latest News
ukactive has announced that Active Uprising and the National Summit are going digital as part ...
Latest News
Industry body ukactive has today (1 July) hosted a delegation of government and public health ...
Latest News
Health and fitness company Ingesport – which operates the GO fit chain of gyms in ...
Latest News
Mountainside Fitness in Arizona has filed a lawsuit against state's governor, Doug Ducey, after he ...
Latest News
Physical activity levels in England have continued to fall from those recorded at the initial ...
Latest News
Franchise operator Club Pilates has shown that there is growing confidence in the US fitness ...
Latest News
Fitness and athletic apparel firm Lululemon will acquire at-home fitness tech firm Mirror in a ...
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Fisikal chosen as tech partner for ‘JP4’; new health app from fitness expert, Jessie Pavelka
Fitness expert and television host, Jessie Pavelka has collaborated with Fisikal, experts in digital management solutions, to create the new JP4 app, a premium 12-week personal health and fitness transformation programme that takes the user on a journey of change through four key elements of health.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Incorpore and MoveGB ink groundbreaking partnership to transform corporate wellness offering
Incorpore and MoveGB have entered into a landmark partnership, combining the UK’s largest provider of corporate gym memberships with the nation’s biggest network of classes.
Video Gallery
Technogym mywellness app
Technogym
Improve your training experience. All your data in a single app. Read more
More videos:
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: MoveGB
Move is the fitness marketplace connecting our partners with customers through the largest variety of ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Gym flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Property & Tenders
Greywell, Hampshire
Barnsgrove Health and Wellness Club
Property & Tenders
Derby City Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
06-07 Jul 2020
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
28-31 Aug 2020
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
Diary dates
01-02 Oct 2020
Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, United Kingdom
Diary dates
11-12 Oct 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
27-30 Oct 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
30-31 Oct 2020
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
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