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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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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
People
I was seeing a lot of bad pad work and poor teaching in gyms, which broke my heart but spurred me on to develop a dedicated course for boxing technique
People
HCM 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
HCM people

Gita Sjahrir

Founder, R-FITNESS
We became the first boutique fitness brand in all of Southeast Asia to ever raise venture capital backing. This was positive for the industry as it signalled that the industry had growth potential
Features
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Exercises, workload, work/rest ratio and pace have been defined and integrated into personalised programmes
Features
Cycling
In last month’s issue we grilled operators about what makes the best indoor cycling class, and they agreed instructors play a crucial part in the overall class experience. Now we’re asking the experts on the frontline for their thoughts on what makes indoor cycling such a phenomenon
Features
Active ageing
The 2019 Moving Communities report highlighted that the silver pound could drive significant growth in public leisure. Operators are capitalising on this potential revenue stream, but uptake is slow. Utku Topraksevten investigates
Features
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If you think of school leavers when you think of apprentices, think again. Apprenticeships are far from limited to career starters, with new generation programmes tailor-made to bring out the best in accomplished managers
Features
Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is hot right now, with more people attracted to its cited benefits, from reduced recovery time to improved sleep quality. Operators offering this chilly experience give us their advice
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Supplier showcase

Precor and Matrix share their latest operator case studies
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Thought leaders
Equinox and SoulCycle became mired in controversy recently, when the CEO and majority shareholder of their parent company hosted a fundraiser for President Trump’s re-election. What's the way forward for these brands and what can we learn from this furore? Kath Hudson asks the thought leaders
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: GLL chooses Ethitec’s Tiara9 system for its exercise-based public health referral schemes
The Tiara9 system has been selected by leisure trust, GLL, to support the nationwide rollout of its Healthwise GP referral programme.
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Featured supplier: Harlands Effect: Make Your Business More Profitable
Harlands Group is a membership management service for health and fitness operators, which interacts directly with members to effectively manage membership payments.
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Founded in 1983, Technogym is a world-leading international supplier of technology and design-driven products and ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
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Audio visual
Hutchison Technologies: Audio visual
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Fitness equipment
Stages Cycling: Fitness equipment
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Fitness software
Go Do.Fitness: Fitness software
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
21-22 Nov 2019
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort, Aventura,
Diary dates
29 Nov 2019
The King’s Fund, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
10-12 Dec 2019
tbc, Fort Lauderdale, United States
Diary dates
29-30 Jan 2020
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway, San Francisco, United States
Diary dates
23-25 Mar 2020
Hilton, Barcelona, Spain
Diary dates
10-27 Jun 2020
tbc, Pinggu, China
Diary dates
17-18 Jun 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
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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
Latest News
Wellness company MYXfitness has become the latest company to launch an on-demand, at-home fitness offer, ...
Latest News
Franchised operator Planet Fitness has unveiled plans to expand its footprint into Australia. The first ...
Latest News
US-based climbing centre operator Brooklyn Boulders is looking to expand its boutique fitness studio concept ...
Latest News
Disability sports charity Activity Alliance has called on political parties to commit to giving disabled ...
Latest News
Beachbody – the global fitness brand behind Insanity and P90X – has announced that it ...
Latest News
Boutique fitness operator 1Rebel has partnered with Technogym to develop an at-home indoor cycling platform ...
Latest News
Sport England has published an update on its digital strategy, in which the grassroots organisation ...
Latest News
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Peloton co-founder and CEO John Foley has admitted that he is baffled as to why ...
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A study assessing the impact of physical inactivity on national economies has suggested that if ...
Job search
POST YOUR JOB
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: GLL chooses Ethitec’s Tiara9 system for its exercise-based public health referral schemes
The Tiara9 system has been selected by leisure trust, GLL, to support the nationwide rollout of its Healthwise GP referral programme.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Harlands Effect: Make Your Business More Profitable
Harlands Group is a membership management service for health and fitness operators, which interacts directly with members to effectively manage membership payments.
Video Gallery
StairMaster 10G - OverDrive
Core/Stairmaster
The StairMaster 10G marks a revolutionary shift in stair-climbing technology. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Stages Indoor Cycling
Stages Indoor Cycling is a product and technology company that is 100% focused on creating ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Technogym
Founded in 1983, Technogym is a world-leading international supplier of technology and design-driven products and ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
EXF Fitness Equipment: Exercise equipment
Audio visual
Hutchison Technologies: Audio visual
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Fitness equipment
Stages Cycling: Fitness equipment
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Fitness software
Go Do.Fitness: Fitness software
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
21-22 Nov 2019
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort, Aventura,
Diary dates
29 Nov 2019
The King’s Fund, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
10-12 Dec 2019
tbc, Fort Lauderdale, United States
Diary dates
29-30 Jan 2020
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway, San Francisco, United States
Diary dates
23-25 Mar 2020
Hilton, Barcelona, Spain
Diary dates
10-27 Jun 2020
tbc, Pinggu, China
Diary dates
17-18 Jun 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
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