looking for: innovative gym/trainer sites

8 Sep 2007 - 8:45pm
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Eric Scheid
2006

I'm looking for innovative uses of web2.0/IxD functionality on websites of
fitness gyms and personal trainers .. a scan through most of the local gyms
turned up bupkis, a truly sad collection of brochureware.

So, I'm casting my net wider - have you seen or used a website for a fitness
gym or personal trainer that leverages the rich possibilities of modern IxD
functionality, and/or web2.0 community driven content?

Or am I hoping for too much from a bunch of jocks ;-)

e.

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9 Sep 2007 - 10:18am
Chris Pallé
2007

Actually, Eric, I was a personal trainer for 1.5 years. It was good
float-me-through job while I built up my freelance biz. Technically,
I'm still NASM certified until Feb too.

Anyway. I'm not too sure there is a "web 2.0" PT site. There was a
really good resource (perhaps the best), www.ptonthenet.com. Lots of
video and help with building programs, etc. As an interface designer/
web entrepreneur , I actually had a lot of ideas for making something
better. Even started to build out some stuff, but then had to put it
to the side. If you want to chat off-list, I'd be happy to help. :-)

hope that helps!
CP

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On Sep 8, 2007, at 9:45 PM, Eric Scheid wrote:

> I'm looking for innovative uses of web2.0/IxD functionality on
> websites of
> fitness gyms and personal trainers .. a scan through most of the
> local gyms
> turned up bupkis, a truly sad collection of brochureware.
>
> So, I'm casting my net wider - have you seen or used a website for
> a fitness
> gym or personal trainer that leverages the rich possibilities of
> modern IxD
> functionality, and/or web2.0 community driven content?
>
> Or am I hoping for too much from a bunch of jocks ;-)
>
> e.
>
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9 Sep 2007 - 10:28am
susandoran
2010

Don't know whether this will be helpful, but a quick search yields the
following...

http://gimme20.com
http://startupsquad.com/2006/09/12/gimme20-to-launch-social-networking-site-for-workout-enthusiasts/
"Gimme20.com is a health and fitness community that provides collabrative
tools and support for achieving a healthy body and mind. Gimme20.com is
simple. You can either build a customized workout, or select one of the many
workouts submitted by your peers and industry professionals. Then --
Gimme20.com will track your fitness results for you. Heck -- we will even
send you workout reminders if you want.Add a social layer and the ability to
report results via mobile device and we got some action!"

http://www.funbeat.se
"A great way to keep track of your work out results, stay motivated and find
new work partners. Google Maps is integrated and lets you easily find new
work out partners and routes."

http://www.fitlink.com
"Fitlink operates around the idea of social fitness. Apart from the social
aspects, the site has got plenty of useful tools and resources, e.g. a BMI
calculator, event listings, a route mapping tool, and directory among other
things."

>From WSJOnline (Jan 30, 2007):

"LifeFitness <http://www.lifefitness.com/>, a subsidiary of Brunswick Corp.,
based in Schiller Park, Ill., aims to [allow] users of its sites to create
their own profiles and list fitness goals, workout regimes and other
personal information. Like-minded users can then find each other on the site
to swap workout tips and challenge one another, among other things. Users
also can share workout information -- duration of workout, weight lifted,
calories burned, heart rate -- with a sports club's trainers to make sure
their workout habits are right for their fitness level and targets."
- Susan

On 9/8/07, Eric Scheid <eric.scheid at ironclad.net.au> wrote:
>
> I'm looking for innovative uses of web2.0/IxD functionality on websites of
> fitness gyms and personal trainers .. a scan through most of the local
> gyms
> turned up bupkis, a truly sad collection of brochureware.
>
> So, I'm casting my net wider - have you seen or used a website for a
> fitness
> gym or personal trainer that leverages the rich possibilities of modern
> IxD
> functionality, and/or web2.0 community driven content?
>
> Or am I hoping for too much from a bunch of jocks ;-)
>
> e.
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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9 Sep 2007 - 10:40am
Chauncey Wilson
2007

Hello Eric,

I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, but there was a CNN note
about an internet enabled exercise bicycle

http://news.com.com/Internet-enabled+exercise+bike+packed+with+tech/1606-2_3-6205986.html?part=rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-5&subj=news

Here is the abstract from the article. I believe there is a video as well.

Chauncey
"Internet-enabled exercise bike packed with tech

The Ergo Bike Premium 8i from Germany's Daum Electronics is not your
standard exercise bike. It comes equipped with an Internet-ready computer
that can be hooked up to a laptop, making it possible to compete with other
racers from around the world. CNET News.com's Michael Kanellos gives it a
test ride at City Cycle in San Francisco. "

On 9/8/07, Eric Scheid <eric.scheid at ironclad.net.au> wrote:
>
> I'm looking for innovative uses of web2.0/IxD functionality on websites of
> fitness gyms and personal trainers .. a scan through most of the local
> gyms
> turned up bupkis, a truly sad collection of brochureware.
>
> So, I'm casting my net wider - have you seen or used a website for a
> fitness
> gym or personal trainer that leverages the rich possibilities of modern
> IxD
> functionality, and/or web2.0 community driven content?
>
> Or am I hoping for too much from a bunch of jocks ;-)
>
> e.
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> List Guidelines ............ http://beta.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://beta.ixda.org/help
> Unsubscribe ................ http://beta.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> Questions .................. list at ixda.org
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>

9 Sep 2007 - 3:53pm
Victor Lombardi
2003

On Sep 9, 2007, at 4:36 PM, Eric wrote:
>
> ...have you seen or used a website for a fitness
> gym or personal trainer that leverages the rich possibilities of
> modern IxD
> functionality, and/or web2.0 community driven content?

I just consulted on a project that will be -- IMHO, after looking at
everything out there -- the best example. It launches in November, so
ping me then for a link :)

Otherwise, there are sites that cater to gyms and trainers that are
not rich...
http://www.fitnessinsite.com/

...and fitness sites that are rich...
http://traineo.com/
http://www.runfatboy.net/ (a favorite of mine -- smart, simple
implementation)
http://www.menshealthtrainer.com/

...but I haven't seen any that do both.

Victor Lombardi
Director, Smart Experience
http://smartexperience.org/

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