Top Fitness Startup Trends of 2023 & 2022
Our hand-picked collection of the top fitness startup trends of 2023 & 2022. The topics in this report on today’s emerging fitness startup trends are selected for their high growth across sites including Google, TikTok, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon. Read more about how we track global trends.
NutriSense is a health and fitness company that offers blood glucose monitoring using a CGM and a tracking app. The CGM or continuous glucose monitor is a small device attached to the back of the arm and automatically captures glucose levels every 15 minutes. … Read more
Amped Fitness is a Florida-based fitness center that offers state-of-the-art strength training equipment, personal training, and HIIT-style group classes. Their facilities also offer childcare services, tanning, and HydroMassage. … Read more
YogaSix is a yoga studio that offers 6 different types of yoga classes for all levels of students. The studio also offers workshops, teacher training, and retreats. … Read more
Glofox is a software company that provides a platform for fitness studios and gyms to manage their business operations. The company offers a range of features such as class bookings, member management, and marketing tools. … Read more
BlazePod is a sports tech company that offers flash reflex training solutions and specialized devices or Pods that combine cognitive training with physical training. The Pods are used for drills and exercises where the light flashes can be customized according to speed, sequence, and frequency. … Read more
Hotworx is a fitness studio that offers a workout program that is based on infrared heat. The program uses infrared heat to cause the body to burn more calories and improve athletic performance. A special heat-generating equipment to create a sauna-like environment is used to help with weight loss, detoxification, and pain relief. … Read more
Trainerize is an online platform that provides personal training and coaching solutions for fitness trainers, coaches, and fitness studios. The platform allows fitness businesses to connect with their clients, create workout programs, track their progress, and more. … Read more
Perifit is French startup that offers a medical device meant to be used for pelvic floor muscle training. The device is a small, wireless, and Bluetooth enabled sensor made of medical grade silicone. The device uses biofeedback technology to strengthen and tone pelvic floor muscles. … Read more
Move With Us
Move With Us is a digital platform that offers a health and fitness app for women. The app provides tailored fitness programs and custom meal guides. Move With Us also offers fitness equipment from yoga mats to resistance bands. … Read more
Trend Highlight – The Rise of Fitness Trackers
As consumers' desire to share health progress (like tracked steps) conflicts with feeling like there's less time to exercise, the under-the-desk elliptical has risen in popularity. A leading brand in the category - Cubii - is, in fact, delivering on this so well that they've found a staggering 89% of customers report using the product at least three times per week.
As the boundaries between work and leisure time blur and staying active is increasingly seen as aspirational, products and activities that would once have been seen only at the gym are now more and more acceptable in the office.
Cubii makes it easy to work out while sitting in front of a laptop or watching TV — and at a far more affordable price than buying a full-size elliptical. Its convenience also means people are actually using it: The company has sold 250,000 units to date. Its compact size, meanwhile, means that even city dwellers can store it in their apartments (a barrier for other popular fitness equipment such as Peloton bikes).
The growth of fitness trackers like Fitbit and the Apple Watch also means more people are counting steps, and Cubii allows users to track strides, helping them reach their goals even when they don't have time to walk around all day.
Trend Highlight – The Surging Popularity of Remote / Virtual Fitness Coaches
Gym equipment was one of the earliest product categories to face shortage issues due to the pandemic. Many consumers consequently found themselves relying on bodyweight exercises, causing a surge in demand for virtual coaches who could walk through these new maneuvers.
At the center of this surge is TrueCoach, a video conferencing software for fitness training. It also serves as a content management system and as a CRM for managing client relationships.
While many gyms themselves are using TrueCoach, many personal trainers who previously worked at gyms are also using it. Technically, it doesn't fully compete with traditional gyms because a major customer segment for gyms is folks who don't go to the gym but pay the membership fee anyway, thinking they'll go some day. The way TrueCoach is competing with traditional gyms though, is on one of gyms' biggest sources of high-margin revenue: those who do go to the gym and get personal training sessions as an extra. In fact, many gyms credit offering virtual individualized training programs as a key reason for high client retention since closing their doors.
Truecoach also has resources to help remote coaches attract new clients, beyond the saturated acquisition channel for this demographic that is Instagram. The site saw 1.7M site visits last month, double the traffic it saw earlier this year, and, in total, over 17,000 independent coaches and gym owners use the platform.
Gyms that have moved to remote training platforms say many customers are fans of the convenience and want to continue even after they reopen.
For consumers who held to their workout schedules, the pandemic has resulted in two groups: those who weren't able to buy gym equipment and switched to body workouts, and those who were able to buy equipment and now have much of what they need at home.
Unlike other kinds of pandemic-panic shopping, gym equipment is a high-ticket purchase that takes up space (constant reminder to use it) that can lead to a permanent lifestyle change. As airlines worry about Zoom and hoteliers worry about staycations, Gyms may look at their January 2020 revenue as the peak that ushered in a long decline.
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