Tracking gym time with Algonquin college
Student researchers at Ottawa’s Algonquin College have helped advance the next generation of fitness through a Virtual Personal Training app developed in partnership with an Ottawa start-up company, Gymtrack.
Gymtrack’s two young founders approached the Health and Wellness Research Centre at Algonquin College for assistance with the research and development of a novel concept using a combination of hardware and software to track workouts in fitness facilities. The system keeps track of clients’ workouts using a bracelet worn by each member and a “smart pin” attached to each piece of exercise equipment.
A research project was established which included two Algonquin students hired to work with the Gymtrack team at a local start-up garage in the summer of 2014. The student designer and programmer helped develop the mobile app for the Gymtrack system, as well as honing the company’s corporate image. During this time, Gymtrack was invited into the prestigious 500 Start-ups Accelerator in San Francisco, which included a $100,000 equity contribution. The team took part in a 500 Start-ups demo day in late October and their product received glowing reviews by both Tech Crunch and The Next Web.