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Connected Strength Training

Strength Tracking Sensor Performance Validated Against More Expensive Solutions

New strength training research was presented on Friday July 12th at the NSCA national conference in Washington DC. Research from the University of Toledo compared the accuracy of ShapeLog’s low-cost retrofit sensor with the isokinetic Biodex device found in human performance labs around the globe. Data from ShapeLog’s portable, retrofit device was compared to data…
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Definitive Guide to User Identification in Connected Strength Training

Friction kills retention. So every company selling a fitness experience is obsessive about minimizing friction. Strength workouts are more varied than cardio workouts – you’re moving to different stations constantly – so there are more ‘check in’ points. Checking in = friction. All that friction adds up to a crappy experience that only the most…
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Passive Data Collection: Monetizing the Other 90%

Less than 10% of the members at my gym take active steps to track their workouts. When it comes to fitness technology products, I observe two realities: First is a theoretical world where technology is ubiquitous. Humans and robots seamlessly interacting, pushing ever closer toward lofty, clearly defined goals. This theoretical world is what you…
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ShapeLog® IP Portfolio Continues to Grow: New Registered Trademarks

ShapeLog’s name and mark are now registered trademarks with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. We’d like to thank Joseph Morrison‘s team at Bodman, who initiated the project and saw it through with support from Automation Alley. The trademarks are the latest addition to ShapeLog’s growing IP portfolio. It’s another indication of the unique story…
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How Dan Allen Uses Strength Training Data to Motivate His Clients

As we discussed in our previous feature on brining group fitness to strength training, motivating clients can be a big struggle in the eyes of a personal trainer. The lack of immediate results becomes a reason for some to leave the gym for good, and showing hard work in a way that is measurable can…
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Group Training Meets Strength Training: Bringing Group Fitness to the Weight Room

Our vision for ShapeLog has always been to deliver an experience unlike any other in the field of strength training. And one message that we can’t push enough is how useful a tool like that will be for personal trainers. Personal training isn’t an easy job. With challenges finding unique fitness services to sell, and…
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Data-Driven Workouts with Drive Fitness

We love talking about what other people are doing in connected strength training. That is why we are excited to introduce you to Tom Driver, creator of Drive Fitness. Tom has been hard at work getting his software up and running, and we think that his vision for the future of weight training is something that simply can’t go unshared. “I have always…
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ShapeLog brings new solutions to an age old problem: How do we better train for strength?

“Why can’t someone build a device that will do this for me!” Dr. Victor Katch’s strength research and publications provide the foundation for how physical therapy and athletic training is designed today. With a lifetime of experience in physical therapy, athletics, human performance research, and as an educator at the University of Michigan, we can…
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Video: ShapeLog is the Simplest, Fastest Connected Strength Solution to Install

  Sometimes it’s hard to describe something, but easy to show it. That’s certainly true for demonstrating the quick, simple installation of ShapeLog’s connected strength training solution. After trying to describe it at a trade show, we decided to go shoot a quick iPhone video. Notice how the installations are all done in less than…
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“Rate of Force Development” – How Advanced Metrics Blur Line Between Fitness and Healthcare

In 2012 the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy published a research study showing “Rate of Force Development” (RFD) is more accurate than traditional strength metrics in determining recovery and readiness for return to sport after ACL injuries. This makes intuitive sense, right? Every athlete knows injuries (or re-injuries) are most likely to happen…
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