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Connected Strength Training

Research Review: Greater Training Frequency = Greater Training Volume = Greater Strength Gains

Grgic J, Schoenfeld BJ, Davies TB, et al. Effect of Resistance Training Frequency on Gains in Muscular Strength: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Med. Vol. 48, pp. 1207-1220, 2018. Introduction Muscular strength defines as the capacity to exert force under a particular set of biomechanical conditions. Engaging in resistance training (RT) can significantly increase…
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Measuring Force with ShapeLog’s ShapeSense Select

I have had long conversations about ShapeLog’s ShapeSense Select (Select) only to later realize that an important feature (THE most important feature, really) is not understood. The sensor doesn’t just measure motion. It also measures force! When the Select is slipped onto a cable or belt an arm on the UST redirects the cable such…
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Research Review: Aerobic Exercise isn’t the Only Path for a Healthy Heart, New Study Shows

LIU, Y., D.-C. LEE, Y. LI, W. ZHU, R. ZHANG, X. SUI, C. J. LAVIE, and S. N. BLAIR. Associations of Resistance Exercise with Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 499–508, 2019. Introduction The health benefits of physical activity (PA), primarily endurance aerobic exercises, to reduce cardiovascular…
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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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