SmartBells Genius: Smart Phone Integrated Fitness System

The first exercise system to provide video instruction, real-time coaching & progress tracking using your smart phone!
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David Grove
Technology
Redwood City, California
United States
3 Team Members

Two companies team up to create a smart fitness system to coach and motivate exercise for the rest of us.

Think of it as an exercise solution for real people who want to feel great without subjecting their bodies to high-impact, extreme fitness programs. No trainer required. Now there’s an App and connected service for that—combined with a unique exercise device based on the principles of how our bodies move naturally in everyday life.

ThinkFit, Inc., maker of the SmartBells exercise system, and Presto Services Inc., (presto.com) developer of a specialized family email service, have co-invented SmartBells Genius, a new system built on ThinkFit’s revolutionary SmartBells exercise device that has been proven to develop core strength, balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. It combines ThinkFit’s patented hand-held, strength building devices with an exercise App and service by Presto that integrates 1) easy-to-follow video training, 2) real-time motion tracking and feedback during exercise, and 3) post-workout reporting – delivered via the user’s own iPhone or iPod Touch.

David Grove is CEO of ThinkFit. He is a former health club industry executive, amateur drug-free bodybuilder and life-long advocate of healthy living who brings a wealth of consumer-oriented and industry-based knowledge to the SmartBells Genius project. Dave says, “The problem with most fitness products is that people don’t know how to use them and tire of watching the same workout DVD over and over. Although there are a proliferation of exercise apps that are at least more portable, they don’t solve the core problem — they aren’t Integrated, convenient and don’t enhance the exercise experience.” [full bio below]

Peter Radsliff is CEO of Presto Services. He and his Presto team members have a long history and deep experience in technology integration, user experience design and online service development. Peter says, “The combination of a mobile video workouts library and real-time motion tracking is a fitness game changer. It fundamentally improves the exercise experience by showing what to do, how well you are doing it, and what you did—that gets to the core of motivation and making a fitness program fun.” [full bio below]

Dave and Peter believe that there are now a perfect storm of technologies and connectivity that can get to the root of ongoing fitness motivation. Their goal in working together is to combine fitness instruction with real-time feedback and historical tracking to fundamentally change how people feel about exercise. They believe deeply that fitness can be fun when it’s fresh, educational, portable and personal.

Here are two brief videos that show 1) how SmartBells can be used for peak performance training, and 2) for how SmartBells Genius provides fitness coaching wherever you are. Seeing them will demonstrate why SmartBells Genius will change the way you think about gyms, personal trainers and exercise.          


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Since starting with SmartBells, I've lost about 40 pounds and have seen TREMENDOUS changes in my flexibility and can, for the first time, say I don't wake up every morning with an aching back.”                                                     
                                                       — from Kevin B., SmartBells Genius Beta Tester

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SmartBells Genius Benefits:

• Convenient: Workout anywhere with professional training through your iPhone.
• Effective: Uses your iPhone’s sensors to enable real-time coaching during exercise.
• Whole-Body: Highly effective for promoting strength, flexibility & overall fitness. 
• Portable: Small and highly portable – take with you wherever you travel. 
• Fun: Design focuses on rotational movements for fun, real-life, full body workouts.

You attach your iPhone or iPod Touch to SmartBells Genius and choose from hundreds of workout videos in dozens of exercise categories. There is no need to use a DVD player, TV, tablet or computer to get your exercise coaching. Your exercise motions are sensed by the accelerometers in your iPhone and tracked so that our App and online service can provide real-time feedback, coaching, and ongoing motivation. SmartBells Genius will provide training instruction wherever you are and will keep track of your fitness progress versus your goals.

RESERVE YOUR PERK NOW:

You can help us make SmartBells Genius a reality and reserve one of the first production units for yourself at a substantial discount. Here’s where we are with the project. We already have the patented SmartBells. And we already have developed a prototype online service and mobile App to serve up the initial workout videos for iPhone or iPod Touch (sorry Android users, that will come as soon as we can). But the key element we need from you right now is funding for the SmartMount which safely and securely connects your smart phone to the SmartBells. We have the design, and it is awesome! It fits almost all smart phones with or without cases and holds them securely during exercise. But we need your financial backing to help us finish the design for manufacture, to buy tooling and inventory, and pay for assembly of our first run of SmartBells Genius. This is your chance to be part of a revolution in fitness and we have created some special perks for those decide to back us. Reserve your perk now and make exercise fun before everyone else discovers SmartBells Genius for themselves.


THANK YOU!

We would like to thank you for your support. Please share our campaign among your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions or just want to say hello, contact us at info@thinkfit.com


                    === UPDATES ===

Please see the Updates tab above for design progress, production plan updates, sneak peeks, and news about fitness companies that are adopting SmartBells for their members.


        === ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ===

SmartBells Genius at the gym.

If you don’t always workout on your own, SmartBells also works great in a gym setting, like group fitness classes. There is a “data only” mode in the App that tracks your calories burned, workout progress and intensity giving you the real-time feedback you need to keep on going. And, you then receive “credit” for your in-gym workouts along with the ones tracked when using SmartBells Genius at home. 

The following video is by SmartBells Master Trainer Randi Moser. The video shows other trainers how SmartBells can be extremely effective for group fitness classes. This video provides good examples of many different SmartBells exercises. Skip around the video to see a few. 

Anatomy of SmartBells Genius

Calling all Training Professionals.

Part of our success will come from the professional fitness training community. We’ve already seeded the ThinkFit Workouts Library with videos from select SmartBells trainers. But our vision is to have hundreds of SmartBells Genius videos in the ThinkFit Workouts Library made by creative fitness professionals who know how to make exercise programming fun and effective. We are creating a system that allows us to share revenue with developers of exercise content for ThinkFit. Interested fitness professionals should visit thinkfit.com/trainers.


About David Grove & ThinkFit:

David Grove is the President and CEO of ThinkFit. As a health club industry executive, amateur drug-free bodybuilder and life-long advocate of healthy living, he brings a wealth of consumer-oriented as well as industry-based operational and strategic knowledge to ThinkFit.

Prior to joining ThinkFit, David was the Director of Development and Feasibility for Leisure Sports, Inc. (LSI), owner and operator of the ClubSport and Renaissance ClubSport branded health clubs and hotels. While at LSI he oversaw all new club development, construction and planning activities as well as business model creation and implementation for several new brand concepts at LSI. David also supported Marriott International, acquirer of the ClubSport brand in 2005, with market analysis, club positioning, site selection and health club feasibility for the nationwide roll-out of its Renaissance ClubSport brand of boutique hotels and resorts.

Dave has an MBA from the University of Oregon and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.


About Peter Radsliff & Presto Services:

Peter and his team at Presto Services (presto.com) are leading the technology development for the ThinkFit Workouts Library service and ThinkFit iOS App used in SmartBells Genius. Peter and his team are experts at creating wonderful user experiences. Their current product, Presto Computerless Email helps people who have family members who don’t use a computer stay connected to the rest of their extended family and friends who do. After having created a product that focused on family socialization for mental wellness, the Presto team decided to focus their efforts on fitness and physical wellness for their next major development effort. 

Peter and the Presto team members believe there is now a perfect storm of technologies and connectivity that can get to the root of ongoing fitness motivation. Their goal collaborating with Dave at ThinkFit is to combine fitness instruction with real-time feedback and historical tracking to fundamentally change how people feel about exercise. They believe that fitness can be fun when it’s fresh, educational, portable and personal. 

Besides being CEO of Presto Services, Peter also founded and is chairman of a non-profit organization and he often lectures on design and marketing at Santa Clara and San Francisco State Universities and lives with his wife and three kids on the San Francisco peninsula.


 

 

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  • $1USD
    Share the Love

    SEND YOUR DOLLAR NOW! Well, that is, throw us a buck or more if you want to support this entrepreneurial endeavor and accept only our heartfelt thanks in the process. If we decide to have any special info for contributors only, you'll be in the "in" crowd. Heartfelt thanks will be delivered immediately.

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    Join the Movement!

    Your $25 (or more) contribution will help us make SmartBells Genius a reality. Besides our thanks, you’ll get our custom made “Keep Calm and ThinkFit” t-shirt (please let us know your size XS – 2XL).

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    $39USD
    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!

    We want to reward the first supporters who come to Indiegogo with this very special offer. Reserve one of these few perks now and you will receive a SmartBells Strenth (5 lb.) and six months of access to the ThinkFit Workouts Library! This is well below our cost so reserve 'em while they're hot!

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    SAVE $110 SPECIAL

    NEW!! - Reserve one of these limited perks now and you’ll receive one SmartBells Strenth (5 lb.) and six months of access to the ThinkFit Workouts Library. That’s a $160 value at retail for only $49 so you save 69%!! If you would prefer a 12 lb. SmartBells Power just contribute $10 more ($59), or for a 1.5 lb. SmartBells Balance, pledge $10 less ($39). Please leave a comment if you desire a ’Genius “Power” or “Balance.”

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  • $69USD
    SmartBells Genius: BALANCE

    Reserve your 1.5 lb. SmartBells Genius and enjoy all the benefits of Smartbells movement without the added weight. Ideal for improvements in balance and flexibility and range of motion. It includes a SmartMount for your iPhone or iPod Touch and an iOS App that can be downloaded for free in the Apple iTunes App store. You’ll also receive a free 30-day all-access pass to the ThinkFit Workouts Library (includes real-time feedback, and progress tracking). Approximate retail value $89.

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    SmartBells Genius: STRENGTH

    Reserve your 5 lb. SmartBells Genius, ideal for full body workouts or specific strength training. It includes a SmartMount for your iPhone or iPod Touch and an iOS App that can be downloaded for free in the Apple iTunes App store. You’ll also receive a free 30-day all-access pass to the ThinkFit Workouts Library (includes real-time feedback, and progress tracking). Approximate retail value $100.

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    SmartBells Genius: POWER

    Reserve your 12 lb. SmartBells Genius, which is best for advanced fitness enthusiasts looking for a higher level of intensity and resistance to their workouts. It includes a SmartMount for your iPhone or iPod Touch and an iOS App that can be downloaded for free in the Apple iTunes App store. You’ll also receive a free 30-day all-access pass to the ThinkFit Workouts Library (includes real-time feedback, and progress tracking). Approximate retail value $120.

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    FOR TRAINERS ONLY!!

    If you are a personal trainer or fitness professional, join our movement! By reserving this charter year membership as a ThinkFit Workouts Library Training Developer, you'll strengthen your business and impact more lives. The videos you create will be added to the Workouts Library seen by all SmartBells Genius users and you'll receive a share of revenue commensurate with views received. See below for Charter Memberships that include SmartBells. Note: proof of training certification required.

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    SmartBells Genius: EXECUTIVE

    Reserve this one-of-a-kind (well, 25-of-a-kind) SmartBells Genius polished to a mirror finish and numbered. Only 25 will be made so reserve yours now. Includes a SmartMount for your iPhone or iPod Touch and free iOS App with full-access pass for ONE YEAR to the ThinkFit Workouts Library (including real-time feedback & progress tracking). Approximate retail value $370).

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    TRAINERS: STRENGTH & BALANCE

    Includes the same as “For Trainers Only” above, but with the addition of two SmartBells Genius: STRENGTH (5 lb.) and BALANCE (1.5 lb.). Note: proof of training certification will be required. Only 100 perks available this value.

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    TRAINERS: STRENGTH & POWER

    Includes the same as “For Trainers Only” above, but with the addition of two SmartBells Genius: STRENGTH (5 lb.) and POWER (12 lb.). Note: proof of training certification will be required. Only 100 perks available this value.

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    SET OF 3: SmartBells Genius

    Can’t decide? Reserve all three in the Genius line. Includes the free iPhone/iPod App a full-access pass for three months to the ThinkFit Workouts Library (includes real-time feedback, and progress tracking). Approximate retail value $340).

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    Be IMMORTAL!

    Reserve one of only 10 available spots where we will custom-design a workout personalized just for you. We will then let you name the workout in the ThinkFit Library for all to see. Includes a conference call with ThinkFit’s CEO who will personally design your workout and a SmartBells Genius of your choice, of course.

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