As we get older our muscle mass and bone density naturally begins to decrease. Unchecked, this can contribute to a negative spiral of reduced mobility and worsening health in our later years. Even though regular strength training is one of the best ways to reduce or even reverse age-related muscle and bone loss, the typical gym environment, with its complicated machines and macho vibe, isn't exactly welcoming to older patrons.
Koko Fitness approached PI with the essence of the problem: how do you make a piece of commercial-grade multi-gym equipment more approachable, friendly, and intuitive? The Smartrainer design shrouds the frame, weights, pulleys and cables in a smooth flowing form, emphasizing user touch points while downplaying mechanical complexity. Behind the scenes, a network of embedded electronic sensors monitors the movement of all components of the system and provides real-time feedback to the user via a movable touchscreen display. Users store their progress on a personal "Koko Key", which they insert into a USB slot in the display before every workout.
Originally imagined as a standalone piece of equipment, the Smartrainer is now the core of the Koko FitClubs, a network of fitness franchises spanning across the US. Click here to learn more about the Smartrainer.