This Smart Home Gym Is The Future Of Fitness

JaxJox, which makes a smart personalized home gym that uses AI to track and improve your performance and give you a wellness score, just scored itself. The Seattle-based fit tech company announced today that it has raised $10 million to bring its JaxJox “interactive fitness studio” to market.

The company also announced an exclusive retail partnership with Best Buy, and customers can get the fitness studio installed by Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

The system consists of a 43” touchscreen TV that can display fitness classes as well as data about your performance. The screen rotates both horizontally and vertically, and tilts if you’re doing floor exercises. Crucially, however, JaxJox isn’t just about cardio: the system has integrated smart dumbbells and a smart kettlebell — both configurable for different weights — that also report performance data. There’s also a “smart push-up device” and a vibrating, massaging foam roller.

All integrate with Apple’s HealthKit and will integrate with GoogleFit in a few months.

“The InteractiveStudio is the first home gym that includes connected free-weight equipment with AI performance tracking and interactive live and on-demand coaching for a personalized workout experience,” the company says. “Interactive Studio has a substantially richer training experience with personalized, real-time data including repetitions, power and a proprietary Fitness IQ score.”

That Fitness IQ score is generated by AI, the company says, and includes data on peak and average power, heart rate, workout consistency, steps, body weight, and the fitness level you’ve chose to attain.

“Beyond fitness-tech products, my vision is to close the gap between fitness and health,” says JaxJox CEO Stephen Owusu. “By monitoring performance metrics and using AI, we can give users a more holistic view of their health and provide recommendations on improving their wellbeing. We know working out is only one aspect of wellness and will continue to enhance our platform to provide an unparalleled experience.”

This type of home gym, that enables smart workouts either solo or with others — JaxJox has a gym friends feature that lets you work out with a few friends — is the future of home fitness. Along with a few other video-centric competitors (notably Peloton, which of course lacks the weights component) something like this feels like the future of gyms.

At least for those of us who aren’t planning to return to a public gym anytime soon.

I asked Owusu for a few more details via email:

John Koetsier: How close is the full hardware/software package to release?

Stephen Owusu: The InteractiveStudio will be released by the end of this year.

Koetsier: Is there a vision to eventually add a cycle and/or treadmill? Would you build it yourself or integrate with existing players?

Owusu: We always look for opportunities to simplify a consumers experience and allow them to integrate other fitness tech into our platform. That way they can bring all their data to one centralized location.

Fitness tech company JAXJOX raises $10M as it gets ready to ship AI-enabled workout system



The JAXJOX InteractiveStudio exercise system. (JAXJOX Photo)


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JAXJOX, the Redmond, Wash.-based fitness technology company, has raised $10 million in a new funding round to help pay for the research and development of its signature InteractiveStudio workout equipment.

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The Series A round included investors Dowgate Capital Ltd. and entrepreneur Nigel Wray, and brings total funding to $17 million for the 3-year-old company.

JAXJOX is getting set to release its InteractiveStudio smart gym, a home fitness system that includes digitally adjustable weights, AI-enabled connected tech built into the equipment, and live and on-demand classes.

With connected tech built into individual pieces of free-weight equipment, such as a smart kettlebell, users don’t have to stand a certain distance from a screen to have form and motion tracked.

“By monitoring performance metrics and using AI, we can give users a more holistic view of their health and provide recommendations on improving their wellbeing,” founder and CEO Stephen Owusu said in a news release. “We believe that, for users, tracking power generated while lifting will become as important as tracking your heart rate while running.”

The InteractiveStudio is available for pre-order on the JAXJOX website and retails for $2,199 with a $39 monthly subscription. The system will also sell as part of an exclusive retail partnership this fall with Best Buy.

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These Prime Day Fitness Deals Will Totally Upgrade Your Stay-At-Home Gym

In 2020, gyms shut down — and, for many of us, so did our fitness routines. But then we took a chance on workout equipment: creating our own personal gyms inside our living spaces, free of overpriced membership fees and impossible to get into 7 a.m. classes. Now that we’re workout-from-home pros AND Amazon Prime Day is upon us, it’s a smart time to affordably add some new exercise equipment to our favorite fitness studio in town (aka our apartment).

Ahead, find the best Prime Day deals on everything from indoor bikes to exercise balls, dumbbell sets, and activewear essentials that will give your personal-gym setup a major equipment upgrade.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff—and, while we do receive commission from Amazon, all of the goods linked to on our site are independently selected and supported by our Shopping team.

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Former Trump doctor Ronny Jackson questions Biden’s mental fitness for office

Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician-turned-GOP congressional candidate, suggested on Tuesday that Democratic nominee Joe Biden is mentally unfit for office, citing what he called cognitive decline.



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The remarks from Jackson, who has not evaluated Biden, came during a phone call organized by President Trump’s campaign and are part of a sustained effort by Trump’s allies to highlight Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail, arguing they make him mentally incapable of serving as commander in chief.

Jackson said Tuesday that he was speaking as a “concerned citizen” and not as a Republican congressional candidate.

“As a citizen of this country, I watch Joe Biden on the campaign trail and I am concerned that he does not – am convinced that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability to serve as our commander in chief and head of state,” Jackson told reporters on the call.

“I really think that he needs some type of cognitive testing before he takes over the reigns as our commander in chief, if that is in the cards,” Jackson added.

Jackson later acknowledged, in response to a question from a reporter, that he has never treated or evaluated Biden and said he was not making a medical assessment of Biden’s mental health.

“I am not making a medical assessment. I actually don’t even practice medicine at this point. I am not doing that,” Jackson said. “I am not trying to remotely diagnose him with anything. I have not accused him of having Alzheimer’s or anything of that nature. I have not made that statement.”

Jackson mentioned a handful of instances from Monday when Biden, who was campaigning in Ohio, could not remember the name of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and mistakenly said he was running for the Senate, not the White House.

In a response to Jackson’s comment, Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement, “I refer you to the first debate.”

Trump and his campaign have been targeting Biden’s mental fitness for months, during which time Biden has built a sizable lead in national polling and an advantage in key battleground states. Trump, meanwhile, has little time to turn his campaign around as Republicans grow concerned about potentially losing the White House and Senate.

Trump’s performance in the first debate against Biden was widely panned by Republicans as a missed opportunity that put scrutiny back on the president instead of Biden. Doug Heye, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee, said the attack on Biden’s gaffes would have been more effective if Trump had executed it during the debate.

“If this is going to be a central part of your theme for your campaign, then you have to attack this tactically. There is no better opportunity for that than the first debate,” Heye told The Hill. “Doing that on a conference call is not going to move the needle.”

On Monday evening, Trump, who

Caliber, with $2.2 million in seed funding, launches a fitness coaching platform

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the fitness space for a loop. Caliber, a startup that focuses on one-to-one personal training, is today launching a brand new digital coaching platform on the heels of a $2.2 million seed round led by Trinity Ventures .

Caliber launched in 2018 with a content model, offering an email newsletter and a library of instructional fitness content.

“My cofounders started testing the idea of coaching people individually and that’s where the light bulb really went off,” said cofounder and CEO Jared Cluff. “They saw that more than anything, people need expert guidance and a really genuinely personalized plan for their fitness routine.”

That was the origin of Caliber as it is known today.

When users join the platform they are matched with a Caliber coach. The company says that it brings on about five of every 100 applications for coaches on the platform, accepting only the very best trainers.

These coaches then take into account the goals of users and build out a personalized fitness plan in conjunction with the user, which begins with a video or phone consultation. Once the plan, which is comprised of strength training, cardio and nutrition, is finalized, the coach loads it into the app.

Users then follow the instructions from their instructor via the app and log their progress. Interestingly, these aren’t live video appointments with a trainer, but rather an asynchronous ongoing conversation with a coach that is facilitated by the app.

Users can also integrate their Apple Health app with Caliber to track nutrition and cardio, giving the coach a full 360-degree view of their progress.

Alongside providing feedback and encouragement, the coach ultimately provides a layer of accountability.

This combination of real human coaching in a less synchronous, time intensive manner has allowed for Caliber to charge at a higher price than your standard workout generator apps but come in much lower than the average cost of an actual, in-person personal trainer.

Most Caliber users will pay between $200 and $400 per month to use the platform. Coaches, which are 1099 workers on Caliber, take home 60 percent of the revenue generated from users.

Pre-launch, Caliber has more than tripled its membership across the last six months and increased the number of workouts per member by 150 percent, according to the company. Cluff says the startup is doing north of $1 million in annual recurring revenue.

Of the 41 trainers on the platform, 37 percent are female and about a quarter are non-white. On the HQ team, which totals seven people, one is female and two-thirds of the founding team are LGBTQ.

“The biggest challenge is not dissimilar to the challenge we faced at Blue Apron, where I was most recently, in that we wanted to create the category around mealkits,” said Cluff. “We want to build a category around fitness training in a space that is super fragmented with no branded leader.”

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Ready To Upgrade Your Workouts? Our Fitness Guide Is On Sale for Prime Day

If you clicked on this story, there’s a good chance you care about your fitness. Instead of having a professional trainer, fancy gym membership, and hours to commit to exercising, you have to a full-time job and bills to pay. And, as you get older, you might not be able to do some of those grueling workouts from your twenties.



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You want to get in shape, but where do you start?



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We know how hard it is to find a workout you like—and to stick with it—so we created a fitness guide called “Muscle After 40” to help. The best part: You can snag the entire guide for just $17.56 on Tuesday October 13, starting at 7 a.m. EST as part of this Amazon lightning deal

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Targeted for men over 40 years-old, our guide features a streamlined, 12-week plan that proves it’s possible to get in great shape at any age.

These workouts are designed to build muscle and combat sarcopenia, a loss of muscle tissue that usually occurs after 40 years-old. Our multi-joint exercises ensure you hit every muscle, while our occasional isolation movements will help you get results without pulling a muscle. Most of our workouts consist of shorter, more frequent bursts, you can always take your workout to the next level with some extra repetitions.

Not only will you see results by the end of the 12-week program, but you’ll also be one step close to getting the body of your dreams.

The only catch is that, if you’re interested you have to shop now. In just a few hours the guide is going back up to full price (at 1:20pm EST to be exact). Whether you want to up your workout routine or find an exercise plan that actually works, our book makes getting in shape easy and affordable.

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Physical fitness, mental tenacity and desi food helped me beat COVID-19: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi [India], October 13 (ANI): Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said physical fitness, mental tenacity, and eating desi (traditional) food helped him overcome the COVID-19 infection.

In a Facebook post, he said, “I firmly believe that in spite of my age and certain medical problems like diabetes, I could overcome COVID-19 infection because of my physical fitness, mental tenacity, regular physical exercise like walking and yoga, apart from eating only desi (traditional) food. I have always preferred to eat desi food and continued the same during my self-isolation period.”

“I am happy to have recovered from COVID-19 with the doctors declaring me negative after RT-PCR test on October 12. I was in home quarantine after I tested positive on September 29th and took all necessary steps to combat the virus as per medical advice,” he said.

Based on his experience, he urged everyone to undertake physical exercise daily–be it walking, jogging or yoga. He also advised people to eat protein-rich food and avoid junk food.

The vice president expressed delight over the fact that his wife, Usha Naidu did not contract the virus.

“She is hale and hearty. I am also equally happy to learn that 13 employees working in the Vice President’s Secretariat, who were declared as COVID-19 positive earlier, have fully recovered,” he said.

“Similarly, I am pleased to know that 136 COVID-19-affected employees of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat have recovered. While 127 of the officials are attending office, the remaining are functioning from home,” he added.

He also thanked doctors and other medical staff, who were in charge of monitoring my health condition, and also experts from AIIMS and other doctors, who provided advice from time to time to the medical staff.

“I will not be able to attend public functions through video conferencing and work from home for a week or so, as advised by the doctors,” said Naidu. (ANI)

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Love Sweat Fitness Founder Katie Dunlop On Hypothyroidism

Fitness instructor and healthy lifestyle guru Katie Dunlop’s health and fitness empire is nothing to sneeze at. With nearly 500,000 followers on her Instagram account Love Sweat Fitness and an even larger following on her YouTube channel (and also a creator on Parade.com‘s!) it’s clear that Dunlop knows a thing or two about taking the best possible care of her body—and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s upbeat and encouraging.

Dunlop’s interest in clean eating and nutrition was born from a lifelong struggle with hypothyroidism, which is when they body can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. Here, Dunlop, 33, shares her journey of knowing something was off with her body, how she got doctors to take her seriously, and the lifestyle shifts that have supported her health journey.

When did you first discover you had hypothyroidism, and what were the symptoms that tipped you off to something being wrong?

I was having severe headaches almost daily along with hair loss, chronic fatigue, and several other symptoms.

You initially took the medication prescribed to you by your doctor. When (and why) did you decide to start making lifestyle changes as well?

I had been on medication for about 12 years with no other guidance from my doctors. When I was about 23 years old I found myself overweight, struggling with depression, and experiencing a lot of my hypo symptoms again. I tried tons of extreme fad diets and pills for weight loss thinking they would fix my problems, but nothing helped. I finally realized torturing myself to somehow make myself feel better didn’t make any sense. I needed to truly start to focus on feeling good, and for me, that started with what I was putting into my body.

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The concept of making healthy lifestyle changes is a great one, but it’s so much easier said than done. Many of us start, only to lose steam within a few weeks. How did you start making changes that actually stuck?

I focused more on what I could add to my plate rather than what I had to get rid of. This was a totally new concept for me, but made all the difference in the world. Filling up my plate with the good stuff first just left less room for junk. I also committed to moving my body for 10 minutes a day. That was a manageable goal that I knew I could stick to, no excuses, and it allowed me to continuously feel like I was accomplishing something, which motivated me to do more.

Beyond easing your symptoms of hypothyroidism, what positive changes did you start to see as you lost weight, ate healthier, and started to exercise more?

I felt better! And I don’t just mean I had less headaches. I had more energy, my mood felt more balanced, and I felt empowered knowing I had control and could change things.

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Crunch Fitness Channelside Renovations To Allow Boutique Classes

TAMPA, FL — Crunch Fitness announced the upgrade of its Channelside location in Downtown Tampa to a Crunch Select Club. The first of its kind in the area, this $200,000 renovation will allow Crunch Channelside to offer its members boutique-style fitness classes as well as increased workout space in the main gym by 20 percent.

The new fitness studio will be located directly across from the main entrance of the main gym in Grand Central to provide classes such as hot yoga, suspended yoga, barre classes and more. The renovations and new studio should be complete by the end of the year.

“Our goal is always to make serious exercise fun while offering a top-quality environment and fitness equipment,” said CEO Vince Julien. “We saw a need in the Channelside District community to revamp our group fitness programming, and we are extremely excited that this renovation will allow us to offer high-value classes at affordable prices.”

Prominent features of the expansion will include:

  • An extra 2,400 square feet of workout space in the main gym

  • A first-class cycle studio with a 100-inch video screen and low-voltage lighting that dances with the music

  • Upgrade the existing group fitness room with new flooring and fitness equipment

  • A new studio with infra-red heat panels, bamboo flooring, backlit mirrors and a stage

  • A new tanning and hydro bed area with two high-performance tanning booths

Crunch Channelside is owned by veteran fitness industry operators Vince Julien, Geoff Dyer, Tony Scrimale and Jeff Dotson, who are confident in the future of fitness and have successfully opened six clubs during the coronavirus pandemic starting in May. This franchisee currently owns and operates a total of 28 Crunch locations in the Tampa Bay community as well as in Orlando and Atlanta.

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England and Tottenham on collision course over Harry Kane’s fitness

José Mourinho is strongly against Gareth Southgate’s plan to start Harry Kane for England in the Nations League tie with Denmark on Wednesday night and has communicated his concerns to the national setup.

The Tottenham manager had urged his England counterpart to handle Kane with care during the international window, given his high workload in the season so far, and the situation became more delicate when the striker felt an issue with his thigh last week.

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Southgate has said Kane is not injured, rather he began to suffer from “muscle fatigue” last Wednesday when he started to train with England, having been given the Monday and Tuesday off. The Football Association sent him for a scan and there has been regular dialogue between their medics and those at Spurs.

Kane was never going to feature last Thursday in the against Wales, which England won 3-0 and, because he was unable to train fully, he was used only as a 66th-minute substitute in the 2-1 Nations League victory against Belgium on Sunday.

But now club and country are on a collision course, with Southgate wanting to start Kane against Denmark. Spurs argue that the fact Kane was sent for a scan shows the FA is worried that the player is carrying something, and they also know he will always turn out when asked to do so. The club blame the FA in part for the number of games Kane has already played this season. Before Belgium he had played 10 in 29 days – eight of them as a starter.

“Medically, there’s been conversations [with Spurs],” Southgate said. “He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days. We scanned just to be certain but it’s a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury so it just needed a bit more confidence.

“He knew by then he could push on a little bit but he just needed a bit more confidence in it and so his training week really wasn’t suitable to start [against Belgium]. I think he’ll have gained more confidence from the spell he had [as a substitute] and so, all being well, we hope he’ll be good to start on Wednesday.”

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