FitDrive is a new app that allows personal trainers to connect with clients virtually, keeping them fit and healthy during quarantine and allowing the fitness business to flourish online. We sat down with Edgar Brown, one of the co-founders of FitDrive for an in depth conversation about what the service has to offer.
Q: Describe your company to me and tell me about your product?
Edgar: FitDrive is a software company that helps trainers and gym owners digitize their business. Our mobile app allows trainers to create, share and track workouts from their mobile device, and then deliver those workouts remotely. We are providing them with a tool to modernize their business, save time and take on more clients.
Given the fact that the fitness industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 quarantine measures, we offer a method for trainers to continue to run their business remotely.
Q: Did you start this as answer to self-isolation and quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Edgar: No, online training has a been a growing trend for some time now, especially for trainers working with clients in other geographies. We've been in business for about a year now so we’ve seen all the different methods that are out there for remote training. The company was originally called FYT Technologies but we've recently changed our name to FitDrive.
As a result, we’ve developed significant expertise in the best methods for online training and are working hard to educate trainers on how to move their business online during COVID-19.
Q: How does the app work?
Edgar: The trainer downloads the app online and from there they can create workouts and assign them to clients. Each client has their own app where they can keep track of their progress and review their weekly schedule.
Q: So they can customize their own workout that is best for them?
Edgar: Exactly! A trainer would select exercises from our database, then add structure such as circuits or supersets, and then assign that workout to their client and schedule a date for them to complete it. This way, they can keep all of a client’s fitness information recorded in the same place. The client has a personalized experience communicating with their trainer, and can modify workouts as needed.
Q: How do the fees work for trainers?
Edgar: There is a monthly subscription fee for the trainer. Right now we're offering a 14-day free trial for any trainer who wants to move their business online, as well as free consultation calls and webinars to facilitate the transition.
Q: Does the person looking to workout via an online trainer have to pay anything?
Edgar: Currently, the payment between the client and the trainer is handled amongst themselves and those rates are negotiated outside of our platform. In other words, the trainers set their own rates. We are currently building payment processing for trainers, so they can control all aspects of their business through the app.
Q: Where can people find this app?
Edgar: It is currently available on the Apple App Store and coming soon to Google Play. You can also find us on our website: myfitdrive.com
Q: How many people do you have on staff?
Edgar: We are a team of three co-cofounders. My background is in Business and Computer Science from McGill University and an intensive in Technological Entrepreneurship from Stanford University. I'm also certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer and have a varsity basketball background so that's where the fitness side comes from.
I met our head-of-product Milena Fagandini at our intensive in Entrepreneurship at Stanford and she has five years’ experience in product and marketing at different tech start-ups in Berlin, including a physiotherapy based app called Vivira.
Our CTO Carter Sprigings graduated from McGill at the top of his class with a double major of physiology and computer science and he leads all development, design and the tech of our platform.
Q: Where are you guys based?
Edgar: We're based out of Toronto, where we moved following our participation in Next 36, Canada’s leading entrepreneurial initiative this past summer. We have since moved into the Ryerson DMZ. We're grateful for the support of both programs.
For full details and sign-up, check out their website at https://www.myfitdrive.com.