With all this talk about crossfit, it was only fitting that I was recently asked whether I’d be interested in interviewing Ameet Shah, CEO of Wodify about ways in which gyms are adopting the Crossfit trend.
I’m not gonna lie, my initial response was “Will Mr. Shah, himself, actually be responding to my questions?” The answer was YES!
Does anyone actually get sick of seeing Rich Froning on Wodify’s homepage every time it opens? I certainly do NOT
If you are familiar with Wodify, good for you! You can scroll on down to the Q&A with Mr. Shah. If not, I’ll provide an overview of the software below.
- Wodify combines the latest trend in fitness, Crossfit, with social networking and analytics technology to make the average gym hi-tech. Crossfit enthusiasts can now track their personal best scores, compare themselves to other athletes, record their food journals and sign up for classes all from their smart phones and tablets or at a computer right in the gym.
- Wodify powers over 400 Crossfit boxes and 100,000 athletes with an all-in-one digital platform (cloud based) for business and athlete management.
- Wodify replaces the traditional whiteboard, spreadsheets, workout journals, manual class scheduling and tedious billing process.
- Boxes that adopt Wodify use a digital whiteboard kiosk to view the WOD, check into class and input performance results into the Coachboard.
- The web and mobile platform allows coaches to configure WODs in advance, view athlete progress and attendance over time, see athlete percentage charts and automate processes like billing and class scheduling.
- Athletes can also track their results with graphs, log their diet and post results directly to Facebook and Twitter from Wodify.
Q&A with Ameet Shah, CEO of Wodify:
me: How did you come up with the idea?
Ameet: When I was in my twenties I lifted weights religiously. I was able to transform my body and improve performance because I kept a journal of everything I did in the gym and everything I ate. When I started to CrossFit I knew that tracking my performance would be important…but a couple of things had changed. First, I was thirty something years old with a business, wife, two kids and two dogs, so tracking had to be quick and easy. Second, tracking CrossFit workouts can be a pain because you have to take into account time, weights, reps, sets, whether or not you completed the workout “Rx” (as prescribed) and at least 50 different abbreviations for movements and workout types.
When I looked at tracking apps on the market, they were too cumbersome. I wanted to get my 60 minute workout in AND track my performance with NO homework. Enter Wodify.
me: How long have you been in business?
Ameet: Six years ago, I founded Conigent, the technology management consulting company behind Wodify. With a team from Conigent, I launched Wodify 15 months ago.
me: Do you CrossFit?
Ameet: Of course! Everyone at Wodify CrossFits. We LOVE it. In fact, a few team members and I are certified Level 1 trainers.
me: What does the future of Wodify look like?
Ameet: Bright! With increased revenues come increased opportunities for product development. We have big plans to transform the coach-athlete relationship inside and outside of the box (CrossFit gym). Our digital kiosk for the box, mobile apps and back-end tools for coaches already power 420 boxes. Our market is also growing: there are more than 6,000 boxes around the world, and we expect to see more than 10,000 in the next year or so.
We’re getting awesome feedback from athletes, coaches and box managers, and the future is all about making Wodify the best tool in their arsenal. I’m a nerd. I love the technology we’re creating, and it’s not about the money. Money does not provide the high we are looking for. We want athletes walking by our screens screaming “Love me some Wodify!”
me: What is your most interesting CrossFit experience so far?
Ameet: Asking Rich Froning (the three-peat CrossFit Games champion) to take his shirt off for a photo shoot. That was a first for me. Thankfully, Rich laughed it off and didn’t make me feel awkward about it.
me: Do you plan to extend to other fitness areas?
Ameet: No. If we were focused on chasing the dollar, spreading our technology to other markets would be the obvious move. Instead, we want to create a toolset that is deeply ingrained in Crossfit, because that is our passion.
Was there anything from the interview that surprised you?
One thing that didn’t really surprise me, but really stuck out was Mr. Shah indicating that there are currently more than 6,000 boxes around the world, and they expect to see more than 10,000 in the next year or so. Thats CRAZY! CrossFit is growing so fast!
I also thought it was funny that he asked Rich Froning to take his shirt off for a picture, but I don’t blame him one bit for doing so!
Personally, I log EVERYTHING on Wodify. If the software were to crash, I’d be lost and would have to rely on my memory to tell me what my current 1-rep max. is for every lift (or just find a new 1rm!) I was thrilled to be contacted about interviewing Ameet and am glad I had the opportunity to share his words with you!
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