GYMWATCH GmbH develops advanced fitness technologies and devices. Based in Darmstadt, Germany near Frankfurt, the company’s first product is the patented GYMWATCH Sensor, which is the only fitness tracker that precisely measures the full range of motion and strength expended in every exercise and provides real-time feedback to help users perform exercises properly and get maximum results from their workouts.

Fabian Walke was co-founder of GYMWATCH and an expert in sports science. He earned his diploma from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany in Sports Science and Informatics. As a PhD candidate at the Faculty Human Sciences at the TU-Darmstadt, he continues his research in the field of “Modeling and control of strength training.”

While working on his thesis in 2010 on the “Algorithmized burden-control in strength training, ” Fabian saw that most technologies that track and evaluate fitness training were designed for endurance athletes or found only on stationery equipment. Fabian set out to develop a sensor that could precisely track all relevant training data in every fitness exercise, and based upon extensive model-based analyses, provide users of all athletic abilities with real-time feedback.

In 2012, Fabian and childhood friend Thorsten Kruse, an information technologist formed their startup GYMWATCH GmbH. With funding from the innovation program EXIST of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, The European Union and the European Social Fund for Germany, they assembled a team of specialists in sport informatics, electrical engineering, computer science and industrial design to fully develop the GYMWATCH Sensor and bring it to market.

The GYMWATCH Sensor has received numerous honors recognizing its innovation. Germany’s Federal Minister of Economics and Technology awarded GYMWATCH the “IKT Innovative” prize in 2013 at the country’s largest start-up competition. In 2014 the GYMWATCH team received an invitation to join a startup program sponsored by the biggest television company in Germany “ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG.” While honored, they declined. At the 2014 FIBO, the world’s largest show for fitness, wellness and health, the GYMWATCH Sensor was a finalist for the Innovation award. Another notable success was an international crowdfunding campaign in 2014, which resulted in hundreds of pre-orders from around the world. The GYMWATCH Sensor is expected to be generally available in fourth quarter 2014.