German startup develops first fitness tracker that measures both strength and motion

Darmstadt, March 25, 2014: GYMWATCH® will start an international crowdfunding campaign on the platform Indiegogo on March 30, 2014. The German startup GYMWATCH has developed the first patented sensor to measure strength and motion across fitness exercises, including machines, free weights and bodyweight. The sensor records the full range of motion of an exercise, determines every strength component, all repetitions and detects incorrect exercise execution to help ensure exercises are performed properly and desired fitness goals are reached.

Following three years development, the GYMWATCH Sensor is now ready to be produced, but the young startup still needs support in order to make the sensor a reality. As of March 30, the international crowdfunding campaign will launch on Indiegogo. Fitness fanatics interested in GYMWATCH who want to support the company can make donations via the campaign page. Additionally, the GYMWATCH Sensor can already be ordered via Indiegogo and will be shipped once production has begun.

The GYMWATCH Sensor tracks every strength component, like starting strength, explosive strength or speed strength, as well as the precise motion amplitude in every exercise. It can differentiate between full and partial repetitions and the time under tension of eccentric, concentric and static muscle contractions. The GYMWATCH Sensor is easy to use and is versatile applicable, key features include:

  • You can track strength exercises with free weights, your own body weight or exercises on machines, as well as tracking your cardio training.
  • It automatically calculates the optimum weight to avoid overloading or under-loading, and to achieve goals as fast as possible.
  • You can also choose between different training modes: If you choose the Free-Mode you can start your training immediately without having a fixed training plan. In Guided-Mode it is possible to choose from different workout templates – here your smartphone becomes your personal trainer and guides you through the training process.

The sensor includes bluetooth, bluetooth smart and ANT. This allows you to connect the sensor with the GYMWATCH iPhone and Android app which gives you visual and auditory, real-time feedback. You can also connect the sensor to computers or other devices to show the training data and live feedback on every screen, even at home or in the gym. The app synchronizes with a free web portal that supports the user with extensive functions for training management. Scientific algorithms support you in planning and analyzing your training by considering your individual goals, personal data, and the training data calculated by the sensor.

GYMWATCH can optimize your training so you can reach your personal fitness goals faster. With the provided API it is possible to connect to other fitness or medical applications. To increase your motivation, you can share your training results on social networks like Facebook to compare with other GYMWATCH users or organize training groups together with them and your friends. Therefore it makes your training more fun and social.

On March 30, 2014, the GYMWATCH crowdfunding campaign will launch on Indiegogo:


GYMWATCH developed the first patented sensor, which can measure strength and motion in all fitness exercises. Developed at the Technical University of Darmstadt, GYMWATCH was already funded in 2012/2013 through the innovation program “EXIST” of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the European Union and the European Social Fund for Germany. The team consists of university graduates, students and a PhD student with majors in sport informatics, electrical engineering, computer science, business administration and industrial design. The GYMWATCH project is integrated in several graduate and undergraduate works and a PhD thesis from the Technical University of Darmstadt. For more information, visit the company’s website:

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