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Fitssi: Find a nearby workout partner


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 What is Fitssi?

Fitssi is a social app connecting users with new and interesting nearby fitness partners on-demand and encompasses an athleisure lifestyle within one app. The team behind fitness recognized the surge in emerging fitness trends and have open the doors on fitness categories, meaning users can connect with a community across Barre, Bootcamp, Crossfit or Yoga, to name a few, as well as growing fitness movements such as Parkour.

Why did you build Fitssi? What problem are you taking on?

2/3 of the population is completely in-active. Fitness consumers have irreversibly changed the way they interact with fitness and Fitssi is perhaps one of the best kept secrets for life hacking, no need to engage in demotivating or uninspiring workout routines alone, a fitness partner can boost your motivation, increase your results and widen your fitness circle. Fitssi gives users motivation on demand so the 68% of people that quit the gym wthin the first 3 months of joining can now buddy up with a fitssi partner and continue their fitness journey having fun and with real results.

Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.

Chris Sweeney – Co-Founder

Sports and Fitness is my passion. Through all of my achievements I have come to recognise the value and importance the support of a peer group brings. Through fitssi I am conveying this message to millions of people through the UK and our platform will encourage a fitter more sociable society”

• 20 years sporting experience Former Karate European Bronze medallist and London Youth Games competitor.
• 9 years fitness industry experience (Fitness First)-Delivering National Wellness campaigns
• 4 years management experience (Community Gym in Pimlico)
• REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer
Lee McPherson – Co Founder 15 years in IT (hardware invention, IBM, Verizon and BBC London featured start up)…passionate about tech, fitness and social. At 17 years old (2001) built a standalone device that allowed people with impaired vision benefit from text to speech technology. Filled for US patent search, spent 2 years on R&D. Previous to Fitssi Lee built a small network of small businesses that would eventually become part of a loyalty scheme. Ramped up to a book of 233 members, a loyal following and was featured on BBC London radio as a special guest to talk about the success and was featured in Natwest small business magazine.

• 15 years IT experience
• 5 years management experience
• Start up, Blue chip & IP
• BA (Hons) Marketing & Advertising