FightCamp integrates some data-driven punches into workouts - TechCrunch

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I am sore.

Not in a kind of sadness oh-hell-I-cannot-sit-down. More likely, “Okay !, I worked out sore muscles that I didn't notice for long. ”And in the year where I am trying to get myself out of the COVID-19 pandemic doldrums, this is a good thing.

The reason is not from riding a Peloton but another new entrant to the connected home gym scene. It's called FightCamp; and as the name implies, this home exercise system, which includes a punching bag and gloves with neat trackers attached, is aimed at boxing and kicking.

After more than a month with FightCamp it's safe to say (or write) that it delivers a sweatshirt that improves heart, balance, speed and basic boxing knowledge if completed regularly. It also provides a safe “non-judgmental” route for those who have always wanted to try boxing, but were terrified of walking into a boxing hall or mixed martial arts center and letting their rookie flag that wing.


    Original story

    To understand what FightCamp does and does, it's worth going back to the beginning. The company was founded in 2014 as Hykso, four years before the launch of the FightCamp link home exercise system. In those four years, the company developed fitness trackers that have been tested, developed and used by Olympic boxing athletes. Several Olympic boxing teams including the United States, Canada and China used the trackers. Manny Pacquiao, considered one of the best boxers of all time, was an early user as well.

    There was no content coverage since these athletes were already competing at the highest level of the sport. It was just the detectors and the loaders.

    But something strange happened. The boxing coaches started using them with their private clients, according to Khalil Zahar, founder and CEO.

    “They were the bridge,” Zahar said referring to the coaches. From here came the idea for FightCamp. “We thought, we would give people a way not only to use it in their work with coaches, but to teach them the art form of boxing and build a beginner-based program that they can follow from home and learn ways, ”he said.

    The choices

    FightCamp offers three “hardware” packages: Connect for $ 439 ($ 399 during holidays), Personal for $ 1,219 (but sold over the holidays at $ 999) and Tribe for $ 1,299 . Users also need to subscribe to the content for a monthly fee of $ 39, which gives access to more than 1,000 classes, drills and other content in the iOS app and most recently, the Android app. And this is not just about throwing punches. There are workouts that include kickboxing and a little toggle on the app ensuring that each session ends with basic tasks like situps and planks.

    Connect comes without the bag, just the digital punch detectors and snap packs and is designed for people who already have their own punching bag. The Personal package, which is what I tested, contains the punch detectors, punch packs, gloves, the stand - alone bag and a bag ring. Mine also came with a mat, but I was told it's not included anymore, which is too bad.

    The FightCamp Tribe package is as it sounds and is meant for more than one person and includes punch detectors, quick packs, a stand-alone bag, heavy duty mat, high-end boxing gloves, bag ring, high-quality boxing gloves and extra packs like kids boxing gloves.

    The situation

    Image credits: Kirsten Korosec

    The FightCamp personal package came in two boxes: a large cardboard box carrying the bag and base and another box with the punch trackers that monitor the user's output and the number of pounds, tidy packs, a mat and a pair of gloves. (The mat is no longer included in the Personal package.)

    The instructions for setting up and ready the bag are simple detectors. However, it's a big effort, something weird depending on where the user decides to put the bag. I drove into our guesthouse, a place out of the ordinary of everyday life, but close to TV. (More on that later.)

    After dispelling the rug, users set the base on which the bag will sit. The bottom is then filled with water or sand. I chose to run a hose from the outside into the inn, which greatly reduced the settling time. Alternatively, you walk back and forth with a pitcher of water or a bucket of sand. If that sounds like a lot of pain, well yes, although you can get exercise in the process.

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    The mistake I made, and one that I missed and corrected afterwards, was making sure I put the foundation exactly where I wanted it. Once it is filled with water or sand or both (user choice) and the bag is placed on top of it, it is impossible to move without a dolly.

    My mistake was to put the base and the bag on the wrong end of the mat so I could watch away from the TV. As soon as I corrected the mistake, it made a big difference in the quality of workouts.

    What works and what doesn't

    FightCamp fans

    Image credits: Kirsten Korosec

    The good news is that the punch detectors, pictured above, work as advertised and monitor every punch. The app is also easy to use and staffed, all of which are run by US certified boxing coaches and NASM CPTs.

    I particularly like the setting that ensures basic exercises follow the boxing or kick-box instructions. The company even has some shadow box classes, which wants new customers to start learning the basic lingo and punches and jabs before the bag, gloves, packs and detectors arrive.

    There are a few other things in FightCamp that users may or may not turn off.

    One is the sheer size of the system. In a small apartment, the bag will take up valuable belongings that some may welcome and others that will be difficult for them. People with a larger home or garage may be attracted to this system. I haven't had this issue since I had the place.

    For me, the main advantage of FightCamp, without a TV nearby, is that it's difficult to follow the instructor properly until you have logged in enough workplaces that you can follow without looking at the screen.

    The content itself is clear and easy to understand. The coaches deliver the right mix of stoke and instruction to motivate and inform the customer. I learned a lot personally.

    However, there is a learning curve. At first, and before I had connected the phone to my TV, I again found a pause in the video to play back the previous move. That created an amazing experience.

    Once I had the TV hook and was able to flush the workplaces, I was able to move on more easily. I progressed to the point where I no longer had to look at the real move to find out what to do. Instead I was able to listen and I know 1-2-3 means jab, cross, lead hook.

    Lastly, I still do not know if I have a good form because there is no way for the trackers or the app to give that kind of feedback. That may not matter to people like me who just want a workshop for sweating.

    Where is all this going?

    Zahar and the company have plans to expand, not only in content, but fans that will help provide better form feedback as well as streamline the workflow. more.

    "We basically want your body to be the ruler of a game," he said. “The trackers just allow you to use your body as a game controller. ”

    Today, people can use data captured from the punch detectors on their fists to compete against each other and track their progress. Zahar wants to add detectors to the legs.

    "And then we want to expand into everything a fighter touches and turn it into a connected fitness facility," he said. “So think of anything from jump rope, to battle ropes to worm grooves to plyo boxes, and basically reward you for every move you make during the workout. ”

    Zahar does not want FightCamp to be just a hardware operating system. The extra trackers and extra content that doesn’t require the company’s punching bag will help achieve that goal, he said.

    FightCamp is already eating up its free content. The company recently announced that it will provide more than 100 free jobs per week. These workstations are listed as “optional tracker,” which means they are free and do not require the punch trackers. These workouts focus on shadow boxes, getting over, stretching, kicking and body weight exercises. For now, these free workspaces will only be available on the iOS app as the recently added Android app is still in beta.

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