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LiftUp gives strength training a lift

Strength training is healthy, but it’s often time-consuming and typically requires people to join a gym, which can be costly and also inconvenient.

LiftUp is a smart home strength training product that uses connected resistance bands. It automatically tracks workouts and analyzes progress made on fitness goals. Users just select a workout and attach one or more resistance bands to work out. LiftUp comes with multiple, interchangeable band strengths. The resistance bands can be used to replicate any movement done with dumbbells, barbells and weight machines.

A version of LiftUp minus smart tracking functionality ships in November to early bird Kickstarter backers who pledge $99 and LiftUp with a smart adapter set follows in December for pledges starting at $199. Future pricing isn’t provided. Its makers hope to raise $50,000 by April 22.

The smart version works in conjunction with an app for Android and iOS devices, as well as the Web. But the latter version won’t initially support real-time functionality.

There is a large potential market for LiftUp among consumers who want to stay fit, but don’t have the time or budget for a gym membership. Those who want to connect their own resistance bands, however, are out of luck, at least initially. LiftUp is water resistant, so sweat while exercising won’t damage it. But it’s not waterproof, so usage in a swimming pool or outside while it’s raining can be ruled out.

 

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