$3.5 million from The Social+Capital Partnership has enabled Athos to create connected workout clothing capable of tracking your muscle output among other things.
University of Waterloo college students Dhananja Jayalath and Christopher Wiebe are the minds behind the new Athos connected workout wear. The two had become aggravated with their workouts, not knowing whether or not they were working out the right muscles with their exercise routines. Sure, a personal trainer would help but it would also be far more money than the two college students had, so they set about creating a digital solution.
After three years and after being backed with $3.5 million in seed funding from Chamath Palihapitiya’s The Social+Capital Partnership, Jayalath and Wiebe are able to offer pre-orders on their gym wear that is able to track your muscle groups, heart rate, breathing level and more during your workout. The clothing won’t be available until Spring 2014 but it promises to be a neat step forward in the fitness gadget industry.
The new clothing items from Athos utilize non-adhesive sensors in a compression garment (a long-sleeved top and bike shorts/leggings) that transmit data from muscles to a “core.” This core then wirelessly syncs this data to the Athos’ software app, where the information is tracked so that users can get an idea of what their workout is like and how they are benefiting from it.