10 Surprising Facts about the Winter Olympics

Learn ten fun facts about the Olympics as you prepare to cheer on Team USA at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. Since 1924, the Winter Olympics have brought together athletes from all across the world. This year, over 2,000 athletes will compete on a global stage for a chance to bring home one of the 327 coveted gold, silver, or bronze medals.

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Top Fitness Trends of 2022

Read the top 7 fitness industry trends for 2022 as found in the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual report. Coming in at #6, one-on-one training again finds itself as one of the top fitness trends in 2022. As people continue to set health and fitness goals, many are unsure about how to achieve them. There are many benefits to working with a personal trainer, from education to accountability.

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Upper Hand Wrapped: 2021 Year in Review

2021 challenged us in many ways. Here, we take a look back at the products and innovations from the Upper Hand team over the past 12 months. This year, we emphasized the importance of data to make better business decisions. As you began welcoming clients back to your business, it was important that you kept a strong pulse on your operations. In an ever-changing environment, you’ve had to make quick decisions: maximizing use of your facility while facing limited capacity requirements, encouraging repeat business through recurring revenue opportunities, competing with the rise in at-home fitness equipment, and more.

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Top 4 Takeaways from IHRSA 2021

Read 4 of the top takeaways from IHRSA 2021, from new ways to achieve peak performance to innovative recovery tools. From software to equipment, a common theme across nearly every vendor at IHRSA was data, and more specifically, how you can use data to prove the value of your offerings. Equipment companies have found ways to collect user data to help athletes achieve peak performance and showcase progression over time. Woodway treadmills, for example, measure distance, velocity, force, and power, and give instant feedback during training and testing. Similarly, we noticed many “smart” strength training equipment options that incorporate user data to dynamically adjust weight and resistance between sets and reps.

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Upper Hand Announces New Data & Analytics Center of Excellence

Upper Hand announced today the formation of a Center of Excellence to launch an open community data + analytics ecosystem for sports + fitness industry. In collaboration with the Charlie Shin, Vice President of Data Strategy & Analytics at the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Brock, Director of Business Analytics at the Indiana Pacers, Dr. David Pierce, Director and Professor at the IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute and Dr. Barry King, Professor at Butler University’s Lacy School of Business, this effort will converge companies’ market expertise and artificial intelligence methodologies to provide the sports and fitness industry with a comprehensive library of research and data-related resources.

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Emerging Technologies that are Disrupting the World of Sports

Learn what emerging sports technology Myles Grote, Chief Product Officer, has been monitoring at Upper Hand. I’ve been very excited to see how much success and as a result, capital, has been in the Connected Fitness movement. A few things really excite me about the future of CF, and those are the potential applications of AR/VR and whether or not CF will move from consumer fitness to sports training. I see a future where people work out in the metaverse and where the boutique fitness experience is literally recreated with friends thousands of miles away, but right next to you via AR or VR. There are very exciting things ahead in this area.

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10 Surprising Facts about the Olympics

Learn ten fun facts about the Olympics as you prepare to cheer on Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. After being postponed a year due to COVID-19, it is finally time to celebrate athletic success at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 2020 Olympic Games marks only the 4th time the modern Olympics have been cancelled–the other dates being 1914, 1940, and 1944 due to World Wars I and II.

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Top 3 Sports + Fitness Takeaways from Apple WWDC

Within the Health App, users will be able to access information like trends, lab results, and walking steadiness. Apple also unveiled Health Sharing, where users can share this health data securely with medical professionals, while maintaining privacy. In addition, Health Sharing also allows users to share and receive health data within their family networks – all from their fingertips.

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