OLYMPUS Team Spotlight

Revolutionizing Weightlifting in the Digital Age
The Garage
Aug 8, 2023
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Revolutionizing Weightlifting in the Digital Age

By: Dani Savin

In a world where digital tracking has become the norm for various aspects of fitness, weightlifting seems to have been left behind. Scott Tsangeos, a seasoned personal trainer with six years of experience, noticed this disparity and couldn’t help but wonder why people were still using archaic methods like the Notes app, Excel, or physical journals to track their progress in the gym. This realization became the catalyst for OLYMPUS, a revolutionary app aimed at bringing weightlifting into the digital age. Scott’s team members joining him this summer at Jumpstart include Rafael Biedron, Jerry Han, Haley Hooper, and Anna Xiao.

The mission of OLYMPUS is simple – to empower people to track, analyze, and share their weightlifting workouts in a digital manner. Scott’s vision for OLYMPUS is to democratize weightlifting, making it accessible to as many people as possible. For Scott, “weightlifting…personally benefited [me] and I want others to experience the same positive impact through OLYMPUS.”

At the core of OLYMPUS lies a solution to one of the biggest challenges in fitness tracking – accountability. OLYMPUS recognizes the importance of consistency and motivation. By creating a social network within the app, users can join a community of like-minded individuals along their fitness journey; this social component helps to keep users dedicated to achieving their goals.

In creating OLYMPUS, Scott hopes all users are able to “track, analyze, and share workouts as a way of increasing accountability, motivation, and community.” The app’s flexibility and customizability helps to set it apart from competitors. Instead of relying on exercise libraries and templates, OLYMPUS allows users to input free responses, providing them with the freedom to track their workouts in a way that suits their individual needs and preferences.

As outlined by Scott, OLYMPUS caters to three distinct gym-goers:

  1. Scientific Gym Rats: Individuals who are avid gym-goers, visiting the gym more than four times a week, and take a scientific approach to weightlifting by designing their own workout programs and delving into the science behind the exercises.
  2. Casual Lifters: People who hit the gym 2-4 times a week and focus on the social and community benefits of weightlifting. They actively engage with fitness influencers on platforms like Instagram and seek workout routines from trusted sources.
  3. Curious Runners: Fitness enthusiasts who are already dedicated to tracking various aspects of their lives, such as sleep, diet, and cardio. These individuals are interred in adding weightlifting to their wellness routine to compliment their holistic fitness journey.

A key feature that users love is the ability to add exercise notes, set notes, and workout notes – just like they would in a traditional notebook. OLYMPUS embraces the idea that anything one could do with a notebook should be achievable within the app. This unique approach not only allows for greater personalization but also makes the transition from traditional tracking methods to the digital platform seamless and intuitive.

When asked about his decision to apply to Jumpstart, Scott explained, “when I thought about what I wanted my summer internship to be, I wanted something where I was working on a project I was passionate about and could make an impact with. There is no better program [than Jumpstart] to enable me the flexibility, mentorship opportunities, and resources to help me push OLYMPUS as fast and far as possible this summer.”

OLYMPUS is not just a weightlifting app; it’s a movement towards creating a healthier and more connected weightlifting culture. By embracing technology and fostering a strong sense of community, OLYMPUS aims to inspire and empower individuals on their fitness journeys. With this innovative app, weightlifting enthusiasts can finally achieve their goals, backed by a supportive community, and take charge of their fitness like never before. Check it out here!

Dani is an incoming freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Journalism and RTVF at the The College of Letters and Sciences. Dani joined the team at The Garage to help facilitate the 2023 Jumpstart Pre-Accelerator summer program, working as a key pillar of the community to assist in daily operations and event execution, curate content for digital, print, and video publication, and strengthen community bonds.

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