Honor to whom honor is due: The winners of the FIBO Innovation & Trend Award 2022 have been announced! On the 6th April, the day before FIBO, they were announced and selected as part of the European Health and Fitness Forum. Thus, the fitness and health industry has once again proven that it is innovative and imaginative as it was before the pandemic and is now returning with new momentum.
With their ingenuity, the winners of this year’s FIBO Innovation & Trend Award convinced the international jury and prevailed against strong competition. The high demand and the number of submissions were also a very positive signal from the industry that the pandemic period was used for innovative project developments. Much to the delight of the five-member jury, who was spoilt for choice in a meeting lasting several hours.
Now they have been determined: Seven winners were chosen in a total of six categories.
Category Ecology and Sustainability
Ergofit GmbH/ Ergofit Row: With the new Fluidmotion braking technology, which was developed in cooperation with sports engineers and competitive athletes at German universities, rowing movement with the Ergofit Row becomes a unique and natural feeling like rowing on real water. Thanks to the incredible noiselessness of less than 50 dB, the user falls into an exhilarating flow experience. Ergofit Row is 100 percent manufactured in Germany.
Category Health & Prevention
Myzone/MZ switch: The Myzone MZ switch is the world’s first heart rate monitor with options for chest, arm and wrist. It can be switched between ECG and PPG so that it can be worn on the chest or wrist.
Category Lifestyle, Life Balance and Wellness
Benchmark Sp. z o.o. / BenchK 113 wall bar: The multifunctional rungs wall with gymnastics accessories and additional attachment can be used by both children and adults. BenchK 113 wall bar is practical and stylish at the same time, combining lifestyle with training for the whole family.
Sureblend Limited/ Sureblend Power Blender Shaker: The Shaker effortlessly mixes protein powder, dietary supplements, oatmeal, berries and nuts in seconds and can also be used as a power bank for other devices.
Plyofold/ Plyofold: The product Plyofold is a Plyobox or also known as a jump box, which can be used primarily in the field of HIIT training – high intensity interval training. The box of the start-up Plyofold is foldable and thus easier to store and transport. This gives gyms more space for exercises and other equipment.
An absolute exception in 2022: two winners in the Performance category
This year there is a special novelty: In the Performance category, the jury has selected two winners. An absolute exception that has never happened before at last year’s Innovation Awards. But both products have a high degree of innovation, which was honored by the jury. The reason: On the one hand, they could not be more different in their areas of application – classic vs. digital training – on the other hand, they offer excellent benefit for the fitness industry. For the jury, this is by no means an easy decision, which has been discussed for a long time. Many criteria were taken into account and in the end it was clear to everyone that both products absolutely deserved the FIBO Innovation Award.
These are the reasons:
Gungnir of Norway/ The Allrounder: The all-rounder – the 20kg Olympic barbell takes normal barbell training to the next level – more precisely, it is the revolution of barbell training. The integrated collar mechanism ensures safe free weight training, keeps the training area free of unnecessary equipment and facilitates the replacement of dumbbell discs.
Skain GmbH/ Curve Workout by Trackbar: The “Curve Workout” makes it possible to track the training itself, especially through free exercises, and improves the efficiency and safety of performance-oriented training. The combination of important trends such as gamification, networked hardware and open ecosystems are quite promising prerequisites for the introduction of this product in the gyms.