FitFinder is a new app that makes your workout more social, and makes it easier to connect with people that are looking for a great sports partner, in a time when more of our lives are turning social and mobile.
FitFinder helps both personal trainers and regular gym goers to easily locate each other in a region of choice. With features like criteria based matches, and mutual selections to start chatting, FitFinder can be described as “the Tinder of Fitness”. The app enables preference settings, such as gender specifications, and connects regular people searching or friendly gym enthusiasts or professional trainers together.
The man behind the recently launched service is Wayne C. Johnson, a San Diego based programmer/United Airlines Pilot who humbly claims the idea to be originated from a friend, and he also tells me it only took him a month and a half of coding to create the beta version. Sinch had the privilege of talking with him, and finding out more about FitFinder and its potential success!
“I’ve always been passionate about fitness and working out, but hated doing it solo. At the time, I could not find any apps that would let me find a workout partner, so I started working on FitFinder in my spare time to solve it”.
Once I got to know a bit more about his app, I was curious to know how FitFinder is using Sinch. “I’m using Sinch for instant messaging, paired up with Parse as backend”, he told me.
“So far it’s been really good, and Sinch works really well. I just followed the tutorials and then adapted the code to my app”. I asked Wayne if he needed any help from the Sinch support team. “I contacted the Sinch team to get support around the secret key and initialization, but the only issues I had were a few when integrating Parse with Sinch which were all fixed”.
“What made you pick Sinch?”, I asked Wayne. “Another friend had been using Sinch, and recommended it to me. Also, it was free to start using!”.
Wayne’s strategy for the coming year is raising awareness and start attracting new users: “The main focus is in-app communication between clients and personal trainers. The goal is now user growth, and social media will be the main platform for promotion”, he says. He also wants to integrate ads into FitFinder in the future to help personal trainers and clients connect via the app.
Before we ended our conversation, I asked Wayne to sum up his experience with Sinch in a sentence:
“Sinch’s SDK is a very simple, cost effective way to add IM and communication into your app – it works as advertised.”
Wayne’s FitFinder app is only available for Android at the moment, but head to the Google Play store to download and try the app.
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