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$200
pledged of 40.000 $pledged of 40.000 $ goal
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backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 25 2014

About

Hello Everyone

My name is Tauris McBride and I'm the creator of C-ACTION.  I lost 150 pounds three years ago practicing Martial Arts, yoga, Pilates, dance and gymnastics.  I believe that activity is essential to a healthy mind and body, and the key to staying active is finding activities you love to do.  

Tauris McBride: Before and After
Tauris McBride: Before and After

Three years ago I was spending $1,000 a month on fitness classes, but I realized that many people couldn't. I founded Just Keep Moving Fitness to give people access to many different classes at an affordable price. 

JKM Studio # 1 - 2012
JKM Studio # 1 - 2012

In my first fitness studio it was a challenge to manage all of the equipment I needed without allowing the space to become a total mess. 

Circuit Training Class - 2012
Circuit Training Class - 2012

It was even harder to manage the equipment in my second studio, where I tried to maintain a more serene environment.

JKM Studio # 2 - 2013
JKM Studio # 2 - 2013

I'm proud to say that more than 10,000 men and women have taken my classes, but I was frustrated by only being able to help those who could come to my studio.  Most people don't go to gyms and studios, because of lack of time, lack of money or low self esteem.  And it's difficult for me and other instructors to share our passions outside of gyms and studios because most fitness equipment isn't (1) portable and (2) versatile. 

The lack of portable, versatile equipment has made us believe that we can only be active in certain places (ie: gyms) at certain times (ie: before or after work).  And if we can't make it to that certain place at that certain time we go another day without being active.  And the more time we allow to pass without being active the more accustomed we become to being inactive. 

To lose 150 pounds I had to be active 3 hours a day for an entire year, but even a few hours a week would make a significant difference in improving most people's health.  So for the last year I've devoted all my time and energy to creating C-ACTION: The Portable Personal Trainer.


WHAT IS C-ACTION?

C-ACTION is a personal training apparatus that packs the functionality of a dozen pieces of equipment into one lightweight, portable package!  It can be used for many activities and hundreds of different exercises!  It can even be used for physical therapy and meditation.


WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN C-ACTION BE USED FOR?

Excluding non-terrestrial activities like swimming and skydiving, C-ACTION can be used for pretty much anything.

HOW DOES C-ACTION DIFFER FROM OTHER EQUIPMENT?

Firstly, C-ACTION can be used for all 5 components of fitness.

Secondly, C-ACTION offers a level of versatility, portability and affordability never seen before in a single product, and it has a pleasing design esthetic that doesn't scream "I'M A FITNESS PRODUCT!", so it doesn't look out of place in an office, classroom or living room. 

Lastly, C-ACTION's small size allows it to be used for groups without requiring a lot of space for activity or storage.

WHAT SIZES DOES C-ACTION COME IN?

C-ACTION comes in two different sizes:

WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN?

WHAT EQUIPMENT CAN C-ACTION REPLACE?

C-ACTION doesn't just replace other equipment; it improves upon them, in terms of safety, simplicity and functionality.  Below is a list of some of that equipment.

Agility ladders are used by athletes to improve footwork and coordination.  Many ladder drills like ski jumps and side hops can be performed with C-ACTION, and the intensity is increased by having to step up onto the dome.  Agility ladders are usually 10 to 30 feet long, but with C-ACTION you only need 2 feet of space.

Step aerobics is a good form of cardiovascular exercise, but plastic steps can cause injuries if you take a wrong step.   C-ACTION’s base is enveloped in multiple layers of shock absorbing foam, reducing the possibility of injury.  This cushioning makes it comfortable for you to make contact with C-ACTION with any part of your body.

  • BOXING/MARTIAL ARTS TARGETS
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C-ACTION has many advantages over targets used for boxing and martial arts training.  Focus mitts are good for hand/eye coordination, but can cause pain in the trainer’s hands due to the small amount of padding.  Muay Thai Pads are bigger and have more padding, so they are good for  punches and kicks; but they can cause pain in the trainer’s forearms and shoulders.  Kick shields provide a large target, but have sewn on handles which rip off over time.  C-ACTION has more cushioning and contact surface than most targets, rock solid handles, and a dome shape similar to punching bags.

Exercise balls, also called Swiss Balls or Stability Balls, improve core strength by forcing the body to respond to the instability of the ball.  Sitting on C-ACTION strengthens core muscles like exercise balls without the risk of puncturing, and saves considerable space.  The Bosu Ball attempts to provide similar benefits, but its large diameter (30 inches) and weight (15 pounds) limits its mobility.

Gymnastics require great balance and core strength.  C-ACTION can be used for advanced exercises like handstands and handsprings, and its shock absorbing dome surface is similar to the springy floors gymnast perform on.

You can build strength and endurance by holding C-ACTION while doing exercises or by doing exercises with the included resistance band attached to C-ACTION.

Dummies used for Judo throws, body slams and ground and pound, usually weigh 50 to 150 pound and often fall apart because of their sewn seams.  C-ACTION can be used for the same moves, isn’t going to fall apart thanks to its welded seams, and allows you to concentrate on executing moves properly without hurting yourself or disturbing your neighbors.

  • PILATES SPINE CORRECTOR
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C-ACTION can be used to perform many of the exercises done with the spine corrector, which was invented by Joseph Pilates to improve posture and strengthen core muscles.

C-ACTION is great for box jumps, which are popular in boot camp regimens like P90X and Crossfit, and C-ACTION allows you to combine exercises like pushups and burpees with your jumps that would extremely dangerous with regular boxes.

  • PUNCHING BAG
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Using punching bags for boxing, kickboxing or martial arts is a great way to burn calories, build endurance and relieve stress, but they are usually too big and heavy for most people to own.  Regular bags require heavy ceiling mounts, large metal stands or enormous bases filled with sand or water, and they can take hours to set up and need more than one person to move around.  C-ACTION's wall mount system allows it to be set up, for use as a punching bag or just for storage, in a few seconds.  The mount can also be strapped to a door, column or tree.  Unlike regular sewn punching bags, which can fall apart or become too hard as the material inside starts to sink, C-ACTION's is soft enough to punch or kick without boxing gloves or shin guards and rigid enough not to fall apart.

C-ACTION reduces wrist strain while doing pushups or other planking exercises; whether you're holding the rear handles, gripping the cushioned side pockets or placing your hands on the cushioned dome.  C-ACTION also allows you to do other wrist straining exercises comfortably, like mountain climbers and burpees.

Rebounders, also called mini trampolines, protect joints from the impact delivered by exercising on hard surfaces.  However they have wide metal frames and dozens of springs which can be dangerous.  C-ACTION can also provide a low impact surface for walking, running and jumping  exercises.

C-ACTION provides enough surface for adults to lay comfortably while doing bench exercises like presses, flys and pullovers.  Take C-ACTION to the gym with you and you no longer have to wait for a bench, or lay on a bench covered in someone else's sweat.  C-ACTION even comes with a resistance band that can be used for many strength building exercises.

  • YOGA BLOCK
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C-ACTION is an amazing prop for yoga beginners and advance practitioners.  Yoga blocks are used to help people with bad backs, tight hips and tight hamstrings ease their way into different poses.  C-ACTION provides greater stability and support than traditional 3” x 6” x 9” blocks, and is more comfortable than ones made of hard foam or bamboo.  C-ACTION is a great platform for practicing advanced poses like headstands and crow.

  • YOGA MAT
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C-ACTION’s vinyl cover flips out into a non-skid foam mat for Yoga, Pilates or even meditation.  The vinyl exterior prevents the mat from deforming and losing its shape like regular mats, protects the mat from damage when used on outdoor surfaces, and allows it to lay flat every time.

WHO IS C-ACTION FOR?

C-ACTION can be used by anyone, and I'm coming to Kickstarter to make it available to men, women and children of all fitness levels.  I envision C-ACTION being used in gyms and fitness studios, as well as homes, offices, schools, hospitals, community centers and houses of worship.

C-ACTION will also allow professional trainers to teach clients anywhere; providing training to those who don't typically belong to gyms like children, seniors, the disabled and people of limited means.

WHAT WILL THE MONEY RAISED BE USED FOR?

The money raised on Kickstarter will be used to finalize the design and manufacture C-ACTION to meet the highest quality and safety standards.  Over the last year I've explored three options for manufacturing:

  • Manufacture Overseas: The least viable option.  It would take months to locate a reputable manufacturer and several more months for manufacturing.  There would be no way to ensure quality control or fair employee treatment.
  • US Manufacturers: I've contacted dozens of manufacturers and no one company is capable of producing C-ACTION alone.  For now I would need at least 3 suppliers to ship parts to the manufacturer for assembly and distribution.  This would potentially double production costs.  Delays in production would also be a real possibility.
  • Manufacturing Myself:  I've made over 150 C-ACTION prototypes in my workshop, with the goal of assigning manufacturing duties to a larger company when ready. Currently it will be more efficient to staff up and expand my own production capabilities.  This will allow me to offer C-ACTION in two sizes (PRO and Go), guarantee quality control, fill our rewards quickly, and provide needed jobs in the local community.  

The money raised on Kickstarter will go to buying material (foam, vinyl,  etc), production equipment (cnc routers, hot air welder, etc) and hiring trained craftsmen.

I will also be donating a portion of the money raised to my Alma Mata, the Trey Whitfield School, which has provided quality education to thousands of underprivileged children over the last two decades.


IN CONCLUSION

Four years ago when I weighed 350 pounds, my kickboxing coach told me the best way to lose weight was to "just keep moving".  Those words changed my life and I've been passing that message along ever since.  With your support I believe C-ACTION can help people around the world "Just Keep Moving".

Risks and challenges

There are always risks in getting a product to market. There may be issues with the production equipment we are planning to purchase in terms of availability and operation. There may also be shortages in terms of the raw materials.

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    C-ACTION GO - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (Save $200 Off the Retail Price)
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    C-ACTION GO - GROUP SPECIAL - (Save $2,200 Off the Retail Price)
    • Ten 18 inch C-ACTION GO Trainers
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