Sunday Tribune

Home exercise made easy with an app-controlled fitness bench

- LETHU NXUMALO lethu.nxumalo@inl.co.za

JOASH Perumal says his innovation has revolution­ised the fitness industry and is looking forward to exploring other ideas.

A PIETERMARI­TZBURG-BASED musician-turned-entreprene­ur has created a mobile app-controlled fitness bench that targets keep-fit enthusiast­s looking for smarter ways to exercise. It may also be the answer for those wanting to reduce pandemic fatigue through the convenienc­e it provides.

Joash Perumal, chief executive officer and founder of JDP Corp, said the Digi-smart Bench was also disabled-friendly and it had revolution­ised home exercising.

Perumal produced his first number one hit Club on Fire in 2009. His follow-up single, Falling in Love went into the hands of Omar Grant, who was the creative A&R (artists and repertoire representa­tive) for Roc Nation at the time, while his song was marketed by EAE Radio – owned by superstar Missy Elliot.

His latest creation, however, is the fitness bench.

Users have to download the Digismart app on Google Play and the App Store and connect via bluetooth to the fitness bench to access complete control.

“An exercise bench is a necessity for people to train different body parts. Adjusting manually removable steel pieces placed on different parts of benches has proven problemati­c to people who are disabled, those who suffer from sports elderly,” he said.

Perumal said the developmen­t of the Digi-smart Bench was inspired by his broken wrist two years ago and the challenges it brought. Launched in August 2020, twenty units containing an actuator have already been sold at R15500 a piece.

“With weight racks at either side of the bench, you can now reduce back strain because there’s no need to continuous­ly pick up weights off the floor. You can adjust it while on a call. You simply go onto the app and move the bench without exerting yourself.”

The company is now working on incorporat­ing music speakers into the bench. injuries and the

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