PushPress Acquires Heppner’s Ignite, Launching Client-Facing Solutions for Gym Owners
In a call with Jacob Heppner and PushPress CEO Dan Uyemura, they revealed that Ignite has been acquired by PushPress in a cash and stock deal. The acquisition began taking place in late July and will be launched on October 1 as Train by PushPress.
Why it matters: Currently a leading gym management software used by gyms to manage members, reserve classes, update payment information and more, PushPress doesn’t currently have a client-facing app that allows members to log their WOD times and scores, and check upcoming WODs.
- Until now, PushPress has relied on a suite of third-party integrations with consumer apps like SugarWOD and BTWB to allow gyms to offer client-facing options.
- This acquisition will give PushPress the ability to be an all-in-one app for gym owners and gym members.
One big thing: PushPress is committed to keeping an open infrastructure so that gym owners can choose which client-facing apps they want to use. Integrating Ignite will be an option, but not mandatory, according to CEO Dan Uyemura.
- Uyemura: “We believe in an open infrastructure. Gyms can still use other front-end options. We’re going to let owners decide what’s best for them. We’re not disconnecting any existing integrations.”
The rollout: A standalone application will be available October 1 for download, and will be fully integrated into the core PushPress app by early Q1 of 2022.
- All three original founders of Ignite, Heppner, Mike Baglio and Jim Crowell, will be coming over to work in various capacities at PushPress.
- Heppner specifically will be helping to manage the transition and integration, then will transition into a part-time product manager for Train by PushPress.
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