PushPress Acquires Heppner’s Ignite, Launching Client-Facing Solutions for Gym Owners

September 16, 2021 by
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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. 
  • You can get notified when it’s released by signing-up. 

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