Students Get Fit

We motivate students to get to the gym & exercise through the use of virtual & tangible incentives!

What's the big idea?

SGF cultivates a rewarding & exciting environment for college students to become motivated to exercise. SGF allows students to track their workouts, earn virtual & tangible prizes for exercising & have the opportunity to interact with our sponsors to gain more chances to earn rewards.

SGF uses a virtual level progression system & extrinsic incentives afforded by our sponsors to add short-term, social & tangible incentives to the long-term incentive of being in shape & healthy. We are the link that allows the business sector to assist in the development of these healthy lifestyle patterns.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

GymPact: Users pledge their own money towards meeting their fitness goals. If you miss your goals, you lose your money. If you hit them, you receive a small amount.

Daily Break: They offer procrastination challenges. You fill out a survey & you get a chance to win a prize.

How are you different from that player?

Differences from GymPact: We’re focused solely on the college demo in Phase I. It’s free to enter & we only use positive incentives in the form of virtual & tangible prizes.

Differences from Daily Break: We’re health-based & we offer on campus advertising opportunities to our sponsors.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

Phase I is focused on the 19.1 million college students at over 4,000 colleges in the USA. Our combination of on campus & online advertising makes us stand out from the crowd. Phase II will open SGF up to anyone over 18 exercising at a majority of the fitness centers in the country.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

We started this business 2.5 years ago & we’ve worked out many of the kinks in the business model. Our team is in place, we’ve ran challenges during the past two years & we’re ready to launch nationally in the spring. This isn’t a hobby or a “wouldn’t it be cool?” concept, it’s our full-time gig.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

These funds will assist us in the completion of our revised website & database. We will have a soft launch this spring & our full launch will be at the beginning of the fall semester in 2013.

There have been 18 replies to this page

  1. Diana Kennedy

    I think this is a great idean. This country needs to keep down obesity rates!!!! It will keep students eating healthy in college and beyond

  2. Chris Smith


    Thanks, Diana! We appreciate your comment!

  3. Brandon Ives

    Students Get Fit is a great concept.  I personally like how it has a mission to help people, as well as make money.

  4. Green Garage Detroit

    We love having your business in the building.  We believe in you!

  5. Barry Reed Sr


  6. Chris Kruskie

    U sound like the most brilliant person i have ever been blessed to have known. Run with this idea Chris, run with it. Seriously, great idea and much needed program within our schools from college to middle schools.

  7. Brandy Jans

    love win-win-win businesses!

  8. Jody Johnson Kruskie

    Positively awesome concept!

  9. Chris Smith


    Thanks Jody, Brandy, Chris, Barry and Brandon! We appreciate the support! We appreciate the sentiments, Green Garage! We love working there!

  10. Stephen Bannatyne

    I’ve been a fan of this idea since you told me about it 3 years ago at the Brass Rail. Glad to see it moving forward and keep up the good work!

  11. Chris Smith


    Thx Steve. New business plan is complete, building it out as we speak!

  12. Barbara L Horton Barron

    Love this idea!!!

  13. Lisa Brumfield

    Fabulous idea!

  14. Jennifer Roper

    This type of program would have been very motivational for me when I was in college.  As someone who began regularly exercising in graduate school, I can attest to the impact of getting the habit early in order to affect lifelong behavior patterns!

  15. Chris Smith


    Thanks Barbara and Lisa! I couldn’t agree more, Jennifer. I would have loved it when I was going to school!

  16. Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt

    Great job, this looks solid!

  17. Ife Johnson

    Ran this idea past my son who’s in college and he wants to know if it will be available outside of Michigan as well! Wonderful concept!

  18. Kathy Weaver

    Wow! What a tremendous idea! I find exercise is more fun when done with a group!

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This idea was funded by public endorsement on January 24, 2013.