Product idea for a gym and parks & rec departments

Most gyms have class rooms that are used by instructors and personal trainers to lead various exercise classes throughout the day like boot camps, aerobics, yoga, Zumba and Pilates.

I wonder if any gyms have experimented with putting a large, flat screen TV in those rooms so patrons could select from a menu of recorded workouts when live classes are not in session.

I’m sure something like that could also be used by live trainers to broadcast their classes across multiple gyms as well and multiply their class sizes and geographic footprint.

This idea might work in a public space, like a park, too.

Working Out

Working Out (Photo credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums).

Millennium Park in Chicago has the tall, water fountain/splash park with video screens of people making faces from behind the falling water.

I can envision something similar in regular parks.   I envision a “class pad” (flat area with rubberized ground surface similar to most high school tracks) in a park, near the playground equipment, equipped with a video screen that has a menu of different workouts to choose from.  Then the neighborhood moms could let their kids play on the playground and gather for a 20 minute yoga class nearby, or something like that.

Personal trainers could also schedule some of their classes at such facilities.

Ziploc Toiletry Bags

Ziploc – Here’s an idea for you:  Ziploc Toiletry Bags

I imagine it being a bag with compartments inside to hold small bottles of shampoos, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, toothbrush, etc.  Maybe it could even have a pull out portion with some compartments and a plastic hook to hang in the bathroom or shower at the hotel or gym.

I imagine this would be similar to the nylon toiletry bags, but it would be made from plastic instead of cordura nylon.

Value proposition:

  • Inexpensive, disposable solution to more expensive nylon bags that need to be cleaned.
  • We’re supposed to our toiletries in a ziploc bag when we fly anyway.
  • The see-through bag makes it much easier to find things.  At least that’s my experience as I switched to carrying most of my toiletries in Ziplocs when I travel, but would like to have compartments that would make it easy to keep it all organized.

Ready-to-Brew Coffee and Filter Tops

As pre-measured coffee packets for the Keurig and Tassimo coffee brew machines take over more space on grocery shelves and as I clean my own coffee maker every few days from the back splatters of the hot water splashing on top of the uncovered coffee grounds, I wonder why coffee companies have not made ready-to-brew coffee bags.

Essentially, the coffee bags would be similar to the tassimo coffee packets, but for conventional brewing machines. The coffee would be pre-measured to brew a certain size pot and wrapped in a filter that the coffee drinker could pull out of the package and drop right into the the filter basket of their Mr. Coffee maker.  No more scooping, measuring and no more mess.

The coffee bags could come in sizes to fit standard coffee makers out there – 4 cup and 12 cup.   So, instead of buying the big can of loose ground Folgers that brews 240 cups of coffee, I could buy a big can that has 20 coffee/filter bags to make 20 pots of coffee with 12-cups each or 60 coffee/filter bags that brew 60 4-cup pots.

As I see it, this would have these value propositions:

  • Brewing/taste consistency – I’m experienced at measuring the 4-cup pots that I brew for myself.  I do that everyday.  But I’m notorious for making strong coffee when I brew a whole pot to serve company, which I only do occasionally.   The pre-measured packets could help.
  • Time saving – No more scooping coffee and no more cleaning the back splatters and dropped coffee grounds.
  • Cleanliness – No more dropping coffee grounds on the trip between the coffee can to the filter.  And, no more coffee back splatters on the hot water nozzle of the coffee maker.  Result – A cleaner coffee pot, which makes for better tasting coffee and more time savings from not having to clean up the spilled grounds.

Here’s another idea for coffee filter makers.

Make filter tops or filters that can enclose around the coffee grounds better.  That would save from the back splashing spatters and help us home coffee brewers keep our pots clean and save time.

I’ve experimented with putting another coffee filter on top of the coffee grounds and that works well on containing the coffee splatters.

If you use these ideas and they work out, a thank you is always nice.