Malaysia 1st Home Fitness Platform
1Flex is Malaysia’s 1st home fitness platform that offers online workout classes and programs via our mobile apps. Founded in 2020 during the pandemic while the country was in MCO lockdown, 1Flex was created to provide a safe and convenient way for Malaysians to get into a fitness routine with home workouts.
1Flex’s approach to home fitness is to create challenges and programs tailored to our users’ fitness goal, needs and lifestyle. Our programs can be categorised into three which are Get Strong, Lose Weight and Get Fit. In addition, each user is assigned an in-house certified coach to guide them throughout the program to achieve their fitness goals.
The pandemic has disrupted the global fitness industry. Experts believe gyms are potential sources of outbreak/cluster for spreading the virus. There have been many cases of gym clusters around the world, including in Malaysia (link). As such, people turned to home fitness to stay healthy and fit during this pandemic.
There will be a subset of people who will stay with home fitness post pandemic. They realise the convenience factors and lower cost of home fitness compared to paying monthly gym memberships. Besides that, home fitness has been a fast-growing space before the pandemic as people become increasingly busy with their lives and find it hard to spend the time to drive to the gym, work out in a crowd, and then go home. There are fast-growing players in-home fitness that have been around before the pandemic.
Rising Health Awareness
Malaysians are increasingly health-conscious due to
- Growing middle class with a college education and disposable income
- Large overweight population and related health issues such as diabetes and strokes
- Unsustainable medical cost inflation (prevention is better than cure)
We created programs by certified coaches to catered to our members’ fitness level and goals based on science and progression.
Three pillars of 1Flex programs targeting different fitness goals:
- Lose Weight
- Get Strong
- Get Fit
Each program is 4-8 weeks long
Local Fitness Influencers
Our trainers are either instructors at popular local studios and have a loyal following or certified personal trainers with their clients
The popularity of our trainers bring initial attention to our workouts and programs
These trainers are eager to work with us because 1Flex pay a better rate than their average class rate (the recorded workouts stay in our library forever), and COVID has impacted the attendance of physical gyms
1Flex platform is available via our mobiles apps on Google Playstore and Apple Appstore. Users can also use it on the computer browser. Our user interface and experience are all designed to be mobile-first. Still, our workout videos can be streamed to the TV for convenience.
1Flex was launched in Oct ’20 after a two week beta in Sept ’20. In a brief period (approximately three months), we have close to 1,000 registered users. We are currently adding about +10 users a day. While we have not prioritised converting them to Premium Users, we now have RM2,000+ in subscription revenue recurring.
1Flex’s current target customers are:
- 70% women and 30% men
- Young working adults, aged 20-40
- Beginner to intermediate in fitness level and experience
1Flex operates on a “Freemium” model of subscription-based business model. This means we have two tiers of membership:
- 1Flex Lite - A free version of 1Flex membership with limited access to our programs and features
- 1Flex Premium - A paid version of 1Flex membership with full access to our programs and premium features such as rewards and personal coaching
In the first year, 1Flex will prioritise gaining users to its 1Flex Lite membership. Then after building a strong and loyal community, 1Flex will start focusing on converting these users to our 1Flex Premium Membership with exclusive workout content and features.
Here are our current pricing plans
User Acquisition Strategy
- Facebook, Instagram, etc.
- Google SEO and keyword ads
- Trainers and Users
- Insurance companies (in discussion with Zurich)
- Fitness apparel (upcoming collboration with LIVLOLA)
- Health trackers (WPM Online)
- Others (W Hotel, Activ Studio, Movement Method)
1Flex’s addressable market (TAM) in Malaysia is large and fast-growing. In fitness alone, the TAM is close to RM 1 billion and growing at 10% as Malaysians are increasingly more health and fitness conscious.
Beyond fitness, 1Flex will expand our platform in nutrition and supplements to help our users reach their fitness goals. That sector is more significant (RM4.5 billion), more competitive and saturated, but 1Flex would have the data and captive customers to cross-sell.
There is currently no meaningful competitor in Malaysia, but we do face competition from international players. We believe 1Flex delivers more value and functions to our users than our competitors at a more competitive price.
1Flex is raising a Pre-Seed funding round to commercialise the home fitness platform further. Most of the funds (80%) will be used for content production (hiring trainers and shooting videos) and marketing. The remaining funds will be used for operating expenses such as rent and salaries. The funds will be to provide us with two-year runway until we reach profitability.
1Flex is on a mission to get all Malaysians to combat inactivity and health problems through our simple & effective digital fitness platform
Year 1: Home Fitness
- Bodyweight exercises for at home workouts
- Equipment based workouts for more intermediate users
- Mobile first design approach
Year 2: Nutrition and Supplements
- Nutrition and supplements to help our members achieve their fitness goals
- Include healthy food, food replacement, and supplements
- Will be sold via subscription basis
Year 3: Corporate Wellness
- 1Flex membership as employee wellness benefit
- Create solutions catered for HR to motivate employees and track progress
- Large untapped market
The company has a strong growth profile and will be profitable at the end of 2022
To date, the company is bootstrap funded from the two Co-Founders, Lam Kok Chen and Gilbert Wulff, via paid-up capital (RM20k) and shareholder loans (RM120k)
Gilbert Wulff - CoFounder
- 6+ years of full-stack web development
- Previously senior developer at BuilderTrend, the largest construction management software in USA
- Bachelor of Science, University of Nebraska
Eric Lam - CoFounder
- 5+ years PE and VC investing in the USA
- Board Directors / Observers of 5 global startups
- Startup investor
- Bachelor (Highest Distinction) & MBA, University of Nebraska
Mohd Hafizzat - Head of Fitness
- 10+ years experience as a fitness and performance coach
- Adidas Strength Coach since 2018
- High Performance Coach for Malaysia MotoGP riders
- Co-Founder of Thrive Studio
- Degree in Sports Science, UiTM
Nurul Nazifa - Head of Production
- 5 Years of creative video production
- Previously worked under Petronas Upstream
- Co-Founded a creative collection called @kekabumi
- Bachelor in Interactive Multimedia, Unikl MIIT
Amanda Lew - Head of Marketing
- 6+ years of digital marketing experience
- Previously senior marketing executive with Mah Sing Group
- Experience in fitness startups
- Bachelor, University of Hertfordshire
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