MAXPRO Fitness on ‘Shark Tank’: What is the cost, who is the founder and how to exercise anywhere?

Lena Weib

New Year is around the corner and you know what that means- time for once again promising to go to a gym and work out. So, you enthusiastically sign up for an annual membership and probably go to the gym maybe for a couple of weeks before dreading the very thought of stepping into the gym or your erratic schedule getting in the way of hitting the gym. If this sounds like something that might happen to you, then you might want to check out the upcoming episode of ‘Shark Tank’ featuring a product called MAXPRO Fitness.

With MAXPRO Fitness, you’ll no longer have to miss out on your workouts while traveling or on days when you don’t want to go to the gym but still want to work out. The brand’s founder- Nezar Akeel will be pitching his innovative exercise equipment to the Sharks- Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec. If you’re curious to know more about MAXPRO Fitness, and how it can help you workout anywhere and anytime without going to the gym, then keep reading.

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What is MAXPRO Fitness?

MAXPRO Fitness is a compact fitness machine for a full body work out for people of all fitness levels. It is portable yet effective and can replace most of the gym equipment while weighing less than 10 pounds and can be folded in half. ” MAXPRO™️ SmartConnect is a beautifully designed machine with styling lines inspired by products as varied as Italian sports cars, hoverboards, and even athletic shoes. This inspiration, combined with our team’s artistic vision, have created an extraordinarily simple and cool looking machine, that is strong, durable, and ready for the toughest workouts,” states the website.

Each MAXPRO Fitness package includes MAXPRO Cable Machine, one short/long bar, a pair of workout handles, a pair of ankle/wrist straps, EZ door mounting system, and a USB charger. Some of the other cool features of MAXPRO Fitness machine are:

The patent-pending PowerClutch technology provides adjustable resistance from 5 pounds to 150 pounds per side with only the turn of a dial.

The Cables are made of a special blend of fibers used in bullet-proof vests with 1000 pounds of break strength. They are 15 times stronger than steel. They can also be easily adjusted for length and secured with the unique lock system, while moving freely in any direction. 

The MAXPRO Performance and Coaching app becomes your personal trainer. Follow along with professional trainers or customize your workout from the 200 (and growing) exercises in the library. Receive real-time feedback on reps, time, heart rate, velocity and power. Communicate with the global MAXPRO community, participate in challenges, win awards for your progress, milestones and achievements. Take advantage of the curated articles from around the world on improving your nutrition and general physical and mental health.



 

Who is the founder?

Nezar Akeel is the founder and CEO of MAXPRO Fitness. On the brand’s website he states, “My initial motivation for starting MAXPRO came to me because I kept missing workouts when I was traveling for business. Without a portable fitness system that I could take anywhere to workout anytime, I decided to invent my own so that I could help anyone get a great workout regardless of where they are.” 

Nezar began working out extensively when he was selected as a Division 1 soccer player at Eastern Michigan University. Back then he was looking for a compact and portable fitness system that would help him pack in a good workout whenever he needed it, but unfortunately, he couldn’t find any. So he took it upon himself to create one, and began doodling his ideas on paper towels. 

After pursuing a BS in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and an MS in engineering management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he briefly dabbled in the automotive industry, before getting back to his dream of creating a compact and portable workout machine. So he founded MAXPRO Fitness.

Nezar Akeel, the founder and CEO of MAXPRO Fitness (Shark Tank/ ABC)

What is the cost and where to buy MAXPRO FItness from?

A MAXPRO Fitness Smart Connect Portable Machine costs $979, but the brand is currently running holiday sales so you can get it for a discounted price of $849. You can also check out the Elit Bundle which comprises of MAXPRO SmartConnect, Bench, Wall Track, Yoga Mat, Jump Trainer Belt, Suspension Handles, Foam Roller, & the Backpack. The Elite Bundle costs $1730, but you can get it for $1330 with the Holidays discount price. You can get your very own MAXPRO Fitness machine from either the brand’s website here or from Amazon.

The fitness machine has gotten several glowing reviews from its customers both on Amazon and the MAXPRO website. A customer wrote, “I love my Max pro mobile gym it’s easy to add more weight when needed and the different exercises u can do with this is amazing and the best part u can take it any where ! Great product glad I bought my max pro.”

Where is MAXPRO Fitness now?

In May 2021, the brand announced that Shaquile O’Neal invested in the brand. “MAXPRO, the startup making at-home and connected fitness accessible to all, today announced a strategic partnership with basketball Hall of Famer and entertainment icon Shaquille O’Neal, who has invested in the company to reinforce MAXPRO’s mission to help individuals of all fitness levels achieve their goals,” stated the press release. “Since the company was founded, MAXPRO has grown from a pre-revenue Kickstarter campaign to a high-growth startup that has sold 10,000+ units worldwide (56 countries, all 50 US states) in 2021, and has earned $10M+ of revenue. Given the current state of the global fitness industry, MAXPRO is poised to continue this growth with expanded hardware and digital offerings. According to RunRepeat, 37% of gym members globally have already cancelled or are considering cancelling their gym memberships permanently, while 47% do not plan to return to the gym upon reopening. This data points to a massive consumer need for MAXPRO’s breed of at-home fitness,” revealed the release.

 

Who will steal the deal?

Mark Cuban might close the deal. Although the brand’s sales numbers and profit margins will ultimately be the major deciding factor for the sharks on whether to invest in the business or not. So, we will just have to wait and watch to see if the Sharks even make a deal.

Mark Cuban tests out MAXPRO Fitness gear alongside the brand’s founder Nezar Akeel on ‘Shark Tank’ (ABC)

‘Shark Tank’ Season 13 Episode 9 airs on ABC on December 17, 2021, at 8 pm ET. Catch the latest episode featuring products like Liberate, MAXPRO Fitness, Tenikle, and Banana Loca.
 
 Missed an episode? Been wanting to catch up? Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. Not just that, you can also watch old seasons and episodes on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.

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