Few activities build bonds faster or stronger than a sharing exercise with a friend. Anyone with a running buddy or tennis partner can attest to this reality. It is not unheard of for casual acquaintances to blossom into lifelong friendships through crushing weightlifting goals together or riding along rugged bike trails in tandem. In fact, many are the stories of workout romances when couples fall in love after bonding over fitness.
However, what happens when the process is flipped on its head? Could the pursuit of a meaningful relationship be attained by simultaneously breaking a sweat while breaking the ice?
It seems new technology exists to better test such questions, though it aims to do more than just that. The Houston Chronicle published an article last week featuring two friends who created an app called Muuve that seeks to amalgamate workouts and the accompanying comradery.
Story author Maggie Gordon covers the app’s inspiration through a compelling narrative, writing:
It’s so easy to find a date with a few quick swipes of your phone these days. But what if you’re looking for someone to hit a yoga class with? Avi Ravishankar wanted an app that Houstonians could use to meet new friends and make plans to do something active.
So he and childhood friend Julian Se created Muuve, an app that does just that.
The two, who are now both in their late 20s, have known each other since they both attended Dulles High School in Sugar Land. They were acquaintances then, until one day Ravishankar mentioned that he’d just completed his first marathon, running alongside his father, with a final time of about five-and-a-half hours.
Se looked at Ravishankar.
“Dude, why is your marathon so slow?” asked Se, who was on the high school track team. He told Ravishankar that they should start running together. …
The pair kept in touch after they graduated, when Ravishankar took a job as a mechanical engineer in California and Se began working nearby at a startup. They’d talk running — and disappointment in their first full-time jobs.
They each decided to quit their jobs and return to Houston, where they enrolled in Rice University’s tech accelerator program, OwlSpark. And through a years-long process, they created Muvve. …
Ravishankar cringes at the idea of pitching his app as “Tinder meets working out.” He’d rather it be thought of as ClassPass meets Meetup.
It is often said, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and the innovative duo’s idea is a good one. According to the article, the app boasts more than 3,000 users, and “a slew of local fitness studios that pay to have their events and classes featured.”
To read the full story from Gordon, click here.