In this podcast interview, the founder of Gripedo Trainer, Emre Bardakci, discusses the development and benefits of his patented training device. The Gripedo is used by a wide range of athletes and professional teams in sports such as the Olympics, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MiLB, UFC, and Crossfit Games. Bardakci, a former US Open Silver Medalist and biomedical engineer with over 30 years of training and coaching experience, created the Gripedo to improve athletes' grip and arm strength and endurance, which are crucial for optimal athletic performance. The Gripedo has several patent-pending technologies, including a wrist roller that fits on an Olympic size barbell, and can be used for various training modalities, including sand training, low-impact training, rehabilitation, active recovery, and injury prevention. Overall, the Gripedo Trainer is a versatile and effective tool for improving grip and arm strength, as well as conditioning, for athletes of all levels. During the podcast interview with Emre Bardakci, founder of Gripedo Trainer, he discussed some of the challenges that his company faced while growing their business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other businesses, Gripedo Trainer faced a range of hurdles, including disruptions in the global supply chain, social distancing requirements, and reduced consumer spending.
One of the major challenges faced by Gripedo Trainer was the shortage of raw materials needed for production due to disruptions in the global supply chain caused by the pandemic. This led to delays in production and increased costs, which ultimately impacted the company's bottom line.
Another hurdle was the need to adapt to the changing market conditions brought about by COVID-19. With gyms and training facilities closed or operating at reduced capacity, the demand for fitness equipment shifted towards home-based solutions. Bardakci noted that his company had to pivot their marketing and sales strategies to better reach consumers who were now working out at home.
Finally, the economic impact of the pandemic led to reduced consumer spending, which also affected Gripedo Trainer's revenue. To combat this, the company had to find ways to be more efficient and reduce costs while maintaining the quality of their product.
Despite these challenges, Bardakci remained optimistic about the future of Gripedo Trainer and emphasized the importance of adapting to changing market conditions and finding new ways to meet the needs of customers during difficult times.