At Gulf Coast MakerCon, we have a strong focus on entrepreneurship, invention, craft and trades, and our Inventors Showcase will feature a number of locally developed products and ideas, among them Palm Harbor based Athletes Performance Gear’s new hydration system for athletes.
At GCMC, John Hobbs, founder of the company, will be letting be look at his product and provide feedback, and he will also be giving a workshop on raising capital for inventors and small business. Here’s what John has to say about what he makes and why he makes it.
GCMC: Who are and what do you make?
JH: I’m the Founder of Athletes Performance Gear and we make a patented hydration system, active wear apparel & electrolytes. When we launch our Business Models assure many of our customers purchase all three.
GCMC: Tell us about your new product?
JH: Athletes Performance Gear’s balance water bottle system is designed to envelope hands, resting on top of the hand, requiring virtually no effort to hold. We also have an alterative strap for though that prefer it so the bottle require no effort of hold.
It has a trigger & valve system. To drink you simply use the trigger that opens a value then drink. It’s that simple and easy. They are used one in each at the same time, encouraging proper posture and form, helping you build a better body.
They only weigh 19oz when full and 4ozs empty, they never become a burden to use. They hold 15ozs each helping you maintain proper hydration for hours. They are designed to add weight attachment to build stronger arms and shoulder while increasing the calories you burn. They are designed to add flashlight with strobe for safety at night.
GCMC: What else do you make?
JH: APG has an active wear appeal line so our customers “Have the Look™” when using APG™ bottles. APG has one of the best electrolytes on the market giving your body what it needs to help maintain peak performance from start to finish.
GCMC: Why do you make it? What problem are you addressing?
JH: Most runners and walkers start to become dehydrated in 15 minutes but do not start feeling the negative effects till 45 minutes. All the products on the market that offer a solution negatively effect a runners rhythm and stride while may cause injuries.
GCMC: Why do you think what you make is important?
JH: APG’s products combined has a cumulative beneficial effect on our customers. With our electrolytes and bottles, runners and walkers stay properly hydrated so they feel better before and during their workout, Build a Better Body(TM) because our balanced hydration system encourages proper form and posture, recover quicker due to less lactic acid build up loss weight quick due to proper fluid consumption during their workout and workout more often because the feel better so they reach their fitness goals fast. The customers that wear our active wear apparel will receive added benefit of visual appeal because they Have the Look(TM) the is stylish and sought after.
GCMC: What are you bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon?
JH: Prototypes of the bottles and questionnaires
GCMC: Will folks be able to do anything at your booth?
JH: They will be able to try a bottle on and give feedback.
GCMC: Why should folks come out to a maker festival?
JH: To see a lot of cool and exciting product coming to market soon! If they are raising capital they should come for my presentation.
GCMC: What’s so great about making stuff?
JH: Creating something that contributes to the wellbeing of a group of people is an awesome thing to do and it feels great!!
Come check out Athletes Performance Gear’s hydration system and get some tips on raising capital for your next project, at Gulf Coast MakerCon on April 18th!