The founder

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Francois Gazzano is the founder and CEO of FITSTATS Technologies, Inc.

Helping high performance athletes remain injury-free and encouraging children to develop proficiency in various sport and physical activities have always been Francois’ top priorities.

Back in the late 1990’s, when he was working as a full time strength and conditioning coach, he started using Dr. Carl Foster’s session-RPE method to quantify training load and prevent overuse injuries and burnout.? He found that this method was a great success. Athletes enjoyed the analyses and achieved excellent results.

Francois recognized the need for a convenient tool to use the session-RPE more effectively with the professional and national-levels teams and athletes he was working with at the time (in ice-hockey, rugby, handball, figure skating, speed skating, volleyball). This led him to create, the first web-based platform to monitor athlete’s training load, monotony, and strain, using the session-RPE method.? To commercialize this product, Advanced Fitness Designs (recently renamed FITSTATS Technologies) was founded.

A little later, in 2006, dismayed to see that many so children and adolescents didn’t have the opportunities to experience a wide range of sports in a friendly, non-competitive way, Francois founded the New-Brunswick Sports Academy, a non-profit group that still organizes sports discovery programs in K-8 schools. Offering multi-sport experiences for thousands of children was very rewarding. His involvement with schools and physical education professionals led him to develop the first web-based fitness and motor-skills assessment platform, FITSTATS, which is now used by thousands of health and physical education specialists worldwide.

Francois loves making new professional acquaintances. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to talk technology, business, athlete monitoring, injury prevention or road cycling. Francois can be reached at fgazzano[at]