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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Revolutionizing Physical Strength Assessment and Training: The Proteus Motion Journey

February 15th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In the realm of physical fitness and rehabilitation, a transformative wave is making its presence felt, and at the forefront is Proteus Motion. We had the opportunity to converse with Paul Vizzio, the Director of Hardware Engineering at Proteus Motion, to explore how this company is redefining strength assessment and training.

Proteus Motion has taken a critical look at the limitations of traditional one-dimensional strength measurement—think bench presses and squats—and has flipped the script. Recognizing that over 95% of human movement is rotational and multi-planar, they’ve developed a hardware and software solution that simplifies the complex sports science lab into a single, accessible ‘box.’ This innovative system offers detailed analyses of movements, identifies areas of imbalance, and tailors hyper-specific training programs, all within a fraction of the time and equipment traditionally required.

Unlike conventional one-dimensional training apparatus like Nautilus machines, Proteus Motion introduces a three-dimensional resistance training experience that feels akin to moving underwater. Paul Vizzio explains that this isn’t just about offering a new kind of workout; it’s about providing data-driven insights that lead to targeted training, whether on their system or others. The holistic approach has garnered attention, with over 75,000 users ranging from professional athletes to physical therapy patients.

Expanding Reach: Proteus Motion’s Deployment Across Elite and Medical Fitness Arenas

Proteus Motion’s impact in the realm of physical training and rehabilitation is not only innovative but also widespread. With 400 machines deployed, the company’s reach extends to an array of facilities focused on enhancing athletic performance and recovery. These establishments range from high-end commercial gyms such as Equinox, which cater to clientele that appreciate the blend of luxury and cutting-edge fitness technology, to professional sports teams seeking a competitive edge. Moreover, the Proteus System has found a significant place in the collegiate and high school sports sectors, where it aids in developing young athletes.

The influence of Proteus Motion also permeates the medical field, with physical therapy clinics and rehabilitation centers utilizing the system to provide tailored therapeutic exercises and to monitor patient progress with precision. While the system is not as prevalent in standard 24-hour fitness centers due to its size and the level of investment required, its presence in more specialized training centers and medical facilities underscores its value in settings that prioritize customized, data-driven strength and conditioning programs.

Engineering with Excellence: The Role of SOLIDWORKS

At the heart of Proteus Motion’s design and development process is SOLIDWORKS, a state-of-the-art 3D CAD software. This tool has been instrumental in the creation and continuous improvement of the Proteus System. Vizzio, leveraging his extensive experience with SOLIDWORKS, manages the end-to-end process of product development, from concept to production. 

Paul Vizzio’s choice to use SOLIDWORKS for Proteus Motion’s design and development was a calculated decision influenced by several pragmatic considerations. His familiarity with SOLIDWORKS, stemming from years of professional use, certainly played a role. Yet, it was the software’s comprehensive capabilities that truly made the difference. SOLIDWORKS offers a seamless integration of CAD design, simulation, and revision management, which is essential for ensuring the safety and reliability of their innovative fitness equipment. The ability to run static FEA simulations to adhere to commercial fitness equipment standards, which require a six times safety factor, made SOLIDWORKS an indispensable tool for Proteus Motion.

Furthermore, the shift to SOLIDWORKS was also a strategic move to accommodate remote work requirements during the pandemic. The cloud-based features of the 3D experience platform offered by SOLIDWORKS eliminated the need for network infrastructure traditionally required for network licenses, which was a significant advantage as the team adapted to the new work environment. This forward-thinking approach allowed for flexibility and scalability in Proteus Motion’s product development process, ensuring that the team could collaborate effectively regardless of physical location.

Paul Vizzio’s decision to implement Altium for Proteus Motion’s electrical design work was driven by the need for advanced capabilities that could support the intricate and nuanced requirements of their high-tech fitness equipment. Altium stands out for its robust 3D PCB design capabilities, allowing for the precise arrangement of electronic components within the physical confines of the hardware. This level of precision is critical when designing compact and sophisticated devices like the Proteus System, which integrates a multitude of sensors and electronic elements.

The transition from initial designs in Eagle to Altium was a strategic enhancement, facilitated by the arrival of a dedicated electrical engineer to the team. Altium’s ability to handle complex routing, sophisticated connector placements, and overall electrical integrity of the design was essential for the seamless integration of electronic and mechanical components, ensuring reliable and safe operation of the fitness systems. Despite some challenges in compatibility with SOLIDWORKS, the combination of Altium’s electrical design strengths and SOLIDWORKS’ mechanical prowess provided Proteus Motion with a comprehensive design and simulation ecosystem, well-suited for their cutting-edge product development.

A Future Forged in Tech

With around 25 employees and a trio directly involved with their 3D systems, Proteus Motion is on a path of continuous innovation. While currently working with a contract manufacturer, there’s an eye towards potential in-house production, which would open up new avenues for technology integration.

Artificial intelligence isn’t a stranger at Proteus Motion. While not yet integrated into their design systems, AI tools like ChatGPT are part of the daily workflow, assisting in everything from planning to writing. Paul expresses a keen interest in leveraging AI for generative design and optimizing their already sophisticated data analysis for even more personalized training programs.

Discovering Proteus Motion

For those interested in this cutting-edge confluence of sports science and technology, Proteus Motion can be found at their digital home, This is where the future of individualized physical training beckons.

Paul’s conversation enlightens us on how Proteus Motion isn’t just innovating for the sake of novelty but is genuinely striving to establish a new universal standard for physical strength assessments. With a blend of tech prowess and an unwavering commitment to improving human performance, Proteus Motion is certainly a name to watch in the ever-evolving landscape of physical training and rehabilitation.


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