FOUNDER / CEO
Listen to Paul Francis on the Space Foundation’s Space4U Podcast discussing his journey as an inventor and how he came to work with NASA on the technology that would be used by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Paul Francis invented SpiraFlex resistance technology for NASA‘s Mission Critical program to counteract astronaut bone and muscle loss caused by zero gravity. A NASA 16 week study proved SpiraFlex provided the same benefits as the gold standard of free-weights. Over 50 International Space Station crew members have kept in shape over 10 years using the SpiraFlex powered iRED invented by Francis.
Next, he licensed SpiraFlex technology to Nautilus Inc. and helped developed the Bowflex Revolution home gym, which has achieved sales of over $260 million.
Francis has founded OYO Fitness to incorporate SpiraFlex technology into fitness equipment that can used where you are right now – providing the same benefits as weights, without the weight. The company’s first product was the second most funded fitness product in Kickstarter history.
The company’s pipeline of personal health and fitness equipment will continue to enable people get strong and lean. Group exercise classes use the OYO Gym in HIIT, Yoga, Pilates and Indoor Cycling programs. Companies are providing OYO Gyms to employees for fitness breaks at their desk that can be tracked and rewarded.
OYO is one of the fastest growing brands in the fitness industry, now expanding international distribution in Europe, Asia and South America.
Joseph Kessinger, CPA
Joe is a business advisor/financer with more than 30 years of experience in business development, corporate value enhancement, family business transitions, corporate finance and merger/acquisition advisory services. He has been employed by two Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG and Ernst & Young), managed venture capital/private equity portfolios, consulted with family offices and has started, owned, operated and sold several different businesses, including an electronics manufacturing company and a medical device manufacturer. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of 6 privately-held businesses and acts as CFO for 4 businesses.
“I am a personal trainer in Overland Park, body builder and former firefighter. I developed the workout and nutrition programs for the OYO Personal Gym and work with OYO Fitness as a virtual personal trainer for our workout videos. I also developed and ran the 10 Week Challenge program where participants lost an average of 17lbs and 19 inches.”
Brand & Web Director
Sonya has 18 years of experience as a graphic designer and illustrator and 12 years of experience in front end web development and eCommerce. At OYO Fitness, she helps implement CEO Paul Francis’ creative vision across all points of customer contact — websites, email marketing, packaging, and print collateral.
Director, Taiwan Office
“My extensive background in manufacturing and project management ensures that we are delivering products of the highest quality to our customers and distributors.”
Lawrence (Larry) Guerra, B.S.M.E.
Director of Product Engineering
Larry has 30 years of experience in product development in industries that include fitness equipment, medical, consumer, and robotic systems. He draws on the previous eleven years’ experience in tool and die and factory maintenance to optimize designs and facilitate manufacturing. Larry is an inventor on over 85 patents, issued and pending.
LEROY CHIAO, Ph.D.
OYO Fitness Advisor, Former NASA Astronaut
Leroy Chiao has vast experience in both the public and private sector. In addition to his human spaceflight experience at NASA, he has also worked extensively in academia, government laboratories and in commercial ventures and technology startups. Leroy exercised with SpiraFlex technology for 6 months on the International Space Station and returned stronger than when he left.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt