Powel is the first company in the world

“Powel is actually the first company in the world to take part in a scientific based commercial solution that provides employees with longer and healthier lives.” – CEO of Myworkout, Knut Løkke, December 2014.

In December 2014 Myworkout had just been granted financial support from Innovation Norway to start an IRD project with Powel. The projects goal was to improve the endurance and strength of the company employees.

The project is now completed, and last week Powel launched the new workout solution to all their employees in seven different countries.

Read more about Myworkout on myworkout.com.

Pilot Project

The entire project with Powel started with a pilot group from their Trondheim Office. The participants took a biological age test and were then handed a workout program that ´s based on 25 years of research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The program lasted for ten weeks, and the participants were told that they could get a reduction of ten years in biological age if they conducted the program. The result was better than promised for some.

“I’ve gone from 57 to 23 years in biological age, and I have increased my oxygen consumption from 34.3 to 48.5. It is an amazing improvement. ” – Øystein Sæther, CFO of Powel, after ten weeks on Myworkout´s workout program.

Øystein after the first test at Powel´s offices in Trondheim.
Øystein after the first test at Powel´s offices in Trondheim.

More life

– Exercise gives “more life”, and it provides a win-win effect. For the employees, a better health equals more energy and a healthier and longer life. The company, on the other hand, saves money and could potentially increase earnings by having more efficient employees, Knut Løkke says when asked why a company should offer exercise to their employees.

Powel has offices and employees in several countries and is therefore dependent on an international exercise platform. In addition, it varies how much workout equipment the employees have access to, therefore they should be offered exercise that don´t demand access to a fully equipped gym. An important factor for Powel is that they offer exercise based on knowledge and research, and that even the inactive employees is motivated to be more active.

– We care about our employee’s health, which basically is every employee’s own responsibility. However, we think we will get a positive response if we facilitate to motivate our employees to take care of their own health, the CEO of Powel, Bård Benum, says.

– That´s why we invest through this project, because it is both knowledge and solutions we believe will motivate our employees to take care of their health, he continues.

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CEO of Powel, Bård Benum, during the launch of Powel Active.

The result of the project is an international exercise platform and an app, which both aim to provide all employees of Powel more life: more life in terms of better health, increased energy and a longer life without disease and injury

Information about our exercise program and expected results:

Seven years reduced biological age corresponds statistically to:

5% increased productivity at work

3-4 days reduced sick leave per employee per year

25-35% reduced risk of developing age and lifestyle related disease and premature death.

Reduced his biological age with 40 years

Øystein Sæther (56) works as CFO at Powel in Trondheim, and the first time Myworkout met him he told us his life consisted of little exercise. When he was introduced to Powel Active, however, he found the motivation to do something about that.

“When I first was introduced to Myworkout and Powel Active I was unsure if it would make a difference, but it was exciting to be a part of something new. I also think that a focus on health in a workplace is important”, the 56-year-old says.

Found motivation in poor performance

On powelactive.com Øystein got access to a unique test that he conducted before starting the new workout regime. This test quantified his health by providing his biological age and oxygen consumption.

On the first test, Øystein´s result was a biological age of 67 years. 11 years older than his real age.

“I felt like a pensioner. However, it gave me the motivation I needed to increase the amount of exercise and get in better shape”, he explains.

Øystein during the first test at Powel´s offices in Trondheim. In front you see founder and CEO of Myworkout, Knut Løkke, and Professor of Medicin, Jan Hoff.
Øystein during the first test at Powel´s office in Trondheim. In front you see founder and CEO of Myworkout, Knut Løkke, and Professor of Medicine, Jan Hoff.

Research shows that biological age is one of the best measures we have on physical health, and the test Øystein took is available for everyone to use at powelactive.com. In addition, Myworkout has developed an app, Mybioage, which gives you the opportunity to conduct the same test outdoor. You can log in to the app using your credentials from powelactive.com. The test is based on 25 years of research and enables you to quantify your own physical fitness in a simple and efficient manner.

40 years younger

After the first test Øystein started a ten-week workout program. Every week he conducted two sessions, doing 4 by 4 intervals and 4 by 4 strength training.

After completing the training program Øystein took the test again, and he admitted he was a little nervous about the result. It would prove to be an unnecessary concern.

“It was a feeling of happiness that struck me when I got the results”, he says, and continues:

“I was 27 years in biological age!”

Øystein running together with colleague Katrine Kavli Sivertzen in Trondheim.
Øystein running together with colleague Katrine Kavli Sivertzen in Trondheim.

The decrease in biological age was not the only way Øystein noticed an improvement on his health. In addition, he has lost weight and gained more energy.

“For example, the hunting trips are much easier now compared to how they used to be. I got in much better shape after I started doing 4 by 4 workouts”, he explains.

Øystein´s progress after the ten weeks were formidable, and a typical result after ten weeks is a reduction of ten years in biological age. If you do like Øystein, and follow Powel Active´s 4 by 4 workout, you can achieve a biological age of 20 years. And this age is possible to sustain until you are 80.

“I believe in this concept and the workout this site provides”, Øystein concludes.

Motivated by knowledge

Katrine Kavli Sivertzen (29) thought the effect she got from exercising was related to the amount of time she spent working out. She was on daily hour-long runs in the pursuit of the effect, but it wasn´t showing. That was before she was introduced to Myworkout, the company that have developed Powel´s new workout site, powelactive.com.

“I had no progress except that it became a habit for me to run every day, and gradually I began to struggle with inflammation in my calf. It got to the point where I could not stand up and put my socks on”, she explains.

When Katrine was introduced to powel active approximately one year ago, her inflammation had retreated. And already after ten weeks on our workout program, she experienced great progress.

“I’ve always had strong legs, but fallen short of breath. After I started working out with powel active I have experienced a significant improvement in both running technique, pace, strength, and last, but not least, in my endurance”, she explains.

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“I’ve always had strong legs, but fallen short of breath” – Katrine

Motivated by knowledge

Myworkout base their training on world-renowned research, offering effective workouts that give you better health and a longer life. This is of course also implemented in powelactive.com. The training is quality assured by professors of medicine, Jan Hoff and Jan Helgerud. They are recognized for their research on 4 by 4 workouts, and work with both heart patients and athletes to help them achieve better health and reach their goals.

Katrine says she was motivated by the knowledge she acquired from powel active; how effective exercise affect her health, and how easily she can influence her health and future.

“What made me confident on 4 by 4 workout was that I quickly experienced progress. This form of exercise compared to what I did before gave me better progress, even though I spent less time exercising”, Katrine says, and continues:

“It’s no longer something I once was told was the most effective form of exercise, it is something I believe in and trust.”

Katrine running together with colleague Øystein Sæther in Trondheim.
Katrine running together with colleague Øystein Sæther in Trondheim.

Quantify your health

In addition to effective workouts you get access to a biological age test on powelactive.com. You conduct the test on a treadmill, and it quantifies your health in a clear and understanding way. The test provides you with your biological age and your oxygen consumption, which are the best measures we have on physical health today. Recently Myworkout also newly launched an app, Mybioage, which gives you the opportunity to conduct the same test outdoor. You can log in to the app using your credentials from powelactive.com.

Katrine has taken the test several times and find motivation in seeing the time she spends exercising gives results.

“I think it is interesting to test my health occasionally, simply because I’m curious about the progress. Exercising is a bit like in life, when I work extra hard for a period of time I expect to see results. Positive results.”

Long and healthy life

Katrine describes herself as a lover of life, and she often spends time outdoors with her fiancée on weekends, in addition to the regular workout sessions during the week. She cares about her health, and not just her own health. With an active lifestyle and the knowledge she has gained through powelactive.com she can achieve her goals and live a long and disease free life.

“I plan to be a mother one day, and I want for my children what my parents wanted for me, a physically active and healthy childhood. We only live once, and I want my life to be long and healthy”, she concludes.