Meistä – Gymban tarina

Gymba Oy on suomalainen perheyritys, jonka missiona on tuoda tasapainoa – aktiivisuutta ja hyvinvointia – elämääsi. Käyttäessäsi Gymba-lautaa aktivoit kehoasi ja samalla parannat vireystasoasi ja saat enemmän aikaiseksi. Toivomme, että tämä osaltaan auttaa mahdollistamaan sen, että sinulla on aikaa ja energiaa asioihin, jotka ovat sinulle tärkeitä ja parantavat elämänlaatuasi.

Näin aktivointilauta syntyi

Vuoden 2011 lopulla yrityksen perustaja Jarmo Pölönen oli kehittelemässä kaarevaa elementtiä puuvaneerista. Testatakseen sen lujuutta hän astui sen koveralle puolelle ja hetken siinä heiluttuaan Jarmo sai ajatuksen, että sehän voisi toimia urheiluvälineenä. Alkuun hänen mielessään olivat vanhukset sekä fysioterapiaa tarvitsevat ihmiset. Ensimmäiset Gymba-laudan prototyypit annettiin fysioterapiaopiskelijoille ja heidän rohkaisevan palautteen myötä tuotekehittely jatkui.

In 2013 there were more and more research data and discussion in the media about the risks of sitting and the sale of height adjustable desks increased. The problem was that even though the popularity of standing desks increased they eventually ended up being unused because standing on a hard surface or static standing in general feels so uncomfortable. There had to be a better solution to get people to utilize the standing desks. And so the decision was made to focus on improving office ergonomics.

There are quite often headlines and discussions about enviromental issues, and sustainable development is an important value for us. We wanted to present a product that was both environmental and sustainable which is why we decided to use biocomposite as the material. Our ideology is that when used in the right way you'll need to buy each product only once – unless you want to spread the joy and buy them for others of course. And if so happens that the board breaks down anyway the material is fully recyclable.
Thanks to the designer Heikki Koivurova the Gymba Activation Board got the design it has today. And then it was time to think what the board would be called as. There are many kind of boards on the market: balance boards, twist boards, motion boards, exercise boards etc. But all of those labels would narrow down the functions the Gymba board provides. So we launched the term Activation Board because we figured it describes best what the board does and what it was made for: it brings more activity into offices by getting people to stand up more and by changing standing from passive to active – from static to dynamic.
The sales of the Gymba Activation Board started in Finland in 2015. Since then the board has been internationally awarded and today the Gymba Activation Board has retailers on four continents.

Jarmo Pölönen

CEO
Head of product
jarmo@gymba.fi

Hanna Pölönen

Partner
Development manager
hanna@gymba.fi

Heidi Välimäki

Partner
International sales manager
heidi@gymba.fi