Hamilton entrepreneur makes fitness more flexible with new virtual platform


Published March 7, 2022 at 1:33 pm

A Hamilton entrepreneur’s passion for health and wellness has led to the launch of a very unique virtual platform that will help people across the world stay connected, active and healthy.

Yoga instructor Jayla Pearce said that at the beginning of the pandemic she was constantly frustrated with conferencing platforms that she found to be cumbersome and fragmented.

Technical glitches and time delays on the platforms proved very disruptive and time-consuming and the technical ins and outs of the new virtual reality could be very daunting to navigate.

It was in facing these pandemic challenges that Pearce, with the help of one of her students, came up with the idea for an online platform designed to seamlessly connect fitness and wellness instructors with their students.

Vstudio, a “game-changing, all-in-one solution to teaching online,” launched recently and is poised to make some waves in the world of fitness given the recent challenges the industry has faced.

“For the instructor, we provide an all-in-one platform, including video conferencing, that makes it easy to run all of their offerings,” Pearce said.

“The most feedback we get is how simple and easy it is for them to run things and for their students to attend. And just how easy it is for them to figure out.”

One unique feature of vstudio is that the teacher can see all the students while students only see the teacher, and students can ask questions only the teacher can hear.

Instructors also have the opportunity to create membership programming and class packs to improve student commitment and engagement as well as other features that are designed to free up time to allow for business owners to focus on their brand and growth.

Right now, vstudio has a network of instructors from 22 countries and the platform is looking to expand that network. To that end, vstudio will be offering a one-month free trial. After that, monthly pricing ranges from $15 to $113.

In order to get vstudio off the ground, Pearce partnered with McMaster University’s business incubator The Forge.

“Running a business can be lonely and isolating and a little daunting figuring out where to focus,” Pearce said.

“So, I’m just so excited to be a part of a community. It’s only been a couple of weeks that I’ve joined this incubator, but I have already made great connections.”

Pearce said vstudio will be looking to raise its first round of investment funds this spring/summer and will be also launching a participant membership in the months to come.

To learn more about vstudio, visit its website.

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