Tonal

Strength
Institute

The future of fitness

Founded in 2020, the Tonal Strength Institute is committed to advancing the future of fitness and helping individuals achieve health and performance goals through sports performance partnerships as well as research and thought leadership in strength training, human movement, and behavioral science.

Tonal

Strength
Institute

The future of fitness

Founded in 2020, the Tonal Strength Institute is committed to advancing the future of fitness and helping individuals achieve health and performance goals through sports performance partnerships as well as research and thought leadership in strength training, human movement, and behavioral science.


Advisory Board

The TSI Advisory Board is a hand-selected group of preeminent experts delivering expertise and unparalleled professional insight within the areas of human health and performance, technology and innovation.


Dr. Brad Schoenfeld, PhD

Affiliations: Lehman College

Areas of Expertise: Muscle Hypertrophy, Fat Loss

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Dr. Stacy Sims, PhD

Affiliations: Auckland University of Technology

Areas of Expertise: Women's Health and Performance, Female Physiology & Sex Differences, Environmental Physiology

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Dr. David T Martin, PhD

Affiliations: Australian Catholic University

Areas of Expertise: Training at Altitude and in Hot Conditions, Talent Identification for Cycling, Skeleton and Combat Sports, Belief Effects in High Performance Sport

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Dr. Marcus Elliott, M.D.

Affiliations: P3 Sport Science

Areas of Expertise: Applied Sports Science, Injury Prevention, Sports Performance

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Dr. Riley Williams, M.D.

Affiliations: Hospital for Special Surgery

Areas of Expertise: Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Clinical Outcomes Research, Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation & Athletic Performance Training

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Mike Mancias

Affiliations: Performance Advisor/Trainer to Lebron James

Areas of Expertise: Athletic Training, Sports Performance Coaching, Recovery & Regeneration

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Louisa Nicola

Affiliations: Neuro Athletics

Areas of Expertise: Electroencephalography (EEG), Polysomnography & Sleep Science, Heart Rate Variability & Physiology

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Research

Cutting-edge human movement science with the world as our laboratory - the TSI Research Program aims to investigate biomechanics, physiology and behavioral science while leveraging the world's largest strength training data set.


About the lab

Inside the Tonal Strength Institute’s state-of-the-art biomechanics and physiology, we have multiple ways of capturing how people move while using and interacting with Tonal. With 12 marker-based motion capture cameras, we are able to precisely record the location of every human body segment as well as Tonal accessories. Our optical solution is supplemented with 8 markerless cameras that record a user’s movement in 3D video. A suite of inertial measurement units (IMUs) record accelerations and rotations over a thousand times each second, while force plates and load cells determine how much force a user is generating throughout their body: from pushing off the floor to pulling on the Tonal cable. With electromyography equipment, we map how active a user’s muscles are throughout an exercise. We also track how much effort a workout is with heart rate and oxygen consumption monitoring.

Internal Research Pillars

Ground Truth

Establishing ground truth using validated research-grade equipment

Product Testing

Testing hardware or features that exist on our current product

Product Development

Testing hardware or features on prototypes or proposed products

Strength and Body Composition

Examining the effects of using Tonal on muscle hypertrophy, body composition, strength performance, and corresponding health benefits

Interventions and Programs

Using Tonal as a modality or Tonal programs within intervention studies and examining the effects on various objective and subjective outcomes in general and targeted populations

Quantified Self

Using Tonal as part of self-tracking, where technology and data acquisition are incorporated into daily life, and examining the effects on physical, mental and/or emotional wellbeing


external research

Highpoint University

University of Waterloo

Lehman College, CUNY

Peak Performance Project

Auckland University of Technology

Research Grant Opportunities


The Tonal Strength Institute will target funding specifically to projects that meet TSI objectives and have the potential to kickstart lasting research partnerships with Tonal. TSI will award up to $150,000 total via three to six grants valued at up to $50,000 each. Additionally, all awarded grants will receive a Tonal trainer and Tonal membership for one year.

Learn More

Stay tuned for 2022 TSI Grant Award Recipients!

sports performance

Our Sports Performance Team partners with elite organizations across the globe with the goal of elevating performance and powering the future of training innovation.

More coming soon!