Entrepreneur of the Week: Tim Reynolds

February 5, 2014


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Launch NY is proud to be working with some of the most promising start-up businesses in Upstate New York. Each week we will bring you an interesting story about people with whom Launch NY is working, and who are shaping the entrepreneurial landscape in Upstate New York.

Tim Reynolds

CEO, KettleShell

Tim ReynoldsTim Reynolds interest in entrepreneurialism stemmed from Ithaca College’s Business Idea Competition in the fall of 2011. Reynolds developed an idea for a rehabilitation innersole of a shoe that detected weight-bearing forces and would help patients with lower extremity injuries maintain a partial weight-bearing status during their recovery process. This idea led to the establishment of the company InteliStep, LLC, and a gateway to his most recent venture, KettleShell. Operating as the Chief Executive Officer, Reynolds, along with his business partner Brian Rettger, invented an adapter handle for dumbbells that transforms dumbbells into kettlebells. Reynolds received an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College in clinical health studies with a minor in exercise science, and will be receiving his doctorate in physical therapy in May 2014. During his undergraduate career, Reynolds was awarded the Sidney D. Rodenberg Memorial Scholastic Award, an award given annually to the top Allied Health student in the United States. This strong academic background in exercise science allowed for Reynolds to find a way to bring an innovative solution to a commonly found problem within the fitness industry.



Kettleshell The KettleShell’s strong, steel “shell” allows for the shaft of a dumbbell to be locked securely within the adapter, and a connected handle permits the device to be utilized in a kettlebell-like fashion. By converting any dumbbell into a kettlebell, the KettleShell increases the versatility of pre-existing fitness equipment, and ultimately saves the user money and floor space.



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