Our story

It all began with back pain years ago. Today, SpineGym training is used widely across the world to strenghten the core and to improve physical ability and well-being.


The story of SpineGym has its beginnings in the backaches that plagued sport masseuse and boxer Fredrik Serlachius. He grew tired of the awkward and ineffective exercises that didn’t bring him any long-term results. Fredrik began to experiment with different techniques in an effort to find an effective exercise he could do in a natural, standing position. In the end, Fredrik asked his wife to place two fishing rods on either side of his body and attach them to his waist and ankles with duct tape. Using this rudimentary prototype, Fredrik carried out a set of test exercises and eureka! It worked.

Timo and Fredik study one of the early prototypes. Fortunately, the fishing rods were lost somewhere along the way!
SpineGym is a patented product and training innovation.


The development and testing of SpineGym devices were continued in collaboration with the experts and researchers of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Finnish industrial designer Timo Heino was also invited to join the design team. He brought more than two decades of experience in the design of sport and medical equipment to the SpineGym project.


As soon as SpineGym was brought to the market, it sparked widespread interest among physiotherapists across northern Europe. Soon, health professionals and researchers started to say the device should be made available on the consumer market for people to use independently, without supervision. They could see the potential offered by the device: SpineGym training helps people stay in shape with regular and easy exercise.

“Straightaway, I was impressed by how simple and effective SpineGym was. I’ve suffered from disc problems and a weak lower back since I was young. I took a SpineGym exerciser prototype home with me and started training for a couple of minutes in the evening. After a couple of weeks I was working at a trade fair when I realized I could be on my feet all day without back pain! Until that point, I’d had to find somewhere to sit down to give my aching back a break after a couple of hours,” explains Head Developer of SpineGym Ltd., Mr. Timo Heino.

Timo Heino doing product design.
Our vision is that in the future more and more people will integrate SpineGym exercises into their daily routines!


Today, SpineGym is used widely around the world to strengthen the core and to improve physical ability and well-being. This easy-to-use and effective training device from Finland has aroused interest among health and well-being professionals and ordinary consumers. Thousands of people in the U.S., Finland and elsewhere in Europe have already made SpineGym their training partner for better physical health.

While the original models continue to increase their popularity, we have introduced new models via international crowdfunding channels. These new products will be available in the latter part of 2017.

All our products are manufactured and sold by SpineGym Oy.

“I’ve worked with SpineGym Ltd. for years now and have witnessed first hand the benefits for top athletes and back pain sufferers alike. The range has also diversified, while maintaining its stylish and elegant design. It’s easy to believe in the continued success of this innovative training method and SpineGym,” says Heino.


Crowfunding makes innovations happen! SpineGym is the most succesful Finnish product ever to use international crowfunding services.


Established in 2009, Kickstarter is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Via Kickstarter, creative projects and start-ups can collect funds required for their operations. SpineGym is the most successful Finnish Kickstarter project to date.


Established in 2008, Indiegogo is among the world’s first crowdfunding websites. This international platform assists new product innovations to get off the ground with the help of crowdfunding.