SPEEDFIT® - Our (Hi)Story

SPEED.FIT is an aspiring and innovative company, set apart by the high effectiveness of SPEEDtraining.
The foundation stone was laid by the spiritual father of the full body workout based on electric muscle stimulation (EMS or SPEEDtraining).
Karl-Heinz Rippe
Without his incredible energy and enthusiasm for trying something completely new in the realm of training and for continually optimising it, this innovative technology would never have come to this success.

Karl Heinz Rippe

Scientific mind set
Born in 1944 near Minden, his career was diverse and shaped by fateful events. His hunger for knowledge was limit less – he was always keen on developing new ideas, putting them into practice and optimising them - there was hardly an area he wasn’t interested in and didn’t want to learn about. This infinite desire for perfection and development was the basis for SPEED.FIT.

The Motivation

The Background Story
You might wonder how to put this all together. In 1986, after having suffered a number of heart attacks at the age of 42, Mr Rippe set the milestone for what would later become the brilliant achievements of this revolutionary training technology.
In order to lose weight and thus become healthier, he started out with a fitness programme in a conventional gym. But the slightest exertion was enough to make his pulse race. This led him to the idea of creating a whole body workout. An earlier project which involved treating facial muscles with a stimulation current for cosmetic reasons served as a cornerstone. Neither forensic specialists nor doctors or internists gave his ideas a chance and he was predicted a short lifespan.

First Steps

Successful self experiments
Countless self-experiments later, not only had he lost weight and improved his body shape, he also felt a lot healthier.
Just half a year after his last heart attack, he showed sensational results during a check-up in a cardiology centre.
There was hardly anything left from the heart attacks, the degree of muscle tissue had improved significantly, and also his creatine kinase values were significantly above par –
in fact, they corresponded to those of a top athlete!
Furthermore, lateral coronary veins had developed at his heart which largely supplied the blood flow – these were his first personal achievements of his self-developed whole body workout.

He has always been particularly dedicated to the development of the crucial part of the system:
the electrodes.
Due to the special electric and skin-compatible qualities of carbon, his aim had always been to use this material. However, it took a few more years before this innovative material was available in a workable form.


The most advanced and researched EMS system
In 2005, a patent application was filed for this technology, and two years later, the patent was registered.
Today, SPEED.FIT Technology produces the electrodes for the SPEEDtrainer based on this patent.

Thanks to this technology, which has been developed, tested and refined for more than two decades, our electrodes are the most advanced and efficient electrodes available.

Following a few more development steps, we are –
thanks to Mr. Karl-Heinz Rippe’s inexhaustible drive for discovery –
not only successfully using our innovative and revolutionary SPEEDtrainer in our SPEED.FIT Premium Clubs, but are also offering this incredible muscle building technology to everyone.


More than 20 000 members
SPEEDFIT Clubs are so much more than the EMS Micro Studios known in South Africa - They are the biggest EMS Clubs world wide - with the highest number of members! More than 20 000 members in can't be wrong. This is the most successful EMS system and concept in the world. The first SPEEDFIT Club opened the door in 2006 - it was the first EMS club ever!
Today you can find SPEEDFIT Clubs in Berlin City Centre
Berlin Tegel

Munich Bogenhausen
Porta Westfalica
Verl and

Torsten Danneberg

The Founder of SPEEDFIT
As a former conventional health club owner, fitness athlete and electronic engineer he is an expert in his field.
His first contact with Karl Heinz Rippe and his EMS Body Transformer was in September 2003 at the Body Life Fair in Karlsruhe Germany.
Trying this was something that interested him but he was unwilling to invest the time in full training so they just let him feel the impulses on his arms.
He was so impressed - he never had such a deep contraction in his life and only a few days later he visited the company to go for a full body training.
His conclusion:
This is the Future of Fitness!!!
I want this !!!
I need this and I am going to get this!!!

This is the optimal solution for busy people - the shortcut to muscle development.
He immediately bought one device and installed it in one of his health clubs and his clients loved it.
The idea of a specialized EMS health club was born and in 2006 he founded the brand SPEEDFIT® and opened his first Club in Berlin -it was the first EMS club in Germany.
Today SPEEDFIT® has more than
20 000 customers training on a regular basis in theSPEEDFIT clubs.
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