Jimmy – The Gym Buddy Finder App

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As a college student, balancing a healthy lifestyle and academics is difficult. This is especially true when you are attending a new institution, and know few people outside of your classes. The purpose behind this app is to connect college students interested in athletics. Having a gym partner encourages students to form lasting friendships and exercise more often!

What is it?

Jimmy helps college students connect with fellow students interested in working out with a buddy. Students sign up with their academic email addresses to browse potential gym partners. This style of matching allows students to connect with those who best meet their personal goals and experience levels. 

How does it work?

With an emphasis on compatibility, Jimmy aims to consider the roles of experience and interest for users. By demonstrating their fitness background, users can connect with those with similar interests. This system can also introduce users to potential intramural sports teams or organizations for heightened student engagement.

This collegiate environment fosters a sense of accountability and trust between matched partners, ensuring exploration of newfound athletic interests, new friends, and fitness resources. 

As a whole, Jimmy aims to improve student participation in fitness-related activities, bring together athletic communities, and contribute to the campus culture. Through utilizing both a swiping matching system and student-only atmosphere, Jimmy provides a unique space for athletic-minded students.


User Accounts

  • Students create accounts by registering with their university email address
  • Option to connect the app to existing social media profiles
  • Users create profiles including name, photo, study info, gym details, and workout interests

Profile Settings

  • Enter physical activity background, favorite exercises, experience level
  • Select preferred gym locations, sports, workout types, and time
  • Set preferences for gender and age range of potential matches

Browse & Search

  • View profiles of other students filtered by parameters like workout type, location, experience
  • Search function to find profiles with specific attributes
  • Swipe left/right on returned profiles to indicate interest


  • Receive a notification when user swiped right and also likes your profile (mutual match)
  • Matched profiles added to user’s connections list to message


  • Chat functionality to coordinate workouts with connections
  • Option to unmatch or block users if needed

Activity Tracking

  • User profile shows recent activity summary

Built with

Jimmy is crafted using modern technologies such as Ruby on Rails, providing a robust and scalable foundation for the app’s development. Hosted on Heroku, the platform ensures seamless deployment and management, allowing for smooth user experiences and efficient updates.

Try it Out

Coming soon!

Jimmy - The Gym Buddy Finder App