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Did you know you can get paid for working out?

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Say what?

Yes, people. Gone are the days when only professional athletes got paid for breaking sweat and improving personal bests.
Here is the plan for you in a nutshell:
BEAT – a network of companies – uses blockchain technology to “incentivize sports, improve health and with this will hopefully increase the number of heart beats every one of us can enjoy in his or her lifetime”.
Basically they act as a “bridge of trust between sportspersons and sponsors”.
Ow woow wooooow – hold on – what’s blockchain?
A blockchain is a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly. – Wiki
And that’s all I will say about that. Find out more here on this World Economic Forum video:

Umm, you were saying something about getting paid for working out?

Yes, so here is how it works basically:

BEAT – who are they?

BEAT is a network of companies, with a common desire and goal to get you to practice the sports you love even more. You know how they say: ‘ if it sounds too god to be true then it isn’t true’ ? BEAT however, is one of those few exceptions to this rule.

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What do I need to do?

All you need to do is create an agreement with a sponsor. In that contract you need to define goals that you will reach together. When you reach those goals, you get rewarded by your sponsor through a trusted third party.

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Ok, sponsors, third parties, me. Who else is in this?

The four entities that are involved are you – the sportsman (you), the trusted third party, the beat  blockchain,  and your sponsor.

Here is BEAT describes all three parties:

“A Trusted Third Party is any legal entity providing infrastructure to capture and verify sports activities reliably and who is willing to extend it in order to fulfill various requirements.”

“A Sportsperson is any private person doing sports. The BEAT Blockchain shall enable this person to store the activity and health data of this person anonymously in an encrypted way in the BEAT Blockchain.”

“A Sponsor is any private, legal or political entity offering targeted rewards for reaching certain health and sport activity goals. “

“The BEAT Blockchain is hosting the activity and health data of the sportsperson, the verification of such data, keeping track of the BEAT Tokens transferred, supporting the offering of BEAT Contracts, their acceptance by the sportsperson as well as the execution of the BEAT Contracts.”

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Interesting so far? When I heard about this I jumped straight to their site do know more:

https://beat.sportalliance.com/?x=B1qMKuHDz

What if I don’t want to be rewarded in tokens?

So you are not interested in getting BEAT tokens as you are not a cryptocurrency kinda guy. That’s ok!

BEAT clearly states in their white paper: “The sponsor and sportsperson can also agree on a reward outside of the BEAT Blockchain”.

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So there must be some kind of app thingy to track my activity right?

Not just apps dude! You know what? I am just too excited about BEAT to think straight right now.

Why don’t I just let them tell it to you. Straight from the horse’s mouth:

Now go get it:

https://beat.sportalliance.com/?x=B1qMKuHDz

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Ruby Huisman Interview BMX Champion

Meet Ruby Huisman – 2016 UCI BMX World Junior Champion

Ruby Huisman (17)  is the current UCI BMX Supercross world junior champion. On the 29th of May, 2016, she annihilated her opponents in Medellin, Colombia to become the #1 BMX junior talent in the world. Not only is she a champion in BMX, she is a champion at life. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to ask her some questions about her life, challenges, and victories. There is a message in her answers for those who want to pursue their dreams.

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I still love it as much as at the beginning. The adrenaline, the speed! That gives me so much energy!

Getting to Know Ruby Huisman

So who is Ruby Huisman as a person? Tell us about yourself.

I’m Ruby. I’m 17 years old and I live in Holland. I ride for the Dutch national talent team and have been on my  BMX for 12 years. So I started at an age of 5.

Where do you place BMX in its importance in your life? That is, would you say competing is as important as your family and friends?

BMX is a very big part of my life. Of course, family and friends are important, but they know that BMX is important to me. Most of the time I’m focused on BMX. I do everything for it: my school, food, and appointments with friends and family are geared to BMX.

How different is it being with friends from outside the BMX world vs. those you make in the sport?

My BMX friends are so different from my friends at school. But I think that’s funny because in the world of BMX everyone is just themselves. That’s why I love BMX. At school, that’s different of course. Once I had a party for my birthday and I had my BMX friends and friends from school. It didn’t really work out that well haha.

Challenges

What has been the biggest challenge to success and what have you learnt from it?

Hmm… I think that’s just to believe in myself.  Sometimes I became uncertain and that made it really hard for me. At my gym sessions and track sessions, I always thought to myself: “I need to train like I’m number #2  in the world”.

Do training and competing interfere with a “normal” life: school, friends, and so on?

Sometimes I get really tired of everything, yes. But then I watch my old videos and I get motivated again so well!

Motivation

I am curious; why BMX – how did it all start?

Haha, first I rode a horse. When I was 5, I saw my 2 brothers riding a BMX in Baarn, Holland. They told me I could try it too. Of course, I did that, because I wanted to be just like my brothers. From then on I never stopped. I still love it as much as at the beginning. The adrenaline, the speed! That gives me so much energy!

Ruby Huisman BMX World Junior Champion

I always thought to myself: “I need to train like I’m number #2 in the world”.

Who is your biggest idol who motivates you every day?

I don’t really have an idol, but if I have to choose I think that’s Mariana Pajon. Our gold medallist in London 2012. I really like her style of racing and she’s always smiling! And that is the most important thing.

Is it the sheer nature of competition that drives your interest?

It  absolutely is! I always want to give my best. Whatever competition it is.

Success

You are the current BMX junior champion of the world. Tell us about the successes that came before getting here.

When I was 9 I became world champion in China as well. I think in 2014 I was getting much better than before. I had started training with a new coach. When I was 16 and a first-year junior, I made it to two semi-finals at the WorldCup in Manchester and Papendal. At the European final I came 2nd and was the world’s 5th  in 2015.

So I have been dying to ask you this question: How did it feel when you crossed that finishing line knowing you beat the best of the best?

Ruby Huisman UCI BMX Champion

I worked really hard for it and it was a dream that became reality; a very emotional moment for me.

I couldn’t believe it. The next morning when I woke up and saw that rainbow jersey next to me I believed it. I saw some videos of me crossing the finish line. I can’t even remember much from that moment. I worked really hard for it and it was a dream that became reality; a very emotional moment for me.

The Future

What are you looking to accomplish next?

Next year I get promoted to the elite women division. I’m not very nervous for 2017. I will be a first-year elite competitor. No pressure! I will just do my very best and will see where things go from there.

You are very talented, but what is your plan to ultimate success in BMX and life as a whole?

My biggest dream is to get gold to the Olympics of course. First, I just want to go to the Olympics and then I will see what happens. Tokyo 2020, here I come :).

What can young women learn from your experience thus far in order to improve their future?

Make your dreams come true. Keep that motivation in your head all the time you train, sleep, eat, do good and good will come your way.

Please tell the readers where they can see you compete next.

I’m racing at the European final in Verona Italy 10-7-2016 next.

Good luck in Italy; we know you’ll make us proud!

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions.

It has been a pleasure having you on The Zeit.


Interview conducted by Alwi Mohamed Suleiman – Content Manager and Editor-in-Chief for The Zeit.