AN innovative fitness app has been launched to help people boost their self-confidence and encourage them improve their health.

Matt Rozier, of Shaftesbury Avenue, Dovercourt, has been working hard in the past six months with his young and creative team to make the Bodymove application.

The 29-year-old opened his own fitness studio called Body Move Fitness, in High Street, Dovercourt, last year and decided to take it a step further by adding an online version of it.

He said: “We are targeting the groups of people who don’t have time and don’t have enough confidence to go to the gym.

“We want to help and improve people’s self-confidence.

“One of the main features of the app includes its own social network so it’s easy to connect with like-minded people whilst getting fitter and stronger and working together to feel great.

“We’re helping people who are isolated to make friends and connect in person.”

The mobile app has group exercise classes, fitness classes, yoga classes, stretching and mobility classes, as well as nutrition tutorials and workshops.

It also has stress and anxiety articles and advice links to read.

Matt added: “I’ve decided to do this, because I realised how the studio has helped people feel part of a family and wanted to get this to as many people as possible.

“The app is easily available for everyone; all they need is access to the internet.

“By becoming a Mover you are joining the #MOVEment where we celebrate success and encourage others to achieve the positive changes we all want.

“Fitness is about feeling great inside and out, both mentally and physically. Our community of Movers are there to support each other and help each other grow.”

The Bodymove application, which cost several thousand pounds to develop went live at the start of the month and is available in app stores.

Matt said about 90 people have already downloaded the app, without having it marketed anywhere, but what really surprised him was the fact that it has reached Brazil and is proving to be popular there.

Matt has been working on the app with six other Harwich residents aged between 17 to 29.

He said: “We are working with a company in London, they are doing the IT and developing side of it, but we are shaping it and providing the content.”