Escape your boring gym

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August 2009
Funktion:  Escape your boring gym
Funktion Ambient Ad -  Escape your boring gym


Recently, commuters in Vancouver were privy to a rather unusual sight: a man riding a stationary bike. Funktion Personal Training is a company that specializes in outdoor fitness bootcamps.

Ambient advertisement created by Rethink, Canada for Funktion, within the category: Recreation, Leisure.


Escape your boring gym.

Advertising Agency: Rethink Communications, Canada
Creative Directors: Chris Staples, Ian Grais
Art Director: David de Haas
Copywriter: Katie Ainsworth
Production: Jim Leith
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Good ol' Rethink.

I want to go to there.

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alexander_bickov's picture

To simple

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:) Great.

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Rethink Communications: the Wieden + Kennedy of Canada.

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I love this!!

Fuck i wish i came up with it

bubblestheclownfish's picture

BRANDING! Where's the branding? Do you think anyone's gonna be able to read the company/remember name on the side of that thing? It's a fantastic idea - great execution, just not memorable 5 seconds later. Yes - it's funny seeing a stationary bike escaping the gym, and keeping it subtle from the side helps with the illusion, but put a bright green sign on the back of the guy's chair so that people watching and laughing can "get it" after the fact. The whole point of advertising is to sell stuff. This isn't "selling" the gym very well, therefore not doing its job. +10 for idea and theme. -5 for not selling.

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I totally agree.

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grais and staples. can't go wrong with those two. (tho i'm sure the other creatives contributed as well) this is great!

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Like the idea. But I wonder how many people would notice the brand name and how many would realize it's an ad.

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agree with the last two comments. the idea is smart and simple. i particularly love the track over the video. hilar.

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Why not just ride a regular bike? What's the benefit?

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Hey... escape the gym... training bike... it's obvious!
Ok, maybe the brand is not written big enough, but think about all media coverage of this guerilla!!! Then, it's realy efficient.

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Jokevertising. a new category of one-offs done for awards. nice idea though.

funky_frogii's picture

love this...very effective.........i would love if the gym trainer running behind the guy/.

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very nice approach of guerilla, great work

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Is that Bull from Night Court? LOL!

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Nice awardvertising. Out of curiosity though, did you run this for more than one hour?

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