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Phone App created in Sarasota aims to help find you a fitness buddy

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - If you're having a hard time getting motivated to workout, a new app created in Sarasota could help you.

It may look like your modern day dating app, but it's not.

Instead, it's an app that connects fitness fanatics on the Suncoast.

"The fitness industry is just like booming right now and I really wanted to just tap into it at the right moment."

That moment was now, as Sarasota native Scott Bucci says the purpose for his fitness app, Fit Grit, was to connect people who want to work out together.

"Fitness is such an awesome thing, I mean people feel so good when they start working out or losing weight or gaining muscle and I really wanted to be able to make an impact," Bucci said.

Fit Grit allows you to meet up with people in your area to exercise with and using the app is simple.

First you choose your fitness interests, such as yoga, cycling, tennis, cross fit, etc. 

From there, you'll be able to see other people in your area with similar fitness interests and you then have the option to meet up.

Bucci said, "It's like a tool, you want to meet people to go workout with, you don't know anybody down here what a better way to get to know somebody than to go do a workout with them, or go do cross fit...maybe even paddle boarding. That's one of the interests on there. The categories keep growing."

It's not just millennial's using the app, Bucci says they have about a thousand downloads ranging from the young to the old.

"It's just for people to connect, get to know one another and to have that common interest because fitness is a lifestyle it's not just like a hobby or anything like that, the people who do it they're like in here every day," Bucci said.

The app is free and available on both Apple and Android phones.

Bucci says he doesn't know of any other fitness app of this kind and hopes his grass-roots effort in Sarasota will make its way into the hands of fitness communities across the world.

"In the United States, I haven't really came across anything like our app. I'd love for it to go global, but nationally would be awesome," Bucci said.

"For it to be all over. I think that would be really cool."