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The Fitness Business Podcast

The Fitness Business Podcast is the most unique podcast, as it dives deep into educational topics and real action items to make a difference in your business - no matter the size or your role. There has been a weekly show since 2015 making it the longest running podcast to help fitness business owners, managers, career individuals and entrepreneurs to lead, manage and run their businesses. There are 3 spin off shows: The Value Proposition where you find out the real value of industry suppliers bring to your business; Educational Intensive is a 60 minute show where you are taught a new business skill; and Thinking Ahead is a show to challenge how we should we be doing things into the future. The show is supported by Active Management, Discover Strength Franchise, Tribe Team Training, One Fit Stop, MyZone, Team RockstarFit and Keepme.
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Jan 21, 2021

If you’re a facility operator who is hesitant to adopt networked fitness solutions – this is just the episode for you! We explore Precor’s networked fitness solutions: Preva and Advagym by Sony - and give you a sneak peek as to the types of data you’ll be receiving by making them part of your facility. You’ll then hear what business decisions you can make with this data and how it affected the bottom line of a Precor customer. Adopting any new form of technology takes staff buy-in, so we dive deep into how to foster that and make your staff your biggest technology advocates. We tie a bow on this conversation with specific ways you can add technology into the sales process and make it truly part of your member journey!

Jan 19, 2021

Krishea Holloway started her career with Curves NA, Inc. at the age of 21, opening her first Curves franchise in 1997.  Her franchise quickly became one of the most successful Curves franchises! Due to her success Co-Founder, Gary Heavin, asked her to become a mentor to other club owners.  She joined the corporate support team in 1999 as a club operations trainer, and has progressively moved up within the company taking on responsibilities as: Sales and Resales Manager, Country Manager for New Zealand and Australia, Director of North America, and most recently, President and CEO of Curves NA, Inc.

Krishea holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Hawaii.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 25 years.

Krishea discusses the highs and lows of rebranding Curves. Being a veteran of the industry, Krishea talks about how she has taken her experience and has applied it to leading a new vision for Curves and the team aroud her.

Jan 12, 2021

Adam Sedlack, President of UFC Gyms, is an experienced fitness veteran with a demonstrated history of excelling in the health wellness and fitness industry. Adam, had the honor to be selected by NeV as one of the co-founders of UFC GYM. UFC Gym now is under development in 26 countries around the globe and is known as the world-wide leader in MMA conditioning. Through the growth of UFC Gym, Adam developed an expertise around domestic/international operations and he is highly skilled in Negotiation, Lease Process, Budgeting, Coaching, Marketing, Digital, and overall Operations. Adam also has held the title of Vice President of 24 Hour Fitness.

In this episode, Adam shares how his strong communication skills helped UFC Gyms survive the pandemic. He discusses how important it to have different communication styles to meet the needs of all generations and depending on who is surrounding you to adapt and shift to meet your team's communication preference. Please join me along with Adam, for today's episode.

 

Jan 5, 2021

Brent Darden is IHRSA’s interim president and CEO. He earned his master’s degree in exercise science from Baylor University and began his career as a front desk attendant and fitness floor instructor at the First Baptist Church of Waco Life Recreation Center. He later was employed in a variety of positions in different fitness operating models including a regional multi-club group, a large independent athletic facility, and a niche group exercise studio.

Dec 29, 2020

The medical industry is ready for the fitness industry but is the fitness industry ready to look after who they send to us?  This is the question that Bob explores in the Thinking Ahead show.

As a practicing physician, Dr Bob Sallis has worked closely with the Claremont Club in California referring patients for years.  He has seen the direct benefit to his patients and also the impact on the staff, other members and the community.  The programs were profitable for the business and life changing, so we discuss what they did and why they worked.

As he looks into the future of the fitness industry, he is confident that gyms are a place to improve health but gyms have to be ready for the clientel.

Dec 22, 2020

Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 20 years, delivering leadership, management and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe.

Bo’s ability to improve the coaching strategies and performance of his clients has resulted in over 18 national championships, Olympic medals and pro team premierships in the last five years alone. Long-standing working relationships and consistent high-quality feedback from his clients are testimony to his ability to understand, connect, design and deliver exceptional work.

Dec 17, 2020

Have you been considering going digital and adding an on-demand and live streaming workout platform to your fitness business? Are you looking to compete with direct to consumer fitness offerings in a hyperlocal fashion? Does the idea of going from health club operator to production company make you sweat? If you answered yes, the December Value Proposition episode is for you. Intelivideo exists to help operators hybridize their fitness offerings and to compete in an ever-changing fitness landscape. We’ll dive head first into the three pillars of Intelivideo: Technology, Marketing Success & Services, and Content Strategy.

Dec 15, 2020

Ben Ludwig currently serves as the Growth pastor for CrosspointNow network of churches across Kansas, acts as the Subject Matter Expert in Sales for Fitness Revolution, sits on the Advisory Board for the International Strength Training Organization and works in a consultant role with the fastest growing fitness franchise in the world F45 Training as well as working a hand in many start up businesses.

Dec 8, 2020

Josh Fox is the founder and CEO of Bottom Line Concepts. He has grown the company over the past decade and is proud to have achieved over 300 Million Dollars in savings and refunds for many different organizations. In the day to day operations, his true strength is building relationships as well as managing employees, vendors and an international sales team. He is hands on in overseeing all aspects of the business from meetings, contracts, negotiations, implementation and follow up. Passionate about various charities, Josh gives back to his community and is also an avid animal rights activist and enthusiast.

Dec 1, 2020

Bob Burg is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales approaching two million copies. Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.

Bob Burg shares how a subtle shift in focus is not only a more uplifting and fulfilling way of conducting business but the most financially profitable way, as well. For 30 years he’s helped companies, sales leaders, and their teams to more effectively communicate their value, sell at higher prices with less resistance, and grow their businesses based on Endless Referrals.

Nov 24, 2020

As founding member of group fitness juggernaut Les Mills International and previous Director of Group Fitness Programming for luxury-lifestyle brand Equinox, I have inhaled senior roles in group fitness programming, product development, global training, and people & culture.

A prolific writer and sought after speaker and mentor, Emma is fluent in what happens NEXT in fitness and personal betterment. Armed with 25 years of stories you'd rather forget, Emma is a regular contributor to the International business forums, trend panels and women's events.

Emma lives in Southern California with her husband Lee and their three life-long projects; Jas, Zoe, and Max. Emma delights in lighting fires under people and projects to catapult them towards their potential as you will experience in person.

Nov 19, 2020

In episode 325 of the Fitness Business Podcast, we’re going to be learning the Value Proposition for Making Fitness Accessible – we’ll be speaking with the Trainerize team to learn about how the app came to be, what the company looks like today, and where they’re going in the future! You’ll learn how the fitness & wellness solutions they build for their community create a 360-degree fitness and lifestyle approach. With over 20,000 fitness businesses powered by Trainerize, a community of over 200,000 coaches and over 800,000 active users, over 100,000 connected fitness apps and 25,000 workouts completed daily – this is an app you want to know more about – so be sure to stick around and have a listen!

Nov 17, 2020

Alan Leach currently serves as CEO, sales trainer, and director of sales and marketing for the West Wood Club, based in Dublin, Ireland. He uses his 32 years of health club and sales management experience to serve more than 36,000 health club members at seven West Wood Club locations in Ireland and Bosnia.

Leach has been an avid supporter of the industry for years. At the start of his career, he grew an individual club’s membership from 700 to 3,100—establishing the club as one of the most profitable facilities in Europe. He continues to promote physical activity and the global industry as a regular speaker at countless events for fitness professionals.

Nov 10, 2020

Rachel Brenke, a multi-faceted entrepreneur who has created businesses from the ground-up that support the life she wants to lead. As a cancer survivor, mom of five, and TEAM USA athlete, her motto is “I get to do this” and get-to-do-this she does.

Through her best-selling masterminds, top business podcast and multiple brands, Rachel blazes the way for female entrepreneurs to have a real business and a real life. She walks what she talks and “tells-all” the formulas and methods she has used to build multiple successful real businesses to have a happy, real life.

Nov 5, 2020

Viveka von Rosen is Cofounder of Vengreso, the largest provider of full spectrum Modern Digital Sales transformation solutions. Known as the @LinkedInExpert, she’s author of the best-selling "LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day" AND "LinkedIn: 101 Ways to Rock Your Personal Brand!”. 

She's been named in Forbes (4 years running) as a top social media expert and is a regular contributor and has been featured in Forbes, BuzzFeed, Inc, CNN, Entrepreneur, Selling Power and the Social Media Examiner.

Nov 3, 2020

Eric is a 2nd generation CPA firm owner and the founder of The Fitness CPA. From 2014 to 2017 Eric was the CFO and a board member of a national fitness franchise which he helped to grow to 17 locations across five states. Prior to that Eric worked at a local CPA firm in Boulder, Colorado and a regional CPA firm in the Baltimore, Maryland area. When taking a break from accounting you'll find Eric volunteering with the Colorado Mountain Club, working out with his personal trainer, swimming laps with his swim coach, and practicing yoga.

Oct 29, 2020

Team Rockstar Fit was founded in 2008 by Trina Gray, a passionate leader in fitness, recognized worldwide. She’s the IDEA Leader of the Year, CEO Award winner and multi-millionaire entrepreneur.

Team Rockstar Fit is a top mastermind group for women in fitness in the US, CA, UK and France. We help women partner with Team Beachbody to create a fitness income online. It’s fun and rewarding.

Trina helps women smash income goals, work for themselves, set their own hours and collaborate with others. There is no need to navigate the industry alone. Partner with a best-selling brand, get coaching from a top mentor and set your career on fire.

She works with personal trainers, fitness instructors, studio owners, as well as fitness enthusiasts who want to launch into the fast-growing industry.

Women who seek her help do so because they need direction and are lacking the right tools and mentorship to grow. Women work with Trina because they trust her and like her reputation as a woman with integrity and strategy.

Oct 27, 2020

A former student-athlete and a 2x Miami University graduate, Bre Robinson currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership & Diversity at her alma mater. In her role, Bre serves on the executive leadership team and oversees diversity, equity, and inclusion and leadership initiatives. She's currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Administration program at Bowling Green State University and will earn her PhD in May.

Champions For Life, a program at Miami University facilitated by Bre Robinson, is a living testament to the enduring power of the Miami University student-athlete experience. Miami Athletics’ alumni have gone on from the classroom and the competitive arena to apply their life lessons in leadership, teamwork, integrity and tenacity to their lives and careers. They began as Champions on game day and have gone on to becomeChampions for Life.

Oct 22, 2020

To be the best, you must train with the best products. When you purchase an Eleiko barbell, you’re purchasing a premium, best-in-class product that will not bend. You’re partnering with a family-owned company that is known for 60 years of strength and innovation. They’re a global company that knows strength is a universal language. With the rise of commercial gyms adapting weightlifting programming, Eleiko is motivated and supportive of weightlifting being accessible to so many people – because being strong is essential to living life to the fullest. Join us for this month’s episode of The Value Proposition to learn how they make best-in-class products, where their marketing inspiration comes from to drop their dumbbells out windows for testing, and the education component that drives it all forward!

Oct 20, 2020

Barry’s true passion is getting to know people on a deep level, developing trust, and ingratiating that into long term personal and business relationships. As Vice President with The Elliot Group, Barry co-leads the Strategic BD/Client partner relationships efforts. Barry is sought out for his business acumen with founders, investors, and, leadership teams across the consumer space. Committed to the lifestyle/health/wellness space, Barry spends ample time in this exciting arena.

The Elliot Group is an exclusive executive human search company. Our unparalleled network, built over thirty-five years, promises to deliver the human catalysts that positively impact futures. For 38 years, we've been trusted by consumer businesses of all sizes to identify and retain their next generation human capital.

Oct 13, 2020

Al Amador is a Principal Consultant for The Table Group and the founder and president of Amador Consulting. Al brings extensive experience from the information technology field as a director of numerous enterprise implementations as well as over two decades of keynote speaking, communication training, teaching, coaching and facilitating. Al’s specialty is bringing executive leadership teams together to work on the key areas of; trust, meaningful conflict, commitment and clarity. His company, Amador Consulting, has served domestic and international leaders for over 10 years. Al has a reputation for connecting with both technical and business leadership teams.

If you go by the definition in Webster’s Dictionary, Trust is defined as a belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, or effective. Trust is everywhere, it is within our families, or marriages, our teams, our friendships, and our workplace. When trust doesn’t exist a disconnect will take place and mostly create failure. In my interview with Al, together, we will talk about not only how important trust is, but how to build trust amongst your co-workers–your team.

Oct 6, 2020

Lori Patterson, US Army Veteran, 36 year veteran of the fitness industry and mom of three is the CEO of VicteliB and the creator of the nation wide, group personal training program, Boot Camp Challenge®.

After finishing my military tour and wrapping up college, I continued on with my career in the fitness industry. I started training clients one-on-one and in groups. And, while I loved my job , I felt something was missing. I thought how can I combine the fun, team atmosphere of group training with the added benefits of personal training AND make it affordable for everyone?
And then, it hit me. I would combine the team camaraderie, group motivation and cohesiveness I learned in the Army, with the assessments, nutrition, and sciences from personal training to create a program. And, I did. And, I called it Boot Camp Challenge® (BCC). Boom!.  Fast forward sixteen years. The program, BCC, is now being launched in 25 states. We have thousands of campers experiencing our program live and over a million app users from 60 countries working out with us. So, that is my story. And, I feel super blessed to have served my country AND the fitness industry.

Oct 1, 2020

Lindsey Leemis is CRM & Technology Consultant for the Fitness Industry.

Her focus is around membership sales, marketing & member experience. CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. CRM system allows you to manage all your club members & prospects interactions from digital sources, club touchpoints and communication with your team in a single location. CRMs help you streamline processes, connect with context and improve tracking & reporting. 

Sep 29, 2020

Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the owner and CEO of Barre and Soul Boutique Studios in the New England Area, she’s authored a book entitled Own It All and somehow she still finds time to be a voice for equality, diversity and positive self expression….talk about Girl Power!! Boutique owners, I have to tell you….this episode is for you! Andrea offers up her secrets to success, not only surviving while her boutiques were shut down, but flourishing on-line during shutdown! She also shares her plan for continued success moving forward. She credits her Covid business success to her teams' quick response "the change in plan" and calling on the teams' individuals talent and creativity to help her smash it out of the park when it came to on line revenue!

Sep 22, 2020

Grant Gamble is a best-selling Mindful Leadership Author of "The Affinity Principle", Business Strategist and Speaker who has worked with hundreds of companies across the globe, ranging from Amazon to startups. He has worked in sectors as diverse as hospitality through to wellness and healthcare.

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