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We are putting a shoulder into the fitness industry and pushing it forward into the modern digital age. Eric Malzone, the co-founder of Level 5 Mentors, interviews the brightest movers and shakers in the fitness industry. Topics will vary covering best business practices, marketing secrets, technological advances, and much more. If you're a fitness professional, this is how you keep your edge sharp.
 
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Bryan O'Rourke: Fitness Industry Technology Council

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Welcome to the Fitness + Technology Podcast for club owners, operators, and fitness professionals! This show is your #1 trusted resource for the accelerating world of fitness technology. Each week, we bring you an expert interview with a global influencer at the crossroads of fitness and technology. You’ll get the insights, tools, and inspiration you need to stay connected to the pulse of what matters most for your fitness business in the age of exponential technologies. This podcast is brou ...
 
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This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke welcomes Amie Boring, Director of Marketing Technology at 24 Hour Fitness, Michael Rucker, Chief Digital Officer at Active Wellness, and Jarron Aizen, CEO & Founder of Hapana, to the show. The panel joins Bryan in a conversation on the details of integration platforms as a service …
 
Brian Chappon is the definition of a scrappy social entrepreneur and global citizen. A competitive athlete and seasoned expert in capital markets around the world, he takes an international perspective to building economic ecosystems and promoting health & wellness. Brian founded his career as a volunteer and intern with NGOs providing disaster rel…
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke welcomes back Shay Amir, Founder & CEO of Spivi. Spivi is an interactive fitness tracking and streaming platform made for gyms to track performance and motivate members both in-studio and at-home. Spivi’s performance tracking, gamification, and visuals help keep engagement and moti…
 
Keith is the CEO of OliveX, it is a digital health and fitness company delivering unique user experiences through fitness gamification, augmented reality, and play-to-earn experiences. The OliveX fitness metaverse provides platforms that enable real-world fitness to merge with the digital universe in order to engage consumers with brands, influence…
 
Based in San Francisco, Aly Orady is a 20-year silicon valley veteran, engineer and serial entrepreneur. Aly started his career at Hewlett-Packard’s Computer Systems Laboratory designing super-computers, followed by technical leadership roles at a series of startups, including Kealia, Inc. (now Sun/Oracle). Armed with an M.S.E.E. from Stanford, and…
 
Chinwe Onyeagoro is the CEO of PocketSuite where she is responsible for strategy, customer success and growth. She served as president of Great Place to Work, and previously worked for McKinsey & Company, The Monitor Group and Pritzker Realty Group (under former Secretary of Commerce). Pocketsuite: https://pocketsuite.io/register/future Connect wit…
 
Royi Metser is the Director of Business Development at InsideTracker. InsideTracker is a truly personalized nutrition and performance system. Its mission is to help people add years to their lives and life to their years by optimizing their bodies from the inside out. By analyzing body’s data, InsideTracker can give a crystal clear picture of what'…
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke welcomes good friend, Alister Rollins to the show. Alister is the Founder & CEO of Move Technologies, a firm that provides clients with innovative branded digital products, all of which are designed to better monetize customer bases while keeping members physically active and conne…
 
Melanie Lauer has been CEO of Kettler since May 2020. The philosophy graduate focuses on marketing, sales and product management. Before taking on her responsibilities at Trisport AG, she worked for international companies in the electronics industry. Most recently in the role of Vice President B2B at a well-known trading company. She from Forbes m…
 
Austin is Founder & CEO of FlexIt Inc., whose mission is to create exceptionally flexible and empowering fitness experiences for consumers across the world. FlexIt provides flexible access to gyms, as well as personalized training sessions virtually. Austin is an entrepreneur with broad-based experience in strategy, business development, finance, a…
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke welcomes Monique Nadeau to the show. Monique is the founder of EatLove, a San Francisco based digital health company specializing in personalized nutrition. Prior, Monique was an investment banker, the youngest Managing Director globally at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and did po…
 
Mohammed Iqbal strives to enhance people’s lives. He believes the key to leading a healthier life is having access to fitness knowledge and acting on it. He founded SweatWorks, the leading digital agency in fitness design and technology to create meaningful wellness journeys for everyone. As founder and CEO, Mohammed has established SweatWorks as a…
 
Bryce Henson is CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, the world’s fastest-growing fitness boot camp franchise. Having over 10+ years of experience in the fitness industry and owning 2 FBBC locations, his passion is spreading fitness to the world, in addition to mentoring fitness professionals on how to grow their businesses and change more lives in their loca…
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke welcomes Allison Rand to the podcast. Allison is a digital marketing and content executive who has worked with a variety of brands on creative campaign development, content creation and distribution, social media, product development, and design. She is currently the VP of Marketin…
 
Lou DeFrancisco is passionate about health/fitness/wellness both personally and professionally. Former President of StretchLab which is revolutionizing the assisted-stretching segment in boutique fitness. Stretching is a pillar program in fitness & an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Since recording, Lou has been appointed as the new President…
 
Christian Toetzke is an industry veteran of the international cycling, marathon and triathlon world, he’s considered one of the world’s leading experts for mass participation events. In the 1990s Toetzke developed several World Triathlon Series and Cyclassics. in 2017 – along with German two-time Olympic gold medal hockey player Moritz Fürste – he …
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke announces the Innovation Award Winners for Most Innovating Fitness Pro, Fitness Facility, and Fitness Supplier! Bryan is joined by the Accenture Team who selected the winners as they discuss each unique candidate and how they demonstrated using new, innovative technology solutions …
 
Dr. Sean Pastuch is a thought leader in the health and fitness world whose industry disrupting company, Active Life, is bridging the gap between performance and rehabilitation. Dr. Sean believes that the larger the problem, the more valuable the solution. He believes that the biggest problem worth solving is the absence of healthcare, and the abund…
 
Brandon Cullen brings an edgy approach to entrepreneurship through the valuable experience he’s earned as a professional athlete turned business owner. Brandon hosts an entrepreneurial-inspired podcast, Playing Guilty, and is the co-founder and chief concept officer of MADabolic—the industry’s first and only strength-driven interval training franch…
 
Shane Farmer is the founder of Dark Horse Rowing the largest rowing YouTube channel in the world and an online fitness business veteran, he's been learning and building from a bootstrap perspective since 2015. Links: https://www.facebook.com/darkhorserowing https://twitter.com/shanefarmer https://www.instagram.com/shanefarmer/ connect with us: www.…
 
Liz Clark is IHRSA's first female president and chief executive officer in the association's 40-year history, and looks to double down on advocacy and communication efforts. A self-described "Energizer Bunny" and well-regarded Beltway presence, Liz is focused on making IHRSA known in Washington, D.C. She is a lifelong athlete whose commitment to fi…
 
Daniel Tal Mor is the co-founder and CEO of Lumen, a company developing consumer nutrition management platform based on a small device that measures metabolism in a single breath and provides personalized food, lifestyle, and health recommendations. Lumen sold 10,000 devices on Indiegogo during the pre-campaign. Previously, Daniel co-founded Wibiya…
 
With over a decade of experience in the fitness industry, Ramon Castillon began his fitness career at 24-Hour Fitness as a part of corporate with a focus on pricing and strategy. Ramon followed 24 Hour by working at Basecamp Fitness where he scaled the company and accelerated the growth from one to five locations. Basecamp was acquired in 2018 for …
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke welcomes Annette Franz to the show. Annette Franz has 30 years of experience helping companies understand their employees and customers, identifying what drives retention, satisfaction, engagement, the overall experience, and designing customer experience strategies to deliver a be…
 
Jeff Stokes has over 25+ years of experience providing strategic leadership in the health and wellness industry at both early and late-stage development, franchising, corporate wellness, medical fitness, diet & weight loss, and club acquisitions. History of service excellence and people-centered leadership style, with a refined ability to develop t…
 
Rick Mayo is the founder and CEO of Alloy Personal Training, est 1992. Rick and his team have licensed the Alloy training systems to over 2,000 clubs worldwide. Alloy has recently pivoted to a full franchise model to better serve our communities and owners. Rick is a featured speaker at conferences domestically and internationally, speaking on how …
 
Josh Leve is the Founder & CEO of the Fitness Business Association (FBA) and SUCCEED! the FBA Virtual Conference & Expo. With a collective audience close to 100,000...within FBA you'll connect to more influencers, discover new trends, learn how to make more money, generate more clients, uncover critical data, and apply key insights to your business…
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O’Rourke welcomes Marcel Boots to the show. Marcel is the Digital Fitness & Innovation Director at Basic-Fit, one of the fastest growing European market leaders in fitness with more than 1000 clubs and over 2 million members. Today, Marcel discusses with Bryan about Basic-Fit’s successful o…
 
After a traumatic motorcycle accident, Therabody Founder and Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Jason Wersland needed a solution to relieve his debilitating pain. Realizing the only viable options to alleviate his pain were prescription medicine or surgery, he designed a device out of a power tool. That became the category-defining Theragun, the world’s fi…
 
This week, on the Fitness + Technology podcast, host Bryan O'Rourke invites listeners to participate in FIT-C’s 2022 Fitness Technology Innovation Awards. This award will be going to the most innovative and technologically progressive fitness professional, supplier, and facility in response to overcoming and innovating as a result of the pandemic. …
 
Casey Mulholland is the founder and lead developer of KineticPro Performance in Tampa FL. Casey’s playing background has led him around some of the top organizations and universities in the game. These include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The University of South Florida, The University of Mississippi and IMG Academy. Through KineticPro Casey’s work has…
 
In this episode, we have Dan O’Brien and Spencer Tatum - president and founder of Tatum Human Performance combined efforts to create a one-of-a-kind performance training experience and facility. The Legacy Sports Performance Center is a 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility that is home to sports performance for teams, individuals, combine prep …
 
Mark Fisher is an in-demand international speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. His core expertise is helping business owners achieve financial success and personal freedom through community building, leadership development, and creating healthy organizational cultures. He's also excellent at playing with puppies. Mark and his “non-sexual life par…
 
Matthew Januszek is an entrepreneur for 25 years. Builder of multiple successful businesses in the UK, Germany, Poland and the United States. Matthew now sits on the board as a director of 3 companies. Co-founder of Escape Fitness, which he has taken from a start-up with minimal capital to a major International business chosen by premier fitness br…
 
Al Noshirvani is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Motionsoft, a leading provider of software and financial services for the health, fitness and wellness industry. Motionsoft's award-winning club management software and membership management solutions have helped organizations like Equinox Fitness, CRUNCH, The Bay Club Co, US Fitness, the Steve Nash C…
 
Jason Crowe is the VP, Partnerships & Business Development at Precision Nutrition, Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest online nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching and certification company, recently announced the launch of Precision Nutrition Enterprise Coaching, a personal remote coaching solution for organizations worldwide to offer thei…
 
Anthony Vennarre is a product-focused operator, United States Marine, and 3x exited founder, leading product and ecosystem development. Anthony and his brother Joe started in a home personal training company that culminated in a 12,000 square foot facility, and hundreds of members. After selling the gym, the team transitioned into the digital space…
 
Justin Harris is an incredibly experienced youth and adolescent coach and directs the physical education department at one of the premier schools in St. Louis. He and Dr. Greenspon conceptualized and developed the idea behind TeenLIFT and together are working on implementing this methodology nationwide. Links: https://www.teen-lift.com/ www.futureo…
 
Lindsay Junk is the President of YogaSix franchising. Mother of 3 very busy children, wife, aging athlete, training for the 2021 NYC marathon. Thinking about competing in another Ironman. Graduated from the University of Hawaii a million years ago with a degree in Bio-Chemistry and Food Science and Human Nutrition. Worked in the fitness industry fo…
 
Shane Rogers is Co-Founder and CEO of RPM Training Co. An entrepreneur at heart, Shane’s background in Engineering, along with his love of training and the outdoors, took him from leading engineering teams at Gore Medical to the creator of the RPM speed rope, adding to his running list of patents. Even as CEO, Shane still leads all manufacturing in…
 
With over 20 years of qualified experience in the health and fitness industry, Curtis Christopherson is the founder & CEO of WRKOUT, the first connected fitness brand to deliver live, face-to-face personal training optimized for the virtual experience. He is also the owner of Innovative Fitness, North America's largest network of premium personal t…
 
In this week's episode, we have Natalia Karbasova & Stefan Tilk from FitTech Company. Natalia Karbasova is the Founder of the FitTech Summit, the leading conference in Europe devoted to fitness technology and future of wellbeing and active lifestyle (www.fittechsummit.com) attracting 1000+ high-ranking industry executives, investors and startups an…
 
Tony Gentilcore is one of the co-founders of Cressey Sports Performance, which really should have been called “Cressilcore Sports Performance” because that sounds like an awesome castle where a wizard lives (and plays sports). When he’s not picking things up and putting them down, he trains top-level athletes and clients in Boston, MA, contributes …
 
Julian Barnes is a fitness industry veteran whose 40 year career includes being a competitive junior tennis player and certified professional tennis instructor; serving on the Investment Committee for the U.S. Tennis Assn; being a sponsorship sales consultant to Madison Square Garden; serving as the Director of Marketing for Velocity Sports Perform…
 
Garrett Marshall has nearly 20 years of experience working on the growth side of the fitness industry. His experience has included developing strategy and innovation, executive leadership, business development, strategic partnerships, and driving technology. He has contributed to several successful businesses resulting in two IPO's, four Inc. 1000 …
 
Avrum Elmakis is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold a number of successful businesses. Elmakis is currently the founder and CEO of CLMBR, where he leads a team of design, fitness, and tech visionaries in creating the world’s most advanced climbing machine. It is a superior full-body resistance strength and high intensity cardio machine …
 
Trent Ward is the co-founder and CEO of FORME Life. He realized first-hand that a busy lifestyle makes it challenging to get to the gym, and so in the middle of a successful finance career, he shifted focus to develop the most complete at-home fitness studio he could conceive. He was also aware that he did not have the experience to do that alone, …
 
Jim Adams is the host of the Masters in Fitness Business Podcast. A native of St. Louis, Jim is a fitness expert, entrepreneur, and popular speaker who knows what it takes to overcome adversity and follow your passion. Years ago shortly after high school, a near-death experience changed the trajectory of Jim’s life forever. He became weak and frail…
 
Vincent Miceli founded Verb in 2018 and has been helping people with accountability, goal setting, improving their lives for close to 6 years. Vincent has been involved in the health and wellness industry, founding and operating The Body Blueprint, for nearly a decade. He is inspired by getting people feeling better and accomplishing whatever goals…
 
Chris Duffin is an inventor, thought leader, and serial entrepreneur in Health and Fitness. He has Co-Founded multiple prominent brands the largest of which, Kabuki Strength where he serves as Chief Visionary Officer, is a globally recognized brand. Chris has invented multiple ‘game-changing’ products improving human biomechanics under load, as wel…
 
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