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Jason Stowell – Thinking Ahead Host

Why I still love being a podcast host?

With a passion for education, I attended the University of Pittsburgh originally with the intention of going on to be professor of history. I believe the most effective way to plan for a successful tomorrow is by learning from yesterday’s lessons. Little did I realize at the time that all the while studying to secure my degree that I would fall in love with being a personal trainer.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Even after twenty-five years working in the fitness industry I find myself still driven to help our industry’s professionals be the best versions of themselves through education. As a host of the Fitness Business Podcast I am able to reach out to the best-of-the-best when it comes to securing the best and brightest educators around the globe and then bring that education to our listeners.

I can think of no other role in our industry that would better fit my passion and am truly thankful to share with all of you.

If you have any questions about Thinking Ahead or if you want to request a trend for us to cover, then please pop me an email at [email protected], I’d love to hear from you!

What 2020 taught me?

2020 has taught me that the fitness industry is not simply a conglomerate of competitors. When COVID-19 hit and our industry transitioned from, “enriching lives” to, “sustaining livelihoods” we came together to help each other weather the storm and identify best practices regardless of competition.

What will be the name of your autobiography?

Balance: Striving for Micro Personal and Professional Betterments

Your choice: rock legend or sporting legend?

Sporting legend

Four people (alive or passed) that you’d love to have at the same dinner table, and why?

Oprah Winfrey: Was able to manifest tremendous personal and professional success by shear will. Wow.

Aristotle: For a better understanding of the meaning behind the word “why”.

Julius Caesar: Was an accomplished author and historian as well as a statesman. Was it all compulsion or temptation?

Malala Yousafzai: Is willing to change the world at great personal cost at such an incredibly young age. Is that nature or nurture?

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  • In today's Thinking Ahead show, Jason Stowell sat down with Don Doyle, SVP of HealthPlex Associate. Don is a seasoned veteran of the health and wellness industry. He has been involved in club operations for over 20 years.  During that time Don implemented many successful growth and development strategies. Don has been a featured speaker at IHRSA, Club Industry, and the Medical Fitness Association’s annual conferences. We sit down to discuss managing your members' visit, as well as addressing the economic challenges to both our margin and our missions....



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