Travis Jones is the Founder and CEO of Result Based Training (RBT) Gyms and the co-founder (alongside his wife Liv Jones) of Think Tank, Attain Digital and If Not Now Then When. They say true success is born. Vibrant and energetic, Travis Jones was inevitably going to achieve big things. His internationally recognised entrepreneurial success arises from both his renowned work ethic and co-founding cutting-edge companies.
Ann Marie Barbour the co-founder of Soul Body LLC and Co-Creator of SoulBody Barre, SoulBody Barre “Unhitched” and SoulBody Power group fitness programs.
Ann Marie has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years, and after falling in love with BARRE, and after seeing the benefits of this type of training, she, along with her best friend and business partner Stacey Van-diver created SoulBody LLC, a company offering “boutique style” progressive programming to larger clubs and studios.
SoulBody Barre programming is now in over 80 clubs across the globe including Gold’s Gyms, Goodlife Women’s in Canada, Brick Bodies, Merritt Clubs, Under Armour Performance Centers, YMCAs and more.
Ryan Mesanz is the Chief Technology Officer of Anytime Fitness.
Ryan founded a technology consultancy in 2000 specialising in infrastructure and software development. In 2005 this company merged into a larger firm expanding their reach into the datacenter space. During this time Anytime Fitness become one of our largest clients and over time it made sense to join the company.
The growth has been phenomenal. In 10 short years it has grown from a single club to over 4,000 in 30+ countries. Ryan currently leads the technology group of 60 developers, designers and infrastructure engineers pushing fitness forward across the globe.
Candace Sweatt is the Director of Member Services for Crunch Fitness. During the episode we discuss leveraging technology for solutions across every area of the business. Candace shares some of the common challenges she has seen in fitness businesses, we discuss ways a fitness business can streamline their efficiencies via the implementation of technology and Candace leaves us with tips for Fitness Businesses to use technology in their business operations. This interview is part of the Motionsoft Technology Series.
Francesca Schuler is the Chief Executive Officer at In-Shape Health Clubs, a California-based chain of over 65 full services health clubs. Prior to her role as CMO and then COO at In-Shape, Francesca held executive positions as BevMo!, Treasury Wine Estates Americas, Method Products, Inc. and The Gap. She has an M.B.A. from Wharton and lives with her family in Sonoma.
Raj Sareen is an entrepreneur, scientist, and inventor who currently leads a fast-growing wellness technology start-up Styku. With a BS in Space Sciences, and an MS in Physics, Raj spent much of his academic career focused on learning about the physical world we live in and the universe above. His journey included stints at NASA, where he spent time working in the shuttle program, and later the astrobiology institute for the study of biomarkers. Driven by the possibility of discovering life elsewhere, Raj eventually settled as a research scientist at the California and Carnegie Planet Search lab, where he spent several years in post-grad researching extra-solar planets around other stars. Having come from a family of entrepreneurs, Raj fosters a deep desire to build innovative technology that can help further understanding of the world. Raj made a career change and joined his family’s software business, where he would discover a need for innovation in computer vision of the human form. Having gained valuable skills in imaging and sensing technologies, Raj would turn his attention from studying celestial bodies to studying human bodies, by inventing several pioneering 3D imaging systems for lifestyle businesses. Today, he finds himself fortunate in building markets for body scanners for lifestyle purposes, such as fitness, health assessment, and shopping.
Paul Bowman is a passionate fitness industry professional who serves as CEO of Wexer, the global leader in the world of virtual fitness.
His passion is never more evident than when discussing Wexer’s company mission: to help health club operators stay relevant in an increasingly digital world by embracing technology, rather than seeing it as a competitive threat.
Paul spearheads this mission based on a clear understanding of health club operations, having previously worked for Virgin Active and Gymbox, as well as in partnership with many other operators during his time at children’s activity specialist Fit for Sport.
In his former life as an elite athlete, Bowman was a member of the New Zealand National Volleyball team, winning several regional and international titles. He remains dedicated to fitness and sport and contributes actively as both a writer and a speaker.
Meredith DePersia oversees the Human Resources function for Active Wellness. She leads a passionate team of HR professionals responsible for employee relations, benefits, recruitment and compliance. Meredith joined Active Wellness in March 2014. Prior to Active, she was the Vice President of Commercial Clubs at Club One, serving in leadership roles such as General Manager, Regional Manager and Director of Operations throughout her 11-year tenure. She has been a featured speaker on employee management for IHRSA and a resource for industry publication articles such as Club Solutions Magazine and Club Business International. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, a Master of Science in Exercise and Health Promotion and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
Since joining Excel Fitness as the Director of Strategy, Jeff Helfgott has been responsible for scaling the people, process and technology to support its growth from 18 clubs to 62 Planet Fitness clubs across six states. Prior to Excel Fitness, Jeff was an Army combat arms officer before assuming technology and strategy roles at USAA, McKinsey and a variety of start-ups.
Mike Beeney is the Director of Myzone Asia Pacific, a wearable technology company who work with over 6,000 facilities across 65 countries. Mike holds a Masters degree in exercise and health sciences and has worked in the health and fitness sector for over 20 years both in the UK and across the Asia Pacific region. During this episode, Mike talks us through the current landscape of wearable tech in the fitness industry, what the future looks like plus how wearables can enhance member retention and adherence.