359 episodes

ESCAPE YOUR LIMITS:
Inside the minds of fitness industry influencers.

Find out what drives, fuels and motivates the leaders in health and fitness. Each episode of Escape Your Limits reveals the mental, physical and emotional ingredients involved in standing out above everybody else. Discover why successful people keep going when most people stop, and what keeps them going day after day. It’s not about shortcuts for dreamers; these people prove that constant hard work fueled by the right frame of mind is what makes dreams a reality. Join Matthew Januszek, co-founder of Escape Fitness, as he delves into the mindset of leadership and success.

L.I.F.T.S:
Every week, our intrepid hosts Matthew Januszek of Escape Fitness and Mo Iqbal of SweatWorks will discuss the breaking fitness industry news, providing their own perspective on the headlines whilst provoking thoughts and conversations. All delivered in a quick-fix, approximately 30-minute podcast.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

ESCAPE YOUR LIMITS:
Inside the minds of fitness industry influencers.

Find out what drives, fuels and motivates the leaders in health and fitness. Each episode of Escape Your Limits reveals the mental, physical and emotional ingredients involved in standing out above everybody else. Discover why successful people keep going when most people stop, and what keeps them going day after day. It’s not about shortcuts for dreamers; these people prove that constant hard work fueled by the right frame of mind is what makes dreams a reality. Join Matthew Januszek, co-founder of Escape Fitness, as he delves into the mindset of leadership and success.

L.I.F.T.S:
Every week, our intrepid hosts Matthew Januszek of Escape Fitness and Mo Iqbal of SweatWorks will discuss the breaking fitness industry news, providing their own perspective on the headlines whilst provoking thoughts and conversations. All delivered in a quick-fix, approximately 30-minute podcast.

    LIFTS Episode 24 - Costco Launches GLP-1 Prescriptions | Technogym’s Positive Performance - LIFTS w/ Guest Lise Kuecker

    LIFTS Episode 24 - Costco Launches GLP-1 Prescriptions | Technogym’s Positive Performance - LIFTS w/ Guest Lise Kuecker

    In this week’s episode of LIFTS – your a bite-size dose of the Latest Industry Fitness Trends and Stories - hosts Matthew Januszek, Co-Founder of Escape Fitness and Mo Iqbal, Founder & CEO of Sweatworks, are joined by  Lisa Kuecker, serial entrepreneur, public speaker and founder of international boutique fitness consultancy sensation, Studio Grow. 
     
    In this LIFTS podcast, topics include:
    ●       GLP-1s move into mainstream via COSTCO prescriptions.
    ●       The positive effect of exercise for those taking GLP-1s.
    ●       Merger of Orangetheory and Self Esteem Brands (Anytime Fitness).
    ●       Fitness franchises and expansion strategies.
    ●       Technogym’s impressive financial 2023 performance.
    ●       The huge commercial opportunity presented by the sale of used equipment.
    ●       Shift from hardware to service – The next play for fitness kit provider.
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    0:00       Intro 
    02:45    Introducing Lisa Kuecker, founder, Studio Grow
    04:28    The value of taking intentional time off work
    06:21    Introduction of GLP-1 prescriptions by COSTCO
    07:21    GLP-1’s move into mainstream
    09:23    Reducing GLP-1 side effects through exercise
    14:03    Merger of Orangetheory and Self Esteem Brands (Anytime Fitness)
    17:14    Fitness franchises and expansion strategies
    23:26    Technogym’s impressive financial 2023 performance
    24:40    The huge commercial opportunity presented by the sale of used equipment
    26:52    Shift from hardware to service – The next play for fitness kit providers?

    • 32 min
    LIFTS Episode 23 - Industry Shakeup: Orangetheory Merges with Self Esteem Brands & Bowflex Joins Johnson Health Tech

    LIFTS Episode 23 - Industry Shakeup: Orangetheory Merges with Self Esteem Brands & Bowflex Joins Johnson Health Tech

    After a few weeks of broadcasting inspiring interviews with the movers and shakers at international events, welcome back to our regular L.I.F.T.S, a bite-size dose of the Latest Industry Fitness Trends and stories hitting the headlines and stirring up debate.  
    In this week’s episode, hosts Matthew Januszek, Co-Founder of Escape Fitness and Mo Iqbal, Founder & CEO of SweatWorks, are joined by Andrew Kolman, Vice President of Global Product Development, Matrix Fitness at Johnson Health Tech. Conversation focuses on three news-busting stories: the merging of two brand titans - Orangetheory and Self Esteem Brands, the acquisition of Bowflex by Johnson Health Tech and the raising of $1.8 Billion by Equinox. 
    In this LIFTS podcast topics include:
    ●       The potential impact of a merger between Orangetheory and Self Esteem Brands.
    ●       The challenges and opportunities of merging two hugely successful brands.
    ●       Leveraging fitness brands for cross-promotion and personalized experiences.
    ●       The potential that drove Johnson Health Tech ‘s acquisition of Bowflex.
    ●       Managing the fusion of fitness and entertainment.
    ●       The impact of Equinox’s $1.8 billion investment on the wider industry.
    ●       Designing fitness lines to address under-served market segments.
          ●       Fitness industry trends, premium offerings, consumer behavior.
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    0:00       Intro
    1:32       Merger of Orangetheory and Self Esteem Brands (Anytime Fitness)
    2:20       Key role of data and analytics
    4:26       Combining two franchise businesses for growth and the importance of a united leadership
    7:20       Leveraging fitness brands for cross-promotion and personalized experiences
    10:29    Johnson Health Tech’s acquisition of Bowflex
    12:43    What made Bowflex such an attractive proposition
    19:56    Managing the transition of fitness into the content and entertainment space
    25:03    Equinox’s raising of $1.8 billion
    28:10    Onyx: Designed to address under-served segments of the market
    29:21    Fitness industry trends, premium offerings, consumer behavior.

    • 33 min
    LIFTS Episode 22 - Planet Fitness devalued by $400m in 5 days | LIFTS

    LIFTS Episode 22 - Planet Fitness devalued by $400m in 5 days | LIFTS

    With guests today located across all different time zones, welcome back to a truly international episode of L.I.F.T.S, a bite-size dose of the Latest Industry Fitness Trends and stories hitting the headlines and stirring up debate.  
    In this week’s episode, ahead of FIBO and the European Health Futures Forum (EHFF), hosts Matthew Januszek, Co-Founder of Escape Fitness and Mo Iqbal, Founder & CEO of SweatWorks, are joined by Jennifer Halsall-de Wit, a member of EuropeActive’s Inclusion Advisory Board, and Beau de Leeuw, a transgender advocate.
    Through their work, both of our guests’ pioneer diversity, equity and inclusion research in the European fitness sector in order to empower everybody to achieve their full potential by uncovering hidden barriers, biases and systemic hurdles obstructing progress. 
    In this LIFTS, we discuss some topics that are really sparking debate including:
    ●       Planet Fitness revoking a woman’s membership after she photographed a transgender member in the locker room.
    ●       Inclusivity versus privacy in fitness environments.
    ●       Safety for trans and non-binary individuals within gyms.
    ●       Cases where situations have been exploited and politized unnecessarily.
    ●       How the younger generations are redefining the process.
    ●       The need to make uncomfortable decisions in order to progress.
          ●       The media scrutiny of Andrew Huberman, his private life and cancel culture.
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    0:00 Intro
    2:52 Planet Fitness’s policy amidst locker room issue
    9:56 Gender identity and locker room comfort levels
    11:22 Safety for trans and non-binary individuals
    13:07 Gender-neutral changing rooms
    15:00 Safety, culture and identity in a diverse society
    21:26 Inclusivity in gyms and gender identity
    25:05 Inclusivity in fitness industry and cancel culture
    29:18 Media scrutiny of a public figure’s private life

    • 35 min
    Ep 333 - Forget the Weights & Embrace the Science | Dr. John Jaquish

    Ep 333 - Forget the Weights & Embrace the Science | Dr. John Jaquish

    On this week’s episode of the Escape Your Limits podcast, we are joined by John Jaquish, a doctor of biomechanical engineering on a mission to educate the world as to why traditional weightlifting is a waste of time.
    Driven by an obsessive interest in bone health stemming from his mothers’ osteoporosis diagnosis, invented the X3® – a device that improves bone strength, whilst limiting the risk of injury, through the application of variable (adaptive) resistance.
    Dr. Jaquish is absolutely committed to advancing oesteogenic load research and travels the world speaking about its implications. A number of his articles have been printed in medical journals and he has also written and published a couple of books: ‘Oesteogenic Loading’ and ‘Weight Lifting is a Waste of Time – And So Is Cardio. There’s A Better Way To Have The Body You Want’.
    Whilst Dr. Jaquish is a disruptor and very happy to question the effectiveness of traditional weight training techniques, his findings are also supported by several independent studies. His methods are used in training the world's most elite athletes and associations such as the entire Miami Heat organization, various NFL and NBA players, as well as Olympians.
     
    In this podcast, John talks extensively about:
    ● Strength training and maximizing muscle growth.
    ● Volume training, hypertrophy and stretch-induced training.
    ● Nutrition, Hydration and ‘The Carnivore Diet.’
    ● Semaglutide, weight loss and lifestyle changes.
    ● Big changes coming to Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
    ● Genetic outliers and impacts on training.
     
    To learn more about Dr. John Jaquish, click here:
    https://www.jaquishbiomedical.com/
    https://primalmedical.net/
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    • 2 hrs 27 min
    Recovery Uncovered- Behind the Hype of the Next Boom or Bust?

    Recovery Uncovered- Behind the Hype of the Next Boom or Bust?

    Welcome to our exclusive podcast, recorded live at IHRSA 2024, in LA. In this episode, hosts Matthew Januszek, Co-Founder of Escape Fitness is joined by Ian O’Dwyer, Co-Founder of Feel SOMA and Richard Boyd, Director of Global Wellness Designs, to discuss all things recovery and taking a more complete approach to improving lives worldwide in the Wellness, Health & Fitness Industry.
    Topics discussed in this episode, include:
    ●       Structuring the concept of recovery within fitness.
    ●       Stress, inflammation and fluid flow and recovery.
    ●       How eustress can actually build resilience.
    ●       Debating cold therapy and cryotherapy.
    ●       Importance of movement and mobility.
    ●       Fascial mobility and how to train fascia in different directions.
    ●       Integrating recovery into fitness spaces.
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    • 53 min
    LIFTS Episode 21 - "LIVE" from IHRSA, March 6-8, 2024, Los Angeles, Where We Explore the Latest Industry Fitness Trends and Stories Shaping the Future of the Sector

    LIFTS Episode 21 - "LIVE" from IHRSA, March 6-8, 2024, Los Angeles, Where We Explore the Latest Industry Fitness Trends and Stories Shaping the Future of the Sector

    Welcome to the latest episode of L.I.F.T.S. In this episode, recorded live at IHRSA, the USA’s largest fitness industry trade show, hosts  Matthew Januszek, Co-Founder of Escape Fitness and Mo Iqbal, Founder & CEO of Sweatworks, are joined by two incredibly inspirational individuals whose vision, ambition and leadership is pioneering the evolution of the fitness sector.
     Please join us in welcoming Anthony Geisler, Founder and CEO, Xponential Fitness and Philipp Roesch-Schlanderer, Founder and CEO, EGYM to today’s very special IHRSA inspired LIFTS episode.
     Topics discussed include:
    ·        The growth of Xponential Fitness.
    ·        Fitness and wellness trends and the rise of the boutique market.
    ·        Taking a macro rather than micro view of trends.
    ·        Xponential's Lindora acquisition.
    ·        Scaling business through acquisition and franchising.
    ·        The birth and growth of EGYM.
    ·        EGYM Genius –AI powered training.
    ·        The power of Interoperability.
    ·        The future of fitness for health: workout like a pill.
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Dwilks1986 ,

Best fitness podcast i know.....

Matthew has an amazing way of interviewing his guests that really allows them to express themselves naturally without being led. His guest are also incredibly interesting and from many different walk to the fitness world which makes for great listening!! 👏🏼

DDDDarb ,

Phillip Mills podcast

Amazing interview and insight I found this so interesting to listen to . Great overall discussion around current sector challenges and future opportunities.

alez stab ,

Amazing content

Thank you for the amazing content that you share with us (the fitness professionals).

It’s not a secret that we as a industry provide such a massive value to people’s life however it is quite common that we struggle with our businesses and thanks to people like you that are showing us the missing the piece of the puzzle so that we can become better providers and get rewarded accordingly to our output

Thank you
Alex STANOEV
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