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Fitt Insider is the show where we talk with the entrepreneurs, executives, and investors who are redefining the business of fitness and wellness.

Fitt Insider Joe Vennare

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 51 Ratings

Fitt Insider is the show where we talk with the entrepreneurs, executives, and investors who are redefining the business of fitness and wellness.

    117. Ron Schneidermann, CEO of AllTrails

    117. Ron Schneidermann, CEO of AllTrails

    Today I’m joined by Ron Schneidermann, CEO of AllTrails — a guide to the outdoors. 
     
    In this episode, we discuss the company’s content flywheel, free app, and subscription product. We cover the intersection of technology and the outdoors, as well as the company’s recent $150M funding round, fueling community, personalization, and international expansion. 
     
    More from Fitt Insider 
     
    Fitt Insider helps operators stay informed and make better decisions. We produce a weekly newsletter and podcast, curate an industry jobs board, and invest in early-stage companies.
     
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    More from Ron 
     
    Ron Schneidermann is an entrepreneur who is passionate about building great companies that help people have authentic, organic, real-world experiences. He is the CEO of AllTrails, the most trusted and used outdoors platform in the world. In 2005, Ron co-founded Liftopia, the global leader in ski lift ticket bookings, and was Head of Growth at Yelp Reservations. Ron attended UCLA, earning his bachelor’s degree in Communications, and lives in California with his wife Jenny, their three children, and their dog Sally Toodle the Golden Doodle. Ron loves riding his mountain bike, but his all-time favorite trail is the Na Pali Coast Trail in Kauai.

    • 35 min
    116. Courtney Reum, Co-founder of M13

    116. Courtney Reum, Co-founder of M13

    Today I’m joined by Courtney Reum, co-founder of M13 — a brand development and investment company. 
     
    In this episode, we discuss the shifting venture capital ecosystem, trends in health and wellness, and the firm’s investments in companies like Tonal, Headspace, and ClassPass. Plus, Courtney shares his frameworks for evaluating potential investments. 
     
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    Fitt Insider helps operators stay informed and make better decisions. We produce a weekly newsletter and podcast, curate an industry jobs board, and invest in early-stage companies.
     
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    More from Courtney
     
    Courtney Reum is an innovator whose goal is to create impact towards global change. In April 2016, Courtney co-founded M13, a Los Angeles based brand development and investment company that accelerates businesses at the nexus of consumer products, technology, and media. M13 focuses on building emerging entrepreneurial businesses, and will directly invest more than $100 million of investments over the next 5 years. 
     
    Courtney began his career as an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs in New York, working with such brands as Procter & Gamble, Under Armour, and Vitamin Water. In 2007, following his career at Goldman Sachs, Courtney and his brother Carter Reum established VEEV Spirits with the goal of creating “a better way to drink”. Originally offering a first of its kind vodka alternative, VEEV Spirits quickly grew to be one of the fastest-growing independent brands in the country and later, with the addition of VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV, the first line of organic ready-to-drink cocktails.  VEEV has been honored as the winner of the Technomic Fast 50 Award and by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S. (#7 in the food & beverage category).  
     
    While growing VEEV, Courtney & Carter began investing and providing guidance as advisors and board members to emerging businesses. Some of their select early investments include Bonobos, Birchbox, Warby Parker, Pinterest, Lyft, Kevita, and Krave Jerky. In 2016, Courtney & Carter sold a majority stake of VEEV Spirits to a multi-national strategic buyer, allowing them to found M13 and focus on their entrepreneurial stewardship of consumer brands. M13 currently has investments in 100+ companies spanning consumer brands, media, and technology. 
     
    Courtney holds a B.A. with distinction from Columbia University in New York and is an alumni of Harvard Business School.  He is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has served as the President of the Bel-Air Chapter. Courtney was appointed as one of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Commissioners for the Los Angeles Convention Center & Tourism Authority and is philanthropically involved as a Board Member of the Los Angeles Opera and City Year, which helps underserved schools. 
     
    Courtney was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of both 2014 and 2015 by Goldman Sachs at its annual Builders + Innovators Summit, featured in Inc’s “500 fastest growing private companies in America,” and included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list. Courtney serves as a contributing writer for Inc magazine and is featured in best-selling books such as Richard Branson’s “Screw Business as Usual” and Blake Mycoskie’s (TOMs Shoes) “Start Something that Matters.” 
     
    Finally, Courtney and his brother are the authors of the national bestseller Shortcut Your Startup, which was published by Simon & Schuster in January 2018 and aimed to share their insights and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

    • 31 min
    115. Nate Pearson, Co-founder and CEO of TrainerRoad

    115. Nate Pearson, Co-founder and CEO of TrainerRoad

    Today I’m joined by Nate Pearson, co-founder and CEO of TrainerRoad. 
     
    In this episode, Nate shares his experience building a bootstrapped, profitable company over ten-plus years. We explore the fast-growing and increasingly competitive endurance tech category. And we talk about TrainerRoad’s Adaptive Training platform that uses machine learning to help cyclists get faster. 
     
    More from Fitt Insider 
     
    Fitt Insider helps operators stay informed and make better decisions. We produce a weekly newsletter and podcast, curate an industry jobs board, and invest in early-stage companies.
     
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    *** Visit the jobs board: https://jobs.fitt.co/
     
    *** View current investment and get in touch: https://insider.fitt.co/investments/
     
    More from Nate 
     
    Nate Pearson is CEO and Co-Founder of TrainerRoad, the leading training system for cyclists and triathletes who want to get faster. Athletes in over 150 countries use TrainerRoad’s Adaptive Training system, training calendar, apps, workouts, training plans, and analysis tools to elevate their performance. Additionally, TrainerRoad’s forum, blog, and podcasts are trusted educational resources for athletes around the world. 
     
    Learn more at www.TrainerRoad.com

    • 33 min
    114. Krisna Bhargava, CEO of Arena

    114. Krisna Bhargava, CEO of Arena

    Today I’m joined by Krisna Bhargava, CEO of Arena — the complete mobile smart gym. 
     
    In this episode, we discuss Arena’s innovative strength training solution and its focus on human performance — including athletes, strength coaches, and physical therapists. Krisna details the company’s plan to accelerate growth. And we cover Arena’s mission to replace the dumbbell. 
     
    Note: Fitt Insider is an investor in Arena
     
    More from Fitt Insider 
     
    Fitt Insider helps operators stay informed and make better decisions. We produce a weekly newsletter and podcast, curate an industry jobs board, and invest in early-stage companies.
     
    *** Subscribe to our newsletter: https://insider.fitt.co/newsletter/
     
    *** Visit the jobs board: https://jobs.fitt.co/
     
    *** View current investment and get in touch: https://insider.fitt.co/investments/
     
    More from Krisna 
     
    Krisna Bhargava, PhD is a scientist turned entrepreneur whose lifelong love of fitness began with martial arts, skiing, and hiking. Krisna has an extensive background in automation and biophysics, bringing the view that strength training is the foundation of reaching peach performance as much as it is preventative healthcare. 

    • 32 min
    113. Melissa Bentivoglio, Co-founder and CEO of Frame Fitness

    113. Melissa Bentivoglio, Co-founder and CEO of Frame Fitness

    Today I’m joined by Melissa Bentivoglio, co-founder and CEO of Frame Fitness — makers of a connected Pilates reformer. 
     
    In this episode, Melissa shares how her experience as an athlete, instructor, and designer led to founding Frame. We talk about the company’s $5M funding round that included 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov. And we cover content, community, and manufacturing as the company prepares to ship products in 2022. 
     
    More from Fitt Insider 
     
    Fitt Insider helps operators stay informed and make better decisions. We produce a weekly newsletter and podcast, curate an industry jobs board, and invest in early-stage companies.
     
    *** Subscribe to our newsletter: https://insider.fitt.co/newsletter/
     
    *** Visit the jobs board: https://jobs.fitt.co/
     
    *** View current investment and get in touch: https://insider.fitt.co/investments/
     
    More from Melissa 
    Melissa Bentivoglio is a classically trained ballet dancer and a renowned pilates and fitness instructor. Melissa credits her dedication to pilates as having changed her life after years of elite level performance. In 2018, she designed her own proprietary reformer for use in her own studio. By launching Frame, she hopes to make pilates more widely available and accessible, so that everyone has a chance to improve their quality of life.

    • 33 min
    112. Helaine Knapp, CEO of CITYROW

    112. Helaine Knapp, CEO of CITYROW

    Today I’m joined by Helaine Knapp, CEO of CITYROW.
     
    In this episode, we discuss the company’s origin as a single boutique fitness studio, the decision to launch a connected rower and digital app, and Helaine’s plan to scale an omnichannel experience. 
     
    More from Fitt Insider 
     
    Fitt Insider helps operators stay informed and make better decisions. We produce a weekly newsletter and podcast, curate an industry jobs board, and invest in early-stage companies.
     
    *** Subscribe to our newsletter: https://insider.fitt.co/newsletter/
     
    *** Visit the jobs board: https://jobs.fitt.co/
     
    *** View current investment and get in touch: https://insider.fitt.co/investments/
     
    More from Helaine 
     
    After spending years climbing the corporate ladder, Helaine Knapp left the world of
    publishing for tech start-up life. Group fitness was her outlet while working hard and
    taking on the hustle and bustle of New York City. Months of spin and boot camp
    classes left her with a lower back injury, however, and she began searching for a
    workout that was low impact, but super effective. After a friend suggested rowing,
    Helaine initially rejected it as something “my dad did in college,” but following a few
    workouts on a sexy machine, pairing it with total body sculpting moves off the
    machine, changed her mind and the concept for CITYROW was born.
     
    With a mission of delivering a smart, fun, effective workout to all fitness levels, under
    Knapp’s leadership, CITYROW has grown from one studio in New York City to a
    national omnichannel fitness brand a top-ranked on-demand global program
    featuring at-home rowers and a fast-growing digital subscription business alongside
    12 open studios and 65 franchises sold nationwide!
     
    Knapp has yet to row on the water and has been featured as a business leader and a
    wellness expert on TODAY, Women’s Health, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Well +
    Good, Vogue, Yahoo! Finance, and PEOPLE, among many others.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

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On top of the trends

If you are a VC or founder in the health and wellness market, this is a must-listen podcast. Also, the newsletter is fantastic. I highly recommend it.

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Best podcast!

Thank you for the absolute best podcast! I love hearing from the upcoming leaders in the health, wellness, and fitness space and always learn so much during every episode I listen to.

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Super Informative

Super informative interviews with fitness and wellness startups. Love the conversations and insights Fitt Insider provides. Definitely worth a listen if you are interested in fitness startups, business, and/or the wellness space.

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