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Discover the tactics and gain the knowledge you need to help more people, create a stable income, and build a fulfilling fitness and wellness career. We envision a world where fitness and wellness professionals are viewed as legitimate partners to the medical community working side by side to keep people healthy. Don’t miss out on our exclusive interviews with fitness and wellness experts to gain exactly what you need to boost your confidence, earn the trust of your clients, peers, and medical professionals, and build credibility to instantly impact your success. For articles and additional content, please go to: https://linktr.ee/wellnessparadox.

The Wellness Paradox Michael Stack

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Discover the tactics and gain the knowledge you need to help more people, create a stable income, and build a fulfilling fitness and wellness career. We envision a world where fitness and wellness professionals are viewed as legitimate partners to the medical community working side by side to keep people healthy. Don’t miss out on our exclusive interviews with fitness and wellness experts to gain exactly what you need to boost your confidence, earn the trust of your clients, peers, and medical professionals, and build credibility to instantly impact your success. For articles and additional content, please go to: https://linktr.ee/wellnessparadox.

    What Virtual Reality Means for Fit Pros w/Ryan DeLuca

    What Virtual Reality Means for Fit Pros w/Ryan DeLuca

    Technology and exercise have become inextricably linked during the past three years. From wearables, to connected fitness equipment, to even zoom workouts with a client, many of us can’t imagine fitness without some type of technological integration. Our guest in episode 83, Ryan DeLuca, thinks the next technological innovation we should be looking at in the fitness industry is virtual reality. In fact, as Ryan points out in this conversation, it’s already here. 
    If Ryan’s name sounds familiar to you, it could be from his previous company, bodybuilding.com, which he founded in 1999, and sold in 2015. Ryan’s taking that entrepreneurial success in the fitness technology space and shifting it to the virtual reality segment with
    the founding of a new company, Black Box VR Fitness.
    In this episode we’ll explore virtual reality’s application to fitness and exercise, particularly as a way to make exercise more enjoyable for non-traditional exercisers, leading to greater long-term compliance. We’ll also dive into how fitness professionals should consider approaching this technology right now and, in the years to come, as it
    progresses. 
    Technological advances don’t have to be a scary thing, and they certainly won’t put fitness professionals out of job, if they know how to interact with emerging technologies, like VR. That is the primary goal of this conversation; to give fitness professionals a look over the horizon of a fitness technology that is fast emerging in the marketplace. You definitely don’t want to miss Ryan’s insights in this exciting area! 
    Show Notes Page: https://www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/podcast/episode/83
    Our Guest: Ryan DeLuca  
    Ryan DeLuca founded Bodybuilding.com in 1999 in his garage in Boise, Idaho at the age of 20. Under his leadership, the company skyrocketed to nearly $500,000,000 in annual revenue before he stepped down as CEO in 2015.
      
    Profitable from the start, Bodybuilding.com was eventually purchased by Liberty Media. Ryan was named Entrepreneur of the Year by E&Y in 2009 for the Idaho/Utah region and Inc. Magazine called him one of the “Top 5 Coolest Entrepreneurs Under 30”.
     
    With 800 team members spread throughout six states and four countries, Ryan was proudest of the fact that Bodybuilding.com was consistently named one of the best places to work.
     
    Ryan was temporarily retired for only six months before the startup bug bit him again. Together with his co-founder Preston Lewis, Black Box VR was born, merging their passions for technology and fitness and the way they can intersect to help people transform their lives. Black Box VR has six gym locations open where members can immerse themselves in a virtual reality game that delivers a complete strength training and cardio program. The company was named Best Startup of CES in 2019.
     
    In his spare time, he's a private, instrument-rated pilot with over 2700 flight hours. You can usually find him flying his Pilatus PC-12 turboprop around the western USA on the weekends for fun, charity, and business. Ryan's an avid non-fiction reader, loves health and fitness, and recently took up ballroom dancing, much to the amusement of his friends and family.
     
    Ryan lives in Eagle, Idaho with his wife Nelya and four kids.
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    • 37 min
    5 Steps to Professionalizing the Fitness Industry w/Michael Stack

    5 Steps to Professionalizing the Fitness Industry w/Michael Stack

    Wellness Paradox host Michael Stack recently wrote an article for Club Industry called “Five Steps to Professionalizing the Fitness Industry.” Given this is a topic of keen interest to Wellness Paradox listeners Michael has taken episode 82 to recap and expand on what he talked about in that article around the need for professionalization in the fitness industry. 
    In this episode, he’ll discuss why the professionalization effort is so critical for the fitness industry if it is to shift from the entertainment-based commodity it’s currently viewed as, to an essential stakeholder in the healthcare delivery system. He’ll suggest the following framework to undergo this professionalism transformation:
    1.       Shifting our imagery, messaging, and hiring practices.
    2.       Using evidence-based claims 
    3.       Hiring certified and degreed professionals
    4.       Cross-sector collaboration
    5.       Producing, collecting,  and reporting outcome metrics
    This is an existential conversation for our industry to be having. Please listen and share, the future of our industry, and the health of our nation, depends on it

    Show Notes Page: https://www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/podcast/episode/82 


    Wellness Paradox Host: Michael Stack ACSM-EP, ACSM-EIM, ACSM-PAPHS, CSCS

    Michael Stack is a faculty lecturer for the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. He is the creator and the host of the Wellness Paradox Podcast, produced in conjunction with University of Michigan. Michael is also the founder/CEO of Applied Fitness Solutions and Frontline Fitness Pros.
    Michael is an exercise physiologist by training and a health entrepreneur, health educator, and fitness industry advocate by trade. He is dedicated to enhancing the standard of practice of, and advocating for, fitness and wellness professionals to ensure they become an essential constituent in the healthcare delivery system.




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    • 33 min
    Aquatic Exercise as a Complementary Training Modality w/ Irene Pluim-Mentz, PT

    Aquatic Exercise as a Complementary Training Modality w/ Irene Pluim-Mentz, PT

    Aquatic exercise may not be something that many fitness professionals think of immediately when they’re considering complementary training modalities for clients. However, as our guest in episode 81, Irene Pluim-Mentz, can attest this is a very viable and effective form of training for clients of all ages and ability levels.
    As Irene will remind us in this conversation, don’t let the words aquatic exercise conjure up images of the “water aerobics” classes, as that is not what she’s referring to. Rather, the aquatic exercise we discuss in this episode is suitable for a wide spectrum of clients; from post-rehab and clients with joint issues, to fitness enthusiasts and athletes.
    This episode will explore the principles of aquatic exercise and considerations for implementing into your clients’ programs. If you’re looking for a way to diversify your toolbox of exercise modalities as a fitness professional, Irene has some great insight for you in this episode.

    Show Notes Page: https://www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/podcast/episode/81
     Our Guest: Irene Pluim-Mentz, PT
    Irene became a licensed physical therapist in the Netherlands before immigrating to the United States. She is the co-owner of One Step Beyond, Inc. Physical Therapy. Irene’s passion for anything “water” led to becoming a certified aquatic instructor. She integrates her knowledge of hydro-dynamics with physical therapy into all her sessions. Irene is the inventor and developer of the Aqua-Ω adjustable drag resistance equipment. 
     
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    • 37 min
    The Role of Medical Fitness in a Post-COVID World w/David Flench

    The Role of Medical Fitness in a Post-COVID World w/David Flench

    COVID dramatically impacted every aspect of our society, however healthcare was impacted more significantly than nearly any other sector. Healthcare is currently in a state of financial and operational disarray. Estimates from the American Hospital Association suggest that over 50% of hospital systems in the country will lose money this year. Healthcare executives (and the government) know the current economic equation is not sustainable. Costs are rising, imbursements are going down, and the American population is becoming more chronically diseased, which increases both human suffering and cost. This coexists with a greater level of public and government awareness around wellbeing and the role it plays in healthcare.
    Our guest in episode 80, David Flench, understands these coexisting factors well. David is the CEO & President of the Medical Fitness Association. He has spent nearly his entire professional career working and advancing the medical fitness model. As David points out in this conversation, medical fitness is not a health club business, it is a healthcare business (just like any other part of the healthcare system). The organization he leads is dedicated to the proliferation of the medical fitness model, to flip that cost equation on its head through focusing on lifestyle interventions as healthcare treatment modalities.
    What David and the Medical Fitness Association does is THE path to addressing the Wellness Paradox, in fact they are on that path right now. This conversation with David is a great look “under the hood” about the role medical fitness plays in the future of radically transforming healthcare and how you can get involved in that transformation.
    Show Notes Page: https://www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/podcast/episode/80 
    Our Guest: David Flench, MBA, FACHE, FMFA, ACSM-cEP
    David has more than 20 years of experience working in the health and wellness industry. Currently, he is the President and CEO of the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). Previously, Flench was the director of wellness centers and diabetes centers at healthcare facilities in Indiana and Florida. He obtained his Master of Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He also has achieved a range of certifications including Six Sigma Green Belt, American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) and ACSM Level 2 Exercise in Medicine, certified Health Care Manager by the Indiana Hospital Association, and board certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), demonstrating that he is committed to furthering the medical fitness industry. Flench previously served as chairman of the board for MFA, and spent time on the Certification, Education, Conference, Budget & Finance, Ethics, and Nominating Committees with MFA.
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    • 43 min
    Professional Development for a Long & Impactful Career as a Fit Pro w/Lauren Shroyer

    Professional Development for a Long & Impactful Career as a Fit Pro w/Lauren Shroyer

    Ensuring fitness professionals have a sustainable and impactful career is one of the foundational missions of the Wellness Paradox Podcast. A significant component of sustainability and impact depends on the professional development path you take, both early on, and throughout, your career. Our guest in episode 79, Lauren Shroyer, knows this well.

    Lauren is the Vice President of Product and Innovation at the American Council on Exercise. Her 25+ years of experience in the fitness industry gives her a unique perspective on what fitness professionals need to do to succeed. In this conversation we’ll unpack her perspective on the important attributes of professional development to ensure long-term career success. We’ll also explore
    a tool called ACE® Pro Compass, developed using AI to curate content for fitness professionals at various stages of their journey in the industry. Whether you’re just starting out your career or you’re a veteran fit pro, you won’t want to miss Lauren’s insightful and actionable perspective in this discussion.

    Show Notes Page: https://www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/podcast/episode/79

    Our Guest: Lauren Shroyer, MS, ATC
    Lauren is the Vice President of Product and Innovation at the American Council on Exercise. She leads the development of ACE’s educational and career support products as well as manages strategic education collaborations on behalf of ACE. From conceptualization to execution, Lauren guides a team of experts in designing and overseeing ACE products and programs both live and online. 
    With 25 years of experience in the fitness industry, Lauren has served in a variety of positions, including executive-level roles, operations leadership, product development, speaker, educator, and personal trainer. She started her career as a certified athletic trainer at a Division I university, where her primary role was the administration of post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation programs for student-athletes across 20 sports. As a professional personal trainer and Certified Athletic Trainer, she has vast experience working with a variety of clients including individuals who are struggling with chronic injuries and conditions; professional, Olympic, and retired athletes; as well as weekend warriors and those who have never led an active lifestyle but strive for improved strength and movement capability in the face of chronic conditions.  
    Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in athletic training from Illinois State University and is a NATA-BOC Certified Athletic Trainer. In her free time, Lauren enjoys exercising both in the gym and outdoors. Some of her favorite activities are weight training, hiking, gardening, and meandering the beautiful Pacific coastline.
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    • 44 min
    The Diabetes Epidemic Opportunity for Fitness Professionals w/ LaurieAnn Scher

    The Diabetes Epidemic Opportunity for Fitness Professionals w/ LaurieAnn Scher

    Type 2 Diabetes is one the most prevalent and costly cardiometabolic diseases.  According to the CDC, over 37 million adults are currently diagnosed with diabetes, and over 90 million Americans have pre-diabetes. The CDC also reports that the direct medical costs associated with Diabetes are $327 billion annually, accounting for 25% of the total healthcare spending in the United States each year.
    Given its prevalence and cost, healthcare systems and the government are looking for ways to address the diabetes epidemic. This need coexists with the fact that physical activity and exercise play a critical role in glucose regulation, diabetes management, and even stopping the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. Taken together, diabetes is an excellent opportunity for fitness professionals to assert themselves as part of multidisciplinary care teams to address the diabetes epidemic.
    Our guest in episode 78, LaurieAnn Scher has worn many hats over her three decades in the diabetes ecosystem; working with individuals, organizations, other care providers, as well as technology and health related companies, LaurieAnn works to enable an equitable person-centered approach for people with diabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. In this conversation she provides insightful and actionable information for fitness professionals to use to become a critical member of the diabetes care team. 

    Show Notes Page: https://www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/podcast/episode/78
    Our Guest: LaurieAnn Scher, MS, RD, CDCES, FADCES
    LaurieAnn is a certified diabetes care and education specialist with a background in clinical nutrition and exercise physiology. Throughout her career in clinical practice and currently as a subject matter expert, she has embraced innovative approaches along with the basics of food in its simplest form and physical movement in order to realize improved health outcomes for people with diabetes, prediabetes and cardio metabolic conditions. Working with individuals, organizations, other care providers and technology and health related companies, LaurieAnn works to enable an equitable person-centered approach for people with diabetes and other cardio-metabolic conditions. 
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