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Fitness + Technology

Welcome to the Fitness + Technology Podcast for club owners, operators, and fitness professionals! This show is your #1 trusted resource for the accelerating world of fitness technology. Each week, we bring you an expert interview with a global influencer at the crossroads of fitness and technology. You’ll get the insights, tools, and inspiration you need to stay connected to the pulse of what matters most for your fitness business in the age of exponential technologies. This podcast is brought to you by the Fitness Industry Technology Council, who is mobilizing resources to drive the fitness industry forward, and representing leading companies and organizations to success through collaboration. This show is supported by Vedere Ventures, a boutique investment and advisory firm helping early mature and late stage enterprises succeed in a new era. Hosted by wellness influencer and founder of Wellness Force, Josh Trent.
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Dec 13, 2016

Daniel Waide has been a Fitness Operator and entrepreneur for 15 years. His fitness career began as a mobile Personal Trainer while completing a Bachelors degree in Applied Science (Human Movement) in Melbourne, Australia. 

He first worked technology into his fitness career when pre-apps, he created a web based text messaging tool to help his Personal Training clients train between sessions. His implementation of technology was key to the growth and success in his roles as National Fitness Manager with Genesis Fitness in Australia and as a Fitness Director for Town Sports International in Manhattan & Brooklyn.

Now working with Wexer, Daniel is helping fitness chains in the Americas and across the globe execute successful digital strategies. With a deep understanding of fitness and technology, Daniel aims to help more people get active, one digital fitness experience at a time. Wexer Virtual started with installations in Denmark and Norway, and has now expanded to more than 40 countries. 

Listen To Episode 003 As Daniel Uncovers

  • How virtual and streaming fitness is being used in studios with top instructors to drive member engagement 
  • Digital ecosystem: what is the seamless experience that makes a difference?
  • The history of WEXER in the fitness industry
  • What the new group fitness member really wants and how virtual creates member success stories
  • Gamification: why should trainers and club operators care and how will technology support it? 
  • Why most clubs are losing money without virtual and streaming when the GroupX room is empty 
  • How to create a fitness experience outside the 4 walls of the club using technology 
  • The evolution of virtual fitness: using collected data, what motivates a new member for the long term?
  • Daniel's featured contribution in the 2017 FIT-C Tech Trends Report
  • How virtual and digital fitness tools are serving the ever-expanding omnipresence gap
  • How AI will integrate into virtual fitness in the next 2-3 years
  • How clubs can balance both technology and people for smarter, more intuitive touch points  

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • There is now an digital attack on the 4 walls of the club. Owners, trainers, and operators need to get clear on their digital strategy to compete with the reality of members being able to get both training and fitness anywhere. 
  • As the consumer choices become more empowered through new technologies, successful clubs will need to use virtual and streaming as a key part of their digital ecosystem to provide convenience and flexibility in their memberships.
  • For both reducing attrition and increasing member satisfaction in the age of non-committal members, trainers and operators must use the applicable digital tools and apps to shine for their membership base.  

Power Quotes From Daniel

 "More recently we are seeing an increasing amount of club groups combining virtual with live instruction. Either to make the live class even more engaging or to free up the instructor to enhance participant interaction." - Daniel Waide on the Fitness + Technology Podcast

"People want personalized programs. It's something that the fitness industry went away from as we started to direct people more towards personal training. New technology can help build these personalized programs, at scale." Daniel Waide on the Fitness + Technology Podcast

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