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Welcome to "Making the Podium" - a fortnightly podcast for ambitious, bold & daring business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals who want to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the sports, health & wellbeing industries. With over 25 years experience in the leisure industry, your host, Chris Sharman, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Topodium Group, has been lucky enough to work with businesses across the globe developing innovative products and cutting edge brands for the links of Virgin Active, David Lloyd, Challenger Sports, Thomas Cook & Disney. He's seen plenty of trends and initiatives emerge, though what remains at the core of growth in our sectors is the passion to impact and motivate people. Each episode we'll get to the heart of topics on all marketeers minds from the development of new technologies such as AI, AR & VR, to the challenging demands of consumer expectations. At each turn, we'll be getting under the skin of successful campaigns and marketing strategies that are revolutionising and shaking up the status quo. Expect to hear from game changing individuals from leading health and fitness brands who are navigating the way, breaking barriers & experimenting with new techniques to build their customer base, increase sales and engage with new audiences. Links & references at: https://topodiumgroup.com/ Get in touch: hello@topodiumgroup.com

Welcome to "Making the Podium" - a fortnightly podcast for ambitious, bold & daring business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals who want to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the sports, health & wellbeing industries. With over 25 years experience in the leisure industry, your host, Chris Sharman, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Topodium Group, has been lucky enough to work with businesses across the globe developing innovative products and cutting edge brands for the links of Virgin Active, David Lloyd, Challenger Sports, Thomas Cook & Disney. He's seen plenty of trends and initiatives emerge, though what remains at the core of growth in our sectors is the passion to impact and motivate people. Each episode we'll get to the heart of topics on all marketeers minds from the development of new technologies such as AI, AR & VR, to the challenging demands of consumer expectations. At each turn, we'll be getting under the skin of successful campaigns and marketing strategies that are revolutionising and shaking up the status quo. Expect to hear from game changing individuals from leading health and fitness brands who are navigating the way, breaking barriers & experimenting with new techniques to build their customer base, increase sales and engage with new audiences. Links & references at: https://topodiumgroup.com/ Get in touch: hello@topodiumgroup.com

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Welcome to "Making the Podium" - a fortnightly podcast for ambitious, bold & daring business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals who want to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the sports, health & wellbeing industries. With over 25 years experience in the leisure industry, your host, Chris Sharman, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Topodium Group, has been lucky enough to work with businesses across the globe developing innovative products and cutting edge brands for the links of Virgin Active, David Lloyd, Challenger Sports, Thomas Cook & Disney. He's seen plenty of trends and initiatives emerge, though what remains at the core of growth in our sectors is the passion to impact and motivate people. Each episode we'll get to the heart of topics on all marketeers minds from the development of new technologies such as AI, AR & VR, to the challenging demands of consumer expectations. At each turn, we'll be getting under the skin of successful campaigns and marketing strategies that are revolutionising and shaking up the status quo. Expect to hear from game changing individuals from leading health and fitness brands who are navigating the way, breaking barriers & experimenting with new techniques to build their customer base, increase sales and engage with new audiences. Links & references at: https://topodiumgroup.com/ Get in touch: hello@topodiumgroup.com

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English

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07850264891


Episodes

The Best of Series 2 with Topodium Group's Chris Sharman, Ryan Grimshaw & Charlotte Owen #S2E10

3/9/2022
Welcome to the Finale of Making The Podium's Series 2! We've been offered 9 incredible stories and viewpoints, and it's time to look back at the best tales and insights. Returning from our previous series review, Topodium Group's Ryan Grimshaw & Charlotte Owen weigh in on the storytelling, product innovation, and outlooks on Nature vs Nurture that we've heard throughout the series. This episode covers: Get in touch: hello@topodiumgroup.com Links & references at: https://topodiumgroup.com/

Duration:01:13:04

Preserving the Magic from Disney to David Lloyd with Head of Spa, Family & Lifestyle at David Lloyd Clubs, Stephanie Holland #S2E9

2/23/2022
Offering superlative experiences to families at health clubs demands the ability to make every experience truly magical, a fact Stephanie Holland channels from her time on Disney Cruises. Taking forward many key tenets that helped to ‘preserve the magic’, Stephanie’s work at David Lloyd clubs is revolutionising their spa offerings and approach to activities for kids and families. Join us on Making The Podium to learn how Disney’s ‘guest recovery’ turns complaints into advocates, why it’s...

Duration:01:00:26

Leading Hampshire FA’s Innovative Growth with Chief Executive, Neil Cassar #S2E8

2/9/2022
From setting up football teams aged just 14, you’ll struggle to find a more passionate lover of the game than Neil Cassar, who became the youngest county FA CEO when he took the role with the Hampshire FA in 2006. The scale and growth of the organisation, with its nation-leading facilities and touchpoints with local stakeholders, is in large part due to Neil’s ability to keep community and sustainability at the heart of everything they do. With his innovative mindset, this episode of...

Duration:00:46:04

How a Goalkeeper’s Growth Mindset Catalyses Business Success with Founder of Soccer Parenting, Skye Eddy #S2E7

1/26/2022
The parallels between sport and business run deep and broad, and with experience as a goalkeeper and business founder alike, Skye Eddy combines the best of both worlds. Spurred on with entrepreneurial pursuits by those around her at an early age, it’s fitting that Skye would go on to create Soccer Parenting, a community that’s quite literally changing the game around youth football coaching in the US. Hear why the growth mindset of a goalkeeper is perfect for progress, how Skye’s season in...

Duration:00:52:41

Innovating Events & Connecting Communities with Managing Director of ReesLeisure, Chris Rees #S2E6

1/12/2022
When Chris Rees created a feasibility project for a college assignment, it was the humble seed that’s grown into ReesLeisure, where he’s running events for thousands and raising millions for charity. From the Southampton Marathon to the innovatively named and inclusive ‘Try Tri’, Chris’ prerogative has been to benefit an expanding community with his network of sporting events, involving a city-wide community in an emphatic celebration of the area. Listen to this week’s Making The Podium...

Duration:01:00:08

The New Age of Sports Gamification with CEO of LYMB.iO, Markos Kern #S2E5

11/17/2021
Very few brand names have been able to hack attention like Fun With Balls. Starting life as a mixed reality console backed on Kickstarter, the company now titled LYMB.iO are accelerating the gamification of sports with their truly unique and innovative experience. Founder & CEO of LYMB.iO Markos Kern joins Chris this week to break down their ‘ballsy’ approach to marketing & how it all starts with an incredible product, as well as dealing with the complexity of pitching something unlike any...

Duration:00:46:29

Evolving the Family Club Format with Founder of ‘GetSetGo!’, Claire Harrison #S2E4

11/3/2021
Creating clubs suitable for the whole family, with no membership and based in dedicated, quality facilities makes perfect sense, yet it’s a space with untapped potential... Enter ‘GetSetGo!’. With a background in swimming and 12 years as MD of Swimming Rocks under her belt, ‘GetSetGo!’ Co-Founder Claire Harrison is taking ambitious steps to bring an innovative offering to the family activity space in London. Claire joins Chris on this week’s Making The Podium to share the challenging route...

Duration:00:47:49

Boosting Retention & Enticing ‘Health Seekers’ with Director of GGFit, Guy Griffiths #S2E3

10/20/2021
Health & fitness can be an intimidating world, with terminology and practices that hold clubs back from the kind of retention they’re capable of. Perhaps it’s time to reposition what a health club can do for customers uninterested in the gym itself… Preaching the innovative idea of a Health Seeker Membership, GGFit’s Director Guy Griffiths sees our sector as a vital asset with the potential to ease up the NHS, and tap in to the 70% of the population who say they want to be more active. We...

Duration:00:50:40

Inspiring an Authentic Fitness Community with Eyal Booker, Fitness Influencer & Founder of Empower By Eyal #S2E2

10/6/2021
Welcome back to Making The Podium, where we’re kicking off an exciting, NEW SERIES of the fortnightly podcast for ambitious, bold and daring business owners at the cutting edge of innovation in sports, health & fitness, and wellness. Who better to join us for one of two exciting episodes kicking off Series 2 than a man whose employment history includes a pop group, modelling, a lengthy appearance on Love Island, and now leading a personalised, online fitness coaching brand: Empower by...

Duration:00:51:54

Hybrid Fitness & Leaving a True Legacy with ukactive CEO, Huw Edwards #S2E1

10/6/2021
Welcome back to Making The Podium, where we’re kicking off an exciting, NEW SERIES of the fortnightly podcast for ambitious, bold and daring business owners at the cutting edge of innovation in sports, health & fitness, and wellness. We’re kicking off Series 2 with a man whose positive influence on the sport, health and fitness sectors as CEO of ‘ukactive’ is outweighed only by his passion for getting people more active - Huw Edwards. Having contributed his talents to London 2012 and the...

Duration:00:45:42

Welcome to Making The Podium Series 2 #S2E0

9/29/2021
Welcome to Series 2 of Making The Podium - a fortnightly podcast for ambitious, bold & daring business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals who want to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the sports, health & wellbeing industries. After an exciting, intriguing, and jam-packed first season of insights from the industry’s leading innovators, we’re proud to announce the return of Making The Podium. We’ll be building on the first season’s inspirational guests and their passion...

Duration:00:02:27

Fresh and exciting things to come from the Making the Podium podcast with host, Chris Sharman #BONUS

6/17/2021
In this short bonus episode of Making the Podium, host and founder of Topodium Group, Chris Sharman updates us all on an exciting new episode coming up, a reminder of the top guests we had in series one, and what you can expect from series two! Links and references at: https://topodiumgroup.com/podcast/

Duration:00:04:42

The Best of Series 1 with Topodium Group’s Chris Sharman, Ryan Grimshaw and Charlotte Owen #S1E10

6/2/2021
This season of Making The Podium has seen us interview some of the FitTech industry’s leading innovators and brightest minds to help us see what makes them tick. From homegrown companies to Israel and New Zealand’s emerging businesses, these episodes have exposed us to the future of FitTech, and it seems only fitting to wrap up the series with a look at the top takeaways and pertinent points that have stuck with us. For the series finale, Chris is joined by Topodium Group’s very own Ryan...

Duration:00:56:18

Inspiring the UK‘s Sporting Youth with COO of Junior Adventures Group UK, Craig Jones #S1E9

5/19/2021
For parents, those working with children, or childcare professionals, the benefits of sporting activities for kids are plentiful and profound, and there’s never been a more important time for the industry to recover than now. With a massive pent-up demand for kids sport, leading wraparound care provider Junior Adventures are gearing up for a year to help the industry as a whole bounce back. Junior Adventures Group’s COO, Craig Jones, joins Chris Sharman on Making the Podium, to share the...

Duration:01:01:49

Launching a global FitTech community with Founder of FitTech Summit, Natalia Karbasova #S1E8

5/5/2021
2020 saw an 80% growth in demand for fitness apps, cementing FitTech as a compelling space to enter. Making the connections to do so can be an intimidating task, one that Natalia Karbasova has been helping countless businesses to achieve as Founder of the FitTech Summit. With a vision of a future that combines preventative health benefits with unique fitness solutions, Natalia joins us on Making The Podium to share the value she places on storytelling in business, how to find the right...

Duration:00:41:59

Developing the World’s Leading Reaction Training Startup with Founder & CEO of BlazePod, Yaniv Shneiderman #S1E7

4/21/2021
It may come as a surprise to many that one of the key tools for today’s top athletes started life as a smart children’s toy. However, BlazePod’s shift away from kids fitness and into serving various sports from football to F1 has unlocked a valuable market, and helped grow a dedicated community. BlazePod’s Founder & CEO, Yaniv Shneiderman, has been able to steer the company from prototype to professional use with his passion for constructing innovative software and hardware alike. Hear how...

Duration:00:41:22

Growing a globally-acclaimed franchise from scratch with Founder & Chairman of Little Kickers, Christine Kelly #S1E6

4/7/2021
From a local, high demand class for toddlers to scooping up the Global Franchise Champion award last year, the meteoric rise of Little Kickers is one of international development and incredible demand from franchisees-to-be. Leading this impressive expansion as their Founder and Chairman is Christine Kelly. Joining Chris on this episode of Making The Podium, Christine delves into the continuation of her franchise’s culture and business model in overseas markets, the pros and cons of a...

Duration:00:55:09

Making women's sport visible, viable and unstoppable with Women’s Sport Trust Co-Founder, Tammy Parlour MBE #S1E5

3/24/2021
Women’s sport is rightfully receiving increased support in recent years, much of this can be attributed to the incredible work of Women’s Sport Trust - a charity committed to increasing the profile of female athletes. Not only are they a force for good, but they are an exemplary case study on achieving large scale change with limited resources. From high level cultural shifts, to her consideration for grassroots businesses like her own Hapkido and meditation school, WST’s Co-Founder Tammy...

Duration:00:44:41

Revolutionising Fitness Clubs with Virtual Innovation with CEO of Wexer, Paul Bowman #S1E4

3/10/2021
We were delighted to be joined by Paul Bowman, CEO of Wexer - a provider of digital solutions for gym-goers to access workouts anywhere, anytime. Sharing lessons and tips from his time in Virgin Active and Gymbox, Paul joins Topodium Group’s Co-Founder and CMO Chris Sharman to detail Wexer’s journey to prevalence in the health and fitness sector, and the technological advancements that have helped them achieve their international success. Paul recounts some of the key business decisions...

Duration:01:03:38

Creating authentic, engaging content to upscale your audience with Food Blogger and Influencer James Wythe #S1E3

2/24/2021
Suffering a sudden illness that keeps you housebound for over half a decade is a truly life-altering event. To bounce back from it to create a community around cooking the recipes that catalysed an incredible recovery shows true determination, adaptability, and an authenticity that translates across multiple social platforms. Turning what initially started as a dietary necessity for his recovery into a social media success amassing over 170k followers on Instagram alone, James Wythe joins...

Duration:00:45:21