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#WeGotGoals is a podcast by aSweatLife.com on which we talk to high achievers about their goals - some they've already accomplished and some they're striving to accomplish in the future. After writing about goals and sharing stories from some very impressive people, we discovered something we didn’t anticipate: asking people about their goals – past and present – gives them an easy way to share their story. And by asking others to share something they were proud of accomplishing and saying something they wanted to achieve in the future aloud, we reinforced two principles we’re passionate about: recognizing your accomplishments and going after what you want. And just writing these stories didn’t seem to do them justice anymore. It seemed fitting that these inspiring people share their journeys themselves, using their own voices. And thus, the #WeGotGoals podcast was born. This podcast is hosted by Cindy Kuzma, Maggie Umberger and Jeana Anderson Cohen of aSweatLife.

#WeGotGoals is a podcast by aSweatLife.com on which we talk to high achievers about their goals - some they've already accomplished and some they're striving to accomplish in the future. After writing about goals and sharing stories from some very impressive people, we discovered something we didn’t anticipate: asking people about their goals – past and present – gives them an easy way to share their story. And by asking others to share something they were proud of accomplishing and saying something they wanted to achieve in the future aloud, we reinforced two principles we’re passionate about: recognizing your accomplishments and going after what you want. And just writing these stories didn’t seem to do them justice anymore. It seemed fitting that these inspiring people share their journeys themselves, using their own voices. And thus, the #WeGotGoals podcast was born. This podcast is hosted by Cindy Kuzma, Maggie Umberger and Jeana Anderson Cohen of aSweatLife.
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#WeGotGoals is a podcast by aSweatLife.com on which we talk to high achievers about their goals - some they've already accomplished and some they're striving to accomplish in the future. After writing about goals and sharing stories from some very impressive people, we discovered something we didn’t anticipate: asking people about their goals – past and present – gives them an easy way to share their story. And by asking others to share something they were proud of accomplishing and saying something they wanted to achieve in the future aloud, we reinforced two principles we’re passionate about: recognizing your accomplishments and going after what you want. And just writing these stories didn’t seem to do them justice anymore. It seemed fitting that these inspiring people share their journeys themselves, using their own voices. And thus, the #WeGotGoals podcast was born. This podcast is hosted by Cindy Kuzma, Maggie Umberger and Jeana Anderson Cohen of aSweatLife.

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Episodes

On the #WeGotGoals Podcast: 50 Years of Jazzercise with President Shanna Missett Nelson

3/20/2019
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My first memory of fitness was in, you guessed it, a Jazzercise class. In elementary school I had a few classes at my dance studio, but that didn't feel like a workout. (And why should it? It was dance. It was just fun!) It wasn't until my aunt dragged me to her Jazzercise class one summer afternoon, and I was sandwiched between so many adult women dancing furiously for an hour, dripping sweat and repeatedly giving each other high fives between songs, that I made the connection: dance and...

Duration:00:37:09

How Runstreet’s Marnie Kunz Creates an Artistic, Athletic Community

3/13/2019
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Runners might travel the streets of their city for years without noticing some of the art that decorates alleys, buildings, and walls. Marnie Kunz aims to change that—and to bridge gaps between the communities of athletes, artists, and local businesses while she’s at it. Through her company, Runstreet, she hosts approximately three- to four-mile guided art runs at a relaxed pace through New York and other major cities (a goal she’s particularly proud of—leveraging sponsorships and other...

Duration:00:32:42

Season 3 of the #WeGotGoals Podcast Kicks Off—Here's How We're Changing Things Up This Time

3/6/2019
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On the first two seasons of #WeGotGoals, we sought out individual goal-getters that we admired, whose missions aligned with ours and whose passions we found motivating and inspirational. Standouts like Kate Field of The Kombucha Shop, Jillian Lorenz of The Barre Code, Sarah Spain of ESPN, and Jen Ator of Women's Health all graced our airwaves, sharing their invaluable advice and inspiring us to dream even bigger. And while the heart of that won't change during season 3 of the pod, we...

Duration:00:27:54

The Season Two Finale of #WeGotGoals: Here's What We Learned on the Podcast This Year

2/27/2019
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Readers and listeners, today marks a special day in aSweatLife chronology. Today we celebrate Episode 90 of the #WeGotGoals podcast. And it's not just special because it's episode number 90; we're also celebrating our two-year anniversary of sharing big time goal getters' stories on this podcast platform. We've had just about 90 guests on our podcast over the past two years—from Olympians to world champion runners, from critically acclaimed authors to activists, Survivor contestants to...

Duration:00:24:44

How Jillian Lorenz Built The Barre Code, a Fitness Empire that Empowers Women

2/20/2019
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When The Barre Code first opened its doors in River North eight years ago, there was something different about it from the start. Rather than touting what women could lose—weight, say, or “cottage cheese”—founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin instead put their focus squarely on what each and every person who walked in the doors could gain. “Our studios are so much more than just fitness,” Lorenz told me at a special live recording of #WeGotGoals at the Hotel Moxy in Chicago. “We use...

Duration:00:30:00

How Kate Field of The Kombucha Shop Nailed Her Shark Tank Pitch

2/13/2019
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One of the workplace hazards of recording a podcast is that a lot of the time, we end up recording over the phone. And with that medium—especially if it's the first time you're ever talking to this person beyond email—developing a good chemistry between host and guest is kind of a 50-50 toss-up. You might get along like a house on fire (which is a really weird phrase, by the way), or you might wait out awkward pauses during which you're not sure whose turn it is to speak or whether it'll...

Duration:00:46:54

These Four Chicagoans Are Using Fitness to Make a Big Difference in Their Communities—and You Can Help Them

2/6/2019
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When you look at problems like systematic oppression, the 20-year life expectancy gap between people of color and Caucasian communities, a lack of physical activity programming for kids, or even stigma about accessing mental health services … well, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. The high achievers on this week’s episode of #WeGotGoals, however, chose to face these issues head-on rather than shrinking from them. Each one has created a unique way to improve their communities—all using...

Duration:00:45:26

How Maya French, Co-Founder of Koia, Makes a Point of Mentoring Other Females in the Beverage Industry

1/29/2019
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Here's a behind-the-podcasting-scenes nugget for you: before I interview anyone for our podcast, I obsessively Google them, usually all within the last 45 minutes leading up to our scheduled interview time. I like to think all the information will be fresh in my head then; it's definitely not cramming, or anything. Right? So it was at approximately 1:17 pm that I called Marie, our Director of Partnerships, who met Maya French (co-founder of Koia) at a past #SweatworkingWeek Fitness...

Duration:00:31:10

FREE MVMT Shop's Ashley Rockwood Explains Why She Picks up Shop

1/23/2019
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The concept of the pop-up shop changed the way businesses think about brick-and-mortar retail. If you're a small business owner who doesn't want to sign a seven-year lease before you've proven your concept, you don't have to. Trailblazers - big and small - have reinvented retail by creating short-term opportunities in retail to test concepts, using underutilized space and social media to fill those spaces for a moment in time. Ashley Rockwood, founder of FREE MVMT Shop is that for fitness....

Duration:00:36:21

How Dr. Mark Cucuzzella Goes Slow to Go Fast—Really Fast

1/15/2019
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Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is the author of the new book Run for Your Life—all about how to achieve longevity in the sport—and has finished marathons in under three hours for 30 straight years. But at one point earlier in his career, he was told he’d have to give up running altogether. For this week’s episode of #WeGotGoals, I caught up with Cucuzzella in Austin at The Running Event, a trade show for running retailers. The way he overcame setbacks serves as a powerful example of charting your own...

Duration:00:34:28

"In the Kitchen and in Life": #WeGotGoals-Worthy Lessons Learned By Chef Ryan Kikkert

1/8/2019
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Ryan Kikkert, now Executive Chef of The Little Beet Table, a Chicago and New York-based restaurant concept, began his career journey as a journalism major. Deep down, though, the moment he set foot in a restaurant kitchen he felt drawn to its beautiful chaos. While completing his undergraduate degree in advertising and public relations, he ultimately knew he'd use it to aid this other passion - working his way into the restaurant industry and creating a name for himself - as it quickly...

Duration:00:35:11

Podcast Remix: Sarah Spain Stands for Doing The Work and Against Harassment

12/28/2018
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We're highlighting episodes of our podcast #WeGotGoals this month that taught us something or stayed with us for one reason or another. I spent my life watching women break into sports — but so has anyone born after 1972 when Title IX passed. In 1995 at 10-years-old, I saw the first women's hockey team in my puck-worshiping Minnesota town and vividly remember the town's debate around girls playing the sport. In 1997, women played basketball professionally with the creation of the WNBA. And...

Duration:00:39:08

Podcast Remix: How Jen Ator Found Gratitude In the Midst of the World Championship IRONMAN

12/19/2018
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As one of the hosts of the #WeGotGoals podcast, I've had the privilege of hearing from insanely cool goal getters, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and leaders in the health and wellness industry. This week, though, I wanted to revisit an episode that fellow co-host Jeana Anderson Cohen led months ago. Episode 37 is with Jen Ator, Fitness Director of Women's Health. In this episode, you'll hear Ator talk about a truly wild goal she trained for and accomplished: The World Championship IRONMAN at Kona. I...

Duration:00:47:52

#WeGotGoals Holiday Remix: How Our Podcast with Laura Vanderkam is Inspiring Me to Take Time This Holiday Season

12/12/2018
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Ironically, it's often during the "most wonderful time of the year" that time becomes a rarefied commodity. Ads and jingles and carols are pressing the importance of spending quality time with loved ones, but between shopping, holiday parties, pageants, and oh yeah, all the stuff that occupies your time in any normal week, you're hard-pressed to spend quality time with anything besides your Mary Poppins-esque work/gym/random White Elephant present bag. I'm guilty of this too, and that's...

Duration:00:37:12

#WeGotGoals Holiday Remix: Learning from Amanda McGrory’s Mindset Shifts All Over Again

12/5/2018
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Sure, there’s a lot to be said for shiny new presents left underneath the tree (and we have a whopping 10 gift guides to help you in that effort). In other cases, though, great treasures come from digging deep in the back of your closet or dresser drawer to find that shirt you’d forgotten you bought, that necklace you were gifted by your grandmother, or some other item you once wore regularly but is now long-buried. This holiday season, the #WeGotGoals team is unearthing some of our...

Duration:00:25:58

Goose Island’s Tim Faith Spills His Secrets to Creative Brewing and Fast Running

11/28/2018
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To some, success might mean setting a clear goal, then crushing it. But Tim Faith, research and development brewer at Goose Island here in Chicago, knows sometimes the biggest wins come when you adjust your aims along the way. Take sports. In high school, Faith thought he’d play football. After two weeks of camp, he realized the complexity of the game didn’t suit him. “I’d rather run in a straight line and call it a day,” he told me at Goose Island’s Fulton Street Tap Room, where we...

Duration:00:38:55

This #WeGotGoals HostFUL Episode is Full of Gratitude Practices

11/20/2018
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Prior to Thanksgiving week, aSweatLife hosted a breakfast-and-learn focused on gratitude practices - a buzzy topic to be sure, but one that we were excited to talk about in a very different way. Editor In Chief Kristen Geil led us through a few gratitude visualization exercises, and we all went into the day feeling all kinds of warm-fuzzies alongside the rest of the 50 attendees. On this episode of the podcast, the four hosts break down what we did during that breakfast-and-learn and why we...

Duration:00:29:31

Hear How Your Inner Babe's Founder Jacq Gould Sees No Goal as Too Big to Say Aloud

11/13/2018
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(Please note that this episode has explicit language) Meet Jacqueline Gould, wellness coach and shining individual who knows exactly who she is and where her true north lies. Gould's journey onto the #WeGotGoals podcast began in quite the opposite state, however, as she describes her past as one where she had "zero self-worth." I interviewed Gould about the path that led her to founding a company in which she aims to reach girls and women everywhere to help them light their fire, or as she...

Duration:00:32:20

How Molly Goodson Made The Assembly a Community of Women Goal-Getters

11/7/2018
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At least once a week, I have a slight crisis of environment. We're lucky enough to work from home pretty regularly, but as anyone who works from home full-time can tell you, it's not always all it's cracked up to be, and there eventually comes a time where you're going to go batshit insane if you have to stare at your home's walls for another minute. But at the same time, leaving to go somewhere else wouldn't necessarily be an improvement — sure, you could go to the corner coffee shop, but...

Duration:00:42:02

Restauranteur Stephanie Izard Talks Top-Chef Sized Goals

10/30/2018
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Chef Stephanie Izard invited me into the in the basement of her restaurant Girl and the Goat while the staff prepared for parties, evening service and nationwide expansion. And while we talked about goals, business, family and what it takes to be a boss, we were just steps away from where the the story of an empire sprawling all took place. She's planted her adorable goat logo all around Chicago's west loop at Little Goat Diner, Duck Duck Goat, Goat Group Catering, and Baobing. Titles for...

Duration:00:37:28