How to Inspire a High-Performance Work Culture: An Interview with Chuck Runyon, Anytime Fitness Co-Founder and CEO

Dave Mortensen and Chuck Runyon with their book, Love Work

Chuck Runyon and his business partner founded Anytime Fitness in 2002 and since then the franchise has grown to over 3000 locations in over 30 countries. Anytime Fitness is one of the largest and fastest growing franchises in history and Chuck shares the secret to their success: it’s all about the people. In this episode of The Best Team Wins Podcast, Chuck discusses his book, Love Work, and how he’s scaled the people side and culture of Anytime Fitness.



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Show notes:

0:26 – About Chuck Runyon and Self Esteem Brands

1:45 – We’re hopping into the way-back machine to when Chuck and his business partner started Anytime Fitness

3:55 – “Do you believe in the idea? Are you willing to work your butt off? Are you willing to do almost anything?”

6:16 – Scaling Anytime Fitness on the people side of the business

8:50 – Chuck’s lessons learned on people and culture at Anytime Fitness

12:30 – Franchising, how to grow the business, and great leadership

15:25 – Discussing Anytime Fitness’ digital differentiation strategy and being the first fitness franchise in China

18:00 – How do you unwind the wrong choice?

20:15 – What is “play at work”?

22:08 – What can Anytime Fitness do better on the people side of the business?

23:18 – “Leaders are readers” –Chuck Runyon discusses what he’s reading

24:23 – What does Anytime Fitness look like next year?

25:48 – Instead of a golden ticket, look for the purple ticket in the first 5000 copies of Love Work


Connect with Chuck:

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Connect with Anytime Fitness:

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Get your copy of Love Work here!