Runtastic Founder Florian on Running, Results and Personal Motivation

Runtastic Florian Gschwandtner

Bodyweight training with the Results app has already helped numerous Runtastic users achieve a stronger, fitter and healthier body. In today’s success story, Runtastic CEO and co-founder Florian gives you an insight into his training with Results and shows you how workouts using your own body weight can also improve your running performance.

Success thanks to Results
When the Runtastic Team started to work on the idea for the Results app last year, the first version was made available to the entire team for testing. Reason enough for Florian to work out together with the team. “It is incredibly motivating to do sports together,” says the Runtastic founder. Florian’s favorite bodyweight exercise is the plank. His record in the low plank is an entire 15 minutes. “I absolutely love this exercise because you can do it anytime, anywhere – for example, at home in the evening in front of the TV. There’s always time for a plank, and it is a really cool exercise for your core and abs.”

Florian Gschwandtner CEO of Runtastic doing a plank.

The passionate runner also wanted to find out how much cross-training would improve his running performance. What the 33-year-old found was that “simultaneous training in different sports not only improved my stamina and power, but above all it strengthened the different muscle groups. My entire core and legs are much stronger. Plus, thanks to my training with Results, I have gotten rid of my long-standing knee pain and hamstring problems.”

More motivation for training
Florian strongly recommends the Cardio Goal, which is now available in the Results app. “With the latest update you can also set yourself a Cardio Goal in the app. All the activities you track with the Runtastic app are synced automatically.” For a little added motivation, Florian also set himself a Yearly Running Goal: “I’d like to run 600 km this year. In the past, it’s always been about 530 km.”

Florian Gschwandtner CEO of Runtastic after workout with two friends.

Set, visualize and achieve your goals
Goal setting plays a big role in Florian’s life. “It is incredibly important for me to have goals. They are a source of motivation for me, and I’m a big believer that you can achieve a lot by setting goals. Putting yourself under a little pressure never hurts,” Florian says with a laugh. “Plus, you should always visualize what you want to achieve. In my experience, people who set themselves fitness goals also tend to be more successful in their private and professional lives.”

Florian Gschwandtner CEO of Runtastic after a Results workout.

A CEO’s workout routine
But what does Florian’s running training actually look like? “I normally go running two or three times a week. I tend to run shorter rather than longer distances. I think it is harder to run for speed than endurance.”

In addition to his regular running training, Florian does several Results workouts and one or two strength training sessions at the gym per week. “My co-founder René was able to achieve amazing gains through his Results training. His weight loss motivated me to push myself and to get more out of my own training. My goal is to have less than 10% body fat by summer.”

Florian Gschwandtner CEO of Runtastic doing a side plank.

5 questions to the Runtastic founder

Lastly, Florian had time to answer five short questions:

  1. Your running shoe? The adidas UltraBOOST. These running shoes feel like you are wearing a second pair of socks.
  2. Do you run in the morning or the evening? Both! But if I want to work on performance, I prefer to run in the evening.
  3. What do you eat before running? In the morning, I run on an empty stomach, but in the evenings I usually eat a banana before running.
  4. What are your favorite workouts in the Results app? That’s easy to answer: the Standalone Workouts between Kilo and Quebec.
  5. Your tip for finding the motivation to work out? I think when you are starting out, you need to work out several times a week for four weeks. The four weeks are pretty tough at first, but once you’ve made it, you’ll be hooked and won’t want to live without your workouts.


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