Success Stories • 06.09.2017 • Runtastic Team

How Runtastic’s CEO Stays Fit Despite a Busy Schedule

Meetings, business trips and little free time. Despite all this, Runtastic CEO Florian Gschwandtner manages to squeeze in a workout almost every day. And it really pays off: “I believe that it makes you better, stronger and more focused in life and at work, “ emphasizes Gschwandtner. In this interview, the CEO reveals when he finds time to exercise, what his fitness goals are and what he is particularly proud of.

A young man working out outside

What does being fit mean to you?

Being fit is not a destination, it’s a way of life. To be honest, I can’t imagine not being fit. Knowing that your body and mind are working properly is more than just a good feeling. But in all fairness, I also have to say this doesn’t mean you have to exercise every day. I believe a good balance is what matters. I know for myself if I go a few days without exercising or I eat something really unhealthy, I have to – and want to – do something to make myself feel good again.

What do you do to stay fit?

The proper combination of exercise and nutrition is the key to staying fit. Since I have to travel a lot for work, I always pack my running shoes. Bodyweight training is also essential for success. There isn’t a hotel room small enough that you can’t do a few push-ups and sit-ups (of course, always with Runtastic apps). I’m convinced that 5 minutes of exercise is a thousand times better than doing nothing at all.

But in terms of the specific question, I go running two or three times a week. Mostly short distances between 5 and 10 km and then I hit the gym two or three times a week. There, I either work out with weights or do bodyweight exercises with Runtastic Results. My workouts never last very long and I’m almost always done in 60 minutes.

A young man on a balance board

When and how do you find time in your schedule to work out?

I get asked this question a lot. It’s really easy. For all those people who say they can’t find time, either get up an hour earlier in the morning or go out for a run in the evening instead of sitting on the couch. I go for an early morning run once or twice a week. Between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and I get a great jump on the day.

I also recommend exercising before difficult meetings and/or negotiations. In my experience, this makes you better, stronger and more focused during the meeting.

And when you are traveling?

Like I said, I always pack my running shoes in my suitcase, you can do push-ups anywhere and the rest is gravy. Another benefit of running is that it’s a great way to explore a new city or region.

How do you deal with training so much? Have you ever had any problems?

Like everyone else, I get the odd pain here and there. For instance, in 2016, my knee wasn’t a hundred percent fit and so I had to take a break from running. Since then, I’ve been going to physical therapy once a month. It has helped a lot. I also think it is important to take rest days and treat your body to a massage once in a while (even if I don’t get to enjoy one very often).

What about warming up and stretching – are they important to you?

Stretching is an important keyword. I try to stretch at least twice a week. I have also learned that warming up plays a big role. I never used to warm up because I never thought anything could happen to me. And then my shoulder started to ache, I got a sharp pain in my arm, etc. Since then, I warm up for at least five minutes, and I always take the first set easy. And then things usually go well.

What are you particularly proud of?

I’m proud that I can show that it is possible to stay fit and find time for exercise despite a busy schedule. Plus, I’ve set myself two goals for this year: first, to run 10 km in less than 40 minutes – which I’ve already achieved – and second, to run a total of 650 km – which I just completed in August. So, things have been going well, but I’m going to keep pushing on into fall and winter 🙂

What are your top 3 workout songs?

Can you name 3 exercises you can do that not everyone else can?

1. Pistols (one-legged squats)

Gschwandtner pistol squats

2. Sit-to-handstand

Gschwandtner handstand

3. Superman push-up

Gschwandtner superman push up

Florian’s personal bests

  • 5K: 19:11 minutes
  • 10K: 39:51 minutes
  • Push-ups: 115
  • Pull-ups: 25

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