John Aglialoro, Chairman and CEO of Cybex
It may not seem special to see treadmills in a gym today, but when John Aglialoro saw a use for a heart-testing tool as a means to run indoors, it changed the course of the fitness industry forever. In this episode of Gym Class, Aglialoro, the chairman and CEO of Cybex joins Hossein and Leigh to talk treadmills, economics and the challenge of getting the world to value exercise.
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"I'll give you the secret. It's delegation. You have an idea, you put some assets to it. It may be capital, cash, it may be human resources and you get a team together. You have a strategy. You have tactics you have to do. Some threatening things. Just like a business plan. You get good people who are technically sound and ethical and that approach can take you places."
- John Aglialoro on how to lead a business
1:35 — How do you explain your success doing so much in life?
3:43 — The importance of delegation
4:50 — Early jobs
6:15 — The search for independence in work & life
9:00 — A stop in social work before finding economics
11:38 — Seeing the future in a use for treadmills for fitness
15:33 — Growing fast and a need for factory space
17:40 — How Trotter Treadmills goes from $2 million to $50 million in sales
19:45 — Seeing the commercial application for treadmills in gyms
20:58 — Cool ways we’ll use technology in the future
23:44 — How do you get the world to work out?
30:22 — Turning our culture away from making bad micro decisions
35:55 — Thoughts on obesity as a disease.
40:55 — What's your guilty pleasure?
41:24 — The Philly question - best cheesesteak?
42:13 — Luckiest moment in business & worst decision
46:10 — How'd you do in gym class picking teams?