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Cardio Coach in Person

Posted Jul 28 2008 8:14pm

San Diego - Biray and Sean OMalleyAbout 3 months ago, I wrote an extensive review of the fitness podcastCardio Coach Vol. 1workout, created bySean O’Malley, founder and voice ofCardio Coach. I had been so impressed with his workouts that I’ve since included his other volumes as part of my personal fitness routine. A week ago I was on a business trip in southern California (Cardio Coach is based out of San Diego) where I met up with Sean for lunch to talk more about health, exercise, fitness and technology.Who was this man behind the science/technology of podcasting cardio?

“I teach a cycle class at 9:15 on Sunday mornings, too” he said on the phone prior to my making the flight arrangements for my trip. “You’re more than welcome to attend.” Cool, I thought. I can get an informal interview AND a great workout in one day! So, I booked a 6am flight out of Phoenix so I could make it in time to Sean’s class. After a physically challenging workout, I was definitely ready for some oceanside cuisine and good conversation.

I always find it fascinating when fitness professionals adopt current forms of technology and use it creatively to deliver exercise to their clients. Over 6 years ago, Sean started delivering his programs via audio to his dad to get him to exercise more. Once the idea gained momentum, he realized his efforts could turn into a business.Cardio Coachnow has clients downloading workouts from around the world!

If you can’t tell by listening to him during the workouts, when you meet him you’ll know just how passionate Sean is about fitness. He’s always going beyond the ‘gym doors’ (if you will) by making sure his members and clients are enjoying each workout and meeting their fitness potential. During our conversation I discovered that Sean is just as genuine and ‘real’ in person as he is on his CDs/mp3s. He shared several inspiring stories of those clients whose lives have changed from listening to his workouts - something that he felt both humbled and inspired him throughout these years.

With so much creative potential and grounded spirit, I sense we will continue seeing Sean’s efforts cut across other arenas - not just in fitness. But in the meantime, I will continue to keep him in my playlist this training season.

Thank you, Sean, for taking time out of your Sunday to let me pick your fitness brain! Although I got a little too much San Diego sun, it was definitely worth it!

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