The Active Podcast

Welcome to the  'Active Podcast'.

This series is designed to keep you up to date with the latest happenings in the European fitness and physical activity sector and is available in audio (Podcast) and video (Vlogcast) format for you to listen/watch 'on demand'.

A new episode will be launched every few weeks.

Active Podcast Series

After a series of very successful webinars the EuropeActive team will now share information and inspiration through a series of podcasts.

The 'Active Podcast' will have new episodes approximately every few weeks where we will 'pose difficult questions and get experts to answer them'.

Every episode will be available in both audio and video (vlogcast) format.

Available Episodes & Teasers


15 December 2020

07: Fitness Startups for 2021

Digitalisation is an important tool to reach out to fitness consumers of all backgrounds. As a sector we must hasten this process. Opening doors to new entrepreneurs and welcoming innovative ideas are key in this regard. This being a vital role for EuropeActive in years to come, Andreas Paulsen (EuropeActive’s Executive Director) focusses on the start-up community within the fitness and physical activity sector in this 7th episode of our podcast, together with Natalia Karbasova (fit-tech expert, founder of the FitTech Summit) and Dave Hayes (Founder and CEO, Thrvly).

14 December 2020

06: Inclusion in Fitness

Based on the Community heading of EuropeActive’s Horizon 2025 Sectoral Manifesto, as well as on our association’s core values and commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we hope to lead the movement towards inclusivity, anti-discrimination and equal-treatmenhttps://youtu.be/VxrpeLWkU1Ehttps://youtu.be/VxrpeLWkU1Ehttps://youtu.be/VxrpeLWkU1Ehttps://youtu.be/VxrpeLWkU1Et in the European fitness and physical activity sector. A special charter on this topic will be unveiled at EHFF 2021. Join Rachel Young (Director of Business Development, Myzone), Tony Stone (world-renowned Dance Choreographer and EREPS Ambassador) and host Andreas Paulsen (EuropeActive’s Executive Director) in our latest podcast to find out why this is much needed, what we can do to lead the movement and how you can help to further create a sector that welcomes people without prejudice or discrimination.

09 December 2020

05: Our strategy & the 2nd Lockdown

The 2nd lockdown is being experienced very differently throughout Europe. Some countries have fitness club doors open, though the majority of nations has chosen to go into (regional) closure. How does EuropeActive’s strategy – written in the spring of 2020 - fit into this situation? what are the differences between the lockdown of the spring and the last few weeks? How can we work towards a "new normal" now that a vaccine will be coming? Join journalist Liz Terry (HCM Magazine), David Stalker (EuropeActive Director) and Andreas Paulsen (EuropeActive’s Executive Director) for the 5th episode of the Active podcast.

30 November 2020

04: Objective PT Standards

Corona has made it even more clear that exercising is vital to us. In these times there is a need to train in small groups or even 1-on-1 with well-educated professionals that offer safe and effective exercise. Recently the Danish press took this topic and ran with it - stating objective public educational standards or "national Standards" are a must. However, the majority of the Danish fitness professionals are already educated under these standards, in line with EuropeActive's Standards. Why is this not more known? Are these standards "enough" in these trying times? How can we make this more apparent? Join Steen Broford (Journalist, FITNEWS Denmark), Anna Bogdanova (EuropeActive's Professional Standards Committee, Denmark) and host Julian Berriman (Director of the Professional Standards Committee, EuropeActive) in this 4th episode of our Active Podcast.

21 October 2020

03: The Low Covid-19 risk in fitness clubs

EuropeActive is in the midst of updating the current Knowledge Centre into a broader platform named THINK Active, with the aim of becoming Europe’s main research centre for the fitness and physical activity industry. The results of THINK Active’s first research projects are coming in. Professor Alfonso Jimenez (THINK Active project lead) meets up with Patrick Rijnbeek from Dutch National Association NL Actief and episode host Andreas Paulsen (Exective Director, EuropeActive) to discuss recent studies and surveys conducted focussing on the low C19 risk in fitness clubs. These outcomes have had a positive effect on legislation in the Netherlands, where clubs are allowed to stay open (with restrictions) now that the second wave of Covid-19 is here. Professor Jimenez also speaks about SafeACTiVE, the study currently being executed by EuropeActive in partnership with AWRC-Sheffield Hallam University and King Juan Carlos University.


06 October 2020

02 - The 'Apple Atttack'

One of the four 4 pillars of EuropeActive's strategy is “digital”. In this podcast episode host David Stalker (President, EuropeActive) and guest Peter Croft (Chief Strategy Officer, Perfect Gym) discuss the recent newcomers in the digital fitness field: Apple Fitness+, Sky/Fiit and Amazon amongst others. What will be the effect of these outsiders? How will it affect the current “traditional” industry? How should we respond to this change? Listen or watch our podcast with David and Peter to find out.


09 September 2020

01 - Upskilling the workforce during/post C19

Andreas Paulsen (Executive Director, EuropeActive) meets with journalist Liz Terry (Health Club Management) and Julian Berriman (Director of the Professional Standards Committee) to discuss the adjusting of professional fitness standards due to the current needs and demands. EA's Educational Services department is currently reviewing the Sector Qualifications Framework (SQF) in consideration to the Covid-19 pandemic. How can we assure a constant upskilling of our sector’s workforce and leaders?


22 July 2020

An Introduction

Join David Stalker (EuropeActive President) and Anja Beverwijk (EuropeActive Events Manager) as they discuss the last few months during the Covid-19 lockdown and thoughts behind the podcast series.