Meet The Authors
Chuck Runyon, Author and
Cofounder of Anytime Fitness
As founder and CEO of Anytime Fitness, LLC, Chuck Runyon has been instrumental in the development of the world's largest co-ed fitness franchise, earning a reputation in the industry for his creativity and innovation.
An Original Fitness Rebel himself, Chuck doesn't hesitate to look you straight in the eye and confirm what you already know: Working Out Sucks. Committed to changing the way people relate to the fitness industry (and the way the fitness industry relates to people), Chuck aims to reach all the sweat haters, excuse makers and busy people who hate working out. How's he going to do it? By starting a new conversation about fitness. That means less talk about treadmills and tight abs, and more talk about living an outrageously fun and fully engaged life that is improved by your physical condition, instead of limited by it.
Brian Zehetner, MS, RD, CSSD,
CSCS, Chief Science Officer
As Director of Anytime Health for the Anytime Fitness Franchise Corporation, a registered dietitian, certified strength and conditioning specialist and board certified sports dietitian with over 15 years of experience in the nutrition and fitness industries, Brian Zehetner is a bit of an Anytime Fitness renaissance man.
In his current role, Brian is responsible for programs and initiatives that focus on nutrition, fitness and disease prevention, while also directing day-to-day operations of Anytimehealth.com, the Anytime Fitness consumer health and wellness portal. No stranger to the literary world, Brian is a contributor to FitnessRx for Women, Life Extension Magazine, Peak Running Performance, as well as an advisory board member for Maximum Fitness Magazine.
Wondering how much is too much when it comes to carbs, sugars, protein, fiber, fats or omega-3s? Brian's your man! He demystifies misconceptions and helps people overcome hurdles to achieving a healthy lifestyle by tackling common questions about health, nutrition and wellness.
Dave Mortensen, Cofounder of
Say hello to one of the Original Fitness Rebels.
Born and raised less than five miles from the Anytime Fitness headquarters in Hastings, Minnesota, Dave Mortensen feels right at home at the corporate offices. Dave attended college on a wrestling scholarship, where his primary studies included physical fitness and business.
Dave began his career in fitness at the front desk of a club operated by a well-known chain of Midwestern gyms, quickly working his way up to manager. Little did he know, but it would be at this same club where Dave would meet his future business partner, Chuck Runyon. After teaming up, Dave and Chuck spent the next several years traveling the country, providing a variety of consulting services for fitness clubs of all sizes and types.
In 1995, the duo purchased their first club together, driving membership from 500 to 4000. A few years later, Dave turned his focus toward information technologies, helping develop a wide-range of security, usage tracking and billing systems. In addition to implementing new information technologies, Dave and Chuck approached their membership to find out what they really wanted in a fitness club - and the Anytime Fitness business model was born.
Dave brings an inspiring passion for the fitness industry and commitment to excellence to Anytime Fitness - and The Fitness Rebellion.
Rebecca Derossett, MSW, LICSW, Contributor
Owner of Stillwater Psychological Associates, Rebecca DeRossett has been working with couples, families and adolescents in her private practice for the past 16 years.
Rebecca relies on intimate storytelling to translate the complex neurological science behind our behaviors into relatable nuggets that help people understand that change is possible. Utilizing her knowledge and experience, Rebecca helps others build personal road maps by identifying and implementing practical steps to break bad habits, while encouraging people to embrace the importance of "moving a muscle to move a feeling," finding a support system and defining their personal vision. She believes the path is cleared for successes - great and small - when you transform your brain from a sabotaging bully into a goal-achieving friend.