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Rethink, Reimagine, Adapt: How Life Time Has Evolved

With Life Time Founder Bahram Akradi

Season 8, Episode 17 | July 9, 2024


The mission of Life Time to help people live healthier, happier lives has not waivered since the company’s start more than 30 years ago — and staying true to that value has influenced and shaped the trajectory of the company.

Bahram Akradi, founder, chairman, and CEO of Life Time, was the featured keynote speaker at the 2024 Sea Otter Classic Summit, where he talked about how a healthy way of life has not only been good for his business, but is good for all businesses and relationships. He also detailed the role that focus has played in Life Time’s evolution.

This episode is the recording of Akradi’s appearance at the Sea Otter Classic Summit, which was moderated by Life Time Talks cohost Jamie Martin.


Bahram Akradi is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Life Time.

Akradi has always thought about Life Time’s influence as extending beyond fitness. More than 15 years ago, he consciously shifted Life Time’s focus toward becoming a broader lifestyle brand that encompasses, and offers resources for, all aspects of a healthy way of life — including movement, nutrition, sleep, stress management, social connection, and more.

As part of this conversation, he details why the expansion of Life Time’s ecosystem was important:

“I don’t think you can be healthy by just being fit,” Akradi says. “I think it’s a much broader perspective. Your soul needs to feel healthy. Your mind needs to be healthy. Your body needs to be healthy.”

“Healthy way of life is also having that macro perspective on what’s healthy — how I treat you, how you treat me, how we interact and view our impact on other people. I feel like it’s absolutely interconnected, and you can’t just be healthy in one section in your life and not in the other.”

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Transcript: Rethink, Reimagine, Adapt: How Life Time Has Evolved

Season 8, Episode 17  | July 9, 2024

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