Sauna Talk: a legend in the fitness industry, Scott Olson talks skiing, skating, sarongs, and how we are going to put a floating sauna on a Minneapolis lake

Have you ever sat on the sauna bench with someone who has created a product that hundreds of millions of people have experienced?

During this episode of Sauna Talk, you will be able to get into the head and mind of serial entrepreneur Scott Olson. Thanks to extended sauna rounds on the bench, we will get deep into Scott’s mindset at the time when inline skating was just an idea. We will learn about what it took to turn a vision into a prototype, then into trial, and finally into a product that you either own or have experienced many times. Polyurethane wheels hold an edge, able to push off, like a metal blade on ice.


The story of Rollerblade is fascinating. What is equally fascinating is Scott Olson’s approach to creative thinking: how to turn ideas into marketable products. These tips can apply to inventors, dreamers, or just anyone looking for a more creative approach to their day.  We will learn more about Scott’s fitness based products.

Skyride: monorail fitness machine. Scott’s first sale is on a Carnival Cruise Ship.

  • “The older I get, the more I am against noise.”
  • The innovation process: It’s important to be able to turn it off.
  • There is no written plan to make something successful. The entrepreneurial gods sometimes respond.
  • Other sports of interest:  Ice sailing, fat bikes. Row bikes.

You have to have a lot of confidence to walk into a bar wearing a sarong.

photo courtesy of thetake.com
photo courtesy of thetake.com

Overlying all of this is Scott’s appreciation of his place in the world. On the sauna bench, the true nature of someone’s character reveals itself. Scott presents no ego. He is a fun guy who is humble, open to input from others, and exhibits a philosophy and joy of life that I hope you appreciate as much as I do.

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