Bahram Akradi founded Life Time Fitness with the mission to provide an educational, entertaining, friendly and inviting, functional and innovative experience that meets the health and fitness needs of the entire family. With unwavering commitment to the member point of view, he and Life Time Fitness have since been credited with transforming the health and fitness industry.
Prior to launching Life Time Fitness, Akradi led the growth of the Minnesota-based U.S. Swim and Fitness (formerly Nautilus Fitness Center, Inc.), of which he was part owner. It was the second-largest health club chain in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market when Akradi and his partners sold it to Bally Total Fitness in 1986. After continuing to operate the business as a division of Bally for more than two years, Akradi left the company to develop business plans and secure investors for his own company, which was established three years later. Life Time Fitness subsequently was introduced to consumers in 1992.
A native of Tehran, Iran, Akradi relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado, at age 17. He began his health club career in sales at Nautilus Fitness Center while attending the University of Colorado and completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.