Ep51: Don’t Just Sit…SitTight | with Scott Bahneman


Scott Bahneman is the creator of the SitTight (use coupon code ‘OPTIMIZE’ for 10% OFF), an active sitting chair which has become my new #1 recommendation for anyone looking for “the best ergonomic desk chair” (a question I get ALL THE TIME). While a bit difficult to describe if you haven’t seen one, the SitTight basically looks like the coolest bar stool you’ve ever seen attached to a Bosu Ball. Trust me…it’s awesome.

If you haven’t heard about the SitTight yet, you are going to hear a lot about it in the coming weeks and months because I’m on a mission to get this product in front of as many creative professionals as possible who are tired of sitting all day and want a better solution. I’m so excited about this product, in fact, that I practically begged Scott to become a sponsor of this podcast so I could inspire as many people as possible to spread the word about this new way of “active sitting.”

In this episode Scott and I dive into what compelled him to transition from working in the credit card processing industry to designing this chair in his spare time out of his garage. And then we dive much deeper into how using this chair can drastically increase your heart rate, help you burn more calories, strengthen your core and spinal muscles, and even help you focus more (and longer) on complex creative tasks. Never did I anticipate having a show where I would get emotional about a desk chair, but just listen to the story of how a child with autism reacted to using this chair for the first time, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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Here’s What You’ll Learn:

  • How Scott transitioned from working in the credit card industry to revolutionizing the desk chair
  • The innovative origins of the SitTight chair
  • The correlation between sedentary lifestyles and morbidity rates
  • How the SitTight uses the body’s natural sense of balance to improve your posture and tighten your core
  • What separates the SitTight chair from other “ergonomic” posture-straightening chairs
  • Why even the most supportive of chairs will contribute to misalignment and weakness in your spine
  • Learning to take balance and maintaining health slowly, rather than demanding perfection
  • Where the sedentary work lifestyle originated, and the dangers of standing all day
  • The importance of balance therapy in providing focus for those with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, or Alzheimers

Useful Resources Mentioned:

SitTight (use coupon code ‘OPTIMIZE’ for 10% OFF)

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This episode is made possible by SitTightmy new #1 recommendation if you’re searching for a healthier, more ergonomically-friendly office chair that turns sitting into an activity that actually improves your health rather than damaging it. Yes, you can actually get fit while you sit. If you’ve never seen one, just imagine the most comfortable bar stool on the planet on top of a Bosu Ball. Trust me…it’s awesome. SitTight can provide fitness for your body, focus for your mind, and fun for your spirit. BONUS: Use the coupon code OPTIMIZE for 10% off your order!

Guest Bio:

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Scott has spent over 30 years in the acquiring side of the credit card industry working with businesses that accept credit card payments. He also spent several years in the digital media space, founding and running a company that delivered high definition music and movie downloads. Scott Bahneman is the inventor of the SitTight and founder of the company by the same name.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared and published by Elyse Rintelman. The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).


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Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”