The FIT Difference

Here at FIT, we don't just use the hashtag #notyouraveragegym, but we try to live by that motto every single day. Our main goal is to reduce the barrier to entry for physical activity. We work hard to make coming to the gym as easy as possible for all of our clients.

  • Free Parking
         We have free parking available directly in front of the studio, as well as plenty of close on-street parking. No need to worry about having change for a parking meter or waiting for parking spots. 

  • Post Workout Nutrition
         As coaches, we understand that success does not start and end on the gym floor. This is why we take a holistic approach with our clients and incorporate exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching in our method. After each workout, we provide our clients with a post-workout protein shake or snack. The powder that we use is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free, and tastes especially delicious paired with fresh fruit, chia, hemp, or cinnamon. 

  • Client Education
         We love to learn and grow, and we try to provide these same opportunities to our clients. We offer a 10-week Nutrition Academy course which teaches both the science of nutrition, as well as how to apply this knowledge to develop healthy daily habits. We also bring in a variety of health, mindset, and lifestyle professionals as guest-speakers to help our clients excel in all areas.

  • Free showers, fully stocked
         Our goal is to make incorporating physical activity as easy as possible. We have a private shower, fully stocked with soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, aftershave, and any other accessories that you might need. This allows our clients to come to the gym before work, or to sneak in a workout before social events without having to worry about bringing a lot of extra items along. Our change room is also stocked with a hair straightener, blow dryer, curling iron, lotions, hair products, and a clothing steamer. 

  • Free towel service for all members
         Whether for the shower, or to wipe of sweat in the studio, we offer free towel service to all members. This is just another way that we try to set our clients up for success, by providing one less thing that they need to worry about.

  • Freedom Access; no appointment needed
         We understand that sometimes life happens, whether it's trying to get the kids out the door, being stuck late at work, or hitting that train on your way to the gym. Sometimes, things happen which interfere with your ability to be here at a set time. For this reason, we have Freedom Access. We open at 6am and close at 7pm, and our clients are free to come anytime within that time frame for their workouts. It doesn't matter whether they arrive at 6:08am, 8:46am, 12:22pm, whenever they show up, there will be an enthusiastic coach waiting to greet them and put them through a workout customized for them. 

  • Storage space, ability to leave gym equipment here, one less thing to worry about
         Our changeroom comes with storage space for clients to leave their gym equipment essentials here. Having a space to leave your shoes, deodorant, water bottle, and other accessories means less things to worry about carrying around with you throughout the day. 

  • Fit Finn
         We've got a pretty awesome little betta fish. His name is Finn, and he does tricks. (No he doesn't, but he's beautiful)

  • Positivity and Community
         We have worked hard to create a culture which is positive, supportive, and uplifting. We view ourselves as a community, and have truly become a big family. Many clients will describe the friendships they've made at FIT as some of the most rewarding and authentic relationships they have. Through small details, like our community chalk board, our Jar of Wins, and regular team building events, our clients are able to support and be supported by this community. 

  • Client Celebration
         We don't keep it a secret that our clients are the beating heart behind everything we do here at FIT. We make it a priority to celebrate our clients' accomplishments both in and out of the gym. We've got a public bulletin board and space for clients to share their business cards, news, and upcoming events. In the main studio area, we've got a wall of fame where clients have graciously donated articles of clothing representing some of their amazing fitness accomplishments. From rugby, skiing, and motocross to Tough Mudders, Spartans, and Marathons to clients regaining the health and fitness to participate in rec sports again, our Wall of Fame is a perfect representation of the pride that we take in our clients.

  • Dark lighting
         If you were to visit the studio, the first thing you would notice is that the personal training studio is quite dark. This is by design, and has a dual purpose. For one, we find that being bombarded with bright lights and really loud music can be a little intimidating or off-putting. We want everybody to feel safe and welcome in the space. Secondly, our aim is to encourage our clients to develop a healthy relationship with their bodies, and that includes being able to listen to what it is telling you. The darker lighting allows our clients to focus more on how the movements feel.

  • Massage Therapy
         We are fortunate to have one of the greatest massage therapists working in house. Whether our clients just want to relax and unwind after a long week, or are experiencing muscle pain and tightness, our Registered Massage Therapist, Tim Rutley, is available 6 days per week for massage therapy. 

  • Common Area
         Sometimes coming to FIT is the only "Me Time" that our clients get as they juggle work, family, and social obligations. We have free wi-fi and cable available in our upstairs common area. Some clients enjoy sitting down with their post-workout shake to catch up on the latest news, while others will bring out their laptops and enjoy some coffee or tea while getting ahead on the day's work. 

  • The Small Details
         Alongside our high quality coaching services and facility, we try to focus on the small details that make coming to FIT an enjoyable part of everyone's day. We offer a "library" where clients can borrow a variety of books from financial wellness, to nutrition, to lifestyle and philosophy for no charge. We always have iced teas, coffee, and flavoured ice water on hand for clients, as well as a full stock of water bottles and workout gear in case anyone forgets something at home. 

  • Coaches who Care
         "My favourite part about coming to FIT is that every time I walk through the door, the coaches are SO happy to see me. They greet me with a huge smile and it is like the best part of their day is seeing me show up" - Jill T. 
        We mean it when we say that our clients are what makes FIT the best place to be. We feel like we can never do or say enough to express our gratitude to the wonderful people who show up day after day, week after week, year after year. 

W.o.W. Award - Bryan

W.o.W. Award - Bryan

WoW Award!

Bryan is a renaissance man of sorts. He does it all. He’s a dad, a business man, a baker, a horticulturalist, a rap music aficionado and an exceptional leader. He is a man of character, charisma and charm who leads by example – a real servant leader, fighting it out in the trenches with his team. He’s humble, hard-working and a helluva beast in the gym!!

Like a lot of our clients, Bryan is in charge of managing and leading a team of high performance business professionals. The most successful men and women understand that it’s not only the decisions they make in the boardroom that enable them to accomplish their goals but also the decisions that help prepare themselves to be more effective leaders. Regular physical exercise, adequate rest, proper nutrition, hydration, managing stress, goal setting, visualization, preparation and applying commitment to a plan and taking action.

It’s Bryan’s commitment to self-improvement that has ultimately helped him lead himself and his team to victory.

But what’s even more rewarding to hear about are his RESULTS! Bryan has lost 25lbs of FAT, put on a ton of muscle and went from wearing a 38” waist to a 32”!!! (He might even fit back into his high school jeans)

Bryan’s progress in the gym is testament to his commitment to developing personal discipline, focus, patience and humility. You can’t learn those traits through a book, only by embodying the lessons through personal experience. In the words of Jocko Willink, “The principles are simple, but not easy.”

Congratulations Bryan and THANK YOU for all of your hard work. You have been an absolute pleasure to have in the gym. Keep it up!!

KickStart the New Year Challenge

KickStart the New Year Challenge

Happy New Year to all!

We had a year abundant with growth, learning, and transition at F.I.T. and we are excited to continue passing on our lessons learned with all of you. 

One of the ways in which we as coaches have been working on improving is by learning as much as we can about motivation and commitment, and how to create life long habits. You might have heard that 90%+ of individuals will abandon their New Years resolutions by February. At F.I.T., our aim is to ensure that our clients do not fall into that 90%. 

This week we will be launching our 2018 Kickstart program! We are dubbing this year's challenge, The Little Red Book Challenge. Once the registration and initial assessment is completed, participants will receive their own personal little red notebook. From January 8th through February 27th, participants will keep a journal comprised of three components: 

1) Gratitude Journal: Each day, participants will write down a minimum of 2 things they are grateful for that day. 

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” -Anthony Robbins

2) Food Journal: When it comes to nutritional habits, awareness is key. Oftentimes, it is not necessary to make big, elaborate changes. A few small tweaks to current eating habits can be sufficient, but the first step is becoming aware of what those current eating habits are. Participants will write down everything they eat or drink for the duration of the Kickstart Challenge. There will be no judgement on the types of foods listed in the journal, the most important thing is that it is completed daily. 

"Every meal is...
A short-term investment in how you feel & perform, a mid-term investment in how you look, and a long-term investment in your freedom from disease.” - Alan Aragon

3) Exercise Log: Spending hours each day in the gym is not necessary for general health, but doing some movement each day provides a host of physical and psychological benefits. The exercise log does not have to be detailed down to sets and reps, just a jot note about what kind of activity was done that day (examples could include a 60 minute workout with Jenn, 30 minutes of dog walking, 15 minute morning yoga). Even if you did nothing, write it down!

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."               - Carol Welch

At the beginning and end of the challenge, participants will receive a body fat assessment, measurements, photos, and optional fitness testing. There will be a variety of rewards given out but in order to be eligible, each participant's journal must be complete. 

Remember to use the hashtag #littleredbookchallenge so that we can follow your progress!

To register for the challenge and to book your initial assessment, talk to Jenn or e-mail jennvfit@gmail.com

W.o.W. Award - Janelle

This week’s W.O.W. Award recipient has been nominated by several clients who have insisted she be recognized for her hard work and success in the gym. So, by popular demand, we would like to congratulate Janelle S. as the people’s choice for our most recent W.O.W. Award!

Simply put, Janelle is a ROCKSTAR!!

Janelle started out a quiet, reserved woman who put her head down and worked hard. She would listen to instruction, do her reps, not say a peep to anyone and never show signs of struggle. She made it look easy!! But as the months went by, Janelle started to open up and we saw more of her amazing personality shine though. She has even befriended a number of our more effervescent clients who have encouraged her
that it’s ok to give a little sass (at our expense!!).

But all joking aside Janelle has quickly become one of the most popular clients at F.I.T. Her attitude and work ethic are supreme and she never seems to have a bad day.
Since starting with us in July, Janelle has lost just over 20lbs, 7% body fat and over 16 total inches! Her transformation has been so evident that on more than one occasion we have been asked if that is the same girl from before!

During the process, Janelle has gained an absurd amount of strength, an unending amount of energy, a new-found sense of confidence and a good group of friends who support her and have her back! <3

As a new mom with a full-time job, Janelle probably doesn’t always feel like waking up early and hitting the gym, but her results are proof that hard work and consistency pay off. She has done what so many people wish possible for themselves. And she’s done it in style - the safe way, the smart way and the
sustainable way.

When asked about her experience at F.I.T she had this to say:

“I started out wanting to lose some weight. I’ve done that but gained a lot more including muscle, energy, confidence, and an inner strength I didn’t know I was capable of. I love the feeling of an accomplished workout and I carry that feeling with
me throughout the day. Thank you F.I.T. for helping me find myself again”.

Congratulations Janelle and thank YOU!!!

Guess What's Back... Back Again...

Guess What's Back... Back Again...

Last time around, we saw our clients lose pounds, body fat, and inches and gain the knowledge and confidence to make dietary choices which support their goals.