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Keswick’s Fitness Force Becomes 24/7 NRG Fitness

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Here I am just days away from the grand opening of my new and improved gym called 24/7 NRG Fitness still right here in Keswick Ontario. It’s just as exciting as the days before taking over as the owner of Fitness Force; A great idea, new focus and huge expectations. The biggest thing that strikes me is how many incredible people with talent, ideas and expertise that have come together to help make this happen. The supporting people are different people from the Fitness Force business plan to the 24/7 NRG Fitness business plan. But the fact remains that I DID NOT do this alone. It has taken months of planning with experts in various fields, weeks of renovations and construction, days of waiting for all the bits and pieces to come together. Hours of brainstorming and minutes of….well, nothing only takes minutes. Suffice it to say, that this past year creating our new image has been busy and fascinating. Read more

Top 4 Exercises to Include in a Workout

16546608_sWhat is the number one reason you don’t exercise? If you said “lack of time”, you are right there with most of the population. Everyone is busy and we all want ways to squeeze our workouts into an already full day. First of all, we need to make it a priority….one of the things that is first on the list of what to do each day! Secondly, make sure we are getting the most out of the time spent at the gym. Don’t waste it! So, what are the top 4 exercises we should make sure we include in our workout?

Here is a list of what some would consider the top whole body exercises to incorporate. They hit all major muscle groups through a range of motions. Big muscle group work will burn more calories if weight management is a focus. Movements that work through a range of movements are more functional and will help you build strength for everyday life tasks. Read more

The Importance of Water – Staying Hydrated

9951562_sI know, you’ve heard it before. You must drink lots of water to maintain optimum health and to aid in weight loss. Why am I bringing it up again? I’ve had three separate conversations in the past week about the importance of hydration. In those conversations I was reminded that many people still don’t get how important it is to simply drink enough water.

Fact 1 – Water is the main constituent of the human body. It should represent 50% to 60% of your total mass. The muscles and brain are 75% water. You cannot survive without it! No other nutrient is more essential or needed in such large quantities. Read more

8 Things to Consider When Joining a Fitness Club

It’s not a secret. Deciding on which fitness club to join can be a stressful undertaking, especially if you are looking for the very first time. As the owner of a privately owned club, I get asked many of the same questions over and over again as potential clients decide what facility will best suit their needs. Not every club is the right fit for every person who is ready to improve or maintain their health. You really should consider your options once you’ve created your list of “need to haves” and “nice to haves”. Recognize that the needs and wants are different and what your goals truly are. Here are 8 questions that people ask or look for when shopping for a fitness club. Read more

Fitness Force Keswick Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Saturday, October 1, 2011 was an incredibly special day as I was fortunate enough to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of my purchase of Fitness Force in Keswick. It was such an honour not only to celebrate this milestone in my business, but to do it with so many members and friends.

Many of the members in attendance have been with Fitness Force longer than I have. It’s their loyalty and dedication to fitness that has allowed me to create such an exciting and successful business. Thanks to all of you who stay true to your health goals.

My family and dearest friends joined in the celebration too. They knew me in my old life and supported my dream when suddenly one day I said “I think I want to buy a gym”. I know it sounded crazy to me; they must have thought I lost my mind because I meant it.

My journey with Fitness Force actually began in 2004 when I discovered there really was a gym in Keswick. After accepting that there was no magic pill for fitness, I purchased a membership and got to work. A few months later I realized that I didn’t really know what I was doing and hired a personal trainer to guide me and kick my butt. Sue Sutch was my trainer and I hope she realizes just how much she inspired me, because the short version is “I loved it so much, I bought the business”.

A long drive always gives me ample time for daydreaming. On Christmas Eve 2005, driving to my parents’ home in Wasaga Beach, my daydreaming became about me owning a gym. It was a beautiful facility with trainers, nutritionists, massage facility and more. Of course it was sparkling clean with new equipment….everything was perfect. I can’t find the words to describe how this daydream was different from any other, but it was. If felt different, real somehow and powerful. I told my sister about it that night and ended with “I think this is going to come true”. All of this was quite comical as I didn’t have any money and I didn’t have any experience in the fitness industry. What I had was a dream, and a strong background in business and willingness to learn.

That dream didn’t go away. I found myself buying books on how to buy a business and researching the industry. Time ticked on and I reached a point where I either needed to forget about it or do something. Since I never want to look back on my life and wonder “what would have happened if only…” I decided to take action.

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