What it Means to Open My Own Gym

Most personal trainers dream about opening their own gym, but few are fortunate enough to see it happen. I’m one of the lucky ones. I got to turn that dream into reality, and by the time it happened, I’d had years in which to plan my perfect workout space.


I wanted to give people a unique and refreshingly different place that wasn’t about machismo or egos. A safe and distinctive place that wasn’t centred on how big you can get or how heavy you can lift. A place that was like no other in terms of wellness, health and fitness.

What I really wanted was to develop a community of people who were hungry for success in whatever shape or form that took for them. It would be about transforming bodies, but also about transforming minds too by taking a holistic approach to well-being.

Fitness isn’t just for the fit and isn’t just for the healthy.

Young or old, fat or thin, fit or unfit, everyone deserves a chance to realise their true potential while progressing at their own rate and working towards their own goals. It’s my belief that many people feel intimidated at the prospect of walking into a gym or fitness centre, wrongly assuming that they don’t belong there or will be judged. At UFiiT Health & Fitness, everybody belongs and every body type is welcomed.

There are a few common misconceptions about what I do. Some people think that because I’m a PT I must be a muscle head who only trains the fit and the young. They think I run the sort of gruelling boot camps where I will kick their butts if they so much as pause to catch their breath.

Let me assure you that UFiiT is nothing like that and that my methods are nothing like those of the stereotypical PT. I’m more interested in identifying an individual’s ideal body type, learning their strengths, developing realistic challenges and helping to balance their whole body.

In my opinion, the current ways in which many people train prevent them from using their natural instincts because the exercises and movements are so one-dimensional, repetitively boring and fixed. Our brains want and need to problem solve, and to be effective this methodology has to be personalised to suit the individual.

As the saying goes, if it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you. Repeating the same old techniques won’t challenge you because your jaded body and mind know what to expect. UFiiT is not about how much you can push, lift or pull; it’s about systematic, functional, dynamic and challenging movements that increase mobility, strength, muscle tone and fat burning while promoting joint and ligament health. Combined, this system transforms the body in a short space of time and connects the mind to the body in a unique and indelible way.

Read more about the innovative UFiiT method, whose practitioners range from 20 to 78 years old, here: https://ufiit.com/about

So why did I want to open my own UFiiT facility? Simple: because I craved a fitness centre that embraced and celebrated the individual. We all have different body types, needs and health goals so we should not be doing the same things – instead we should be following a bespoke programme that’s right for us. I wanted a place that would teach people about their bodies and show them how to treat theirs with respect. I also wanted a safe, fun, warm and positively inspiring place for people to come and get the help they seek while improving their well-being, vitality and longevity.

That’s why I opened UFiiT Health & Fitness

We offer personal training, one-on-one and in small groups, nutrition counselling, weight loss and body transformation, competition prep, health and wellness seminars. We also host unique fitness classes in a group setting, ballet barre blast, Abs-licious group classes, Zumba and much more.

UFiiT Health & Fitness is now open for business at 1933 10 Ave SW, T3C 0K3 Calgary, Canada, with a grand opening planned for 1 February.