Opens new stu­dio in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Colleen Childs

When a per­son is on the cusp of ful­fill­ing their life’s dream, it is hard to con­tain the ex­cite­ment.

Well, that is what Heart’s De­light na­tive Colleen Childs is go­ing through as she pre­pares for the open­ing of her new stu­dio and work­out ex­pe­ri­ence, Cross Fit-Body by Colleen in Car­bon­ear.

Oper­at­ing out of the old Chubbs’ Con­ve­nience build­ing on Crowdy Street in Car­bon­ear, Colleen of­fers fit­ness boot camps, sports re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, per­sonal train­ing, nu­tri­tion and di­etary help. She is not new to the fit­ness game. Colleen brings with her 11-years of fit­ness and per­sonal train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Up un­til two years ago, she had been suc­cess­fully train­ing peo­ple in Grand Prairie, Al­berta be­fore mov­ing back to Car­bon­ear to ful­fill her dream.

That’s when Colleen started do­ing the same thing here, both in Car­bon­ear and on the Trin­ity Bay side of the penin­sula.

Rent­ing out spa­ces wher­ever she could, but mostly at the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool, Colleen put to­gether a first-class fit­ness regime that was very suc­cess­ful in the area.

The big draw­back was that she had to con­form to the sched­ules of these other places. She could still of­fer the same class A pro­gram, but only when the other places al­lowed it.

With the new stu­dio that just opened, Colleen can now of­fer the classes she wants, when she wants.

“I’ve al­ways wanted my own space be­cause I can do it as I see fit. With rent­ing, that sta­bil­ity just wasn’t there,” she said.

“This has been a pas­sion for my 11 years of do­ing ( fit­ness), and it has been my dream for 11 years.”

Ad­van­tages

The new space not only al­lows Colleen to do things her way, but also things that put her ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“My groups are lim­ited to ten peo­ple,” she said.

In­tim­i­da­tion and big gyms go hand-in­hand, and Colleen be­lieves her close, in­ti­mate space will help pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing.

“It’s more per­sonal,” she said. “There isn’t that weight room in­tim­i­da­tion.”

Lim­it­ing that weight room in­tim­i­da­tion was a key com­po­nent to the de­sign of Colleen’s new build­ing.

“Ev­ery­thing uses re­sis­tance bands,” she said. “It’s the new cross fit pro­gram. You use your body and the way you move to build mus­cle and strength.”

An­other ad­van­tage she holds over her com­peti­tors is the fa­mil­iar­ity and close­ness she feels with her clients.

Colleen plans her clients’ work­outs and nu­tri­tion down to the very last de­tail.

“When they walk in, I’m right here and I know what they’re do­ing,” she said.

Also, the build­ing she works out serves as her home.

“I bought the build­ing be­cause it had this space at­tached to the home,” Colleen stated.

That means she will al­ways be around for her clients.

“When they’re here work­ing work­ing out with them,” she said.

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There is still con­struc­tion go­ing on at the back of the build­ing.

Plans are too con­struct an ob­sta­cle course for her cross fit pro­gram, as well as serve as the stag­ing ground for a pro­gram she has planned for the fu­ture.

With all of the plans laid out in front of Colleen, the work­out space now be­comes the re­al­iza­tion of a life­long dream and the cor­ner stone for what will be­come a prime ath­letic lo­ca­tion in Con­cep­tion Bay North.

It is for this rea­son that Colleen has a tough time con­tain­ing her en­thu­si­asm when she speaks about what is about to hap­pen with her busi­ness.

She has plans to fur­ther in­te­grate into the community as time moves for­ward, such as head­ing into re­tail out­lets to teach safety classes, as well as spon­sor­ing row­ing teams etc.

“I want to be a big­ger part of the community,” said Colleen.

The build­ing is only the be­gin­ning of her fu­ture en­deav­ors.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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