Opens new studio in Carbonear
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.”
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.
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.