Looking to shake up your exercise and wellness routine? Fitness World‘s latest concept, called TRAIN by FW, could be just what you need. Opening in early May in Vancouver’s Main Street neighbourhood, this semi-private studio will offer an affordable, boutique experience for fitness enthusiasts, along with a top-tier facility where independent trainers can service their clients. We chatted with Fitness World Canada President and CEO Chris Smith to get the 411 on TRAIN by FW as it preps to open its doors! —Vita Daily
Hi Chris! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start.
Health, fitness and sport have always been a huge part of my life and, with over 27 years of experience in the fitness industry, I’ve seen just about everything. From personal trainer to club operator, I’ve evolved alongside the ever-changing world of health and wellness. Outside of Fitness World, I sit on IHRSA’s Board of Directors as its newly elected Vice Chair, where we work to support and advocate for accessible fitness and the benefits of living a holistic, active lifestyle. I’m also a father of five and a grandfather of three!
So, you’re gearing up to open TRAIN by FW in Vancouver’s Main Street neighbourhood in early May; could you tell us more about the concept around this semi-private studio, as well as the space itself? Who is it for, and what makes it unique (both to the Fitness World experience and gyms in general)?
TRAIN by FW is a new semi-private studio concept, designed to help people reach their goals with space for solo workouts, personal training, and small-group training. It will offer the benefits of boutique fitness at an accessible price point. What’s really unique is that the space will also be open to independent trainers looking for a top-tier facility to service their clients. The idea of TRAIN by FW is something we’ve wanted to do for a while now. As an entrepreneur myself, the chance to help others realize their own business ambitions is rewarding in itself. We are so excited to finally see the innovative concept come to life.
What sorts of workouts will be offered at TRAIN by FW?
TRAIN by FW is designed to support everyone on their fitness journey, so it will offer a range of equipment and services to suit various preferences. The studio will cater to solo fitness enthusiasts as well as people looking for guidance from personal trainers, in addition to those who thrive in group workout settings with all members having unlimited access to small group training.
And what machines will be at TRAIN by FW? Who will be on staff (and how will they support clients)?
With over 2,000 square feet of space, we’ve structured the studio for functional fitness training. Think lifting platforms and squat racks, along with select cardio machines, and top-line strength machines to support a variety of needs. TRAIN by FW studios also offer areas to accommodate small group and personal training sessions. As mentioned, TRAIN by FW will also offer the opportunity for independent trainers to book space to train clients through a variety of rental options. We wanted to open up our space to entrepreneurial personal trainers looking to build their business who will also elevate and diversify the training experiences for our members.
How will the TRAIN by FW endeavour to support the health and wellbeing of the community, change the way people approach fitness and equip them with the tools to succeed? How does the studio aim to support greater diversity and inclusivity in the fitness community?
Supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities starts with our approach to fitness which is built on the basis of good health—not only physical but mental. By focusing on a holistic approach, which in addition to exercise also includes recovery, nutrition and professional expertise, as well as offering a space that is accessible, inclusive and adaptable, we’re excited to welcome everyone to this space, no matter their background, age or experience
What are the membership costs/details at TRAIN by FW?
Unlimited access to TRAIN by FW is included with a Fitness World Goal membership, which starts at $21.99 bi-weekly. The membership also provides full access to 15 Fitness World locations across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, unlimited group training classes, recovery amenities and more.
What are you most looking forward to about the opening of TRAIN by FW?
We’re looking forward to introducing trainers and the community to the TRAIN by FW space. This concept is relatively new on the west coast and as the demand for fitness trainers and exclusive fitness experiences reaches an all time high, we’re thrilled to help meet the growing need with a state-of-the-art, results-focused facility and top-of-the-line equipment.
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