With a mission to educate fitness enthusiasts of all ages and encourage them to reach their goals, Avid Fitness has expanded services and enhanced its facility at 102-7373 Duncan Street. Avid members and the general public have multiple new options to help make attaining any objective a reality.
New owners Tim Wall and his wife Heather took over the business in January. At the time it only included fitness and a running store, says Tim.
“Since then we have added tables and chairs in an area we’re calling our Bevanda, which is Italian for beverage,” says Tim. “We have juices, smoothies, protein shakes, coffee and tea, and a place for people to sit and chat.”
Smoothies are made with 100 per cent natural ingredients and include vegan options. Customers can also peruse Avid’s new supplements section and have any supplement added to a beverage.
Experienced personal trainers Richard Tait and Douglas Rivera are available by the hour, inside or outside of the facility, and focus on specific objectives of clients to support them in achieving their fitness goals. Providing motivation and education in a fun, positive environment while teaching pain-free techniques is important to both trainers.
“They are doing an awesome job,” says Tim. “Douglas has been here since we took over and Richard is new.”
A diverse selection of workout gear including shorts, shirts, socks and jackets, as well as fitness accessories and running shoes, is available in Avid’s expanded store section.
“We keep high-quality shoes in stock for running and walking.” says Tim.
Avid Fitness is open from 6 am-9 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am-4 pm on Saturdays and 8 am-6 pm Sundays. Everyone from beginners to experienced athletes is welcome to join as a member or drop-in during business hours.
A variety of personal programs are available for all age groups, including over 60, the area’s largest demographic.
“More than 25 per cent of our population is over 60,” says Tim. “We have options tailored specifically for them.”
A variety of packages and memberships include three-month, six-month and one-year options. Punch passes are also available and per visit drop-ins are welcome.
In addition to personal or sports performance training and exercise assessments, yoga classes are offered regularly and included with membership.
“Yoga is available on a drop-in basis as well on Tuesday nights at 5:30 pm,” says Tim. “Cost for non-members is $10.”
Other changes at Avid include the addition of a new stair-stepper, which adds to a collection of recumbent, spin and stationary bikes, treadmills, cross trainers and free weights in the main gym and studio.
Tim says adding to existing cardiovascular and strength equipment on a regular basis is part of a long-term plan to grow and enhance gym options for members and the public.
“A motor-less treadmill will be next; they are designed for almost anyone to use,” says Tim. “Athletes can do sprint training and firefighters can use them for training because you can run on them with heavy gear. Someone with a leg injury can use it for rehab because they go at their own pace and the treadmill self-adjusts.”
For post-workout convenience, changing rooms with private showers, complimentary towels, bathroom products and day lockers are located on site.