Small Business Story – Tyler Popley

Business Owner:
Tyler H. Popley

Company name:
Fit Force Personal Training

Website address:
http://www.fitforce.ca

What our company offers:
Fit Force Personal Training offers various health and fitness services in the privacy and comfort of your own home, condominium, or office space. Our Nationally Certified Fitness Professionals conveniently bring fitness to your doorstep, providing all necessary equipment, knowledge, and expertise.

Fit Force is genuinely interested in providing you with solutions to reach your fitness goals, whether you’re looking to improve any or all of the following:

  • General Health (lower health risks, increase heart health)
  • Physique (lower body fat, increase lean muscle, symmetry/proportion)
  • Athletic performance (increase speed, stamina, power, coordination, agility, etc.)
  • Daily functionality (increase energy levels, human mechanics, core strength)

In recognition of our clients’ unique situations, we offer to develop a fully customized fitness program suitable for your needs, wants, and goals.

What makes Fit Force unique?
We are not just personal trainers; we are educators, confidants, coaches, and role models.
We do not offer a service, but rather a solution for inactive individuals to introduce health and fitness into their lives, or for fitness enthusiasts to take their training and nutrition to the next level.

We strongly promote living a balanced lifestyle and excited to offer you the opportunity to reap the benefits from a scientifically advanced fitness generation, our innovative solutions, and true experience.

As the world changes, we need to change along with it.

Bookmark http://www.fitforce.ca and check back soon for more information on our services and for your chance to live a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Why did you decide to start your own business? How did you get into your particular business?

I started a business because I wanted to show the world the countless benefits of health and fitness, especially how it can instantly improve lives.

I knew that before I could understand a client’s strengths and challenges, I had to become aware of my own. This is a vital segment of successful personal training.

I still remember my phys Ed. teacher, Mr. Spicer, once told me while playing football “You have the heart a lion, but the legs of a chicken.” And it was true! I was small and skinny, weighing in at 125 lbs. soaking wet. Mr. Spicer helped me devise my first ever training program, which turned out to be my introduction to the world of fitness. Since then I’ve been committed to sharing my skills and knowledge. I spent three years at Good Life Fitness where I worked my way up to an Elite level trainer. I then decided to a pursue my dream of running a health and fitness business through which I have developed thousands of effective training routines for clients all over GTA
My gym experience helped me to gain the confidence I needed to work with such a diverse society, not only in terms of demographics, but also clients’ unique needs, wants, habits, personality. In recognizing these vast differences between clients, I am able to tailor my service according to them individually.

How long have you been in business?
I have been in business for about one year, however, I think of this initial stage as an experimentation period. It has given me the information and practical experience I required in order to develop various systems of operation as the framework for my business.
What are good and bad things you’ve learned from being an entrepreneur?
Being an entrepreneur is more than simply starting a business… it’s a way of life.
For me, it’s a very rewarding way of life; I make people healthier, by naturally improving the way they look and feel every day. Having grateful clients, shows my services have made impacts on peoples’ lives.

However, investments of time, money, passion, and creativity are all major ingredients to a successful venture. Sometimes it’s hard to leave the office, even from a mental point of view. Therefore creating a balance between work, fitness, and recreation are crucial for the success and health of any business and lifestyle.

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Find a quote that suits your personality, lifestyle, and business. Keep it somewhere you will remember, and read it in times of doubt or uncertainty.

I keep a quote from Lance Armstrong in my wallet that reads:
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”

How did you raise the start-up cash?
Startup cash can be challenging but I managed to raise mine through personal savings, an SBEC award, and initial business revenue generation.

Briefly, what are your goals and plans for the future?
My goal is to pursue advancement in the fitness industry by altering society’s perception of fitness and nutrition through new and innovative solutions. My vision for the next few years is to open fitness facilities all over Ontario, while continuing to offer the outstanding convenience of on-site health and fitness training.

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