Alive & Well Personal Training
Founded out of a passion to help people feel great, Alive & Well is a boutique personal training studio that helps busy Vancouverites to build strength, decrease pain and live healthier, more confident lives. Offering in-studio and online training, customized programming and unparalleled support, our sole mission is to show our community that taking care of ourselves doesn't have to feel overwhelming, intimidating or selfish. We believe that, with a little support, people can create meaningful change to their health and wellbeing - and that’s exactly what we help them accomplish.
In Business Since 1999
Best Community Impact
What motivated you to start your business and what core cause do you support?
After years of working in the health and fitness industry, I was frustrated that so many of the available programs and resources had a very “cookie-cutter” approach to exercise. With so much airtime being given to hard-and-fast rules like “you have to workout in the morning to see results” or “you can never have dessert if you want to lose weight”, I saw that people were starting to adopt a very all-or-nothing mentality towards fitness and, unfortunately, more often than not, they ended up on the “nothing” side of that spectrum. I’m a strong believer that every body is unique, and I knew that there needed to be a much larger emphasis on treating people as individuals if we wanted to help them be successful, long-term. My goal then became to find a way to dig deeper into the wants and needs of each person I worked with and to show them that taking care of our health can be a lot more flexible than some of these messages may indicate. I started Alive & Well to teach our community that if we can find what works for us, make some time to do it, and have a little fun while we’re at it, we’re so much more likely to stay consistent and see meaningful results. I wanted to show people how manageable it could be to stay active and healthy, and that it didn’t matter whether you had a ton of fancy equipment or just your bodyweight, you could still create real change. Our purpose then became to help our community feel great through movement. Staying active is an extremely powerful tool to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally and we want to help our clients feel the power of that outcome every single day.
Why do you deserve to win the Best Community Impact award?
Our main goal is to provide our clients with the support, tools and accountability to focus on their own health so they can continue showing up for the people around them - and what could be better for a thriving community. By simplifying the process of being active, we’re working to show people that exercise can become something fun and sustainable, and that adding it into your life in a way that works for you can have a profound impact on both your health and happiness. Creating a space where everyone can feel comfortable, welcomed and encouraged to challenge themselves to feel great has been our driving force. We feel grateful, humbled and honoured to be able to get the opportunity to impact our community and hope to continue for many years to come.
Best Youth Entrepreneur
What motivated you to start your business and what is your vision for the future of your company?
Having lived with a chronic illness, I've spent many years of my life feeling like I couldn't truly trust my body. It's a unique feeling, knowing what you should be capable of, but never quite measuring up to that expectation due to pain, fatigue or any number of other obstacles. But through all the physical, mental and emotional hurdles, there was always exercise. Not the all-or-nothing type of workout, but moving in a way that felt right for me. Moving in a way that helped me feel empowered by my body, rather than confined to it. And that's something I wanted people to experience. No matter what cards we're dealt in life, no matter how busy or challenging things become, we all deserve to feel at home in our bodies - and that's a big part of where this company came from. Alive & Well Personal Training is my opportunity to give people the strength, energy and confidence they need to live happier, more fulfilling lives. And to show them that it doesn't take a lot to get to that point. As we move forward, I envision the future of Alive & Well Personal Training as being an accessible and inclusive environment for both our clients and coaches to thrive. I want everyone involved with this company to feel inspired to grow and develop in ways they never would have imagined possible, and to view our impact as one where clients are treated as individuals and supported throughout all parts of their fitness journey by coaches that truly care.
Why do you deserve to win the Best Youth Entrepreneur award?
Every entrepreneur understands just how much of yourself you put into your work because you know full-heartedly that you are doing something that is worthwhile. Alive & Well Personal Training was built out of a deep desire to give people what I felt I was missing in my own journey toward bettering my health - a network of professionals who saw me as more than just a list of symptoms and treated me like the human being I really was. It has taken an exceptional amount of perseverance, strength and ingenuity to build this company into what it is today and I am so proud of everything we have been through to get to this point. We have touched the lives of so many incredible people through exercise and I would not change this experience for the world.
Premier's People's Choice
We absolutely love our community! Anyway that we can help people feel great about themselves, about life, about their wellbeing, that's what we want to do. We've seen so many of our clients completely change their lives from the work they do on themselves and this is what drives us to keep progressing this company further and further every day. There's nothing more important in life than loving who you are and being the best version of you. If there's any way we an help with that, that's exactly what we’re here for.