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10 years of fitness

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Temple Fitness is celebrating 10 years in business

April 30, 2018

From humble beginnings working out in Kin Coulee Park, to developing a 9,000 square foot gym, Temple Fitness is celebrating 10 years in business.

The business got its start in 2008, when Shane Chynoweth was approached by friends looking for a trainer. Not having a gym at the time, Chynoweth led group classes in Kin Coulee Park. Before the snow fell, Chynoweth found space in S.A.C.A. Kickboxing‘s studio.

With a growing client base, he later moved the business into Brier Park Estates, one of Medicine Hat’s main industrial parks. For six years, Chynoweth and trainers Melissa Schafer and Bruce Foerster worked with a client base ranging from first-timers to athletes.

Today, Temple Fitness is located in Medicine Hat’s North Flats, sharing the neighbourhood with Athletic Park, the Downtown YMCA, the city’s trail system, and approximately 2,900 residents.

In 2013, Foerster came on as co-owner and a trainer.

“What first attracted me to Temple Fitness was the gym’s layout,” says Foerster. “It was an open facility that could accommodate a lot of different movements. It was also the type of facility I used during my playing and coaching days and that’s what I was looking for in my gym when I returned to Medicine Hat.”

Medicine Hat’s fitness industry is intensely competitive. Gyms include the 218,000 square foot Family Leisure Centre, international chains including Goodlife Fitness, two YMCAs and two Crossfit gyms.

What has allowed Temple Fitness to thrive and expand three times over 10 years is strong attention to detail and  customer service that helps people meet their fitness goals.

Temple Fitness expanded into its current location in 2016 when the Medicine Hat Curling Club was looking for a tenant for the spare rink. The gym’s co-owners added paint, rubber flooring and faux turf to the rink and transformed the bleacher section into a lobby, offices and child minding space.

“When we moved into this facility I knew we would be at home here,” says Foerster. “We have the right situation where we can grow to a pretty big level and still be able to utilize this facility.”

From workouts in Kin Coulee Park to opening into the city’s largest box gym, Temple Fitness is looking forward to growing in Medicine Hat for years to come.