Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Geoff Girvitz, Founder and Owner of Bang Personal Training, located in Toronto, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are personal trainers who play the long game when it comes to health, strength, and overall wellbeing.
Tell us about yourself
My own journey began when I realized how regular exercise impacted my mood, energy, and focus. While I originally thought we'd be focusing on athletes, I came to realize that our greatest potential for impact was elsewhere. Now we focus on people who recognize the role exercise plays in their own health. We're here to make the hard stuff easy, which includes being part of a friendly, growth-oriented community.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I find a particular joy in seeing the space full of people working with calm focus—just fully in the zone. I know that they're building both their mental and physical health. Zooming out, those changes sometimes show up in their lives through decisions for positive change that require courage and strength.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Realizing that effort and success are not completely correlated—and that the best thing to do for the business is sometimes to stop trying to control everything.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be ready to pivot. Your initial ideas are probably strong, but you have to be ready to drop them and move on when your community shows you what they want.
- Setting boundaries is an essential act of self-care.
- Spend more time doing what energizes you. Delegate everything else ASAP.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
The government should appoint you a therapist the moment you get your business license. Since they don't, however, taking care of your own health and wellbeing needs to be a priority if you want to do this for the long haul.
Where can people find you and your business?
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