Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Julie Houde, CEO and President of Queensberry Rules Boxing Studio, located in Dartmouth, NS, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Queensberry Rules Boxing Studio delivers a boxing workout for all levels. But don't worry – you don't have to step inside the ring to reap the benefits of boxing. You'll have us in your corner to teach you real boxing techniques in a fun and non-competitive space.

Queensberry Rules Boxing Studio takes the fighter's workout to the people. Expect a sweaty session of classic boxing elements mixed with boot camp elements in high-intensity intervals. Activities will include skipping, shadow boxing, heavy bag drills, focus pads, BOSU, TRX, light weights, core drills, and more for a full-body workout. Whether you're a seasoned pro with fights under your belt or just learning how to double jab, boxing is for everyone!

Tell us about yourself

My business partner and I met at a boxing gym several years ago. A little while after, the gym closed, and we were left with no real gym to train at. We both wanted a place where we would feel comfortable practicing the sport we love. With my business experience and my partner's boxing background, we decided to open our own gym.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I think our biggest accomplishment is building a strong community and opening the sport of boxing to people that would have never had access to it without our gym.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Always have to be on 24/7 because no one will care as much about your business as you do.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Write a business plan.
  2. Ensure you have people you can trust working for you.
  3. Have an exit strategy.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Starting a small business involves a lot of hard work, but the feeling of accomplishment can be great when you see what you have achieved.

Where can people find you and your business?


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