Kelowna is the largest city between Vancouver and Calgary, yet it still gives off that small-town vibe.
And that is the exact kind of atmosphere you will find at the Kelowna Downtown YMCA.
“We get so invested in our members,” health, fitness and membership coach Collin Polmear says. “On the flip side of that, they kind of get to know us and our lives and ask us questions. It’s kind of like a big family, and that’s what we’re trying to do here. My GM always makes the joke that it’s like Cheers, because everybody knows your name.”
Kelowna Downtown YMCA has been open for just more than two years, and the gym recently teamed up with neighbouring businesses for a contest called “We Love Downtown” in an effort to get to know more people in the core.
Anyone who signs up for a free, seven-day trial at the Downtown Y will have a chance to win $1,500 worth of gift cards from Sprout Bread, Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel, BNA Brewing Co., Loyal Hair Therapy, The Curious Artistry and Alchemy Café, Lululemon and Karat Chocolate. The winner will also secure a one-year membership to the gym. Current members can also get in on the contest; if they bring in a friend or family member who signs up for a seven-day trial, both will get a ballot.
Polmear basically wants his family to grow. He also endeavours to improve the overall health of everyone who walks through the doors.
“Our huge strategic objective is to help as many people as possible in the community get healthy,” Polmear says. “We know 80 per cent of the population does not exercise enough to see any physical health benefit. Yeah, abs are great, and we can get there if that’s your goal. But at the end of the day we really truly care about people’s health first and foremost.”
That kind of attitude is why the vibe at the Kelowna Downtown Y is more small town and less big city. The demographic reflects the family feel at the gym as well, as the older members who live in nearby condominiums are the most dedicated class takers early in the day, the business crowd comes around lunch time, and the younger generation works out in the evening.
The gym features a 7,500 square-foot fitness centre, a full suite of cardio and strength equipment, Netflix and Spotify on all cardio equipment, functional fitness areas, an 800 square-foot group fitness studio, and a dedicated cycle studio.
“The big thing that sets us apart is if you want a different, non-typical atmosphere for a gym,” Polmear says. “If you’ve tried all the other gyms and they intimidate you or you just don’t like the vibe, this is the place you want to be. This is community. This is family.”
This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Okanagan Edge.
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