Jolt Fitness: Starter Company Plus Success Story
The global pandemic has brought the importance of health and wellness to the forefront, like never before. In October 2020, Jolt Fitness opened its doors to serve the community. Located in Centralia, the Jolt Fitness team consists of preventative health care professionals offering fitness education through personal fitness training and classes. “We serve the entire community with specialized programs, for youth, beginners, adults, and seniors. We offer a variety of cardio and strength classes, along with wellness-based classes such as mobility and yoga. We also have chronic pain rehab and pain management support classes,” said Katie Sigurdson, owner of Jolt Fitness. Even during the lockdown, Jolt Fitness continues to support clients along their fitness journey by providing online programs.
Since opening, Jolt Fitness has been so impressed by their incredible clients and the demand for classes and personal training. They have grown their team to include five trainers to keep up with the demand from clients.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without our team,” said Sigurdson. “It’s incredible to see team members realize that they can do what they love for a living and really help people at the same time.”
Giving back to the community has been a key focus of the Jolt Fitness family and together, they have raised over $3000 for local community initiatives. From a social distanced run for Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario, to a workout event for the Exeter Lions Club, to raising money for the Coldest Night of the Year, Jolt Fitness is dedicated to supporting the community and giving back.
Deciding to launch a business in 2020 was a great decision but not one that came without complications and challenges. Sigurdson knew she wanted to bring her vision to life, so she applied for and took part in Huron County Economic Development’s Starter Company Plus program.
“We weren’t open yet, so taking part in the program really helped me avoid a lot of mistakes that I could have made before I opened. They taught me a lot and the grant helped me grow my team. We learned how to launch our programs online and ensure that we could host people as safely as possible in our gym. I learned how to build a pitch and translate the ideas in my brain onto paper, so I could show people my vision. The program gave me the skills to do this and it’s been incredibly rewarding because I can share that messaging with my clients. I’m convinced that’s why we’ve had such great response from the community because I’m very clear on our brand and what we stand for,” commented Sigurdson.
Sigurdson encouraged others to check out the free resources that are available for business owners. From webinars on online marketing and accounting, she was amazed by all the resources that she was able to access through Huron County Economic Development. “They really helped me clearly lay out my business plan, from a to z.”
“We love doing business in Huron County because of the community. Whether it’s supporting a charitable event, showing up on bad days, bringing a friend or family member to Jolt, the community has been super welcoming and they support us as much as we support them in their fitness journey.”
Check out joltfitness.ca to learn about their classes, memberships and passes. All programming is available online, so you can continue your fitness journey at home and on your own schedule. Sign up for their email list and access the most current updates on all Jolt Fitness’s classes and programs.
To learn more about the Starter Company Plus program, please click here.
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