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Episode 7 – Your step-by-step guide to choosing a gym and hiring a trainer

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Episode 7

In this solo episode, I walk you through the process of choosing a new fitness program step-by-step, and give you an insider’s look at the fitness business.

Whether you want to make a change to your current program, lose weight, improve your health, gain confidence, boost energy, choosing a fitness program can be daunting, and you’ll need some help. When it comes choosing a gym or a personal trainer, I give you a checklist of 10 essential things you should look for and the questions to ask when you are shopping around.

As an added bonus, I’ll share with you my top tips for choosing a CrossFit gym, and some of the mistakes I’ve made when trying to grow my business, and some red flags to keep en eye out for.

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More About Tania

Tania (that’s me!) is the founder and owner of North Star Fitness, originally CrossFit Winnipeg. After overcoming major health problems in her late teens and early twenties, Tania was able to successfully treat her mood disorder with lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition, where CrossFit played an essential role in her recovery. Tania left her career in as an analyst to help others do the same, and CrossFit Winnipeg was born in 2008, and opened its doors at its first location on Des Meurons in 2009.

Since then, CrossFit Winnipeg has helped thousands through various fitness and lifestyle programs including CrossFit, bootcamp, youth programs, 50+ programs, personal training and so much more. In 2019, we launched North Star Fitness as the home of CrossFit Winnipeg, and the many other programs offered in house, including personal training, Mommy & Me, Youth programs, and partnerships with Deezar-Raval Physiotherapy, Dakota Weightlifting Club, and Legendary Living Arts.

Tania now splits her time between training clients and mentoring her team at North Star Fitness, teaching courses such as Kettlebells as an Agatsu Fitness Senior Instructor, and creating fitness and wellness content. Tania writes a bi-weekly column in the Can Star community newspaper, weekly North Star Fitness Blogs and e-mail newsletters, and YouTube videos. Tania is also available for speaking engagements, and gives talks on mental health, self-care, and fitness and wellness in general.


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What We Talk About in this Episode

  • The essentials steps you need to find a new gym, fitness program, or trainer.
  • The difference between a coach and a trainer.
  • The 10 things you should look for in a gym or trainer.
  • Some red flags to watch out for.
  • How most trainers and gym owners think, and how to use that to make a more informed decision when hiring a trainer.
  • The questions you need to ask when you want to join a new fitness program.
  • A few common-sense tactics for discerning true fit pros from the rest.
  • A CrossFit OG’s guide to choosing a CrossFit gym, including the mistakes I’ve made over the years.

This Week’s Listener Challenge

This week, I’d like to hear your best and worst gym shopping experiences. What do you look for in a gym? What do you love about North Star Fitness, Home of CrossFit Winnipeg? Let me know on social with hashtag #lifeoftaniachallenge and tag and @life_of_tania and @northstar.fit

People & Things We Mention in this Episode

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Let’s Keep The Conversation Going…

How long have you been working out?  How has your view of fitness changed over the years?  I would love to hear all about it and I’m sure others would too. Comment below and share your story or visit me on Instagram which is currently my favourite way to connect.  You can also join our free online community to connect with Winnipeg fitness and wellness buffs just like you to ask questions, share wins and struggles and get lots of support from me and my team! I hope to see you there.

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