A familiar face in Trail fitness circles has a new location, as the Sweat Factory opened its doors last week for another season of spinning and training.
The fitness studio is now on the ground floor of the Italo Canadese Hall in the Gulch.
Sweat Factory owner Kristy Shields had to put in a little work but the hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings lend itself more to the studio gym atmosphere then her former digs at the Eco Building.
“It was really hot on the second floor; it was a business with offices and just wasn’t conducive for the long run, so this worked out way better,” said Shields.
Shields offers a variety of classes from “spin” and bootfit classes, to a combination of START regimens and private training.
“People love spin,” said Shields in what she describes as an intense workout on a stationary bike.
“I’m looking to make it a private gym but for now it’s fitness classes.”
During the summer, she provides an eight-week strength and conditioning/on-ice training program for hockey players to keep them in shape and to prepare them for the upcoming season. Her new place even has a basement for them to work on their slap shot.
Originally from Castlegar, the fitness trainer graduated with a Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary, was a former Olympic bobsleigh racer and coach, and a trainer in Las Angeles before moving back to the area.
Monthly passes or drop in are available or go to www.sweatfactory.ca for more info or to reserve a spot. The new location is at 419 Rossland Avenue.