Two recent grads received a chance to teach people about living a healthy lifestyle by winning a grant from Humber’s New Venture Seed Fund for their company.
Fitness and Health Promotion grads Lindsay Branton and Brennon Lundy are two of the founders of TrainMeFit.
Branton said the third founder stopped training to focus on chiropractic, but still works to promote healthy living with their clients and community. He launched the business about five years ago and left it to the alumni.
“We have been working with it and growing it ever since,” said Branton.
TrainMeFit focuses on lifestyle and health management.
“We want to help people who need to control their eating habits, control their weight and avoid diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and just want to be healthy,” said Branton.
Their business is one of the winners of the New Venture Seed Fund, and received $9,000, said Lundy.
They plan to use this money to get new equipment, and to pay administrative fees. They need to pay to register the company so they can make it an official business, said Branton.
“The idea of TrainMeFit came because we both love training and we both are surrounded by family who maybe need the benefits of fitness (and) health management,” he said.
“We’ve seen the consequences of not having that in your life,” said Lundy.
According to Branton, it’s very important for them to offer these services because there is a lack of information and access to fitness available.
“TrainMeFit currently offers small group training three nights a week,” he said.
These classes have a maximum amount of 12 people personally trained by the two, she said.
“This allows people to get benefits of a personal trainer but at a fraction of the cost, the sessions are around $11 rather than maybe $70 a session,” said Branton.
Lundy said they also offer in-home training.
“TrainMeFit is important because it is a company offering personal training at a low cost,” said Melissa Geneau, a criminal law student at University of Guelph-Humber University and an employee at the athletic centre.
“New beginners who are just entering their fit journey have no idea what to do or how to work out properly in order to avoid injuries,” Geneau said. “Additionally, they are not aware of proper nutrition in regards to how much to eat, how many times a day, and what are proper foods to consume.”
“TrainMeFit is something I could consider especially after I graduate because I won’t have a gym membership at Humber,” said Ashley Fodor, also a criminal law student working at the Athletic Centre at Humber.
TrainMeFit is located at 170 Bovaird Dr. in Brampton and is open to everyone, said Lundy.
“Anyone that is interested just needs to email first about joining,” he said.
Branton said he wants to expand the small group-training course within the next two years.
“Ideally we would like to have classes every day, in the morning, at lunch time, and in the evening and maybe even have weekend classes,” said Branton.
“We are planning to hire other certified trainers to do in-home training in the GTA and broaden our reach,” said Branton.