WholeFit’s goal is to provide members and clients with the tools, services, and education needed to achieve their fitness goals and lifestyles. Jon Celestino, the owner of WholeFit, hopes to help others be comfortable in their own skin.
From a young age, Jon held a passion for sports and fitness. At University, he discovered that his studies in biochemistry and the human anatomy could be used to better improve workout routines: “I started working out, started to understand my body and how working with nutrition and fitness could help me be a better athlete as well”. He found that exercise not only helped him in athletics, but in every aspect of his life.
In 2014, Jon began working at Whole Health Fitness. As an employee, he assisted with teaching classes, personal training, and took on several management roles. Deciding that he would like to take on a larger role, he bought Whole Health Fitness in January 2018. The gym is now known as WholeFit, and has 4 employees who assist in delivering fitness services to the Lucan community.
Why is WholeFit’s health perspective integral to its success?
In Jon’s words, “We are a gym, and we are focused on getting better physically, but you need a framework. By framework, I mean confidence in yourself and your ability, self-worth and mental health. I would say that that mental perspective is the foundation for how I apply the physical training”.
Jon explains that this holistic perspective can be seen in every aspect of WholeFit’s operation, and is used to promote the physical, mental and emotional health of all gym members. He adds that although this health perspective is fundamental, his trainers are truly what separates WholeFit from other businesses.
Since its opening, the gym has been focused on increasing inclusiveness through creating and providing more services for the community:
“At times, especially in the CrossFit realm, fitness can really be focused on elite athletes only. It’s like okay we can do this for adults, how can we do this for their kids? Or how do we involve someone that’s maybe 65 and bring them into that same community? Lucan is a family community and it’s something that’s always in the back of my head”.
John believes that having opportunities to take on leadership roles as a baseball player, has helped him move into a position of coaching. He is now able to apply his leadership skills and understanding of health, to mentor kids who are interested in fitness:
“I have a passion for helping and coaching. There’s something to be said about working with other people and being able to grow in that regards. For me to give back to the community in general, young athletes especially, fills me up and is my life’s purpose”.
He continues to apply his passion for teaching and coaching, by looking for ways to provide services for everyone in the community. WholeFit holds classes like S.A.C.K Club, which are geared towards kids. The program assists teams in strengthening and conditioning their players.
The gym is always open to the community, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They offer workshops and seminars, team/group training, elementary/high school sessions, corporate/group meditation and yoga programs, personal training and more. At WholeFit, they are always looking for opportunities to expand and share fitness with the community and soon hope to begin incorporating the benefits of gymnastics into their framework.
John’s last words for the readers: “Don’t be scared. You have every reason not to start something like this, to step into a gym because of intimidation or fear. Ultimately, the hardest step is that first step. We’re here to help you hold your hand and provide support wherever it’s needed. So take that first step”.
Contact: www.wholehealthfitness.club firstname.lastname@example.org 33972 Saintsbury Line, Lucan ON
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