About EPIC

Hi... Stephanie here.

So, you want to know more about how EPIC Fitness + Lifestyle came to be...
You've come to the right place. Here is our story, which starts with my story.

After helping hundreds of people get in better physical shape over my early years as a Personal Trainer in Ottawa, I realized pretty quickly that even when a client's physical goal was achieved, this did NOT mean that they were fulfilled. The depression stuck, the confidence still lacked,
there was still something missing.

I had helped loads of clients lose between 50-100 lbs. I had helped clients go from amateur athlete to a professional one. Helped cancer patients get healthy again. Helped physique competitors get on stage in a bikini in front of thousands of people.

And while I was leading these incredible people towards goals that they never thought possible, and when they even accomplished these goals, they were not any happier. As you you would expect, I really began to question if I was really making a difference.

‍‍‍OUR MISSION‍‍‍

My family and I were very involved in the community.  Coming from a military household, giving back, being a part of something greater than myself, helping your neighbours were all a part of my life.  What I loved about personal training was the impact I made on people's lives and, don't get me wrong, I helped a lot of people.

But, I knew there was more.

I wanted to give people results that would  stand the test of time. I wanted to teach my clients to fish so to speak, instead of just giving them the fish. With this in mind, I started going outside of one-dimensional strick anatomical programming and nutrition, I started to dive deep into research regarding happiness, sustainable health, longevity and spirituality.

What I found was very interesting. Populations that lived well into their hundreds, those populations were illness didn't exist, populations were there was no word for depression, sadness, where low back pain was non-existant where obesity was unheard of - there were four things that stood out as the main reasons why these populations were so different than us.‍

The research showed that the secret to a happy, EPIC life was the combination of just four things:
Functional Movement, Holistic Nutrition, exposure to Nature and Self-Care.

Instead of taking the research's word for it.

I began to test the hypothesis on myself. I switched to purely functional movement, dove deep into Holistic Nutrition by going back to school and getting my Registered Holistic Nutrition designation and then...started climbing mountains all over the world. I joined a charity hiking group and climbed my first mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014. With Nature, I also focused on spirituality, opening my mind up to alternative healing techniques while also getting back to MY true nature.

I started asking the question - who am I? Self Care - now this was the hardest for me. Being someone that loves people so much, I often put myself last. But, determined to figure this out, I started diving into the concepts of minimalism. I had to get a handle on my envrionment and my schedule.

What happened?

I started judging myself less, I started listening more - to myself to the people around me. I lost inches, I got stronger.  Relationships in my life that were toxic and non-supportive melted away.
My clients also started opening up their lives, my techniques became more holistic.

In 2015 I made it official. We re-branded.

Although we were already 3 years into business, I just couldn't deny what I knew to be true. I turned our logo into a mountain and I founded the four pillars.

We then became a holistic health centre focused on helping clients live an EPIC life.
We started hosting 36 community events a year, started hosting free community hikes and hired a wellness team in-house. I've never looked back.

In 2017 we moved from a 3,000 sq ft location to a full 5,000 sq ft location on Beechwood Ave.  We added a holistic smoothie bar with dairy-free, gluten free, high healthy fat and high protein smoothies, a group studio for yoga and movement classes and an alternative health-care clinic with massage therapy, energy healing, physio and more.

Not only will your body change, your life will change.
We have the client success and the team to prove it.
Want to know what the next chapter of this story is?

It's you. Come by, sign up for something.
Start living your EPIC life with me.

We'll be with you every step of the way leading you to realize the potential that exists within you.

What are you waiting for?!

Join us in the movement of #theEPIClife.
Because you don't deserve ordinary - YOU deserve EPIC!

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