From injury to inspiration: Thornhill resident creates personal training company

Singer remembers thinking: I’m going to get myself out of this. But there were hard…

From injury to inspiration: Thornhill resident creates personal training company

Singer remembers thinking: I’m going to get myself out of this.

But there were hard days.

 “I would train and work on my body all day long, also at home,” he said. He did this for six months straight. 


He created his own routine. “I got stronger and stronger.”

Eventually, he had an MRI that showed his back injury was gone. 

“It went from extremely herniated to mild to nothing,” he said. 

Buoyed by his own experience pursuing a healthy body, Singer earned a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Humber College and earned his Canadian Personal Training Certificate.

From there, he went on to work for in-home training companies for 1-1/2 years but didn’t like how they were run.

So, he created his own in-home personal training company Build Yourself Fitness Inc.

As of August, his business has been running for 11 years.

Pre-COVID, business was soaring, he said.

But when COVID hit, it proved to be one of his biggest challenges so far.

March and April were traditionally the company’s best months, he said. But in 2020, “it was a zero month,” he said. 

He had hard days during COVID when he thought he was so stressed his back could get injured again. He thought he was going back to that state of being unwell.

But recently, Singer has seen a change for the better with customers returning to his services.

When people were worried about going to a gym, he switched to training people at the park.

He is getting customers coming back, wanting in-home training. He also trains virtually. 

So, how does Singer explain his route from injured and incapacitated to building up strength and feeling healthy again?

“I’ve always had a positive nature. I was always focused on getting better and stronger. I proved everyone wrong.” 

For more information on Build Yourself Fitness, go to buildyourself.ca 

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