Our Vision for 13615-149 Street

Re-opening after moving gives us the opportunity to stop and evaluate our business. What parts of CircoFit are good? What are our values? What do we need to do moving forward to thrive?

The following goals and intentions are at top of mind as we prepare to open in September.

1. Be a Kickass Place for Training Aerial Circus

This comes down to three things: space, gear, and community.

When looking for a new location, height and beam placement and structure were our first priority. The taller the space, the more you can do! Our facility is 24' tall, and we currently have 5 points on pulleys (for swapping out gear), one static trapeze, and 3 hard point ropes. We hope to convert 2 more points to pulleys by 2022.

Our new space is larger, so we'll be acquiring more gear over the next few months. Our wish list includes a port-a-pit, mirrors, and adding stainless steel swivels to every point. Once we can afford more hardware, we can start using our 14' tall mezzanine space for loop, hoop, sway pole, and other short apparatuses.

But of course, a space is just bricks and lumber and concrete and steel. It's not enough to fill it with cool circus equipment; we need our cool Circuslings back! We are excited to get back to board game nights and sharing laughs and introducing cool people to their new best friends.

In 2019, we created a Code of Conduct to help protect our community and keep it free of harassment. We will do everything possible to keep our space positive and friendly.

2. Facilitate Full Body Fitness

Aerials is NOT a balanced workout. Aerial circus is great for making you strong from the belly button up, but it doesn’t work your legs or provide much cardiovascular work.

Are you a boxer or kick boxer? We will soon have heavy bags! Herman will be offering HIIT classes and private/semi-private kick boxing coaching.

Are you a power lifter or olympic weightlifter? Our new studio has 4 floor mounted squat racks. While we hoped to outfit each with a barbell and a set of bumper weights in time for opening, we've unfortunately run out of funds. Once we have these ready to go, we'll increase our opening hours for those who like to lift weights before work or at lunch. (We hope to one day install a key card system for 24 hour training access! But priorities. Weight plates, benches, and olympic platform first.)

In the meantime, these racks are great for stretchy band work, pull ups, muscle ups, leg lifts, and rings/TRX style workouts.

Also coming soon, mirrors and a ballet bar in our mezzanine space.

3. Don’t Price Our Members Out

We want make sure all of our returning members can afford to return! Our goal with reopening is to continue to offer a membership option in the same price range as lowest membership tier from pre-Covid.

This also ties into the previous goal: if you can only afford one gym membership, we want to ensure that our facility gives you everything you need.

(Future goal: we hope to find a way to offer sponsored membership in the future.)

4. Pay Our Coaches Well.

Our coaches are an important part of what makes CircoFit great. It has always been our mandate to pay them as much as possible.

Our memberships are changing to be more transparent about our costs: the facility fee goes towards our operating costs, and each instructed class has a monthly coaching fee going directly towards the cost of paying our instructors. Classes with less than 4 people will be postponed or cancelled to ensure our instructors make at lease what they did per class in our old space.

By separating the facility fee and the class fee, we can more easily bring in guest instructors and let them decide their own per student rate.

5. Circus Independence as the Destination

We designed our silks and rope curriculums with this final goal in mind: creating athletes who can train safely on their own, with the ability to respo