2 p.m., Dec. 3)
Canotek fitness centre fails to skip a beat despite devastating
By Fred Sherwin
was a phone call 180º Fitness owner Adrian Delorey
will never forget.
180º Fitness owner Adrian Delorey has
been able to lean on the support of his parents,
Barb and Mike Delorey, in the aftermath of
a fire that forced him to move to a temporary
location. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was a Thursday morning. I was just getting ready to come
in and teach a class when my phone started going off the
hook. A fire had started next door at Canotek Auto Detail
and my space had suffered considerable damage, says
Delorey recalling the events of Oct. 27. And when
I got here, it was a mess. There wasnt any fire
damage per se, but there was a lot of smoke and water
had to cancel all the classes that day, but we were up
and running in three different locations the next day,
and within a couple of days the landlord had found another
space for me that we could use temporarily.
salvaged whatever equipment he could, cleaned it up and
moved it into the temporary space in the 5370 block of
Canotek Business Park with the help of his dedicated staff.
Fitness member Kim Zaluski says she never missed a class.
I first heard about it, I was in shock, says Zaluski,
who had just joined the gym in September. I thought
this is just huge. How can anybody get through this and
what is going to happen now. But I didnt miss one
class because Adrian made sure we had somewhere to go
and he took care of us. It was amazing to watch.
is hoping to be back in a newly retrofitted facility on
Jan. 1. In the interim his insurance company is providing
fire compensation packages to his clients.
clients have been amazing adjusting to everything,
says Delorey. Theyve been really appreciative
of all the work weve done in making sure they didnt
skip a beat.
got some extra help from his parents Barb Delorey was
already in Ottawa helping her son move into his new home
which he had bought three weeks before the fire. Just
days after the incident, Delorey drove down to Cape Breton
to pick up his father Mike, who has a fear of flying,
and brought him back to Ottawa to help turn the temporary
warehouse space into something resembling a gym.
been marvelous taking care of all the handyman stuff.
In fact, one of our members offered him a job, says
Deloreys are immensely proud of their son and the resiliency
hes shown in dealing with the fire and making sure
his clients were properly taken care of.
Adrian, you know. He doesnt let stuff like that
get him down or stop him. He just looks at it as another
challenge, says Barb.
his part, Delorey says he had no choice. One of
the fundamental pillars of 180º Fitness is mindset.
Whenever you have a negative experience there is a big
bang of energy and you can either take a positive approach,
or you can take it the other way and be very negative
and angry. I chose the latter because the former isnt
in my DNA.
was even able to see some humour in what transpired by
offering an Inferno sale to new members with
a picture of him dressed up as fireman running from a
fire with a baby under his arm.
is thrilled that Delorey took a positive approach to what
could have been a disastrous event.
really cant thank him enough. I dont know
what I would have done if it was closed for two months
or even two weeks, says Zaluski. This place
has literally changed my life. I felt like I was going
to end up in a wheelchair if didnt do something
and so far Ive lost 27 lbs. I want to be healthy
and be able to take care of my grandchildren and live
a little bit longer and I know I am on the right track
thanks to Adrian and 180º Fitness.
that, says Delorey, is why he didnt let a small
thing like a fire knock him down, or keep him from providing
his clients with a space to continue on their journey
to a healthier, fitter and happier life.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)