Angela Veltri joined Kix 4 Chix in Kamloops in 2008 and was immediately hooked. A veteran of many gyms, she became addicted to the full body workout and stress release offered by non-competitive kickboxing.
“I just love what Kix 4 Chix stands for. It empowers women to be stronger, not necessarily lose weight. It’s great to leave your day at the door, allow yourself to hit something and not feel guilty about it.”
Veltri, who was working in the social work field, soon became a part time fitness instructor. She was so disappointed when Kix 4 Chix closed that she took over the business in 2011.
Today more than 500 kickboxing enthusiasts from 13 to 60 years old work out at Kix 4 Chix. And there is even a co-ed class. Veltri credits her success to word of mouth and the personal touch.
“Connecting with everyone personally, making sure everyone is having fun and getting to know people pays off. They’re having so much fun that they bring their friends and family.”
These days she devotes herself full time to Kix 4 Chix, but hasn’t forgotten her roots in social work. “I love being in the community, fundraising and working with non-profits like the Elizabeth Fry Society. Encouraging at risk youth is very important to me.”
But the biggest obstacle Veltri had to overcome after starting Kix 4 Chix had nothing to do with business. Just four months after buying the franchise, Veltri had a seizure and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. She was faced with two months of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy in Kelowna and didn’t know if she could keep her business.
In the end it all worked out. Four employees pitched in while Veltri fought for her life. Three years later she has a clean bill of health and her business is thriving The employees who helped get her through that time are still working at Kix 4 Chix
Last year Veltri was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. “I love what I do and I love what I am.”