With plenty of parks, beaches and a surplus of sunshine, Tsawwassen is renowned for being an active community with fitness enthusiasts. And for the times when the rains do open up, there are a plethora of choices to find whatever fits your fitness fancy, whether that be cardio, yoga or martial arts.
One studio, which opened earlier this year in January, aims to bring all those choices together inside a single facility. Located on the northeast corner of 12 th Avenue and 56th Street, Tactix Gym offers Crossfit, fitness and martial arts as their core services, with kids summer camps and after school programs that bring families together.
"We brought everything under one roof," says co-owner Laurian Lapadatu, who handles the martial arts side of the business.
Previously trained in Judo, Shotokan and Kyokushin karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Krav Maga and others, Laurian teaches to adults and children, experts and beginners alike.
But don't let Laurian's imposing combat sports resume intimidate you; he's actually quite a friendly guy. Speaking of which, where are you from, Laurian?
"I'm from Transylvania," he replies, laughing. "Watch your neck."
He's actually only half joking. Laurian really is from the Romanian province made famous by author Bram Stoker, but the similarities to Dracula end there. His wife and the gym's co-owner, Andrea Coulter, can attest to his devotion to his clients and love of helping people get stronger.
Andrea met Laurian in 2010 when he was running his gym, Tactix, in Vancouver. An athletic person her entire life, Andrea was running boot camps on the North Shore and Kitsilano, and had joined Tactix to keep in shape. The decision was life-changing, in more ways than one.
Not only did she meet her future husband, Laurian, but she found her calling as well.
"I found myself motivating other people in the classes and eventually decided to become a personal trainer," says Andrea.
After marriage, the two decided to settle down in Tsawwassen. Her brother, Jeff Coulter, played with the Vancouver Giants junior hockey club in 2001-02 and was billeted in Tsawwassen so she already knew it was a great community.
The town also felt a lot like home. Originally from Imperial, Saskatchewan, a town of 400 people halfway between Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, Andrea says Tsawwassen was a better fit for her family.
"Coming from a small town it was nice to find another community that had a small town feel. You see kids walking to school, the streets aren't busy. There's a lot of community and family events."
Tactix Gym has six fitness trainers, three martial arts teachers and five yoga instructors. They also run a 14-hour canfitpro course as continuing education credits for personal trainers to keep their license.
There are complementary seniors classes (ages 65+) on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 a.m. Come check out the gym!