Give us your “quick n dirty” — tell us a bit about yourself. We want to know what you’re all about.
My name is Caleigh, I’m the founder and CEO of BOLO – BodyLoveInc. – but more importantly I’m a puppy-obsessed, former amateur boxer who’s as passionate about tacos as I am about green juice.
#LocalLove is all about showing love to bad-ass bosses like yourself. Can you share with us what you do for work and how you make an impact?
BOLO is a wellness wonderland for active hustlers who want to compromise less and live more. Our facility is equipped with 2 class rooms where we host a diverse range of workout styles, a lux café where people can grab a shake, get some work done and sip coffee (or cocktails) with friends after class, as well as a beauty bar where ladies can get their hair, makeup, brows and lashes done on the go. Beyond these unique amenities, that help create a more efficient life, BOLO is about inclusivity, diversity and community. I wanted to create a space that ‘felt different’ that was less focused on physical changes and more focused on finding a judgment free zone to fall in love with movement, take better care of ourselves and connect with infectious, like-minded people.
How did you get into this line of work?
After a decade as an entertainment news producer at CTV, I eventually took my writing and journalism career freelance so I could also start a side hustle as a fitness and boxing personal trainer. It was juggling my different roles as a writer, trainer, and fitness media expert that I began to feel really dissatisfied with the wellness facilities in Toronto. I had a few specific needs that felt nearly impossible to meet – I needed to finish an article, get a great sweat in, grab a healthy meal to re-fuel and also find a space on the go where I could get myself cleaned up and feeling confident so I could head out to media events and meetings. I found myself having to go to a million different places and eventually compromising one of my needs in the process. I also felt the existing fitness spaces felt cold, unfriendly and had a strong focus on weight loss. These were all things I left me wanting more and I believed I could do better – by creating a multi-functional, modern country club that focused on good vibes, great workouts and a killer community.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given (career or otherwise)
If you can’t find a seat at the table – create your own table.
How about the worst?
Say YES to everything.
If you could paint your ideal life, what would that look like in 5-10 years from now?
In 5-10 years BOLO is thriving with 5+ locations including one in Miami. I am still the creative director of BOLO and heavily involved in helping navigate the direction of the biz but no longer involved in the day-to-day operations. I have a thriving public speaking career, helping motivate and connect other young female entrepreneurs and have at least 5 dogs. Oh, also a cottage in Muskoka and a bit of free time to visit on weekends in the summer would be amazing. #manifest
Who are 3 of your favourite Canadian entrepreneurs that our readers should absolutely be in the know about?
Ellen and Jacie from The Gist (badass creators who founded a sports news outlet catered to female sports fans)
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