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(Updated 2 p.m., Dec. 3)
Canotek fitness centre fails to skip a beat despite devastating fire

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

180 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

It was a phone call 180º Fitness owner Adrian Delorey will never forget.

“It 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 wasn’t any fire damage per se, but there was a lot of smoke and water damage.”

“I 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.”

Delorey 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.

180º Fitness member Kim Zaluski says she never missed a class.

“When 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 didn’t miss one class because Adrian made sure we had somewhere to go and he took care of us. It was amazing to watch.”

Delorey 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.

“The clients have been amazing adjusting to everything,” says Delorey. “They’ve been really appreciative of all the work we’ve done in making sure they didn’t skip a beat.”

Delorey 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.

“He’s been marvelous taking care of all the handyman stuff. In fact, one of our members offered him a job,” says Delorey.

The Deloreys are immensely proud of their son and the resiliency he’s shown in dealing with the fire and making sure his clients were properly taken care of.

“That’s Adrian, you know. He doesn’t let stuff like that get him down or stop him. He just looks at it as another challenge,” says Barb.

For 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 isn’t in my DNA.”

Delorey 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.

Zaluski is thrilled that Delorey took a positive approach to what could have been a disastrous event.

“I really can’t thank him enough. I don’t 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 didn’t do something and so far I’ve 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.”

And that, says Delorey, is why he didn’t 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)





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