From YMCAs, Lower Mainland community centres and commercial fitness facilities to medical centres and multi-unit residential buildings, Harrison Fitness Equipment and Services has the gear and the experience to get your gym ready for a good workout.
Established in 1994 by Kevin Harrison, the business has grown over the years to employ 10 staff in B.C. and more around Western Canada, to deliver the right products and services to customers.
Its high-end commercial-grade fitness equipment is top notch and includes major brands such as Cybex, Life Fitness and American Barbell. The specialty brand, SciFit, is also part of Harrison Fitness’ lineup to help clients with accessibility needs as they build strength in rehabilitation and geriatric environments.
Hailing from Smithers, where he grew up playing hockey, Harrison says he likes to stay active and watch others meet their health goals. “I enjoy every aspect of working in the fitness industry,” he says.
Harrison Fitness also played a role in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics when the company won the contract to supply all of the athletes’ training facilities with performance equipment before they went out to the world stage.
However, while its focus is primarily on commercial fitness facilities, Harrison Fitness also serves anyone who is looking to build or boost their home or garage gyms with professional, high-quality equipment.
In fact, when the pandemic lockdown started in March of 2020, the company saw new opportunities to reach out to individuals who were at home and wanted to pay more attention to their health regimen.
“Undoubtedly, Harrison Fitness continues to assist and facilitate these developments through our comprehensive solutions and services during these transformative times,” Harrison says.
Still, the home, garage and shed gyms aren’t the only emerging trends for the company: It’s also seeing multimedia technology transforming these spaces for immersive, live and social workouts.
Developers of multi-unit residential stratas are also designing their amenity rooms to include high-end fitness gear as a major selling point for potential homebuyers.
With so much home fitness on the rise, “it is imperative to acquire high-quality hardware to avoid a lot of frustration and even injury down the road with flimsy, poor biomechanically designed products.”
Besides its products, Harrison Fitness is also proud to offer in-house repair and equipment installation services. Its technicians are professional, highly experienced, factory-certified and insured. For commercial clients, the consultation also includes 3D rendering services “to make sure the investments will fit and look as intended.”
However, for budget-conscious customers who are hoping to save a few dollars on their bill, Harrison Fitness has a good lineup of pre-owned and refurbished commercial-grade fitness equipment available.
As for its next steps, Harrison Fitness is now building a showroom where fitness fans can test the machines to experience the difference with high-quality equipment. The new showroom is due to be open in December at their Burnaby location on Cariboo Road.
In addition to its commercial Cybex line up, it also plans to feature the club-favourite Life Fitness brand as their residential line.
Harrison says he loves to meet clients and share his knowledge about the industry. “This is my way of giving back, with the best hardware for Canadians to stay healthy, and the support to stay active.”
To learn more about Harrison Fitness, visit harrisonfitness.ca.