We thought it would be good to sit down with Philip Legge, founder of Legge Fitness Superstores and find out what is happening in the fitness and wellness field.
1) How have things changed in the fitness and wellness field over the last 30+ years since you started your business?
When my wife Mary and I started our natural health care business there was less public awareness of the benefits of cardiovascular and strength exercise, and proper nutrition and diet cleansing. Also, therapies such as massage, inversion, and sauna cleansing were not that common. However, all of these natural health care practices have been gaining in popularity and credibility in recent years. It used to be that most people would only rely on drugs and surgery for disease treatment, but now studies and research confirm that natural health practices can help prevent and even overcome some health problems. We find this very encouraging and exciting, and so do our clients.
2) What should people expect when they walk into one of your stores?
It is our goal that each person coming into our store will understand that our business is not primarily about selling products. Our approach has always been to look at a client’s needs, goals, and areas of concern. The next step is to see what options are available to help them address and achieve those concerns and goals. Then a plan or strategy can be developed based on what is a priority right now, and what should be worked on in the near future.
3) Why would people purchase from you rather than another company?
People come to us from all over Ontario because we offer quality products, and we stand behind every product we sell. Our pricing is competitive, because all six owners work full-time in the business which helps us be more efficient and coordinated in different areas of our business. At least that is our goal!
4) Are you different from the ‘big box’ stores?
Yes. First of all, we are a second-generation family owned and operated business. Everything from talking to people about their health and fitness needs and goals, to helping people find the right products to invest in for their home, to delivering and installing, to servicing, to helping people get the maximum benefits from the products they have, this is all done personally by members of our family. On top of this our clients really appreciate the education and training we offer, which gives them a better understanding of how the body works and what the body needs to be healthy, strong, and youthful. One of the ways we do this is with our new book, ‘Fitness and Health for the Whole Person’, which can be a handy reference tool that people can go to 24/7 in their own home. This book is a result of 30 years of training and teaching and working with thousands of clients. It contains five programs covering Fitness, Health, Youthfulness, Relationship Health, and Nutrition with all the essential information distilled down into one book.
5) How did your business develop?
Both my wife Mary and I suffered with health problems when we were young adults. We were very thankful for the help and advice that we received through people in the natural health care field. Our whole life potential was improved so much that we developed a desire and a commitment to help other people in the same way. In the first ten years of our business we focused mainly on nutrition consulting, massage, and relationship consulting. We held seminars and classes on health and wellness, and developed a client base across Canada for our correspondence courses. During this time our son and three daughters were growing up, and we wanted to have a business that would allow the whole family to work together. Also, our clients wanted fitness and wellness products they could use in their own home on a regular basis. So, our business gradually expanded, and now we have one of the largest selections of quality fitness and wellness products that people can try out in our stores. Our four adult young people are all co-owners of the business, and share the same desire and commitment to help people improve their fitness and health naturally.
6) What is the driving force of your business?
Our business was founded with the goal to help others physically, mentally and emotionally with their health and wellness. We feel that the relationships we’ve been able to build with our clients over that time, has been the driving force of our business. We’ve also had the privilege to partner with some of the best manufacturers in the fitness and wellness industry.
7) Do you have a personal message for our readers?
We feel that it has been a privilege to be able to help people on a personal level in different areas of their wellbeing, because physical, mental, and emotional health are all connected. We believe that our mental and emotional health is directly related to the quality of our foundational relationships with our parents and siblings, and our spouse and children. When we take steps to improve those relationships our mental and emotional health can improve, and our physical health will get a boost at the same time. Also, if we are good stewards of our physical wellbeing our mental and emotional health can improve as well.
Any type of exercise can put increased pressure on the arch of the foot. The ground force impact (GFI) of walking, jogging or running adds to the downward pressure of gravity, and can cause the arch to pronate or flatten. When this happens the ankle, knee, hip and back can shift out of position as well. Many back, shoulder and neck concerns are caused by the arch falling or flattening as a result of gravity. Heel spurs, bunions and plantar fasciitis are very common concerns with the feet. The older we get the more of a problem this can become because gravity has had longer to work against proper foot alignment. Cardiovascular Training and Strength Training can add extra weight to the body while working out, which puts more weight on all of the joints including the feet. Using a Vibration Platform before and after a cardio or strength workout can relieve discomfort caused by gravity, and improve the health of the feet and the legs.
A consideration is to use a foot orthotic that is also afoot realigner. It is custom fitted to the foot, and is based on the correct alignment of the arch. This is very beneficial for plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, and sore, tired feet. The ‘Flex Foot Orthotic’ has a proven track record, and we have used it effectively for over 25 years with thousands of our clients.
The Healing Power of Juicing!
Freshly made RAW vegetable and fruit juices are a wonderful source of high quality nutrition that can be directly absorbed by the body in about 10 to 15 minutes. This is because the fiber has been removed, and the normal 2 to 3 hours for digestion is not necessary. There is no food on earth that can equal the healing and restorative powers of these freshly made RAW juices. An 8 ounce serving of vegetable juice could provide the nutrients of several pounds of vegetables. Because of the abundance of nutrients, the therapeutic benefits are so great that these juices are a ‘Natural Medicine’ which can feed and stimulate the body to overcome disease, and to reach a much higher level of health.
Juices possess definite medicinal properties. Juices have a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the whole body. They purify the blood, neutralize waste products, and help build healthy tissue. They are rightfully called the ‘internal baths of health and youth.’ Juices provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes,trace elements, and other necessary nutrients. Different vegetable and fruit juices have different therapeutic effects in the system. They can also be used in different combinations to increase their desired effectiveness.
RAW carrot juice is a natural solvent for ulcerous and cancerous conditions. It can also help prevent infections and it benefits the adrenal glands. Carrot juice is very beneficial for intestinal and liver diseases. In cleaning up the liver sometimes there is more waste than the intestinal and urinary channels can handle, and the remainder is passed to the lymph system and is eliminated through the skin. Carrot juice has so many therapeutic benefits, and it combines so well with other juices, that it is used as the base for many healing juice formulas.
RAW beet juice is another excellent juice. It contains a very high quality iron, and is capable of building up the red blood cells. If enough is consumed the stool and urine will turn a reddish colour. The high potassium content provides excellent nourishment to the entire body. The natural, organic chlorine content of 8% is an amazing cleanser for the liver, kidneys, gall bladder, and the lymphatic system. This is why if a person consumes more than the recommended amount of beet juice they can experience a ‘cleansing reaction’. Beet juice could be combined with carrot juice in the ratio of ¼ beet to ¾ carrot.
Some of the other fruits and vegetables that can be used in therapeutic juices include: Apple, Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Beet tops, Cabbage, Celery, Coconut, Cucumber, Dandelion, Endive, Grapefruit, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Horseradish, Kale, Lemon, Lettuce, Orange, Parsley, Pomegranate, Potato, Radish, Red Peppers, Spinach, Turnip, and Watercress. As an average, one to three 4 ounce glasses are usually recommended per day on an empty stomach, and this can be adjusted for each person’s individual needs. If too much is taken a person might experience a ‘cleansing reaction’. This is perfectly natural because our body is starting to do a ‘house cleaning’. One should not jump to the conclusion that the juice does not agree with them, but rather the high quantity of fresh vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and trace elements are nourishing and stimulating the cells and tissues to throw off old wastes and to function the way they were designed to do.
One of the most important things to remember about raw juices is that drinking raw juices is the best way to put living enzymes into your body. When vegetables or fruit are cooked the enzymes are destroyed by the heat. Making your own fresh, raw vegetable, fruit, and green plant juices and smoothies isthe best wayto get an abundance of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements into your body!
Not everyone can make fresh vegetable juice on a regular basis, and that's why there is Biotta. This Swiss company makes high quality vegetable and fruit juices including the famous Breuss juice formula.
Not from concentrate
NO water added.
Low temperature processing.
Several pounds of vegetables in every 500ml bottle.