slideshow-13.9ASA cropped13.2 (1 of 1)01In January, Nations, co-owner of Kaua`i Athletic Club, received the Aloha Spirit Award. Learn more about why this inspired young man was voted Entrepreneur of 2012.

For Kaua`i (FK): Did you have experience in this field before Kaua`i Athletic Club?

Joshua Nations (JN): Before KAC I was part of a franchise model in Ohio. This is my first full-service gym. It’s the first I’ve created from the ground up. KAC has been a legacy on this island since 1981. Our members are our neighbors and friends.

FK: What have you learned running your own business?

JN: I’ve learned a lot from this club. I am keyed into suggestions from our members. My best ideas are straight from my member’s mouths.

‘We need more people in support of fitness. It takes a community of fitness-minded professionals to truly make a community strong.’ — Joshua Nations

FK: What is your personal goal for your business?

JN: My goal is to create a community space everyone can use, from high school kids to kupuna. I want our environment to feel inclusive.

FK: What’s new at KAC?

JN: August 31 we open our second gym in Kapahi on Kawaihau Road. There’s ample room to accommodate every kind of workout – from body builders to quiet spaces for stretching. We have a bigger group exercise room with specialized flooring for joint protection and a separate space for private training. There’s new programming: Les Mills body pump class, core and body combat classes. There are separate studios for cycling, child care, speed bag fighters and a members room with a fridge, microwave and Wi-Fi.

FK: Any special offers for members or those considering joining a gym?

JN: “Commit to be Fit.” For those who sign a one year commitment form, it’s $49/month membership. I tell people that your aren’t going to see a transformation in 30 days. But if you can see yourself in one year; visualize strength, weight goals and functional goals, you’ll see results.

FK: How do you think your business model serves the community?

JN: It’s not just about KAC. I love seeing new gyms, bootcamps and Cross Fit classes opening. We need more people in support of fitness. It takes a community of fitness-minded professionals to truly make a community strong. It’s not about money, it’s about embracing fitness.

FK: Do you have a slogan or motto for the business?

JN: Just find something and start moving. It can be Zumba or at a community center. Just get out there and move.

FK: What is the biggest challenge running a fitness center?

JN: The biggest challenge is keeping people’s interest. You can’t just fill a box with equipment. You have to provide the right coaching and programs. One new program we hope to add is offering a free bootcamp at Nawiliwili. We’re just awaiting County approval.

For more information on KAC, email or call 245-5381.

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