When Tosha Mytron opened Fivestar Fight League and Training Facility with her boyfriend Justin Donally, one of her goals was to create a gym where members can work out at the highest intensity without all the drama and judgmental attitudes that all-too-often happen at gyms.
For a while now, Mytron's been saying to clients and employees that she has a 'no drama' policy, and there was so much talk about it that she decided to put it on paper.
"We had signs put up all around with our House Rules," Mytron said on Wednesday from Fivestar, which is now located in the old Red Dragon Martial Arts Studio. "I kept making the joke that I was going to add to that, 'No Drama,' and we were talking about it so much, I decided to write a policy about it and say this isn't what we tolerate here; we support each other no matter what and that's the idea behind it."
Mytron posted her 'No Drama' policy around the Fivestar facility on Tuesday, as well as on the company's Facebook page.
"So far everyone thinks it's awesome," she said. "A few of the girls here said they love it, and they are the ones who inspired me to put it out there because I think a lot of people a) don't know that we're here, and b) they have this preconceived notion that coming to a gym like this you have to be in great shape first to do that kind of training, but I just want to motivate people to have a healthy life and a healthy mindset and confidence. More than anything that's the big thing."
"We have no drama, we have no bad attitude and we have a positive atmosphere here and I hear that all the time," she added. "I thought it was a good time to post [the sign] and let people know about it."
Mytron has been going to gyms for many years. She says there's always been an intimidation factor attached to most things regarding gyms, and some of that stems from 'catty' behaviour, drama and snide remarks.
Those negative things, she says, take away from people's experience and can discourage them from reaching their fitness goals.
"I've been going to gyms since I was a teenager," she said. "There's a very bad vibe that ends up in a lot of gyms, and people are very superficial and judgmental."
"It was ridiculous. You hear catty drama and gossip on the treadmill and I hated that whole atmosphere, so we started [Fivestar] and I've been saying 'no drama' since the beginning. I wanted to be positive, to motivate people and to learn a useful skill like boxing or self defence."
But Mytron isn't saying her members are perfect either; there have been a few scenarios where she's had to step in and enforce her verbal (and now official) No Drama policy.
"People start gossiping in the middle of a class or whatever, and I've always shut it down," she said. "I don't get a lot of it anyways, but we don't have the time to sit there and judge people or gossip. It's always been my thing. I say that I have a strict 'no drama' policy and that goes with my employees as well."
"I want everyone, including the parents who watch or kids who take classes, to feel like they're coming home and are part of the family. I'll hear girls out here gossiping and I stop it. I'm not like crazy about it, but there's no time for that here."
Because of her hard work shutting down that type of behaviour, Mytron says FiveStar has become a place where members can come and work out without fear of being judged, gossiped about or put down over their looks.
She has clients and members of all abilities working together in classes or sparring, and she says whether one member's a pro-fighter or a newcomer, they all support one another to achieve their goals, whatever they might be.
"Nobody is pressured to fight or compete," Mytron said. "It's very relaxed in here and that's my big ting. There's no pressure to take it in directions you're not interested in going."
"This is a place you can go and get a high level of fitness and work on so much more than that. We don't even have mirrors in here. They can come in, be their natural selves and work hard."
Without having to stress out about what other people think or whether others are making judgmental comments, Mytron says members can fully enjoy their workouts and focus on their fitness goals instead of negativity.
By posting her 'No Drama' signs, Mytron's reminding her members of that fact, and that such behaviour doesn't belong in her gym.
"That's my goal, to make people feel better about themselves in every way," she said.
"Weight loss is just a by product of everything else that we achieve here."