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Meet Kathy Skubik of Evolve Fusion Fitness in Mission Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathy Skubik.

It seems that much of Kathy’s life led her to Evolve Fusion Fitness in 2015. Her passion for natural health and fitness, environmental conservation, vegetarian diet and progressive mindset make California feel like home. Together with her husband, they decided to begin a transition to the west coast from Detroit, beginning with winters in San Diego. When they discovered Evolve Fusion Fitness for sale it seemed meant to be. They love the community where Evolve is located and look forward to spending time in Mission Hills.

She is committed to supporting the health and fitness of others. Born to a strong willed, single mother and raised with an unconventional holistic lifestyle, she learned early on that there was much more to wellness than traditional medicine and what was considered the norm for most of society in the 60’s & 70’s. Her mother’s approach to nutrition, exercise, massage, and respect for planet Earth shaped her into the holistic health advocate she is today.

During her college years, however, she rebelled against that healthy lifestyle with drinking, smoking and drug use. She spiraled into negativity and struggled with depression. After college, she took a job at a pizza restaurant where her diet went from bad to worse and she gained 60 pounds. During that dark time in her life, her mom opened a state licensed massage school and urged her daughter to come work for her. Kathy identifies this as the turning point that saved her life and lifted her from depression.

One of the many benefits of working at the massage school was its positive influence. Her teachers and students were health conscious and committed to personal development. Weighing in at 185 lbs, she joined a health club and began exercising for the first time in her life.

She found it very difficult to get motivated and had to force herself to go to the gym. She finally attended an aerobics class realizing the dynamic of group fitness was just what she needed. A great instructor and the energy of other participants motivated her to work hard and increase strength. She even began looking forward to her favorite classes! Over the next year, she lost the 60 pounds she had gained and began to feel happy. To this day, she seeks group fitness to facilitate her exercise pursuits.

She now owns the nationally accredited massage school, Irene’s Myomassology Institute, in Metro Detroit. She is proud of her school’s success, as it has grown to more than 200 students graduating every year with careers as State Licensed Massage Therapists.

Kathy is committed to providing an excellent experience for the members and instructors of Evolve. Using the lessons learned during her own wellness journey, clients will be happy to see the results of her insistence on only the best for her studio. Keeping her eye on the horizon, she intends to provide the community with an outstanding fitness environment.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Taking over an established business had its challenges. Many of the existing members at Evolve had personal relationships with the previous owner who had opened the studio. Human nature tends to be resistant to change, even positive change.

Evolve’s founder had opened another location up in Carlsbad, making it challenging to maintain the studio as it once had been. I came in with new equipment, fresh paint, and a new studio manager. In spite of the improvements, some of the members were resistant to a new manager and fitness teachers. However, our commitment to excellence gradually won them over and attracted new members.

I love seeing the strong sense of community we have created. The members and teachers are like a happy family who enjoys working out together. The variety of our formats make the classes fun.

Evolve Fusion Fitness – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We believe that everyone deserves a place that they can call their “Fitness Sanctuary.” A place they can go and not be judged or feel intimidated or uncomfortable and still get an amazing workout. The mission of Evolve is to elevate the overall well-being of members in the community by offering unique, full-body enhancing, specialized small group fitness classes in a safe, welcoming and environmentally friendly atmosphere at a price affordable to anyone and everyone.

Evolve offers the best indoor cycling/strength training fusion classes in southern California. We are strides above any other boutique fitness studio. AND… we are SUPER AFFORDABLE! Experience a NEW YOU in just 20 classes.

Fusion fitness is the ultimate way to get results…FAST! When you combine these two forms of exercise in the same hour your results increase exponentially. Fusion training will enhance your overall fitness level faster than any type of exercise alone.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I would say my proudest moment as the owner of Evolve, was when the members were gushing over how much they loved our classes. They raved about how great the instructor was, and how much she had helped them improve their health. One day, after a member appreciation party, I had numerous people come up to me and thank me for providing them with a great place to workout!


  • First class only $10 followed by a free week of classes.
  • New member special of $92 provides an unlimited month, including a t-shirt, canteen and a private class.

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