We know that having a place to workout in your own neighborhood is a very special treat. There’s really nothing else like it. It’s intimate, it’s motivating, it’s inspirational, it’s FUN, it’s your own little fitness sanctuary. It allows you to stay close to home, arrive easily on your way out or on your way in, it becomes a place where you reconnect with old friends and develop new friends in the process. At Evolve, we are all about integrating into the community and enhancing the health and wellness of the members we serve.
Kathy Skubik - Owner
Kathy Skubik is committed to supporting the health and fitness of others. Born to a strong willed, single mother and raised with an unconventional holistic lifestyle, Kathy 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 Kathy into the holistic health advocate she is today.
During her college years, however, Kathy 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 Kathy's 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 school was its positive influence. Her teachers and students were health conscious and committed to personal development. Weighing in at 185 lbs, Kathy joined a health club and began exercising for the first time in her life.
Kathy 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.
Kathy Skubik 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.
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 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.
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, Kathy intends to carry on where Heather Forbes left off.
Heather Forbes - Founder
In February 2007, Heather Forbes, at the age of 33 was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. After a three-day hospital stay following months of feeling absolutely horrible she finally felt better. Her blood sugar levels were balanced in the hospital, and she finally had an answer to why she had been feeling so sick for so long. However, life as she knew it would never be the same.
Heather endured a couple of roller coaster years of depression while trying to get her life back to what she considered normal, when she finally realized and accepted that this was now her normal. Her new life was one that included Type-1 Diabetes and everything it came with. She learned that what she has is an all day, every day, every activity, every ounce of food or liquid she put in her body being carefully considered for the rest of her life kind of disease. There is no break from that, ever! It is an all-consuming life-style kind of disease.
That was a hard pill to swallow, especially when Heather had lived her entire life healthy with no thought to any of these things. Numbers became a major part of her everyday life. She was required to test her blood sugar 10-14 times a day (about once every waking hour), counting carbs, counting insulin units, remembering when units were taken, what time of day they were taken, calculating how fast her sugars dropped, how many carbs should she take with her to leave the house, what time she would be exercising, how far in advance should she eat before exercising or taking insulin, how long had she exercised the day before, what time did she last eat, and how many units of insulin are still in her body. Eventually this became less daunting and became a way of life. She found her groove and realized that through her passion for fitness, running and working out, that Type-1 was far more manageable.
Heather had been active her entire life, so continuing with exercise came naturally to her. However, she realized how crucial exercise was in order for her to feel good. Having grown weary teaching high school science, she began to think about what she enjoyed most in her daily life. She realized her true passion was for fitness, and wanted to share its benefits with others. She was already teaching group fitness classes on the side, and decided to make a career out of it.
In early 2010, the concept of Evolve was designed. Heather took a leap of faith and gave up her teaching position. She sold her house and utilized all of her personal investments to open her first studio. In June 2010, Evolve Fusion Fitness opened its doors to the public.
The new clients at Evolve readily identified with Heather’s passion for teaching her classes. The gravity machines were a unique way for them to build strength, and combined with indoor cycling their cardio needs were met. Evolve was a welcome addition to Mission Hills and the neighborhood embraced the boutique studio. To this day, you will see smiling faces walking or biking to Evolve anxious to take their next class.