On June 1st, 2018, Biagio Ambrosio realized a lifelong dream and became co-owner of Spartacus Gym alongside his old friend Roy Duquette, who he first met in 1998.
Biagio was born in San Giovanni in Fiore, a small town in the Calabria region of Southern Italy and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1980, settling in East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive — historically known as “Little Italy”.
Being self-admittedly “a little overweight and out-of-shape” when he first moved to Canada, Biagio joined Spartacus Gym in 1986 and competed in his first and only amateur bodybuilding competition just two years — later winning top honours as a bantamweight at the Vancouver Bodybuilding Championships.
Over the next three decades, “Mr. Vancouver” went on to found several successful businesses, cultivating a wealth of experience in the areas of building construction and renovations.
Biagio’s primary responsibilities at Spartacus Gym include equipment maintenance/repairs and making on-going improvements to the facility, as well as managing all day-to-day operations. Since first joining Spartacus Gym in the ‘80s, Biagio has developed a deep love and appreciation for the fitness industry, facility, and its members. A true “man-of-the-people”, Biagio’s warm and genuine presence can be felt from anywhere in the gym. Always wearing a smile and a willingness to offer a helping hand, Biagio is more than eager to share his knowledge of Spartacus Gym’s equipment with any member — new or old. A true role model and inspiration to all, Biagio exemplifies a life-long commitment to self-improvement, age-defying health, and a genuine desire to help others.
Team Biagio, however, is far from being a one-man show, as his daughters Samantha and Teresa, have also become a part of Spartacus Gym’s administrative team. His partner Eva is by his side at all hours of the day and night — training with him every morning and assisting him with after-hours repairs.
The recent addition of Biagio Ambrosio to the Spartacus Gym team should be an early indication that the very best Spartacus Gym is yet to come!
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