Try to forget that 6’5” Glickfit Gym co-owner Kyle Glickman happens to model men’s clothing. Try to forget that Ewa (pronounced Eva) Hlebowicz is a full-time firefighter who prefers to be called fireman because she does a “man’s” job. They both have such a passion for fitness that they postponed their wedding to jump on the opportunity to open the gym. With over two decades of experience in the fitness industry, Kyle and Ewa opened the doors in December and were named one of the D&C’s Top 5 New Business of 2018.
Ewa said it was Kyle’s dream to provide far beyond what is expected of a personal trainer and what is regularly done on the gym floor. “He has established himself as the premier coach in Rochester and now has a fitness facility that embodies the distinct culture which has distinguished him from many others in the field.”
Kyle got into the fitness groove working out at the JCC when he was 18. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition with the highest certifications in Strength and Conditioning, CSCS. As a professional model he works through an agency for companies like Under Armour, The NFL, Izod, Kohl’s and MAC Cosmetics;he has been featured in multiple cover story editorials for Muscle and Fitness; and he has graced the covers of many romance novels.
Kyle has a set practice he uses when developing programs for individuals. Once he has established what he calls the foundational pillars of health and lifestyle, he moves into the actual strength training / conditioning work. This is where you will hear him say “ precision trumps power” To him weight training is a moving meditation something that not only trains the body but the mind as well. His major philosophy when it comes to movement is finding the perfect blend between technician, aggression and flow.
As for Ewa, for over ten years she has been a career firefighter/ paramedic in Greece, NY. She said, “My fitness journey started at the same time as my career in emergency services. I was the first woman hired by the Barnard Fire District as a career fireman, and since that day - I vowed to myself and those that I work with, to always be physically and mentally prepared and able to perform a very demanding and difficult line of work.”
Ewa may joke about her Polish last name getting pronounced as “hellofabitch”, but she is one serious person. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration, Fire Protection Technology, Paramedicine, and attended the Cooper Institute in Dallas to specialize in physical fitness of Law Enforcement/Firefighters. She was also one of three founders of 555 Firefighter Fitness, a 501 (c) 3 charity which provides free fitness training and fitness equipment to emergency personnel across the country.
Glickfit Gym’s goal is simple: constant progression. “Everyone here understands that progress is a dynamic process and results never come in a linear fashion. It is our goal to educate clients, facilitate their optimal health, and provide an exciting and private space for the client to train under the guidance and watchful eye of a professional trainer.” They use a systematic form of training with sound nutrition and a sustainable lifestyle for optimal health. They carry Balanced Body Meals - Buffalo, NY’s premiere meal prep service. All foods are developed by health experts, prepared by professional kitchen staff, are guaranteed fresh and are available for pickup or delivery at the gym. They also began Rochester’s first women-only strength training program, and offer personal training, online training programs and personalized nutritional plans for each client.
As for their goals? “We wish to hire one more trainer, expand our services to include a Physical/Massage Therapist, chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and be the first Rochester brick and mortar location for Balanced Body Foods.”