Our Story

Aatma Fitness Studios was conceived after a long hard workout with a pen, notebook, and a great idea.

The year was 2013, and Vishal Punj had been owner and operator of a hugely successful nationally franchised gym for the past few years.  It was a pretty decent gym too, with all the basics including treadmills, strength equipment, etc.  Life was good.  The problem was that Vishal had left a career in Finance to make a positive impact on people’s lives by helping them move and feel good about themselves through physical movement.  There was a nagging feeling that he wasn’t living up to the reason why he got into fitness in the first place.

Vishal realized that he wasn’t in the fitness business at all.  He was in the fitness equipment rental business.  People would come in, jump on a piece of equipment, and go home.  While there was nothing wrong with this, working out this way eventually got boring over time and when folks got bored, they stopped coming.  For a gym owner who actually cares about getting his members to move, having members not coming back felt like failure.

Around this time Vishal himself started to train at numerous boutique fitness studios.  Crossfit, the local Martial Arts studio, the Yoga studio, the spin studio, he did it all.  He started to see the reason for their success.  He saw the impact that  coaching made on people’s commitment level and motivation.  There was a sense of community that kept people coming back.  The only problem was that he was now paying around $400 a month to access these various studios and having to travel all around town to get to them. 
After a tough Strength workout followed by a 45 minute Vinyasa Yoga session, Vishal started to wonder why a place didn’t exist that offered different studio experiences under one roof at a reasonable price.  A place where people could be challenged, and be inspired to learn and explore a whole range of different disciplines.  After a few hours of brainstorming, he decided that now was as good a time as any to do it himself.  So he sold his gym, started out to find a space and along the way met his wife Neetu.  Together they touched down here in Fremont and Aatma Fitness Studios opened its doors in Summer of 2016.

In addition to teaching a few of the Strength & Conditioning classes himself, you can catch Vishal and Neetu at the front desk interacting with members or in a class right next to you practicing what they preach!

Why We Feel You Should Join Our Community

With ever growing demands on our time, making sure you get the most out of the time you devote to health and fitness is really important.  This is where we come in.  With us, you are never just a number.  The job of our coaches is to lead, inspire, and motivate you to reach your goals.

Our Philosophy

  1. We should not confine ourselves to just one discipline, practice, or exercise methodology.  There are lessons to be learned from all of them.
  2. Fitness is constantly evolving, and we need to evolve with it.
  3. Life gets hectic.  Making health and fitness a part of our busy lifestyle gets easier when it's fun and we do it together.

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It’s been an emotional last few days for not only Neetu and I, but our members and coaches as well.  Over this past year, Aatma Fitness Studios became a place where folks whose paths would not... read more