The Story of Our Rebrand

It’s been about 12 years since our last rebrand, and as we continue to grow, we wanted a symbol that embodies what we do, who we are, and why we do the things we do.

We came from Laylor Performance Systems (2000’s) to LPS Athletic Centre (2016), and now… we wanted a symbol that represents LPS.  I would show you the first logo, but you would laugh, so I’ll save you and show you one past generation:

2017 LPS Logo

LPS logo from 2015

Our new logo has a deep meaning of what we do, a hidden message (can you spot it?), an emotion attached, and an origin story shared below.

LPS New Brand Logo

We’re very excited to share this with you! We already have a line of apparel with the wolf (aka “Monsta”) on it.

Below, I am going to share with you the entire process, and the story behind the brand.

The Research

We’ve spent countless hours doing research. Here are the steps & consideration in producing a powerful brand, and these include:

Understanding what our brand represents. It’s not easy to ask around the room of your team why do we do the things we do.  We ask ourselves, “What are we about?” & “Where are we going?” — these two fundamental questions help drive why we exist.

Does it reflect the nature of our business? We wanted a symbol that embodies the elements of what we produce out of the facility.

What is the first impression when they see this? We must have a clean design, something that is timeless.

What colors should we use? Will it work in black and white (for all mediums)? Researching so many brands and other gyms, most of them are very busy in their design, most of them don’t work with just one color.  We wanted something that was simple, can be easily done in one color (to also save cost on printing, etc.).

What font sends the right signal to our audience? Not too bold, not too high class.  We respect the work here, not the talent.  No fancy stuff, just real work, real results for real people who have a dream.

Deciding if we want a logo-type (ie. Coca-Cola, IBM), or a symbol (Nike, Adidas)? We ended up with a symbol and a logo-type.  I’ve found that many people try to create something too quickly.  Before Nike was a recognizable swoosh, it had NIKE written under it, everywhere.  It wasn’t till it hit a global brand, that it dropped the Nike.

How do we make it simple so that it’s recognizable but embodies a depth of meaning? This was the tough one.  We had to capture a lot of stories, think about where we came from, how did we get here, and the things our members have said over the years about what we do.

The Concept

We did a ton of wordmarks and a ton of symbols.

We researched some of the most popular gyms & apparel brands in the world.

We drew ideas on a board, on paper, in the showers.

We scoured the web for possibly copycats, duplicates.

We had ideas like shields, monsters, barbells, dumbbells, plates, etc.. but the perfect thing we landed on, was our wolf (aka “Monsta”)

LPS Wolf - social cover

And what will the characters in L P S mean in the future? It will just be LPS.

You can imagine it to be what it means to you:
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L can be Legendary, Legacy, League of, or Laylor 🙂
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P can be Performance, Paramount, Pinnacle,
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S can be Systems, Structures, Superhumans.

The Inspirations

Our wolf (“Monsta”) wasn’t something born out of nowhere.  It was a collective of past experience that Coach Clance and our coaching team has encountered.

From attending world competitions of weightlifting, training Olympic athletes, building an international certification, deep practical application and constant revision of his system.

legs feed the wolf motif on our gym walls

We’ve collected over 30+ years of messages, the quotes, the things our athletes will say, such as:

“Hard work becomes easy work.” – Mark Friedman

“Hunt or Be Hunted.”

“This system is like a pressure cooker and over time the pressure creates diamonds.” – Drew Paris & Kari Pinnock

“Everyone wants to be a monster until they see what real monsters do.” – Wayne Moore

“Legs feed the wolf.” – LPS Athletic Centre

“If you want to be a lion, you must run with lions.” – Carlson Gracie

“Become so good, they can’t ignore you.” – Jeremy Choi

“Being average takes weeks, being good takes months, being great takes years, being extraordinary takes decades.” – Jeremy Choi

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi

“Wolves eat then go right back to hunting.” – Bud Charniga

“The lion might be the king of the jungle, but you will never see a WOLF perform in a circus”

I’ve been a victim of the gimmicks and the false information proliferating the fitness and strength and conditioning industry. I really do feel for the parents and the gullible strength coaches.

Especially with social media, it’s easy to show highlights of cool stuff to trap and sell the uneducated masses.

But the wolf has a deep meaning to us because the path or the journey in the strength game has been lots of trial and error. Lots of pain, happiness, wins, and losses with continued learning to be the best in the game.

Legs feed the wolf is one of our gym mantras because we train legs every day. To get through the toughest days when the legs are sore, members will yell legs feed the wolf! And that stuck with us since.

Wolves eat and go right back to hunting is don’t rest on your laurels, don’t get too high after a great win, day or and an amazing performance you had in a game. Don’t get too low from poor performance, maybe the worst games you’ve had in your life. Just get back on the grind. One of our athletes Maya Laylor (6th in the World) had one of the best performances in her life at the 2018 Canadian Nationals in Montreal. When she got off that plane, she went right back to the gym and started training. She didn’t rest for a week, she got right back to work because if you ain’t hunting, there will be no food.

Hunt or be Hunted. We tend to attract the not-as-talented or not-as-physically-gifted athletes because they are hungrier! It’s a hunt or be hunted mindset. If they are not training or working on their craft, they will be on the chopping block. They are so hungry to be so good, they can’t be ignored. They change the game, and they redefine the position they play. They become the prototype that others model against.

Adapt or die is one of the most misunderstood concepts of training. If you expose an organism to an environment, the organism will adapt or die, period. Our job as coaches is not to babysit these athletes… it is to make them better! The best way to do that is by exposing the athlete to an environment that promotes systematic progress. That’s where our 30+ years of research into developing this results-proven system, just works if you take on the challenge.

Push the Pace is when an athlete works at high intensity 80%+ of their one-rep max all the time. If you possess that ability, you will be hard to deal with. This is probably the toughest part of our AAS system. It’s both a mental and physical stress, and only very few athletes can keep the TRUE intensity and focus on training days week in and week out. The athletes who adhere to this principle fully are achy, irritable, tired and sore. If you don’t show any of these symptoms, you are cutting corners somewhere. That’s a fact!

One athlete after years in my system looked me in the eye and asked “Do I really have to work this hard?” My response was, “If you want to dominate and redefine the game you do!” and after years, this was proven to be true.

Pressure Creates Diamonds. If you want true high performance, one must apply pressure. You need to be a strong coach to make this work. Because if you are truly applying pressure you will get push back in different forms. Apply pressure, then hug ’em and hold ’em, then repeat! One athlete, big strong or he thought he was strong, was getting his as kicked by the system. By the younger and smaller athletes, as well as ladies. Not funny to him! He couldn’t figure it out, he wanted to quit, but I kept at him, talking and convincing him to keep pushing, eventually, he took off and started to crush the weights and sprints. One day he looked at me and said: “Your gym is like a pressure cooker, the pressure is so intense that you can’t help BUT to create diamonds.”

The Alter Ego

Instinctively, we’ve always had an alter ego but it wasn’t apparent and really spelled out until my good friend Todd showed me a process to do so.

If you haven’t read The Alter Ego by Todd Herman, you’re missing out.

The Alter Ego Book by Todd Herman

To over-simplify it: We have developed a wolf as our Alter Ego. Not just any wolf. This wolf represents the permission to be the superhero with the superpowers we already possess within and go live it each and every moment we put on the LPS wolf gear in the proper field of play.

Here are other things you may not know about wolves, but are quite important to our decision factors:

Wolves are loyal.
Wolves take care of their own.
Wolves take care of the weak and old.
Wolves hunt together.
Wolves support one another.

Unlike lions, you’ll never see a wolf in a circus.

The Guiding Values

When we set out to become unstoppable in our pursuit of developing the best athletes in the world, we meant it.  How do we achieve it?  Fundamentally, we need to have guiding values that our team and our members fully embrace, and these are:

Be Remarkable

We are a quality first, results-driven organization. We will never sign on a client if they can’t commit. We will always stake our reputation above profits.

Our members & team have a growth mindset, they are focused and are not afraid to question everything. They are encouraged to build confidence and leadership through given opportunities to make decisions.

Never settling for status-quo, continuously learn, and embrace change.

Work Hard Intelligently

Movement is not necessarily progress. We are committed to practice daily and weekly habits to achieve true goals.

Our members become more focused and disciplined. They know it ain’t easy, but nothing great ever is. They get back as much as they put in.

Our members become so good, they won’t be ignored. Winners never quit and quitters never win.

Be Respectful

We’re a community that respects the work, not talent. Our members will continuously be a better version of themselves day after day.

Our members greet, support, and cheer for one another. They leave their ego at the door and know that the facility is a safe place to be real, share and grow with like-minded individuals.

We work together to elevate one another. Never focus on being perfect, just focus on being better.

The Golden Ratio

Designing a logo or wordmark in my mind is not about just finding some fonts and throwing a motif of a wolf.  It’s also about creating balance (in life, in sports, in relationships).

That is why it was important to me that our symbol encompasses the golden ratio.

Commonly found in nature, the golden ratio is a mathematical ratio. This fine detail is more often found to be used by big brands to achieve beauty, balance, and harmony in art, design, and photography.

Scientific studies have shown that we perceive things that contain the Golden Ratio as beautiful, harmonious, and bordering perfection, even when we are unaware of it.