Mom Boss Interview: Heather Johansen

At Modern Mama we love celebrating local businesses and mompreneurs! Heather Johansen is the owner and operator of Hot Mama Health & Fitness Calgary SE. Heather is a mom to Maria, 2, and has been married to Greg for just over 6 years. She recently took over as Main Mama of the Calgary SE location, leaving her job as a geologist to follow her passion – health and fitness. Heather loves that Hot Mama Fitness allows her to share her experiences and love for leading a healthy lifestyle while also allowing her spend more time with her daughter as a work from home mom.

What inspired you to start your business?
I started working out with the Hot Mama Calgary SE group when I was six months into my maternity leave. I just loved how I could get in an awesome workout without having to leave my baby in a gym’s childcare. Maria was right next to me the whole time!

I went back to work in the oil and gas industry after my one year maternity ended but it just didn’t feel like a right fit. I began to seek out new opportunities… and when the former owner of this location told me she was selling her franchise to take on another role with Hot Mama, it was fate! I jumped in 100%, purchased the franchise and here I am!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Put on your own oxygen mask first.” As moms, we often put others before ourselves but you can’t give from an empty tank. Self care is so important but sometimes it takes real effort to make time to refill that tank.


Which women in history would you want to have lunch with, and why?
Maybe Oprah? She’s always been an inspiration. She’s become a mega celebrity but she still seems down to earth and remains authentic. Plus she knows a thing or two about running a successful business!

What is the last book you read and/or song you heard last?
I’m watching The Voice right now and one of the contestants is singing a Bruno Mars song. The chairs have not turned yet.. Oh, there it goes!

Anything Else? 
Come visit our booth at the Mommylicious Trade Show this Sunday at 10-4! Free admission I will be there with the other Calgary Hot Mama owners. Also, I would love for you to try out a Hot Mama class! Your first week is FREE! You can bring kids of all ages. They play while you work out! If you’re a newly postpartum mom, we offer four consecutive weeks of free classes (two per week) for free too as part of our franchise-wide Postpartum Initiative.

Get Social with Heather and Hot Mama Fitness!

For programs and classes that Hot Mama Fitness offers view their website here.