All of our coaches are hand picked and we do our very best to ensure they are an extension of our team and vision in all aspects: mindset, attitude and approach to health and fitness.
3 Character Traits we look for in ALL our Coaches:
Positive Mindset and genuine personality
Willingness to learn and grow
Lives the life they preach (health, mindset and fitness)
The base requirements that all our Coaches hold:
Valid and Current Personal Training Certification
CPR is obtained every year
Valid Liability Insurance for every Coach and Facility
Continuing Education Credits Yearly
We have two levels of Coaches - Gold & Platinum
Minimum of 2 years training individual clients
2 major certifications.
Can work with a diverse population
Personal experience with their own fitness journey
Minimum of 5 years training individual clients
4+ major certifications and qualifications
Can work with a diverse population
Platinum coaches may have specialties or specific focuses
Exercise Coach and Co-Owner
During my 13 years of experience in and around the fitness industry I have adjusted my approach and focus based on what I thought was important. When I was younger, I focused on lifting the heaviest weights possible, in my mid 20's my focus turned to "functional" and "core" training. By the time I reached my early 30's I realized that the human body is more complex and focusing only on big movements wasn't always the key to improving the body. I started to break down the movements and isolate the smallest muscle to get a better understanding of what muscles' were not "firing" and address that issue. Throughout my years of experience I have concluded that all of the elements are important and can be used to train many different bodies. There is no one way to get a result, there are multiple approaches you can take and an understanding of those different approaches is now what I am able to provide. You may need high intensity lifting to reach your goal or it could be a specific weak muscle that is causing you pain, what ever your goal is I can get you there.
Can Fit Pro - Personal Trainer Specialist Certification (2001)
TWIST - Sport Conditioning Coach level 1 (2007)
Stretch To Win Institute - Fascia Stretch Therapy Level 1 (2010)
Physical Activity Australia - Exercise Trainer level 4 (2013)
First Aid and CPR Certification with St. John’s Ambulance (recerts ongoing)
Personal Trainer on the Net – Web based exams (2006-2009)
Special Populations, Flexibility Training, Youth Training, Periodization, Functional Flexibility, Strength Training, Functional Program Design
Human Kinetics – Exercise Anatomy (2007)
TWIST - BOSU Integrated Balance Training Certification(2007)
Michol Dalcourt and Chuck Wolf- MOVE, Movement Based Appraisal (2007)
Dr. Astrid Trim and Michelle Becker - Graduated Exercise and Program Design (2009)
Darby Training Systems - Optimal Back health (2011)
Apply First Aid Level 2 (HLTFA311A) – Clear Practical Relevant, CPR First Aid (2013)
Exercise Coach, Functional Nutritionist and Co-Owner
I have been working in the fitness industry since 2007. Throughout my time training I have worked to improve my client's body composition, movement patterns, and function/strength. I enjoy the art of program design and love working with various personalities where I can apply my skills to improve the quality of life for each and every client. I continuously educate myself and strive to achieve more to provide my clients with the best results possible. As a BioPrint practitioner I can provide both training and nutrition support!
Growing up as an athlete (playing varsity soccer among other sports) I found that I was constantly competing with myself. I desired to be strong, lift heavier weights, run faster and improve my flexibility. If I didn't feel like I was challenging myself, it simply wasn't good enough. Reflecting back, I realize that I was missing the mental aspect of training. This is the part that allows you to accept your current reality and be compassionate with yourself. Acceptance of your current reality and experiencing the ups and downs of the journey to bring about change is an exciting part of the mental aspect of achieving your goals.
BA in Psychology - Laurentian University (2007)
Post Graduate Certification in Human Resource Management - George Brown College (2008)
Functional Nutrition Certification (current)
Canfit Pro Certified (2007)
Valid CPR A 2016-2017
BioPrint Practitioner 2015
Poliquin Level 1
Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (Stretch to Win)
Fascial Mobilization Certified (FAT TOOL)
Foundations of Kettlebell Hardstyle -DTS
Modified Strongman Training and Energy Systems (Darby)
Anatomy In Motion - Body Harmonics Pilate
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Movement and Mobility
Olympic Lifting - Hani Kanama
TRX Suspension Training - One on One
Training and physical activity have been passions of mine from an early age. I worked as a personal trainer and massage therapist in my native home of Barbados before leaving for the University of Toronto to pursue a degree in Kinesiology. After finishing my degree, I was fortunate enough to work as a sessional lecturer in that same faculty, and discovered a new passion- educating and sharing ideas with new generations of fitness and movement professionals. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Exercise Sciences and am passionate about bridging the gap between the academic world and the fitness industry.
I've worked with a range of clients, from Olympic and Pan-Am athletes, to clients with specialized movement restrictions, to people working to combat the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
I've come to understand that in order to achieve the benefits of any exercise program, you need a foundation of proper movement. As a result of the pervasiveness of desk jobs and a general lack of movement variety, many of us lack the capability to effectively move ourselves in the ways that will get us the results we want (no amount of bicep-curls will get you bigger arms if your back is doing all the work!). In reaction to this, many programs today make us choose between movement quality and a demanding workout. My focus for the last five years has been to blend these two into a cohesive whole-progressively building my client's mechanical capacities to provide them with increasingly diverse options to safely and effectively challenge themselves metabolically as well.
National Coaching Certification Program-certified Fundamental Movement Skills Learning Facilitator (2009)
Bachelor of Physical Education and Health-Kinesiology (Hons.) University of Toronto (2011)
Poliquin International Certification Program Level 2 (2011)
Ontario Kinesiology Association, Registered Kinesiologist (2012-2014)
Russian Ketllebell Certification- Certified Instructor (2015)
Stretch to Win- Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (2015)
Anatomy Trains, Gait Assessment and Optimization (2016)
Heart and Stroke Foundation Certified CPR and First Aid (2016-2017)
Sports have been a big part of my life ever since I can remember. Playing for various football (soccer) clubs from the age of four and martial arts from the age of ten.
Even though my love for sport was evident from a young age I never considered a career in fitness until I moved to Australia where I accidentally came across a fitness course at the Fitness Institute of Australia which seemed like a great path to take. Ten years later I am as passionate about fitness as ever.
I have had pleasure of working with amazing athletes along the way, being mentored by outstanding sportsmen and training alongside them. The experience gained over the years have been invaluable, molding the style of my training to what I believe works in the long term for my clients.
My philosophy is largely based around sports. I have been taught to break down the athletes ability in performing their discipline, analyse what is required of them to perform the movement effectively and develop a plan to address issues to facilitate success.
Even though we are not all athletes I believe the same approach can be used for my clients looking at what is needed to be effective in our daily chores and activities, Largely addressing what is needed to stay pain free and healthy, enjoying life along the way.
I believe the goal should always be to feel good and a great looking body comes as a reward for the hard work.
Fitness Institute Australia Certificate III (2009)
Certified gym instructor
Certified group instructor
Certified older adults instructor
Fitness Institute of Australia Certificate IV (2010)
Fitness institute Australia diploma of fitness (2012)
Olympic lifting mobility and execution - Serhii Hrechkosii (world masters weight lifting champion)
Power lifting mobility and execution - Volodymyr Ivanenko (multiple time world and European powerlifting champion and record holder)
CPR with red cross (current)
Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Specialist (2018)
Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist (2018)
Mentored by Andrew Richardson (MSpsc. ,BSpSc. AssDipAppSc., MExcerSc)
Mentored by Paul batman (M.sc, BS, PhD)
I always knew that I belonged in healthcare because from an early age on, I was fascinated by health. I constantly keep on redefining my view on what a healthy life entails as I've taken on many roles in the health care field. From working as a Registered Nurse in Switzerland, to working as a Physiotherapy Assistant in Toronto and now working as a Personal Trainer. The question of how to live a healthy, balanced and sustainable life has always been on my mind. I believe in a holistic approach and movement/physical fitness is one of the main pillars needed in a healthy life. Movement has been a part of my life from an early age. I was a figure skater for 13 years and participated in international competitions for the Swiss National Team in Synchronized Figure Skating. Back then, my priorities were very one sided when it came to my fitness and health goals and I didn't take proper care of my body and mind. Throughout the years, I realized that there is more to fitness and health than one’s physical appearance. It's important to fuel and nourish your body properly and to exercise or move on a daily basis in order to keep the body healthy, strong and functioning properly. There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to your health. As a trainer I understand that each person has different needs and goals when it comes to their health and I see it as my job to help them get on their individual health path. Aside from keeping your body well and healthy, I realized over the years that it's also important to keep the mind healthy. Practicing mindfulness is just one way to work on that.
Personally aside from working out, I'm very passionate about nutrition, cooking, gardening and writing, and am continuously eager to learn more and expand my understanding about healthy sustainable living.
Professionally I made it my goal in life to help and guide anyone who asks for assistance to develop and balance their health, fitness and well-being, physically as well as mentally. This involves assisting people to find their own path to a healthy sustainable life and addressing all aspects of well-being in this process so that people create and maintain a healthy relationship to themselves, other people and their environment. I want to contribute to the positive change in people’s lives.
Diploma in health and natural sciences in Switzerland (2010)
Nursing diploma in Switzerland (2013)
Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer Certificate (2016)
Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant diploma (2016)
Active Aging Online Certificate (2018)
ATS Level 1 Anatomy Of A Work Out (2018)
CPR certification (renewing annually)
Functional Anatomy Specialist, FAS Level 1 (2019)
Anatomy of Movement Introduction Certificate, Zona Fitness Academy (2019)
I have been involved in athletics and fitness since I was first introduced to swimming at the age of 10 months by my grandma. From then on, I’ve had a passion for striving to achieve my physical and mental best in everything that I set out to do. With a love for learning and 7 years experience as a competitive champion rowing athlete and coach, I have come to trust that ‘knowledge is power’ when it comes to aiming to achieve one’s goals: motivation to achieve any goal requires physical, as well as mental focus and dedication, which ultimately all begins with the need for knowledge. My versatile knowledge-base has allowed me to work with clients ranging from young athletes to elderly cancer-survivors. Along with friendship, I provide fitness education and lifestyle consulting through offering functional training for every-day life specific to occupation and past-time activities, strength training and nutrition for fat-loss, nutrient supplementation protocols, as well as back and core stability training to improve posture, balance, physique, and confidence.
With a BFA and MA, my academic background is in art production as well as art and architectural history and conservation. I turned to the field of personal training after experiencing a life-altering loss in my family when I decided to re-assess my life goals and my career. Inspired by my own personal trainer at the time, I discovered I had an intense yearning for directly improving the quality of lives of others around me to live their best lives. Becoming a personal trainer has allowed me to inspire and motivate others to adopt a balanced lifestyle and holistic wellbeing (mind/body/spirit) in order to manage life’s inevitable stresses and hurdles on the road toward achieving one’s goals.
When I am not training, I love spending time connecting with nature and continuing to keep up with my artistic practice in oil painting and photography. I am also currently pursuing a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
BFA in Painting – Queen’s University (2007)
MA in Art & Architectural History – York University (2010)
Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, Level 2 practitioner certification (2012)
Personal Trainer Specialist certification - Canfitpro (2013)
CPR A (2013- current)
TRX Suspension Trainer certification (2013)
Nutrition for Weight-loss Specialist certification – Canfitpro (2014)
Bootcamp Instructor certification – GoodLife Fitness (2014)
Foundations of Kettlebell Hardstyle - Darby Training Systems (2015)
BioPrint Practitioner, Level 1 & 2 certification - Charles Poliquin, Strength Sensei (2015, 2016)
Fascial Stretch Therapy, Level 1 certification - Stretch to Win/Darby Training Systems (2016)
Holistic Nutrition student - The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (2017- current)
Team Training Coach
I have been working in the fitness industry for 12 yrs. I started out in customer service and administration but after participating in my first group fitness class I quickly realized I was on the wrong side of the business. Group fitness inspired me to become a fitness instructor and then a certified Fitness Instructor Specialist with Canfitpro. I have been teaching classes for over 11 years now. I love to coach and motivate people to become better versions of themselves in high energy group environments.
I have been active and involved with sport and fitness since I can remember, and even before that. I started figure skating when I was 4yrs old and didn’t leave the ice for the next 18yrs. During my childhood and teen years I also played on many select and house league sports teams. During university I developed a passion for running. I ran mostly to stay active and fit. It wasn’t until later in my life I started goal setting, challenging myself and running races. I recently completed a relay run from Toronto to Montreal, personally running over 50km.
In addition to teaching group fitness classes, and setting fitness goals, I have also have had many personal trainers over the years. They have taught me how move my body properly, the importance of mobility and how to strength train. I have transferred this knowledge into my group and team training classes. My passion is motivating people to do their ultimate best.
Fitness Instructor Specialists - Canfitpro
Certified Les Mils Body Attack Instructor- GoodLife Fitness
Certified Les Mills AIM 1 Body Attack -GoodLife Fitness
Certified Les Mills GRIT Instructor - GoodLife Fitness
Bootcamp Instructor certification – GoodLife Fitness
CPR-C and AED certification - Canfitpro
Holistic Nutrition Graduate: The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition