Here's the short version of how I went from thinking "why would anyone go to a gym when they could just go outside?" to becoming a personal trainer and studio owner! (Plus, where I'm going next.)
You can scroll down to see my home studio and see a list of my certifications and experience, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time.
I originally went to college for outdoor adventure guiding, and worked in Killarney running canoeing, kayaking, and hiking trips until 2010. (I still run annual yoga + nature retreats there, it's my favourite place in the world!)
In 2011 I lead trips at a summer camp that that ran a program to help young girls learn to love their bodies and live active, healthy lives. This inspired an appreciation of "formal" fitness, and after moving to Waterloo I surprised myself and joined a local gym.
During my time at the gym I got a job at the front desk, then a personal trainer who helped me appreciate what fitness could be. In 2012 I became a trainer myself, and it's been my jam ever since!
As I learned more about physical exercise over the years, my appreciation and amazement of the mind/body connection inspired me to go back to school so I could expand my work.
I'm currently completing an Undergrad degree in Social Development Studies, with the eventual goal of a Masters in Social Work or Counselling Psychology (I haven't decided yet!)
I love to have a bright space for working out, with plants for good energy,
I now run a small fitness studio out of my home in addition to training online, and I focus on what makes me feel the best:
blending body and mindset training!
I also have two of the most adorable and demanding coworkers who helped keep me sane during the lockdowns, and are keen to cheer you on during your workouts as well!
(Twiggy is on the left, Beau on the right.)
I love to learn, and make sure I stay up-to-date with latest research and trends so my clients can get the best results - and have the most fun!
Alongside my investment in certifications I include regular attendance at the Toronto Canadian Fitness Professionals Conference, as well as yearly practical workshops covering topics such as knee and back health, pre & post natal exercise, weight loss, anatomy, yoga practice & teaching, coaching & goal setting.
I've also been a guest on both Rogers TV and CTV Kitchener with fitness tips, which was simultaneously terrifying and super fun!