Brandi Venne

Personal Trainer

I believe that eating a balanced diet and exercising plays an important role in living a long, healthy and happy life. By having a healthy lifestyle you will reduce health risks, feel better, have more energy, sleep better and age better. My passion is helping my clients improve their quality of life with exercise and proper nutrition.

Everyone has a different goal and I love creating a custom plan for each person . I create workouts that give my clients a fun, positive and empowering experience .

I was an elite distance runner and I had the opportunity to work with high level coaches. I was able to understand the importance of body mechanics and proper technique.  I became a running coach and that passion lead me to become a personal trainer and owning a fitness facility.

Des

Personal Trainer

Favourite Workout

My favourite workout is a combination of cardio and strength training. Working will all the major muscle groups such as going from biceps to triceps followed by working with the abs, back, shoulders, quads, gluten and chest in a fast-paced manner.

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What do you like most about being a personal trainer?

I have a lot of experience working with strength and conditioning coaches, so I’ve put in a lot of strength and sports conditioning into my “routines”

I love seeing the gains working with clients who are new to working out and seeing their gains towards their fitness goals.

I have a growing interest in coaching teams and individuals for competitions including triathlons, marathons and other long distance “events”

Favourite Inspirational Quote “You become what you think about most of the time” – Michelle Pawson

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Janet

Personal Trainer

May name is Janet Davidson and I have been in the fitness industry since leg warmers and the Jane Fonda workout were popular.  I have seen many fads and trends come and go but certain facts remain, there is no magic pill or potion, no certain food to eat or avoid, no ten minute workout that will shake the fat from your body the road to health may not be quick and it can be challenging but whether or not you want run a marathon, improve your golf game, drop a few pounds of have more energy for family I can help you get there.

I know what it is like to be overweight and unfit.  I went from being an overweight couch potato to an endurance athlete. I know the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and fit body.  Exercise and eating healthy is not a punishment.  A healthy body is a gift we give ourselves.  It is a privilege to be a part of someone’s journey to health.

Amanda

Personal Trainer

Growing up in North Bay for me meant playing a variety of sports, recreational as well as competitive. As I grew older, I started introducing strength training to help improve my athletic abilities.

What I like most about being a fitness trainer is seeing people achieve things they never thought they could do. It could be something as simple as being able to do a full push up or walking up the stairs at home without being out of breath. There is a continuous motivation to stay active and fit and be an inspiration for my clients.

One thing I think that makes me different from other trainers is that I like to  let them know results that I’ve got from the workout. My Sports and Conditioning background has also given me the skills and tools required to train athletes, incorporating plyometrics, agility, speed as well as teaching Olympic Style weightlifting for power and strength.

Favourite Workout: Interval training. I like to incorporate different types of equipment as well as movements and styles (cardio, strength, step, kettlebell, etc.). As for a strictly cardio workout, a beautiful day calls for an outside run!

Most memorable client: My most memorable moment related to results achieved through physical activity doesn’t relate to one single individual. I have several clients who struggle daily with health related issues regarding their heart, Osteoporosis, and Spinal Stenosis. What makes me happy is to hear them say that their doctor has said that a major cause of why their symptoms have not progressed is because they have been following a safe and effective fitness program. Their hearts are stronger, bone density scans have come back with little to no progression, and back pain is minimal, even sometimes nonexistent. Those are the reason I love my job, I am improving their quality of life.

Favourite Quote: “Pain is temporary; pride is forever, never give up!”

“Working out isn’t easy, being overweight isn’t easy, put them together and it’s even harder, but once you overcome the pain and struggle, you can’t help but to be proud of your accomplishments and even more importantly, be proud of who you are!”

Robert

Personal Trainer

What made you get into the fitness field?

I truly enjoy helping others be the best version of themselves they can be.  At the same time, I also have a selfish reason. My clients & students help keep me honest.  They force me to practice what I preach.

“The fitness field is where I have always flourished and been the happiest in my life.”

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What makes you different from other trainers (style, techniques, motivation, qualifications/specialty training etc)?

 

  • I am a recognized Canadian National Athlete & Coach
  • I have competed  worldwide  for Kickboxing, Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • I have produced Junior & Adult Kickboxing & Muay Thai Champions
  • I can work with the recreational athlete to the elite level athlete
  • Along with my elite level training, I can also offer nutritional counseling, workout periodization and supplementation counseling.
  • 1 can work with you 1 on 1 or in a large group
  •  Cross Training for higher level of performance in sports.  Some examples of past athletes I have assisted are  obstacle race athletes (Tough Mudder, Spartan), YMCA Titans & Coach’s, Ringuette Team, Nordic Ski Team, Snowboarders, Hockey Teams, Volleyball Teams, plus, plus, plus

 

  • I have also initiated several very extremely effective fitness and weight loss programs

What is your favorite type of workout to do personally (cardio, strength, yoga, kettle-bell, spin etc)? Why?

My favorite would have to be the combat sports; Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These sports take all aspects of training; aerobic, anaerobic, strength training, flexibility and nutrition. As well as the mental fortitude that these rigorous sports require.

What is something you struggle with most related to staying active and healthy (food, cardio, strength, stretching etc.)? I want to show everyone we are humans and we have to work for it too, they are not alone!

When I am getting ready for competitions, I deprive myself of anything unhealthy for extended periods of time as the food I am eating is fuel.  Eating the same things day in and out prior to competition can grate on your sanity and test will power.  After the competition is over and I am  finally able to indulge & rest; the sweets take over!  My Achilles heel would have to be baked goods & chocolat. It’s sometimes very hard to return to training once you’ve tasted freedom. (lol)

Most memorable fitness transformation you would like to share

My most memorable fitness transformation was going from a 207lbs ”body building enthusiast” to a 155lbs Kickboxer.  I did this inside of 8 months (having my first fight when I met weight).

What do you like most about being a Fitness Trainer?

Being able to share and pass on my passion for the Martial Arts, fitness, nutrition etc. to those of like mind.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

I have two:

Train Hard, Fight Easy!

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Jennifer

Personal Trainer

After spending the last 8 years in the Nutrition/Weight loss field I felt Personal Training would be the

perfect compliment on my health and wellness path. I’ve always had a passion for helping other’s and

enjoy sharing in the happiness of goals being reached and exceeded! I’ll be there to encourage you on

both your good and bad days, and I’ll prove to you that with some determination and drive that

anything is possible!

Favorite Quote

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. (Aristotle)

Favorite Workout

I personally enjoy circuit training, getting the heart rate up and getting my “sweat on”!

Corey

Personal Trainer

I started my personal training career in North Bay and spent time training in the Toronto area as well.   I’m back in North Bay and looking forward to reconnecting with the great people of the community.  I have worked with various types of people from those just trying to get in shape to individuals with special needs along with athletes and celebrities.  I believe that training is an important part of improving your health and well-being. Through my many years of personal training I have learned that everyone is unique and has different goals.  I believe that improving your fitness is simple but it’s important to have a plan and work at the appropriate pace and having a trainer help you is a great way to reach your fitness goals.

I am very pleased to be a part of the team at The Next Step.