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!”
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.”
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!
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.
Work experience related to fitness: Most of my experience within the fitness field has been geared towards a different target market. I have worked with young athletes helping them improve their strength and power for their specific sports. I am eager to use my knowledge and passion for fitness to help my clients not only reach but surpass their fitness goals! What you can expect: With so many fads and trends within the field of fitness I like to keep things simple and focus on these very important aspects which include building strength, improving mobility/flexibility and increasing the overall conditioning of my clients. Personal Information: I am 32 years old from Stratford Ont. I’ve been involved with fitness for over 10 years. I enjoy watching/playing most sports, cooking, and I love dogs. I have my diploma in Strength and Sport Conditioning and I am also a fully certified NCCP Club Coach in Weightlifting.