Meet Our Trainers!
We are committed to providing the highest quality of fitness assessment, counseling and training by only employing staff who are certified though the Canadian Society of Exercise Phyisology (CSEP) as either Certified Personal Trainers or Certified Exercise Physiologists.  Our trained and qualified staff will inspire, educate and motivate you to make active living an essential part of your day! 

Fitness & Personal Training Staff


Denise, B.Kin, CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist

About: Almost 20 years of experience holding such titles as Fitness Trainer, Exercise Therapist, Conditioning Therapist, Activiation Therapist, Kinesiologist and Clinical Trials and Reseach Assistant.

Personal Note: Faith and family are very important to Denise. She has 3 beautiful children with her husband. She was an overweight child and changed her life during her adolescent and teen years by becoming physically active and adopting healthier eatin habits which set the course for her future education and career.


Sarah, Bachelors of Kinesiology, CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), EIMC Level 2 

Experience: Sarah has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba. Sarah has recently completed fieldwork placement where she gained practical experience working with chronic disease populations and medical rehabilitation.

Motto: You will never know your limits until you push them yourself


Jim, Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer

Experience: Fieldwork experience with Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba working with Diving and Curling. Specialty – Stability and lower body strength/power training

Personal Note: I have always been involved in sports as I grew up. I eventually specialized in Curling and have represented Canada at the 2015 World University Games. The amount of time Olympic athletes commit to training gives me the motivation to train and improve in my discipline with the goal of making it to the Olympics.

Motto: Always exercise with a purpose. Create achievable goals to gain motivation then challenge yourself as you progress.


Andrea, CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer

About: Andrea has a Bachelor of Kinesiology and BA in Psychology and Anthropology. She has 1 year of personal training experience and over 5 years of training experience for half marathons. She is a group training leader for running programs, SMART goal setting and resistance training.  Andrea is based out of the Joe Doupe Recreation Centre at our Bannatyne campus location.

Motto/Philosphy: "Never judge a run by the first mile", and her all time favorite "are you ready to have some fun?"


Carlyn, Bachelor of Kinesiology. CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer

Experience: Carlyn has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Winnipeg. She has worked with younger to older adults across a variety of fitness levels. She also has experience working with individuals who are pre/post hip and knee surgery, post-cardiac event, as well as pre/post-natal. Carlyn also does occupational testing for first-responders (fire, police, paramedic).

Personal Note: I offer a unique perspective to personal training, as I personally understand there are varying adaptions and modifications needed for each individual to get the most out of exercise. My main focus when we work together is your safety, understanding, and enjoyment of the exercises, to help you reach your goals.

Motto: You can do anything, no matter your ability!

Kaileigh, 4th year Kinesiology student, Certified in Resistance Training and Group Fitness Training through the Manitoba Fitness Council. Currently working on my CSEP CPT and my Step and Choreography Certifications. CPR and Emergency First Aid Certified as well as Certified First Responder through Arctic Star.

Experience: Working with children’s activity programs through Mini-U, teaching physical literacy to children and adults through swimming lessons.

Personal Note: Strong believer in positivity is key. Big fan of dogs, dancing and the outdoors. I have interests in personal training as well as teaching group fitness classes. I am a strong advocate for body positivity as well as health at every size.

Motto: Fitness should be fun! Find ways to move your body that you actually enjoy! Move your body because you love your body, not because you hate it.


Daniel, Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)

Experience: Daniel has worked with recreation services since 2012 filling in a variety of roles such as fitness attendant, personal trainer, occupational tester and administrative assistant. He has worked with a wide variety of clients across the spectrum of age, abilities and goals.

Personal Note: Personal interests include pursuing music with his bands, back-country kayak touring, long distance cycling, weight lifting, cooking, eating and reading.

Motto: Overall wellness is greater than just physical health; strive to achieve balance in all aspects of life.


Leighton, Bachelor of Kinesiology,  CSEP-CPT

Experience: I don’t consider myself having a specialty in one area, if anything I have obtained some level of knowledge from many categories over my two and a half years of experience in the field.

Personal Note: Enjoy keeping active and maintain a healthy lifestyle whether I’m swimming, cycling, ice climbing, weight training etc.

Motto: Don’t just practice what you preach, justify your reasoning

Jennifer, Bachelor Exercise Sport Science, CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)

Experience: Working as a certified professional since 2005 with diverse clientele ranging from the competitive athletes to those completely new to exercise. Pre & Post Natal Exercise. Lifestyle behavior change.

Personal Note: I have experienced the power that exercise and physical activity can have in a person’s life. It can help to rebuild, re-shape and uncover your identity, bring you a sense of control and empowerment and even mend what feels like a broken life. My passion is to help others discover that power and the role that exercise may play in their life.

Motto: “With Grit and Grace”


Darren, B.Kin, CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer

About: Darren has worked with a variety of populations, including individuals living with chronic disease. Darren has experience training for weight loss, strength as well as for rehabilitation.

Motto/Philosphy: Work smarter AND harder.

Klein, Bachelor of Kinesiology, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Experience: I have worked as a personal trainer for about two years, in which I have trained a variety of clients, from youth to older adults to pro athletes. I have been training for about 10 years and can confidently say that I am knowledgeable in most exercise movements.

Personal Note: Growing up, basketball has always been my favorite sport. Unfortunately, after multiple shoulder injuries, I had to get surgery. My doctor told me to quit basketball to avoid further damage to my joints. Consequently, I focused on getting better and stronger, and that’s when my passion for weight lifting grew. Moral of the story: “when one door closes, another one opens!”

Motto: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” 


CeeJay, BSC- Kinesiology (AT), CAT(C), CSEP- Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Certified first responder, audio and spirometric tech, drug and alcohol tester.

Experience: Has experience working with general population and  athletes both in the fitness and rehab world.

Personal Note: Loves helping people achieve and become the best versions of themselves.

Motto: Every day is a new day to make a mark. Make it count!


Adam, CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist

About: Master of Science specializing in Sport Mechanics, NSCA-CSCS, Olympic Weightlifting Level 1, FMS Level 2. Adam has 8 years of sport specific training experience including Olympic and National team athletes. Adam also has experience in occupational training and testing and functional movement screening.

Motto/Philosphy: When things don't happen right away, just remember: it takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota.


Antoni, Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-CPT, NSCA- CSCS , NCCP Weightlifting Level 1

Experience: Fitness classes for 3 years, completed fieldwork placement w/ bison sport assisting in training/preparing/coaching the university’s varsity athletes and developmental program.

Personal Note: I am passionate about helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle, educating them on how to exercise to most effectively and safely achieve their goals! I am a firm believer that physical activity should be a positive exerience and play a role in everyone's life!

Motto: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle.

Leah, Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Currently in 1st year of Masters of Physical Therapy program

Experience: Personal Training experience. I was a fitness consultant on a research project involving cardiovascular disease and women.

Motto: “If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind."

Olivia, B.Kin-AT, CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Athletic Therapist, FMS Level 1

Experience: Olivia has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba with a specialty in Athletic Therapy. She also has over 3 years of hands-on experience in gyms, clinics and on the field working with athletes and community members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. She approaches fitness from the mindset that it is not only important to look your best, but also feel and move your best so that you can enjoy life to the fullest and accomplish your goals in a supportive and personalized environment.

Personal Note: Olivia is a former competitive dancer and current triathlete (that’s swim, bike and run)!

Motto: Your body is your first and only home, treat it with gratitude and it will show you gratitude in return!

Dominique, Fitness and Health Diploma, Algonquin College, CSEP-CPT, DTS level, TRX 1-1 training, Bootcamp certified

Experience: I worked as a personal trainer for over 3 years and what I loved most about it was that I had the opportunity to teach my clients what they were doing and making sure they understand the “why” behind it as well. To me, that’s the most important part of physical activity and fitness; to understand why you are doing the exercise you are doing to get the most benefits from it.

Personal Note: I have always been involved in physical activity growing up, but my main focus was gymnastics. I participated in competitive gymnastics for over 12 years. I moved to Winnipeg in 2013, from Ottawa. I am now studying at the university towards my kinesiology degree and wanting to go into teaching, to educate high school students. I would love to do more traveling in the near future to South America, Caribbean and Europe.

Motto: The word impossible says “I’m possible”. You just have to look at things in a different perspective to have a better outcome.

Darrell, Diploma in Medical Office Administration (MOA), Standard First Aid/ CPR level C Certificate/ AED, Industrial First Responder level III, Obtaining a Bachelor of Kinesiology- Athletic Therapy (ATCC).

Experience: Skilled in preventative care such as massage, taping, and stretching. I am also knowledgeable for providing proper techniques to obtain a healthy fitness experience to the general population.

Personal Note: The Athletic Therapy program has changed my life and the way I see fitness as a whole. I find myself being constantly amazed of the people around me continuing to push and strive; obtaining their personal goals in the gym and in life.

Motto: The peacefulness I have today was worth everything I gave up

Gabby, Bachelors of kinesiology, CPR, currently working towards NSCA-CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification.

Experience: I am in my third year of kinesiology and once I finish this degree I plan to pursue a masters in physical therapy. I have worked in two Physiotherapy clinic which has given me experience working with all ages and all physical levels. This has allowed me to further my knowledge and love for learning, physical activity and rehabilitation.

Personal Note: I myself have played soccer for 17 years and in the past 5 years have actively participated in weightlifting, running and yoga.  

Motto: Have courage and be kind

Karissa, Bachelor of Kinesiology (Spring 2018, U of M), Faculty of Education (present - Spring 2020)

Experience: I am a proud member of the Bison Women’s Hockey team going into my last year. I love everything to do with being on the lake and living a fun, healthy life.

Personal Note: I love everything to do with being on the lake and living a fun, healthy life.

Motto: Always do more of what makes you happy.

Matthew, Currently in my fourth year of studies in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program, pursuing a Master of Physical Therapy degree, currently pursuing CSEP-CEP and NSCA-CSCS certifications

Experience: One and a half years of strength and conditioning coach experience. Minimal personal training experience. Specialty: finding unique and novel exercise prescriptions to elicit the specific fitness adaptations that an individual desires.

Personal Note: I love the opportunity to improve people’s health and quality of life, and/or optimize their performance using exercise. The capacities of the human body are truly amazing and it is awesome to see what people are capable of doing with their bodies; along with the growth that they can achieve in various areas.
Motto: Simply put, “Movement is Medicine"

Mikayla, Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin); NSCA- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), CPR-C First Aid

Experience: Supervised Fieldwork under Dr. Todd Duhamel incorporating physical activity into the lives of our ageing population; 5+ years resistance training; 10+ years of Judo as well as various other sports; Lifestyle counseling to those with chronic disease under the supervision of Dr. Fiona Moola.  

Personal Note: Due to multiple chronic injuries I sustained during my childhood, organized sport is not an option for me to stay active. Despite this, I’ve made a commitment to myself to keep stay healthy, despite the setbacks, which is why I started resistance training. Now my passion is motivating people from all walks of life, to get active, take charge of their health, and continue working every day to become the best version of themselves they can be.  

Motto: Whether you’re a novice to the gym, or an Olympian, we’re all always learning. Be open to change and the experience of others.

 Ryan B.
Ryan B., B. Kin, CSEP- Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), EIMC Level 1

Experience: Ryan is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology.

Personal Note: Grew up playing hockey in Winnipeg. Has experience coaching one-on-one with athletes and other demographics to help clients attain their personalized goals. Enjoys cooking, reading, training, spending time outdoors in his spare time.

Motto: There are exercises for everyone to enjoy! Keep looking; you just haven’t found it yet.

 Ryan S
Ryan S., 4th year Athletic Therapy student working towards the B-KIN-AT certification

Experience: 4 years in the field and gained experience with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Bison Football Team, U18 Women’s Jr. Bison team, 2017 Canada Summer Games, and was involved in clinical research in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences. He also holds titles such as strength and conditioning coach, assistant therapist, and research assistant.

Personal Note: Currently Ryan is the President of the Athletic Therapy Students’ Association and a national level bodybuilder.

Motto: Always challenge yourself by looking adversity in the eye.

Nolan Nolan T., MSc(c), BKin, CSEP-CEP

Experience: Nolan has been working with clients of various backgrounds since 2016. His passion is for helping people with a wide range of chronic diseases and abilities. Nolan hopes to help his clients and gym members meet their lifestyle goals so they can live happy and fulfilling lives.

Personal Note: Nolan is a Master of Science (Kinesiology) at the University of Manitoba. Nolan’s research interests include brain health,  frailty,  and cardiovascular disease. Nolan’s goal as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and researcher is  to  help create better health outcomes for people in Canada across their lifespan.

Motto: Every day is a good day!

Evan Evan, 4th year Kinesiology working towards CSEP-CEP

Experience: Being involved in the local fitness community by participating in various workout groups, races, and events. I am currently doing a supervised fieldwork course at a gym where I am learning the practical side of personal, and group training.

Personal Note: I am big into long distance running, and am a strong believer in community fitness groups, as well as incorporating exercise into one’s life on a daily basis.

Motto: Anything is possible. But you have to believe, and you have to fight.

Mori Mori, Bachelor in Sports Physiology, Masters in Sports Biomechanics

Experience: Corrective exercises trainer and Massage Therapist

Personal Note: Listen to, and respect your body.

Motto:I think the best start to becoming the best version of ourselves is investing time and energy in our body. You start, and we will be the help along the way. Corrective exercises can fix most muscular abnormalities (knock-knee, bow-knee, slouched back). Feel free to ask about the exercises.

Client Testimonials

Here is what some of our clients had to say about their personal training experiences:

"I started training with Adam because I was preparing myself for surgery on my left knee, and wanted to get as strong as possible before visiting my surgeon. After a couple of months of working with Adam, my goals changed to strengthening and avoiding another operation.  I worked with Adam for about four months and my knees have never felt better."

- Jasmine Brewster

"Every session with Meaghan left me physically and mentally challenged, and I can honestly say that I started to see results during and after my training sessions with her.  She worked out with me as opposed to telling me what to do, which I found motivating. At the end of our training sessions, she provided me with detailed training plans based on what we had done together.  I still use these to date."

- Maria Ongare

"Eric has been instrumental in helping me achieve the confidence and balance I was always striving for.  Each session continues to feel like an accomplishment, whether it is completing one more rep than before, lifting additional weight or even overcoming a previous mental block.  Eric's ability to articulate his knowledge, expertise and philosophy is second-to-none and has been influential in providing direction and a blueprint to accomplish my goals."

- Bhanu Pilli

"after a sudden injury last summer that required surgery, I knew I needed professional help to get back into shape.  Andrea has helped me recover my stamina and strength and has pusehd me to achieve new levels of fitness I didn't know I could achieve..."

- Teresa Cooper

"Adam adds vital education and motivation through each session with me. He is patient with me, genuinely cares a lot about my wellness and improvement, and ensures that I have good exercise habits. Each session I inch closer towards not only meeting my goals, but expanding them to new areas that I never before thought possible. Throughout this process not only have I added a knowledgeable personal trainer, but I have also gained a new friend."

- Robert Mizzi

"After I had recovered from two cancer operations and six months of chemotherapy, my doctor – knowing how physically active I once had been – recommended that I should engage the services of a personal trainer in helping me to retain at least a little of what I had lost in the previous three years. Being a member of the UM, I naturally thought of your Faculty first; and in 2010 was put in contact with Miss Jennifer Bryant (as she then was) and began a series of monthly training sessions with her in your building on campus. Read A.M.C Waterman's full testimonial

"I started my position at the Bannatyne Campus just over 5 years ago. I was excited to start my new job and one of the perks was the fact that the gym was, literally, right down the hall from my office. I experience chronic pain in my back/hip and every medical professional that I went to see recommended regular exercise as a way to manage the pain. I had also been diagnosed with high cholesterol a few years before and, again, exercise is a very important way of managing cholesterol levels. I signed up for my membership and got into a habit of getting out of bed early and spending an hour in the gym. Read Glenda Parson's full testimonial