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

Name: Denise

Education and Certification: Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (distinction) CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist.

Experience: Almost 20 years of experience holding titles such as Fitness Trainer, Exercise Therapist (musculoskeletal rehabilitation), Conditioning Therapist (functional conditioning, work hardening and return to work planning), Activation Therapist (behavioral and lifestyle counseling and goal setting), Kinesiologist (exercise and chronic disease), Clinical Trials Coordinator and Research 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 lifestyle during her adolescent years by becoming physically active and adopting healthier eating habits which set the course for her future education and career. Denise loves sunrises, the feeling of sunshine on her face and being outside in the fresh air.

Denise says: “Comparison is the thief of joy”. – Theodore Roosevelt


Name: Sarah

Education and Certification: Bachelor 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.

Sarah says: "You will never know your limits until you push them yourself”

Name: Jim

Education and Certifications: 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.

Jim says: “Always exercise with a purpose. Create achievable goals to gain motivation then challenge yourself as you progress”

Name: Andrea

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Anthropology, Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-CPT

Experience: I have been a certified personal trainer since 2015 and have experience with small group training. I have been running since 2011, everything from 5ks to full marathons.

Personal Note: Fun fact: I still play Pokémon Go daily.  3623 0498 1924

Andrea says: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” - Winston Churchill

Name: Carlyn

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Kinesiology. CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer, MFC-Pre/Postnatal Fitness

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 has significant experience working with individuals who are pre/post hip and knee surgery, and post-cardiac procedure. She is certified in Pre and Postnatal Exercise and has a lot of experience working with this clientele. She also does occupational testing for first-responders (fire, police, law enforcement, and 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.

Carlyn says: “You can do anything, no matter your ability”!

Name: Daniel

Education and Certification: Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)

Experience: Daniel has worked with Recreation Services since 2012, filling in at 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.

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

Name: Leighton

Education and Certification: Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-CPT, Masters of Physical Therapy Student

Experience: I’ve been working with Recreation Services as a Personal Trainer/Occupational Examiner and Fitness Attendant for the last four and a half years. I also work at St Amant, where they believe in creating and maintaining a community that promotes personal health and safety, regardless of one’s developmental disability.

Personal Note: : Exercise should be fun and engaging, if it’s not, change it up!

Leighton says: “Be comfortable with the uncomfortable”

Name: Jennifer

Education and Certifications: 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.

Jen says: “With Grit and Grace”

Name: Darren

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-CPT

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

Personal Note: Darren has experience with many types of weightlifting, as well as marathon running in the past. Darren works to make sessions challenging, informative and fun. He enjoys an active lifestyle, and will challenge anyone to a 1-on-1 game of basketball

Darren says: “Work smarter AND harder”.

CeeJay Name: CeeJay

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of 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 in both the fitness and rehab world.

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

CeeJay says: “Every day is a new day to make a mark. Make it count”


Name: Adam

Education and Certifications: Masters of Science - Sport Biomechanics, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (BESS), CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Olympic Weightlifting Level 1, Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 2.

Experience: 16 years of training experience. 8 years of sport specific training experience including Olympic and National team athletes. Occupational training and testing. Functional movement screening.

Personal Note: I am a sucker for inspirational/motivational quotes.

Adam says: “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.”

Name: Antoni

Role: Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Kinesiology, CSEP-CPT, and Emergency First Aid and CPR certified

Experience: I have been working in the fitness industry for over 6 years training a wide variety of clients from people just starting out, to athletes of all levels, to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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 experience and play a role in everyone’s life.

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

Name: Olivia

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Kinesiology- Athletic Therapy, 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)!

Olivia says: “Your body is your first and only home. Treat it with gratitude and it will show you gratitude in return”

Name: Mikayla

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Kinesiology. NSCA- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, MFC - Group Fitness, Sport Conditioning; CPR-C First Aid.

Experience: Training a variety of clients from many walks of life, abilities, levels and goals. Group Fitness Instructor in HITT and Resistance Training classes. Supervised Fieldwork under Dr. Todd Duhamel, incorporating physical activity into the lives of our ageing population. 5+ years of resistance training and 10+ years of Judo and many other sports. Lifestyle counseling to those with chronic disease under the supervision of Dr. Fiona Moola.

Personal Note: Due to multiple chronic injuries during my childhood, organized sports were not an option for me to be active with. Despite this, I’ve made a commitment to myself to stay healthy, which is why I started resistance training. Now my passion is to motivate others to become active and to take charge of their health, to continue working on becoming the best version of themselves. My favourite part of my job is seeing the "Ah ha!" moments with clients once they connect what they have learned to their own situation and from there, creating positive change in their lives.

Mikayla says: "You get what you focus on in

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Name: Ryan B.

Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Kinesiology, 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: Ryan grew up playing hockey in Winnipeg. He has experience coaching one-on-one with athletes and other demographics to help clients attain their personalized goals. Enjoys cooking, reading, training, and spending time outdoors in his spare time.

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

Nolan Name: Nolan

Education and Certifications: MSc(c), Bachelor of Kinesiology, 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.

Nolan says: “Every day is a good day”!


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

"Transition periods usually bring a feeling of discomfort as routines and habits continue to be adjusted. While I have been used to coaching and personal training throughout my high school and collegiate career, the transition out of the student autonomy associated with balancing full time work and study brought a unique challenge of finding a training regimen that supports my daily routine. Deciding to work with Daniel has been just the coaching that I needed to regulate my training intensity with a focus on improving my mindset and skill-set - technique, endurance, stamina before strength and intensity. Read Bhanu's full testimonial