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I UNDERSTAND THE DIFFICULTIES OF CHANGE & I'VE DONE IT



Eat well, sleep well and exercise.
I'm not one of those personal trainers who was born lean and loves spending hours and hours sweating in the gym and taking selfies.

As a kid, my clothes came from the Husky Boys section.

As a young adult, I smoked and spent hours sitting – in front of a computer or television, behind a steering wheel or on a bar stool. I bought gym memberships, but didn’t use them. My diet was poor. I was round, soft, heavy and unhealthy.

In my early 40s, I fell in with a couple friends who liked beer as much as they liked waking early every Sunday, pulling on garish lycra and riding road bikes.

It took just a few minutes on a borrowed bike to realize I was badly out of shape. My friends were much faster and fitter – old guys on old bikes were faster, too.

I started slowly – the only speed I could manage – riding regularly. My diet evolved and I felt better. Then I started doing some strength training. And running. I looked better. I had much more energy. Visits with my doctor became shorter, with fewer scary lectures.

Crossing the finish line.Sprinting across the finish line at 57.
On my 48th birthday, I competed in my first race, 40k of cross country mountain biking. More than a decade later, I still enjoy hammering up hills on a bike, running on the Beach, on Don Valley trails or just a fun 100k road bike ride.

I've finished 33 races, events including cross-country mountain biking, duathlons, 40k bike time trials, and runs from 8k to a 3:46:13 Scotia Waterfront marathon in 2015. I won my age group in the 2019 Mud Hero Toronto Ultra 10k obstacle course race.

Most days, I'm usually faster than my friends, too.

In my previous career, I was an award-winning commercial photographer, using soft light and Photoshop to make people look their best in magazine and corporate portraits. Now armed with knowledge learned over eight years of studying, I help older adults look and be healthier.

I started training older adults in 2016, after passing the Certified Personal Trainer's Network (CPTN) CPT practical and theoretical exams. In 2018 I earned the "gold standard" American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer designation – scoring 82% on an exam that only 66% of candidates passed.

I also hold current (2020) Red Cross Standard First Aid, CPR C and AED certification, and carry $2-million in liability insurance.

Get strong, get healthy, get up mountains.Pedaling a bike up an actual mountain at 49.


EDUCATION

SENECA COLLEGE (2013-16)
Fitness Leadership Certificate
Graduated with 4.0 GPA. Courses including: anatomy and physiology, nutrition, injury rehabilitation, fitness appraisal, personal training, biomechanics/functional movement and exercise prescription.


UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO (2015)
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Fast Track Seniors Fitness Instructor’s Course.


SrFIT Mature Fitness Training  (2017)  
Specialty Certification, American Academy of Health and Fitness. An in depth course on aging and safe exercise. Covered arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other common afflictions.


HEARTWISE EXERCISE TRAINING (2017) University of Ottawa Heart Institute
In class and online training program to help personal trainers meet the needs of clients with chronic cardiovascular health conditions.

BONE FIT (2017) Osteoporosis Canada's course for safely training people diagnosed with low bone density.

QUIT AND GET FIT (2017) Lung Association's program teaching personal trainer's to help their clients to stop smoking.


DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY/CANVAS (2015) Addressing Weight Bias and Stigma in Obesity.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY/edX
(2016) Introduction to Health and Wellness

THE SCIENCE OF WEIGHTLOSS: DISPELLING DIET MYTHS University of Newcastle/edX (2017)

HARVARD UNIVERSITY/AnatomyX: Musculoskeletal Cases (2018)

ARTHRITIS and EXERCISE: Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (2019)

THE SCIENCE OF STAYING ACTIVE INTO OLD AGE (2020) University of Sheffield/FutureLearn

AGEING WELL: WHY OLDER PEOPLE FALL (2020) Newcastle University/FutureLearn

EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION FOR PREVENTION & TREATMENT OF DISEASE : (2020) Trinity College Dublin/FutureLearn

NUTRITION, EXERCISE and SPORTS: (2020) EdX/Wageningen University & Research.

REVERSING DIABETES: FACT or FICTION? (2020) University of Leicester/FutureLearn

MOVEMENT for HEALTH, FUNCTIONALITY and LONGEVITY (2020) Ideafit

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL SKILLS TO TREAT BACK PAIN: Back Skills Training (BeST) Programme (2021) University of Exeter/FutureLearn

​I've taken additional courses in Health Coaching and Wellness, Motivational Interviewing, nutrition and physiology and have read a mountain of books and scholarly papers on the science of exercise and fitness and worked for a year as a YMCA Personal Trainer.

I am a member of Obesity Canada, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Ontario Society for Health and Fitness.

I also understand the difficulties and roadblocks of change first hand - because I have done it. I don’t judge. I don’t preach, but I teach. And I don’t yell. I just help older adults in the Beach, Leslieville, Leaside and East York get healthier, in the privacy and comfort of their own homes.