Personal Story / Philosophy

My background and my approach in training, fitness,
and a healthy lifestyle.

About Me

Forever a fitness aficionado, I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, where my long-standing passion for exercise evolved from simply being a form of recreation, to a career in which I am fortunate to be able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm. More than just a job for me, I enjoy every aspect of being a Personal Trainer – from the training itself, to the ongoing interactions, and especially the ability to make a positive impact on the fitness, health, and overall wellness of others.

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As well as personal training, I also teach martial arts, most specifically Renbukai Karate (Sandan / 3rd degree black belt) and Ryūkyū Kobudō Tesshinkan (Nidan / 2nd degree black belt), plus yoga (Hatha/Ashtanga/Yin).

I began my personal training career in 2003, and have since built two successful businesses in both Calgary, Alberta and most recently, in Victoria, BC. I am thrilled to now be a Personal Trainer in Courtenay, British Columbia, to continue my career in an active and health-conscious community, within a setting that offers the lifestyle and surroundings that I love. It is also here that I have realized a life long dream of opening my own Comox Valley fitness studio, Ki Fitness & Health, where I, and others, share our services in fitness & health.

Personally, I enjoy strength & conditioning training, regular martial arts and yoga practice, cycling, hiking, and all things outdoors, plus a variety of other activities. I continue to explore new avenues of fitness, and enjoy the endless ways one can keep active – it is never too late to try something new, and there is something out there for everyone!

Personal Qualities

Which will benefit you!
  • CREATIVE & KNOWLEDGEABLE
    (And I like to share!)
  • EASY GOING & LAID-BACK
    (Although tough on exercise)
  • FUN & FRIENDLY
    (But I'll "crack the whip" if need be!)
  • METICULOUS & PERSISTENT
    (A stickler for details with programming & technique)
  • OPTIMISTIC & REALISTIC
    (You can do it! I know this to be true)
  • MOTIVATED & DETERMINED
    (You will succeed!)

training expertise

ANYONE & EVERYONE!
  • Functional Strength & Conditioning
  • Corrective Exercise for Posture and Mobility
  • Integrated Core/Balance/Stability Training
  • Flexibility Training
  • Sport Specific Training (esp. Marial Arts)
  • Weight Loss

My Style

I am a strong believer in the "personal" aspect of personal training. I recognize you are unique, not only as it pertains to your training, but as an individual as well. I am realistic and place stress on quality.

My ultimate goal is your ultimate success!

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I strive to make each session as enjoyable, safe, and efficient as possible, while utilizing proper technique and innovative exercise. I create personalized workouts that continuously evolve as you inevitably progress. I enjoy all new challenges I encounter as I help you reach your full potential.

My approach is founded in "functional training": training the body as it is used to perform activities in your daily life, for work, recreation, or otherwise. I believe in training the body from the "inside-out", focusing on where movement originates and how it is transferred. I seek balance in strength, power, and flexibility, with a strong focus on posture, core, and mobility. I combine science/research-based techniques with unique exercises to produce optimal results.

I believe in the importance of educating my clients in fitness, health, and nutrition, teaching fundamental and essential skills so you will have the tools for continued and independent success.

I am completely dedicated to your needs and totally invested in your success (and I'm not just saying that). I will LITERALLY work your butt off – if that's what you want!

I enjoy training anyone and everyone, and have experience with a diverse clientele with a variety of fitness & health goals. Whatever your fitness & health aims may be, your goals become my goals, and I am equally enthused and dedicated to reach them.

The benefits of regular exercise, proactive health, and proper nutrition are many, and maintaining your fitness & health shouldn't be a chore. Instead, it should be an integrated, enjoyable, and balanced aspect of your lifestyle, which you have the power to realize and achieve!