If you are looking to enhance your quality of life, have more energy, become fitter, or need some motivation, let our qualified, personal trainers guide you to success. We are committed to the community and strive to build programs that help keep individuals healthy, happy and interacting with one another. Our experienced Lifestyles Specialists are dedicated to providing training sessions that are safe, challenging and tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. We promote fitness as a lifestyle that enhances everyday living and longevity.
• Full fitness assessments.
• Pilates personal reformer training.
• Aquatics rehabilitation and strength training.
• Weight room orientations.
• Teen orientations and personal programs.
• Rehabilitation programs.
• Group training.
• Sports-specific training.
• General wellness information.
Please note that there are no refunds on personal training.
For more information about personal training please contact Scott Russell at 403-444-3150 or email.
Every gym thinks they have the best personal trainers in the city. Well, at the JCC, we are no exception. Our trainers are really, really great, maybe even the best in Alberta. Whether you’re training to run a mile or a marathon, lose weight or put on muscle mass, there is a trainer here that’s right for you.
I am a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics. I have been working in the field of fitness, rehabilitation and performance for over 15 years. Assisting clients to improve posture, gain range of motion, and freeing up and training stabilizers to work properly for everyday movement and performance is a passion of mine for two reasons: Firstly, this allows people to do things that they otherwise couldn’t do; and secondly, it prevents the chance of future injury. To accomplish this I combine positional release technique and small ball release with a specialization in Fascial Stretch Therapy.
I was born and raised here in Calgary, Alberta. As a child I really enjoyed the discipline of ballet. Dedicating myself to dance was a rewarding experience growing up. Then, as a young adult, I wanted to have adventure. So I became a backpacker and travelled different parts of the world. These experiences helped shape my decision on becoming a certified yoga instructor back in 2005. I have loved teaching yoga since then. Currently, I have two young girls that keep me busy. This busyness has taught me how to use "yoga off the mat". I started going to the gym a few years ago and liked seeing the positive results from exercise. This helped spur my decision to become a personal trainer in 2015. Combining yoga and fitness has given me a balanced experience that I want to share with others. I am eager to learn more and happy to have the opportunity to work at the JCC.
I originally hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba where I achieved a dental degree at the University of Manitoba. I went on to complete residencies in Anesthesiology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, after which I arrived in Calgary in 1974. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Recently, I turned a lifelong interest in physical fitness into a second career. I was certified as a Personal Training Specialist in 2010, a Certified Exercise Physiologist in 2013. Although I am interested in personal training for clients of all ages, I have a special interest in maintaining health and fitness for seniors. As such, in 2014, I was certified as an Older Adult Fitness Specialist.
I am a Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a Level 2 TRX Trainer. However, I didn’t always have a fitness background – I was in the pharmacy business for 17 years. I took seven years off to raise my family, during that time I became overweight and struggled with my health. One day, I had the courage to sign up for a bootcamp! It just about “killed” me. During the course of a month, I realized the commitment I had made to myself. I absolutely fell in love with the whole process of growth and self care. So I decided that this was the job for me. Here I am four years later – happier, healthier and living my best life! I am looking forward to many more years of learning , growing and evolving my clients’ health, as well as mine… and maybe even teaching everyone to love burpees!
I graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics. While attending St. FX, I played four years of varsity soccer with the X-Men, and in 2001 I had the opportunity to go to the Canada Summer Games with Team Nova Scotia where my team came away with Nova Scotia’s first bronze medal in men’s soccer. Since moving to Calgary, I play for the Calgary Callies and went to Newfoundland where we won the 2010 National Championships. While soccer is my passion, I still enjoy getting out to the mountains to explore new hikes or biking trails. As soon as the snow hits, I trade in my bike for my snowboard and am usually in search of fresh tracks. Being physically active is a big part of my life, whether it is sport related or just enjoying the outdoors. I pursued a career in personal training with the JCC in 2004 so that I could share my knowledge and passion with others, helping them accomplish their fitness goals.
Overall health should be our first priority, especially in a fast-paced (and unfortunately) unhealthy environment such as our own. As a Certified Exercise Physiologist, I truly believe in fitness and the quality it brings to your life. I also believe that nutrition is one of the most important factors in order to allow our fitness to help us strive. I live by the quote: Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine. I have enjoyed being active my entire life, and truly believe that a body in motion, stays in motion - a theory I dedicate my career to in order to help others live a quality, and prolonged life. My specialization is in strength and conditioning, sport-specific training, and overall wellness / functionality. I enjoy boxing, hockey, and even writing music for my psychological and emotional well-being. Fitness has helped me change my life for the better, and I plan to continue to succeed in this field by helping others.
My educational background is quite a bit different than the typical individual in the fitness industry. I graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in economics and I am currently pursuing my chartered financial analyst designation. During the day I work at ATB Financial helping entrepreneurs and small business owners obtain funding for their ventures. On the weekends I am a lieutenant at a rural fire department. I have been working out at the JCC for about 10 years now since I began training for competitive hockey. The personal trainers here helped me establish a passion for fitness and health while building a foundational understanding of functional movement. To further pursue my passion, I have obtained my personal training specialist designation from canfitpro. I look forward to working with individuals who want to improve their overall fitness and hope to pass along the inspiration that was passed along to me.
I grew up in Toronto then moved to Calgary to obtain my Physical Education degree at the University of Calgary. After completing my degree, I worked and managed several fitness facilities. For those who know me, I've been at the JCC for a very long time - managing the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre for 11 years. I then decided to take my personal training to the next level and chose to focus strictly on personal training. Once I became a mom, my priorities changed and I decided to obtain a more flexible work schedule. The JCC has allowed me to do just that, which I am grateful for. I started my own personal training business seven years ago: Fitness in Motion and I currently train at the JCC as well as outside the facility at client’s homes. My passion is to work with clients who want to make positive changes in their lives. When I'm not training my clients hard, I enjoy being a hockey mom and making and designing jewelry. Motto: One has to take time in their busy lives to make a commitment to themselves to keep fit and healthy.
I am a graduate from the University of Calgary Bachelors of Kinesiology program, my major was in Exercise and Health Physiology. The BKin program has taught and challenged me to critically think about how we move biomechanically and what constitutes “safe exercise” for each unique person. I enjoy working with people, there is no better moment then watching a client reach their goals and succeed. My training philosophy is to design individualized programs utilizing effective and safe movement for strength, agility, power and endurance. All movements chosen are functional and translate to the outside world, whether it is the ability to go hiking or skiing without undue fear of injury or being able to walk and get groceries. Finally, a little bit about myself. A big part of my life is spent at the stable training and working with my horse, Baja Luna (the same conditioning principles are used to condition horses muscles as humans!). I compete in both Dressage and Show Jumping with Luna. Weekends that are not spent at shows or training will find me hiking through Kananaskis with the dog. Feel free to come tell me about trails you love, I am always happy to learn about your favorites and can suggest new ones to try.