MEET OUR MEMBERS: Jennifer O’Neill
Why did you choose canfitpro?
It was recommended by an employer. I also liked how nationally recognized it was as a certification.
What is your “why”. Why have you chosen this profession?
When I was little I loved sports. I begged my parents to register me for multiple sports and tried out for teams at school but could never keep up. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with a heart condition called WPW. This condition would allow my heart to beat well over 350 bpm during exercise which would cause dizziness and cause me to sit out. Hence why I was never able to compete when I was in school. I was the kid picking daises during soccer because running made me dizzy and sick. By the time I had three heart surgeries to correct the condition I didn’t have the physical literacy skills of sports that I failed to gain as a kid so fitness classes became my sport. I would ride my bike to the gym 5 days/week to attend a variety of fitness classes. When I was 18 I decided I was ready to get certified. I started with my local YMCA certification then in 2004 received my FIS with canfitpro. In 2013 I became a PRO TRAINER and I still teach fitness classes and manage an entire fitness facility at Wilfrid Laurier University where I love to inspire 19-22year olds to get into the industry.
What gets you excited to go to work each day?
Working at a University, it is the energy of the students that makes me excited to go to work. Their passion and excitement because they are so new to fitness is contagious.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Working with people. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I love to also teach new skills and watch students and participants master new moves.