Obstacle course racing has taken the world by storm. Learn how to train your clients for this exciting sport with the 2018 Obstacle Course Race World Enduro Champion, Allison Tai. Allison has been a member of various pro teams and been coaching and racing successfully since 2011. She’s excited to share her tips and tricks on how to train clients to tackle their first OCR, or finally find their way to the podium.
Anthony Carey, MA, CSCS, ACE-MES, holds a Master’s degree in biomechanics and athletic training and is Personal Fitness Professional Magazine’s 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year and Finalist for IDEA’s 2017 Personal Trainer of the Year. He is the owner of Function First in San Diego, California which was voted San Diego’s “Best Of” Personal Trainers/Studio for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Amanda Vogel, MA human kinetics, is a canfitpro FIS, instructor at GoodLife and owner of ActiveVoice.ca, a writing, editing and consulting service for the fitness industry. She’s a Hootsuite-certified social media consultant for fitness brands and public figures and a canfitpro Advisory Panel member. In addition to blogging at FitnessTestDrive.com, Amanda writes for popular magazines and blogs, including IDEA Fitness Journal, ACE, NASM, Best Health, Oxygen, SELF and Reader’s Digest Canada.
Arin Lindauer, 2-time Best Selling Author has owned a Fitness Business with her husband for the last 12 years. She was an NPE client for 5 years and in the first 16 months they quadrupled their business, winning Rookie of the Year! She is passionate about helping people, which has translated into helping fitness business owners thrive in their business. Arin is a mom of two children, Leo and Lyvia.
Carmen Kaufmann is a disordered eating specialist, Masters of Social Work graduate, ACE certified trainer and sports nutritionist. She has worked with this population for 25 years and has a private practice called Weigh of Life Wellness Studio in North Vancouver, where she offers counselling to people with disordered eating. Carmen works closely with Jessie’s Legacy, an eating disorder prevention program to promote education, understanding and prevention of eating disorders in her community. Her absolute passion is challenging the current paradigms of what fitness and health look like and hopes that in doing so, we can all make a significant impact on the quality of life of Canadians.
The director of fitness education for Steve Nash Fitness Clubs, Chad has been a strength and conditioning consultant for the National Sailing Team, the Vancouver Canucks, the BC Lions, Twist Conditioning, and the National Women’s Basketball team. He specializes in fascial mobility therapies, functional performance, preventive injury, and movement assessment. Chad is a contributor to the canfitpro PTS certification and holds active certifications in an exceptionally wide range of training and fitness methods.
Christina Raskin (500hr E-RYT) is the National Training Director at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness and runs the O2 200hr. Yoga Teacher Training program.She has been teaching yoga and fitness for 16 years and she is passionate about educating teachers and sharing yoga.
BSc Sports Science, CHEK Practitioner Level 4, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, CHEK Golf Performance Specialist, Advanced MTA, Advanced FDN Practitioner, Manual therapist and visceral manipulation therapist. Carl has been working his way around the world training and coaching many different people and professionals. Carl has been teaching and speaking for the institute for over 3 years now and his life has become a reflection of the CHEK system and tools, and he implements them even when not training or working.
Cian Lanigan is the head coach and owner of Enhanced Performance, a gym in East Van focused on movement and strength training. He comes to this with a background in Sports Science, over 10 years of experience as a strength and conditioning specialist and 7 years of business ownership. He is also a passionate mountain biker and is excited about returning to Burning Man in 2019.
Dolly is a wellness warrior, coach, certified canfitpro fitness professional, registered Yoga teacher, Ayurveda educator, Bollywood dance instructor and owner of Frolick Fitness. Dolly combines Eastern elements of India with Western foundations of fitness to offer unique styles of movement to help others achieve balance, optimal health and make fitness fun with her creative and charismatic energy!
Donna Hutchinson, owner- Smiling Hearts Yoga & Fitness -has been working in the fitness industry for over 28 years. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in counselling psychology focusing on the integration of mindfulness based practise with yoga to assist people with issues of depression and anxiety.
Helen Vanderburg, BPE, is owner of Heavens Elevated fitness, yoga, spin studio and Fusion Fitness Training™. With over 35 years of experience in teaching, training, club management, program development and motivational speaking she brings a wealth of experience to her presentations worldwide. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including CanFitPro Lifetime Achievement and Presenter of the Year, IDEA Instructor and Program Director of the Year, IDEA Top Industry Contributor and an elite athlete as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame. Helen is the Commercial Fitness Education Manager for Balanced Body and International master trainer and educational program developer for BOSU, Hedstrom Fitness, Schwinn Cycling and Fusion Fitness. Certifications: AFLCA, CFP, ACE, Pilates, E-RYT Yoga certified.
As Director of Group Fitness for SNFC, Ingrid leads 380 instructors in delivering 800+ classes/week across 23 locations through innovative group fitness programming. Ingrid currently serves on the Fitness Advisory Committee for the BC Recreation and Parks Association and holds degrees in Human Kinetics and Exercise & Health Psychology. She regularly presents at international conferences and contributes to premier fitness publications.
Ira McNamara is a York University Kinesiology graduate with over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. As a presenter and speaker he has been honored to be involved in events across North America. He is a POUND ICON with POUND® Rockout Workout a well as Master Trainer for BOSU®. Ira holds a black sash in kickboxing but he is most proud of being a husband and a father to four kids.
Jen Hamilton has been a dynamic and compelling leader in the fitness industry for over 16 years. Jens' dynamic and vibrant personality continue to be the driving force behind Oxygen Yoga & Fitness' culture, strength and unprecedented growth. Jen embodies the company mantra; I Love My Life!
Joanne Mulhall has been a Holistic Health Practitioner for since 1997 She specializes in Nutrition and Cleanse coaching, Eye and Hair Analysis, and Reiki healing energy. An avid Fitness and Yoga nut, and she is passionate about educating everyone who wants to learn, on how to take charge of their health, minimize disease and illness, and maintain a high quality of health as they age. She has taught with the Institute for Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver and has been a PRO TRAINER with canfitpro since 2009. She has conducted seminars and workshops on dozens of topics to empower others to live into their best lives.
Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) – French, English, Spanish who has more then 28 years of dancing experience and 18 in the fitness industry. As a member of “La Troupe des Ballets Modernes du Québec” and “New Age Nation” she participated in various TV shows, musicals, videos and Janet Jackson’s“1814” promotional tour in Montreal.She was a proud Cheerleader of the Montreal Roadrunners for all their seasons as well as the famous Montreal Alouettes, as a professional dancer, she worked for several major hotel chains in the Caribbean, and before starting with Zumba, she was the pro-trainer for Cardio Latino in Quebec. Karine is a FIDA and Can Fit Pro certified. Always smiling, dynamic, passionate for dance and really implicated, she brings sunshine where there is none.
For nearly 28 years Karyn Silenzi canfitpro PRO TRAINER FIS has been active in the health and fitness industries. A Canadian Provincial Team athlete in Rowing and representing Canada at the World Championships in long distance triathlons, Karyn has worked with and trained alongside Olympic and Nationally ranked athletes and coaches. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education she developed an interest and pursued further education in fitness and group exercise training with the belief that health and education go hand in hand. In addition to the hiring and training of fitness professionals at specific fitness facilities, Karyn also works with other clubs in Calgary, Airdrie, and Edmonton. Teaching 6-8 fitness classes each week Karyn presents at fitness conferences and runs training workshops for fitness professionals here in Calgary at several facilities in a number of different group fitness modalities.
Kim Vopni is the author of Prepare To Push and uses her certifications in Personal Training, Pre/Postnatal Fitness and Pfilates (pelvic floor pilates), along with her training as a Postpartum Doula to help women get through birth in one piece. She is known as The Fitness Doula and loves sharing her preventative and restorative exercise strategies with other fitness professionals who work with pregnant women and new moms.
Krista Popowych, B.HKin, continues to inspire fitness leaders, trainers and managers around the globe with her motivating and practical sessions. As a three-time (2016, 2008 & 2003) canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year and the 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Krista has shown an outstanding commitment to fitness and truly walks the talk. Krista is an international trainer, global director of education for Keiser, TV personality, DVD creator and talent, published writer, professional speaker and an adidas 3-stripe team sponsored athlete. She loves to inspire others through education and movement, and her energy, creative sessions and real-life approach to instructing make her a highly sought after presenter and educator!
Laura is the founder of the School of Happiness. She is an inspiring speaker and educator having presented at various events and conferences for 25 years. She is know for her passionate ability to engage audiences with energy and enthusiasm which contributed to her becoming a former recipient of the canfitpro new presenter of the year award and the Distinctive Women Trailblazer of the year award. She has an education degree from McGill in fitness/kinesiology, certifications and training as fitness and mind-body specialist, coach, yoga teacher, Reiki practioner and energy therapist.
A fitness pro and hatha yoga teacher, Lee has been bringing a research-based and innovative approach to fitness leadership for more than 25 years, with a unique focus on the walking workout since 2002. Co-author of The Walking Solution: Get People Walking for Results she has coached thousands of people to walk for fun, fitness, and competition. She has power walked 33 full marathons, and has consistently won walk-only competitions, including 5k, 10k, half marathons and marathons, since 2002.
Lisa is a sought- after presenter and group-exercise instructor with 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry. She currently works at Énergie Cardio in Québec and recently won Instructor of the Year in 2015. She is a Bootcamp and Power Cardio Trainer as well as a Les Mills Canada Assessor. Lisa also works at Goodlife Fitness Clubs as the National Newbody Trainer and travels the country to share her knowledge and expertise in this exclusive program.
Louise Green is a Personal Trainer, Influencer and Author of Big Fit Girl. For the past 15 years, Louise has coached thousands of women, both online and offline, to unearth their inner athlete and love their bodies, at every size. Green is the Founder of the Big Fit Girl Fitness App and a Columnist at SELF Magazine.
As a guru for High Fitness LP, a group fitness format that is quickly taking the world by storm with its modernization of old school aerobics. Melissa has extensive experience training new instructors and delivering wellness presentations to professionals. She began her fitness journey in 1997 and hasn’t stopped since gaining much success and recognition in the industry.
Mia brings 30 years of insight and wisdom to the world of one-to-one and group coaching. Her background in health and fitness, along with her skills as a successful business owner, allow her to speak from a place of knowledge and experience. She is a powerful change agent for her clients' and her intuition and compassion guarantee results. She is their greatest champion as she pushes each one to challenge their comfort zones which ultimately changes the way they live their lives, both personally and professionally. Mia is a highly accredited ACCC and CIQ Coach, author and national presenter.
Michael is a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer from Vancouver. He is the owner of Thrive Performance Inc. which provides post rehabilitative care and performance training, as well as fitness instruction for the general population. He has experience implementing the Functional Movement Systems model with local sports teams including the Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions. Michael works closely with the local police academy overseeing the development of screening, testing and training protocols. He also serves as a consultant for several corporate wellness programs while continuing to spend time every week in the gym coaching.
Mike Bracko is a fitness educator, writer, strength & conditioning coach, and hockey skating coach. He holds a Doctorate degree in Exercise Science, is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, and a Trigger Point Master Trainer. He is a regular presenter at fitness conferences in North American and Asia. He writes fitness articles for PTontheNet.com, canfitpro Magazine, and American Fitness.
Maureen (Mo) Hagan is COO at canfitpro. Mo is a global fitness ambassador and has been recognized for her work in fitness that spans over three decades. She is a Canadian Top 100 Fitness Influencer, IHRSA’s 2016 Woman Leader of the Year, a #1 best-selling author, Board of Director member for RxTGA and WIFA and a Reebok sponsored athlete.
8 times International No.1 Best-selling Author, Nathalie P. is the EXPERT with a PROVEN SYSTEM to reprogram your brain and get you transformational results. She is the Founder and CEO of the THINK Yourself® ACADEMY, offering leading-edge courses, training and events.
Olivia Besanger B.Comm (University of Saskatchewan) lives in the beautiful East Kootenays nestled in the mountains where an active lifestyle is second nature. Olivia began as a fitness instructor in 2009 and obtained her canfitpro PTS in 2013 and Certified Life Coaching in 2017. With a background in research and business analysis as well as web-marketing and project management, Olivia soon realized there was a strong need to bring fitness education to others also passionate about changing lives. In 2018 she became the sole PRO TRAINER for the Kootenay Region and is filling a need for certified Personal Training Specialists in the region.
Rhona Parsons is an entrepreneur, author, Life Coach, Personal Trainer, Pilates and Fitness Instructor, a student of the Mind, Body & Spirit theory, and an internationally recognized Yoga Instructor, Rhona has followed her love and passion for helping others by developing and teaching fitness and yoga programs for over 20 years. She is a highly accomplished National Bender Ball Master Trainer and loves teaching a variety of classes, mentoring many instructors through teaching her workshops.
SGT Ken® is an international speaker, six-time U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, and highly decorated combat veteran. He’s trained over 500,000 soldiers and civilians through Operation Fit to Fight, has written over 100 magazine articles, and created the fitness and health education website for the U.S. Army National Guard. Ken founded the START Fitness® boot camp program, has starred in several best-selling fitness videos, and was named canfitpro’s Best New Presenter (2011).
Samara was a professional dancer for over 20 years, with a high knowledge of movement of breath through the body Samara created the 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga & Fusion (yoga fitness) Teacher Training educating and certifying highly sought after instructors through her Method which includes advanced technique and safety alignment for today’s human body.
Tricia Murphy Madden
Tricia is a 26-year veteran instructor and education director. Tricia is the National Education Director for Savvier Fitness and the co-creator of Barre Above & the Weight Loss Challenge with over 85 master trainers and over 3800 trained instructors worldwide. For many years, she was also the Fitness Director for Denali Fitness in Seattle, WA. She is the co-author and creator of a children’s book and fitness program called, The ABC’s of Exercise sold worldwide. Tricia sits on the IDEA Group Fitness Committee and is known for her numerous programs developed over the past 26 years. She was featured on Exercise TV and in numerous trade and mass media publications and has been the featured coach at numerous corporate events. She has contributed and stared in 12 DVDs and has sold over 100,000 units to date.
Certified as a Can-Fit-Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist, Personal Trainer and Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, Tiffany Moffatt is a fitness leader, who has worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years as an instructor, presenter and writer. Currently, Tiffany is the Health & Fitness Programmer for the West Vancouver Community Centre and Seniors’ Centre, overseeing the Group Exercise, Yoga and Cycle programs, hiring and training of instructors for the District of West Vancouver. An active fitness, Zumba and yoga instructor, Tiffany seeks to share her passion for healthy living with others and inspire them to achieve their personal best. Co-author of the Can-Fit-Pro Pre & Postnatal Specialist Certification course manual, Tiffany also specializes in teaching fitness classes to pregnant and postpartum women.