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almonte fitness centre

The Team

MICHELLE V.

Owner

Michelle is an internationally recognized personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutritionist, with over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She is a national fitness competitor and best-selling author of four healthy eating cookbooks, The BodyBuilding Meal Prep Cookbook, Meal Prep Lunches, Help Yourself to Seconds, and Smart Snacking for Sports. She perviously worked for the government in business planning, and as the National Wellness Coordinator for Public Safety, where she built a nationally recognized wellness program. Michelle holds additional certifications in culinary nutrition, transformational coaching, strength and conditioning, exercise therapy, yoga, and pilates.

ROBIN M.

Fitness Manager, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor

Robin discovered Group Fitness classes as a teen. She quickly knew fitness was her game. This passion led Robin to an amazing career in the fitness industry. She has taught all styles of group classes, trained a wide variety of clients and managed some pretty cool gyms, studios, fitness clubs & corporate centres. As a former Powerlifter, she has a great passion of educating and bringing awareness to the magic of proper strength training to all ages! She is a CANFITPRO certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor with special education & training in Pre-Post Natal, Older Adults, Nutrition, Leadership & Coaching.  

JESSE C.

Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach

Jesse’s passion for fitness started early in his life. He always enjoyed long-distance running and biking but excessively long cardio sessions, poor lifestyle and nutrition habits started to show weaknesses in his body and started Jesse on a journey to discover what the human body actually needs to heal and function at its best. After realizing how lifestyle changes, proper movement, nutrition and training principles could impact his life, Jesse knew he wanted to use this knowledge to help other people achieve their optimal health and performance. Jesse is a certified master trainer and holds many additional certifications in pre/postnatal training, nutrition, athletic conditioning and working with aging populations. 

STEVE C.

Personal Trainer, Fitness Staff

Steve worked in the high tech sector for 38 years and continues to be an avid golfer and curler. Throughout that time, he stayed fit as a loyal member of AFC before deciding to join the team in 2015 as front desk staff. In 2018, he took his passion for fitness to the next level by becoming a certified personal trainer in order to fulfil his dream of helping people of all ages embark on their own fitness journeys. He believes in encouraging people to start where they are and showing them that they can do more than they think they can.

JOSH J.

Personal Trainer, Fitness Staff

Growing up playing football, Josh discovered a passion for fitness early in life. After seeing the benefit that physical activity and sport had on his life, he decided he wanted to share that benefit with others. Josh is an ISSA-certified personal trainer, and attended Niagara College, where he earned a diploma in Health and Fitness promotion. While living in the Niagara region, he worked at an athletic facility that specialized in training athletes. He has been training clients for almost 10 years, helping them discover how little changes can go a long way. Whether he’s helping athletes get ready for the season, or introducing new clients to the benefit of regular physical activity, Josh is passionate about helping people be the healthiest versions of themselves.

ROSEMARIE P.

Pilates Instructor

Rosemarie has a lifelong passion for being physically active. This passion was inspired by her love of the outdoors and her hate of doing chores. She is a former competitive runner, a retired nurse, and most recently became a certified Pilates instructor.  Through Pilates, she has personally experienced improvement in her strength, mobility, muscle tone and posture, and through her classes, she hopes you will experience the same and have a few laughs along the way.

BASIA S.

Certified Yoga Instructor

Basia’s journey with yoga started over 20 (2002) years ago with an introduction to Ashtanga practice. Over time she expanded her practice to include the Kundalini, Hatha and Yin Yoga lineages. She noticed the ‘healing ‘ powers of yoga in times of personal life challenges and decided to dig deeper into it, by signing up for Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. After 200 hours of training, she has taken an incredible life long journey of exploring the mind-body relationship, and it’s powerful benefits that are attainable to each of us through yoga practice. 

Her yoga practice is focused on releasing the variety of tensions, inner and outer, through asanas and breath control. Consciously challenging our bodies with physical activities and our minds with stillness creates the perfect equilibrium, one that brings the true happiness in all aspects of life.

VAL C.

Zumba Instructor

If Val had a life tag line it would be to dance like no one is watching! Teaching Zumba since 2014, Val loves to share her passion for dance through Latin rhythms  and international music. From beginner level to extraordinaire, she will be sure to put a smile on your face and sweat on your forehead.
Shake it!

KATE D.

Spin & Pilates Instructor

Kate has been a personal trainer and coach for over 20 years and has competed in several figure and fitness competitions –  taking home Muscle Insider’s Canadian Trainer of the Year in 2012.  She loves the community of fitness and travel and has been able to coach throughout Ontario as well as abroad.  She currently moved to Arnprior and is so excited to share her passion for wellness with the Almonte Fitness family! Kate is certified through ISSA for Personal Training, Schwinn for Spinning, and ASFP for Pilates.

MARIE D.

Yoga Instructor

Marie fell in love with yoga at a young age and has been teaching widely in Ottawa/Gatineau for over 20 years. She is trained in classical hatha yoga in the Sivananda style (Yoga Alliance Certified) and has taught beginner and intermediate yoga as well as adaptive and chair yoga. Yoga is an inner practice that helps the body, mind, and spirit. Whether you are brand new to yoga or more experienced, Marie will encourage you to work where you are at and remind you that it’s okay to give yourself a challenge as long as you are being compassionate towards yourself.  Our classes will include a variety of yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation. When Marie is not teaching, she works with individuals as a psychotherapist, and offers training programs to health care professionals. And when she’s not doing all that, she’s spending time enjoying beautiful Almonte with her husband, Bernie and their Springer Spaniel, Finnegan!

BERNIE L.

Yoga Instructor

Bernie Leclair, a 40 year veteran of the Air Force. Holds certifications in yoga, chair yoga and is in the process of being certified as a Yoga Therapist. He discovered the healing power of yoga upon returning injured from a tour in Afghanistan. Bernie brings drive, energy and humour to his classes. Don’t let age define you. Reclaim your strength, rediscover your balance, and radiate youthful vitality with Yoga for
Active Aging.

MONTY

Chief Security Officer, Member Retention Specialist

Monty has 14 dog years of training in relationship dynamics and furry interventions. She graduated with honours in the internationally recognized Canine Cuteness Training with a specialty in Member Retention. She has been managing AFC’s security system since Jan 2020 and is an expert in covert entries and exits. She exercises outdoors daily, and believes in a balanced diet, consisting 80% of nutritious dog food leaving 20% room for indulgences, such as treats provided by AFC members and the occasional timbit.