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MICHELLE LONG

Michelle Long has been a Personal Trainer for 10 years. She worked with Goodlife Fitness, was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Women’s Varsity StFX Basketball team, and trained various clients as a Freelance Trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics with entrance scholarship, and is a Firefighter and Medical First Responder. She is a registered Kinesiologist with practical experience in a health clinic, with specialization in rehabilitation therapy. She has experience working alongside Olympic athletes in the Sport of Bobsleigh. Her motto is to train smarter not harder. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients from athletes to adults looking to become healthy and lose weight. Sign up for a consult today with Michelle!

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • 2014 -Strongest Natural Female in Canada 72kg-Canadian Powerlifting Union. Canadian Classic Unequipped. 3 Canadian Records.
  • 2010-2014- Canadian Bobsled Pilot/Brakeman. Canadian Bobsleigh Brakeman- 8thWorld Junior Championships. Canadian Bobsleigh Pilot- 4th Canadian Championships, several top 10 finishes on the International America’s Cup circuit, female pilot of the year award (Alberta)
  • 2014-Canadian Sport Center Atlantic- record fastest 30m sprint
  • 2006-2008- St. FX Varsity Hockey team member. Esso Nationals Team Nova Scotia Hockey Bronze Medal

Qualifications

  • BSC in human kinetics with entrance scholarship and course based Nutrition
  • Registered Kinesiologist with Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Certified Personal Trainer-CPTN, 10 years practical experience
  • Certified level 2 Coach-NCCP
  • Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist- NSCA
  • Medical First Responder-Red Cross
  • Firefighter level 1 and 2 NFPA 101

AMANDA SHULBA

Amanda has been in the fitness industry for fifteen years as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is incredibly passionate about Athletic style training. Amanda combines the best of HIIT (High intensity interval training) and boot camp fitness to help her clients achieve their best results.

In her fifteen years of athletic training, she has amassed multiple qualifications, such as: Certified CanFitPro personal training specialist, TRX Team Training Certification, Queenax functional training, World Class group fitness certifications, and has completed numerous sports related conditioning certifications.

Amanda realized her passion for sports at a young age. As a soccer goalkeeper for various clubs in the Valley and HRM, she fueled her competitive fire. Through competition, she adopted a motto: Out hustle, Out work, Out think, and Out play.

Amanda’s wealth of experience makes her a versatile trainer. This allows Amanda to appeal to a wide client base, making her an excellent fit for anything from weight loss to athletic training. If you have a goal, Amanda will help you reach it!

Qualifications:

  • Canfitpro certified personal trainer
  • R1 TRX team training certified coach
  • Queenax functional training certified
  • World class group fitness certifications
  • Cycling instructor
  • Bosu certified

CHELSEE DECKER

Chelsee is a fun-loving, high energy trainer. Equipped with a Kinesiology degree from Acadia and bolstered by a background in Nutrition, Chelsee is a wealth of knowledge.

Chelsee is a CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer and is working on furthering her qualifications by earning her Exercise Physiologist Certification. This eagerness to grow in the fitness industry is exactly what she’s hoping to offer our members & her future clients!

Her experience has enabled her to work with a wide array of clients. From her time interning under Acadia’s head Strength & Conditioning coach working with student varsity athletes including being the senior strength coach to the men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams, to her expertise in working with older adults and specializing in chronic conditions and cardiac rehab.

No matter where you’re starting off, Chelsee is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a guiding hand in achieving their fitness goals

Qualifications:

  • BKin with Nutrition
  • CSEP-certified
  • Previous head strength & conditioning coach at acadia university
  • KELSEY

    Kelsey has 9 years combined education and professional experience in the health and fitness industry. Her nutrition education at St.FX in 2015 inspired her to pursue her personal trainer certification through canfitpro. After working with GoodLife fitness as a trainer for over 2 years she made the decision to return to school for her human kinetics education. Since then she has gained further experience in a rehabilitative setting alongside some of Halifax’s top sports physiotherapists.
    Kelsey is passionate about helping people improve their outlook on nutrition and fitness while achieving their weight loss and performance goals. 
     
    Qualifications: 
     
    • BSc Human Nutrition 
    • BSc Human Kinetics
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 
    • Darby Training Systems Level 1

    ALI ABDULLAH

    Ali is a CanFitPro certified personal trainer with 4 years experience under his belt. TRX R4 team training specialist with a passion for functional and suspension training. Being a soccer player and a competitive athlete his entire life, Ali really believes that with team work and hard work, any set goals can be accomplished together. DTS Kettlebell foundations and Queenax functional training are also part of the many certs he has developed over the years with Precision Nutrition in progress at the moment.

    With the variety of different certifications, Ali has trained clients ranging from 13-50+ years of age, with different individual goal settings which include muscle gain, weight loss, sports and athletic training, bootcamps and post injury.

    Qualifications:

  • CanFitPro certified
  • Queenax functional training certified
  • TRX R4 team training specialist
  • Kettlebell Lvl 1
  • Precision nutrition certified
  • MIGUEL DEMELLO

    Miguel deMello began his journey in fitness 10 years ago to supplement his heavy involvement in competitive sports. In 2014, He suffered a spinal disk injury that left him in a state of chronic pain and unable to train or do the things he loved. He began to research the fundamentals of human movement and started on a journey that would greatly evolve his philosophies around movement and fitness.

    Miguel takes a “move well first” approach to fitness under the idea that movement quality beats quantity, understanding that fitness is a lifetime journey and the process is just as important as the goal. He has now been training clients under individual design methods for 3 years, and continually looks to evolve his practice, while educating clients alongside their programming.

    Miguel holds a kinesiology degree from Dalhousie University, graduating in the top 5% of his class, while also being a lead athletic trainer for the King’s College men’s soccer team, and women’s basketball team. He has spent the last 3 years in Portugal as a functional movement specialist, building a rehabilitation/wellness clinic alongside chiropractors, becoming a certified OPEX Fitness Coach, and FMS practitioner.

    Miguel enjoys training clients of all backgrounds and capabilities, and looks to take you from where you are in your fitness journey, to where you want to be!

    Athletic Accomplishments / Experiences:

    • 2017 – Ido Portal’s (Mo)tion seminar attendee
    • 2016 – Functional Movement Systems L1 & L2 seminars
    • 2014-2015 – King’s College Men’s Soccer Lead Athletic Trainer
    • 2013-2014 – King’s College Women’s Basketball Athletic Trainer
    • 2009-2011 – Sydney Academy Division 1 Soccer team captain
    • 2009-2011 – Sydney Academy Division 1 Basketball team member
    • 2007-2012 - Cape Breton Selects Division 1 Soccer team member
    • 2009 - Canadian Soccer Nationals, Adidas Cup – Team Nova Scotia
    • 2007 - Canada Winter Games – Team Nova Scotia Short Track Speed Skating

    Qualifications:

  • BSc kinesiology
  • FMS level 1 & 2
  • Opex fitness level 1 certified coach
  • TYLER MCCONNELL

    After spending 6 years in law enforcement as a Correctional Officer, Tyler has turned to his passion for fitness. Equipped with a Canfitpro Certification as a Personal Training Specialist, and a certification through SGT. Ken’s Bootcamp Instructor course, he is eager to work with a wide range of clients looking to achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals. With a strong background in athletic development as a hockey player, Tyler has worked with many athletes and trainers. Through this experience he has gained significant knowledge in progressing and maintaining a healthy, strong, and functional body. While working as a Correctional Officer, he assisted in a program that offered both fitness and lifestyle coaching to offenders. The offenders enrolled in this program were offered group cardio, and strength training classes along with individualized programming. Since then he has been steadily training toward his own goals and is ready and able to meet and exceed yours.

    Qualifications:

    • Canfitpro certified
    • Fascia, Movement and Assessment Certification

    CATHY GRAD

    Cathy has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years as a personal trainer, pilates, and yoga instructor.  Cathy is working towards her 500hr teacher training with Therapeutic Yoga Studio (Tays).  She has completed Core, Opening, as well as Restorative Yoga/Yin Yoga Course and Pregnancy Yoga with Tays. Cathy is currently taking a 6 week online course called “The Art of Assisting” with Janet Stone Yoga. With years of experience in the fitness industry Cathy was a level 3 trainer working for GoodLife and used her yoga and pilates skills to ensure clients had safe and effective workouts and learned to be more body aware.  Cathy enjoys working with clients of all ages and the assessment process allowing her to provide clients with homework opportunities to improve their fitness. Developing relationships with clients’ to build trust, empowerment, and personal growth is important to her when coaching, teaching, and being a leader in the fitness industry.

    Qualifications:

     

    • Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer – Recertified 2018 (was inititally certified with CAIN)
    • GLPTI (GoodLife Personal Training Institute Certifed)
    • DTS (Darby Training Systems Level 1) Jan 2013 - Program Design Certification
    • FirstAid/CPR/AED
    • Dalhousie Univeristy BRec Degree
    • Stott Pilates Mat-based Level 1 Certification August 2004
    • Special Populations & Injuries Certification
    • Maureen Rae’s Yoga Level 1 and Yoga Level II Teacher Training April 2007/2008
    • Sivananda Yoga 200hr certification June 2016
    • 30hr Restorative Yoga teacher training with Nora Benign May 2017
    • Assisted Yoga Using Thai massage with Kam Thye Chow March 2018
    • iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion with Anne Douglas March 2018
    • 50hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark June 2018
    • Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Maxine Jeffrey & Jolene d’Entremont May 2019
    • Chair Yoga Teacher Training with Julie Palmer May 2019
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