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Achieve goals you’d never imagined with our extensively experienced and personable coaches

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

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!

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

HANNAH RAMSAY

Hannah is one of our bubbly and energetic coaches. She has worked with over 25 personal trainers in her career who share a combined 70 years of experience, allowing her to gain a wealth of knowledge. She specializes in rehabilitation, weight loss, and conditioning clients! 

Her fitness journey has allowed her to grow in the industry, all while battling mental health issues with a positive outlook on life. Staying dedicated to her fitness goals allows her to excel in other facets of her life, which led her to becoming a coach in order to pursue helping others meet their fitness goals. 

She began by doing HITT classes at the barn in Elmsdale, NS. She quickly learned she had a passion and drive for fitness, which led her to a personal training position at Larry Uteck Goodlife. 

Equipped with her certification through the ISSA (International Sports Science Association) and Queenax Certification, Hannah is eager, knowledgeable, and willing to help you smash your fitness goals!

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.

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

MACHEL RAYNER

I Machel am a graduate of a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Bkin) with honours and a Masters in Public Health from the Memorial University. I have completed my honours under the supervision of Dr. Behm, as we look at The Effect of Static Stretching on the Counterlateral Limb Performance. I conjunction to my degree I am also a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and First Aid and CPR responder. 

Machel have worked in the health and wellness industry for 9 years both locally and internationally (i.e. Sandals Resort, Jamaica). Machel’s aim is to have an impact on the health care industry by educating the public on the importance of been active through fitness, strength and conditioning and lifestyle management. Machel have participated twice in the World Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida for his country and place third in the provincial Olympic lifting competition in his weight class. Machel is a highly motivated and energetic individual who creates a positive environment for his client. Machel is driven by the need to help his individuals achieve their uttermost goal to their best of their ability.  

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.

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