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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

Keyshawn Upshaw

Keyshawn is an up beat, charismatic trainer. Being an athlete his entire life Keyshawn was inspired to pursue a career in fitness through his Canfitpro certification. Keyshawn has worked as a freelance trainer and has experience coaching both tackle and flag football athletes; leading two provincial teams to national tournaments. Through his experience he has gained significant knowledge on muscle development and growth. As an athlete playing various levels of football, Keyshawn knows what it takes to reach training goals. This has allowed him to adopt his motto: There is no such thing as luck. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Keyshawn believes that forming relationships with clients is extremely important in order to give a personalized training experience.

Sign up for a consult today with Keyshawn!

Athletic Accomplishments

•2014-2016 NSSAF Provincial Tackle Football Champion

•2016 National Flag Football Champion

•2015 and 2016 NSSAF Allstar

•5x Team Nova Scotia Provincial Football Player

Qualifications:

•Canfitpro certified personal trainer

•GLPTI certified

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

Dave Miller

Dave has been involved in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. Originally from Newfoundland, Dave decided to make the move to Nova Scotia to pursue his fitness goals. Dave has competed in bodybuilding competitions, holding multiple titles. He has coached 100’s of clients to achieve great success on their fitness journeys and transformations as well in their personal lives.

Dave is eager to work with a wide range of clients looking to achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals!

Qualifications:

•Can Fit pro certified

•Precision Nutrition 1 certified

•Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist diploma from Eastern College

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

Derek MacDonald

Derek MacDonald comes to us from Cape Breton with 8 years of personal training experience. His wealth of knowledge expands beyond the gym, having worked within the healthcare sector for over 10 years as a Physical Rehab Assistant. Derek’s love for fitness is more than a career, it’s a lifestyle. Having competed in 13 bodybuilding shows, Derek has placed 1st to 4th amongst the Classic and Bodybuilding divisions and has won the Middle Weight division 3 times. As his passion for bodybuilding is strong, he has years of experience working with clients with a variety of goals and needs. Whether you’re looking to build on strength and conditioning, improve your health or just learn the basics of the gym, Derek can help you to reach your full potential. He never shies away from a challenge and enjoys working with clients both young and old with varying levels of physical knowledge. Book a consult with Derek today!

 

Qualifications:

•Certified Personal Trainer – International Sport Science Association

•Specialist in Performance Nutrition - International Sport Science Association

•Diploma in Physical Therapy Assisting 

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