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David MacDonald

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Owner and Trainer

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I wanted to create a fitness environment that was fun, not intimidating, that cared about people, a great community, and a place that would change people’s lives!

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Weight training and specifically the following exercises: Deadlifts, push-ups, elevated split squat, and lunges! 

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
Pizza from Una Pizza and Beer. And some Cosmic Cookies from Planet Organic to top it off! 

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love reading about and researching politics, economics, and human behavior/ psychology. 

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves
– Victor Frank


Gina Finstad

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Member of the administration team, 

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I was a member at Vitality for almost 6 years before I started working here! Frankly, its the only thing I have stuck with. Usually, I do 1-2 years at a gym or activity, I get bored and move on. Vitality’s variety and dedicated trainers keep me interested and motivated!

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Vitality Fitness classes of course!!!!!!

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
Mexican! including margaritas 🙂

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have jumped out of a plane. And didn’t break anything! 

6. What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have received?
When you are going through hell – keep going!!!


Meredith McLean

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
part of the awesome Admin team!

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I had a co-worker who told me about the Groupon for Vitality and herded me to try it out (friends don’t let friends sweat alone!).  I had worked out before and was in great shape a few years back but like many people, fitness levels ebb and flow and I was not at my best. I figured this would be a good opportunity to kick start my motivation, try something new as I have not been a group exercise kinda gal, preferring to do my own thing at the gym. 

About 2 weeks in…….I realized I wouldn’t follow through on my own going to the gym and decided to sign up as it was enjoyable and different.  I liked the trainers right away and saw the value with the form correction (I wasn’t doing a deadlift properly all this time??? who knew!!)  as well as the accountability, it offers.  And… the rest is history! A few months later…. the stars aligned and the admin role came open and I thought…I like this place…. I can do that! And the rest is history.  Vitality is part of my life that isn’t a sacrifice or “task” to show up for whether it’s my own personal time working out or working there and getting to know the many, many amazing people that make it what it is. 

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
I really enjoy the Obstacle course races-its mentally and physically challenging, but you can’t prepare for these without the strength training.  Oddly…I do enjoy push ups…. going from my knees and not being able to do 5 to be able to do almost 3 sets of 15 on hands and feet feels like a major accomplishment!  And with proper form. I love racket sports as well (squash, tennis and even ping pong or table tennis too!)

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
So many things…. wine, beer, cheese, bread, dark, DARK chocolate, throw some nuts in there too, CARAMEL for sure!  Lately….a good burger and fries!  Dim Sum is great too.

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Hmmm…not much. I am pretty open. I do enjoy down time and quiet time to just be despite being an energetic person. 

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
Be brave! Evolve yourself, not others. When you let your light shine, it is an invitation for others to do the same and brighten any place.


Carla Obuck

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Administration

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
Dave and the positive atmosphere with all the other clients at the 9:30 am class.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Besides Vitality, hikes with my family.

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
My new favorite is Bibimbap, just need to learn how to make it for myself.

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Have a BA from the U of Winnipeg with a major in Justice and Law Enforcement.  Planned on working as a guard in a Federal Penitentiary.

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
Deciding on seeking out Life Coaching, so hopefully, I will have more to share in months to come.


Nicki Martzoukos

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?  
Lead Trainer almost Trainer Leader/Manager lol

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
As a client, I loved the atmosphere, the other client’s and the trainers made working out fun.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Sports, I like to be ‘playing’ and not working out. I do love my weights though

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
Burger with fries and gravy

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am actually quite shy

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
To invest in a Life Coach

 

 


Sarah Kuindersma

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
personal trainer 

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I was in a funk, not working out and wanted to make sure as I progressed back into a fitness routine, that my form was being monitored to stay injury free. 

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Anything outdoors, hiking, biking, running, ninja obstacles 

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve ate healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
I am not a fan of “cheat meals” sugar and refined foods create inflammation in my system, and it’s not worth any real treat. 

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m an adrenaline junkie and I love learning new skills

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
Replace limiting words and limiting beliefs, you’ll be amazed how your problems seem to be easier to deal with. Next time you hear yourself say but, repeat the phrase with and, see if your perspective on the task at hand becomes easier to handle. Example. I want to get fit but I hate the gym vs I want to get fit and I hate the gym. The second phase, allows you ways to think about achieving fitness without a gym. I can go for a walk or bike ride or maybe doing boot-camp classes with friends makes it more enjoyable to be active and healthy without the intimidation of a gym. 


Tina Brillantes

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
I have been a trainer at Vitality Fitness since 2012

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
Dave MacDonald – owner and head trainer:) In 2011, I walked into the gym, not knowing what to expect, intimidated by the strength of some of the members and wondering if I would fit in. After my second class, I became a member and by the end of the year, I was interning to become a trainer. I was inspired by Dave’s passion for fitness and for wanting to make a difference in the lives of each person who walked through the door. Dave is a motivator, a teacher, a coach, has a hunger for personal and professional growth, understands his client group and is open to feedback to make Vitality Fitness the best experience for all. I am very proud and honored to be part of Dave’s team. Dave has created a team of enthusiastic, skilled and fun individuals who value and respect one another and work together to support clients in achieving their health and fitness goals.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Anything outdoors like trail running, hiking, road cycling, snowboarding, cross-country skiing; however, my passion is mountain biking!

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose? Anything with cheese – nachos, pizza, macaroni and cheese, cheese and crackers, cheese, cheese, cheese, please:)

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m an introverted extrovert! I do get energy from being around people; however, I enjoy my alone time, whether it be trail running, mountain biking or sitting on the couch watching re-runs of Law and Order, Criminal Minds and NCIS!

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
“On your own, you go faster. Together, we go further.”


Travis Priest (aka The Beast from the East / The Scientist)

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Trainer, client assessments and functional movement screening. Coach and motivator. Part of the cogs that makes the Vitality Community run smoothly.

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
Started as a member and achieved some amazing results. I’ve always been a coach and enjoy helping people.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Anything that has dynamic movement. Always played hockey, soccer, baseball and softball. My new addiction is obstacle course racing.

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve ate healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
 I don’t believe in “cheat” meals. The word leaves negative/guilty feelings. I prefer to think of them as “flirt” meals. Think of your meal plan as a relationship. Pizza.

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
 I was the fat kid in the neighborhood and least athletic. Finished dead last in Junior High distance race. I have 5 kids and 1 grandchild.

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
From my Grandmother: “No matter what you do in life, be the best you can be. If you dig holes, dig them bigger, faster, and deeper than anyone else.” And “Change your underwear every day.”


Sarah Stempfle

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Trainer

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I had been working out at Vitality for over 3 years and absolutely loved the community and the differences I saw in myself since joining, both mentally and physically. It’s a place that has such amazing energy! I wanted to help others reach their goals and have positive experiences like I have.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Anything outdoors! Hiking, snowshoeing and paddle boarding are a few of my favorites.

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
Vegan buffalo “chicken” sandwiches, with fries of course!

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a 9-year-old rabbit named Gracie who is litter trained and runs free in our house.

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
Find a way to start your day off being happy. Play some upbeat music, meditate, read an uplifting story, make a great cup of coffee, whatever it takes!  That positive energy will follow you throughout your whole day!


 

 

Jason Murphy

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Personal Trainer/ass kicker & team player. 

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I originally wanted to serve as a firefighter for the CFD but due to past relations, I was unable to continue with the process. My father was a personal trainer and I’m all about serving and helping others in changing their lives for the best, so when David asked me to become a part of the Vitality team to train I had never experienced such a community and culture in a gym atmosphere. The rest is history and I’m loving every minute of life. 

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
TRX and obstacle course races. 

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose? Toms House of Pizza, Red Lobster, or Vietnamese food. 

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m older than I look!! Haha. 

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
Take care of yourself, it’s the only place you have to live! 


Rob Leach

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Trainer

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
The people and the community spirit! Joining as a member after the 50 Day Challenge, I realized a was becoming part of a tight knit community of amazing people! I wanted to help build that same experience for others! 

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
Wake surfing, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing or really anything water sports related! If it happens behind a boat… you’ll find me there! 

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
Home made pizza!

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am an Archaeologist and love digging in the dirt! 

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
I’ll have to quote one of my favorite childhood authors for this one: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Dr. Seuss


Mia Dwyer

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Personal Trainer.

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia over 2 years ago. I was very sick and couldn’t do more than walk for a very long time. Coming from a very physically, active lifestyle, it was devastating to me that I could barely move (I went from 60 to 0). I couldn’t even do a push-up anymore . I started going to a naturopath and changed my eating. A coworker suggested that I try her boot camp, I called David to speak to him about my disorder and if they could accommodate to my personal needs. He was very informative and respectful. I went to my very first 50-day challenge! Jason was so much fun, mindful of my physical pain and let me go to where I was comfortable. On the end of my 50-day challenge, I didn’t lose weight but my strength gains were incredible! And that is exactly what I was looking for! I was able to squat again and my push-ups were from my toes and started running again! This was inspiring for a former Personal Trainer, a former runner and exercise freak! Vitality’s community and emphasis on having a safe and fun time made me want to teach again! So, here I am after taking a long, long time off, I am back to what I Love! Training with a great team and the best clients! Blessed!

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity?
My favorite exercise is push-ups! LOVE them! Best goal setting exercise ever!
Physical activity – running and my newest passion, hiking!

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
Hands down, chips or popcorn. I know not a meal, but I can make it one!

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Well, people that know me know I am an open book! I will talk to a wall if it would talk back! But believe it or not, I was extremely shy! I know, hard to believe!

6. What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
They are from my Mom who is amazing!
“There is always a golden nugget somewhere.” The nugget could be a word, hug, advice, a picture, someone you meet that will inspire/love you, we all have nuggets to receive and give. So, I take that to heart and try to see those wonderful, little nuggets that are given to each of us every day.


Andrea Habermeyer

1. What is your role as a team member at Vitality Fitness?
Part time trainer

2. What inspired you to join the Vitality Fitness team?
I loved Vitality from the moment I had my first workout with Dave in the old building with no parking anywhere. His personality and approach to training meshed perfectly with mine (even if I didn’t love how much he pushed me and how sore I was initially). A few years later, Dave messaged me and said he thought I’d be a good trainer, and asked if I was interested in joining the internship program. I didn’t even hesitate and said yes immediately. When I told my friends at Vitality that I was training to be a trainer, the response that stands out most vividly was “good. That’s perfect for you. You already tell us all what to do anyway.” And with that, a legend was born.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise/physical activity? 
I’m supposed to say Bootcamp, right?

4. It’s a Saturday night, you’ve eaten healthy all week and it’s time to have a cheat meal. What do you choose?
Pizza. Homemade with dough from Lina’s Italian market, organic cured meats, and allllll the cheese. All of it. With wine.

5. What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m not a born & raised Canadian – I’m an immigrant from South East Asia.

6.  What is the best advice/words of wisdom you have ever received?
To Have Courage, and Be Kind. Ok, that was Cinderella’s mom.
I’ve been blessed to have had some incredible role models in my life, so narrowing it down to just one piece of advice is essentially impossible. One that comes to mind though, is that it’s really important to be true to yourself and to trust your instincts. You know what’s best for you, and you have instincts for a reason. Listen to those things and help yourself go and grow where you need to. Take the time for self-care and self-reflection and listen to yourself. And your trainer. Always listen to your trainer.

 

 

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