I’m a personal trainer in Toronto, Ontario.
I’ve been moving by way of dance since I was…like conceived.
I’ve been teaching dance since I was 16, working out for almost a decade and personal training since 2009.
Like many women I know, I battled with food, self-confidence + body image issues in my early twenties, and I know what it’s like to have an unhealthy “relationship” with food. Binge eating was my drug of choice.
After 3 years of counselling, lovely real + safe friends, and figuring out life is more than obsessing over one’s body…
Working through my own injuries from running set me on the path of preventative training. When it comes to my clients, I am focused on technique and results.
I am a refreshing mix of passion, know-how and energy. Clients leave my workouts feeling stronger, leaner, happier and more confident (in the gym and in life).
My street cred. I leave to my clients. Find out what these women have to say in their love letters.
My heart’s desire is to train women to train themselves.
A women who can walk into a gym, know what to do and how to do it is a dangerously beautiful thing!
Favorite move in the gym?
: Dead lift, close second would be a squat. Legs baby, legs.
Go to snack?
: Apple + nuts…aaaaand chocolate.
Favorite body part?
: Hmmm……to be quite frank….my derriere. Is that vain? 😉
When you were young what did you want to be?
: A doctor because my Grandfather had “Dr.” before his name. Then I figured out he had a PHD in English. Game changer. I guess you could say I just wanted to be like my Grandfather.
How did you get into personal training?
: I started working at a gym selling memberships while I was in University. One day the aerobic dance instructor didn’t show up so I stepped in and started teaching. I then met this lovely lady at church and started teaching fitness classes for her. I’m so grateful for her as she encouraged me to get certified + really taught me so much of what I know today.
What did you study in school?
: I actually studied Theology. I have a Bachelor of Religious Education + currently attend this crazy, cool, church for people who aren’t into church.
What’s the scariest thing you have ever done?
: I got married.
What’s the best thing you have ever done?
: I married a man named Richard Papa.
Weird fact about yourself?
: I was born with two club feet. One doctor actually told my mom I would never walk. I had to wear braces like Forrest Gump. I now have scars all along my feet from numerous operations. But dang it doctor Who-Ever-You-Were I walk just fine!
: “You don’t have to be crazy…but it helps!” (I give my mom credit for that one)
Here’s my all time fav blog post.
Or, find out what I think about “thigh gaps”.
Grace, Strength and Peace,