Working with women of all ages to create strong, confident bodies.

About

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Nov 26
2012

 

Well hello there!

I’m fueled with a wild + explosive passion to see women embrace their bodies.

 

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…

 

FREEDOM is my game.

 

Freedom to enjoy working out.

Freedom to eat, guilt-free.

Freedom to love my body, and spread the message.

 

 

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!

 

 

10 things about me

 

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!

Favorite saying?

: “You don’t have to be crazy…but it helps!” (I give my mom credit for that one)

 

 

Hang around a while will ya?

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Grace, Strength and Peace,

Annette