BSF's Personal Trainers

Steph

How long have you a Personal Trainer? I have been a certified personal trainer since 2015 and am certified in:

  • Diploma in Holistic Nutrition (CHNC)
  • Lvl 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST)
  • Rocktape FMT blading advanced
  • FMT athletic taping lvl 2
  • Lvl 1 Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)

What is it that you love about being a Personal Trainer? My favourite part about being a personal trainer is helping people move pain-free and discover strength they didn’t know they had.

I love being there to cheer my clients on and share in their triumph as we achieve their goals.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... When you finish a session with me, you will leave with the tools and knowledge you need to further your fitness journey and a great muscle burn for good measure!

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/ or adventure? My regular fitness addictions include obstacle races, swimming, hiking and powerlifting.

What is your "go to cheat" treat? There are a few “cheat” meals that I indulge in, but you can never go wrong with pizza!

Big Sky Fitness - Personal Trainer - Stephanie
 

Jeff HR.

Nickname: Pooper

How long have you a Personal Trainer? Over 15 years

What is it that you love about being a Personal Trainer?
Being an integral part of someone achieving both their long and short term goals

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... a sense of accomplishment

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/ or adventure? Competing in various sports

What is your "go to cheat" treat? Wings!

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Marcus

Where were you born: Elgin, Scotland

What classes do you teach at Big Sky Fitness?  TRX and Bootcamp classes!

How long have you been teaching / Personal Training? Since 2018.

What are your certifications/education?  2 years of Kinesiology at University of Lethbridge, Canfitpro certified personal trainer, AFLCA Group Fitness Instructor, TRX Foundations

Why did you start to teach group fitness/personal training? I love helping others achieve their personal fitness goals and to see the difference it makes in people’s everyday lives! I enjoy a group class because everyone pushes each other and finds the will to drive and keep going as a group.

When you attend one of my classes / training sessions you will leave feeling... Better than when you walked in, with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, saying that was awesome!

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/ or adventure?  Travelling is how I experience adventure! I love to ski in the winter and hike and play football in the summer!

What is your "go to cheat" treat or meal? I’ve travelled to over 40 countries and every meal is a cheat meal when you’re travelling!

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Jeff M.

Where were you born? Calgary

How long have you a Personal Trainer? Since 2010

What are your certifications/education? Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lethbridge, and an ungodly amount of paid internships since switching career-gears in 2009.

What is it that you love about being a Personal Trainer?
I love watching people embrace both the power and process of movement & exercise. Being just a small part of that profoundly life-changing experience makes it really easy for me to get out of bed every morning.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... Like you're 1% better than the last time.

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/or adventure? I love where my legs can take me; hiking, skiing, trail-running and completing the odd ultra-marathon.

What is your "go to cheat" treat or meal? Cinnamon toast crunch is the best cereal ever made and calling it a cheat meal is blasphemous!

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Shantelle

Name, and Nickname? Shantelle is my full name, but everyone close to me calls me Shani. Some of my closest friends call me ShanDawg Millionaire, but let’s just keep it at Shani!

Where were you born? I was born in Medicine Hat, but grew up in Strathmore.

How long have you been a personal Trainer? I started when I entered university, so since 2015.

Why did you start personal training? I have said since I could remember, that my number one goal is to help others and make a positive impact in their life. The influence that strength training can have on you both mentally and physically makes going to work empowering. Our bodies are amazing but it’s important we learn how use them properly, to avoid injury or just improve quality of life. I wanted to be a nurse for a long time, but exercise and strength training have always been my first passion. I also I can’t handle blood so that narrowed it down.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... Mentally and physically; accomplished, educated, and better than an hour before. Don’t forget exercise is just as good for the mind, as it is for the body. Especially when you are strength training, that mind has to connect with the body.

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/or adventure? Volleyball, volleyball and volleyball. Whether it be playing or coaching, I can never get enough. Beach Volleyball would have to be my favorite. My partner and I play a few tournaments competitively. Outside of that, I am a small-town girl at heart, so any chance to get out of the city and visit family, hike, camp, slow-pitch, you name it, I am in!

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Simon

Where were you born? Calgary

How long have you a Personal Trainer? Since 2005

What are your certifications/education?

  • CanFit Pro - Personal Training Specialist (PTS)
  • Courses - Healthy Eating Guidelines
  • Active Aging (working with people 60+ years of age)
  • First Degree Black Belt - Ninjutsu

What is it that you love about being a Personal Trainer? I love when people have a breakthrough in their eating habits, movement, or abilities. Helping people move better and feel better is incredibly rewarding for me.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... Accomplished. The goal of every session may not be to work to exhaustion or to have sore muscles; every session will have a purpose which will progress you toward your goals.

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/ or adventure?  I have developed a passion for bodybuilding in recent years, I also enjoy martial arts, snowboarding, and skateboarding.

What is your "go to cheat" treat or meal?  I can't say 'No' to peanut butter. I eat it by the spoonful, and I put it on everything. It's also rare that I will turn a cookie away.

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Debra

Nickname? Debra is my given name, but that is way to 'official' so I prefer Deb, or Debbie.

Where were you born? I was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan (yes I am a proud Saskie) and lived in that province till the move to Calgary 6 years ago.

How long have you been a personal trainer? Since 2014, and still loving it!

What are your certifications? I hold my personal training certification with ISSA, and am currently working on my Precision Nutrition 1.

What is it that you love about personal training? I truly love to help people, whether it be to achieve their first squat or coach them through their strength gains. I leave the gym everyday knowing that I have motivated people to try their best and to lead an overall healthier lifestyle. I like to bring a positive vibe to my sessions with high energy…. That puts my clients in a good mental state and we all know that healthy minds equals healthy bodies.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... Better than you were yesterday, or even 1 hour before. You will be more focused and energized to continue on with your day. You feel accomplished that you have taken one more step to your goal whether it be for strength, movement or just general physical fitness. I always hope that I can pass some of my energy (there is lots of it) on to my clients while training together for that hour and that can fuel them for the rest of the day.

What is your favourite way to experience fitness, sport, and adventure? I absolutely love to run! I also love to bike/hike and golf. Since I am a Mom... I am always striving to create an environment that sets an example of a healthy lifestyle that my kids will learn from through nutrition and fitness.

Big Sky Fitness - Personal Trainer - Deb
 

Meegan

Where were you born? Calgary, Alberta

How long have you a Personal Trainer? Since 2016

What are your certifications/education?

  • ACE - CPT

  • Precision Nutrition - Sports & exercise nutrition, macro and micro nutrients, energy balance in the body, nutritional practice, individualized programming, habit change an mindset change.

  • DTS lvl 1 - Functional training, mobility & stability, movement patterns, program design, movement prep, nutrition & hypertrophy

  • 200hrs Registered Yoga Teacher- Comprehensive training in yoga asanas, philosophy, anatomy and teaching methods, individualizing yoga sequences, kids yoga, yin yoga, vinyasa yoga.

Why did you become a  Personal Trainer? I became a trainer because I realized how much there is to learn about the industry. Being a life long learner of it and teaching others isn’t just a job it’s a passion.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... Energized and confident about developing healthy habits.

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/ or adventure? Dirt biking, or hikes with my husky! There’s nothing better.

What is your "go to cheat" treat or meal? Pizza... I could finish off a couple of large pizzas by myself.

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Murray

Nickname: Murr

Where were you born? Calgary, Alberta

How long have you a Personal Trainer? Since 2016

What are your certifications/education? CSEP-CPT, MRU Personal Fitness Trainer, Diploma

Why did you start personal training? I started personal training because of my background in sports and the feeling I felt when I accomplished my first fitness goals when I was 16.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling... Like you have accomplished something new, learned something new, or feel better than when you walked in.

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/ or adventure? The way I train myself is a combination of strength training and athletic conditioning. I always want to remain strong and lift heavy weights, but I also like to be able to apply that strength and combine it with athleticism. My favourite way to experience fitness outside of the gym is skiing in the winter and playing various sports like football and basketball with friends during the summer.

What is your "go to cheat" treat or meal? It’s a popular myth in the fitness industry that personal trainers always eat skinless chicken breast, brown rice and kale. While I do eat mostly nutritious foods, I will enjoy cheat meals from time to time. It's hard to pick what my favourite is but some popular choices of mine would be cheeseburgers, perogies, or my biggest weakness ice cream.

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Shelby

Name and/or Nickname:  Shelby, Shelbs, or Squid

Where were you born? Regina, SK

How long have you a Personal Trainer? Since 2016

What are your certifications/education?

  • Mount Royal University Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma
  • EXOS Performance Specialist
  • CSEP - CPT
  • CPU Powerlifting Coach

Why did you become a  Personal Trainer? I love personal training for many reasons, but the one reason that stands out the most is being able to help people achieve their goals.

The knowledge that if I do the best that I can, and my clients are ready to put in work, they can get faster, stronger, leaner, more muscular and achieve whatever else their goals may be.

When you attend one of my training sessions you will leave feeling...Better than when you came in. If you felt sluggish, sore, tired or just had a bad day i'll pay extra attention to any of those things so we can have a workout that will make you feel incredible!

What is your favorite way to experience fitness, sport and/ or adventure? Literally anything with my dog; whether that is hiking, camping, or just going to the dog park.

What is one fun fact about you? One fun fact about me is I sneeze every time I laugh too hard!

 

Big Sky Fitness - Personal Trainer - Shelby