Fitness and dance have been an important part of Katie’s life since a very young age. Growing up she participated in many organized and competitive sports such as baseball, volleyball and basketball as well as competing in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. As an Educational Assistant, wife, and mother of two Katie has had to juggle a busy schedule. She knows that finding the time to workout can be very difficult and finding the right workout can be even harder
Katie has always loved to dance and challenge her body and when she was introduced Oxygen Pilates and Fitness she realized how much more fun and exciting fitness could be! The amazing class line up and phenomenal instructors had Katie hooked to maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. She decided to take it one step further by becoming a licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor in 2013. And in 2014 continued to pursue that passion by becoming certified in PilatesStick,TRX, PFIC Pole Fitness and PFIC LYRA. Katie has been instructing at Oxygen Pilates and Fitness since 2013 and continues to bring that same determination and passion to her classes to share with her students.
Zumba, Certified TRX Trainer, CPR/First Aid, OBar, PFIC Pole Fitness, PFIC LYRA, PFIC Arial Yoga, NASM Neuro Muscular Stretching certificate
My passion for healthy living and exercise started young. I grew up as a competitive dancer until my late teens with my favourite styles being jazz and acrobatics. As a I got older, I replaced dance with the sport of CrossFit. I learned a lot about functional fitness, proper movement and technique. When CrossFit no longer fit into my life, I sought out to find a similar team approach to fitness. Being a school teacher, it was almost undeniable to ignore my passion for teaching and my love for fitness. So I decided to get certified and became a Bootcamp Instructor. At the same time, I walked into the doors of Onyx. I was warmly welcomed by Lori Ann, and her members were nothing but kind and friendly. I immediately knew that this community was going to be something special. Not only did it get me into fantastic shape, but Lori Ann asked me to join her team! To keep up with the level of intensity Onyx offers, I got certified as a HIIT coach. I am having an incredible time teaching at Onyx! The wide variety of classes, the members, and the community that Lori Ann has created makes this gym unlike no other!
Sgt Ken’s Bootcamp Instructor Certification Maximum Interval Training Certification
I started as a client at Oxygen Fitness in the Mom and Baby classes after having my second baby. From never really being active or fit before in my life, it was a huge awakening! The environment Lori-Ann created welcomed me with open arms and encouraged me at every step. I immediately fell in love with the classes, with Oxygen and with fitness!
A year later I became a certified TRX trainer and completed my fundamentals in anatomy, my weight training certificate and am right now in the midst of becoming a certified personal trainer.
Fitness is now and always will be a huge part of my life and I've passed on the Oxygen addiction and love of being active to my husband and kids!
TRX, Weight Training level 1, Currently studying CanFit PTS
I took my first Pilates class after my youngest daughter was born and I fell in love with it so much that I started looking into certifications, but never actually went through with it.
Then we moved to Milton where I was introduced to Lori-Ann's Pilates class and so many other amazing classes at Oxygen. I was in awe of watching friends/members accomplish these incredible goals at Oxygen and they inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and achieve what I had wanted to do for so long.
I knew it was the right time to finally take the Teacher Training at Body Harmonics! I'm so glad I built up the courage to do it because I truly love teaching and sharing my love of Pilates in my classes.
Body Harmonics - Mat Work Intensive, First Aid/CPR
Growing up playing competitive team sports has made health and fitness a life long passion. Over the past 10 years I have had a focus on strength and conditioning from competing and coaching in the CrossFit community. I completed the CrossFit Level 1 Certification and developed a deep understanding of proper body mechanics and scaling movement to all fitness levels. I believe the best way to achieving your fitness goals is through group training at high intensity, with great form. I love pushing people outside their comfort zone, where results get delivered.
As a full time Toronto Firefighter and a new Dad, health and fitness remain a top priority in my life. I also stay active by playing hockey, snowboarding and mountain biking.
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
My name is Samantha and I have been an ONYX member since 2015 and the Studio Manager since 2018. I am the owner of Life Balance Nutrition and my passion is helping busy working moms that are feeling self-conscious about their body and want to learn safe and simple health and nutrition strategies to reshape their lives. I teach ways to implement small daily changes that are not overwhelming or complicated but build long-term sustainable habits for a healthier overall lifestyle.
Certified PN Level 1 Nutrition Coach since 2018 with a certificate in exercise nutrition.