I have been fortunate to be able to combine my educational background, my provincial and national sport background, and my love of group fitness altogether. It is my passion to help others achieve the most in their fitness journey whether that is just through attending group fitness classes or following their dreams to become a group fitness leader themselves.
"Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic course this weekend! There was so much content and loved the way you broke some of the difficult content down into easy concepts to learn with the tricks and tips! I was engaged in the material the whole weekend. It was an intimidating and humbling experience at times but with such a great group of women it really did feel like a safe environment to make mistakes and learn and not feel silly about how you did. It really was an encouraging environment."
DS - Fitness Instructor Specialist in training
"Karyn is well organized, explains concepts clearly and is very approachable. Her directness and ability to educate in various styles makes me feel that I will be well prepared for the exams. The best thing about Karyn is that she is genuine, and truely wishes that her students will be successful both on the upcoming exams and future careers and fitness instructors.
Karyn, you are wonderful!"
Vanessa H - Fitness Instructor Specialist in training
"This class was so intense and full of wonderful information. Karyn is a great teacher using different forms of learning modalities to bring the concepts to live. I am so glad I choose this program to get certified."
Kelly H - Fitness Instructor Specialist in training
"You so hit it out of the park yesterday at the canfitpro fitCALGARY conference. Minimal notes, well informed, incredibly organized, great engagement with the audience, and perfect voice modulation. You're AMAZING!!"
-Diana M, Group Fitness Instructor
"Karyn was truly amazing! She wasn’t just there to do her job; she cared about our success. I traveled from Lethbridge to Calgary for the FIS course and needed help finding a location/enough people to participate in my practical exam/class. Karyn organized everything! Thanks again for making the whole process ENJOYABLE and EDUCATING! "
-Miranda O, Fitness Instructor Specialist
"Good afternoon, I would like to provide a review on your training courses.
I first crossed paths with Karyn years ago while she was training for her first Figure Competitions. In a few short months it was abundantly clear how dedicated and driven she was about her own health and fitness, and what I would learn, the fitness industry. Karyn walked away from those competitions with trophies in hand, and a piece of her went right to my heart! This incredible woman had such an impact on my own fitness journey, and supported my every question and goal long before I even signed up to take a group fitness course with her.
Flash forward a few years later and I decided to turn my passion into fitness into a career and couldn't think of anyone I would rather be trained by!!! I live approximately 8 hours away from Karyn, and while I could have signed up to take the course at a location that was closer, I am so thankful over and OVER again that I traveled the extra few hours before her wisdom, knowledge, passion, and commitment to her trainees has been invaluable!!!! I am a busy mother of three, and have been out of a school/learning atmosphere for years. To say I was overwhelmed with the course material is an understatement, however, Karyn did a phenomenal job at breaking down each section into terms I could remember and provided various different learning styles so I could fully grasp the information being provided.
Not only did she give us her 110% attention in class, she would follow up with me to make sure I was on track and reaching the goals I had set out for myself. Its been almost six months since I've taken my Fitness Instructor Specialist course with Karyn, and whenever I have a question or concern, she STILL takes the time to provide a prompt answer, or a resource where I can turn too. There might be other training instructors out there, but Karyn goes above AND beyond to ensure each participant is successful and confident before taking their practical and written exams and continues to set the bar high with her continued support, tips, and advice. I highly recommend ANYONE in Alberta or surrounding area, make the trip and come take the training with her!!!
I am so thankful Karyn offers these training courses because I was able to walk right into an amazing Fitness Instructor position and I'm confident it's because of the training and tools she provided."
-Noelle K, Group Fitness Instructor Specialist
"Karyn I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all your hard work, effort and constant feedback throughout this entire process! I am not sure how people can do this without the aid of someone as wonderful, talented and knowledgable as you are. From the moment we first spoke (I'm sorry I know I had so many questions about the whole process) I felt so comfortable with you and how you made everything seem so clear. The course was essential to my success and I am in awe of how you were able to pull everything together to make it make sense in a way I could never get just from reading the text books. I will let all of my friends and other fitpros know how instrumental your prep workshop was in getting me to my final goal. I've booked several reaching gigs now and I can't say that I could have done that with out your help. Thank you forever! Please let's keep in touch forever!!!!!"
-RM, Group Fitness Instructor
"Hi Karyn, I just want to give you an enormous thank you for this weekend’s session. I’m so happy you were our pro trainer for this course. I couldn’t imagine anybody else better than you.
Since I received my canfitpro books I’ve been reading them and have completed the study guide at least twice. This book is really technical and most of the lessons didn’t make sense to me. It has been a big challenge. You did an amazing job explaining the book and it gave more sense to me. It was really helpful attending your class to get a better understanding.
You are such a beautiful person in and out and made those longs days go by really fast. I’ll leave a great feedback for you and highly recommend you to any of my colleagues who want to take this training. Thanks a bunch and will see you soon! "
-Sixela F, Zumba, Fitness Instructor Specialist
" I have just recently entered the Fitness teaching realm completing my CanFIT Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist course with Karyn. I was extremely fortunate to have Karyn as my instructor as she was such a motivational force in coaching, guiding, and mentoring me through my fitness journey. Karyn has such an extensive fitness knowledge base and it comes out in her flare for teaching the Fitness Instructor Specialist course. She helped break down complicated material into easy-to-understand and manageable segments, and always provided great examples with the course content. I also know first-hand that she gives of her time, and reaches out to check on her students. I was extremely lucky to have Karyn be my instructor, but she will continue to be a part of my on-going fitness education as well. As with any learning, it never stops, and having the right teacher makes the journey that much more enjoyable!"
-Noy W, Zumba instructor, Group fitness instructor
"Since the first time I met Karyn, she was more than an instructor to me. She was a mentor, a friend and a role model. She is a phenomenal educator and facilitator. She made hard things easy to learn and complicated things simple to understand. I feel very fortunate that Karyn was a huge part of my journey to becoming a Fitness professional. I am glad that more people now can learn from her knowledge and experience, as she remains an aspiration to us all."
-Rossana, Group Exercise instructor
" I remember the first time I took one of Karyn's classes. As soon I saw my husband after the class, I said "I want Karyn to train me!"
I didn't know her at all but on stage she was amazing, showing perfection and precision.
I had always dreamt of becoming a fitness instructor but I thought it was totally out of my range until Karyn approached me and convinced me that even at 36 and with two small kids I could do it.
Karyn transmits her strong passion for fitness and well being in such a down to earth way that is amazing.
Karyn became my mentor and I couldn't have been happier. It wasn't always easy, as she is a perfectionist, but that is what I wanted!
She doesn't do anything just for the sake of it, but she puts her heart into everything with great determination.
I will never stop thanking her."
“I have attended several of Karyn's workshops and lectures and I always walk away with great info and a deeper understanding of different fitness topics. She's an amazing and strong fitness instructor and facilitator and really takes you under her wings.”
-KD, Group X instructor
"Karyn has an ability to take large confusing chunk of information and boil it down to what needs to be known, how to remember it, and how to apply it in classes. She always says that learning is a journey but I was happy to walk along side her with it"
-MW, Cycle (Spinning) instructor
"Karyn continues to be a great mentor for me. She is generous with her time and truly wants group fitness instructors to succeed. Her passion for health and wellness is contagious and she motivates and inspires everyone she comes in contact with."
-KH, Zumba and Group Exercise instructor
"Karyn is one of the most dedicated and detailed orientated trainers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. This is important in a trainer because she gives constructive feedback to help you become better in an easy way to understand and work on. She offers support and guidance and will answer questions anytime. I have worked with many trainers in my 15+ years career in the fitness industry BUT I have not found anyone as thorough and invested in you as Karyn. If you get an opportunity to learn from her, TAKE IT! "
-Lindsay Hack - Certified Health Coach, Group Exercise instructor
"Karyn is professional and personable with a true dedication to ensuring all of her students are confidently prepared to instruct an above average class from their first time on stage."
-TR, Group Exercise instructor
"From day one Karyn has given so much of her time, passion and energy to ensuring I was successful as an instructor. From mentoring me, to teaching me, to following up and by introducing me to people in the industry Karyn ensured my success as an instructor. She has so much to give and does so for the good of the industry. I'm always excited to hear what she is lecturing on next. She provides value, education and opportunities. Thank you for that. I'll always appreciate the time she spent with me."
-AG, Fitness Instructor
What does a PRO TRAINER do?
All PRO TRAINERS do it a bit differently however, with me I would work with you by helping to prepare you to do your best on both exams required to achieve your FIS designation. It begins with spending 25 hours together in class going through all of the materials and also working on specific group fitness teaching skills. Using a variety of instruction techniques designed to help you sort, classify and remember all that you need to know this interactive workshop will have you ready to take the exam within a short period thereafter. The next step is to prepare you to teach a fitness class that meets and exceeds all of the industry standards. Sound daunting? It can be. However with a focus on avoiding common pitfalls, understanding and exceeding industry standards and opportunities to practice these skills you'll be able to complete this step with a bit of practice and a lot of confidence!
In addition to this if you have special needs or require one on one assistance we can discuss this further by referring to the SERVICES page. The last step is to help you to network in the industry to help you understand what some of your choices are and make the introductions to those who are looking to hire new talent!
I've heard I can just buy the materials and challenge the exam. How does a PRO TRAINER help me in that situation?
Some people may feel that they would like to do this on their own. In situations like these the PRO TRAINER would not be able to assist you in answering specific questions, helping you to prepare for the exam nor would they work with you to help you learn how to successfully prepare and pass the practical exam which involves teaching a small group exercise class. By working with a PRO TRAINER you will receive assistance, as required, specific guidance and potentially avoid any extra costs and/or time delays that may occur if unsuccessful in passing the exam or unsuccessful in receiving a passing class evaluation. For the small price difference wouldn't you rather have peace of mind and someone there willing to help you each step of the way?
Can I do the workshop with one PRO TRAINER but write the exam or do my class evaluation with another PRO TRAINER?
Absolutely this is an option although in my experience having trained and worked with many fitness instructors, it is best if you can start and finish the process with one to ensure the most seamless experience possible.
I didn't pass my first exam. Do I need to rebook with the same PRO TRAINER?
Not at all. Find a date, time and location for an exam that works for you and contact either canfitpro or the PRO TRAINER in order to process the fees associated with your re-write.
So, I passed my exam and was evaluated on my class and I am now an official Fitness Instructor Specialist! What do I do now?
Congratulations! Once you've received your passing marks from both the written exam and the practical evaluation, you and I will have a discussion to further determine your next steps and get you lined up to meet the people in the industry that can get you working.
I'm living in Red Deer and don't know any where in Calgary that I can teach my class for my final exam. What can I do?
This can be difficult for many people. You and I can discuss this and with some planning can most probably make arrangements for this to happen.
Have questions regarding Group Fitness certification in Calgary? Confused how this program is different from AFLCA in Calgary? Want to know more about how we can ensure you have opportunities to teach at fitness facilities across Alberta? Let me know. Maybe you aren't the only one. As common questions come up I will address them here.