Instructors

Instructors

Alicia Larade

For me fitness has always been a key component for maintaining balance in my life. After I had my children it became not only a way to stay in shape, but also a way to relieve stress, connect with friends and have fun. I decided to combine my day job as a school teacher and my passion for fitness to help others discover all that fitness has to offer.

  • AFLCA Group Fitness Instructor - STEP designation, Moveball Signature, MOC Barre Method
  • Pound Pro

Alison Devitt

I grew up spending hours in the gym and was amazed at the new challenge yoga had presented me with. Initially my love for yoga was based on the physicality of the practice but it did not take long to realize yoga had a lot more to offer beyond the mat. I want to share my love for the practice through fun and challenging sequencing paired to some good tunes and laughs. Come join me on the mat!

  • 200 HR Vinyasa & Hatha Certified with Yogacara
  • Shakti Flow Certified
  • AFLCA fitness leader in-training

Allyson Leduc

 I love fitness! Fitness for me is a way for me to practice self-care, self-empowerment, and makes me push myself outside of my physical comfort zone every day. As a nurse, I also know that health promotion is key in the long run for living a long, healthy life.
Instructing is an incredible way for me to combine my love for fitness with my passion for helping others feel empowered and motivated. Whether I am training a client or teaching a class, I want people to feel motivated, empowered, and proud of their hard work. My job is to help people realize that they can do anything they set their mind to.

  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Registered Nurse, Perinatal Certified (RN PN(C))
  • Associate Performance Coach
  • Keiser Spin Certification

April Cook

Why? Life is just better when you’re doing something that you’re passionate about! Fitness and surrounding myself with positive, inspiring and like-minded people gets me up in the morning and leaves my heart feeling full when I go to bed at night. Seeing positive changes in myself and others is what it’s all about!

  • Graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York City (Musical Theatre)
  • Barre instructor (Certified: Barre Body Studio Edmonton)
  • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader – specialized in Spin
  • MoveBall
  • Pound Pro
  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Audrey MacDougall

The RC has been an awesome part of our family’s rhythm and balance since 1982.  As a yoga/fitness instructor I’ll be quick to listen to what motivation is required to help others achieve personal goals.  I am a strong advocate for “fitness is the best medicine” with a safe approach.   Everybody has some fine-tuning to do, be it with work, family, rest, play and fitness. Having fun is a big part of the package! 

  • B.A.; B.Ed.; Specialist in Special Education; Master of Education (2007)
  • YWCA Fitness Certification – Step Classes for Mom’s and Tot’s (1990s)
  • Long Distance Running Coach (Marathon runner/Triathlons)
  • Canadian Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Level C (2014)
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification (2015)

Carlyn Shewchuk

Yoga has taught me that it is not about what you do, but how you feel about what you’re doing that is important. I am passionate about practicing yoga and sharing my passion with others through teaching. I am so grateful for the experiences, friendships, and the joy my yoga practice has brought to my life. Yoga provides so many benefits to the whole body, on and off the mat.  “I really regret going to yoga today...said no one ever!” 

  • 200 hour YYT from Yandara Yoga Institute Bali, Indonesia (2016)

Caroline Newberry

It’s a simple as this...motivating others motivates me.  One of my favorite thoughts on health and fitness is “You are who you choose to be.  The best project you’ll ever work on is you.” The energy, comraderie and motivation found in this gym inspires me to be a better coach, a better leader, a better partner, friend and a better human. Let’s work on some projects together you guys!

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Performance Indoor Cycling Course – Krista Popowich

Catherine Ardiles

Motivation that inspires my personal and professional fitness pursuits are being a role model for my 6 year old and encouraging all ages and fitness levels to get active!  As a nurse, I've seen what can be decreased or eliminated by being active and incorporating healthy lifestyle changes.  My goal for you as a beginner or a seasoned athlete in my classes - is to get a great work out and have fun!

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Canadian Red Cross CPR/AED HCP Instructor
  • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader
  • MOC Barre Certified
  • ViPR Group Fitness
  • TRX Suspension Training

Diana Curtis

Wellness is very important to me and my family. I enjoy sharing my passion and energy in a fitness class to help bring balance to people’s lives through exercise. I enjoy helping participants meet their own personal goals while enjoying their time moving! It makes me proud to make a difference each day we spend together!

  • AFLCA Group Ex – Portable Equipment
  • TRX Certified
  • ViPr Certified
  • Barre
  • Pound Pro

Erwin Sumcad

Building relationships and friendships with the members is what strengthens me inside and out, and my goal is to share that with you.  I do what I love and love what I do, all because of you: the members.  We embark on our own personal journeys with the vision of creating the strongest versions of ourselves.  Here at the Racquet Club, we believe in you and support you every step of the way, on your road to what YOUR definition of success is!

Thank you, my friends, for letting me be part of your amazing journey!  

  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Moveball
  • Former CANFIT Pro Personal Training Specialist

Heather Scott

"To train for life", plain and simple :-)

  • 8-hour Move ball signature instructor training course
  • Keiser indoor cycling instructor training program
  • Spin workshop with Helen Vanderburg
  • Spin workshop with Geoff Bagshaw
  • Fitness fusion with Helen Vanderberg

Jarrett Vornbrock

Fitness has always been a big part of my life and I enjoy using my experience to help others reach their goals. It doesn’t matter what fitness level you are at, all that matters is that you put forth your best effort and you will see the results you deserve.

  • TFW level 1 Certification
  • Canadian Weightlifting Federation Level 1
  • Fivestar amateur MMA Flyweight Champion
  • 2016 Nation Canadian MMA Flyweight Champion
  • 2016 Ontario Kickboxing Provincial Champion
  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blue Belt

Julian Kanigan

My goal is to create an authentic cycling experience for participants that feels like a ride on the open road. Every ride I want to help you harness the power of the group to do something you thought you couldn’t do.

  • Spin certification
  • AFLCA fitness leader in-training

Kam Hogan

Every day you have a chance to change your life. Choose to be the best version of yourself and let health and fitness guide the way.  When it comes to achieving your health and fitness goals, why would you wait?  Don't put it off until tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.  Don't do it for him, for her or for them.  Choose to do it for yourself and choose to do it today.

  • Certified Crossfit Level 1 Instructor
  • Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Keiser Spin Certification

Karin Taylor

I love moving, sweating, lifting, and being challenged with new goals. Investing in yourself through fitness pays off in so many ways, and can have positive impacts in all areas of life. I love teaching because it allows me to share this gift with others. I strive to make my classes challenging, motivating, and above all – fun.

  • Teaching at the RC since 2009
  • Certified by AFLCA as Group Exercise Instructor with specialities in Spin, Portable Equipment, and StrengthTraining.
  • Also certified in ViPR, TRX, MoveBall and MoC Barre.

Katlyne McCauley

I am so grateful to be able to do what I love! Fitness and athletics have been the foundation on which I have built my life, and I enjoy sharing that passion with others. Whether it's in the spin room or fitness studio, I love working with the members to create a fun-filled atmosphere that tests physical limits, offers new challenges, inspires personal goals, and help them reach results! 

  • Performance Indoor Cycling Course with Krista Popowych
  • Former Provincial League Soccer Player

Kelli Hinchey

I have been a fitness professional for 30 years and am certified in numerous modalities.

My passion is helping members achieve their highest potential in all aspects of their lives.  To assist them to move from a place of "ordinary" to "extraordinary" in a loving, supportive, non-competitive environment Is key.

  • Step, slide, rebounder, strength & conditioning
  • ViPR, TRX, Bender Ball, MoveBall
  • Bender Barre, Barre, Body Bar and Spin

Ken Eng

Sports and fitness have always been a life style for me. They help to provide me with a great quality of life, physically and mentally. I thrive on pushing myself to see what my limits are and what I am capable of – “life begins at the edge of one’s comfort level”!

As an instructor, I want to share my knowledge and passion for fitness with people. My goal is to help people move towards their fitness goals and I love seeing them gain confidence in themselves along the way! 

  • AFLCA – Group Fitness Leader (Portable Equipment, Cycle)
  • MOC Barre
  • TRX Functional Training
  • AFLCA – Resistance Training – In training

Leslie Gray

I teach because I think everyone should practice yoga! Especially athletes - If I could, I'd live at the RC and instruct yoga after each high intensity class. Yoga is the stretching every athlete needs to do but packaged in a way that feels like you're giving yourself an amazing gift, like a massage or a spa day! It has so many benefits and it has changed my life.
Most importantly, I love to move and breaking a sweat makes me feel alive. 

 
  • YTT 200
  • 50 hour yin training
  • 40 hour restorative training

Martha Chertkow

3 things I love about early morning spin 

1. That feeling when your body is exhausted & your mind is telling you to stop, but somehow you dig deep and find the strength to push yourself forward;

2. You are surrounded by a group of people who may be there for different reasons and be on different resistances, but you all propel each other forward with your energy & determination; 

3. You get an amazing cardio workout before ⅔ of town is even awake.

Melanie Williams

I love the challenge and life balance that fitness provides. The mental and physical feeling you get after a great workout is priceless and I want everyone to experience that!

  • Performance Indoor Cycling Course – Krista Popowich

Melissa Chung

Yoga and fitness provide a grounding energy and vitality in my life which I truly enjoy sharing with others.  My blended style and mind-body focus for the classes I instruct continues to evolve on the foundation of healthy alignment, movement, and body opening.  I am passionate about the joy that arises when we move our bodies and the peace we develop through relieving mental and physical tension. 

  • 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (YTA) and AFLCA Certified Fitness Leader with specialities in spin, step, and mind body.
  • Additional fitness certifications in MOC Barre Method, Fusion Fitness, and TRX.

Natasha Ramm

I LOVE being a part of  participants reach their goals.  If it is to sweat, burn calories, to get stronger/faster or just to get their mind off of work, I love being a part of that.  I am here to motivate and encourage, and really enjoy every moment of it!

 

  • AFLCA Group Exercise leader
  • Yoga Fit Canada
  • Keiser indoor cycling
  • Power Pilates, Resistance, Rebounder, Step, TRX Suspension Training, ViPR
  • Pound Pro

Nikki Johansen

Eat, sleep, spin, and repeat!  

I truly believe that the pursuit of a healthy and happy lifestyle begins with the decisions we make today. In order to grow we must challenge ourselves physically and mentally each and every day. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just dusting off the old training wheels, all fitness levels are welcome!  Get ready for some high energy, fast-paced fun with some killer tunes!
 

  • Performance Indoor Cycling Course - Krista Popowych

Norma French-Heslep

Finding balance of mind body spirit and emotion has been a life time pursuit. 

My yoga practice has helped me regain a balanced life and I believe it can help anyone interested attaining this goal.

 

  • Moksana yoga centre in Victoria BC
  • Sivinanda yoga with Silvie Bosclair Yellowknife

Rosie Taylor

I love the vibe of a good workout.  I love to see the change in energy by the end of a class- the physical fatigue is evident but the participants are glowing.

  • BPE, BScN

Sabrina Lakhani

Do more of what makes you awesome.

  • Bsc Kinesiology
  • Reebok Certified Cycle Instructor: Level 1 Spin Instructor
  • St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid- Level C CPR & AED
  • (AFLCA): Group Exercise Leadership & Specialization in Portable Equipment

Shirley Mair

Skylar Urschel

I love teaching spin because it’s an incredible workout that is accessible for riders of all levels, ages and abilities! It’s a great way to get lost in the music and get a killer workout in without realizing how hard you are actually working! However, I believe my favourite part is that as an instructor I have the ability to make people feel empowered, accomplished and amazing about themselves in less than an hour!

  • BSc with specialization in Human Kinetics
  • C.O.R.E. Indoor Cycling – Level I
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR-C
  • CCAA Functional Fitness for Falls Prevention certified

Toni Riley

When I lead a yoga class, my greatest reward is seeing folks surrender to a pose – reaching that ‘aha’ moment that blends the physical rewards of the practice with the more subtle magic of mindfulness and gratitude. In this way, I have been rewarded countless times over the past 15 years as both a certified yoga teacher and practitioner.  My yoga practice continues to evolve but a constant has always been to have fun and keep growing.  

  • • 40 hr/2017 – Restorative - Andrea Pelosso
  • • 50 hr/ 2008 – Yin Yoga – Bernie Clarke
  • • YYT 200 hr/ 2007 – Trinity Yoga/Nelson BC
  • • 6 weeks/2003 – Asthtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore, India – Sri Patthabi Jois
  • • Numerous 15-20 hr intensives: Sarah Powers, Desiree Rumbaugh, Doug Swenson, John Friend, Sean Corn, Eddie Modestini
  • • Certified Group Fitness Leader: 1995-2006

Tova Payne

In 2003 when I graduated McGill’S Psychology program, I never would have imagined that I’d spend years of my life teaching Yoga and leading Trainings. When Yoga came into my life in 2005–it changed my life–and that’s why I’m passionate about sharing it with you. I’d always been active, so for me, Yoga was never about the activity itself – it was about the peace of mind and equanimity it brought me that led me to receive my training in 2006, and continue to study with Master Teachers in Los Angeles.

In 2010 after teaching thousands of hours and students of all ranges and abilities–I developed and led the inaugural YogaCara Yoga Teacher Training Program in Vancouver BC, which has since evolved into a Global Training Institute. I’ve also co-led trainings at Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico, and although my core career path has shifted, I teach Yoga because it brings me pure joy to share the core of the practice with you.

Yoga is about being present, and I look forward to sharing it with you.