Instructors

Our instructors are the some of the best in Yellowknife and the North with a huge variety of experience. 

Ashley Janes

Fitness Instructor

Fitness is truly a journey to endure and enjoy, not just a destination.

There will be times you will be breaking your personal records, other times having to recover from setbacks. Regardless of where you are today, I want to help support, encourage, and challenge you along the way.

Certifications
  • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment Designation/Cycle
  • AGATSU – Mobility & Movement Certificate Level 1

Benjamin Mujuni

Fitness Instructor

“If you do not challenge your abilities, your progress becomes stagnant.”

I picked interest in the art of dance at age 12 and it has truly been an amazing journey so far. The process of creating rhythmic movement with your own body as a way of communicating emotions and stories is what intrigues me the most about dance. I am trained in the styles of Krump, Hip hop and breaking and the lessons, growth and development in these dance styles have given rise to who I am today. I enjoy teaching and sharing my experience to fellow dancers, my students and people in adjacent fields.  

Certifications
  • Bachelors of Environmental Design
  • Stewards of Children Training Certificate
  • Youth Protection Association for Dance Certificate

Bill Pain

Fitness Instructor

Coaching strength and conditioning since 2011, Bill’s primary focus is to have people feel and perform better through proper movement patterns. His number one priority as a coach is making sure his athletes are healthy and safe. Bill applies his knowledge and experience of Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, functional fitness, and strongman to help others move pain-free in and out of the gym. His athletic background has involved football, surfing, kiteboarding, and snowboarding.

Outside of coaching, Bill can be found moving heavy, awkward objects down the street, playing with his children, or cooking 7 pounds of buffalo for dinner. He looks forward to using strength and conditioning to help you become a better version of yourself.

 

Certifications
  • NCCP Olympic Weightlifting (Level 1)
  • NCCP Gymnastics (Coaching Foundations Technical and Artistic)
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
  • CrossFit – Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • Carl Paoli Gymnastics Seminar
  • Jon North Olympic Weightlifting – Level 1
  • CanFitPro – Nutrition
  • CASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor
  • Strongfit – Nutrition; Anxiety; Nervous System Seminars

Brie O'Keefe

Yoga Instructor, Spin Instructor

Brie O'Keefe was born and raised in Yellowknife, and is a passionate fitness instructor and yoga teacher. She has attended Ashtanga workshops and intensives all over Canada and the UK and has completed 60 hours of Yoga Tune-Up training on restorative practices and hips/spine. She also has a background in Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting. She aspires to teach jargon-free, down to earth, physically challenging yoga classes that bring joy alongside results.

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment and Cycle designation
    • Yoga Alliance 200 Hours
    • Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1

    Caroline Newberry

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor, Personal Trainer

    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!

    Certifications
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment and Cycle Designations
    • AGATSU Kettlebell Level 1 Certification

    Cassandra Trevisani

    Yoga Instructor

    I was introduced to yoga 6 years ago when my mom began teaching classes in our basement. What began as a simple practice to stretch and relax, transformed into much more. For me, yoga has not only strengthened my physical body but has brought a balance to my mental, emotional and spiritual body.

    I enjoy teaching classes that focus on linking breath with body movement. Through breath and movement, we can strengthen our mental and physical health. I believe yoga is a fantastic supplement to many other physical activities, from sports to weightlifting, and it can also be so beneficial on its own. If you have never tried yoga before, I invite you to step onto the mat and see all that it has to off to you!

    Certifications
    • 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training
    • 5-HR Hands on Assist Training

    Catherine Ardiles

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

    "Make taking care of yourself a priority"

    I love having the opportunity to teach fitness classes, this is hands down one of the best jobs someone could have! I'm here ready to cheer you on and celebrate wherever you are in your fitness journey, and hopefully motivate you to try new things.

    As a nurse, I know that one of the keys to living a long healthy life is movement, and working out should be a celebration of what your body can do.  So many options for you to try at this club, and so many great people to motivate you to keep going - so come work out with us!!!!

    Certifications
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment and Cycle Designation
    • MOC Barre Certified
    • ViPR™ Group Fitness
    • TRX® Suspension Training
    • February 2019 - Functional Foam Rolling™
    • AGATSU Kettlebell Level 1 Certification

    Cheryl Houweling

    Spin Instructor

    I love the positive power and energy generated in group fitness classes. I’ve been benefiting from these classes at the RC for years. And now, I’m so excited to be instructing! Spin Rev is the ultimate feel good work out. When you get into the music and anticipation for the choreography, you forget how hard you’re actually working. You get caught up in the music as you benefit from a challenging spin class and harness the power of the group to reach your goals. We’ve all heard that exercise makes you happy - come let me prove it to you! 

    Certifications
    • CFES Fitness Knowledge Certified
    • Oranj Fitness Intensive Cycle Instructor Certification Course

    Devin Madsen

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor, Personal Trainer, Owner

    “Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.”

    I’m a Yellowknife native with a passion for fitness. For me, personal training is an opportunity to change someone’s life, physically and mentally. Seeing positive changes in clients is my motivation. My schooling has given me the confidence to work with clients of all fitness levels and help them reach their goals.

    Certifications
    • NAIT PT Diploma
    • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • Canadian Weight Lifting Federation - Level 1
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Cycle Designation
    • February 2019 - Functional Foam Rolling™
    • AGATSU Kettlebell Level 1 Certification

    Diana Curtis

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

    Wellness is important to me and my family. I enjoy sharing my passion and energy in a group fitness class to help bring balance to people’s lives through exercise. Working with participants to meet their personal goals while enjoying their time moving! I’m proud of you, each time you step into a group fitness class, we leave with high fives, a wet pat on the back, new friendships, and that satisfaction that you made time for your wellness. Thank you for sharing your time with me!

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group ExerciseLeader/Portable Equipment
    • TRX® Suspension Training
    • ViPR™ Group Fitness
    • MOC Barre Certified
    • MoveBall™ Certified
    • Pound® Pro
    • February 2019 - Functional Foam Rolling™

    Diana Gibson

    Spin Instructor

    Spin is a great experience for personal growth. There's no competition, just you, your bike and 45 minutes of sweat. I like giving participants the chance to let go of their day and focus on something that they can control and overcome, and the AFTER-CARDIO high doesn't hurt either. 

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader - Portable Equipment and Cycle designations

    Emily McBride

    Yoga Instructor

    I love how there is no "end" or perfect pose in yoga, there is constant room for discovery and improvement.

    "A student who can headstand has just as much to learn as the student who can't touch their toes"

    If your looking to gain flexibility, strength, improve your fitness, overall health mentally and physically - yoga compliments and fits into any lifestyle. I love being a yoga student, and have the opportunity to teach and share with others. I hope to see you join me in the studio!

    Certifications
    • Yoga Union 200hr Yoga Teacher Training - Bali, Indonesia

    Grace Chambers

    Yoga Instructor

    Nourishment = possibility! 

    As a Registered Nurse, I recognize the pivotal role exercise such as yoga can have in supporting overall health and wellness. Through conscious alignment, I believe practicing yoga enhances balance, strength, and flexibility of the mind, body, and spirit. I wish to support my current and future students in reaching optimal health, wellness, and mental clarity through the nourishing practice of yoga.

    Certifications
    • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
    • Registered Nurse, Perinatal Certified (RN, PNC)

    Heather Scott

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

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

    Certifications
    • Move Ball® Certified
    • Keiser Indoor Cycling Instructor Training Program
    • ISSA Personal Trainer Certification

    Inemesit Graham

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor, Personal Trainer

    "Your aesthetics don't determine your athletics."

    Inemesit is a strength and conditioning and weightlifting coach who specializes in pre and postnatal fitness, diastasis recti, hernia, and prolapse management, menopause and senior fitness. I believe that your aesthetics don't determine your athletics and take a holistic approach to fitness based on body liberty and free of body oppression.

    Certifications
    • ISSA Elite Trainer
    • Bodybuilding/ Strength & Conditioning/Senior Fitness
    • Precision Nutrition Level 1
    • Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach
    • POPUp Pro (Pelvic Organ Prolapse)
    • Kettlebell Level 1

    Jarrett Vornbrock

    Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer

    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.

    Certifications
    • 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

    Jeff Hipfner

    Squash Pro

    Squash is not just a game, it's a way of life. Considered one of the healthiest sports in the world, squash can be another great tool to help you attain your fitness goals. On top of that, it's just so much fun!

    Certifications
    • Squash Canada/NCCP Provincial Coach
    • Squash Canada Provincial Referee and Assessor

    Jocelyn Apps

    Fitness Instructor

    Movement and fitness feed my soul. I love dancing, smiling, and getting a great work out. It is a privilege to do this through SHiNE dance fitness classes at the YK Racquet club alongside so many wonderful and inspiring people. 

    Certifications
    • Certified SHiNE Dance Fitness Instructor
    • BScN RN

    Jodi Kapicki

    Fitness Instructor

    I believe that physical fitness is a key component in our overall well-being. My approach to teaching classes is to help you get focused and grounded so you can show up for YOU, and push to be your own best version. It feels good to be healthy and strong. I enjoy group fitness because the group environment helps people find the connection with others and that can help you push your limits and feel supported by everyone in the room.

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment Designation

    Julian Kanigan

    Spin Instructor

    Keeping active and healthy is a priority for me and my family. We also love bikes. At last count we had ten. We’re those crazy people you see fat biking at -40. But we can’t always be outside, and the next best thing is a great spin ride. 

    I’ve been instructing for almost 20 years and I still love creating challenging rides that we can complete together as a group, no matter what our level, and feel satisfied and spent. I look forward to seeing you at spin and coaching experienced and new riders to be their best. 

    Certifications
    • Keiser Spin Certification

    Karen Gochnauer

    Yoga Instructor

    Yoga grounds me and benefits all aspects of life, body and soul. It blends well with my love of dance and the outdoors. Yoga can be practiced anywhere by anyone.
    I have been on numerous yoga retreats and workshops, here in Yellowknife and in my travels.

    Certifications
    • 200hr Hathaway yoga Sivananda "Do Something Yoga".  Teacher training with Sylvie Boisclair, 2016
    • 200 hr Hatha yoga /Ashtanga "Land and Heart Practice" with Kate Covello, 2019

    Karin Taylor

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

    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.

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment, Cycle and Resistance Training.
    • ViPR™ Certified
    • TRX® Suspension Training
    • MoveBall™ Certified
    • MOC Barre Certified

    Katie Weaver Charpentier

    Spin Instructor

    When I made spin classes a part of my routine, I noticed a huge change in not only my physical abilities but also my confidence in and outside of the gym. It is my goal to give that same incredible feeling of empowerment to anyone who attends my energetic, challenging, and FUN spin classes. I want my riders to be able to sweat, smile, and let go on the bikes, and leave the class thinking, "Wow. I just did that!"

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Cycle Designation

    Kevin Tam

    Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer

    Exercise is fun. Work hard. Play Hard. Push yourself. You'll see results.

    Certifications
    • Bachelor in Kinesiology
    • Masters in Physiotherapy

    Leslie Gray

    Yoga Instructor

    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.

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment and Mindbody designations
    • 60 hour Yoga Nidra training with Tanis Fishman
    • 200 hour Kindalini training with Semperviva
    • Prenatal and Postnatal with Mamata Yoga
    • Kids Yoga through Radiant Child
    • Yoga for Athletes and Myofacial release with Empowered Yoga
    • Pilates Mat 1/Mat 2 with Balanced Body

    Lindsey Oosenbrug-Trinh

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

    I’m very excited to be back instructing at the Racquet Club, to share the fun and motivation of fitness with our members. Fitness is a vital part of a healthy and balanced life for me, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share with you my passion for movement, music and working up a good sweat.

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment Designation
    • MOC Barre Method
    • Barre Above Certification
    • Bender Ball
    • Moveball™ Signature
    • Spin Certification (Precision Cycle 101)

    Melanie Williams

    Spin Instructor

    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!

    Certifications
    • Performance Indoor Cycling Course – Krista Popowich

    Melissa Chung

    Yoga Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

    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. 

    Certifications
    • 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (YTA)
    • AFLCA Certified Fitness Leader/Cycle, Step, and Mind Body design
    • MOC Barre Certification
    • TRX® Suspension Training

    Natasha Ramm

    Yoga Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

    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!

    Certifications
    • AFLCA Group Exercise leader
    • MOC Barre, TRX Suspension, MoveBall, Power Pilates, ViPR, Fusion Fitness
    • 200hr Yoga Fit Canada
    • 40hr Restorative Yoga
    • February 2019 - Functional Foam Rolling™
    • YIN Yoga
    • Yoga Nidra

    Nikki Johansen

    Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

    Eat, sleep, spin, 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!

    Certifications
    • Performance Indoor Cycling Course - Krista Popowych
    • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment and Cycle Designation
    • February 2019 - Functional Foam Rolling™

    Norma French-Heslep

    Yoga Instructor

    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.

      Certifications
      • Moksana Yoga Centre in Victoria BC
      • Sivinanda Yoga Training with Sylvie Boisclair
      • February 2019 – Functional Foam Rolling™

      Rochelle Hilderman

      Yoga Instructor

      When I was first introduced to yoga, I remember feeling amazed by the way it made me feel, both on and off the mat. Yoga is a beautiful and transformational practice, and it can be incredibly empowering to discover yourself through new ways to move and be within your body.

      I have a special love for Yin and Restorative yoga, both still and cathartic practices that help teach us to quiet the mind. Classes are a chance to let go from everyday stressors, and it’s so rewarding to see yogis leave looking relaxed and renewed.

      Certifications
      • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)

      Rosie Taylor

      Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

      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.

      Certifications
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • February 2019 - Functional Foam Rolling™
      • AGATSU Kettlebell Level 1 Certification
      • MOC Barre Certified
      • TRX® Suspension Training
      • Moveball™ Certified

      Sarah Cook

      Fitness Instructor

      Exercise is medicine

      There are some simple decisions we can make each day that can have a profound impact on our wellbeing. Two important ones are moving our bodies (ideally outdoors!) and interacting with others.

      More powerful than most of the medications we can prescribe, regular physical activity protects or improves most aspects of our minds and bodies - bone health, heart health, decreased rates of some types of cancer, improved mood and cognitive function, increased energy and decreased stress. Paired with social interactions, group fitness can have amazing benefits!

      Physical activity is a big part of my life and core to my wellbeing. I’m excited to share this passion, supporting others to nurture their own wellness through sweating and strengthening together.

      Certifications
      • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
      • Fitness Alberta Group Conditioning Specialty Leader
      • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
      • ISSA Certified Nutritionist

      Shadrach McLeod

      Yoga Instructor

      The word yoga may be derived from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite". The focus of my classes will be to offer a Sivananda inspired practice to unite body, mind, and spirit through asana and pranayama.

      Certifications
      • 200 hr Teacher Training, School Yoga Institute

      Skylar Urschel-Hall

      Spin Instructor

      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!

      Certifications
      • BSc with specialization in Human Kinetics
      • C.O.R.E. Indoor Cycling – Level I
      • CCAA Functional Fitness for Falls Prevention certified

      Toni Riley

      Yoga Instructor

      I have practiced and taught many styles of yoga - from Ashtanga to Yin - for almost 20 years.  I have found  yoga to be an elegant complement to most other physical activities and I am especially grateful for its lessons in mindfulness that help me navigate and balance daily life. I love yoga I am so happy to return to RC to share this with our members. 

      Certifications
      • Trinity Yoga Teacher training
      • Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark
      • Yin Yoga - The Functional Approach with Paul Grilley
      • Restorative yoga - Andrea Peloso