Instructors

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

Alicia Larade

Fitness Instructor

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.

Certifications
  • AFLCA Group Fitness Instructor
  • Pound Pro®
  • STEP designation
  • Moveball™ Signature
  • MOC Barre Method

Allyson Arychuk

Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

 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.

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

Arielle Daniel

Spin Instructor

“It’s never too early or too late to work towards being the healthiest you”.

Group Fitness has helped me take control of my own health, change my life and has inspired me to help other change theirs. I fell in love with Group Fitness a few years ago and am excited to pass on that passion for fitness and motivate people throughout their fitness journeys. Come in sweat it out, reach your goals and have a great time doing it.

Certifications
  • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment Designation
  • Inner Fit Studios Indoor Cycling Certification

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

“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™

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

“It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable”.

Around 85% of women will have a child at some point in their life. A woman experiences more physiological changes in 9 months of pregnancy than a man will experience his entire lifetime; for this reason, it is important to adapt workouts during the prenatal period to support a changing body. While pregnancy is temporary, postpartum is forever, so proper postnatal training can support recovery and continued strength into old age. Women with diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, lower back pain and feelings of weakness in their core can feel strong, supported and confident in their bodies. My passion is helping women discover and tap into the amazing strength and power held within them.

Certifications
  • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Cycle designation
  • ISSA Elite Trainer (Fitness Nutrition, Bodybuilding Specialist, Senior Fitness)
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach
  • Bellies Inc. Core Confidence Specialist
  • Advanced Diploma in Modern Postnatal Assessment, Core Restore & Functional Exercise Programming
  • AGATSU Kettlebell Level 1 Certification

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 Club Coach
  • Squash Canada Provincial Referee and Assessor

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

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

Ken Eng

Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

Sports and fitness have always been a lifestyle 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! 

Certifications
  • AFLCA Group Excercise Leader/Portable Equipment, Cycle
  • MOC Barre Certified
  • TRX® Suspension Training
  • AGATSU Kettlebell Level 1 Certification
  • February 2019 - Functional Foam Rolling™
  • AFLCA – Resistance Training – In training

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

Kim Nichols

Yoga Instructor, Fitness Instructor

I see fitness as a journey that never ends but changes along the way. Truly listening to your body and what it needs is the key to lifelong health.

Fitness and Yoga have given me so much; I have improved my mental health, developed physical strength, and increased mobility. I look forward to continuing to give back what it has given to me.

Certifications
  • Canadian Yoga Alliance Certified 200hour YTT
  • 50 Hour Yin and Restorative Yoga Training
  • Level 1 Yoga Shred Teacher Training

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

Mariah MacDonald

Spin Instructor

I love fitness! Growing up, I was thrown into every sport you could think of. It exposed me to the fitness world at a very young age. I could never sit still as a kid and still can’t to this day! When people come out to my fitness class, I want them to leave their problems at the door and just have a good time! Giving someone the opportunity to relieve some stress with a fun and challenging workout is the most rewarding experience to me as an instructor.

Certifications
  • BHSc in Public Health
  • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Cycle

Meagan Shouhda

Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor

Working out is a key part of my everyday life, whether it is spinning, running on the treadmill, taking part in a class, going outdoors or lifting weights. Physical activity is important for your body but just as equally important for your mental health. Not only will physical activity help promote flexibility, strength and mobility in everyone, it will also improve your mood, your attitude, increase your self-esteem and decrease anxiety and depression. I love sharing my passion of physical activity and love teaching my passion to others and can't wait for the opportunity to share this with members.

Certifications
  • AFLCA Group Exercise Leader/Portable Equipment, Cycle
  • Currently enrolled for Personal Fitness Training at NAIT
  • AGATSU Kettlebell Level 1 Certification

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

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™

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

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