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The Best Personal Trainers in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 9, 2012

Personal Trainers TorontoThe best personal trainers in Toronto come in many forms, just like their clients. They are a powerhouse group comprised of weightlifters, former professional athletes, forever fitness junkies, sports therapists and more. But one thing's for sure, this group of men and women will kick your butt...if you want them to. Focusing on everything from eating well to sculpting the perfect bottom, this list of personal trainers represents the best of the best (as voted by readers of this site) from the large crop Toronto has to offer.

Here are the best personal trainers in Toronto, in no particular order.

Dr. Joel N.M. Kerr
Dr. Joel N.M. Kerr has been a personal trainer for 12 years. He's also a chiropractor and medical acupuncturist and believes most health conditions can be remedied by exercise. He focuses on rehab and "prehab" (pre-surgery rehab) exercises. A thorough assessment costs $175 and is comprised of a one and a half hour fitness movement analysis and seven day nutrition plan. A standard hour-long session is $85. His education and background in healthcare, knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and his soft tissue management program sets him apart from his competitors. Find him at the Health Institute or email him at drj@joelkerr.ca

Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis from Insideout Studio has been a personal trainer for six years and loves watching her clients' mindset change as they achieve their goals. A one-hour session with her costs between $60 and $70. Her competitive edge is her bubbly personality, keeping her "on" all the time. She creates client-specific programs and also does in-house private training. Email Sarah at stayfitdavis@gmail.com

Briar Munro
Briar Munro works at Fly Girl Fitness and has been a personal trainer for 12 years. As a child, Briar overcame health ailments through physiotherapy and rehab. It's now her turn to return the deed and improve people's lives through a holistic approach to fitness. A one-hour private session with Briar is $80, and a small group session is $25. She works mainly with women between 30 and 60 years old who are just entering the fitness world or need rehab work. Find Briar at briar@flygirlfitness.com or call her at 416-671-4399.

Lyzabeth Lopez
Lyzabeth Lopez is a veteran in the fitness industry. She has been a personal trainer for 19 years, but was teaching gymnastics and then aerobics by the time she was 16. She's all about attaining an overall better lifestyle and is not just focused on getting you into a little black dress. A one-hour personal session costs $125, but she also does bootcamps. Lyzabeth is also a registered holistic nutritionist, trains competitors and has a reputation for shaping women.

Nick Vernelli
Nick Vernelli works at Goodlife on King St. and has been a personal trainer for three years. After his professional hockey career came to an end, Nick wanted to stay involved with athletics and help people achieve their fitness goals. With him, an average one-hour session costs $72. His focus on Olympic weightlifting and peak athletic performance sets him apart from the pack. Call him at his Goodlife branch at 416-538-5968 or email him at Nick.vernelli@goodlifemakesiteasy.com

Gary Roberts
Former Toronto Maple Leaf Gary Roberts began studying weight training 15 years ago when first retiring from a near career-ending injury. Now with his Fitness Institute, and officially retired from the NHL, he strictly trains hockey players 13 years old and up, focusing on helping those athletes achieve their top level of performance. The hockey training camp runs from May 28 to August 25 and costs $4,500 for the junior program and $10,000 for the elite program. The program also covers organic good, supplements, a locker and parking. He also does team training for $300 per session.

Joanna Zdrojewska
Joanna Zdrojewska from Totum Life Science has been a personal trainer for the last 10 years. She's been an athlete all her life, but fell into training while studying kinesiology. Her cost per session is between $75 and $80 an hour. Her specialty is crossfit training and non-static movements. She also focuses on Olympic weight training and dumbbells.

Steve Ashalou
Steve Ashalou is in his 13th year of certified personal training and currently works at Fit Body Bootcamp. He's also a registered massage therapist and sports therapist. Growing up as the eldest sibling in a family of athletic boys, Steve's earliest clients were his younger brothers. He does in-home training starting at $75 an hour and in-studio at $40 an hour. His specialty is fat loss and body conditioning under the realm of athletic conditioning. His drills mimic an athlete's workout, aiming to have his clients train like athletes. As a therapist, Steve also works with people in rehab. He has an online magazine and can be reached at 647-783-1250 or via email at fitbody2xr@gmail.com.

Kathleen Trotter
Kathleen Trotter has been a personal trainer for 10 years, but started her career in the fitness industry at 17 years old when she took a free training course at the YMCA. Putting the personal back in personal training, as she says, Kathleen never uses the same approach twice, recognizing each body is individual. She has a weekly Ask the Trainer column in the Globe and Mail and has online training videos for those who can't afford training. Her client assessment program costs $250 and consists of two one-hour long sessions. An hour-long session costs $100, but the more sessions you buy, the lower the cost.

Melissa Wessel
Melissa Wessel has been a personal trainer for 15 years, and now works with women as a trainer at Train by Trina. She stresses an overall approach to healthy living, saying looking good is a byproduct of feeling good. Strength training is a big component of her workouts, as she strives to make women feel stronger and more confident. An hour-long session with her costs $75. Email her at mneedles@hotmail.com or call 647-330-0170.

Dena Ryde
Dena Ryde from the Adelaide Club has been a personal trainer for 10 years. Always into fitness and never satisfied with her desk jobs, Dena turned to fitness as a career and never looked back. She specializes in pre- and post-natal workouts, nutrition and medical exercise rehabilitation. She works with the gym and also does personal in-home sessions. An hour with Dena costs $90. Email her at denafitness@yahoo.com.

Greg Hetherington
Greg Hetherington from Think Fitness Studios found his way into personal training through a kinesiology program at McGill. Leaving his pro-football career, he has now been a trainer for six years, doing online training, personal training and managing a studio. Depending on the package bought, sessions with Greg cost between $80 and $100 an hour. His athletic approach to training gives him a competitive advantage, as does his ability to communicate effectively while achieving results. Email him at greg@trainwithgreg.com.

Writing by Michelle Singerman. Photo from Greg Hetherington on Facebook.

Discussion

113 Comments

DAY OFF! / April 9, 2012 at 10:29 am
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Who is RoFo's trainer?
Ijustcant / April 9, 2012 at 10:35 am
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I am pretty sure this article is nothing more than an advertisement for various gyms in Toronto.
I would like to know exactly how much research Ms. Michelle Singerman put into writing this article...
Trish / April 9, 2012 at 11:20 am
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Faye is the best personal trainer I've ever spoken with and worked with. I've lost just over 165 (not a typo) in the last two years and she has been an important part of that ... she works out of the Goodlife Fitness at Kingston and Morningside in Scarborough. She is motivating, smart and upbeat.
Jason Sarracini / April 9, 2012 at 11:43 am
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Kin Sze, is missing and is one of the best. Focused, knowledgeable, flexible and really dedicated to his practice. As someone who cannot do gym memberships, I strongly recommend trying him out: http://www.personaltrainertoronto.com/about_trainers/kin_sze.php
Brittany / April 9, 2012 at 11:50 am
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Jerry Deyo at the Manulife Goodlife is a kick ass trainer! He's super down to earth and comfortable to be around, which is key when you start training. He's be an excellent teacher and will definitely give you the confidence to tackle the gym and stick with it.

Despite the critics in this thread, I think this post is a great way to spread the word about trainers as it can be quite daunting when you walk into a gym. At the end of the day, results are up to the client. The trainer is simply that, a trainer. I think the key things to look for are experience, specialty, and personality. Is this person going to make you feel comfortable? Are they are going to listen to what you want or just prescribe what they think is best? Are they going to push you or just push the latest supplements and trends?

My suggestion is shop around and ask the right questions.
Tim replying to a comment from Ijustcant / April 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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It clearly states in the post that this list was voted on by readers of the site. That's how the list was determined.
"non-static movements" / April 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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ummmmm, "non-static movements"? static=of or relating to bodies AT REST.

Ms Zdrojewska, wouldn't it just be easier to say you specialize in "movements" then?
(non-static=movements)
Andrea / April 9, 2012 at 01:36 pm
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John Galbraith at Riverdale Fitness is the BEST trainer! His knowledge of effective exercise and the ability to motivate have been paramount in my routine either when I'm training with him or working out on my own. If you want effective results, he's the one to go to.
Justin / April 9, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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......hahaa Touché on the "non-static movements". That's funny.

Good article to get people to start thinking about personal training and health. Kudos to the writing team for researching and posting. Any person paying for a service would certainly expect a specialist in the field. I would not, however, hire (or endorse) a trainer to train me on "non-static movements".

To the Anonymous comment.....burpees, squats, push-ups, pull-ups are FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS, not "non-static movements".

To specialize in planks or wall sits is like saying you specialize in walking.
Very Satisfied Client / April 9, 2012 at 04:19 pm
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You guys definitely missed one of the best. My trainer embodies fitness and nutrition and there is no shortage of passion, knowledge or creativity in any of her workouts! I love her!

+1 for Jess Manning- Best Trainer in Toronto

http://jessicamanning.com
Josh Michaels / April 9, 2012 at 04:47 pm
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Hey guys,

Great blog! I go to Art of Strength and they have some of the best personal trainers in Michigan. If you ever need a good P.T. if you're in the states check them out. Mike Knight is amazing. http://aoskettlebells.com/michigan-personal-trainers/
MrsPotato / April 9, 2012 at 08:34 pm
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Why do personal trainers have such shitty websites that don't work?
BloopBloop / April 9, 2012 at 08:59 pm
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They may be great, I personally haven't experienced any of them. I would add that this is a very short list and there are many more great trainers out there.
Jeremy / April 10, 2012 at 08:49 am
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People -- doing the same thing is called METHOD. Joanna's looooong list of successful, dedicated clients speaks for itself. Being voted into this list speaks for itself.

Ripping a professional anonymously in the comments section of a blog, well, that speaks for itself too.

Jeremy replying to a comment from Andrea / April 10, 2012 at 08:51 am
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+1!! John is serious about success. His clients get STRONG.
Kathryn / April 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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One of the best Toronto trainers, especially for strength training, is Karen Ko.

She's an olympic-style lifter herself, but creates amazing personalized programming for anyone's goals. And unlike other trainers, she's a real person! It's like having coffee with a good friend - a friend who kicks my ass, hard.

I had a lot of trepidation about gyms and fitness, but she was super understanding and made it really easy.

kkofitness@gmail.com



jajay / April 10, 2012 at 03:02 pm
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this site is crap, amer the hammer is one of the best I've ever met. how much do you have to pay to be on this list? biased crap
Toronto / April 10, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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worst post.
i was appreciating the feedback on the trainers listed here.
but they've all been REMOVED?!!

Isn't that the point?
Service providers aren't loved by everyone.
Some will love them, others won't. Who cares! But removing the info is shameless, and looks even more suspicious.

Why bother even doing these posts when half the comments are being deleted by the moderator?
Roxann / April 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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Why so many haters? Just because YOUR trainer is not on the list does not mean that they aren't great too. We are really lucky in TO to have a huge number of professional trainers to suit everyone's needs, styles and requirements. Be grateful for that, find someone that you want to work with and go for it.
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Newmaven / April 12, 2012 at 05:16 pm
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My vote is for John Galbraith at Riverdale Fitness. Why? Because he knows HOW TO TEACH. Training with John is never about him, it's always about you - getting motivated, educated, fit, strong, and experiencing the power of your mind and body in synch. I've lost count of the number of people I've sent to him, and they all agree - John's the best!

Check him out- http://www.facebook.com/letsgetstrong
Alexandra / April 13, 2012 at 08:45 am
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How on earth is Tony A from Fit Factory Fitness not up here on the list? Is it because he's a former U.S. Marine? He does boot camps only, never one on ones but that's because he has a massive following. If you are reading this you definitely need to check him out - www.fitfactoryfitness.com and www.facebook.com/fitfactoryfitness

Uh-Rah Tony! You have my vote :)
Carol / April 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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Good trainers don't work at Goodlife or Premier Fitness. Good trainers do their own thing.
Helene / April 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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Of course, when one starts writing a list of in Toronto, one has to share his/her selection criteria to compare apples with apples. In my book, the best trainer is the one who can motivate you to achieve your health/fitness goals; with exercises that challenge your limits but attend to your overall body; with an environment of support and an affordability factor that can reach the masses. I have exercised all my life in various sports, gyms and trainers.... and Tony A from Fit Factory Fitness has by far exceeded my expectations and achieved the best results for me. I am a believer!
Niresh / April 13, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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Agreed Alexandra, Tony from Fit Factory Fitness is head and shoulders above the rest. His boot camps are down town and legendary. So unique and different every day.
Amela / April 13, 2012 at 01:53 pm
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Tony A from Fit Factory Fitness is by far THE best personal trainer I have ever had. He is tough (VERY tough) but encouraging at the same time. He has incredible, in-depth knowledge of not only training/kicking your ass, but also nutrition – which we all know is just as important.

He keeps you motivated and coming back for more. The mere fact that I'm even writing this is a miracle because I have never enjoyed working out prior to meeting Tony A. I would recommend him to anyone who is serious about working out and getting in shape.

If you've never tried anything, or tried it all to no avail, Tony A/Fit Factory Fitness is the person/place for you! You'll feel supportive, loved even, and you'll have the greatest opportunity for success right from the start.

If what you're doing isn't working, www.fitfactoryfitness.com is where it all begins!

P.S.:Zach from FFF is just as incredible!
Olivia / April 13, 2012 at 03:15 pm
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Tony from Fit Factory has injured countless people with his methods and he doesn't understand deviations from form. His workouts are tough and if you are already in good shape and have no injuries you will succeed, however, if you have any sort of tracking issues, soft tissue issues, you are not in semi decent shape, etc. you will not succeed with his program and a lot of the time he injures people quite badly. I think the mark of a good trainer really depends on if they are able to provide programs for everyone that are all encompassing and can work with any sort of situation.

One of the best trainers in the city is Kelly Dolson at Core Body Science and her team in Leaside. She's a former RN with a Masters Degree in Nutrition and everyone she hires has at least a Masters Degree in physio, Kenes, or physiology and they are extremely thorough and know what they are doing. Her website is http://corebodyscience.com/

Barbara / April 13, 2012 at 09:21 pm
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I also have to highlight the work of Tony Austin. I have had personal trainers and they have their own styles and all are good. After being part of Tony's classes you will feel a shift and a difference in your body. TOny has a philosophy of team work and he values everyone no matter what level size or shape you are in Just go to his class have fun and know your own body. Most amaZing is his exercises and classes are varied and creative and you sort of feel the energy in the room!!
Lamis / April 15, 2012 at 09:51 pm
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Carlso Dantas has been in the game for over 15 years in downtown Toronto with an impressive clientele, yet too modest to brag...Definitely should be on that list.He's gives great care and attention to each of his client's .
Jennifer / April 24, 2012 at 03:56 pm
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Stefanie DeRossi Should be added to this list! She's awesome - her boot camps are the best!
gtafunmuscle / May 4, 2012 at 04:23 pm
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why are they so expensive?
Ira / May 12, 2012 at 10:08 am
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The one trainer missing from the list is Niki Aron. Her TRX classes and training sessions kick butt. I have so much fun with her I forget I'm working out...sometimes. Check her out trxtrainstation.com

Please note: this is a shameless plug. Not only am I a client, but I'm also her husband.
maryann / May 17, 2012 at 09:52 am
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I'm moving back to toronto from London England where I trained five days a week with a great trainer for half hour sessions.

I got my heart rate up solo before session, stretched solo after, but worked extremely intensively for the half hour without a break. Each session was different. The results were fantastic. Even my London trainer, skeptical at first, agreed that my results were far better than he thought they could be and wants to continue with the method with other clients.

When I was in Toronto, all trainers I asked to train this way refused.

Anyone know any To trainers who would work this way?

Now that i've done it, I know it's the best for me.
Gail L. / May 24, 2012 at 11:02 am
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I've had a lot of trainers and admittedly I haven't tried the ones on this list but for those of you in the Downtown/Annex area, I can't recommend my trainer, Trina Mohan, enough! She's super fun to work out with and actually TEACHES me to work out. Like really, who can afford a trainer the rest of their lives ($100hr...uhm puhleeez)? She's got reasonable prices and actually cares about helping me create balance in my life.

Her website site is www.twtfitness.com
Gail L. replying to a comment from maryann / May 24, 2012 at 11:08 am
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My trainer is very flexible she actually encourages me to warm up on my own beforehand. Her email is twtfitnessATgmailDOTcom
Ian / June 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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Having a great personal trainer makes all the difference. I definately have one of the best in Blair Wilson. He works out of MedX Precision Fitness at Bay and Richmond and I see wicked results with only one short session per week (about 20 mins). He uses Body by Science as a guide and also has a Bod Pod to track my results so I know exactly what is working. You have to make an appointment to go. Checkout http://www.medxpf.com
Katie / June 4, 2012 at 11:42 am
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Why is Marisa from Delisle Club not listed here ?? She's not only one of the best trainers in Toronto but she also walks the walk, by having the best body in Toronto.
Trainers can have all the credentials but the problem with many in Toronto, is they don't practice what they preach.
Next time you have a list of the best trainers in Toronto please list a few that actually look like they should be in the fitness business.
HockeyFan86 / June 4, 2012 at 01:35 pm
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Not putting Matt Nichol on this list is absolutely ridiculous.
Rodney / June 17, 2012 at 01:43 am
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At least 2 of the trainers on this list i personally know are two of the most useless trainers i've ever seen.

A few of them are okay, but come on blog t.o something is pretty shady about this list.
Conor Kelly / July 18, 2012 at 02:06 pm
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I'm just curious, what criteria were used in determining that these are the best trainers in Toronto?

I also think it's important to recognize that trainers generally have a type of clientele that they have the most success with.

Some specialize in body transformation, others in athletic training or post rehab and corrective work. They might work primarily with older adults, or specialize in helping women.

I'd question the accuracy of labeling these trainers as "the best" without further categorization. They might be great, but great at what? It depends what you're looking for.

Also, Evolution Fitness is a glaring ommission. More fat loss success stories per trainer than any other gym/studio in Toronto.

Conor Kelly
Sherri / July 28, 2012 at 09:38 pm
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I have trained with a number of trainers over the years. Some good, some not so good. I have been training with Greg Hetherington for a couple of years. He is, hands down the best.
Josh / July 29, 2012 at 06:34 pm
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Has anyone heard of G force training. They will train you at your own home or the office which is great. I'm going to try their free trial session and I'll let you know how it goes. http://www.gforcetraining.com/
Josh replying to a comment from Josh / August 3, 2012 at 01:51 am
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I had my free session with a G force trainer and it was great. I really needed someone to give me an extra push to exercise. It looks like im going to continue on with them. Also, their rates are very good.
SMcG / August 16, 2012 at 09:57 pm
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The trainers with Train by Trina are absolutely amazing, and Melissa is certainly one of them! I have worked with a few of Trina's trainers (incl Trina herself!) - and you defiantly get every pennies worth. Great people, unique and tailored programs based on your goals, constant communication to keep you accountable (some of us need this more than others!), every session is always different and challenging, nutrition guidance....you name it, they have it!!!!
Sign up with Melissa or any of the Train By Trina trainers, and you won't regret it :)
I have used both their 1:1 training, and group training sessions via their unique corporate programs - all of the above are worth the time, money, pain, sweat and tears!
Josh M / September 3, 2012 at 12:05 am
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Another great trainer that I've been training with for 2 months now is Vlad from The Toronto Personal Trainer. I highly recommend his service. He has helped me shed 10 lbs and take off several inches from my waist. I feel healthier and I love his training sessions (his positivity is contagious).
DannyC / September 10, 2012 at 02:11 pm
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I don't know anyone better than Ivan K from Infinity Fitness (his company). He has helped me to lose 25 pounds in just under 4 months! Since I started working with him, he has taught so much that I am confident coming to the gym on my own now. The guy knows what he is talking about and also showed me how to eat right. I feel stronger, leaner and more confident now.

I also have to question the depth of the research done in this article, as he is pretty well known in the fitness circles.

His wensite is: www.ivankfitness.com
Sam C / September 25, 2012 at 03:20 pm
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Just wanted to give another nod to training with Vlad from http://www.thetorontopersonaltrainer.com/. He's a very knowledgeable individual who has helped me tremendously with program design and how to get my workouts in around my schedule. I would recommend him to anyone!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm
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why are they so expensive?
Moe / September 29, 2012 at 09:41 am
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19 years of training 6 years of boxing. Check me out www.moeamrani.ca
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB7S2XeB7Vw&;feature=youtube_gdata_player
Lori / September 30, 2012 at 09:13 pm
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Jason Millar is Toronto's best trainer. No doubt. He completely transformed me. I couldn't be happier. Check out his website:
www.millarfit.com

Jane / October 3, 2012 at 11:05 am
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The trainers at Strength-n-U in Scarborough are absolutely amazing !!! I cant recomend them enough !!
pkwfitness / October 9, 2012 at 04:59 am
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Lisa / October 9, 2012 at 02:59 pm
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Was reading comment above about not liking gyms environment, I was in that case, found Nick (Perform Fit www.performfit.ca , close to High Park), we did most of sessions outside, hill running, short sprints, lots of kettle bells, boxing, push ups, and skipping, and skipping,... it was intense but it worked, his approach is sports, simple, great nutrition tips to go with training too.
Chris / October 27, 2012 at 09:21 pm
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I've been starting to see Nielsen express cars in my neighbourhood and asked my neighbour that's working with them a few questions. She's looking slimmer and had a recent knee replacement and told me that her doctor recommended Nielsen because it's the only company that is accredited with health Canada. And she loves her trainer Greg - has anyone heard if him?
http://nielsenfitness.com/
Catherine / November 18, 2012 at 03:52 pm
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Jon Wiseman is an awesome trainer - just check out some of the results on his facebook site.

https://www.facebook.com/Optimalbodyfitness
Terry / November 21, 2012 at 03:00 pm
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If the client is motivated, why spend thousands on a PT when you can take the course for about $500. It's not full kinesology but it's enough basics for you to understand any research you should be doing for exercises and nutrition.

The best PT bar none is yourself.
DJ replying to a comment from Sherri / November 26, 2012 at 01:13 pm
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second that - Greg from Think Fitness is the best in the biz...
well deserved recognition
Steve replying to a comment from Ijustcant / December 4, 2012 at 09:25 am
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They may be great, I personally haven't experienced any of them. You guys definitely missed one of the best. My trainer embodies fitness and nutrition and there is no shortage of passion, knowledge or creativity in any of her workouts! I love her! At least 2 of the trainers on this list i personally know are two of the most useless trainers i've ever seen.
Steve / December 24, 2012 at 02:45 am
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Great fitness training blogs and must be helpful for those who are looking for fitness plan with diet meals to lose and maintain healthy body weight. We must workout regularly to stay active and to prevent from major health disease. Bookmarked the link and will share with others also.

Being friendly and really caring about clients is an often overlooked personality trait that will determine you long term success in this industry. I write about how to get your personal training certification at my website come visit us!
jason / January 4, 2013 at 01:16 pm
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Hammer Fitness enough said
Samuel Engelking / January 26, 2013 at 04:09 am
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I have no idea how Eric Astrauskas of Personal Trainer in Toronto (www.PTinTO.com) has not made this list! He is one of the most well-educated and experienced trainers in Toronto. But most importantly, he gets results. Not to mention he is one of the most thoughtful person I know.

-Sam Engelking (www.samuelengelking.com)
Nicholas / February 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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I highly recommend Aldo Frixione. He's a knowledgeable, versatile and merciless personal trainer that's been in the fitness game for over 10 years. If you're looking to build serious strength or redefine your physique then look him up.
Behnam Rad / February 18, 2013 at 08:16 pm
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I am surprised not to see Eric Astrauskas from Personal Trainer in Toronto (www.ptinto.com) on this list.
I have been training with him for past 3 years.
In less than 6 months, I lost 15 pounds and dropped my body fat from 15% down to 8% and, later on he helped me getting ready for cycling across Canada.
He is a very knowledgable, experienced, and caring trainer who is seeking new information everyday and knows a lot about nutrition as well.
He will not only help you meet your goals, but also helps you maintain it.
Mehmet / February 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm
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Eric Astrauskas at www.ptinto.com is someone I can recommend as well. I have been training with Eric over the last 3 years and he is very knowledgable, push you to reach your goals and always giving great tips on diet and nutrition. He is patient and understands your needs so customize a fitness program that suits you the best.
Kim / February 21, 2013 at 04:41 pm
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I'm surprised SDR Training was not listed on this review! Stef D is abslutely amazing and will go that extra mile to ensure you get results. The services are great and she's mobile. SDR Training offers something for everyone and what puts this Toronto resident above the competition is her flexibility and dedication. If you're a 9-5er like me, having flex hours for personal training sessions or even bootcamp classes really helps. Check her out www.sdrtraining.ca
Kelly / March 6, 2013 at 04:59 pm
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A few weeks ago I did a lot of searching on the web and couldn't decide. But when I was a goodlife fitness and saw a really fit member with a Nielsen shirt I asked him what's the deal. He told me that he gets a monthly program and a nutrition plan in addition to the training. So i called the 1866-EXERCISE number and have a free session set for this weekend. They seemed really professional when i called. I can't wait!
Charles Moffat, Toronto Personal Trainer / March 14, 2013 at 04:34 pm
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I find that personal trainers tend to specialize in specific areas (muscle gain, weight loss, sports conditioning, etc). It really varies on what the client needs. I would argue therefore that "personal trainer" has become too broad of a term and that people need to be narrowing down their focus more so they can find weight loss specialists, bodybuilding gurus, sports instructors and so forth.
Alex replying to a comment from Alexandra / March 17, 2013 at 10:10 am
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Tony A has put more clients in the hospital than he has ever done any good.. This is a warning to anyone, if you do continue his over-the-top, impossible, and easy to kill yourself exercises you will end up seriously injured or unable to train.. His following includes many people who have NOT physically changed while being under his 'guidance' for almost 3 years!! That is just plain embarrassing. Not to mention his approach to nutrition - yelling at clients at the top of his lungs "Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutrition" and then I will see him and the other owner out at a fast food joint eating!! just absurdity.
TJ / May 6, 2013 at 09:29 pm
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Steve Ashaolu has absolutely no integrity and he nickels and dimes at every corner. At $95/30 minutes he should be embarrassed: Not only did he charge me an extra $30 to train me off-site, he missed our first appointment, showed up 1 hour late to our second appointment then he had the audacity to ask me for another $6 to pay for his parking!

Two days after our first session, he sent me an email demanding an ADDITIONAL $95 for the session claiming that he "made a mistake in terms of payment because [he] was desperate to use the bathroom". At $3.17/minute, Steve Ashaolu should buy a calculator, a watch, some Imodium and learn to respect his clients, their time, and their money.

Two very enthusiastic thumbs down for Steve Ashaolu.
Jill jones / May 10, 2013 at 05:36 pm
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This has to be one of the worst compiled lists I have ever seen! What about Joshua Lipsey from ET Canada and that Bishop trainer from E? You guys need to start doing better research !
Madeleine L. replying to a comment from Kathryn / June 4, 2013 at 10:56 am
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I've been working with Karen for a little over 4 months now and I have to say I'm extremely happy with my training. I went from dreading the gym to genuinely enjoying hitting the weights.

Karen's friendly and easy going approach makes the session fly by so I barely notice an hour has elapsed by the time I'm lying in a pool of sweat at the end.

Since working together I have achieved greater balance, coordination and strength while dropping 7% body fat! For anyone who wants an empowering and fun gym experience that will get actual results in a safe and healthy way Karen is the trainer for you.
Madeleine L. replying to a comment from Madeleine L. / June 4, 2013 at 10:58 am
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Forgot to mention:

Karen Ko

www.kkofitness.com
Michael / June 8, 2013 at 06:33 pm
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I Believe http://truelifefitness.ca/ ranks at the top as well
Peter Litovsky / June 23, 2013 at 01:59 pm
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Hello Everyone,

My name is Peter Litovsky, founder of Health Fit Global Corp. My organization offers a variety of fitness services, with emphasis on group fitness and weight loss. I contacted you to present an opportunity to potentially train our group fitness clients as a subcontractor or part time employee of HFG.

I am urgently looking for group fitness instructors to work out of our partner studio location in North York (near Bathurst/ Wilson). Your minimal commitment to lead a group class is 3x/ week for 6-12 months. Small groups up to 8 people (more attention to individual participants) and large groups up to 20 people. We are looking for an instructor who will be able to train our groups in the long run.

Our clients are primarily obese or morbidly obese, with low levels of strength and endurance and many limitations such as back, hip and knee pain. You will be expected to incorporate a wide variety of routines combining: weight training with bands and dumbbells, body weight training, include group aerobics for large groups, group stretching, circuit training (for our smaller groups) and potentially add elements from Yoga or Pilates.
If you have interest, skills and availability to work with our weight loss group clientele, please let me know today and I will send you an application form to apply for the position.

Compensation is $40 - $70 an hour, depending on experience and qualifications.
You will start with 1 hour per day, 3x/week, then we will add up to 3-4 groups in a row. (same day)

Please note that our timeline for adding an instructor to our team is quite tight. Classes will be starting 1st week of July (Tuesday).

PLEASE CONFIRM IF YOU HAVE INTEREST AND I WILL SEND OUT THE APPLICATION FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR AN INTERVIEW.
Your interview will consist from a face to face component and followed up by a practical component.

Best Regards,

Peter
416-728-9625
peter@healthfitglobal.com
buyerbeware / July 2, 2013 at 11:42 am
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These comments could just be free advertisements from the personal trainers themselves? Some of them admit it in their comments! How valid can these comments be? Write up your own review!
Mrs Tarses replying to a comment from buyerbeware / July 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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As valid as anything on BlogTO.......
beebop replying to a comment from Alexandra / July 3, 2013 at 08:46 pm
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In no way shape or form should Tony A be on this list. He has injured countless people and is a terrible instructor (holding a pushup for 45 minutes and just yelling BAHGGHGGHG PUSHUPS!!!) IS not and never will be Personal Training.
Not to mention like 1 bathroom in the whole place? with a class of 60 people? Please find yourself a suitable gym before you are seriously injured.
Carie / July 19, 2013 at 06:32 pm
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Why is Marisa Rudder of Delisle Club, Yonge and St, Clair area not on this list. Has anyone seen the body on that girl. She is also the most professional trainer I have ever seen and one that seems to walk the walk. She looks the part and is the part. Best personal trainer in Toronto.
Please write a review on this incredible woman who has changed so many lives.
Java / July 21, 2013 at 07:44 pm
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I am a past track and field athlete and being in a gym with machines does not cut it, I wanted to personal train like someone going for a competition...I found excellent sport conditioning bootcamp close to High Park, Perform Fit Studio, I took one on one session also with Nicolas, the owner, strongly recommended if you are looking for a different sort of training. Java
Personal / August 21, 2013 at 04:59 am
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the baby. What makes it really stand out from the other classes is that the babies are in charge
john rigakos / August 29, 2013 at 07:43 pm
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Obvious advertising as I know some of these trainers and others I do not, but you cannot quantify "best" as it's relative to the demographic you specialize in. On a side note I have been in the industry for 30 years, and the way most of these trainers sell fat loss and strength training is kind of like taking a cab while travelling in Greece(i'm Greek by the way so before you start commenting...chill out, I'm allowed to rip a little on my own culture)....you'll get to where you want to go but you're going to get the scenic route...probably paying double or triple your fare, with a lot of aggravation. The basics of fat loss at the very least can be taught in an hour or so and are so simple its stupid that we sell it at all. If you are interested in making the kind of changes most of us only dream about please contact me at john.rigakos@gmail.com. I offer an intro 30 day program so you can see for yourself. I specialize if turning men back into MEN and get women feeling sexy again. 20 pounds in 30 days is the rule not the exception!!!! Children are always welcome as well!!!

mistybrown125 / September 17, 2013 at 05:01 am
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Nice start guys...I went through the website and I found that you made a decent point here. Keep up the topic that everyone can choose one of the best. Thanks.Child care ryde
Nad / September 17, 2013 at 08:23 am
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Hey, hipsters don't workout. We like skinny jeans!!
Elly / September 20, 2013 at 02:02 pm
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I started training with Karen Ko after reading Madeleine L.'s review above and I'm so grateful that I found her! I immediately had a good feeling about Karen when I met her for the first time; obviously she's amazingly fit but she wasn't intimidating at all. She's completely non-judgmental, and I've never felt like the fat girl at the gym. Our workouts have not only changed my body (16lbs and many inches gone, plus some fun new muscles popping up) but she's really instilled a confidence in me that I simply couldn't find working out on my own. I could run on a treadmill til I pass out, but it would never give me the boost that one of Karen's workouts does.
I honestly look forward to seeing Karen and becoming a hot sweaty mess 3 times a week and can't recommend her enough!

kkofitness.com
(kind of unrelated, but the fact that her website isn't full of ridiculous "lose 20lbs in 2 weeks" claims also impressed me when I was first researching trainers; Karen really is focused on getting you the results you want but being healthy and realistic about it.)



Peter / October 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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I've been working out at PTL fitness for over 3 years now under the direction of a great personal trainer. His name is Mike Whiteley and he has literally done miracles with me. I used to weigh 260 pounds three years ago and for the past year and a half I've maintained my weight at 180 pounds lean thanks to his guidance and methods. He truly is an expert in this field and I can speak on behalf of over a dozen people I know who have benefited from his training and nutrition expertise.
Joel / October 27, 2013 at 06:36 pm
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This is a response to Elly's post about Karen Ko. I also sought out Karen after reading Madeleine's review. It's been just under 4 months now and what a change! My body looks MUCH different than it did before I met Karen in July. I came to her for strength training because I was tired of being the skinny guy at the gym who had no idea what he was doing.

After several months of training, I am noticeably bigger in my chest, upper back, hips, shoulders, biceps, thighs etc. Everywhere, really. And this is all muscle growth, and it's several inches in each area. What I like about training with Karen is that she keeps the workouts interesting and she always has an answer to your questions. In strength training, at least from I've learned, knowing what you're doing and how to maximize your efforts are just as important as your efforts in the gym.

Karen is also an excellent nutrition coach who has completely changed the way that I eat, while still allowing me to eat the foods I love (with healthy modifications). She also has ensured that I haven't hit any plateaus. I'm still seeing muscles pop up that I didn't even know that I had! I moved to Toronto 6 months ago and went back to New Brunswick where I'm from for a visit and my friends couldn't believe the difference in the way I looked. I mean, we all work out to be healthier, but let's all admit there is a vanity aspect as well.

When I met Karen, I couldn't do a single proper push-up. Now I can do a pull-up (and of course a few proper push-ups) and I only plan to keep going from here with her ongoing coaching. I could write a lot more, but I'll stop here. I wanted to leave a review seconding Elly's and Madeleine's opinions on this page because this is how I found Karen in the first place. I hope that after reading our reviews, many others will seek her out as well. I have absolutely no regrets and I don't think you will either.

I have another review on Yelp if you want to read some earlier impressions.

My other review:

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/kko-fitness-toronto

Her website:

http://kkofitness.com/

DO IT!
Lee Turner / November 11, 2013 at 02:37 pm
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There is no best as that is a matter of opinion and different personalities attract different people. I have a unique program that combines women's Counter Assault Training. C.A.T. with the sweet science of boxing, fitness, and Self-defence. Check my blog and judge for yourself. Watch the tv channel and checkout the stories which are my clients testimonials and you will see. I have been a Black Belt for half my life now
Lee Turner / November 11, 2013 at 02:50 pm
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There is no best as that is a matter of opinion and different personalities attract different people. I have a unique program that combines private, semi-private or group women's Counter Assault Training. C.A.T. with the sweet science of boxing, kickboxing, fitness, and Self-defence. Check my blog and judge for yourself. Watch the tv channel and checkout the stories which are my clients testimonials and see if it resonates with You. I have been a Black Belt for half my life now. And been teaching and changing lives since forever. I don't think anyone loves their job more than me! Www.myconcretejungle.com.
-Blessings
kati / November 15, 2013 at 06:55 pm
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Why is Marisa Rudder not on this list ??
She has always been the best Trainer in Toronto. The biggest problem in Toronto is that trainers never look like they should be training anyone. Marisa is an example of a personal trainer who put her heart and soul into training and was in the industry for 15 years. She also Looks Like a Trainer.
Please review the trainers you have listed, take out the ones who diet down for competition then inflate after, delete the ones who are fun bootcamp types and add the ones who have real knowledge and dedication with years of experience.
Xavier / December 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm
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The program is designed, not only to relax or enjoy themselves, but also something they've angler companies never seen before.
Now, what do I use, the higher the stress level for
the first time. The latest from Sam Smith, who is getting ready for a major fishing expedition or just a day on the water.
Mads / December 15, 2013 at 02:46 pm
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BY FAR THE BEST TRAINER IS JASON FISHER AT KICKSTARTFITNESS
Doodle / December 19, 2013 at 06:36 am
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My trainer was David Bedard at the Danforth ave location, it is now a Goodlife, I was really impressed when I saw David working with older adults, his care, patience and attention to safety while managing to work the client enough to achieve their desired level of fitness is what got me motivated to train with him. He has a vast measure of knowledge and payed attention to me, didnt talk on his cell phone or text while training me(like other trainers I saw)My dollar when a long way, I lost 44lbs and I now I can see my abs, I dont slouch any more and I look damn good in a suit, I love this guy!!

I think He still works there look him up, DAVID BEDARD!!!!
Cori / January 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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Ali Roozbahani at Riverdale Fitness is a fantastic trainer. He's got the qualifications, experience, knowledge, and work ethic all trainers should have. He tailors workouts to each client's needs and goals and is very conscientious about safety and technique. He's also a great, friendly guy who loves his job and cares about his clients. And unlike most other trainers I've observed in the gyms in Toronto, he is never on his phone, sipping coffee, talking to others, or staring off into space while he's working with a client. He's always paying attention to his clients, motivating them and helping them make adjustments when necessary.

I've been working with him for over a year and I've never been fitter or stronger.

Oh, and he's also incredibly fit and conscientious about his own health and fitness ie. he practices what he preaches.
jason / January 20, 2014 at 06:37 pm
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Hammer Fitness is without a doubt the best personal training company in Toronto.
2009 / January 31, 2014 at 10:18 am
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My trainer/coach Garry from Gamma MMA Fitness in East Toronto is worth all the effort of working hard (besides my physical appearance). He is impressive when it comes to VARIETY & RESULTS. I have been his customer on & off (travel a few times a year) since March 2009! He opened a bigger studio in Pickering and it's worth the time, money and EFFORT to see him. This man has some amazing survival stories and I think it's helped him to be the best at what he does.
2009 / January 31, 2014 at 10:19 am
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His website now-
www.gammammapickering.com
Mike / February 18, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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If you are looking for an in-home personal trainer in the west end of town check out www.macdonaldfitness.com 3 sessions are just $75 dollars at the moment.

Joe / March 11, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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I would highly recommend Gabriel Lee and Aldo Frixione who work under the name ManTraining.ca . They run group personal training sessions and individual personal training session in downtown Toronto area. Personally I had a serious shoulder injury which Gabe helped me get over and now I have no trouble with it, I am a lot stronger, lost body fat and have a lot more energy. They can help you out with anything from overall fitness, a personal goal like tough mudder or to learn how to olympic lift or to just get stronger and look better. Gabe is also a physio so if you are coming back from an injury he can really help you out. If you're looking for help reaching your goals I would recommend getting in touch with these two. You can get in touch and find out more about them - http://mantraining.ca/personal-trainer-toronto/

They also work with female clients under a different company name.
a / March 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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ummmmm, "non-static movements"? static=of or relating to bodies AT REST.

Ms Zdrojewska, wouldn't it just be easier to say you specialize in "movements" then?
(non-static=movements)

Hahaha what an idiot. Definitely wouldn't want this Ms Zdrojewska moron to train me! Maybe use the word "dynamic" which is the opposite of static but still who the fuck would describe themselves having non-static specialization. Just goes to show how reliable this list is.
Eric / March 21, 2014 at 07:19 pm
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When looking for a personal trainer you have to look at years of successful experience along with education background (certificates do not compete with a college or university education in health sciences/human kinetics.
You will also want to look for a trainer who has been successful with clients who have the same goal as you. The trainer should be able to provide references.
Anthony / March 28, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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I agree with Eric that experience and satisfied clients are important. I DISAGREE about having a degree to be good. The best trainers I ever ever worked with had no training degrees, but were amazing because of their knack for training and their own personal level of practical experience ON THEMSELVES. My good friend John Hadzi is the best trainer I've ever met, and he's had STUPIFYINGLY GOOD SUCCESS with many clients, with no degrees. I have learned much from him, as well as my WORLD CHAMP uncle, Mauro DiPasquale, and my other champ uncle, Sandro. Ask if your trainer has learned from others, because thius denotes a healthy humility and ability to learn new tricks. I have been blessed to learn from at least 3 fantastic trainers, Austin Norris being the latest. All have improved my abilities as a personal trainer!
Katya / April 12, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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One of the best trainers for someone who is looking to do fitness competitions, physique competitions and for sport specific training is Robin Serpell. She works with GoodLife fitness and is absolutely amazing trainer.
heathly weight loss plan / April 17, 2014 at 11:24 am
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Alexnatasha / May 8, 2014 at 04:27 pm
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Has anyone heard of dominion club? In Toronto? If so any info on it? Phone number?
Ashley / June 3, 2014 at 03:41 pm
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The best trainer I have ever had was Michael at GTA Fitness. He is so helpful and caring and always goes way beyond just the training sessions to help me reach my goals.

He's taken the time to perfect my diet and I have never been in better shape than now.

He's a professional and one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Ashley / June 3, 2014 at 03:42 pm
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Oops. Forgot to include his information.

www.gtafitness.com
Alexa / July 23, 2014 at 09:54 am
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I highly recommend www.JoActive.com for In-Home Personal Training and Stretch Threapy
MHal / July 29, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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My trainer Trevor Cragg was horrible. Not only did he not track my workouts, he charged me for sessions that I didn't even use. On top of that, he lied about being certified so he's not been insured!! He works out of the GoodLife in Pickering, I can't believe someone like that is still employed there. He injured at least two other clients and used to text me to reschedule according to his convenience all day long.
Simone / July 30, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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For women I highly recommend Kim Doucet at www.girlfit.ca

She created a post natal program for me and I saw great results plus she made it really fun.

Cheers
ross031 / August 7, 2014 at 01:13 am
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You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the fitness purposes and found most individuals will go along with your opinion. Thanks
Cory V / August 12, 2014 at 07:27 pm
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Found a great trainer in 2012. His name is Kin Sze and his knowledge and motivation are exceptional. I was just looking to get in shape for baseball season so that I didn't injure myself but I ended up getting into the best shape I've been in years and out performing all of my piers. Not to mention he made it more affordable than any other trainer I've researched. Check him out at personaltrainertoronto.com
Spirit / August 21, 2014 at 08:27 pm
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After burning through a couple of personal trainers, I am now working out at Gamma MMA Pickering... so far it's been very good
Spirit / August 21, 2014 at 08:29 pm
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Gamma MMA Pickering is pretty awesome.

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