The Best Personal Trainers in Toronto
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 416-671-4399.
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 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.email@example.com
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com or call 647-330-0170.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Writing by Michelle Singerman. Photo from Greg Hetherington on Facebook.