How long have you been with Innovative Fitness?
I started with IF TELUS Garden in May 2017 – just after moving to North Vancouver.
Tell us about yourself:
I grew up in the Maritimes and went to school at Dalhousie University for my Kinesiology degree in Halifax, with an exchange at University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ. It’s probably easier to say what sports I don’t play, as I currently trail run, climb, play ultimate, soccer, run track, canyoneer, splitboard, snowboard, surf, cycle, and (of course) lift weights.
What is your next big personal CHALLENGE?
Expanding upon my backcountry and climbing skills so I can add “mountaineering and ice climbing” to that long list of sports above.
What personal ADVERSITY have you had to overcome to be successful?
Leaving a stable career in the fitness industry, long-term relationship and support network out east to pursue my passion for the outdoors in BC, where I had no professional network, no job, and only knew two people.
What has been your biggest personal VICTORY at Innovative Fitness?
My biggest victory is to keep on progressing and combining those small victories in a completely new environment. Since moving to BC, I have climbed (much) bigger walls, tried canyoneering and participated in more trail races (including my first Ultramarathon) than back out East.
In other words I think my biggest victory is that I am able to continue having small victories on a yearly, monthly, and almost weekly basis to push the limits in all my sports and challenging myself; the ability to not settle into the mundane.
What is your biggest client success story:
Hard to choose as I’m truly stoked about everyone, however, the current client of the month at IF TELUS Garden, Aaron Harburn, has been crushing it . He’s currently able to deadlift 300lbs, (200lbs higher than this time last year in his workout logs), pushes it every single session on Monday’s @ 6AM all while being a super-dad. Not to mention a fantastic Adventure Challenge partner for the past 2 years now who honestly pushed and inspired me in the kayak and mountain bike portion.
Who is your inspiration in the fitness industry?
In terms of famous trainers: Ben Bruno – Perfect mixture of technically sound and also hilarious.
In terms of people I know personally:
Al Yarr, my old running coach who has trained and coached for ~60 years, for always seeing potential in his athletes and his endless wealth of exercise physiology knowledge.
Anne Falconer, my old boss, who gave me so many opportunities for helping me transition from a sport-specific coach to a general-population/group fitness stream.
Jeff Zahavich for raising the bar in the fitness industry/physical literacy for youth in Nova Scotia.
Sean Allt (coach at IF TELUS Garden) for all his mentorship and advice at IF and beyond.
What is your must read book for other Personal Trainers?
It’s a textbook (ha) – Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. It’s important to know the physiological side of training, without forgetting about the psychological.
If you could only pick one workout song what would it be?
Anything electronic with a good beat or “Eye of the Tiger” for nostalgia purposes from competing as a Dalhousie U Tiger.
What advice would you give anyone thinking of starting a career as a Personal Trainer?
Train and surround yourself with as many different groups of people you can. Weekend warriors, collegiate athletes, the elderly, youth, couch-to-5km’s, powerlifters, etc. Find mentors in the field for each of these populations and learn. Be adaptable.
Also, find something to be excited about and invested in for every single client.
Thanks for chatting with us, Lianne!
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