Hi! I’m Jessie and I am very excited that you’re here! Here is some info about me:
Background: I began my fitness career in highschool as a part-time gig in 2002 at a local box gym. I gave orientations to members, demonstrated how to use the equipment safely, kept the gym floor clean. Shortly after, I became a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, training clients part time while working on my business undergrad at the University of Toronto. When I graduated in 2007, I was deciding between starting my own personal training business, or pursuing a steady, full time career in a corporate job. I thought that I couldn’t make a living in fitness and wanted a steady, secure paycheck, so I chose the latter. Feeling content that I could climb the corporate ladder while doing fitness classes on the side, “for fun,” I worked in various areas within the finance industry, from investment advising, to portfolio management, equity trading, and insurance underwriting. 7 years later, after attempting CFA level 3 for the 2nd time, my husband, Joe, and I, decided to sell our condo, move in with his mom temporarily until our new house was built, and quit our jobs (Joe was a CGA/CPA – accountant). The big trigger was from the passing of Joe’s father after 8 years of battling 4 types of cancers, and our passion for fitness and health resurfacing after years of being suppressed by the 9-5 grind. We realized that life was too short and that being happy, healthy, and not cheating yourself from what you could potentially become was worth the temporary sacrifices being made. Now, I train private clients and teach small group yoga classes in my home gym in Cornell Markham, alongside my husband, Joe, a registered massage therapist. We are blessed to be able to work at home and spend time with our kids, Harley, born in 2018, and our Shih Tzu, Loki, whom we took home in 2017.
Outside of yoga and lifting weights, I love to hike, rock climb, and one of my goals is to do as many of the 7 summits as I can. Kilimanjaro has been checked off my list!
- Working in the fitness industry since 2002
- canfitpro: Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Nutrition & Wellness Specialist
- Yoga Alliance under Yoga Medicine: 200 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher currently pursuing 500 hrs advanced teacher training.
- Canadian School of Natural Nutrition: Registered Holistic Nutritionist
- Bellies Inc.: Core Specialist, working with pre and post natal women
- Knocked Up Fitness: Pre and post natal exercise specialist
- MBSC – Certified Funtional Strength Coach Level 1
- Navina Thai Yoga Therapy: Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner
Although she takes her practice and teachings very seriously with a strong passion, she never provides an experience without jokes, laughter, and goofiness.
Jessie specializes in strength and conditioning, as well as pre and post natal health. She is among only a handful of Yoga Medicine(YM) teachers in Canada and is part of the first group to graduate under the YM training in 2014. She attended 4 months of vigorous training with founder, Tiffany Cruikshank, where they practiced in Tulum, Mexico, and completed their training in Big Island, Hawaii. Anatomy & Physiology are a primary focus in YM’s teachings because we believe that you must understand how your body moves and operates from the inside-out in order to work towards positive results. Every BODY is different and deserves to be carefully understood. Along with mental and physical well-being, nutrition is an integral part to success in health and fitness. Jessie`s clients understand that it is not a quick fix or a 4-week fad program. Her approach is realistic, flexible, gradual, and customizable to fit each client’s needs, health concerns, and lifestyle, to ensure that it is a long term, sustainable, healthy and balanced lifestyle. She guides her clients through developing a healthier relationship with food, understanding and making educated choices so that they can enjoy all the foods they love without deprivation, restriction, or rigid cookie-cutter meal plans.
Jessie competed in 3 fitness competitions with the Ontario Physique Association, placing top 10 in her bikini class. Bodybuilding, and strength & conditioning have, and continue to be, an integral part of Jessie’s life, which is why she loves her job. She gets to work with different people with various approaches to help them be successful. To Learn more about Jessie’s personal motivation, why she quit her corporate finance job and how she battled IBS, among other inner demons, read her personal blog HERE.
With over 7 years of corporate experience in banking, portfolio management, equity trading and underwriting, Jessie can empathize with the fast-paced lives of her students/clients and she enjoys helping them achieve their personal goals.
Along with almost 2 decades of experience in training and nutrition, Jessie has a proven track record of happy and satisfied clients. Visit the Transformations page to see what others have to say about Jessie.
Well, there you have it! This is ME! I would love to help you achieve your health and fitness goals s contact me for a consultation to see if we can work together and get started TODAY!
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