Trainer Bios

MacEwan University Sport and Wellness has certified Exercise Specialists with the highest credentials, giving you valuable, high-quality, professional service as you reach your lifestyle and fitness goals.

Our Trainers possess:

  • University degrees in physical education and sport studies.
  • Certifications with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists as Certified Exercise Physiologists or as Certified Personal Trainers.
  • Medical Exercise Specialist designation-an internationally recognized certification for fitness professionals working with special populations and post-rehabilitation clients

Personal Training Benefits

Whether you want some expert advice or a motivational program tailored to your fitness goals, our personal trainers are here to provide the help you need. As nationally certified exercise specialists, our trainers are qualified to provide sport specific, post-rehabilitative or special condition programs (inclusive but not limited to arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart condition programs and soft tissue injuries). Our experienced trainers have helped others reach their goals in:

  • Weight management
  • Everyday life and performance goals
  • Health or simply feeling good goals
  • Increased bone and muscular strength
  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Enhanced metabolism and energy levels 
  • Decreased negative stress levels
  • Fitness-plateau breakthroughs
  • Superior overall quality of life

Call 780-497-5693 to schedule your session or to speak with a personal trainer.

Meet our Personal Trainers

Alex Tonsi- BPE , CSCS and NCCP Level 1 Weightlifting (Theory)

Exercise Specialist

Specialization at MacEwan University: Strength and Conditioning for athletes

Type of Clientele: People looking to increase athletic performance, general public wanting to increase quality of life

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Olympic Weightlifting, Golf, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun Fact: Worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for The Edmonton Eskimos for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Amy Kemp- BPE, CSEP-CPT

Exercise Specialist

Specialization at MacEwan: TRX group Fitness, Group Fitness Training, Social Media

Type of Clientele: anyone who wants to learn what to do in the Fitness Centre and people trying to get buff

Activities and Recreation outside of work: music, video games, psychology, long walks on the beach.

Fun Fact: “I once choreographed a dance to Gettin' Jiggy With It in Grade 4 for a school project, and after that, my teacher banned dance choreographies for school projects”

Anita DeBoer- BPE, CSEP-CEP

Exercise Specialist

Specialization at MacEwan University: Older Adult classes, Group Fitness classes

Type of Clientele: Older adult and chronic disease

Activities & Recreation outside of work: be a busy mom!

Fun Fact: I bring the best snacks to all the staff in-services!

Cindy Hunt- BA, CSEP CPT, AFLCA Group Fitness Instructor, AFLCA Aquatic Exercise Instructor

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2016

What I do for myself
Yoga, stand up paddleboard, poetry.

Personal Achievements
CSEP certification, 200 hour yogafit certification to be completed this June, bilingual (B.A. in French linguistics from Laval University)

My Guilty Pleasure
Chocolate - LOVE it, and strawberries. Put both together and I am in heaven :)

My Specialty
Passion is dance, lots of experience working with pre/post natal, and seniors and those who are newer to the gym environment.

What I do for fun
Dancing, hiking, and swimming.

Cindy Thompson

Group Fitness Instructor

At Sport and Wellness since 2003

What I do for myself
Walk my dogs.

Personal Achievements
Been leading fitness classes for 40 years and have kept up with the changes and transitions in the industry.

My Guilty Pleasure
Cheese.

Favourite Quote(s)
Life is a garden - Dig it!

What Motivates Me
Group training - the energy of a group of motivated people.

How I give back
Dog Rescue.

My Specialty
Working with groups of any kind.

What I do for fun
Hang with my dogs.

Erin Wright- BKin, CSEP CEP, MSc PH

Exercise Specialist

Specialization at MacEwan University: A little bit of everything

Type of Clientele: Everyone from older adult to kids to high performance athletes.

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Hiking and recreation sports
“I enjoy connecting with the people at MacEwan and building relationships. I like helping people reaching the goals they set out to accomplish.”

Fun Fact: Minnesota Vikings are my jam

James Linthorne- BPE, CSEP CEP

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2006

What I do for Myself
Run competitively, strength train, a good mystery or non-fiction novel, and get outdoors.

Personal Achievements
Being a Dad to Nora and Malia, University degree, sub 3-hour marathoner, Youth National Amateur Boxing Silver Medalist.

My Guilty Pleasure(s)
Nachos, coffee, and craft beer.

Favourite Quote(s)
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ~Lou Holtz

What Motivates Me
Twin Daughters and my wife.

How I Give Back
Volunteer at local church and numerous running events.

Specialty
People new to fitness or those who need some extra motivation. Runners who want complete their first 5/10k or to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I enjoy working with a variety of clientele who have set goals for themselves and are driven to meet those goals by being challenged appropriately.

What I do for Fun
Anything outside, especially with my family and friends.

Jenni Varughese- BPE, CSEP-CEP, MOC Barre Fitness, YogaFit Level 1

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2010

What I do for myself
Hot baths and and a mystery novel, taking fitness classes at studios around the city, early bedtimes.

My Guilty Pleasure
Sour cream and onion chips, hot coffee, and rain storms.

Favourite Quote(s)
It's not about perfect. It's about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day. That's where transformation happens. That's how change occurs.
You don't have to go fast, you just have to go.

How I give back
Volunteer with the Children's Wish Foundation as well as the Stollery Women's Network in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital.

What I do for fun
Golf, experiencing the food culture Edmonton has to offer, mountains, baking, gardening, party planning.

 

 

Jessica Imppola- BKin, NSCA-CSCS, CSEP CEP

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2017

What I do for myself
I like to curl up with a good fiction book when I am feeling stressed, and spend some time outside in nature.

My Guilty Pleasure
Ice cream.

What Motivates Me
When people finally decide to follow the changes that they want to make and empower themselves to achieve.

My Specialty
Extensive background working with individuals experiencing impairments and chronic conditions, however I enjoy working with anyone with a desire to start a fitness plan!

What I do for fun
When I am not working, I am spending my time studying in the MacEwan University Acupuncture program.

Jeremy Potter- BPE, CSEP CPT, CSCS, NCCP Weightlifting 1

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2010

What I do for myself
Play volleyball, golf, Olympic weightlifting and run recreationally as a means to improve my social and physical health.

Personal Achievements
Volleyball National Champion in 2009, Provincial Class 1 Weightlifter, and published in an academic Journal in 2014.

My Guilty Pleasure
Chips... also pizza.. and maybe beer.

Favourite Quote(s)

What Motivates Me
My wife! She inspires me to get up and do more and be a kinder person.

How I give back
Help coach volleyball in youth age groups.

My Specialty
I enjoy working with a variety of clients but really enjoy highly motivated people or athletes. Be it competitive/ varsity athletes or weekend warriors looking to keep improving.

What I do for fun
Traveling the globe when my schedule allows it or hanging out with friends around a backyard fire are my favourite things to do.

Kyle Babiuk-  BScKin, CSEP CEP

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2014

It’s no surprise Kyle got into fitness as a career, considering he has grandparents in their 80s still going to the gym! That’s where his interest in weightlifting, running, cycling, snowboarding, basically an active lifestyle, was born. He has a passion for seeing clients who struggled with daily activities gain greater confidence with training, be it his individual clients or his many Better Body Bootcamp participants. Kyle does believe in balance though- don’t be surprised to see him indulging in a greasy burger with a good beer and ice cream for dessert.

Kyle's Favourite Quote
"You learn more from failure than from success. Don't let it stop you. Failure builds character."

Kyle Dunlop- BKin (Hon), NSCA-CSCS, CSEP CEP

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2012

When not teaching or doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, training clients or pedaling a group through a spin class, Kyle can be found cooking, cheering at live sporting events with a good hefeweizen in hand, playing sports video games or walking his dog Piper with his wife Jen, our resident Athletic Therapist. You can jump on a bike with Kyle in our Spin & Core class on Wednesday's at noon or our Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu classes. Expect to hear about the Packers latest draft picks!

 

Megan- BKin, CSEP-CPT, AFLCA Group Fitness

Exercise Specialist

At Sport and Wellness since 2016

If Megan could teach a fitness class that somehow incorporated dogs- she would. That would just give her more time with her pet Ollie, or the Pitbulls for Life dogs she volunteers with. Besides dog time, Megan enjoys working out with friends, indulging in anything chocolate, playing some tennis, and finishing the day off with a long soak. When at Sport and Wellness, you can find Megan leading Friday’s Final Cut, working with clients, or giggling with the Sit & Be Fit participants while they exercise.

What Motivates Megan
“Not just seeing progress, but feeling changes within myself and within clients. Nothing feels better than hearing someone say ‘Wow I never thought I could do that!’ or ‘I feel so much stronger!’ when they achieve a new goal.”

Morgan- BSc Kin, CSEP-CPT

Exercise Specialist

In a Few Words:
Dependable, Encouraging and Approachable

Ideal Clients:
• Individuals who have recognized that they want to make healthy changes to their lifestyle. With this new motivation I am there to provide accountability, support and guidance towards achieving your specific health and wellness goals.
• People who are new to the fitness centre and want to build up the confidence to tackle the gym on their own.
• All individuals who have fallen into a fitness rut and are looking for new ways to challenge themselves.

"If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got"

Terra Giggey- BPE, CEP, MES, NCCP Level 1 Triathlon & Swim Coach

Exercise Specialist

Specialization at MacEwan University: Triathlon group and triathlon training

Type of Clientele: High Performance athletes and endurance athletes

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Ironmans and Endurance Training, sport nutrition & fueling

Fun Fact: “My job is my passion.”