At Strides we are proud of our staff; they are above average in experience and really enjoy helping you achieve your own personal goals! All of our staff are there for you; whether to assist you in choosing the right program for your changing needs, explain the use of the various machines in the Weight Room, the Strides Staff are ready to assist at any time! And, of course, our Personal Trainers (below) are fully certified and qualified to help members achieve the results they want from their own personal training programs…
Leslie Wilber-Campbell – Owner/Manager
Strides Health & Fitness Club was established in September 2006. We doubled in size in 2014, adding more space and amenities to our Club. As a life long resident of East Hants, it brings great pleasure to be able to offer a high quality fitness facility and Spa and Wellness Centre to our growing community.
I am proud to introduce our faculty members below. Each staff member brings a different personality and flare to our Club.
Karen Lewis – Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Customer Service
I have been instructing since 1990 with certifications from Nova Scotia Fitness Association, Y.W.C.A of Canada and Pound. I have taught various classes over the years for beginners to advanced exercisers and I thoroughly enjoy coordinating our senior programs at Strides.
I love the gym environment! Training clients whom also have a passion for fitness and trying new classes to teach and participate in keeps me motivated! You are never too young or too old to start exercising.
Sue Collins – Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor
Fitness, sport, health and recreation were always a part of my life at a young age. I have been partaking in fitness classes for over 30 years and started teaching in 2012. My strengths are weight loss, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and endurance training. In December, 2015, I completed my first body building competition and qualified for provincials. Though I did not qualify for nationals, I was pleased to have crossed it off on my bucket list! Along with teaching at Strides, I have trained sport teams, youth fitness clubs at local schools and daycares as well as training individuals on their personal goals.
Fitness is more than looking good – it’s feeling good on the inside & outside”. Let me help you with your goals – I make them my mission!
Cassie Turple – Personal Training Specialist & Fitness Instructor
As a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, I think it’s important to touch on the five pillars of fitness in any active lifestyle to ensure overall physical health for a lifetime: strength, agility, cardiovascular endurance, balance and flexibility. No matter what your background, there is a class or fitness program at Strides for you. Some of my favorite classes to teach are kickboxing, total body strength, body sculpt, cardio ball, and indoor cycling (spin). If you need help in reaching a personal goal, personal training with me will help get you there! My personal mantra is “to sweat at least once a day, enjoy every minute of life, and never say no to an opportunity!” I look forward to working with Strides members to achieve and maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. See you at Strides!
Julia O’Conner – Yoga Instructor
Went to my first Yoga class and LOVED it immediately! Since then, my passion for Yoga has grown as well as my desire to share it with others. I have been a Certified Hatha Yoga instructor since 2006 and received my Chair Yoga certification in 2017.
Benefits of practicing in Yoga can improve Flexibility and energy, strengthens and tones your muscles, detoxifies your body, and lessens your Stress by encouraging relaxation.
It is my mandate that everyone leave class with more peace of mind, feeling stronger, both physically and mentally. It is a joy for me to share this beautiful practice we call Yoga.
Charlene Pilgrim – Fitness Instructor
I have always had a passion for fitness and am excited to become part of the Strides team.
After being a regular attendee of classes at Strides, I was encouraged to become certified and take my fitness goals to the next level.
My aim is to present a positive and fun experience for clients. I look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy lifestyle as well as achieving your fitness goals.
Melany Blois – Zumba Instructor
I started teaching Zumba Fitness 8 years ago, after being a participant myself. I was inspired by how much fun the participants (and myself) were having while breaking a sweat! Having a dance background made this program very appealing and fun to start up, and making cardio fun is a total plus!
My interest and life-long commitment to healthy living and fitness has made instructing Zumba classes enjoyable for both myself and my participants. I love Zumba fitness because it is a great cardio workout which also targets a multitude of muscle groups and helps assist in a healthy and happy lifestyle . . . plus, it feels like a party!
If you are ready to party yourself into shape, I dare you to come try one of these flavour filled classes with me!
Laura Nickelo – Spin/Fitness Instructor
I have been an instructor at Strides since 2012 teaching bootcamp, circuit and spin classes. My education background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University, where I also completed my personal training certification. I then obtained a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University and is currently a Registered Physiotherapist in our community.
My passion for fitness stemmed from training as a competitive figure skater. As an instructor, I am able to integrate competitive nature with knowledge from my personal training, kinesiology and physiotherapy studies to provide an efficient work out from warm up to cool down.
I most enjoy the high energy output from our members during class that drives me to take it up a notch!
Kelly Donaldson – Yoga Instructor, Customer Service
I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Fascinated by the practice of focusing on breathing with movement I wanted to learn more about all aspects of yoga. I graduated from Kripalu Yoga teacher training through Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training, AYTT, in 2014 and continue to enjoy learning and become certificated with Chair yoga, Ayurveda nutrition& Kundalini yoga. I love the body, mind connection and sense of well-being that yoga brings to people. Yoga is a gentle yet powerful way to improve strength, flexibility and balance.