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.
Scott MacRae – Spin, MX4 and Boot Camp Instructor
You can come join Scott for an intense workout developed for all levels. Whether you are new or a seasoned gym member, you will find his classes aim to push you outside your comfort zone. He motivates you to become stronger and believes the goal is to work the body in a manner that makes you sweat within a functional and safe environment. You will find him teaching MX4, SPIN and BOOTCAMP classes.
Scott has been actively involved with youth sport and personal physical fitness over the years. He has worked with police officers, teens and other sports groups to get them through specific goals, including those seeking a career in law enforcement.
“Come try a class and experience fitness that’s fun! I am accessible and here to help guide you through your workouts and answer any questions. You will often hear me say ‘own your intensity’ and ‘the only person you are in competition with is yourself.’ See you soon!” – Scott
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.
Nadia Farbstein – Fitness Instructor
I was teaching gymnastics and trampoline initially in Vancouver and then Halifax, for 17 years.
After moving to Halifax I became involved in the running community and over the years I completed many half-marathons and 7 full marathons (Athens, Trieste Italy, Honolulu, Boston, New York). My most memorable marathon experience was the 2013 Boston, when it was a victim of terrorist activity with bombs at the finish line. I have had the privilege of teaching running and walking clinics for various ability levels and have enjoyed helping my students to become comfortable with these activities and to achieve their athletic goals.
Being a Fitness Instructor Specialist allows me to help people move through their journey towards fitness. Encouraging, helping. motivating people to be their own personal best and watching them improve and achieve their goals deeply fulfills me. Fitness for me is not just an exercise. It is a positive coping strategy, an excellent stress relief, it adds to a sense of community and connections, as well as the power of belonging – that all is important for mental and overall health and well-being.
I am a Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach and almost certified Group Fitness Instructor. I feel I exemplify an active approach to fitness and healthy living and am eager to share these skills with those beginning their fitness journeys and especially those who are finding it challenging.
Brandon Horne – Personal Trainer, Youth Programmer, Fitness Instructor
Among being a certified personal trainer, Brandon is a judge for the World Powerlifting Congress, certified NSSAF coach, and hosts Strongman competitions.
At Strides, you’ll find Brandon running our fantastic youth program for beginners all the way up to advanced athletes. This program is a fantastic way to kick start young people on their fitness journey or will takes their game to the next level. Brandon also teaches classes in our state of the art MX4 room, and H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) classes. His number one goal for classes is to bring a very intense and safe workout, developing functional strength but still low impact on the joints.
“I’m proud to be part of such a great team, in a fantastic facility! Come to a class and let’s start crushing goals!”
Charlene Mahon – Fitness Instructor
I’ve always had a passion for fitness. Strides has been a huge part of my life long before becoming an instructor. For many years I participated in classes, lifted in the weight room or worked up a great sweat in the cardio room. I’ve made many friends here and am very proud to be an instructor with Strides, using my skills to help others on a Spin bike or in the Aerobic room. My classes are for all ages and fitness levels. Exercise is a great way to have fun, meet and mingle with friends, relieve stress, tone and create muscle in a fun group environment.
I look forward to assisting you to enjoy a healthy lifestyle as well as achieving your fitness goals.
Mike Crooks – MX4 Instructor
Training and physical fitness have always been a part of my life. Whether playing sports or my career as a Firefighter, physical fitness has helped me achieve goals that I’ve set for myself in life. I look forward to training with you in the MX4 classes so that we can unlock your potential together.
Lexi Juurlink – Yoga Instructor
Yoga, along with running, is one of the major activities in my life that helps to maintain my physical, mental, and emotional health. After being a student of yoga for over 10 years, I decided to pursue my yoga teacher training in 2017. I graduated from the Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training program in 2018 with my 200-hour teacher certification, and also have my Reiki Level I and Level II certification. Since graduating, I have taught beginner and intermediate classes through the East Hants Family Resource Centre, and have also provided online classes to family and friends. The yoga class that I’ll be offering is inspired by the Kripalu approach, which focuses on your breath, relaxation of your muscles and mind, and being attuned to the physical and emotional sensations in your body as you move through postures and daily life. I’m looking forward to teaching at Strides, and hope that you leave each Sunday morning class feeling renewed and more grounded.
Bret LeBlanc, Personal Trainer
Bret has over 7 years experience in the Personal Training industry. He has certification in Fascial Stretch Therapy, PNF Stretching, Precision Nutrition, Olympic Lifting, Neurokinetic Therapy as well as a Diploma in Manual Osteopathy. Prior to working as a Personal Trainer, he coached Olympic Wrestling and also instructed Mixed Martial Arts. Although his personal training style is geared towards functional Strength and Conditioning, he employs a hybrid approach when working with clients by finding the right approach that works for that individual. Feel free to reach out to him if you have any fitness related questions.