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.
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!”
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.
Robyn Wilkie – Fitness Instructor
When Robyn isn’t teaching, she’s running around with kids and dogs on adventures outside, working for a financial institution, or playing video games!
She teaches Strength (full body strength classes using music and tempo to work upper & lower body, and core!); Indoor Cycling (high intensity cardio focusing on speed, strength and power, set to the beat of the music); and Cardio HIIT (blocks of cardio/strength movements, timed and repeated for maximum work).
Darin and Shelley Purcell – Zumba Instructors
We started our wellness/fitness journey about 10 yrs ago, and it actually all started at Strides!! We loved the facility, staff and all the classes. In particular, we loved the Zumba so much that we decided to became certified Zumba Instructors 9 yrs ago. Since then, we have also taught and became certified instructors for Kids, Aqua, Toning and Step variations of Zumba. There is just something special about the Latin music, rhythms and dancing that makes you feel good right away. The only expectation in our Zumba class is that you always just smile, move and have fun at a pace and fitness level you are comfortable with ……. just let the music move you, its fitness in disguise 😊