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!
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.
Elyse Lavoie – Fitness Instructor
From the young age of 3, I have been actively involved in the dance world as well as numerous competitive team sports and have always had a deep rooted passion for all things health, wellness and fitness. I have been fortunate enough to share my passion with others since 2014 with experience teaching a variety of classes ranging from bootcamps, weight training and athletic conditioning to dance inspired fitness, cardio kickboxing and pilates fusion classes. I am a CanFit Pro Certified Fitness Instructor, IBBFA Certified Barre Instructor and graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education.
I take pride in carefully crafting unique lesson plans to ensure that you experience a safe, fun and well-balanced workout that flows with the music, challenges your body and leaves you feeling empowered and energized. I am a big believer in making yourself a priority and practicing self care by using movement to tend to the needs of the mind, body and soul. It is my goal to radiate positive vibes and promote self love by inspiring you to be the best version of yourself. I am honoured to be a part of the Strides community and look forward to seeing you in the studio!
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.
Chris Moore – Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor
I grew up playing sports and being active year round basically my whole life. It wasn’t until I went to university where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of Maine in 2012, that I really got into fitness classes. Once I graduated, I came home and started working and participating in classes at a local fitness centre. Having an opportunity to teach yoga in the school system, I obtained my 200 hour yoga certification in 2013 and began teaching both in school and in the community. I am happy to join the Strides team and bring my experience, passion and enthusiasm for fitness, yoga and wellness to the community.
Amanda Bond – Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor
My goal as a fitness coach is to create fun and challenging workouts that also focus on strengthening stability muscles and improving joint mobility.
I have always enjoyed being active and learning new things, I am not only passionate about Fitness but wellness overall. Nutrition and mental health are areas that I have personally struggled with, I aim to promote positive body image and self love. I believe that everyone can enjoy physical activity they just need to find what suits them best.
Scott MacRae – Spin and Boot Camp Instructor
Most of you will recognize me from being around the gym working out or attending many of the great classes. Leslie approached me and asked if I would take over some of the spin classes. I welcomed the opportunity to be part of the great Strides Team.
I have been actively involved with youth sport and personal physical fitness over the years. I have worked with police officers, teens and other sports groups to get them through specific goals. I look forward to revisiting my coaching days. There are many reasons why people choose to exercise. Whether you want to improve your performance, reduce health risks or simply look and feel better, I encourage you to come to check out a class.
Do you want to burn up to 400 calories in 45 minutes? Do you want to get your heart healthy and pumping? Do you want to build your core and legs? SPIN is a great exercise for all ages! Come try a class and if you ever have any questions about it or other things for that matter, feel free to ask! I promote a friendly, fit and fun time in a safe and challenging way! Leave all your daily stresses behind while you ride, sweat and spin! I promise you will feel great after an invigorating spin! See you there!
Tara Kerr – Fitness Instructor
Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine. I completed my recreation leadership diploma program through NSCC in 2002. Being active has always been a part of my lifestyle. With a strong swimming background and through camping/counselling experience with YMCA of Halifax, I began working in the fitness and leisure field. I have experience running physical active after-school programs for elementary school aged children through our school board. I am a certified bootcamp Instructor with Smart Fitness and just recently successfully completed my National Lifeguarding course through Lifesaving Society. I am excited to share my passion for the gym and being active with others. I want members to push their own limits to make them feel challenged and surprise themselves by setting new goals regularly. You will find me teaching bootcamps and fitness classes at Strides and currently one of the Strides agility trainers for the East Hants Soccer Association. See you in class!!