Category Archives: fitness leadership training

Interested in learning more about fitness?

Our fitness programs and education courses can help you do just that!  This program can help you learn more about muscles and movement, and/or become certified as a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness instructor.  Coming soon, Aquafit instructor training and continuing education for already certified trainers and instructors!

Contact me for more information!  Deanna at 905-522-9922 ext 148





Fitness Leadership Training-Spring 2015!!

The Spring term for the Fitness Leadership Certification Program is just around the corner!  Fitness Theory starts May 4. This course is the first on the journey to becoming a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, or just learning more about how the muscles move the body. If you love fitness and want to share that passion-this is for you!

Message me for more information!  -Deanna

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Would you like to get paid to workout?

If you have a passion for fitness and helping others achieve their health and wellness goals, it might be time to consider taking the lead! A fitness leadership role that is…….the YWCA, in partnership with the Ontario Fitness Council, the Certified Professional Trainer’s Network and Mohawk College, offer the Fitness Leadership Certification Program to certify people as group fitness instructors and personal trainers. Our next round of training begins September 10, 2014-registration is now open! Message me (Deanna), email at or give a call at 905-522-9922 ext 118 for more information!

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Fitness Leadership Certification Program

The YWCA, in partnership with Mohawk College, the Ontario Fitness Council and the Certified Professional Trainer’s Network, offer training for people who:

1) want to become a certified personal trainer
2) want to become a certified group exercise instrcutor
3) just love fitness and want to learn more about the body and how it moves!

If this sounds like you, check out the Spring catalogue from Mohawk College’s continuing education programs ( , and click the “view catalogue” button and you will find the Fitness Leadership Certification Program on page 112). Our next round of courses which start the week of April 15. Registration is open!

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See you soon!

Fitness Leadership Certification Program #fithamilton

It is that time already!  We are gearing up for our Winter 2013 term of training future fitness leaders (and anyone else who wants to join us because you find fitness just plain interesting!!).  Fitness theory, personal training and group fitness courses begin in January.  Interested?  Give me a call at 905-522-9922 ext 118 or message me @YWCAHamilton or by email

See you in January!


“They make it look so easy!”

As it is that time of year that I am running a course for future group fitness leaders, I am reminded once again, how much work, and knowledge!, it takes to be a great group exercise instructor.  Once upon a time group fitness instructors had a reputation of being a little, shall we say, “dippy” and leading the group because she was nice to look at.  Perhaps, as aerobics began, that was the truth. I reflected on this idea (and even discussed it in class) when I started to break down the knowledge that is required to put a class together.  I had that “look” from students.  That look is the one that says to me, “are you kidding me, I thought we just put on a random piece of energetic music and got moving”.  People don’t realize how much knowledge it takes to lead safe, effective and fun classes!  I heard the comment, “but they make it look so easy” once again. And the truth is, great instructors do make it look easy.  It comes from experience and, let’s face it, a lot!, of practice!  The “dippy” reputation is a thing of the past as more and more knowledge and certification becomes required for people to teach classes.

Let’s face it, leading people through exercises has the potiential to injure. So we must know what we are doing!  Leaders must be, yes positive, energetic and motivating for sure. But, just being these things does not equal a safe and effective class.  Consider for a moment what leaders must include in his/her warm up alone:

The warm up goals are to increase body temperature and heart rate, mentally prepare for what is coming up, and loosen joints by warming up the synovial fluid (our body’s natural joint lubricant). 

In addition to achieving these goals, she must have a variety in movements and directions, move all joints through their normal expected ranges of motion, use the proper beats per minute of music, keep her choreography on the beat, on the 8 count and phrased into 32 count blocks of choreography.  Oh yes, and she must be energetic, motivating and positive! 

AND this must all happen in the first 5-10 minutes of the class! You can only imagine the list that must be covered in the cardio and muscle components!

So, the next time you attend a class and think “wow, that was great!”, be sure to go and thank your instructor and tell her what a great job she did!   She certainly worked for it! Oh and by the way-congratulate yourself for getting to class that day! 




Interested in becoming a Personal Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor?

In partnership with Mohawk College, Certified Professional Trainer’s Network and the Ontario Fitness Council, the YWCA Hamilton offers training for people who wish to become certified as Group Fitness Leaders, and or Personal Trainers.  Or, who just wish to learn more about fitness, and the body and how it moves.  Check out the info below!  Contact the Mohawk College Continuing Education department to register (  ).  Contact me (Deanna) if you have other questions!  You can reach me at 905-522-9922 ext 118 or

Fitness Theory

Study basic anatomy, movement mechanics, physiology of exercise, principles of training, basic nutrition and weight management. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL SPECIALITY MODULES. Final written exam.

13 weeks, 7pm-10pm, Wednesday evenings. Cost is $402.89.  Begins Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Speciality Modules:

Personal Trainer Module

Prepare for a Certified Professional Trainer Network designation. Study advance anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and program design.  As well, consulting skills and the business aspects of personal training will be covered.  Prerequisite: Fitness Theory. 

13 weeks, 7pm-10:30pm, Monday evenings. Cost is $457.29.  Begins Monday, September 10, 2012

Group Fitness Leader Module

Apply fitness theory in the development of a safe, effective, fitness class, with emphasis on music and phrasing, class design, cueing, program planning, and teaching/leading.  Prerequisite: Fitness Theory

5 weeks, 9am-2:30pm, Sundays. Cost is $232.86. Begins Sunday, October 14, 2012


Will you “Dare to be Excellent?” with CPTN?

The conference season is here and we couldn’t be more excited!  This weekend Personal Trainers from around Canada will be gathering at the beautiful Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre ( in Toronto for a meeting of the minds at the 2012 Canadian Professional Trainer’s Network’s (  annual conference-Dare to be Excellent!  It is a time to update our knowledge and our skills, and spend two full days talking about health and fitness.  What could be better?!  There is still space to register.  Currently certified trainers, as well as soon to be certifed trainers are welcome!  See you there!