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Fitness trainers in Cobble Hill & Duncan, the answers you need from the experts who know!

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Most of us want to "get in shape" but we have a hard time sticking to an exercise program. We have trouble breaking bad eating habits and poor snacking choices. It takes a lot of effort, resolve and a little help from your friends to make regular physical activity, and proper eating decisions a long-term habit.

At Valley Health and Fitness we want to help you break the "bad habits" and really succeed at taking responsibility for your health and fitness. We have the a state of the art facility with plenty of exorcise equipment, and we have the qualified staff to see you to your goals. We appreciate how difficult it is to carve out time in your busy day. But we also know how important good living and exorcise is to quality of life and disease prevention. At Valley Health and Fitness in Cobble Hill, you will find staff and members who will help you meet your fitness goals.

We have some of the best fitness experts in the Cowichan Valley, Cobble Hill and Duncan and we would like you to meet them.

Fitness Trainer Bios

Fitness Trainer Bio for Christine Cronin Christine Cronin
        Christine is a certified personal trainer with Can-Fit-Pro as well as a Certified Fitness Consultant through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (C.S.E.P.). Christine has also completed an advanced Swiss Ball training course through the C.H.E.K. (Corrective High Performance Exercise Kinesiology) institute.

Christine specializes in functional exercise as it relates to everyday activities, occupational or recreational. She enjoys riding horses, running, and a variety of outdoor activities in her spare time. If you need help with a new program or need a little motivation, she would be happy to design a personalized program with your goals in mind.

“All exercise has health benefits, but not all exercises produce a change in fitness level ”.

Fitness Trainer Bio for Joel Verbruggen Joel Verbruggen
        Joel started weight training in 1993 as a hobby and today he continues to train every day with enthusiasm and passion. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and specializes in sport specific training, strength training and plyometric exercise routines. He enjoys varying routines of strength and bodybuilding training throughout the year and competed in the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic in 2006, placing third. Joel also enjoys cooking and experimenting with a wide variety of healthy recipes, always looking to find that tasty but healthy meal.

Certifications and education include:
  • MPH Lakehead University
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CPR/First Aid/AED
True strength cannot be measured, it comes from within

Fitness Trainer Bio for Rachel Dean-Zuback Rachel Dean-Zuback
        Rachel is a Registered Kinesiologist with the BC Association of Kinesiologists (BACK). She has 4 years experience working in the rehabilitation field providing exercise therapy for WCB and ICBC clients. She has worked extensively with clients with lower back, shoulder, thoracic and ankle injuries. Rachel also specializes in working with older adults providing fall prevention and chronic disease management programs. She enjoys working with beginner exercisers, as well as athletes, and she is a certified pre and post natal instructor. If you are overcoming an injury and/or looking for a fun, fresh and effective workout routine please contact Rachel today!

Certifications and education include:
  • BA Kinesiology
  • MSc Kinesiology with Gerontology
  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Can-Fit-Pro Personal Training Specialist
  • Can-Fit-Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist
  • Level C National Coaching Certification
  • Keiser Indoor Cycling
  • Fit4Two Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor
  • CPR/First Aid/AED
"The road to wellness is a journey, not a destination."

Fitness Trainer Bio for Karin Ingham Karin Ingham
        Fitness has always been a part of Karin Ingham’s life, along with travel and enjoying people. She has developed a solid foundation of experience and knowledge through a 20 year career in the fitness industry. Karin has been a familiar part of the Valley Health and Fitness team since 1999, teaching a variety of group fitness classes, strength training programs and personal training. Karin continues to explore new avenues of fitness staying fresh with continued education courses throughout the year. She enjoys recreational and some competitive fitness outside the gym in kayaking, rowing, skiing, biking, dragon boating and running.

Certifications and education include:
  • BCRPA Fitness Theory
  • BCRPA Group Fitness
  • BCRPA Weight Training
  • BCRPA Third Age
  • Keiser Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Yoga Exercise
  • Spinning 101
  • Mat Pilates Leader 1 Can-Fit-Pro Personal Training Specialist
  • Bender Ball Total Body Conditioning
  • CPR/First Aid/AED

Fitness Trainer Bio for Emily Verbruggen Emily Verbruggen
        Emily Verbruggen developed a love for sport, fitness and nutrition at an early age. Turning her passion for healthy living into a career, she has been part of the Valley Health and Fitness team since 2007. You will currently find her instructing Cycle Fit and Fit Camp classes, Biggest Loser Boot Camp group training and individual personal training. Emily believes a fit and healthy lifestyle is achievable for anyone and particularly enjoys helping beginners feel comfortable in the gym setting. She will provide you with the tools needed to kick start life changes, shake up your current routine and reach your goals, whatever they may be.

Certifications and education include:
  • BS University of Victoria, CanFitPro Personal
  • Training Specialist, CanFitPro Active Aging
  • (50+) Certificate, CPR/First Aid/AED

Fitness Trainer Bio for Jennifer Manson Jennifer Manson
        Jennifer has been active in the fitness industry since 2002. She has completed various certificates through the YMCA fitness curriculum as well as Personal Training Specialist with Can-Fit-Pro. She works hard to help her clients achieve their exercise goals and enjoys seeing the boost in self esteem and confidence that comes along with it. Jennifer specializes in Kickboxing and Boot Camp style training as well as training for all ages, including kids. Jennifer enjoys hiking, boxing, kickboxing, volleyball and rock climbing in her spare time

Certifications and education include:
  • Can-Fit-Pro Personal Training Specialist,
  • YMCA Basic Theory, YMCA Individual Conditioning,
  • YMCA Personal Fitness Training
  • CPR/First Aid/AED