Margaret Merrett has been working in the fitness industry for over 25 years, bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to ensure your success in reaching your goals. She is a fully certified Pilates Teacher and a BCRPA Personal Trainer. Margaret has always had a passion for teaching fitness and sharing her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge with clients. Committed to staying up to date with the latest research and information, she regularly attends international Pilates and Fitness conferences.
Ceri Jakobsen graduated from UBC in 2005 with a BScPT and spent her first 4 years practicing with Charlie Butt at Nanaimo Physiotherapy Clinic. Upon recognizing the benefits of Pilates and pursuing her Pilates training, she opened Fine Balance Physiotherapy in 2009. Fine Balance Physiotherapy is proud to focus on one on one treatments – one patient in the clinic at a time. Treatments focus on manual therapy/hands on treatment, exercise rehab, modalities as needed, and Pilates rehab. Ceri enjoys keeping up to date with the latest research, attending local as well as International conferences regularly, such as Manual & Manipulative Therapy Orthopaedic courses, Mobilization of the Myofascial System, and Pilates & Rehab techniques. Ceri is an avid runner and enjoys cross training in the summer on her bike and in the winter on her skis.
Rachel earned her Kinesiology degree in 2009 at the University of Western Ontario. While attending school she became fully certified in Fusion Pilates. Rachel is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College Of Kinesiologists and a British Columbia Association of Kinesiologist member. Since moving to BC, Rachel continues her Pilates education by completing STOTT Pilates training, Core Align training and attending Balance Body’s Pilates on Tour. Rachel is also a certified cycling instructor, certified yoga instructor, completed NCCP coaching courses for basketball, figure skating and Olympic lifting. Rachel recently represented Team Canada at the World IUKL Kettlebell Championships in Dublin, Ireland. Rachel holds her Rank 1 in Snatch and Candidate of Master of Sport in Longcycle with the CKA.
Rachel’s kinesiology services include FMS screening, ICBC claims, Return to Work Programs, nutrition programming and exercise programs for injuries. For the better part of a decade Rachel has been using her extensive knowledge of human kinetics and functional anatomy to assist others in overcoming their physical limitations. As Rachel will surely tell you, “Anyone can do it!” – and you can too!
Through the active practice of Pilates, Massage and Dance, Geneviève fulfill her quest to connect mind and body in order for her clients to live a better and healthier life in motion.
In 2003, after eight years of Pilates practice, Geneviève completed a Pilates Matwork Certification with Danielle Bélec at Second Wind Pilates Plus in Montreal. She fell in love with Pilates. More then fitness, Pilates brings participants to fully be aware of their being.
This experience of being present in the movement with the body and the mind, establishes the foundation for change. Pilates nurtures a positive self-image through motion. Since then, Geneviève has been deepening this “mindfulness of movement” through teaching, creating and pursuing her Reformer training with Balanced Body.
Geneviève has a bachelor degree in acting, a PhD in dance-theatre, certificates in relaxation, stone and Thai Yoga massage. She also specializes in Butoh dance. She is regularly teaching Contemporary Creative Dance at Vancouver Island University for the Physical Education Department as well as collaborating in dance creations with Crimson Coast Dance Society.
Leanne has been teaching Pilates since 2012. Educated through the internationally recognized institute Polestar Pilates, she began her practice in Australia working closely with physiotherapist in rehabilitation. With a background in remedial massage therapy and a university degree in Exercise Science, Leanne applies her experience to create ever changing classes, keeping participants challenged and interested. She is currently undertaking a Yoga teacher training course to further expand her repertoire and deepen her understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection.
Kara has recently started her Pilates practice at Fine Balance with the exceptional support of Margaret Merrett. She is truly enjoying learning and being amazed by the other instructors at the studio while she currently studies her Pilates/CoreAlign Levels through Balanced Body Teacher Training.
Kara hopes to continually inspire her clients, through her growing knowledge, as much as they inspire her through their improvements in strength, flexibility, balance but most importantly their overall mental and physical well-being.
Natasha comes from a dance and professional snowboard-cross background. She fell in love with the Pilates method 10 years ago and completed the teacher training certification with Dianna Miller at The Vancouver Pilates Centre. In 2011 she completed her Level 1 Franklin Method training and is excited to share her knowledge of the body with everybody. After 8 years at the studio where she trained and worked, she stepped away to expand her horizons. In 2014 Natasha and her fiancé made the move back to the island to escape the fast paced city life. Natasha also teaches our Happy Feet Workshops.
Shelley Howlett is a certified group fitness aqua and spin instructor for the past 5 years. When Shelley is not working as orthodontic assistant or spending time with her with husband and two teenage daughters, she is in the studio making her clients work hard and get a good sweat!
My name is Cindy Kruger, I am a Certified BCRPA Group Fitness Instructor.I have always enjoyed different types of fitness over my lifetime and yet have struggled with my weight. I think I have tried every diet there is with no permanent success. I finally found the secret. It was not a diet I needed but a balanced lifestyle of exercise and nutrition. Twenty five years ago I started changing my eating habits & exercising regularly. Within a year I lost 38lbs and noticed as long as I continued with my balanced lifestyle it actually seemed to stay off. But over the years with having babies and other issues going on in my life I found my weight going up & down and this was a source of frustration. In June of 2003 I discovered my new passion, “Running”. I started running for recreation and noticed right away that I felt fantastic and was losing the weight I had gained and as long as I kept up with the balanced lifestyle it seemed to be staying off. I lost the weight, was feeling great and wanted more than just running around the block so I decided to start running with a local club. Before I knew it I was running all kinds of races from 5 km’s, 10km’s, trail races, and ½ marathons. I had a few goals I wanted to achieve before my 40th birthday; one was to run a full marathon and second was to complete my Fitness Instructor Certification. Yeh! Just in time I did achieve my goals. I am little older than 40 yrs old now lol and am loving teaching fitness classes. My absolute favourite is teaching spin! Not only do I love to ride indoors but outdoors too! My goal now is to be the best example I can be for my family, friends, and YOU! I look forward to each day that I can work with others in helping them to achieve & maintain their goals. See you in class!!
Barb graduated from Vancouver Island University (VIU), with a B.A. (Minor in Physical Education) and B.Ed., in 2004 and subsequently returned to complete her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2014. She has been a BCRPA registered Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Leader since 1994.
Barb first became involved in the fitness industry in 1985 operating her own Jazzercise franchise. She has worked in the area of health promotion developing school policies to support healthy lifestyle choices for students and their families. Barb has a keen interest in nutrition and the culinary arts. She has taught nutrition and cooking courses to various community groups. Barb worked as a sessional instructor teaching Strength and Conditioning, for the Faculty of Sport, Health and Physical Education at VIU from 2012-2015.
She is currently employed as a teacher in SD #68. Barb is passionate about teaching all modalities of fitness, especially studio cycling. She is known for creating a class that mimics a road-riding environment that both challenges participants and builds team camaraderie.