Personal Training

Personal training is more than exercise; together with your trainer, you examine all aspects of your lifestyle to ensure that you are getting the most out of the time you devote to fitness. Along with your gym membership, personal training is one of the most important investments you can make in your long-term health and vitality.

Through personal training, you work with an educated and experienced trainer to develop a customized fitness program that focuses on your personal fitness goals. Training sessions emphasize proper form, technique, and nutritional requirements.

Personal training is beneficial for:

  • weight loss or weight gain
  • building strength
  • improving mobility
  • teens struggling with self-esteem and body image
  • injury prevention
  • pre- and post-natal care
  • pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation
  • rehabilitation from long-term illness
  • seniors looking to maintain bone density and strength
  • perimenopause and menopause care
  • athletes looking to improve their individual performance
  • management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and others
  • training for an event that will test your physical limits such as hiking, long-distance cycling, paddling the Rideau River, or a fitness competition such as the Army Run, Ironman, and others

We also offer FitLab, a virtual personal training program, for individuals who wish to train in their home environment.

Meet Our Personal Trainers

Briar Fitness Carleton PlaceBriar Fleming
Briar has an honours bachelor’s degree in physical and health education, is a canfitpro-certified personal training specialist, and earned Canadian Centre for Strength and Conditioning (CCSC) certification in mastering program design. She is a life-long athlete with interests in soccer, badminton, track and field, volleyball, weightlifting, and other sports. She holds many important roles at Heritage Fitness, including group fitness coordinator, group class instructor, and personal trainer.

Briar’s education and experience make her a great resource for established fitness enthusiasts and newcomers to the gym. She believes that developing a strong understanding of the fundamentals of movement reduces the risk of injury in day-to-day life and helps people become stronger. Her warm personality and enthusiasm for training help remove the barriers that may prevent people from trying something new or taking the next step up in their training routine. She believes that exercise honours a person’s unique abilities and supports both physical and mental health.

Jenn Hicks
Jenn’s passion for helping others from young to life-experienced is obvious in the results her clients attain. She instills in her clients the confidence to be their best and to have fun as they achieve their goals. Jenn designs her custom programs to be appropriate for age, fitness level, sport specific or rehabilitation. Her friendly, attentive approach during training sessions ensures her clients will learn the safe and correct technique for each exercise within the program. The programs are revised as the client progresses.

Jenn is a Master Personal Trainer with three decades of experience in personal training. She is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer, the Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness instructor (TPI-CGFI), International Hypopressive Council (IHC) level 3 instructor, and Certified Post Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS). Her specialties include hypopressive core training, rehabilitation, osteoporosis prevention and management, golf fitness, older adult training, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching. Jenn enjoys golf, cycling, hiking and just being out in the fresh air. Her reputation as an expert in her field is known throughout the medical and fitness communities.

Alex Mateas
Born and raised in Ottawa, Alex grew up with two sisters in a culturally diverse household with a Romanian father and a Canadian mother. Through a love of sport, Alex was able to play at a high level in several disciplines: basketball, soccer, football, and even participated in the Junior Canadian Weightlifting Championship. In April 2010, he was offered a full athletic scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 football at the University of Connecticut where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. In 2015, he was the first overall draft pick in the CFL for his hometown team, the Ottawa Redblacks. He played five full seasons in the CFL and won the 2016 Grey Cup Championship.

His experience playing sports of all levels has allowed him to create deep personal relationships in Ottawa with philanthropic organizations, community business leaders, and local sports teams. His passion for public speaking and storytelling has allowed him to present and collaborate with organizations such as Christie Lake Kids, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Rideau View Inspirational Golf Classic, and emcee the MPC gala for the Canadian Armed Forces. His desire to coach youth comes from the gratitude he has for all the coaches who have helped him achieve his dreams and create a healthy sustainable personal life. His achievements and accreditations include the following:

2017 & 2018 CFL East All-Star
2016 Grey Cup Champion
2015 First Overall CFL Draft Pick
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies (UConn)
Certified Personal Training Specialist (CanFitPro)
First Aid and CPR Certified (Red Cross)
Certified Youth Soccer Coach (Soccer Canada)
Certified Youth Soccer Referee (Soccer Canada)

Group Fitness Classes Carleton PlaceKerry McCormick
Kerry is a health coach, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. Her approach to health is holistic; encompassing physical, mental, and spiritual elements. Her education and experience have given Kerry the opportunity to work with young athletes, seniors, and law enforcement in addition to personal training with clients one-on-one and leading group fitness classes. Her enthusiasm for health and fitness has taken her to Bali where she earned her vinyasa yoga certification and to Mexico where she led group fitness classes and worked as a personal trainer for five years. 

Kerry has first-hand experience with the benefits of movement on physical and mental health. She is an advocate for healthy living as a way for people to make positive changes in their life and improve well-being.

Rick Boisvert
Rick builds on his background in martial arts and CrossFit with certifications and training in Olympic Weightlifting (NCCP), Gymnastics Foundations (NCCP, Gymnastics Bodies), Kettlebell (Agatsu, Hard Style), Mobility Specialist (Kelly Starrett, FRC, Kinstretch), POSE running, and others.

Rick has dedicated over 25 years personally training in movement-related practices, including martial arts, Ido Portal Movement, “Fighting Monkey” Practice, and Qigong. With over 20 years of experience coaching, he is passionate about sharing his experience with others to help people move and feel better so they can enjoy life and activities more freely.

His current focus is on physical longevity through exploring the mechanics of natural and athletic movement, connecting the body from the ground up, through the fascial lines, and strengthening the body for the natural purpose it was designed for: locomotion. By design, humans were meant to be supple and dynamic movers. Why people love Rick: Rick believes that although our modern lifestyle may have reduced our movement capacity, it is never too late to restore that capacity. Through fitness coaching, he takes the time to work on these “mechanics of movement” to help others relieve pain, restore natural movement, improve performance, and reduce the risk of injury.

Steve Personal Trainer Carleton PlaceSteve Sharp
Steve’s philosophy is simply that fitness is the easiest way to make you feel happy and healthy.

In his past work as a high school principal, Steve initiated strength and conditioning programs at three area high schools to encourage students to take an active role in their health. In addition to his work in education, Steve earned his Personal Training Specialist (PTS) designation. He is well prepared, passionate, easy going, and informative. His approach to fitness training puts people at ease as they move forward in their fitness journey.

The key to each client’s personal journey to a more active lifestyle is consistency. For people to commit to regular workouts and stay active fitness has to be enjoyable. To be enjoyable, individuals need to participate in activities in a supportive environment and have measurable results. To see results, people need to come to their workouts with a plan. Steve works to create individual plans to track progress, keep activities fresh, and efficiently uses his client’s available workout time.

Sarah Carleton Place Personal TrainerSarah Stimson
Sarah is a CSEP-certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, yoga instructor, CrossFit Level 1-certified trainer, and NCCP weightlifting coach (in training). She is passionate about sharing her love for fitness and believes it is the foundation to living a quality life. Raised a self-proclaimed Albertan farm girl, Sarah learned the value of having a healthy, able, and strong body to be able to sustain work demands. Pursuing sports and improving athletic performance was the initial driver that led her down the path of becoming a personal trainer. Through her over five years of experience working with a variety of clientele from new gym goers, to seasoned athletes, to military, and first responders, Sarah has become passionate about teaching, equipping, and training her clients so that they can maximize their time in the gym. This results in perceptible benefits such as improved performance in sport, occupation, and/or lifestyle. 

Don’t settle for just any Carleton Place personal training program. Individuals of all ages and fitness levels rely on the experience of our trainers to meet their goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our personal trainers in Carleton Place.