Coutenay for Women
Trainers & Bios
CanFitPro Personal Trainer Specialist
Fitness Instructor Specialist
Older Adult Fitness Specialist
Sports and Conditioning Coach
Medical Exercise Specialist (Rehab)
With over 30 years of experience in the fitness and health industry, Nancy brings a strong athletic, rehab and weight loss knowledge to all of her personal training sessions. Nancy attended Brandon University and has a passionate love of learning. She is a professional trainer of trainers, her latest accomplishment being her Zumba toning course, which she took in Seattle. Nancy is famous for her chiselled class. If you want results, then Nancy is who will help you get there! “Just Do It!”
Hello, my name is Denise Finlay; I am a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Trainer, Group Trainer and Fitness Leader. I have taught many different Bootcamps, Boxercise, Dancing classes, and lots of other fun activities.
I provide professional training advice with an emphasis on making a better lifestyle for my clients. My specialty is working with people who have any kind of injuries, as I took my kinesiology and have worked with WCB and ICBC and Rehab in Motion. I feel that having the opportunity to transform not only my client’s body but their mind as well and helping people believe in themselves and achieve their goals. My favourite part is getting to see each client’s progression throughout the time we spend together. Every client has their own personalized workout program to help you achieve your goals while having fun at the same time.
Just to tell you a little about myself, I live in Courtenay, I moved here from Vancouver 16 years ago with my two children, and made this my home. I have always kept in shape my entire life and made it a healthy lifestyle to live by. I was a professional boxer, and became the Canadian Bantam Weight Champion. I enjoy swimming, hiking snowshoeing, mountain biking, baseball and soccer. My hobbies are writing poetry, songs and playing my guitar.
My saying is failure is not an option, so now is the time to get in shape, stay active and start living a healthy life while balancing your work, home and family needs!
Carol Hardy, BSc. M.A.
CanFitPro Personal Trainer Specialist
Carol is a newly-certified Personal Trainer with many years of experience in fitness and athletics. Almost without exception, Carol has participated in some sort of physical activity through every stage of her life (cycling, volleyball, field hockey, weight training, squash). She is also an active volunteer in the community: founding board member of the Comox Valley branch of Habitat for Humanity, coaching for the past ten years for the Comox Valley Girls’ Field Hockey league, and volunteering her administrative skills with a number of other local organizations.
A significant part of Carol’s motivation for physical activity is her mental health. Carol has battled disordered eating and clinical depression in her life. She has come through those experiences with a renewed understanding of how physical health can impact mental health for the better. Carol wants to share her passion for healthier living with others. She is a very organized, goal-oriented person who can help you set goals and find the motivation and methods to achieve them.
Partner with Carol and see how far you can go!
“Progress, not perfection,”
MOSSA Group Power, Reebok Cycle Training, MOSSA Group Ride, YMCA of Canada Group Fitness (Fundamentals, Choreography, Strength, Indoor Cycling), YMCA of Canada Individual Conditioning, MOSSA Group Blast
Hello my name is Shannon Myers, I was born and raised in Sussex, New Brunswick and went to University in Fredericton, NB and lived there for 15 years!!! I moved to Comox Valley in December 2013. I have always been athletic by nature, playing soccer competitively for over 15 years. After University, when my competitive soccer days were over, I discovered how much I love the gym and weight training…I first became a Fitness Instructor in 2005, then a personal trainer in 2008. I trained and taught fitness classes at the YMCA until leaving Fredericton in late 2013. I came to teach at VI Fitness in January 2014. I have now decided to get back into Personal Training and could not be more excited.
I have trained athletes, people recovering from injury, people looking to lose a little (or a lot of weight), newcomers to fitness…but my passion is just to get people moving. I take a functional, athletic approach to fitness and would love to help you find a love for health & fitness.
“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy”.
Certified Personal Trainer (Canfit Pro and BCRPA)
Sport Nutrition Specialist
Training Program Design
Larissa has been involved in the fitness industry for the past 10 years. As a young girl growing up in Russia she was a competitive gymnast and was very fit. After immigrating to Canada her life changed in many ways and about 10 years ago she realized that she was an overweight, depressed housewife with 3 children and things were looking very dismal. She decided to turn her life around and take care of her physical and mental health. She started a weight program with a personal trainer and after only 6 months she was well on her way to becoming physically and mentally fit. She realized she had a true passion for physical fitness and a real desire to make a difference to others in similar situations. Because of her personal experience she is able to empathize with others that are experiencing body image issues. This makes her a natural at motivating and encouraging others to reach their fitness goals. Larissa is definitely living proof that through determination and focus it is possible to become fit and healthy and that age really is no barrier to obtaining your desired results.