I am a professional Kinesiologist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Functional Aging Specialist, Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Pre and Postnatal Coach. I’m also a licensee of In Home Trainer Calgary, Airdrie, & Okotoks. In 2014, I completed a Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Psychology, where my research focused on exercise for older adults. I have a passion for helping people of ALL shapes, sizes, fitness levels, and ages reach their health and fitness goals.
I am extremely passionate about helping individuals with chronic disease and promoting active aging. I love helping older adults maintain function and mobility and preserve/promote their cognitive and physical health as they age. As a certified Functional Aging Specialist and Tai Chi Instructor, I incorporate aerobic activity, strength training, and Tai Chi into my programming for older adults. I firmly believe that age is just a number, that exercise is medicine and that exercise is for everyone – it is never too late to get moving and improve your fitness and quality of life. I approach my job with energy and enthusiasm and a love for fitness and helping others lead a healthy life.
I use a variety of approaches to keep things fun and interesting and help clients achieve diverse goals from losing weight, getting stronger, or building muscle to getting more mobile and aging on their terms. I value continued education and staying up to date on health-, fitness- and nutrition-related knowledge and advances, which I use to provide high-quality services to all my clients
When off work, I enjoy time with my partner and our two dogs, running, and all things fitness and outdoors. I love cooking, puzzles, and movies.
- B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Psychology, University of Waterloo
- M.Sc. in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Victoria
- Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Psychology, University of Victoria
- CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
- Professional Kinesiologist, Alberta Kinesiology Association/Canadian Kinesiology Alliance
- Certified Functional Aging Specialist, the Functional Aging Institute
- PR-TOA Certified, Progressive Resistance Training the Older Adult, Be Stronger Fitness
- Certified Pain-Free Performance Specialist
- Strong Nation (Formerly Strong by Zumba) Instructor, Strong Nation
- Older Adult Fitness Leader, Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association
- Certified Online Trainer, Online Trainer Academy
- Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association
- CSEP High-Performance Specialist, Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
- TRX Suspension Training, Qualified Instructor, TRX
- Trained Community Coach, Triathlon, National Coaching Certification Program
- Level 1 Nutrition Coach (PN1), Precision Nutrition
- DotFIT Certified Practitioner, DotFIT
- Certified Tai Chi Instructor, Open the Door to Tai Chi
- Penalty Box Instructor, Penalty Box
- Strong Smart, Redefining Strength
- Certified Pre and Postnatal Coach, Coaching & Training Women Academy/Girls Gone Strong
My passion for movement began at the ripe age of 2 when I was enrolled in ballet classes. Today, my passion still lies in movement; however, my focus has changed from dance to public health & fitness. I graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. While attending classes, I was given the opportunity to work with a varsity women’s basketball team as their student trainer. I worked under the head athletic therapist and learned about injury prevention, management, and rehabilitation. Since working with that team, I obtained my license as an emergency medical responder and have gained a wealth of experience working as the athletic trainer for various other sports teams including: football, rugby, lacrosse, and hockey.
My training philosophy is to educate clients to move safely and efficiently, in a fun and judgment-free environment. I teach the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ for each movement, which I believe gives the clients knowledge and skills that can be applied to all aspects of daily movement and can be used throughout the rest of their lives.
Outside of the gym, I like finding new, alternative ways to stay active. You may find me anywhere from the top of the ski hill to the circus school twirling on aerial silks. I am a tap dancer, an archer, and having grown up on the west coast, I’ve always been a sucker for a good mountain view.
- BSc in Kinesiology, University of Fraser Valley
- Certified Pain Free Performance Specialist
- Emergency Medical Responder
- Certified in Soft Tissue Release
- Professional Kinesiologist, Alberta Kinesiology Association/Canadian Kinesiology Alliance
My goal, passion, and who I am to the core is to have a positive impact on the lives of the people I connect and work with. I want to help others become the healthiest, happiest version of themselves. This goes way beyond how you may want to look, it’s also about how you feel, and helping you make positive changes to your mindset, performance, and lifestyle. Overall wellness in my opinion is not for a season, it is for life!
I personally fell in love with fitness at the age of 16 when I joined my first gym. I grew up in an active household watching my parents dedicate time to their health and fitness, which led me to take an interest in my own wellness. I played soccer and loved to move my body, in any way I could. With that said though, I have had personal struggles with my weight and body image that I have had to work through over the years. All of this ignited the passion within me, to learn how to help others in their own fitness & wellness journeys.
In 2008 I completed my Exercise & Wellness Diploma at Camosun College in Victoria, BC, and obtained my certified personal trainer designation. I then completed my internship with a local indoor/outdoor fitness and personal training company who then hired me on when my internship completed. At the same time, I also worked as a personal trainer at a women’s only gym where I learned a lot about gyms and the business side of things.
My husband and I then decided to start a family and make a move to Calgary. I am now a busy mom of 3. In 2017, I started an online wellness business where I get to help people with their health and wellness goals. I have also worked at the Calgary YMCA as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, where I obtained their Personal Training Certification.
When I am not busy working I am spending time with my family, & friends, enjoying the outdoors, running, cooking, and just enjoying the good life!
I am so grateful to be a part of team Unbounded U Fitness and I look forward to working with so many of you.
Sara comes to the team with more than 10 years of experience as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. She specializes in Functional fitness, Core and Pelvic floor rehabilitation, and Perinatal fitness. She holds certifications with various governing bodies including ACE, CanFitPro, Functional Movement Systems, the AFLCA, TRX, Girls Gone Strong, Escape Fitness, Fusion Fitness, and many more.
Sara strives to empower clients and improve their health and quality of life; she believes that fitness is not a destination, but the beginning of the journey through a life full of vitality and possibilities.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys running, hiking, and playing outside with her husband and two young children. She also enjoys various art projects, music, and board games.
My excitement towards human movement originated in my childhood and flourished throughout my career playing soccer. From a young age to my adulthood I played competitive soccer, from being captain of provincial teams to playing for FC Edmonton’s semi-professional women’s team to eventually making my way to playing for the University of Calgary. During my degree, I realized the years of me being a student had taught me how to be an even better coach off the pitch and motivating people to reach their full potential regardless of ability level.
I am a professional Kinesiologist who has primarily worked with older populations with chronic disease.
My philosophy stems from the idea that our bodies grow and learn every single day, we either teach them to move or stay sedentary. Personal goals can sometimes be daunting, sometimes when we look at a forest we forget the individual trees. My objective through personal training is to help you set and reach small attainable goals that ultimately align with your long-term goals. Nothing is impossible if we cut them into bite-sized pieces.
Many of us feel stuck right now, during a pandemic that no one could have foreseen. The eating, the lack of exercise, and the pounds that seem to make their way onto our bodies as fast as overnight. One thing I can tell you is I was there! I gained around 40 pounds during COVID, I am happy to say that today I stand 35 pounds lighter and my journey is anywhere but over. Are you tired of turning off the light when you step out of the shower? Or throwing baggy clothes on? I am here to help you and motivate you to become the person you love looking at day in and day out.
In my free time, I engage in leisurely hikes, rock climbing, skiing in the winter, and frequent gym visits.
ADMIN & SALES
I am Kristina’s right-hand man and partner in life. I help Unbounded U Fitness with administrative tasks and sales on a part-time basis. I have an extensive background in sales. For my full-time work, I work in Occupational Health and Safety in the oil and gas sector and have a passion for keeping people healthy and safe in the workplace.
For fun, I enjoy an active lifestyle with Kristina and our 2 dogs, Xavier and Niko. I love cars, cooking, and traveling.
- BSc in Microbiology, Islamic Azad University Tehran North Branch
- MSc in Microbiology, Islamic Azad University Tehran North Branch
- Occupational Health and Safety Certificate, University of New Brunswick