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Our Team

Our Team

KRISTINA KOWALSKI

OWNER/
KINESIOLOGIST/ CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

kristina@unboundedufitness.com

Services: In-Home or Virtual Personal Training, Online Fitness & Nutrition, Strong Nation Personal Coaching, Beginner Tai Chi, Mobility Classes

Areas of Expertise: Functional Aging, Pain-Free Performance & Mobility, Chronic Disease & Women’s Health

I got into competitive sports at a young age. As a child and teenager, if I wasn’t on the volleyball court or soccer field or practicing classical guitar, I was out for a run or practicing volleyball skills in our backyard with my twin sister. I was obsessed! Around this age, I fell in love with all things fitness and became very competitive with myself and still am! Unfortunately, at 16 years of age after several back-to-back volleyball practices, I was tired and went for a ball I shouldn’t have gone after at the third practice of the night. I jumped up to hit the ball and landed on the diagonal support of the volleyball pole. I blew out my knee  – completely tearing my ACL, tearing my MCL, and badly damaging my lateral and medial meniscus!! Despite this injury and surgery, I went on to play Varsity volleyball and played beach volleyball, my first love, throughout my 20s. I never thought I would love running if I wasn’t chasing a ball, but in my late 20s, I found a new passion, triathlon, where half ironmans and cycling are my favourite distance and discipline.

I’ve recently turned 40 and I have continued to be very active, absolutely love heavy lifting, a good sweat and an intense workout, along with peaceful active moments like Tai Chi, hiking, and leisurely walks with my dogs and partner. My knee problems resurfaced in the last 3 years and in the summer of 2020 I had a high tibial osteotomy (HTO), medial and lateral meniscectomy, and repair of an avulsion fracture of my semimembranosus tendon, experienced muscle atrophy and lost 15 lbs I didn’t need to lose. I’ve been working to build muscle and put the weight back on ever since and am progressing extremely well.  I like to tell my story of knee injury to those around me because if it weren’t for my high fitness level and approach to strength training, I’d be in more pain and struggling more. I’ve been told by several specialists that I recovered from the HTO better than they have ever seen. My original injury led me to pursue Exercise Sciences in school. It fueled my passion to help people in pain and has also really helped me identify with people with injury and although I have the knee of someone much older than me, I choose to lead an unbounded life and reach for my goals. I do so by modifying my exercises and approach to better manage my evolving injury and to prevent further injury.

In 2014, I completed a Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Psychology, where my research focused on exercise and cognitive health for older adults. I have a passion for helping non-gym goers of ALL shapes, sizes, fitness levels, and ages reach their health and fitness goals. I  am dedicated to 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. 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. Nothing makes me smile more than when my clients put this philosophy and mindset into action in their own fitness journey.  I approach my job with energy and enthusiasm and a love for fitness and helping others lead healthy lives. 

When off work, I enjoy time with my partner, Amir,  and our two dogs, and all things fitness and outdoors. My fitness routine involves weight training, cycling, high-intensity tempo training, mobility work, and tai chi. I love cooking, puzzles, country music, and movies.

Education/Credentials:

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        • Honours 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
        • Post-doctoral research fellowship, McGill University (mTBI/concussion research)
        • Post-doctoral research fellowship, University of Calgary (mTBI/concussion research)
        • CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
        • Professional Kinesiologist, Alberta Kinesiology Association/Canadian Kinesiology Alliance
        • Certified Functional Aging Specialist & Group Functional Aging Spcialist, 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
        • Certified Online Trainer, Online Trainer Academy
        • 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
        • Level 1, Women’s Coaching Specialist, Coaching & Training Women Academy/Girls Gone Strong
        • Training Older Adults with Joint Replacements, Certified, FAI

CARLING REES

KINESIOLOGIST

carling@unboundedufitness.com

Services Offered: In-Home or Virtual Personal Training, Online Fitness Coaching, Soft Tissue Release

Areas of Expertise: Pain-Free Movement & Mobility, Soft Tissue Release, Athletic Training

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.

 

Education/Credentials:

      • 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

KENDRA BARETTA

KINESIOLOGIST

kendra@unboundedufitness.com

Services Offered: Online Fitness Coaching

Areas of Expertise: Weight Loss

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.

SARA REYNOLDS

PERSONAL TRAINER

sara@unboundedufitness.com

Services Offered: In Home or Virtual Personal Training

Expertise: Functional Fitness, Core & Pelvic Floor Rehab, Perinatal Fitness

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.

Ben Perdue

Personal trainer

ben@unboundedufitness.com

Services Offered: In-Home or Virtual Personal Training

Area of Expertise: Functional movement, corrective exercise, youth and sports performance training

As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved naming the bones and muscles in the body. It was always my favorite topic in school, and I took every human anatomy, medical science, and biology course I could. This didn’t change as I left high school. At Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts, I spent four years running year-round varsity track and cross country. I continued my education on the track, in the gym, and in the classroom, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a huge box of Coach’s Appreciation Awards I have no idea what to do with.

Following graduation, I knew I belonged in a hands-on setting. I started in the surgical intensive care unit at Tuft’s Medical Center in Boston, as a fully trained nursing technician. However, I couldn’t help but feeling that so much of the suffering I witnessed was avoidable. There were so many injuries, complications and illnesses stemming from lifestyles of personal neglect. I knew I wanted to help others avoid those situations, but it wasn’t until two years later that I would begin that phase of my career.

Only a few weeks after a move away from the city, a conversation with a manager of a local gym franchise led to an internship and eventually my first personal training job. It turned out that I had wandered into one of the most successful gyms in the region, and they took pride in educating and developing their coaches. I trained and maintained a large client base for three years, before moving locations to become a Training Director. It was in this role that I started to look deeper into how to ensure a client’s success. As the boss, I often took on clients with pain, injuries, or other risks. At one point, a 30 year old client with an awful back injury told me that the previous night he had slept in his bed for the first time in two years. My mind was blown. I could not imagine how his life had been impacted by his pain, and that I had actually helped with what I thought was just a “common sense” training style. This and other similar experiences really lit a fire in me to empower others to overcome their struggles, whether they be weight, pain, stress, or trauma.

 

I believe deeply in the healing power of movement, and in tailoring training to the individual person in a way that enriches their life. The human body can reprogram, readjust, and adapt to defeat pain and dysfunction. Through positive lifestyle changes, and genuine caring support, anyone can meet their goals. I am so excited to take my knowledge and skills, as I’ve had time to build, hone and distill them, to the Calgary community. To whomever I encounter, I offer you my best effort, my brainpower, my good nature, and our combined strength to see you accomplish what you didn’t know was possible.

AMBER KYLIUK

KINESIOLOGIST

amber@unboundedufitness.com

Services Offered: In Home or Virtual Personal Training

Areas of Expertise: Chronic Pain Management, Natural Movement (MovNat), Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy, Functional Fitness, and Flash Reflex Training.

Amber joins us through a lifelong movement journey!

Having completed her Kinesiology degree in Winnipeg, she moved to Calgary in 1997. She was quickly introduced to, and began teaching, Ashtanga Yoga along with her personal fitness training.

Always one for adventure, she took up the sport of Skeleton in 2001 and was able to compete with the National Development team for 2 years… this along with a few injuries from her yoga practice led her into learning and training in Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy.

She began experiencing back pain in an exhausting chronic way in 2012 and for the next 7 years, she pursued many avenues of treatment and professionals… Through this time she began to learn and study more about pain science, neuroplasticity, and natural movement fitness. She managed to put all the pieces together for herself, and in 2019 the pain was under control and she was able to fully return back to her loved activities.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her partner Jonathan, playing in the playground with her two kids, caring for her household full of pets (2 guinea pigs, a young dog, and a snake), downhill skiing in the winter (she has her CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor),  listening to CKUA, and attending any live music event available.

But what is Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy and how does that tie into Natural Movement?

This yoga therapy is all about experiencing the mind/body connection and how vital it is to healthy living. Though this yoga therapy focuses on the spine, releasing tension that we hold in our torso/back, and then creating movement to build strength and coordination, it is so much more than that. If you can lay down and breathe, Amber will show you how to start moving and building strong, stable movement patterns. From there she builds on the practical human movements that give the body flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. You will finish each session with more knowledge of your body, a calm mind, joy from experiencing the freedom of movement… and likely a little tired.

Granted there is a whole lot more to this story… but she wants to hear yours! How did you come to be where you are and how can she help you get back the strength and mobility to enjoy the activities that you love?

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, University of Winnipeg
  • Professional Kinesiologist, Alberta Kinesiology Association/Canadian Kinesiology Alliance

Vicki Luu

Kinesiologist

vicki@unboundedufitness.com

Services: In-Home & Virtual Personal Training, Online Fitness Coaching

Areas of Expertise:  Functional Movement, Concussion Symptom Management

My love for movement came at a young age. I started on skates at the age of two, dancing through the years and joining every team sport I could until I was 17.

Through the years, the inevitable injuries spiraled into a love for functional movement and movement as medicine. This led me to the University of Waterloo where I received an Honours BSc in Kinesiology and continued my love for movement as a spin instructor at a local studio in Ontario. This blossomed my love for not only moving my body but also helping my community move.

I previously specialized in concussions, but my biggest takeaway is that the body is one large chain. What you may believe to be a wrist injury, may truthfully begin at the shoulder or your right shoulder injury may in fact be a deficit caused by your left lower back. But until you see and look at the whole picture, you may not know exactly what you have.

Outside of the gym, I love learning new activities or picking up an old skill. Whether it may be hiking to skiing or swimming to golfing, skating, or playing tennis. My favourite thing to do is simply move my body.

 

Education/Credentials

  • Honours BSc in Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
  • CSEP-Clinical Exercise Physiologist Candidate
  • Kin (Inactive), College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
  • Professional Kinesiologist, Alberta Kinesiology Association/Canadian Kinesiology Alliance

MCLAIN SWIFT

PERSONAL TRAINER

mclain@unboundedufitness.com

Services Offered: In Home or Virtual Personal Training

Hello! My name is Mclain Swift and I help people change their lives for a living, which is not only a privilege but incredibly rewarding. Growing up I was never much into sports or physical activity outside of skateboarding and snowboarding. I did attain my green belt in karate at sixteen, but I wouldn’t consider myself a life long athlete by any stretch​​. I am just a regular, everyday person. I have been a smoker, over weight and have struggled with alcohol in the past—I now live an alcohol free life. I have come to the realization over several years that taking care of my health is my job and it is an important one not only for myself, but for my family and friends.

I have also been in pain with various injuries, some chronic, and with lost hope of treatments from practitioners that didn’t seem to care whether I got better or not. I felt like just another patient to be rushed in and out. I never felt listened to or related to or that the practitioner spent time really addressing me as a whole person. I became a manual therapist and trainer to provide a better service to people struggling with muscle and joint pain and general lack of health and vitality—to become the help to others that I wish I could find for myself.

Education/Credentials:

  • Orthopaedic Massage Therapist (RMT)
  • Associate Certificate in Osteopathy (A.C.Ost.)
  • Diploma in Osteopathic Articulation (Dip. OA)
  • Graston Techniques Specialist (GTS)
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • NASM Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC)
  • Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist (PTS)
  • Functional Aging Institute Certified
  • TPI Golf Level I
  • TRX Coach
  • Myofascial Decompression Level I 
  • Neuromuscular Cupping
  • Theragun Practitioner
  • Kinesiology Taping Practitioner
  • Mindfulness & Cognitive Behavioural Coach
  • Numerous continuing education courses on anatomy and physiology

Margo Bangsund

Kinesiologist

margo@unboundedufitness.com

Services: In-Home & Virtual Personal Training, Online Fitness Coaching

Margo graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Margo’s passion for weight loss, strength training, and functional movement is what guided her to Unbounded U. Prior to joining the team at Unbounded U, Margo worked with a diverse clientele, including cancer and cardiac patients, motor vehicle accident victims, and elite athletes. 

As an athlete and coach, Margo has a wide-spanning background in sports and recreation. Margo worked as a swim coach and figure skating coach for three and six years, respectively. Through these experiences, she acquired a great deal of insight pertaining to the human body and biomechanics from a practical point of view. 

Margo understands the challenge of dedicating time to bettering yourself through exercise and nutrition, as she has always made it a priority in her life. Margo wants to be a positive and encouraging force in the next chapter of your healthier life, no matter how big or small your goals.

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