As a Mom,
it’s tough to carve out
time for yourself.
(And since you are a Mom, you can probably come up with a million reasons why you cannot justify spending the time on YOU!)
We know what it’s like to be at the bottom of your own priority list.
But you deserve to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself you can be.
You deserve to exercise.
Yes, we said deserve.
Exercise should not be a punishment; it’s a reward for being an important person to your family and part of prioritizing your self-care and health.
Think of it like loving your body healthy.
All of us want to see you strong and feeling fantastic!
We are your coaches and your cheerleaders.
Kate Laird (She/Her)
Kate understands what it’s like to be busy. She is a re-partnered single mom, runs her own business and continues to prioritize her fitness.
She loves to have her butt kicked when she is not kicking someone else’s!
Kate has been in the fitness and yoga industry in Westboro for over 16 years. Her certifications over the years have included CrossFit® Level 2 Trainer, Personal Training, Group Fitness, Nutrition and Wellness, Resist-A-Ball, Aquafit, Power Yoga, Tune Up and more.
She is experienced in working with all levels of ability, from high-end athletes to seniors.
Kate’s experience sets her apart in her ability to help you reach your goals (be that weight loss, increased energy, increased strength, anything!).
Josee Riel (She/Her)
Gym Manager / Spartan Racer / Avid Hiker / Supermom!
Josee is our Client Success Specialist and here to help you and encourage you on your journey! She is a personal trainer, conditioning coach, and OCR trainer, Josee joined the fitness industry with a passion to help those around her to lead healthy lives.
Josee loves trail running, weight lifting, and climbing mountains with her son on her back.
“While fitness can be a very personal journey, my favourite part is sharing it with my family. And LYB lets you do just that with their mommy and me classes and kid-friendly environment.”
Katherine Miceli (She/Her)
Marketing Manager /Yoga Teacher/SuperMom
Katherine is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. After the birth of her son Jasper, Katherine developed a new appreciation for the necessity of movement. She believes in combining various modalities and movement practices to create a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle.
While Katherine has that gentle Yoga vibe, don’t let this girl surprise you – her classes are sneaky hard!
David Diaz (He/Him)
Coach / Group Fitness Trainer
David was born in Queretaro, Mexico.
He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy and a Master’s Degree in Sports Physiotherapy. In addition to this he’s a certified TRX coach (level 1), BMT (Balance Muscular Training), and Proprioceptive Training Specialist. David also completed the Fitness and Health Promotion Program at Algonquin College.
David has always enjoyed sports and physical activity which included playing football for 10 years including playing at Pro level for 2 seasons in Mexico. This led to him studying Physiotherapy and even completing internships at the Mexican Olympic Committee.
David prioritizes his fitness because it allows him to continue doing the things he loves and maintain his quality of life.
Taryn White (She/Her)
Group Fitness Coach / Personal Trainer
Taryn has led an active lifestyle since a young age, starting horseback riding at 3 years old and getting her junior black belt in karate at the age of 12! Taryn discovered her love for functional fitness 2018. She continues to train and ride horses in the Hunter/Jumper discipline and is also working to become an osteopathic manual practitioner. Taryn is a CrossFit® Level 1 Trainer.
Taryn has a passion for health and fitness and for helping others to feel their best!
MP Grenier (She/Her)
Former Fitness Competitor and Orthotherapist, MP is a Certified Personal Training Specialist, Mommy, and an athlete.
In 2011, MP was placed first place in the Fitness Category with Fitness Star International (FSI) in Montreal. In 2012, she was placed second in the Fitness Category with International Drug Free Athletics (IDFA) in Toronto. With MP, you train with the best.
Tina Valente (She/Her)
Coach/Certified Physical Education Teacher/Crossfitter Supermom!
Tina had a long-time passion for teaching fitness when she began personal training over 20 years ago which then lead to Education because she wanted to teach the younger population how to be healthy & fit!
Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of 2, Tina knows the importance of staying active and staying strong and healthy.
Honors degree in Kinesiology and a Certified Physical Education Teacher, avid CrossFitter, cyclist, who also plays competitive softball and a mother of two.
Jennifer Rottmann (She/Her)
Coach/ Health and Fitness Educator/ Crossfitter/ Supermom!
Jenn has a passion for health, teaching, and fitness. She is a certified fitness instructor and has been teaching group fitness for 10 years.
A teacher educator at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and Jennifer’s courses focus on health & physical education for future teachers.
Victoria Falcone (She/Her)
Coach/ Personal Trainer
Victoria Falcone is a CrossFit® Level 1 Trainer and comes from a running background, completing many 1/2 marathons before discovering her love for functional fitness and Olympic weightlifting in 2016. Victoria enjoys competing in local competitions and constantly strives to improve her overall health, fitness, and performance.
Victoria believes that health and fitness should be accessible to everyone and aims to provide an inclusive and supportive coaching environment
Stephanie Dadzie (She/Her)
Coach/Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Trainer/ Athlete
Emily Clements (She/Her)
Coach/Yoga Teacher/Personal Trainer/Athlete/Mama Bear
Emily is a CrossFit® Level 1 Trainer, boxing coach, and Yoga Instructor.
Having accidentally stumbled into the world of CrossFit, she has found herself smitten with functional compound movements, drills and skills. Her missions include helping moms find freedom while skipping and joy with heavy lifts.
Emily’s goal is to help all clients learn the value of sustainable movement patterns, focusing on the ability to age with power, confidence, and a chin held high, over a bar.
Jonathan Kustka-Tsimbidis (He/Him)
Jonathan is a CrossFit® Level 2 Trainer, and a Pre-Script Level 1 Trainer
He has been training in the gym for nearly a decade. Having always been active growing up, Jonathan fell in love with strength training and has focused largely in that direction for the past 4+ years.
Lauren Larocque (She/Her)
Yoga Teacher/ Event Enthusiast
Lauren is a certified yoga instructor with training in Yin & Meditation, sequencing and adjustments. She guides students of all levels through intelligent, creative, challenging and fun classes. Lauren believes in a balanced movement and breathwork practice for staying grounded and maintaining a healthy mindset and body.
Passionate about movement and events, Lauren loves planning events that bring people together.
Mandie Vossenberg (She/Her)
Run Coach/Personal Trainer
Mandie Vossenberg (She/Her) is a Group Strength Instructor, Run Coach, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She believes that fitness is about seeing your own potential, building capacity, strength, perseverance, and self acceptance/love, she aims to instil those things in her clients every time she sees them.
Mandie believes that the best part of her job is learning everyone’s name, their goals and watching them succeed.
When she’s not coaching or working out, you can usually find her outside training for her next marathon or triathlon in the summer, and XC Skiing in the winter; or at home on the couch eating takeout, watching reality TV, and snuggling with her cats.
Bailey Schmidt (She/Her)
Personal Trainer/Kettlebell Sport Trainer
Sports were a major aspect of Bailey’s life. At 16 years old, she had earned 3 black belts in TeukGong Moosool. She has played high level basketball in Kamloops for over 13 years, earning her an invitation to play at the post secondary level at multiple Canadian and American schools. She decided on a school in Victoria, BC, and completed her degree there. Bailey’s decade+ weightlifting experience and all of her sport training eventually led her to Kettlebell Sport. She is working to perform at future World kettlebell competitions and qualify for the professional level.
Being active comes in many different forms and Bailey works to teach everyone how to see their body for what it is capable of doing for their lifestyle and goals. Bailey believes in loving your body for all it can do and helping individuals to see their body in a positive light.
Sascha Berliner (She/Her)
Sascha grew up in Bible Hill Nova Scotia where she completed her primary education before relocating to Ottawa to pursue her undergraduate degree. Growing up she took part in various activities, but loved soccer, dance, and track the most. From these activities, she found her love of fitness.
She is a certified ISSA Personal Trainer and is undergoing additional courses to advance her expertise (nutrition, corrective exercise, strength and conditioning, and HIIT). Sascha now powerlifts competitively and enjoys Metcon classes.
Sascha believes that exercise is integral to creating a balanced and healthy lifestyle. She believes that making personal connections with clients is the key to their success, allowing for a truly individualized plan.
Catherine Boyle (She/Her)
Catherine grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where she completed her primary and secondary education. While growing up, she took part in various sports such as soccer and figure skating. However, Catherine was always most passionate about Dance! She received formal training in genres such as Ballet and Contemporary.
Presently, Cathy is a Human Kinetics student at the University of Ottawa, with the goal of becoming a Physiotherapist soon. She is a former Ballet dancer and her previous dance experience has helped her appreciate and understand movement better.
Lacey Thompson (She/Her)
Along with being a graduate from the Heath and Fitness diploma program, Lacey is a certified personal trainer, functional training specialist, strength and conditioning coach, 200-hour certified yoga teacher and a CrossFit® Level 1 Trainer
She is also a serious competitive Crossfitter and was about to compete in the Atlas Games when the world shut down for Covid last March.
The online classes have provided the anchor in my day that I’ve needed. As a former varsity athlete, I love pushing my body hard.
Before I was struggling to make it to the in-person classes and was lacking the motivation to push myself hard when working out on my own. Now, I’m regularly doing the online classes on my own, recorded or live, four-to-five times week. I’ve never been stronger and feel super connected to the other moms in LYB community.
My kids like to watch me do the classes and I’ve even found them doing burpees in their own! I’ve recommended the classes to just about everyone I know!”
– Danielle Simpson, mother of 2, Ottawa