Meet Coach Tina: A brand new addition to the LYB team!

We would love to know a little bit about your family.
I am a high school teacher who teaches mainly physical education/fitness. I am originally from Sudbury Ontario. I lived in Toronto where I finished all my schooling (Humber (photography), York -Kinesiology- OISE uni of Toronto – teachers college ) moved to Ottawa 13 years ago where I began my teaching career. I am an avid Crossfitter, I play competitive softball, cycle, walk a lot, commute when I can on my bike, I also own a fat bike and commute in the winter, I love paddle boarding when I get the chance, I love to travel and see new places, but also love the BEACH. I am a mother of 2 – Daughter who is 6 and a boy who is 4.
Secret Crush- My mom- my superhero

How did you get into fitness?
I joined a gym beside my high school at the age of 16 and fell in love with strength training and exercise. I then when to York for Kinesiology where I studied and did some personal training for a bit during my university years. I decided I wanted to influence the younger generation and teach them to be fit so I went to teachers’ college – I love to teach them to lead a healthy lifestyle during and after school. Eventually, I fell in love with CrossFit 7-8 years ago and my fitness journey continues to grow!

What are your fitness goals these days?
As I get older, I realize that lifting the heaviest weight or doing RX is not as important anymore I’m more focused on just continuing to be strong and lifting weight that is challenging.  I love showing my kids that mommies are strong!

I recently had a knee replacement -Jan 2020
I have an autoimmune disease that is currently in remission Rheumatoid Arthritis- I was diagnosed with RA at the age of 2 years old where my body decided to attack my left knee. 8 surgeries from the age of 13, to this recent #9 where I had the knee replaced! It has changed my life BUT it has also reminded me of what is important:  staying strong and working on mobility, and doing the best I can with what I’ve got!

What does your fitness mean to you?
Being strong and independent.

Tell us about your favourite food.
I love to bake especially baking cinnamon buns 🙂 BUT ice cream is also at the top of my list

What do you love about yourself?
I love that despite my hardships with my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I would like to show my kids that I am strong and that I keep going, no matter what!

What do you love about LYB?
KATE- she is such an inspiration who hires great trainers that all are unique in what they bring to the table. Finally, it is a safe and accepting place where we LOVE OUR BODY to become strong not to look a specific way!


**From Kate: Tina you are a wonderful addition to the team – I am so lucky to have you on my roster of sensational coaches!!