Getting started towards a healthier and stronger version of ourselves can often be the most challenging part of a commitment to a healthy active lifestyle. Maybe you are feeling confused or intimated about where to start your fitness plan? Are you unsure of your fitness level and don’t know what class to attend? We want to help you pick the right class, meet new friends and know a little bit about our energetic instructors before you take their class.

With over 50 classes offered each week and more than 25 instructors, you can challenge yourself to try them all over time! Read on to learn more about our Fitness Instructors, their certifications, passions and perhaps even their fitness super powers.

Amber Allan, CGC Fitness Programmer since November 2017

Amber Teaches:
Cardio Combat (Drop-In Class)
Pumped (Drop-In Class)
Stroller Circuit (Registered Program)

Agatsu Kettlebell
Fitness Kickbox Canada
FIS Certified, canfitpro
PTS Certified, canfitpro Spin
Pre/Post Natal Yoga
YogaFit, Level 3
YogaFit Sweat
Zumba Certified

Fitness and healthy living are Amber’s passion. She loves to help people exceed their expectations and to realize they can do more than they ever thought they could.

Fitness Super Power:
To help people discover their own superpower!

“Life is only as good as your mindset.”

 Alison Bleeker

Alison Teaches:
Zumba Gold (Drop-In Class)
Spin (Drop-In Class) 

YMCA Group Fitness (Cycling)
Resistance Training
Choreographed Group Fitness
YMCA Individual Conditioning Level 2 Trainer
Licensed Zumba Gold Instructor

Alison has a passion for fitness and truly feels that her participants are what motivate her everyday!

Fitness Super Power:
Humour and the ability to create enjoyment for my participants

Aprill Denney

allisonApril Teaches:
Yoga (Registered Program)

Agatsu Kettlebell Certified Instructor
Exercise Physiologist Certified, CSEP
Functional Movement Specialist
Personal Trainer Certified, Can-Fit
Yoga Teacher Certified

April’s passion is to help people achieve their personal goals. She is motivated by trying new things and challenging herself.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to jump squat to infinity and beyond!

“The body achieves what the mind believes!”

Adèle Poirier

adeleAdèle Teaches:
Shallow Aquafit (Drop-In Class)

Group Fitness Certification Land and Aquafit, YMCA
Personal Trainer Certification, CanFitPro

In the fitness world, what motivates Adèle is music. She loves moving to music and grew up with Highland Dancing, so choreography is one of her passions that just comes naturally to her. She always plays fun playlists during her classes, so you can always count on hearing Thriller around the Halloween months. The members in her class always say they love her music and how hard she works them.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to give people the power to be a bit silly and let go of all their worries and responsibilities. Put a smile on their face, even if it’s just for an hour!

“Fake it ‘til you make it. In other words, don’t be afraid to try, and keep working at it until you feel confident.”

Amanda Swales

amberAmanda Teaches:
CGC Kids Dance (formerly Zumba Kids Drop-In Class)

Aqua Zumba
Zumba Basic Steps, Level 1
Zumba Kids
Zumba Jr.

Amanda’s passion has always been dance, she loves the feeling when the music starts. Her motivation is to share this rewarding experience with others. Zumba has allowed Amanda to express herself on the dance floor without judgement. It never feels like a workout. Amanda is also motived by the joy and happiness the world of Zumba has given to her and the wonderful people she has been fortunate to meet along her Zumba Journey.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to have never-ending endurance, so she could dance 24/7!

“Life is too short to sit out another dance! I have learned that we need to live life for today because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.”

Bil & Wai Kim MacMullin

Bill & Wai Kim Teach:
Tai Chi

Tai Chi Certified
Qi Gong Certified

Bil and Wai Kim both have a passion for studying the movements of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. They started studying Tai Chi in 1982 at beginner classes in Beijing, China. Since then they have has practiced in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. They are motivated to lead classes that will benefit personal health and wish to share their knowledge with others.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to have super patience!

“Breathe, relax, and enjoy your practice.

Carolyn Langlands

amberCarolyn Teaches:
Fit For Life (Drop-In Class)

Fitness Therapy
Fitness & Nutrition
Group Fitness Certified
Older Adult Fitness Certified

Carolyn is motivated by how healthy she feels at her age and by the great feedback she gets from the people in her classes.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to super motivate others!

“The best gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

Dave Carr

Dave Teaches:
Spin ( Drop-In Class)
Yoga (Drop-In Class)

Agatsu Kettlebell
Fitness Kickbox Canada
FIS Certified, CanFitPro
YogaFit, Level 3

Dave has always had a passion for adventure and loves the freedom he feels when surrounded by nature. Dave’s practice in the gym translates into play once he is in the wilderness.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to feel completely at ease upside down, sideways or backwards.

“Permission affords divinity. I don’t believe in luck, but with all the crazy random happenstances; the million things that could have happened today but didn’t. Every moment has been made a blessing.”

Dave Wentworth

Dave Teaches: 
Spin (Drop-In Class)

Spin Certification, HY

Dave’s number one passion is travel. He has travelled to over 30 countries, and speaks several languages. One of his favorite things to do is cycle during his travels. He has been teaching spinning throughout HRM since 2016.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to make a spin bike elevate and fly like a magic carpet!

“No gimmicks, special pills, special potions, special equipment. All it takes is desire and will”

Dennette Hanna-Shea

amberDennette Teaches:
Athletic Step (Drop-in Class)
Core (Drop-in Class)
Yoga (Drop-In Class)

Fitness Instructor Certified, canfitpro
Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio, 500 hours

Dennette has been a certified fitness instructor for 30 years. Her passion for fitness and a need for balance in her life is lead by her yoga practice. She is grateful for how seamlessly she has been able to integrate yoga into all aspects of her life and is motivated by sharing what she loves with others.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability for super authenticity. What you see, what you hear; it’s all real.

“Stay in the moment and teach from the heart.”

Erlinda Unite

adeleErlinda Teaches:
Forever Strong (Drop-In Class)

Group Fitness Certification, NSFA
Older Adult Fitness, YMCA
YogaFit, Level 1

Erlinda is a mother, wife and grandmother and has been leading fitness classes for over 14 years. Her personal medical history is what keeps her motivated to stay active. She has a passion for following a good diet and acquiring an acceptable level of fitness. These are the two most important things you can do in shaping your health and wellness no matter what age you are.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability for super strength and endurance during exercise!

“Quality before quantity.”

Gail Drisdelle

Gail-2016Gail Teaches:
CGC Walking Club (Drop-In Class)

Spin Certification
Group Fitness Certification, YMCA

Gail is a passionate and motivated instructor who loves to engage with her class and help people remain active. Her background in ballroom dance, anatomy and physiology have helped to enhance her teaching styles. During her program, she strives to help with proper movement and keeping participants informed about injury prevention. She has been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1984 and has worked at CGC since the doors opened in 2011.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to inspire others to enjoy all forms of fitness, especially moving to great music.

“Together we can strive for greater fitness outcomes while doing something we really enjoy.”

Jim Ross

Jim Teaches:
Spin (Drop-in Class)

canfitpro Group fitness certification
Spin Certification

Jim has a Technical Degree in Cartography, an Undergrad Degree in Marine Geography, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies. His passion and motivation is getting more people on bikes.

Fitness Super Power:
No fear of hills, either going up or going down!

“He’s soft and he’s fat and he’s wearing my clothes and he’s getting too old and he was born on my birthday and I’m afraid if I stop running, he’ll catch up to me.”

Linda Cary

Linda Teaches:
Combo Aquafit (Drop-In Class)

Group Fitness Certification, Land and Aquafit, YMCA
Water Art Aquatics Fitness Instructor

Linda is motivated by seeing what fitness and diet can do for any body at any age. She feels the most important thing that you can do for your body is to keep moving. Linda keeps moving by teaching over eight land based and aquatic fitness classes per week around the HRM area, and loves to garden around her house as well.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to motivate others to work as hard as they possibly can!

“No matter how old you are, you do have the ability to become fit and happy.”

Melissa Quirk

Melissa Teaches:
Spin Gold (Drop-In Class)
Gentle Aquafit (Drop-in Class)
New Year New You
Toughen Up
Ladies 101/201
Fitness & Wellness Workshops

Certified Exercise Physiologist from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Nordic Pole Walking Instructor

Melissa moves to feel better both physically and mentally. Her passion is helping others reap the benefits of physical activity, no matter what fitness level or body size. After her own workouts, Melissa enjoys peanut butter and toast with a cold glass of milk.

Fitness Super Power:
Finding an alternative exercise for any move! Just keep moving.

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison


Nancy Alexander

Nancy Teaches:
HIIT (Drop-In Class)

Group Fitness Instructor, canfitpro
Yoga Fit Level 1

Nancy’s passion is motivating others to enjoy fitness as much as she does. She always feels so proud and happy when she sees the participants in her classes working hard and walking away with a sense of accomplishment. After her own workouts, whether it be a really hard class or a 32km run, she loves having fresh fruit and a protein bar.

Fitness Super Power:

“A daily hit of athletic-induced endorphins give you the power to make better decisions, helps you be at peace with yourself, and offsets stress.”

Natalie Longaphy

Natalie Teaches:
Kids Yoga Camps

Yoga Teacher Training Certified, 200 hours
Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 & 2
Reiki Level 1

Natalie’s family motivates her- her husband, 7 year old daughter, and 4 year old son. Her passion is helping and inspiring young girls to follow their dreams and create positive change in their community.

Fitness Super Power: Acrobatic powers- to be able to do flips, have amazing balance and walk on my hands!

“It’s about progress not perfection.”

Ron Salah

Ron Teaches:
Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan

32 years of experience studying and playing T’ai Chi

Ron has a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Saint Mary’s University.

Fitness Super Power:
Patience and determination

“Success grows out of love and humility, patience and determination and faithful practice.”

Tracy Cipryk

Tracy Teaches:
Dance Fusion (Drop-In Class)

Drummer Dance Certified
Master Trainer for Gymstick
Resist-a Ball, CanFitPro
Yoga Teacher Certified, 500 hours

Tracy is the Creative Director and Fitness Chair for Bust a Move for Breast Health. She has a passion for inspiring people to move and think differently about their bodies, minds and health.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to make anybody and everybody laugh!

“Be the change you want to see in the World.”

More Fitness Instructor Profiles coming soon….