CanFit Pro CPT,
PN Lv 1, ISSA Sports Nutritionist
Integrative Wellness Life Coach, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Coach, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner, TFT (Thought Field Therapy) Practitioner.
I want to share with you the story of what happened to me, so you can understand where my passion for not only fitness, but more importantly nutrition & mental health stems from...
Let's take a trip back in time to June 2013 after my very first bodybuilding show:
After a show it's common for competitors to give in to cravings & not follow their post show reverse diet, & subsequently put on gobs of fat in a few short weeks... Not me.
After placing 6th & missing top 5 to qualify for provincials by 2 points, the athlete in me was hungrier than ever to snag a provincial qualification. I immediately made the decision to hop right back into another 15 weeks of hard training & dieting to compete in the fall. I followed my program to a T, stayed on miserably low calories, still did hours of cardio a week, with hour + long lifting sessions daily.
Then, 6 weeks later, I herniated 2 discs in my lower back, halting all training,,.
Still, did I binge? HELL NO! In fact, my coach dropped my calories lower to make up for the lack of training I'd be doing in the future weeks thanks to my injury. But then, my weight started creeping up... so naturally we dropped my calories EVEN LOWER (around approx 700 calories a day)... but the weight started going up more & more each week uncontrollably.
I was devastated; I had done everything right! What the fu*k was happening to my body!?
See, back then baby trainer Steph didn't know anything about nutrition, hormones, hormone imbalances, & the effects that running my body into the ground for months on end, literally starving myself, could have. Had I known then what I know now, then I would've been able to notice the signs & symptoms that something was going horribly wrong inside my body, & it was about to crash. I didn't know that my symptoms like:
-mood swings & bawling at the drop of a hat
-lack of focus
-zero sex drive
Was all related to the health of my hormones!
In total i put on almost 40lbs in 2 months- despite my dieting efforts😔... I was devastated, especially since I think a trainer should always have an example body for her clients. I felt like I was in quicksand, the harder I tried to lose the weight, the worst it got... I thought I was in a nightmare little did I know this was actually the best things that could have happened to me:
Desperate to find answers when my family doctor had none, I spent the next 6 months learning all about hormones from Endocrinologists & Naturopaths, & spent hundreds of hours researching article after article. I learned all about hormones, adrenals, & the thyroid, about their individual roles in the body, how they're influenced by our nutrition, training & lifestyle... Most importantly I learned how to manipulate diet & training to help fix them when sh!t hits the fan!
(*Just to clarify I am NOT a doctor, & I stay within my scope of practice. If a clients needs fall outside of that scope, I happily refer them out to the medical professional that can help them).
Without this experience I wouldn't be the trainer, & now certified Sports Nutritionist & Integrative Wellness Life Coach I am today. I also wouldn't have been able to help the hundreds of men & women that have been my clients over the past 7 years get their lives back, & see the results they've been unable to see by simply "eating better" & "exercising". I truly feel training, nutrition, & life coaching is "preventative health care". After training 15,000+ session, I want to share my knowledge with you. This is my passion!
After leaving the corporate gym world in 2017, I started All Angles Training Co, naming it this because I believe in order to be successful long term, we have to take a holistic approach & focus on all angles of health: a foundation built on proper nutrition for internal health, life coaching to heal past wounds & decrease triggers to build better habits & mental health, all while focusing on both form & technique inside the gym.
I pride myself in working with my clients of all ages & experience levels to find an achievable balance between fitness & their current lifestyle. By finding a realistic approach, they achieve success & reach their goals as fast as possible, all while becoming educated through the process to ensure continued success even after we're done our time together.
Welcome, & thank you for being here!
What Do I Do?
Personalized Fitness Programming
Bio-individualized Nutrition Coaching
Integrative Wellness & Vitality
Online Training & Nutrition Coaching
Have you ever noticed how two people will try the exact same diet or exercise program, and while one person is successful, the other person struggles with very minimal results?
The old tag line “Calories In, Calories Out” often only works for those people who have perfect gut health, an optimal metabolism, and well balanced hormones. No one specific exercise routine or weight loss diet is right for everyone because we all have unique genetics, environmental and lifestyle factors that all play a role in our current state of health and weight.
If you aren’t at the weight you want to be at, you may have nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances or thyroid issues holding you back from being the happiest, healthiest version of yourself. When this is the case, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start with fitness, or even what's ideal for your specific body & experience level.
As a certified personal trainer with over 8 years experience & multiple fitness certifications including post injury/ surgery rehabilitation, pre/ postnatal fitness, & kettlebell level 1 & 2, just to name a few, I want you to know I care about you as an individual – you are not a number! I want to listen to your story, peel back the layers, & figure out how you got to this point. Through this process, we'll discovering the hidden root causes as to why you don’t look & feel your best.
It gives me great joy in supporting my clients in their journey to gaining back the confidence they need to look and feel their best. Together we will get you the results you deserve & gain valuable insight into what exactly YOUR body needs to stay healthy, strong, injury free, & at a good weight for your specific body type so that you don't relapse in the future.
By identifying toxicities & deficiencies, Integrative Health Coaches are able to uncover the underlying root causes for your health issues, & can work to restore homeostasis back to your body.
Using integrative methods & advanced state-of-the-art Functional Medicine lab testing I design bio-individualized wellness protocols using specific nutritional supplements, specialized diet plans, exercise programs & lifestyle recommendations to help you achieve your short & long term health goals.
I don't just use ONE form of "medicine" but pull from SEVEN different disciplines to cater to your specific body, current health state, & genetics.
The 7 Disciplines of Integrative Health are:
Chinese Medicine & Herbalism
By identifying underlying imbalances, I’m able to help my clients get to the root cause of their "dis-ease" & together, we work to rebalance the body.
These underlying imbalances often manifest in the form of chronic issues or symptoms such as:
digestive & GI issues like IBS, Headaches, Migraines, PMS, PCOS, Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, & Skin Rashes, difficulty sleeping, low energy, cold hands & feet, hair loss/thinning, inability to focus, ADHD, depression/ anxiety, high cholesterol or blood pressure, hormone imbalances, thyroid issues, arthritis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, allergies, frequent colds, difficulty recovering from Exercise, & more.
There's always a root cause for every symptom or condition & I would love to support & guide you STEP-BY-STEP along your journey toward healing & optimal living so you can achieve everything you were put on this planet to do!
I came to a point where I realized I could only take myself so far with my nutrition/fitness goals. Steph really took the time to understand me, what I was looking for, my body, and how it reacts to certain foods/ workouts. She is a wealth of knowledge and has her methods/plan to get me where I want to be, while also incorporating my crazy life and allowing me to enjoy the social things (which I love/need).
This lady.....where do I even begin!? Well, one thing’s for sure, she pretty much changed my life! I used to be afraid of food. I was deep into my version of “clean eating” (no complex carbs, sugar, that sort of thing) and attempting to lift weights AND do cardio 5-6x a week 😓 Ultimately this only made me miserable, starved 24/7 and having ZERO sex drive. Starting training with Stephanie was a life saver! Like actually. She taught me how, when and what to eat to fuel my intense workouts with her. She put me on the right path to a healthy lifestyle, I will be forever thankful to this woman. To anyone who is considering training with this lady, DO IT NOW!
Steph is an amazing trainer!! She keeps you accountable for your workouts. She is very motivational and inspires me to work harder every day!! She makes sessions fun and I always look forward them especially the social aspect !! With nutrition and training she knows what's up unlike some other trainers. Training with Steph has got me to by the body shape and size that I love and I love my body!! She gave me the tools that I need to go to thy gym by myself. She is an amazing trainer, life coach, nutritional coach and she is just the best!!