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Taylor Simon

Owner/Director, MSc, BA, CSCS

“My mission is to change the way people experience fitness.”

Taylor staff picTaylor holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Calgary and completed his Masters in Human Movement with A.T. Still University. In addition to his CSCS designation with the NSCA, Taylor holds multiple fitness certifications from a various organizations including the NASM and IPPA.

Taylor specializes in program design and periodization for athletes, sports teams, and tactical occupations. He also acts as a business consulting for a variety of fitness and fitness related companies and individual trainers.

Speaking at international events, such as the Arnold Classic Strength Summit, local schools, businesses, and community associations allows him to impart his 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness field. He has guest lectured for numerous organizations and institutions including the Queen’s School of Business.

Taylor has authored articles for a variety of media, including the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal and the Alpha Male Challenge blog. He has been featured as an expert in Musclemag and Sport and Performance magazines on a variety of topics. Taylor was also the feature fitness expert on two radio stations with two weekly spots on each for over 2 years.

Taylor recently started ‘Strength Coach Taylor podcasts’  deliberating on numerous hot topics within the health and fitness industry. He explores topics ranging from fat loss, to barefoot training to how to select the best personal trainer. You can check out his show and follow Taylor at STRENGTH COACH TAYLOR

Whitney Garrah

Owner/Director, BAH (Sociology), FIS, PTS, Precision Nutrition Level 1, ISSA Fitness Nutrition Specialist.

“I believe the key to long-term health and fitness is to belong to an engaging fitness community.”

Whitney staff picWhitney began dancing at the age of two and it was dance that led her into her main passion in life – fitness. Throughout her dance career Whitney competed in National and International competitions, was a member and choreographer for the Queen’s University Dance Club and holds an international certification to teach Tap, Jazz/Modern and Ballet with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing.

Her passion for dance led her to start teaching fitness classes when she was a teenager. She began teaching at Queen’s University and a variety of other local Kingston gyms teaching everything from dance, spinning and yes even step. Whitney went on to take a position after graduating from Queen’s as a program coordinator for the Queen’s Executive Development Center. In her 5 years, she helped create and develop the fitness and lifestyle program; presenting, teaching and coaching executives on the benefits of improving their health and fitness.

Whitney has dedicated herself to constantly improving her knowledge base not only with training but also with nutrition. Certified as a fitness nutrition specialist with the ISSA and certified as a level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach, Whitney has an overwhelming passion to change the way we fuel our bodies.  This passion for nutrition came from struggles in her own journey to correct and improve nutritional habits from being overweight.

As both a female entrepreneur and coach, Whitney believes that we must always have goals to motivate and challenge our mind and body. Our bodies are incredible machines that need to be pushed, challenged and well maintained. Whitney educates members on how to train their bodies and how to fuel for performance. This educational approach helps to foster a lifelong commitment to a better lifestyle and therefore a better life.

You can follow Whitney at COACH WHITNEY

Vanessa Giguere

Coach, M.Sc, NSCA – CPT, ISSA Fitness Nutrition Specalist, CSCS (pending)

Be passionate in everything you do and be different.

Vanessa staff picVanessa is originally from Timmins, a Northern Ontario town where people value family, friends, the outdoors, hockey and her personal favourite curling.

Vanessa has a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Master’s in Anatomical Sciences from Queen’s University. The Master’s program incorporated graduate level courses in human anatomy, principles of teaching, micro teaching and a thesis project. The practicum of the Master’s focused on gaining knowledge and experience in teaching anatomical disciplines and curriculum design to undergraduate and graduate students.

Vanessa believes that being different gives you confidence to utilize your unique qualities but the most important is to be passionate because without passion you’ll have no drive or dedication to achieve any personal goals you try to accomplish.

Cassie Dionne

Lead Physiotherapist, PT, BPHE, MScPT
“aut viam inveniam aut faciam – I’ll either find a way or make one”

cass staff picCassie received her Master’s in Physical Therapy as well as her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University. While at school, she was heavily involved with university level athletics, working as a student therapist with the Royal Military College men’s varsity hockey and basketball teams.  Since that time, Cassie has continued to work with both recreational and competitive athletes, working closely with Queen’s University varsity teams, as well as provincial and nationally competitive strength athletes, and members of the OJHL.  Cassie also spent time working in a hospital where she worked closely with post-operative patients who were rehabilitating from a variety of both orthopedic and medical operations.

Since graduating, Cassie has dedicated herself to continuing education, attending numerous fitness conferences, functional rehabilitation workshops, as well as continuing education courses in soft tissue release, manual therapy and a variety of other assessment and treatment techniques.

Cassie has also undergone her own physical transformation, recently losing over 100lbs therefore she knows the value and importance of a good training program and qualified coaches to help you reach your goals.

Cassie works very closely with the coaching team at Taylored Training, revolutionizing traditional physiotherapy. The key to successful treatment is the integration of physiotherapy with improved physical fitness, allowing clients to succeed in achieving long-term success.

 

Janine Biagi

Fitness Coach, BSc, ISSA-CPT
“Fitness makes me happy and I want to share that feeling with everyone I coach.”
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Janine has recently returned to her hometown of Kingston Ontario after completing an Undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Before working at Taylored Training Janine was a member here for 5 years. Janine is a national level competitive trampolinist and has been competing for 11 years. Being an athlete has taught her the importance of committing to a fitness program that will allow you to reach your fitness goals and increase overall health. Empowering people to be themselves and feel confident in their own body is something that Janine is very passionate about. She believes that fitness should encourage people to feel strong and that the most important part of training is to be happy and healthy. With this in mind, Janine has recently changed her career and life goals to mirror this passion for fitness and health.

Justyne Whaley

Member Experience Coordinator

“Your body achieves what your mind believes”

 

Growing up in the country Justyne developed a love for sport and fitness at an early age. Before working at Taylored Training she began training as a member at the studio the beginning of 2015 while enrolled in the Office Administration program through SLC. Justyne started as a placement student during the Summer and after spending a lot of time at the studio she further developed her passion for fitness. Justyne believes a fit and healthy lifestyle is achievable for anyone and she particularly enjoys helping beginners feel comfortable in the gym setting while helping them reach their fitness dreams!

Akela

Member Ambassador

“I Train so I can one day catch the squirrels I’m after”.

akelaAkela has been working hard under the coaching of Head MA Tyson. She is super friendly and is always up for playing with her squirrel or just enjoying some down time before or after  your training. Akela is originally from London Ontario and is a German Shepherd. She was adopted by Whitney and Taylor from Paws United Dog Rescue.

 

 

 

Tyson

Member Ambassador (2005-2015 RIP)

“I Train so I can play Chuck-it”.

Tyson in waterTyson was our first TT Member Ambassador and was highly involved in making sure our members received a warm welcome to the studio. Tyson was incredibly active with his own training, participating in daily HIIT training sessions with his favourite toy – his chuck-it ball!  Tyson was a purebred German Shepherd who was adopted by TT Directors Whitney and Taylor from good friends who moved to the Caribbean. He is very missed.

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