Fitness & Sports Performance Experts
Lindsay Boardman - Owner/Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, CanFit PRO ADV PTS, Precision Nutrition Level 1, Poliquin PICP Level1 & 2, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1, FMT Certified, Kinakin Muscle testing & Activation, TRX R4 & BOSU Integrated Balance, CanFit PRO TRAINER, CPR A
Lindsay Boardman is a personal trainer and owner of Meraki Fitness & Sports Performance. With over 10 years in the fitness industry, she has gained experience through a variety of courses and as a presenter for CanFit PRO. Her personal experiences over the years with weight, stress management and making herself a priority when “life gets in the way” has allowed her personal insight into every day struggles clients may face. She embraces the philosophy of Meraki “Putting a piece of your heart, soul & creativity into everything that you do” and believes that no matter the goal, a personalized and balanced approach between lifestyle, movement & mobility will lead to success and improve overall health.
Chad Ryder - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, DTS Level 1, CPR A
Growing up I was always active in a variety of sports but was always the “little” guy. When I first joined the gym in my 20’s I only weighed 125lbs and was looking to gain weight and add some muscle. By focusing on my nutrition, following a workout plan and changing my lifestyle I was able to achieve my goal weight of 165lbs and at the same time find my passion for health and fitness.
Now, being in my 40’s my goal is to show that health and fitness is a lifelong journey~ that it’s not just about weight loss or gaining muscle, but being able to move without pain, waking up with energy ready to tackle the day and most importantly being able to enjoy everything life has to offer! It’s never too late to start, make a change and start living!
Taylor Paterson - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, Muscle Activation Techniques Jumpstart Certification, Olympic Weightlifting Specialty and CPR-A
I specialize in functional training (making you look, feel and move better). Throughout my career, I’ve worked with everyone from rep athletes and young people, to busy moms and dads, to seniors with limited mobility. Regardless of who you are, getting you to your goals as efficiently as possible and sustaining them is my commitment.
Fat-loss, strength, conditioning, improving how you move, pain-relief, increased energy and confidence. These are just a few of the results that I focus on with the people I work with.
Fitness has become a major trend worldwide. However, Fitness is not a trend. It is an ongoing endeavor that is beneficial to everyone; at any fitness level. Life is too short not to live well and feel great. Regardless of your current health status, it is never too late to start your fitness journey!
Cassandra Galardo - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, Precision Nutrition Level 1, DTS Running Fundamentals, CPR A
Cassandra has been a professional in the fitness industry for over 5 years, she has gained experience and knowledge through multiple certifications and workshops. Her focus is helping hard working individuals learn how to optimize their time and habits to better achieve their goals. She pursues strength and performance by mastering the primal movements, mastering the basics in body weight and barbell movements allows you to learn and execute advanced exercises more safely and effectively. She believes educating you to eat the proper foods and move your body effectively will help you become the best version of yourself.
She is excited to be a part of the Meraki Fitness team and looks forward to helping both men and women of all backgrounds find balance with food, family, and fitness while enjoying life to its fullest.
Alejandra Diaz - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, Fascial Stretch Therapist, Certified Animal Flow Instructor, NLP Practitioner
In 2010 Alejandra (Alex Diaz) was broke, overweight and depressed. Hitting rock bottom, she knew she needed help and guidance and started working with a coach to turn her life around.
In 2011, after losing 30% of her body weight in fat and rejuvenating her mind and body she became a personal trainer with a mission to help empower and coach others in creating their own transformation journey through movement and strength training.
Throughout her career she has practiced and researched the following disciplines: CrossFit, Kettlebells, Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Functional Training, Fascial Stretch Therapy, Pre-hab, Re-hab, Animal Flow, Bodyweight Training, and Foundational Gymnastics. Alex regards the study of movement as a SCIENCE and an ART form with tremendous power to rewire our brains, our lives and our futures. To find out more about working with Alex Diaz please visit: http://artofmovingstrong.blogspot.com
Nicola Folino - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, Stuart McGill BackFITPRO Certification, CPR & FirstAid
My knowledge of exercise science and fitness psychology facilitates my ability to create and administer safe and effective fitness programs custom designed to “fit” your goals and your fitness level…while protecting the integrity of your spine. My personal experience with lower back pain has steered my fitness education toward back pain recovery and the process of building a foundation for pain-free movement.
“Listen when your back whispers, and you won’t have to hear it scream.”
Damon Edwards - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, CPR A
My 1st year at Meraki fitness and Sports performance marks my 8th year as a personal trainer/strength coach. My interest in fitness however, began many years before this. Throughout my childhood I played an array of sports year round- often more than one sport at a time- with lacrosse and football being my
main focus. After receiving a scholarship to play lacrosse in the states for the final year of my high school career I made the choice to pursue lacrosse. It was there when I was officially introduced to strength training. I took a two year program that excelled my level of play and personal fitness knowledge tremendously. From there, I was drafted to the National Lacrosse League (NLL) to play for the Toronto Rock where I have spent the last 7 years playing. I attribute much of my success in this sport to strength and injury prevention training.
I pride myself in being able to relate to my clients needs and personal goals through my own experiences. Throughout my career I have had to battle and rehabilitate myself through two knee reconstruction surgeries along with many other injuries. Going through these injuries has made me a better trainer today and helped me coach my clients through their ailing injuries from knees to back or hips. Whether its weight loss, sport specific, injury pain or prevention I am confident my extensive background and wealth of knowledge will help you achieve your goals just as I have mine.
Alison Wiseman - Trainer
CanFit Pro PTS, ACT, Powerlifting Fundamentals
As a personal trainer my goal is to help individuals understand why regular exercise should be part their lifestyle, not just a phase. I graduated from Fitness and Health Promotion at Niagara College in June of 2011, taken my PT specialist certification in 2011, ACT (Assess Correct and Train) in 2014, Powerlifting fundamentals 2017 and Neurotyping systems and program design 2018. I specialize in functional movement, behaviour/lifestyle and body composition changes. I have brought many to transformation changes by motivating them to become as passionate about exercise as I am. With over 6 years of experience in the fitness industry I have helped people set and achieve their goals. I have worked with a wide variety of clients from general population. The key to a permanent change is to have a plan. I believe our limitations are the ones that we set for ourselves. If you are ready for change I am ready to educate, motivate, and inspire you to become a better you. www.wisetraining.ca
Joey Nemet - Trainer
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh Athlete, ISSA CPT, CPR A
I have been fortunate to work in the fitness and sports performance industry for over 7 years, because it is truly my passion. I work with individual clients and groups of various ages, from middle school kids to older adults who range in pursuits from general fitness to amateur and professional level athletics. I utilize training methods learned from my experiences training and working with strength and conditioning experts in North America and Europe. Whether you are an athlete looking for an edge, someone looking to build muscle and get strong, or shed excess weight and body fat, I design programs and tailor training sessions to meet your specific goals.
The drive to achieve goals is something that I know very well through my career as a Canadian bobsleigh athlete and, prior to that, the road to winning a Vanier Cup (Canadian university national championship) as a football player at McMaster University in 2011. In 2016, after experiencing an injury that almost ended my athletic career, I had to stop and re-examine my goals. Was I going to give up or figure out a way to achieve my dream of going to the 2018 Olympic Games? I decided to go for it but i knew that I had to make some changes. I started by closely examining my habits, changing the ones that were holding me back, creating new ones, and making critical adjustments to my process. “First you make your habits and then your habits make you,” is a statement I live by. Ultimately, my transformation brought me beyond where I had been, to become my strongest self so far, both physically and mentally. In January 2018, almost two years after my injury, I earned a spot on Canada's Olympic Bobsleigh team as an alternate push athlete for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Maybe you are at a point in your life where you are struggling and your goals seem unattainable. I know how it feels to sit there and say “I don’t know how or if I can do this.” There is a way, and I’m here to help you realize that you’re capable of accomplishing so much more than you might think. www.acceltraining.com
Bryan Chang - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, Nutritional Medicine Profiler, DTS Nutrition Fundamental, DTS Olympic Lifting Fundamental, Fascial Mobility Training, and CPR-A.
I specialize in coaching busy professionals how to regain health, transform their bodies, and all while maximizing work performance. I have worked with various clienteles of age, metabolic dysfunctions, lifestyle habits, stress, gut health issues, weight issues, and more. I focus on the concept of "Health First", where optimizing and regaining health is the first priority. By focusing on maximizing health first, we create a new body that is re-programmed for sustainability and consistent results.
Michelle Mazul - Trainer
Canfit PRO Trainer, CPR & AED, Goodlife Personal Training Institute, Fascial Mobility Training, Neuro Typing System, Assessment and Basic Program Design
Fitness has always played an important role in my life. Starting my own business, Michelle Mazul Fitness, has definitely been such a rewarding challenge. Whether it’s weight loss, muscle gain, increase in energy or mobility, etc., seeing my clients head in a positive direction reminds me of the very reason I have chosen this career. I use workouts specific to each client that will help them consistently improve themselves over the long term. My goal is to help my clients improve not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
Laura Hagglund - Yoga Instructor
Laura discovered yoga in 2009 and found it to be a great compliment to her sports and fitness routine. After several years of practicing hot power yoga, she completed her 200-hour RYT certification at The Clarity Centre with an emphasis on Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga teachings. Laura strives to lead classes that promote strong bodies, full hearts, and positive thinking. When she's not at Meraki, Laura can be found writing ads for an agency in Liberty Village, reading thriller novels, or eating gnocchi with Nonna.
Chris Elzinga - Trainer
CanFit PRO PTS, DTS Level 1, Functional Nutrition, FMT certified, DTS Running Fundamentals, CPR A
My love for fitness began in my early twenties. Growing up, I was always really skinny, until I hit puberty where I quickly ballooned up to over 300 pounds. Over the years I would try to do some cardio here and there to no effect, but it wasn't until I hired a personal trainer that I finally started to see results. He pushed me out of my comfort zone, and towards things I never thought I could do. Over the course of a year I lost 100 pounds and gained some strength, but more importantly, I learned just how good it felt to be healthy.
Since then, I have fallen in love with the gym, what you can achieve here, and how it can change your life for the better. Not only in a pure weight loss perspective, but also how it can increase your confidence, self esteem and how it can make every aspect of your life easier. So now I have dedicated my life to helping other people achieve what I have; Health, confidence and the perseverance to overcome any obstacle.