Mentor Reveal #2…

Time for another BIG reveal.
(I know, I know there have been a lot of these lately)

I am EXCITED to announce that Jackie Gravel of the one and only Fitness Fusion Studio, a lady with 20+ years of experience as a group fitness instructor, a personal trainer and a master trainer has agreed to help me train!

What a phenomenal mentor, right?

Check out her programs here!
Consider trying one of her awesome KettleBell Demo classes 
Sunday, 10:15-11:30am (You won’t be disappointed!)

#YMCAOttawa Connexion: Fitness Professional Workshop

So the adventures of becoming a group fitness instructor continues…

Today was one of those days, awesome, filled with adventure and challenges!

The day started early (yes, this isn’t unusual in our household), but I was up early for a different reason today. I attended the YMCA’s annual Fitness Connexion.

What an inspiring morning!

I got to hang out with some of the finest fitness professionals, who are all on a mission to share their healthier lifestyles and to teach others how to be able to become strong, fit and healthy. Such an empowering time!

wpid-dsc_0483.jpgMy day looked a little something like this:

  • Registered at 8:30am at the Ottawa Convention Centre
  • 9:15-11:00 – Workshop on How to work out with a step!
  • 11:15-12:30 – Workshop on Learning more about body composition as you age
  • 12:30-1:30 – Veggie Lunch and Exploring of the Fitness Expo
  • One of the best parts of the day included running into some of the individuals who taught my the in class theory parts of the program.  


  • I will never be a Step class instructor (thank goodness I am all about strength and resistance!)
  • The above point leads me to my second, I am not as “coordinated” as I originally thought I was.
  • I am IN LOVE with squats and lunges, these exercises make me feel A-Mazing.
  • I can be shy, especially in situations where I am outside of my comfort zone and in a field that is unique to my entire professional and personal background.
  • I love the energy and support like-minded fitness professionals provide each other
  • I might be become a fitness professional because I love LOVE love work out clothes (and how empowered and strong I feel! I know I know, sounds vain!)

On a bit of a tangent … 

Of course I had to shop along the way for my upcoming business meeting! (Totally off topic, but I am loving the dress selection at Victoire on Dalhousie!) Follow my instagram @mymamajourney for some fabulous pictures of my finds this week.