Active Living

Vikes Athletics and Recreation - Personal training at Vikes Active Living


Our trainers

Madison Ashcroft

Madison is currently offering limited availability.

Madison is currently a student at Camosun College completing her Bachelor’s of Athletic and Exercise Therapy, after receiving her Diploma in Exercise in Wellness in 2018. She has always had a passion for sports and keeping healthy. Growing up in Campbell River, Madison competed in a multitude of sports including soccer, basketball, track and field, karate, rugby and swimming. Now she keeps active through resistance training, Olympic lifting, biking and yoga.

Madison adores coaching and training people, not only to their fitness goals, but to also educate them on why living an active life is so important physically and mentally. She has experience working with high performance athletes, adults, elders and expecting mothers.

Training Philosophy

Exercise if a lifestyle choice and should be about balance and fun. Finding exercises and activities that each client connects with is important because that makes it an enjoyable experience and not a chore. I want to be able to help each client feel safe and comfortable in the gym instead of having GYM-timidation!

Certifications / Credentials
  • CSEP Certified Personal Trainer
  • Diploma in Exercise in Wellness from Camosun College
  • Standard First Aid CPR/AED HCP
  • HPL Wave soccer coach

Brendan Connell

Brendan is currently offering limited availability.

Brendan Graduated at the University of Victoria with his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and is now a practicing Kinesiologist and CSEP-Certified personal trainer in Victoria. Throughout his life Brendan has played many sports competitively including hockey, basketball, soccer, rugby and golf. Brendan’s passion for fitness is easily seen as he enjoys finding better ways to tailor a training program dependant on individual needs, have that be sport specific or for personal health.

Currently Brendan is an active Kinesiologist in Victoria.

Training Philosophy

Training should never feel like a chore but instead a time to work on personal growth both physically and mentally. Everyone is different, which means that finding a way to make training fun and specific is always a goal of mine. By including a science-based evidence approach I can help to make new progress while also understanding how this is affecting our bodies.

Certifications / Credentials
  • Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology (University of Victoria)
  • CSEP-CPT – Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Certified Personal Trainer including Functional Movement Testing (FMS)
  • BCAK member – British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists, practicing member
  • CKA member – Canadian Kinesiology Alliance, practicing member
  • Canadian Red Cross - Standard First Aid and CPR-C

Monica Elliott

Monica is currently offering limited availability.

Monica is currently unavailble.

Monica has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and works full time in a protein chemistry lab. She has been involved in the fitness industry for the past ten years and enjoys personal training because she loves watching people reach their goals and physically accomplish things that they never thought possible. Training with Monica is like having your own cheerleader, she will motivate you through every single exercise! Monica strives to deliver the safest and most efficient workout with her clients. She stays up to date with her fitness knowledge and training techniques by taking courses and regularly attending fitness conferences, including an annual trip to the World Fitness Conference.

Training Philosophy

Being active changes your life and it is never too late to start. Exercise improves your immune system keeping you from getting sick and it also releases endorphins so that you always feel really good afterwards.

"When you feel good about yourself, you can do anything!"

Certifications / Credentials
  • BCRPA Group Fitness Instructor
  • BCRPA Personal Trainer
  • Nutrition Specialist

Greg Foster


Greg is currently a student at Camosun College completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology, after receiving a Diploma in Exercise in Wellness in 2019. He has over 12 years experience in martial arts and holds a third-degree black belt in karate. Greg is passionate about inclusivity, development of the body and mind, and living life with enthusiasm and purpose.

Training Philosophy

Fitness is a lifelong journey, and every person’s path is different. I want to help people thrive for life, in a fun, empowering, and inclusive environment that brings out the best in them.

Certifications / Credentials
  • CSEP Certified Personal Trainer
  • Diploma in Exercise & Wellness from Camosun College
  • Standard First Aid CPR/AED

Max Goodwin

Max is currently offering limited availability.

Max Goodwin is a student at the university of Victoria in the Bcom program. Before starting his degree he took a gap year to pursue his goals of becoming a personal training. In doing so he completed a two month intensive personal training course at info fit to provide next level training, and passed his ACE personal trainer exam. Max has been involved in many sports including basketball, football, soccer, weight training and 18 years of martial arts and boxing including martial arts coaching experience.

Training Philosophy

Although it would be amazing if training was always enjoyable the reality is that it is sometimes tough and the last thing you want to do. However, I do not believe this is a bad thing, because all the best things in life come with hard work. Luckily, there are ways of making training more enjoyable, and one of those ways is with specific tailored programs for each individual. My training philosophy is centered around the idea that training can be made much more enjoyable and much more affective when the program is made specifically and carefully for each individual.

Certifications / Credentials
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer
  • Info fit graduate

Chris Graham


Chris has a Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership degree from Camosun College and is a certified personal trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists. He is a research assistant in a kinesiology lab at UVic and will be starting a masters degree in the fall. As a paddling coach and personal trainer, Chris has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals from children to seniors, including competitive athletes and people living with chronic health conditions. As a teenager, he developed his interest in fitness through competitive paddling, hiking and weightlifting.

Training Philosophy

I have a passionate belief in the importance of strength training as a key component to long-term health for everyone. Whether you are 18 or 80, a lifelong athlete or a complete beginner, I believe there is a place for you in the gym and I aim to give you the skills and confidence to achieve your goals. Many people underestimate their capabilities, but with support and training they can achieve much more than they thought.

Certifications / Credentials
  • Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership Camosun College
  • CSEP Certified Personal Trainer
  • Entry Level Competitive Coach Canoe Kayak Canada
  • Standard First Aid CPR/C

Mariana Jimenez

Mariana is currently offering limited availability.

Mariana (she/her) is a fourth year kinesiology student, aspiring doctor, and self-development podcast host. She has participated in competitive sports her whole life, most notably track and gymnastics, and began taking up the gym seriously in 2017 when she realized the benefits of weight training for lifelong health and performance. It was in the gym that Mariana found her passion for fitness. Mariana immigrated to Canada from Mexico in 2006, where recreational fitness is not very accessible and thus, physical health was not something she was used to seeing people be invested in often. This experience further led her to choosing medicine as her career path, the podcast world, and now personal training, where her mission is to increase conversation around achieving holistic health. Her goal is to help more people reap the benefits of exercise not just training for the body, but for the mind as well for lifelong physical, emotional, and mental resilience.

Training Philosophy

Health is so much more than what you look like—it’s largely how you FEEL on the inside as well! This requires commitment, self-discovery and effective goal-setting, and it can feel very daunting when the fitness industry throws so much conflicting information at us. My goal is not just to help you find your passion for fitness, but to meet you at the space between your decision to begin your training and you actually starting. It’s in this middle ground where there is the most room for quitting because of self-doubt, but my goal is to help you see past your limits towards your capabilities, and help you gain confidence to become a better, more fulfilled version of yourself.

Certifications / Credentials
  • CSEP Certified Personal Trainer
  • Level C First Aid and CPR/AED
  • High 5 Physical Literacy Certification

Mark Kopij


Mark is a first year graduate student at the University of Victoria who recently moved from Ontario and is new to British Columbia. Growing up Mark always enjoyed being active, exercising and competed in multiple sports. Now he continues to stay active through playing sports, working out and exploring the island. He has been working as a strength and conditioning coach for the past few years. Mark has worked with clients from all ages and skill levels comprising nearly every sport including professional athletes.

Training Philosophy

What is your passion! I believe that exercise is individualized and finding out what really motivates a person is the key to finding out how to pursue training.

Certifications / Credentials
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology -Brock University
  • Master of Education (Coaching Studies)-University of Victoria
  • CSEP- Clinical Exercise Physiologist/ High performance Specialist
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C

Johnson Nguyen

Johnson is currently offering limited availability.

As captain of his High school football team, Johnson realized his passion for fitness when he was the recipient of the aptly named “Mr. Weight Room” award for two consecutive years. What started out as a hobby to supplement his ability on the football field has since become a lifelong journey to add pounds on the barbell. Studying Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies, Johnson has always been involved with sports and athletics, most recently powerlifting competitively for 3 years. Johnson uses his knowledge and first-hand experience to coach others to instill confidence in themselves to make gains in their own fitness journey.

Training Philosophy

My responsibility as a coach is to provide you with the tools to make you a better lifter. Everyone can reach their fitness goals, as long as they are willing to put in the effort. Everyday is an opportunity to get better.

Certifications / Credentials
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Kieran Phillips

Kieran is currently offering limited availability.

Kieran is in his final year of his Bachelors of Kinesiology at UVic with a special focus in research and athletic performance. Growing up, Kieran played many sports including rugby and Aussie rules football, but 8 years ago, his passion for fitness was really sparked in the weight room, because of how accessible it could be to people like himself with different ability levels or confidence. Now Kieran also volunteers as an assistant strength and conditioning coach to several Vikes teams, and in his spare time, Kieran is beginning an exciting new journey in competitive Olympic Weightlifting.

Training Philosophy

My goal in fitness education, whether it’s research, coaching, or training, is to encourage people to become the best version of themselves that they can. Of course, this will look different for everyone, whether your goals are health, confidence, or performance. But it’s my passion to provide you with whatever tools and knowledge that you need to not only reach those goals, but help you to continually improve into the future!

Certifications / Credentials
  • CSEP - CPT
  • NCCP - Olympic Weightlifting Introduction
  • NCCP - Safe Sport Training
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C

Amy Smith

Amy is currently offering limited availability.

Amy is a 4th year kinesiology student at the University of Victoria. Her passion for fitness that began when she was 13 years old led her to become a CSEP certified personal trainer and spin / group fitness instructor. Additionally, she volunteers with several Vikes athletes and teams as a shadow in the strength & conditioning program. In her spare time, Amy enjoys a wide variety of activities, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, powerlifting, and alpine skiing.

Training Philosophy

Physical training has the power to transform and improve every aspect of your life—body, mind, and soul. My job as a trainer is to give you the resources to lift and move well, improving confidence and self-efficacy in the gym. I believe in a no-nonsense approach to training, prioritizing movement quality and program consistency. I can also help you work towards specific performance goals, such as cross-training for a sport or competition. Regardless of how or why you move, training should leave you feeling empowered and unshakable—I want to help you achieve that feeling.

Certifications / Credentials
  • Standard First Aid/CPR Level C/AED

Renee Walrafen

Renee is currently offering Virtual Training only.

Renee Walrafen has a deep passion for fitness and healthy lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition has truly transformed her life, helping her heal from very serious ailments that troubled her youth and early adulthood.

Renee whole heartedly enjoys the broad spectrum that fitness has to offer. She has completed many 10km runs, two half marathons, two Olympic distance triathlons, and one full marathon. She also completed a year and a half of body building. She enjoys intense aerobic, circuit, bootcamp, and kickboxing style training. On the other end of the spectrum, Renee finds flexibility and happiness from practising and teaching Yoga, Pilates and Meditation.

Renee’s passion for fitness is tangible as an instructor and trainer. Renee leads through passion, creativity, and deep encouragement and gains personal fulfillment from inspiring each individual towards a healthy and rich experience of life.

Training Philosophy

Training should be fun, sustainable, and goal oriented! It encompasses the time you spend in the gym and the movements your body and mind go through the rest of the day! Training is one aspect of leading the kind of life that you want! Whatever your goals are, I can help you achieve them!

Certifications / Credentials
  • FA and MA
  • Advanced Exercise Nutrition
  • BCRPA Fitness Theory, Weight Room, Personal Training, Group Fitness
  • ICE, Indoor Cycling Experience
  • Pre- and Post-Natal Workshop
  • Agama Yoga Level 1
  • EZ Weight Loss and Nutrition 1 and 2
  • Pound Professional Training Program
  • Aquafit Fitness Instructor Module
  • TRX Suspension Training Course
  • Personal Training Assessment Workshop
  • dotFIT Certification Course
  • Goal Setting Workshop
  • First Aid and CPR C