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Our trainers

Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Madison Ashcroft

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
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Christine Bonneau

Christine Bonneau


Christine graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education. She participated in many sports growing up and transitioned into strength training in high school. She believes that movement should be life long and wants to help you move with intention and crush your goals. Christine helps people of all ages to form healthy habits that create sustainable change.

Christine understands that the fitness world can be overwhelming. There is so much information (and misinformation) at your fingertips. She will help you navigate where to start, and how to progress in your fitness journey, while leaving the myths and mistakes in the dust.

Training Philosophy

Training with Christine will make you feel capable and strong—regardless of ability. She understands that health looks different on every single person. Christine’s main goal is to help clients find fun and challenging ways to move and progress.

Certifications / Credentials
  • ATSI – CPR & AED
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Brendan Connell

Brendan Connell


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
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Monica Elliott

Monica Elliott

Monica is currently offering limited availability.

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
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Greg Foster

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
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Max Goodwin

Max Goodwin


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
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Kim Hawker

Kim Hawker


Come work with Kim if you are looking to Define You. With a Bachelors of Athletic and Exercise Therapy, certifications as Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Athletic Therapist, and a decade of experience guiding High Performance Athletes & Health or Rehabilitation focused individuals to success; Kim will have you mastering technique and achieving goals in no time.


  • Sport performance goals
  • Body building and/or composition change
  • Introduction to resistance training

Training Philosophy

Love what you do and do it well. All health / fitness / performance goals come down to you; consistency, effort and time. Then comes the excitement of seeing what you are capable of doing!

Certifications / Credentials
  • NSCA CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CATA: Certified Athletic Therapist
  • Canadian Red Cross: First Responder
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Mark Kopij

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
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Fraser Macrae

Fraser Macrae

Fraser is currently offering limited availability.

Fraser is a fourth year BSc Biology student who recently transferred to UVic eyeing a switch over to Kinesiology. He has been working as a Personal Trainer for over a year, and has spent the majority of his time training in northern British Columbia. Fraser has worked with a competitive speed swimming club and a synchronized swimming club as a strength and conditioning coach, but also enjoys working with clients of all experience levels.

Training Philosophy

Every time you step into the gym is an opportunity to better yourself. Functional training is a means by which to elevate a client’s standards. Quality of training is always at the front of Fraser’s mind, ensuring lifts are performed precisely to maximize benefit. Through programming and execution, Fraser can help you attain your goals.

Certifications / Credentials
  • Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals – Personal Training Specialist
  • British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association – Fitness Theory Certificate
  • Lifesaving Society – Standard First Aid/CPR-C/AED
  • Additional coursework in assessments for sport and athletic performance
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Dima Maksymiv

Dima Maksymiv


Dima was born and raised in Ukraine. From a young age, Dima has always been very active. Throughout his life, his passion was towards all kinds of sports and he had a dream to become a great professional in fitness and health. Dima competed in soccer, basketball, volleyball and cadets military training during his school years. He also participated in boxing and did kettle bell training, power lifting at his university back home.

Dima played high-performance soccer for over ten years in Ukraine. Following an injury, he was faced with the reality that he would need to find a new career path. This led him to Canada and into schooling for sport and exercise. Dima completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness and Leadership (BSFL) in April 2021, and recently received his BCAK certification. Now, Dima looks forward to combining his passion for fitness and activity with the knowledge and competency he gained through his education to explore a career in personal training and kinesiology.

Currently, Dima is a member of the Lakehill Soccer Association and head coach of the U16 boys, and is working on his soccer C-license with the National Coaching Certification Program. He is eager to work with people with different levels of fitness and backgrounds. Dima believes that through hard work, dedication, discipline, and the right mindset, any person can reach their goals and conquer mountains.

Training Philosophy

Don't be afraid to start new things and make mistakes because if you sit and wait, nothing will change. Move every day, discipline yourself, work hard, and it will pay off. Always plan ahead and start doing things slowly and comfortably. A strong foundation is the key to a strong, healthy life. Be fair to yourself and your goal. Find your barriers and you will find a way to work through them. Every person is different in their genes and body development, so listen to what your body tells you so that you can do what is truly best for you.

Certifications / Credentials
  • BSFL Degree - Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership
  • BCAK - British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists, practicing member
  • Canadian Red Cross - Standard First Aid and CPR-C
  • Safe Sport Training
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Correina McNeice

Correina McNeice


Correina is a CSEP Certified personal trainer, and soon to be Kinesiologist. She is a Camosun College student finishing her Sport and Fitness degree. With her passion for health and fitness, her next steps include becoming a registered massage therapist. She is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Camosun Chargers women's volleyball team, as well as a veteran player. She has experience working with all different kinds. From those whose goals range from elite athletic pursuits to general health and fitness. Correina will use her extensive education and personal training experience to guide you towards your fitness goals.

Training Philosophy

The health and fitness world can be deceiving, and I want to be the person to help guide you through it. As your personal trainer I aim to be your trusted source to reliable information and science based methods to help you reach your goals!

Certifications / Credentials
  • First Aid
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Emily Michalchuk

Emily Michalchuk


Emily is currently studying at Camosun College and pursuing her Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy. Through her schooling, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals, including young adults and varsity athletes.

Emily’s true passion for fitness didn’t start until high school. Since then, she has made health and fitness an integral part of her life. She grew up participating in soccer, fastpitch, karate, and rugby. She currently enjoys playing rugby, strength training, and Olympic weightlifting. She believes in hard work, learning, and, most of all, making fitness fun!

Training Philosophy

It’s okay if you’re not the strongest or fittest individual around! I believe that everyone is capable of amazing things and I am here to help you discover your true potential. Fitness should be fun and accessible to everyone, no matter what their abilities are.

Certifications / Credentials
  • CSEP – Certified Personal Trainer
  • First Responder & CPR – BLS Certification
  • Safe Sport Training
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Johnson Nguyen

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
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Kayla Nguyen

Kayla Nguyen


Kayla’s journey with fitness began about 5 years ago where she found herself at home in the gym every day as a place to better herself physically and mentally. Throughout the following years, her interest and passion for fitness has grown significantly and she realized she wanted to be able to learn more about it and be able to share it with others! Kayla currently studies music at the University of Victoria and plays the piano. Previously, she has been involved with various active living communities in Calgary such as the UC Lifting Club as well as being a youth sport camp coordinator. Kayla enjoys staying active through her strength training and might hope to compete someday for Women’s Physique in bodybuilding. Aside from weight lifting, Kayla also enjoys activities such as dancing, swimming, soccer, boxing, hiking and yoga.

Training Philosophy

There’s nothing that brings me more joy than to help someone through a journey that will provide them with experiences of feeling more confident, strong and happy. Regardless of your goal, I want to help you achieve greatness and be able to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle that you are proud of!

Certifications / Credentials
  • Canfitpro - Personal Training Specialist
  • Alberta National Coaching Certification Program - FMS - Coach Professional Development (Multi-Sport Module)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Sara Paziraei

Sara Paziraei


Sara has always been involved in physical activities and sports. She earned her black belt in Karate when she was 19 and taught Karate for over 10 years. Her love for exercise changed her life’s path, and after finishing her undergrad in Chemistry, she continued her studies in Kinesiology, she obtained her master's degree from the University of Victoria. She is a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor. Sara helps her clients to achieve their fitness goals while educating them about their healthy lifestyles. She has experience working with people with back and knee injuries.

Training Philosophy

Certifications / Credentials
  • MSc. Kinesiology
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Pilates instructor
  • Certified Karate instructor
  • Certified Corrective Exercise program designer
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C
Vikes Active Living personal trainer: Renee Walrafen

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