Who We Are

Who We Are

A professional organization of passionate, trained instructors wanting to help lead and motivate individuals on their fitness journeys.

Missions Statement

We don’t just change the scale…we change lives.

Awards

2021 Fitness Instructor or the Year (Kyra)
2021 Yoga Instructor of the Year (Allison)
2020 People’s Choice
2020 MJBex nominee for Marketing
2020 RBC Nominee for Women of Influence
2019 Community Involvement Of The Year
2019 PRISM Award Winner
2019 Group of the Year Nominee
2019 RBC Woman Of Influence Nominee
2018 Entrepreneur Of The Year
2018 Fitness Instructor Of The Year

Class Levels

Level 1: These classes are designed for people starting their fitness journeys or used as a pairing with an L2 or L3 class. They can easily be modified, and are designed to help train your body to get to the next level in our training and stamina.

Level 2: These classes are intermediate classes. They will work you cardiovascular system and muscles at peak performance. L2 classes are deigned for individuals that have a regular and consistent fitness regime and exercise 3-5 times a week.

Level 3: Working at 75-100% capacity for most of the class. Designed for individuals that want the most out of one stand alone workout. The trainers will give exercises that challenge and push their participants. Modifications can be given but you will be encouraged to work at your maximum level.

DFWK Core & Values

  • Bring your best everyday.
  • Build a positive team environment
  • Be confident, yet humble.
  • Pursue continual learning and growth
  • Embrace and drive positive change.
  • If it isn’t fun, it doesn’t get done…make it fun.
  • Passion is contagious; pay it forward.
  • Build strong relationships through transparency and honesty.
  • Treat people with respect, compassion and kindness.
  • Lead by example.

Partnerships

supplement kin logo
freshii logo
the canadian brewhouse logo
fabutan logo
ellens on main logo
tiber river logo

Meet The Trainers

Kyra Klassen

Kyra Klassen

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Fitness Education: 

  • SPRA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Dance 2Fit Master Trainer
  • Zumba
  • Zumba Gold
  • Nutrition 100
  • Mobility and Stability Lower Back Specialist
  • Bootcamp Essentials
  • Created of DFWK and Dance Fitness

Passions: 

  • Faith  
  • Family  
  • Fitness: I absolutely love leading and motivating others in their fitness journeys! It’s a true passion that feeds my soul!  

Favorite Activities: 

Anything that involves being with my friends and family.  

I love to travel anywhere the wind takes me, but my favorite destinations would be the mountains and any beach!  

Favorite Food:  

Any meal that I can share with family and friends. But I love me a good Earls meal and any type of carbonated, sugar free drinks!  

Abigail Mitchell

Abigail Mitchell

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Fitness Education: 

SPRA certified group fitness instructor 

  • Exercise Theory 
  • Total Body Conditioning  

Additional certifications (through SPRA) 

  • Step & Choreography 
  • Barre Above  

Passion: 

Faith, people, travel, food, performing arts, and igniting the extraordinary in others to believe in their highest potential. 

Favourite Activity: 

Anything involving people!! I love trying new things and seeing new places.  

(I also love to daaaaaaance!) 

Favourite Food: 

Possibly one of the most difficult questions to answer. Top of the list: sushi, Indian cuisine, Christmas party hor d’oeuvres, and anything from a French bakery. 

Cindy Keens

Cindy Keens

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Fitness Education: 

  • SPRA certified: Group Theory, Strength/Exercise & Cycling
  • Certification Mossa Group Centergy
  • Certified TRX Group Suspension Training

Passion:

Motivating through fitness 

Favorite Activity:

Hanging with family & friends & Shopping!!!! 

Favorite Food:

Home cooked Turkey dinner with all trimmings 

 Stacia Whelan

Stacia Whelan

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  • Fitness Education 10 year group fitness participant and life long fitness enthusiast
    PASSION:
  • Human connection in all forms. I love connecting with people through work, fitness and photography. 
    FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES:
  • Long walks with my dogs, road trips, swimming, drinking tea, listening to podcasts
    FAVOURITE FOOD:
  • Spicy palak paneer with garlic naan
Jenna Larochelle 

Jenna Larochelle 

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Fitness Education: 

  • Dance2fit Trainer 

  • Working towards SPRA Group Fitness Instructor  

Passion: 

  • My family
  • Crafting and building. I love creating something out of nothing and sharing my creations with people around me. 
  • Fitness! 

Favorite Activities:

  • Bike riding with my family, 
  • Swimming 
  • Dancing

Favorite Food: 

If I have to pick just 1 food as a favorite it is definitely garlic bread

Nancy Lajoie

Nancy Lajoie

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Coming soon!

Allison Myers

Allison Myers

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Fitness Education:

200 hr Yoga Fundamentals Teacher Training 

Passion:

Sharing in the beauty that is Yoga!

Favourite Activity:

Allison loves travelling and spending time with her family!

Favourite food:

Steak on the grill!

Sue Utley

Sue Utley

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  • FITNESS Education
  • Certified yoga instructor
  • Certified flexibility coach
  • Certified Emotion Code Practitioner

PASSIONS:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Nature
  • Helping others experience the joy of movement and breath work

FAVORITE ACTIVITY:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Being in nature
  • Creating; painting, poetry and listening to music
  • Witnessing people learn, heal and flourish
Brittany Bay

Brittany Bay

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  • Kids Coordinator 
Fitness Education:
  •  Soon to be a certified Kundalini Warrior 200 hour        yoga teacher – Yoga Alliance Approved

    Additional Certifications:

  •    Bachelors of Social work Degree
    Passion:
  •   #1 is Family
  •    Being Social and meeting new people
  •    Using yoga to help people work through their mental health and anxieties

    Favorite Activity:
  • Travelling the world and learning through culture
  •  Any spontaneous adventure with the family
  •  Broadway shows!

    Favorite Food:
  • This is a tough one…But I love a good Stir fry it has a little of everything in it
Char Schoffer

Char Schoffer

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Fitness Education:
  • Ymca  Certification
  • Group Theory-Anatomy & Physiology
  • Strength/ Exercise Group Fitness
  • Certified Trx Suspension Training
  • Mossa Certified;
  • Group Core
  • Group Power
  • Group Centergy
  • Schwinn Spin instructor
    PASSION:
  • Making a difference matters to me; I love to motivate and inspire others in their fitness journey!  I am very passionate about skin care and have formulated an organic skin & body line.
    FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES:
  • Family, friends, fitness, Mexico
    FAVOURITE FOOD
  • The Keg, Filet Mignon with twice baked potatoes
Laurie Gunn

Laurie Gunn

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  • Social Media Director
  • Laurie has been a member of The Strong Studio for almost 2 years now. Her own personal fitness journey started when she joined our first Top Dropper. Since then she has been dedicated to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle which has resulted in her losing over 100 pounds!
  • Social Media Coordinator for The Strong Studio.
  • Passion:
    • My family
    • My journey of living a healthy lifestyle, and motivating others to reach their own goals.
    Favourite Activities:
    • Spending time with family and friends.
    • I love cooking and baking!
    • Going for long walks, watching movies, and camping.
    Favourite food:

    Pizza!!!

Brett Mitchell

Brett Mitchell

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Fitness Education:

Graduated with honours from Alberta College of Massage Therapy

RMT registered with MTAS and CMMOTA. 

Passion:

Assisting people in their health and wellness journeys by providing quality massage services to help people recover and heal.  

Favourite Activity:

Reading novels and watching Netflix with my wife. 

Favourite food:

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