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Personal Trainers

Personal Trainers

Increase your fitness level and see results with a personalized program designed to help you reach your goals.

Meet the SJCC Fitness Trainers and scroll down for Personal Training programs and fees

Contact Health & Wellness Manager Carla Gencher (613) 798-9818 ext. 278, to book your personal training session.

➢ Fees

Meet our Trainers

Ryan Armitage

Throughout my 15+ years fitness career, I have educated myself through experience in many different areas, including training young athletes preparing for combines and university sports and working with people of all ages and abilities. My passion, and where I have devoted much of my expertise over the past few years, is working with people with disabilities and special needs.

My work in this area lead to articles in the Ottawa Citizen; I was named Canada’s Everyday Hero by CTV National and earned the Algonquin College Alumni Changing Lives Award. This recognition inspired me to further my education and to speak to various groups about fitness for special populations.

Whatever your background or fitness goals; if you are looking for motivation, want to work hard, and most importantly, HAVE FUN, then I look forward to training with you.

  • Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma- Algonquin College
  • CanFit Pro PTS
  • Sports Performance Institute (SPI)- Master Trainer
  • Numerous continuing education courses in Special Populations/Adaptive fitness for those with disabilities


  • Canada’s Everyday Hero – CTV National News
  • Algonquin College Alumni Changing Lives Award
  • Rotary International Community Service award

Dalia Ben-Shoshan

With my knowledge in the Health Sciences sector, as well as my experience as a personal trainer, I can provide my clients with various exercises, accommodated to their needs, that will provide them with effective results. I like to change up the routines I give to my clients from time to time, in order to maintain a slight challenge and to keep things interesting.

My goal is to make exercise an enjoyable experience rather than something one must do in order to stay healthy. If you’re ready to have fun and get fit at the same time, I am the right trainer for you!

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, certificate from University of Bar Ilan
  • Personal trainer certificate
  • Tabata Bootcamp training certificate
  • Spinning Cyclist certificate

Chris Deschamps

Sports and exercise have always been a huge part of my life. Growing up, hockey was my passion, and playing four years of junior hockey allowed me to explore fitness as a way to improve my health off the ice, and performance on the ice. Researching the importance of exercise and nutrition and how they can improve one’s quality of life took over as my new passion.

I create personalized programs focused on longevity, reinforcement of proper form and technique, and continuous progression towards their goals. Consistency is essential and my programs are enjoyable, safe, and efficient.

My goal is to help clients; including those with injuries, ailments, or disabilities, become more functional in their day-to-day lives.


“After six long months, I am delighted to be back training with Chris Deschamps at the the JCC fitness centre. As well as being professionally qualified and technically proficient, Chris has the gift of knowing just which exercises and machines are most appropriate for his client for that particular day – which muscle groups need working and just how hard he can push you. After only four sessions, I have regained all the progress I had made pre-covid and am looking forward to continuing to work toward achieving my fitness goals.  Thanks Chris!”


“Chris’ safe, sustainable, efficient methodology is quite simply second to none.  There are lots of ways to “get in shape” but if you want something you can stick to, injury free for decades, in the least time, with maximum results, Chris is among the best!” 


 “As a chiropractor, I was looking for a trainer that I could refer for safe and effective strength training to help improve health outcomes for my patients. Chris does a great job in getting my patients to love strength training and they love him because he gets great results in a short time. Thanks Chris!!!”  



  • Algonquin College-Diploma in Health & Fitness Promotion
  • Certified Personal Trainer: Sports Performance Institute Level III-Training for Competitive Sport
  • Certified Personal Trainer: Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
  • Standard First Aid + Level ‘C’ CPR + AED-St. John Ambulance

Julie Fine

Everyone wants better health. Life is to be lived in the real world, not a perfect one. The journey is not a straight line. Clients know what they want, but not always what they need to get there!

I believe if you don’t have mobility, balance and consistently good habits i.e. exercising, eating, sleeping, relaxing; you won’t have better health. Whether you are focussing on a better you, about to have surgery, or have just finished rehab; an individualized, safe exercise program is essential. My job is to assist you in achieving your goals of strength and mobility, and in enjoying more of what life has to offer.

  • Personal Trainer 20+yrs
  • Spin Fit Instructor
  • Urban Poling Instructor
  • Ottawa Heart Institute HEARTWISE certified
  • Standard First Aid + Level ‘C’ CPR + AEDheartwise_certified


Max Labovitch

My goal as your personal trainer is to not just give you a workout plan but actually be able to make a difference for you and to help attain your dream goals. Making changes doesn’t have to be that hard with some help and that’s what I hope to achieve. Mentally and physically, internally and externally fitness provides that improvement all around.

Sports have always been a major part of my life, from playing competitive baseball, volleyball, and football. I started working out at the JCC at the age of 12, and ever since then, I knew I wanted to be a Personal Trainer due to the environment and the people.

I attended Algonquin College for Fitness and Health Promotions with a Canfitpro certification. Throughout this process, I have learned so many unique techniques to help you from plateauing while keeping it fun and active. In high school I did 3 years of a CO-OP placement working at the fitness centre, so you may have seen me around here before!

  • Algonquin College Fitness and Health Promotion – Diploma
  • CanFitPro personal training Certification
  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Group fitness Instructor

personal_trainer_daniel_larabieDaniel Larabie

With over 21 years in the health and fitness industry, Daniel has become a locally recognized exercise theorist and a sought after fitness educator/mentor by clients as well as many fitness professionals. Promoting “Proactive Health Care” as opposed to personal training, he has created a loyal and growing clientele. Dan conveys technical knowledge in a way that is both highly informative yet easy to learn.

  • Extensive knowledgeable in all areas of health & fitness
  • Learn the “whys” on strength training and wellness protocols
  • Time management – receive the most return on investment with your exercise regimes
  • Learn safe, rational, and results-oriented low force strength training protocols where progress can be easily quantified
  • Over 21 years experience in the industry educating clients and mentoring fellow fitness professionals
  • Learn the fallacies/myths of fitness & nutrition and how to avoid them
  • Extensive background in orthomolecular nutrition
    • BSc. Kinesiology – York University
    • Fitness Educator/Mentor
    • Exercise Theorist
    • Exercise Clinician – I.A.R.T.
    • Personal Trainer Specialist – Can-Fit-Pro
    • Personal Trainer – A.C.E.
    • Fitness and Nutrition Consultant Diploma – I.C.S.
    • Nutrition Consultant – A.F.P.A.
    • CPR (Level C), AED, First Aid – Red Cross

Nick McGunigal nick_m

As an athlete, I have always had an interest in fitness and physical health. Since joining the fitness industry, I have learned that everyone is different so a client-centered approach is a must for a full workout regimen. With my education and certifications, I deliver a client-centered approach in a manner that is both effective and efficient for all. I provide you a workout regimen that focuses on improving cardiovascular and muscular fitness and will also help increase your overall quality of life.

Regular exercise can be hard to maintain, so I keep a flexible schedule for my clients. I believe a workout regimen must be challenge and engage. Together, we will figure out what you find enjoyable and implement that into your training. With a bit of effort, we will reach your goals!

  • Secondary Education: 2-year diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion –Algonquin College
  • Certified Personal Trainer: Masters Certificate – Sport Performance Institute
  • Instructor for various Group Fitness classes
  • Standard First-Aid and CPR

personal_trainer_gloria_schwartzGloria Schwartz

I’m passionate about helping people of all ages and abilities optimize their fitness, health and quality of life.

I understand the challenges of change. I used to be overweight, sedentary, unfit and anxious about my poor health. I modified my lifestyle and improved my fitness, weight and body composition; most importantly, I slowed the progression of chronic disease.

After transforming myself, I became a personal trainer so I could help others improve their lives, and then I became a fitness columnist, author and motivational speaker in order to inspire and educate people beyond the bricks and mortar of the gym. When I’m not training clients or writing, I enjoy strength training and running half marathons.

I offer a results-oriented, fun, varied, safe and efficient workout tailored to your specific goals and health issues. As a certified fitness kickboxing instructor, I also offer the value-added option of confidence-boosting kickboxing drills. I’m here to motivate and coach you so you can achieve your personal best.


Gloria, Thank you for your positive impact on my well-being for the last (nearly) six years. I appreciate your sensitivity to my unique needs, your creativity in introducing a variety of different activities during my workouts, your consistent encouragement, and the laughs and good conversation during our time together.  I’m looking forward to many more years together.

– Susan G.

Gloria, I appreciate that you keep me on track with my fitness goals and you don’t try to push me farther than I want to go. You encourage me and help me and congratulate me on my successes and you don’t make me feel guilty if my goals are modest. I am in MUCH better shape than last year at this time and I feel great. Thanks for helping me!

– Diane K.

Gloria, there are many positive thoughts I have that I want to say to you but we can be sitting here all day. But here are a few highlights of training with you. You are a very encouraging and uplifting person. You are very motivational and know how to give good advice. I appreciate it deeply. Any time I feel like giving up, your wise words ground me and motivate me to move on. I tell myself that quitting is not an option and that I need to move on. I’m very grateful to have such a wonderful motivational trainer like you. 

– Nina A.


  • Certified Personal Trainer – Can-Fit-Pro
  • Certified Fitness Kickboxing Instructor – Fitness Kickboxing Canada heartwise_certified
  • Certified in CPR/AED
  • B.A. Psychology – McGill University
  • M.A. Educational Technology – Concordia University
  • Completed Ottawa Heart Institute’s Heart Wise workshop
  • Completed Human Kinetics Exercise and Sports Psychology course
  • Seniors’ chair fitness instructor and substitute instructor for Vitality Plus, PowerPump, Bootcamp, Cardio Kickboxing classes
  • Fitness columnist for the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
  • Motivational Speaker on fitness, health and lifestyle topics
  • Author of the book Personal Best: Train Your Brain and Transform Your Body for Life 



Debora Sloanpersonal_trainer_deb

Living with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 12, healthy living and nutrition management are part of my daily life. I practice what I preach and set out to motivate my clients to find healthy solutions.

I have been active for over 20 years and am empowered by looking and feeling strong. My own personal sport and fitness experience is varied, ranging from high school soccer, competitive swimming, weight lifting, boxing, running, yoga, and Crossfit training. I love to bring elements of all of these sports into my classes and coaching.

As a Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer, and Crossfit Level 1 Certified Coach, I combine high-intensity functional fitness, mobility exercises, and traditional weight lifting movements to provide a well-rounded and ever-changing fitness regimen. I am committed and creative when it comes to modifying exercises to suit personal goals, injuries, and fitness levels and am a stickler for proper form. I help my clients get lasting results by arming them with the most up-to-date information on fuelling for health and performance. I have clinical experience in the management and prevention of nutrition-related diseases, specializing in sports nutrition, diabetes and exercise, and weight management.

I provide each client with a fun and energizing experience that never gets repetitive or boring!

  • CPR C/AED 2016
  • Sport Nutrition Certification (Dietitians of Canada) 2015
  • Crossfit Level 1 Certified (2014)
  • Registered Dietitian (College of Dietitians of Ontario) 2013
  • Clinical dietetic internship (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre) 2013
  • BSc. Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Western, Brescia College) 2012
  • Personal Trainer Specialist (Canfit Pro) 2010
  • BAH Art History and Sociology (Queen’s University) 2000

Personal Trainer Programs and Fees

1 session $65
4 sessions $248
8 sessions $472
12 sessions $660
Shared Session (2 people) $80
Shared Session (3 people) $115
Off-Site Session $80

Please note: To cancel a Personal Training session, please contact your trainer directly at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment or you will be charged for the missed session.