Fitness Training and Nutrition

Stay on track with your personal health and fitness goals with one on one coaching.

Whether you need help from a Certified Personal Trainer or Dietitian, you can count on our consultants to help you achieve the results you are looking for!

Register for all Fitness and Nutrition Services

North Campus:

In-person: Customer Service Centre (1-213 Van Vliet Complex)
By Phone: 780-492-2231

Saville Community Sports Centre:

In-person: Customer Service Desk
By Phone: 780-492-1000

Online Personal Training and Nutrition Services:

Virtual Service Some of our services are also available in a virtual format. Virtual offerings are discounted 15% from the printed costs. Please contact devon.kippen@ualberta.ca for any virtual service requests.


THINGS TO KNOW

What is the University staff and Graduate student personal benefits program?
If you are eligible as a University of Alberta staff member or graduate student, you can receive
two hours of personal training and nutrition services. These services are part of your health
benefits through Homewood Health. To find out more information call 1.800.663.1142
How do I get started?
Fitness packages, Individual and semi-private fitness training can be purchased at our customer
service centres. Visit in person or call 780-492-1000.
What if I can’t make my session?
To cancel your personal training session we require the courtesy of 24 hours notice so that we
can ensure we are able to reschedule your session for your convenience.
I’ve paid my fees and I am ready to get started, what do I do now?
Please allow us up to 5 business days to get you set up with a Certified Personal Trainer. We
want to ensure you are happy and will aim to match you with the most suitable trainer for your
needs and goals.
I’d like to take a break from my personal training sessions to train on my own, how long do I have before my sessions expire?

All Individual and Semi-private Fitness training sessions expire 1 year after the purchase date.
Special considerations may be made on an individual case basis if medical considerations
apply.

*Please Note: Refunds will not be granted for any packages or personal training services after
the second session has been completed

Individual Fitness Training and Nutrition

Virtual Service Personalized Fitness Training

Get one-on-one attention with a Certified Personal Trainer. Focus on specific exercise techniques and customized program progression to help you achieve your fitness and health goals.

  • Sessions are based on the individual's goals and suitable for all exercise levels
  • A customized approach to assessment and exercise prescription for continuous results
Recreation Guide Fall 2020 Personal Training and Nutrition Services
Hours / Package U of A Student U of A Staff / Monthly Member Public
3 HOURS $135 $162 $183
5 HOURS $225 $270 $305
10 HOURS $400 $480 $540

Get Started Fitness Assessment

Whether you are new to fitness training or just coming back from a long hiatus, this session is
perfect for getting you back on track.

  • In this 90 minute session, a Certified Personal Trainer will help you identify your goals, take you through a basic fitness assessment, and get you orientated to our fitness centre.

Cost U of A Student $75 / U of A Staff & Member* $90 / Public $100


Fitness Fundamentals

Suitable for the beginner exerciser or individuals looking to learn new workout skills and
techniques.

  • 1-hour consultation, goal setting session and fitness centre orientation
  • 1-hour follow-up session with guided exercise instruction

Cost U of A Student $108 / U of A Staff & Member* $120 / Public $134


Virtual Service Complete Program Design

Our Certified Personal Trainer will build you a comprehensive and individualized fitness plan that will help support your individual fitness goals.

  • 1-hour consultation and assessment
  • 90-minute exercise technique and program delivery session

Cost U of A Student $157.50 / U of A Staff & Member* $189 / Public $212


Program Tune-Up

Need help with making adjustments to a fitness program? Looking to increase your progressions in a training plan? In this session, a Certified Personal Trainer will help you assess your exercise technique, correct your form, and make suggestions and edits to your existing exercise program to help you maximize results and prevent a plateau.

  • 1-hour fitness program review and practical exercise education

Cost U of A Student $67 / U of A Staff & Member* $75 / Public $84


Youth in Action (Available at Saville Community Sports Centre)

Completion of this course will allow youth ages 12-15 to use the fitness centre without the supervision of an adult 18+

  • This course includes a 1-hour fitness centre orientation and a 1-month youth membership, set up at the time of completion

Cost Public $42


Virtual Service Get Started Meal Plan

Meet with our Registered Dietitian to customize a nutrition plan to help you meet your Fitness &
health goals.

  • Includes a 1-hour assessment & two 30 minute follow-ups
  • The Dietitian will provide a food journal assessment, nutrition, and meal planning recommendations based on your individual needs and preferences

Cost U of A Student $162 / U of A Staff $187 / Member $202 / Public $210 


Master your Lifestyle

A dietitian will help you create healthy and sustainable changes in your lifestyle and diet habits.

  • Includes a body composition assessment, a 1-hour initial consult and 1 hour guided nutrition planning
  • Nutrition recommendations and menu planning based on an individual's dietary needs and
    preferences

Cost U of A Student $257 / U of A Staff $297 / Member $320 / Public $334


Virtual Service Nutrition Follow-Up

After your first consult and meal planning session, keep yourself on track with regular check-ins.

  • Staying accountable will reinforce your new eating habits and allow you to fine-tune your plan to find lasting nutritional satisfaction
  • Follow-ups are 30 minutes in length and can be used to learn new skills and other helpful tips for a healthy diet and lifestyle
Recreation Guide Fall 2020 Personal Training and Nutrition Services
Package U of A Student U of A Staff / Monthly Member Public
3 SESSIONS $135 $162 $180
5 SESSIONS $200 $245 $270

Small-Group Fitness Training

Semi-Private Fitness Training - 2 people

Two is better than one! Grab your workout buddy and save with semi-private fitness training.

  • Work towards your goals together with the help of a Certified Personal Trainer
  • Customized approach and focus on exercise technique, movement efficiency, and effective exercise performance 
Recreation Guide Fall 2020 Personal Training and Nutrition Services
Hours / Package U of A Student U of A Staff / Monthly Member Public
10 HOURS $260 $310 $340
20 HOURS $460 $580 $640

Semi-Private Fitness Training - 3-5 People

No crowd here in semi-private fitness training sessions. Come together and share the benefits of working with a Certified Personal Trainer while engaging in some fun and social physical activity.

  • Focus on exercise technique, movement efficiency, and effective exercise performance
  • Sessions customized to the needs of the group and modified for the individual 
Recreation Guide Fall 2020 Personal Training and Nutrition Services
Hours / Package U of A Student U of A Staff / Monthly Member Public
10 HOURS $150 $180 $200
20 HOURS $270 $330 $360

Student-only Packages

NEW Student Package - Get Started Fitness PLUS

Whether your interests are in solo exercise or needing help to just get started, this fitness plan can help you! Work with a Certified Personal Trainer and learn how My Viva Plan will keep you accountable to your health and fitness goals.

  • 1-hour session with a Certified Personal Trainer to get you orientated to the fitness centre and set up on My Viva Plan.
  • 1-year subscription to My Viva Plan

Cost U of A Student $186.50 *this package is only available to current university students


Virtual Service NEW Student Package - Get Started Nutrition PLUS

Looking for help with meal planning and healthy eating habits? Work with a Dietitian and learn how My Viva Plan will keep you accountable to your health and lifestyle goals.

  • 1-hour session with a dietitian to discuss your nutrition habits and a guided setup of your My Viva Plan nutrition profile.
  • 1-year subscription to My Viva Plan

Cost U of A Student $211.50 *this package is only available to current university students


Sport and Health Assessments

Find results with individualized assessment! Establish your fitness and health levels for day-to-day activity, performance, or physical capacity for occupational needs. The Sport and Health Assessment Centre (SHAC) provides fitness and health testing services to a variety of clientele and offers an array of advanced sport and health assessments for the individual and groups!

For more information contact Alex Game (alex.game@ualberta.ca)


Virtual Service Fitness Basics (Available in virtual format only)

8 week pre-set exercise program that can be done anywhere. This is for the motivated go-getter that just needs some simple structure and guidance for their current fitness regime.

Read up on the Trainer bios and select the program/trainer that best aligns with your fitness needs. The program will be emailed to the customer after a purchase is confirmed.

Cost: U of A Student $75.00 / U of A Staff or Member $100.00 / Public $125.00

Molly Henneberry

My name is Molly Henneberry, and I just finished my Bachelor of Kinesiology, majoring in Sport Performance. I'm continuing on to my MSc in Strength and Conditioning in the fall, and I've worked with a wide variety of clients, from people just starting their first exercise program to elite athletes. My training philosophy is that getting stronger should always be paired with learning to move better and that these things combined are what leads to being healthy and active for life.

I have created an at-home 8-week strength training program that can be done with as much, or as little, equipment as you have on hand. We’ll increase the amount of training you do over the course of the program, to keep getting stronger. Feel free to take this outside, keep it in your living room, or whatever else you need to do to stay motivated!

David McWeeny

Hello, my name is David Mcweeny and I am the Assistant Supervisor of the Wilson Climbing Center at the University of Alberta. Below I have detailed some of my professional experience, my training philosophies, and personal passions.

Personal training experience:

  • Group circuit training/workout creation, implementation, and supervision
  • General population strength program design and modification
  • Athlete fitness testing, analyses, and exercise prescription

Related experience/certifications:

  • BSc. Kinesiology (2013)
  • MSc. Kinesiology (2018)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer (2012 - present)
  • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association - Group Exercise (Resistance Training Specialization) Certification (2017 - present)
  • Association of Canadian Mountain Guides - Certified Gym Instructor Level 2

Training Philosophy:

  • Implementation and translation of peer-reviewed research conclusions into applicable strength and conditioning programming
  • Based on empirical and anecdotal evidence collected from 6 years of academic and professional work with varsity athletes
  • Focused on improving client durability, movement proficiency, and performance (especially during endurance competitions/events)

Passions: Exercise physiology, Recreational weight lifting, Outdoor pursuits and mountain activities, Rock climbing, running, mountain biking, and skiing

Previous athletic experience: Soccer, Rugby, Rock climbing, Waterpolo, Swimming, Gymnastics, Cross country running

Programs

12-week treadmill program: This treadmill running program will give you all the information you need to get back into shape and survive a full 5 km fun run, recreational soccer game, or similar duration/intensity activity (without feeling like you’re going to throw-up your lungs).

Return to Gym Program: This 12-week program will take you through all the theory, definitions, and progressions of a basic strength and hypertrophy focused program.

Structural Strength Program: This 8-week strength program will have you reflect on your goals and lifestyle in order to set intentions that will help you realize your true potential. Assess your exercise level and adjust the intensity as needed.

Efrem Violato

Hello, my name is Efrem Violato and I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and have certification from the National Coaching Certification Program. I am also a PhD Candidate in Educational Psychology. I have been involved in sport my entire life including Hockey, Baseball, Football, Olympic Weightlifting, Track and Field, and Bobsleigh at the international level. I am interested in all aspects of physical development from general fitness to strength sports and bodybuilding. I have experience training athletes for a multitude of different sports as well as people with their own personal fitness goals.

Training philosophy: Focusing on the basics with intensity and consistency produces the best results.

I have created 4 at home programs that can be done with minimal equipment:

Program 1: This program provides five full-body workouts that do not require any equipment, with the goal of increasing general fitness and athleticism. The programs are designed so that each training session provides a full-body workout. You can complete anywhere from 2-5 workouts per week.

Program 2: This program provides four full-body workouts based on circuit training that can be performed in a short amount of time, approximately 15 minutes. The goal of these programs is to improve general fitness and body composition and promoting weight loss. This program can be performed with no equipment or minimal equipment, i.e. light dumbells, or adjustable dumbbells. Each circuit is designed so that you can increase the intensity of your workouts week to week.

Program 3: This program provides two full-body workouts, that require some equipment, with the goal of increasing athleticism particularly for running, biking, swimming, or recreationally focused sports e.g. golf, softball, hockey. The program can be performed in conjunction with another training program focused on sport-specific training, e.g. a running program. It is recommended that the workouts be performed either after training for the primary sport on the same day or on a day where the primary sport is not being performed and there is the opportunity for rest after the workout.

Program 4: This is a generalized program that does not require any equipment. It allows you to choose the exercises that you would like to perform. A template is provided along with an exercise inventory. This program is applicable to anyone interested in improving general fitness and performance in recreationally focused sports. This program is designed for someone that would like flexibility and some control in how they perform their workouts. As the workouts can be variable it is important to focus on keeping the intensity high and making the exercises challenging.

Emma Gibson

My name is Emma, and I am a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. I graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2019 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. As a physiotherapy student, I am passionate about helping others create healthy movement patterns and achieve their goals. I work with a wide range of individuals, including young children, youth athletes, those rehabilitating from injuries, and the general population. I work with my clients to find forms of exercise that they enjoy, as this will help facilitate a lifelong active lifestyle. Other areas that I specialize in include functional mobility, advanced bodyweight practice, intuitive exercise, and glute/core activation. I believe in finding an activity that complements your life, and makes you look forward to going to the gym!

I have created 3 programs all with different training goals and levels in mind. Please take a look at the descriptions below to select the appropriate program for your training goals.

At home interval training: This is an 8-week program designed for the beginner to the intermediate exerciser. It includes three interval-style cardiovascular workouts. Each workout will require no equipment, and emphasize a different muscle group while providing an effective cardiovascular workout.

Intermediate strength training: This is an 8-week program designed for the intermediate exerciser. It includes three workouts per week - one for the upper body, lower body, and cardio/core. As an at-home program, this routine requires very little equipment. Many exercises require nothing at all, while others make use of a dumbbell. You may also add a dumbbell to bodyweight exercises to increase the challenge.

At home mobility and strength: This is an 8-week program designed for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. It will focus on not only increasing strength but strength through a greater range of motion, mobility, and flexibility. Each workout will require minimal equipment, which can be substituted for various items around the house.