Meet our Instructors
Founder Positively Fit Training Studio, certified BCRPA PT, Yoga Instructor
Mary stumbled across her passion for fitness leadership in 1984 and dabbled in part time coaching until 1997. Realizing that inspired fitness coaching was her calling, she incorporated Positively Fit and has since honed her skills and built a team of skilled trainers to address the breadth and scope of Bowen Island’s fitness aspirations. In 2006, she opened Bowen’s unique, boutique style gym providing all the right equipment in a light-filled oasis tucked away in Snug Cove. Mary has completed training in Osteofit, Third Age, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, is ACE trained in Specialized Clinical Exercise, and has a double degree in History and Communications from SFU. Her love of fitness and passion for her community has culminated in numerous events including TRI for CHAC, Aaron’s Run, The Reindeer Run and now
Canfitpro Certified Personal Trainer
A certified personal trainer since 2009, Joanna is a master at guiding clients through their fitness programs with just the right balance of difficulty to challenge the client all while ensuring excellent form and superb results! She has specialty training in Joint Replacement Exercise, is a level One NCCP certified Soccer Coach. And lucky for Bowen Islanders, her passion for running has translated brilliantly into the much loved Sun Run Clinic Coordinator since 2010.
Certified Functional Range Conditioning Specialist
A Certified Functional Range Conditioning Specialist, Natasha combines this certification with 10 years of yoga training. The result is an exciting, new approach to whole body strength, agility and flexibility. Natasha delivers all this with a keen, focused coaching style that will keep you working hard with little more than your body weight. A self-care advocate for woman, she is also trained in pre/post natal movement, was a Birth Doula in Toronto before moving into Bowen Island in 2014, and is part of the Bowen Island Birth Collective.
Kinesiologist (BSc), NCCP Cycling Coach, Personal Trainer
After a ski racing accident at the age of 16, Rachel began cycling to rehab her knee. She fell in love with the sport, and has since cycled competitively throughout Europe, The US and Canada representing BC at the Canada Summer Games, Western Canada Summer Games, Senior and Junior Road and Track Nationals as well as in Europe with amateur Dutch and Belgian teams. Rachel’s coaching style combines a wide understanding and practice of functional strength, high intensity conditioning, and cardiovascular cross training styles. Clients are inspired by her knowledge, care, and compassionate coaching style – a winning combination both in her career as a trainer and personally on the competitive cycling circuit.
BCRPA certified PT
Following a decade in the corporate world, Lucia traded in her business suits for stretchy pants and hasn’t looked back. In 2013, Lucia certified as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, and quickly rounded out her expertise with a 200-hr Yoga Teacher training. Since then she’s been sharing her passion for movement and healthy living infusing humour, encouragement and education into every training session. Balancing fitness training, yoga and nutrition, Lucia expertly supports each client on their unique journey to wellness. Lucia is a Pn1 Certified Nutrition Coach, Fit4Two Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Specialist, and has training and experience working with trauma survivors. When Lucia isn’t sweating or stretching, you’ll find her adventuring with her husband, Paulo, and their two little girls – every day is an adventure to celebrate!
Join boxing Coach David Koeplin for a workout of lifetime! Balancing strength, power, and agility, boxing delivers a winning combination of stress relief and fitness conditioning. Learn shadowboxing, the “sudoku for the body” with proper stance, footwork and striking patterns. Limited to 8 students, enjoy David ’s skilled instruction in a personalized setting. All equipment provided with the exception of hand wraps (available at Canadian Tire). Beginners welcome!
We are unique
Positively Fit trainers are exceptional in their scope and depth of fitness leadership. From competitive sports training to yoga, Pilates, clinical exercise specialized training, rehabilitative coaching and injury prevention, there is the right trainer for your unique fitness objectives.
“The trainers at Positively Fit are well qualified to work with a variety of clients with care and experience. I continue to train with PF regularly and always leave with a positive feeling for the remainder of the day. Many thanks, “Positively Fit! “