Jan Quinn has been in the fitness industry since 1976: she has been a YMCA-YWCA Trainer and Evaluator for the Y Education Centre in the area of group fitness, Supervisor of Group Fitness at the Central "Taggart" Y and Educator of the Group Fitness Apprenticeship Training Program. Her certifications include Group Fitness, Older Adults and Stability Ball and more recently, she has added certification with Canfit Pro. She has been the owner and manager of Jan’s Workout in Blackburn Hamlet for over 30 years. Her commitment to fitness has been an inspiration to her many fitness participants, having participated in many distance running and biking events, a Marathon, Triathlon and a Duathlon. Jan plays tennis and golf in the summer, and skis and snowshoes in the winter. She has always appreciated the dedication of her fitness participants in the Blackburn area and cherishes those who have been with Jan’s Workout for 30 years.
Joseph Cull teaches a variety of classes around the city and feels very fortunate to work at a job he loves! A Volunteer Group Fitness Instructor for the Older Adult Program for the YMCA-YWCA since 2003, and an employee of Jan's Workout, Joseph embraces the philosophy that being fit can be a fun journey and we can achieve that by remaining physically active and engaged in life. Joseph, with his entertaining personality and great sense of humor has a proven ability to motivate clients to achieve, maintain, or renew their personal fitness goals.
Hilary Kemsley became a fitness instructor in her 20’s through the YMCA-YWCA and Carleton University. For 15 years she taught high-impact aerobics to her peers at various locations around Ottawa. As children, family and work occupied more and more time, Hilary switched to being a regular at fitness and yoga classes, played tennis, rode her bike, and jogged. Hilary knows how important it is to keep moving and strong as an older adult, so in 2014 re-trained as an instructor for older adults through the YMCA-YWCA. .In addition to Jan's Workout, Hilary teaches at various locations in the city.
Rosi Riopelle has been in the fitness industry since 1970. She started teaching for the YMCA-YWCA as a fitness instructor and her certifications include Post Natal, Group Fitness and Older Adults . Also, Rosi was a certified CPR/ First Aid instructor with the Canadian Red Cross. Rosi has taught at various community centers throughout the city and has continued to upgrade her skills by regularly attending fitness conferences. She plays golf and swims in the summer and cross country skis and snowshoes in the winter.
Peter Kusovac is a certified Qigong Instructor and Practice Leader as well as a certified Hatha Yoga teacher. His interest in energy work started as a child practicing Yoga with his mother, continued with a Tai Chi practice and leading Tai Chi classes and evolved with the exploration of various energy modalities including Qigong, Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy. As a teacher, he encourages students to tune into their energy flow and the connection between the mind and body.
Colleen Cotter is so excited to be joining the team at Jan’s Workout! She was certified as a fitness instructor in 2006 and has taught mainly at the National Capital YMCA-YWCA. She has led choreography, strength training, Boot Camp, and core classes. More recently, she completed her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher training. She is an avid walker and hiker, and in the winter she loves to cross-country ski.
Lorna Lyttle has been with Jan’s Workout since it began in 1983. After four years of working out regularly with Jan, she became a certified group fitness instructor through the YMCA-YWCA. She has led classes at Jan’s Workout in aerobics, strength training, pilates and golf fitness. She is a certified Stability Ball and Pilates Instructor. As a Pilates instructor, she gives group and private classes with Jan's Workout. She particularly enjoys the preventative and rehabilitative aspects of Pilates and receives referrals from massage and physiotherapists. Because of her particular interest in strength training, she has studied the work of many core strength experts Lorna appreciates the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle and is committed to the mission of Jan’s Workout.
Diane Follon is a certified Hatha and Yin Yoga Instructor as well as a certified Lakshmi Voelker chair yoga Instructor. In 2006,Diane completed teacher training in 'Yoga for the Rest of Us "with Peggy Cappy and, in 2011, she was certified as an LVCYT, "Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher". Both these certifications were obtained at the world renowned Kripalu yoga centre in Massachusetts, USA. Diane’s goal is for the students to be accepting of where they are and how they feel in the present moment. Her focus is also on assuring her students are calm, centred, relaxed and at peace once they leave her class. She also brings a warm and loving energy to all her students. Diane continues to deepen her practice and develop her yoga teaching skills through attending classes and workshops...Live, Laugh, Love
Kristen Wilson has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary for various reputable schools throughout Ontario. She trained as a student of dance for over 20 years and achieved her teacher certification in modern, tap, jazz and ballet through the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing).