Fitness Coaches


Fitness Coaches


Charmaine Ironside

With a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and a Personal Training certification through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology as well as training as a Medical Exercise Specialist she offers considerable knowledge of the human body leading to safe, effective conditioning and rehabilitative programs helping you regain full function after an injury or degeneration.

Incorporating a fast paced and diverse training style with a focus on core strength, balance, weight loss and nutrition, Charmaine provides functional workout programs designed to better your performance in life and sports.

Charmaine has competed in two Fitness Competitions since May 2012, finishing with a career-best top 5 finish at her October 2013 Competition. Throughout training for her Fitness Competitions Charmaine has learned a lot about dieting on a timeline, bodybuilding, and the Fitness Competition world.

To learn more about Charmaine please see The Origin of Ironside Fitness





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Fourteen years ago, Ewa was involved in a serious car accident and bound to a wheelchair for two years. Treated by many therapists during a long recovery, she continued to suffer from consistent back pain. In 2007, she joined a women’s gym and fell in love with their program – with a big improvement in my posture, core strength, and a decreasing pain level. After 6 months of training, she decided to pursue a professional career in fitness – but her dream job was put on hold. Ewa was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and underwent a full year of intense chemo, radiation and two major surgeries that put her weight on a roller coaster ride – gaining 25 lbs. The only way to get back on track was to start a workout routine again. She signed up for small group training with Charmaine Ironside and lost all the weight in few months, healed her body, got stronger than ever before, and became the ‘New Me’!!!! Ewa knew this was the right time to get back to fitness career.

Ewa has developed a passion for fitness, inspiring and educating people about the benefits of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle to manage weight and overcome chronic pain. She’s CanFitPro Certified as a Personal Trainer; a Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist; in First Aid and CPR.






Laura Rye

Certified through CanFitPro, Laura’s dedication to fitness is something to be excited about. What started out as a weight loss goal for an upcoming “decade” birthday, quickly became a shift in lifestyle, a half-marathon in Vegas, and a new career.

Laura understands how difficult it can be to find the time for a workout because life is already pretty full. You see, she’s a mother to two young boys, a wife, a homemaker, a cook, a doer of laundry, a personal shopper, a graphic designer . . . (you can relate, can’t you) – but the moment she declared, out loud and in front of her family, to dedicate an hour a day to just her, regular exercise became possible. After joining Ironside Fitness as a client in January 2014, Laura found her drive and determination – dropped 25 pounds and joined our team as a Certified Fitness Coach. Laura is living proof that you CAN move better, look better, and live better, 45-minutes at a time.







Renette Morela

Renette has loved being physically active from a young age. She trained for years as a dance and participated competitively in gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and soft ball. Completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary has contributed to her growing understanding of the importance of exercise and healthy nutrition. Renette has years of experience getting people of all ages and fitness levels engages in physical activity through her background as a gymnastics instructor, nutrition and exercise educator in schools with ‘NSTEP, and as a fitness and rehabilitation instructor for those with disabilities.

She has a true passion for fitness and can coach with confidence because she really lives the lifestyle. Renette is excited to be a part of the Ironside Fitness community and looks forward to helping you reach your fitness goals!









Amie Sherwin

Amie lives and breathes fitness, starting off her career by becoming certified as a coach through the YMCA. She wanted to give back to the facility and people that helped her get through the early days with three children under the age of a four and a colic baby but soon realized that her passion to help others achieve their fitness goals went far beyond only instructing a few days a week.

Amie gave up her corporate career in Oil & Gas to stay at home with her children and to pursue her fitness career. Amie has always been involved in sports (triathlons, cycling, hockey, golf, running) and is a self-proclaimed “Cardio Junkie” who believes that everyone can make exercise a priority and achieve their fitness goals. Between juggling her kid’s schedules, home life, volunteer duties and training schedules, Amie is usually cycling for a cause whether it be for a charitable organization or “mommy sanity”. Life is short – live, breathe and love fitness.











Cheryl Vianzon

Cheryl has been part of Ironside Fitness West Springs since Day 1 – starting as a karma staff member, then joining the administrative team, and now a member of the coaching team!

With a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, Cheryl came to Calgary to work in the Foothills Hospital Neuroscience unit. She has also completed Basic Officer Training with the Canadian Forces, belonging to the 15 Field Ambulance Calgary detachment. Cheryl’s passion for living an active lifestyle and love for preventative health care has led her to the world of Personal Training.

Even as a full-time mother to three children, Cheryl is actively involved in group training, badminton, volleyball, golf, yoga, and wall climbing. Her generous, kind and tenacious spirit at the front desk or on the floor will leave you feeling inspired and motivated.








Leesa Schlenker

From Peachland, BC (just outside of Kelowna), this certified CSEP-CPT is also a certified fascial stretch therapist. Growing up, she played many sports but never was competitive because, as she says “I could never just choose one.”

Life in the Okanagan gave Leesa the awesome opportunity to spend summers camping, kayaking, and hiking, so more likely than not, you’re sure to find her outdoors. Recently she’s taken up Olympic weightlifting and is loving the challenge that it’s proving to be!

Leesa is looking forward to sharing her passion for health & fitness with you! You’ll find her smiling face behind the desk or on the training floor!










Rini Panagiotou

Rini has always love exercise, and got her first gym membership (working out alongside her mum), at age 11. Hiking, cycling, walking, trying out new fitness classes or even stretching makes her incredibly happy.

Life for Rini began in Germany, so it makes sense that her career did too – with both personal and group training certification. Since relocating to Canada, Rini has renewed those certifications and added one for TRX training.

After suffering from various kinds of eating disorders for many years, Rini is finally in a place of balance. She can definitely relate to others facing similar struggles, and loves to help create a life balance thru exercises, healthy food, the guilt-free indulgence and most importantly, self-happiness!








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Growing up in small-town Alberta, Eileen played nearly every sport there was to offer. She even played fastball competitively until sidelined by injuries in 2007. After two ACL surgeries and many, many months of physiotherapy, Eileen found herself healthier and stronger than she’d ever been and with a new appreciation and passion for fitness.

Finally following her dream to help and inspire others to realize their fitness goals, Eileen completed her Personal Training Diploma through Elevated Learning Academy, obtaining her ACE Personal Training Certification.

In her spare leisure time, Eileen can be found competing with her husband on the golf course, playing on her women’s basketball team, or out and about with ‘Bernie’, her beloved Bernese Mountain dog!









Brookly_BioBrooklyn Levy

Growing up, Brooklyn always struggled with her weight, These challenges followed her into adulthood until she had an emergency gall bladder removal and a doctor told her (at 21 years old), that if she didn’t improve her health, she would have high cholesterol within a matter of years and be very overweight.

Brooklyn lost over 50lbs within about 18 months, slowly and with ups and downs. She has kept it off for nearly 5 years, and has found a true passion for leading a healthy lifestyle!

With a Personal Fitness Trainer diploma through Elevated Learning Academy, Brooklyn’s only increased her love for moving her body and fueling it right, She is excited to help you feel as good as she knows you can feel, and to be there encouraging you through your hurdles and triumphs!








Linda KeplerLinda_Bio

Considered a lifelong fitness fan, Linda’s cornerstone sport has been running. That changed when she found her biking legs, and shortly afterward, her inner Ironman.

With a successful Tempe Arizona Ironman finish, Linda went on to compete in her first ultra marathon. That race qualified her for the Boston Marathon, which (in her early 50’s), she ran and finished. Within the next year, a torn hamstring shifted Linda’s focus onto healing and becoming a certified AFLCA fitness instructor and strength training coach.

Linda is passionate about motivating others in establishing and achieving their fitness goals. When not in a gym, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the cabin, cooking, chilling out with friends, golfing and reading.








Niki_BioNiki Hejtmanek

After spending many years working in the corporate world, Niki decided to make a permanent healthy lifestyle change. In order to do this, she knew she needed to hold herself accountable to ‘something’, so her journey began when she signed up for her first half marathon in 2010. It didn’t take long after that moment for Niki to take it to the next level.

Niki received her CanFitPro certification and soon her fitness career blew up to the point where she was coaching at many facilities throughout the city. it’s her goal to inspire as many people as she can to LOVE fitness in a way that it’s never a chore.

When Niki is not coaching, she loves to spend time outdoors hiking, cycling, camping traveling and being with her family.














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