Ben has a bachelors degree in Physical Education specializing in sport performance, rehabilitation and health education. A personal trainer since 2004 (15+ years) he has over 10,000 hours of direct experience. He has taught classes, groups, teams and individuals from all walks of life.
He has worked within multiple multidisciplinary medical teams, is also son to a physiotherapist, and learned basic massage and stretching techniques when he was a child. He also has his own injury recovery stories if you want to hear them.
Ben has also trained: firefighter, military, military police, police, RCMP and paramedic and his clients have ranged from 13 to almost 90 years old.
Ben is a practicing yogi, teaches meditation and martial arts and is a big believer in balance. He is trained in Zone® nutrition, and worked alongside naturopaths and Holistic nutritionists and has developed his own systems to accelerate fat loss, increase energy, enhance muscular growth and reduce pain.
To top it all off; Ben is genuine, caring, compassionate, and a good laugh. Need something? Ben has you covered.
Kate has lived in the Comox Valley her entire life. Currently certified as a personal trainer and nutritionist, through The International Sports Sciences Association. Her passion for fitness and health first started eight years ago when she became a mother to her son. Concurring her own challenges of health and fat loss, Kate has set personal goals in bodybuilding and continuing her education, to help bring more value and knowledge to assist a variety of clients. She has an enormous passion in helping others reach their goal from fat loss, body recomposition, strength training and muscle building.
“Having the opportunity in helping someone in such a personal journey and seeing them achieve goals they once never thought possible, is one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had”. If you can’t find Kate at the gym, she spending time with her family, in the garden or walking and exploring the outdoors. Kate is very excited to be joining the amazing team at Fitness Excellence that has already been changing so many lives.
Whether you’re beginning your fitness journey or taking your fitness to the next level, she would love the opportunity to help guide you.
LAZELLE DE RIDDER ~ Group Fitness Instructor
My name is Lazelle de Ridder. I moved to Canada from South Africa 26 years ago. I am a certified spinning instructor as well as certified in 3 levels of CrossFit, TRX suspension training, personal training and nutritional counseling.
My husband and I competed in triathlon and specifically Ironman distances. I owned and operated a CrossFit and spinning studio in Alberta for 15 years.
The class I’m planning for fitness excellence will be 30 minutes of spinning followed by 30 minutes of strength/ TRX / core. We will end off with a good stretch to relax our tired muscles.
Looking forward to this fast paced, fun class!
Bio coming soon.