Fitness Classes

How can Small Group Training help you?

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FitnessI’ve seen quite the growing trend over the last few years for Small Group Training. While classes are still popular and many people still love the personal attention of one-on-one personal training session, I’ve had an increasing number of requests for small group training.

What is Small Group Training? This is generally when 2-8 people (I like no more than 5) exercise together with a trainer or fitness instructor. Members usually get similar workouts and meal plans, with some tweaking necessary based on physical abilities, medical history and exercise experience. **Side Note: Please make sure you find a trainer/instructor who will do this! I don’t agree with you having to do the exact same exercise as everyone else if it causes you discomfort or pain. Good instructors walk around, can read your cues (or will ask you how you are feeling) and provide modifications as necessary.

Here are some reasons why Small Group Training can work for you.

Show Me The Money! – One-one-one Personal Training does indeed provide the most personal attention and greatest opportunity to succeed. But, some people find that Small Group Training, because the cost is split among the members, keeps the price down while still giving them the attention they need.

Attention – While fitness classes does offer many benefits, the instructors are not always able to see and correct each individual class member as closely as only working with four or five people. There is less room to hide!

Mom & BabyExercise Loves Company – Plain and simple, sharing the workout enhances the experience for participants. I notice this even more when families exercise together.

Special Treatment – Many times if you have a group of like-minded people or those in similar situations, the  program can be tailored to your specific needs (ie) weight loss, Pre-natal Fitness, Mom & Baby or Stroller Fit!

Motivation (aka Competition) – Having someone exercising right beside you can push you a little harder than you might do on your own, especially if you both have a competitive spirit.PreNatal

Support – Both the Trainer and other participants are there to help you get through the challenges of the workout and the obstacles in life.

Accountability – Unlike many classes, if you miss your schedule workout, your Trainer WILL notice and will ask you why! Although I have been known to do this to my class participants. 🙂

Variety – By working with a knowledgeable fitness professional, your workouts will change/evolve as you progress, preventing hitting a plateau and boredom.

Stroller FitFun – Ah, yes. What I believe to be one of the most important components of an exercise session. The right exercise program done with friends can definitely be fun. A good trainer will allow fun while still keeping everyone on track.

Commitment – When you are involved in program where you know others are counting on your participation, you are more likely stick with it, even on days when you aren’t in the mood to exercise.

Results – When you stick with a well constructed program that you enjoy, you will get the results.

There you have it. If you are trying to find that happy medium between the attention of One-On-One Personal Training but the savings and camaraderie of Fitness Classes, Small Group Training may be just what you need!

**Deborah currently has TWO remaining Small Group Training timeslots available in Fall River, NS on Saturdays and TWO timeslots in Dartmouth/Cole Harbour, NS on Sundays. Please visit my website at for more details.


Doing what it take to make business, family and life work together this Fall

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Hi there!

So the past couple of weeks I have been neck deep in preparing for my Fall programs. Although January is ultimately my busiest time of year (of course), September runs a very close second. And when you think about it, there is no surprise. Throughout the summer, kids are home from school for two months or if you are like me, you take a COMPLETE break from Homeschooling simply because you are E.X.H.A.U.S.T.E.D! Schedules fly out the window, as do sensibly prepared lunches for the kids. “What do you mean this is the third day in a row I’ve made PB&J sandwiches? Here, have a hot dog instead!” LOL  We spend our days having fun with our children … and many times wishing it would just STOP RAINING so they will leave me alone!! Achem. Did I mention that Nova Scotia can be a VERY wet province at times? On top of all this, we spend a lot more time at beaches, pools, camping (more hotdogs), summer BBQs and get-togethers. And generally, our fitness priorities disappear. Too many times we just think, I’ll take the summer off and get started again in September. Can I get a raise of hands?!? 

The good thing about September is we start to find our groove again. Not only are we staring down the barrel of another year coming to an end in three short months (and we are determined NOT to wait until the New Year to make a change), everyone seems ready to get back into a more regular schedule, whether you homeschool your children or send them off each morning. Our priorities can start turning back to ourselves now that we have a little more time to breathe and we realized that all the summer fun wasn’t necessarily kind to our waistline. Enter DETERMINATION!

Yep, we start looking at every thing that is available to us. And in the weight loss, healthy living world, there is A LOT. Trust me, I live with the competition of shakes diets, commercial programs with multi-billion dollar advertising campaigns, high end and low end gyms offering every fancy new gadget and class that can be created. Piloxing anyone?!? Yes, a combination of pilates and boxing. Who knew! And here I sit with my hundred + dollar marketing campaign (here’s a huge THANK YOU for amazing Facebook & Twitter friends who share my info) and my mantra of KEEP IT SIMPLE DEB!

People need to exercise to keep their muscles strong, their heart healthy and their body young. People need to eat well and still enjoying eating with their family. People need to have some fun when they exercise. People NEED ACCOUNTABILITY!  And this is where I decided to keep it this year. I wanted to provide enough variety that everyone can get what they need, without me burning myself out. Because believe it or not, that is the number one hazard of being a Fitness & Healthy Life Designer (cause that is really what we do). There are many days that being just a “trainer” would be the easiest thing to do. You show up. I tell you what to do. You do it. You go home while I move on to the next person and not think about you again until the next session. My CartoonOh my…not even close! I put my whole heart into my business and my clients (both in-person and online). Your success is my success and there is nothing…NOTHING more rewarding to me that you reaching your goals. I’m constantly thinking about your meal plans, your workouts, what’s going on in your life, your family, your concerns and how we can overcome your obstacles. My heart breaks when you struggle and it rejoices when you are happy with your accomplishments. But as you can imagine, this can be exhausting!

With that in mind, I developed a line-up of programs that I think will make us all happy. For more details on each program, please click the link to go to my website. Here we go…..

TOTAL FAT LOSS SYSTEM: This is an online program that I have been running for four years now (previously called Journey to Wellness: Home Edition). During this time, I have helped hundreds of people learn what it takes to get (and stay) fit and healthy without starving yourself or spending hours on the treadmill. I promote healthy eating with your family, exercising efficiently and effectively to promote fat loss, supporting others going through the same thing you are and being held accountable for your eating and activity.  If exercising in the privacy of your own home works for you, you can find more details here…  **Deadline to join the next 12-Week Fat Loss Program is September 12th.

SMALL GROUP TRAINING: I took some time off from these programs after the birth of my two youngest boys. Now that my baby is 18 months old, I have a little more flexibility and have opened up a couple of timeslots, mainly working around my business schedule, my husband’s travel schedule and my children’s activity. I told you it isn’t easy! How it works is that you gather up 1-5 people who would like to work out together and I will come to you once a week to make you sweat! Saturday time slots are available in Fall River & area while Sunday afternoon time slots are available in Dartmouth/Cole Harbour & area. More details can be found here…

FITNESS CLASSES: This is my fifth year teaching fitness classes in the Fall River area (since I moved here!). Fitness Boot Camp on Saturday mornings continues to see great turnout and a new class I created last year for the Tuesday evening spot, Strength Circuits, has quickly become a favourite and we actually filled up last winter! Fall classes begin the week of September 8th. Registration has begun and you can reserve your spot or find out more information here…

MEN’S ONLY ONLINE WEIGHT LOSS: Last summer I offered the opportunity for a couple of men to give my online program a try. Although there were a few tweaks that had to be made, the results were absolutely outstanding with two of the men losing over 20lbs in six weeks! The 8-week Men’s Only Weight Loss program will be starting up on September 15th. Come on guys – imagine being 15-25lbs lighter by mid-November! More details can be found here…

Well that’s it folks! I hope I have a little something that can work for everyone. Please know that I am always available to answer your questions so if you’d like to speak with me before you sign up, just give me a call at 902-222-1353 or email me at I look forward to hearing from you and I can’t wait to start celebrating your success!!

~ Deborah