Victoria Gabaldon

Victoria Gabaldon

January 2022

I have been training with Kristina for almost 3 years now. We actually started in the gym, then COVID happened and it’s been virtual training to this day and it’s been amazing. Who would have thought virtual training can actually provide the same results/benefits – well almost the same as I don’t get to see Kristina in person, but the training is no less. Kristina works me hard and pushes me to a level I didn’t know I had. Her workout regimen is amazing and diverse. Thank you, Kristina for caring, for your encouragement and commitment towards my overall well being.

Eileen Okamoto 

Eileen Okamoto 

April 2022

Kristina is one of those special trainers that you don’t come across very often. She is attentive, knowledgeable, dependable, caring and crazy fit herself. I have trained with her since the start of the pandemic (by video) and its been the best and consistent workouts for me these past 2.5 years. I have enjoyed them so much. Kristina keeps it interesting and challenging each session. She cares about how I am feeling overall, at the start of each session, and is excellent at gauging my energy level. She knows when to push harder or not push that day. She has given me so many positive tips on everything about health, fitness and nutrition. Kristina is an excellent trainer.

Ruby Mawira

Ruby Mawira

I first started working out with Kristina in 2009 when I was 53. I knew that if I wanted to remain physically active for the rest of my life and minimize injuries, I needed to develop better physical conditioning. Tennis was my main sport, a sport that is very hard on your joints.

I found Kristina to be a very knowledgeable and focused trainer. During her sessions with you, you can expect her to be 100% attentive to what you are doing and how you are doing it. She also listens very well and helps you overcome any issues you may have with any particular exercise. Her programs are tailor made for you and will develop as your skills and conditioning develops. And she is also great fun to work out with.

Sadly, my husband and I left Vancouver in 2015. We now live on the east coast. I was very sad not to have Kristina as my personal coach any longer. But earlier this year, with the Covid lockdown, I learnt that Kristina was going to start training on Zoom. I immediately signed up for a weekly group class and a weekly personal training session. Recently, I also signed up with her weekly half hour stretch and mobility class.

This could not have come at a better time. I had been having issues with my hips. I felt I had lost quite a bit of mobility and strength, most likely from primarily exercising on my stationary bike and not enough functional strength training. But now, most of my strength and mobility have come back, thanks to Kristina.

Once we had started our workout sessions, we both said: “Why had we not thought of this on-line training option before?” I love our Zoom sessions. I have some basic things – a mat, some bands, a handful of free weights, and, of course, my own body weight! Kristina is very creative in creating an effective workout session with what you have.

With zoom, I can work out with Kristina in the convenience of my own home. We were even able to continue our personal sessions when Kristina was traveling through BC! I also enjoy being part of the group class since you do feel and feed off the energy of the other participants.

I feel very lucky that I have Kristina back as my trainer. Once the Covid lock down is completely over and we can safely go to the gym again, I hope Kristina will maintain some time for zoom clients. I may be on the east coast, but my favourite trainer is on the west coast!

3 Generations Cycling the Galloping Goose Trail

3 Generations Cycling the Galloping Goose Trail

June 2018

My son Tim organized this multi-generational bike trip to celebrate my big birthday this year! Ranging in ages from 18 months to 70 years, we all rode the Galloping Goose on Vancouver Island together and had a brilliant time.

In past years, I could never have envisaged biking with my grandchildren, children, daughter-in-law, husband and friends – all surely made possible by joining Kristina’s awesome bike-training group five years ago where I conquered (some of) my fear of riding and gained some useful skills as well.

Thank you, Kristina! This was a very special day for me and my gang!

Phyllis Simon

From Runner to Cyclist

From Runner to Cyclist

In the spring of 2017, my husband, Dean, and I finalized our travel plans for a fall trip to Europe, which was to include one week at the Belvedere Bike Hotel in Italy.  We had both been involved in long distance running for about 15 years and had a fairly solid cardiovascular fitness base.  Over the years, we had completed several bike touring trips around BC.  However, neither of us had much experience riding in a larger group, we didn’t have road bikes, and I had never used clip ins (the mere idea of clip-ins freaked me out a bit).

So Dean suggested we join the Spring Kits Energy beginner cycling course and were so fortunate to have Kristina as our trainer. The beginner course provided me with the support and encouragement I needed to get into clips and conquer my fear of falling. The course structure, which involved weekly instruction on a specific topic, followed by a group ride, provided just the right combination of education, practical skill development, and fun.

By the time September arrived, I felt confident in my emerging road cycling skills, but the real test was still to come. The highlight of the trip was my sense of accomplishment upon riding to the top of San Marino, which is a tiny little country within Italy set at the top of a “little” mountain.  As I dug deep and used the numerous hill climbing techniques Kristina had drilled into me (yes, she can be a task master), the full extent of what she had taught me, sunk in.

I don’t know whom to attribute the quote to but I agree wholeheartedly that “A coach is someone who always makes you do what you don’t want to do, so you can be who you’ve always wanted to be. There is no glory in practice, but without practice there is no glory”.

Thanks for everything Kristina!

Dean and Dianna Robertson

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