Instructors

Ernie Araneta

Cross Training Instructor

Ernie has a passion for sports. His approach has always been geared towards sports specific training. He started working out to excel in sports from team sports like basketball, volleyball, football to Muay Thai, mountain biking, snowboarding just to name a few. He also enjoys teaching snowboarding during winter season. His approach to training and conditioning is always to improve performance. He got involved in CrossFit In 2013 as a 25 class trial and got addicted to it. He started working out with a few friends in their basement and eventually moved it to the garage and turned it into a CrossFit gym. He enjoyed teaching his friends and this motivated him to take his formal CrossFit certification. He was excited when he was given the opportunity to teach at DNA. “I love to see people’s progress with their determination and hard work. It gives me pleasure to keep teaching and wanting to get better so I can share my knowledge to others.”

Ernie has a passion for sports. His approach has always been geared towards sports specific training. He started working out to excel in sports from team sports like basketball, volleyball, football to Muay Thai, mountain biking, snowboarding just to name a few. He also enjoys teaching snowboarding during winter season. His approach to training and conditioning is always to improve performance. He got involved in CrossFit In 2013 as a 25 class trial and got addicted to it. He started working out with a few friends in their basement and eventually moved it to the garage and turned it into a CrossFit gym. He enjoyed teaching his friends and this motivated him to take his formal CrossFit certification. He was excited when he was given the opportunity to teach at DNA. “I love to see people’s progress with their determination and hard work. It gives me pleasure to keep teaching and wanting to get better so I can share my knowledge to others.”

Bonnie Paltsev

Fitness Instructor

Certified fitness instructor Bonnie Paltsev is passionate about helping her class participants become the best they can be. She believes in creating a safe, respectful and welcoming atmosphere by selecting specific exercises made so people at every fitness level can stay interested and motivated and keep coming back to her weekly classes.

Certified fitness instructor Bonnie Paltsev is passionate about helping her class participants become the best they can be. She believes in creating a safe, respectful and welcoming atmosphere by selecting specific exercises made so people at every fitness level can stay interested and motivated and keep coming back to her weekly classes.

Zalina Nezamutdinova

Zumba Instructor

My name is  Zalina and I’m a zumba instructor since 2011. In early 2000s I have discovered passion for salsa, merengue and bachata music. I love Latin American music because it gives people energy and you just can’t stop moving. This new found passion led to the discovery of Zumba. Zumba combines the love of dancing to Latin inspired music and my passion for a healthy lifestyle. When I teach a class, I always make sure I put all my positive energy into it. This makes my classes fun and exciting. You will feel reenergized and be in a great mood for the rest of your day.

My name is  Zalina and I’m a zumba instructor since 2011. In early 2000s I have discovered passion for salsa, merengue and bachata music. I love Latin American music because it gives people energy and you just can’t stop moving. This new found passion led to the discovery of Zumba. Zumba combines the love of dancing to Latin inspired music and my passion for a healthy lifestyle. When I teach a class, I always make sure I put all my positive energy into it. This makes my classes fun and exciting. You will feel reenergized and be in a great mood for the rest of your day.

Patsy Lam

Patsy Lam

Yoga Instructor

Patsy has completed her Group Core Yoga Teacher Training at YMCA and teaching yoga for over 5 years. Her passion for yoga has led her to explore various styles of yoga. She continues her training journey in Iyengar Yoga with teacher Azita Bakefr, a student of Geeta S. Iyengar from India since 2011.

Patsy has designed her classes, not only to stretch and tone the muscles, but to help balance the mind, soul and body through the practice in asana and pranayama. She guides her students to a deeper level of self-awareness and sense of physical alignment to help them find optimal peace and happiness.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, once said “External alignment relies more on the body, while internal alignment relies more on the breath.” Alignment is fundamentally individual; alignment is not in reference to an external ideal but to the relationship of the body parts to one another, both inside and out.

Namaste

Patsy has completed her Group Core Yoga Teacher Training at YMCA and teaching yoga for over 5 years. Her passion for yoga has led her to explore various styles of yoga. She continues her training journey in Iyengar Yoga with teacher Azita Bakefr, a student of Geeta S. Iyengar from India since 2011.

Patsy has designed her classes, not only to stretch and tone the muscles, but to help balance the mind, soul and body through the practice in asana and pranayama. She guides her students to a deeper level of self-awareness and sense of physical alignment to help them find optimal peace and happiness.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, once said “External alignment relies more on the body, while internal alignment relies more on the breath.” Alignment is fundamentally individual; alignment is not in reference to an external ideal but to the relationship of the body parts to one another, both inside and out.

Namaste

Anny Richter

Zumba Instructor

Zumba is Anny’s passion. Back in her home country Colombia, dancing, music and sports were part of her every day life. She was part of dance groups since she was 10 years old. After coming to Canada, 10 years ago she discovered Zumba and fell in love with the feel of a latin party, getting a great work out and burning more than 700 calories in one hour.

After having her youngest boy she became a Zumba instructor in March 2014. In her own words “Zumba not only got me back in shape after having two big boys, but I also wanted to get other women and men into shape too! I love teaching and watching people have fun and reach their fitness and health goals”. She was hired by Dufferin North Athletics in May 2014 where she teaches fridays at noon and later by its sister gym Xtreme Couture where she teaches Wednesday nights.

Anny’s classes are full energy, fun and smiles and it really feels like a party with a work out!

Zumba is Anny’s passion. Back in her home country Colombia, dancing, music and sports were part of her every day life. She was part of dance groups since she was 10 years old. After coming to Canada, 10 years ago she discovered Zumba and fell in love with the feel of a latin party, getting a great work out and burning more than 700 calories in one hour.

After having her youngest boy she became a Zumba instructor in March 2014. In her own words “Zumba not only got me back in shape after having two big boys, but I also wanted to get other women and men into shape too! I love teaching and watching people have fun and reach their fitness and health goals”. She was hired by Dufferin North Athletics in May 2014 where she teaches fridays at noon and later by its sister gym Xtreme Couture where she teaches Wednesday nights.

Anny’s classes are full energy, fun and smiles and it really feels like a party with a work out!

Leah Bigcas

Kettlebell

This is your first Step to a new you.

I’ve worked in the fitness industry for the past few years, and I know what works for you. As your instructor, my goal is all about helping you look, feel and perform better than you ever thought possible. My focus is to motivate, inspire and encourage you along the way until you reach and even surpass your goals.

This is your first Step to a new you.

I’ve worked in the fitness industry for the past few years, and I know what works for you. As your instructor, my goal is all about helping you look, feel and perform better than you ever thought possible. My focus is to motivate, inspire and encourage you along the way until you reach and even surpass your goals.

Ana Polta

Argentinian Tango

Ana is a passionate dancer/choreographer with many years of experience in various styles from traditional/folklore to modern dance. She is a member of Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada. Her style can be described as elegant and classy with a little hint of emotional connection that will let you explore the passionate side of a body motion. Ana also works at Harbourfront Community Centre as a professional dance instructor, teaching Dance of the World, Line Dancing and Argentine Tango.

Ana is a passionate dancer/choreographer with many years of experience in various styles from traditional/folklore to modern dance. She is a member of Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada. Her style can be described as elegant and classy with a little hint of emotional connection that will let you explore the passionate side of a body motion. Ana also works at Harbourfront Community Centre as a professional dance instructor, teaching Dance of the World, Line Dancing and Argentine Tango.

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