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Meet some of OSCA’s Fitness Instructors…

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Joey de Lorenzo

Joey is a Certified Personal Trainer with 6 years’ experience in training amateur athletes and clients to reach their goals and potential. He is a graduate from Algonquin College’s Fitness and Health Promotion Program and a member with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP).  He is 3rd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, Level 1 Certification with Poliquin Performance and is a Certified Functional Movement Specialist level 2.  He has experience in strength and conditioning training and circuit training. Joey is also knowledgeable in Functional Movement assessments and can develop standards for baseline movement screening prior to developing training programs. It was his passion for karate that led him to pursue a career in personal training. He believes that proper exercise and eating habits enables individuals to perform both physically and mentally resulting in living a fuller life.

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Rhona Einbinder-Miller

Rhona is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in ashtanga, vinyasa power flow, yin and restorative yoga, as well as yoga for runners and athletes. Having run numerous marathons and half-marathons and studied ballet, jazz and hip-hop for more than 25 years, she brings personal experience in teaching yoga for dancers and runners. Her yoga classes are adaptable to all levels and ages, and combine active yang poses with restorative and yin asana. Rhona has been teaching at the Ottawa South Community Centre since September, 2016. As a second career (Rhona is a lawyer) she loves witnessing the physical and mental benefits that teaching yoga brings to her students. It’s extremely rewarding to see her students leaving her classes calmer and more refreshed than before they came to class.  Her best memories of the Old Ottawa South Community are of her 3 children (who are now young adults) participating in infant and toddler playgroups, after school programs and summer camps, and especially of the haunted house Halloween parties held at the old firehall!

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Joanne Hale

I have been teaching at Ottawa South for several years.  My favourite memories involve watching my students change from strangers to friends with each other.  I love teaching for so many reasons but, I really love it when someone tells me that something I taught them had a positive impact. I have been working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for over 12 years. I teach a wide variety of programs and work with a diverse group of clients. My focus has always been on improving the knowledge and understanding of my students to improve their fitness. I am always learning new things to share with them.  Helping people find their way to fitness, while keeping a smile on their face is what I like to do.

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Lori is passionate about teaching which has been evident since her days as a swim instructor and coach. She is an international teacher and presenter and has taught a wide variety of group fitness programs, including Spinning and Alpine Skiing. Pilates and Yoga are now her focus and have been for the last 20 years. She both actively practices and teaches in both disciplines.  Lori holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics Honours Degree. Continuing her education, she regularly participates in workshops and courses.  Students benefit from Lori’s passion, expert knowledge, sense of humour and authentic desire to see everyone develop to their full potential.  Lori’s favorite part of working at the Firehall are her clients. To her they are like family and she feels lucky to help support them through her programs and to keep the community strong.

Zina_Richard.jpgZina Richard

Zina has been teaching at OSCA for over 16 years. A combination of serious strength work, graceful dance-influenced sequences and an overall joy of movement- these are standouts of Zina's approach. As a classical ballet teacher, she places a lot of emphasis on joint alignment, beautiful posture, works on strength and elasticity of feet and ankles. Zina enjoys a light atmosphere and community feel in her classes and encourages everyone to learn about each other, talk about current topics all while participating in class.

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Andrea is an avid athlete with a passion for the outdoors. She spends much of her free time on the trails in the Gatineau Park enjoying mountain biking, road biking, trail running, snowboarding and skate skiing. Her specialty is Yoga For Athletes, and has been teaching for the Ottawa Senators for the past 7 years. Her intention is always to provide a fresh creative class geared specifically to her students at hand. One of her biggest passions is travelling and she leads 6 yoga wellness retreats a year both locally and internationally. Andrea has been teaching at OSCA for 12 years.  She loves being a part of the process of helping people finding balance within themselves and helping them heal both mind and body through deepening their yoga practice.

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Diane has had a diverse career for 25 years in the fitness industry. She became a Group Fitness and Aquafitness instructor, teaching in several locations in Ottawa. Her love of fitness led her to supplement her own workouts with yoga for several years. Twelve years ago, she completed her Yoga Certification and Yoga has become the focus of her teaching. Her passion is to help people enjoy better health through safe effective classes and to create an accepting atmosphere where participants of all levels can replenish and challenge themselves. Diane has been teaching for OSCA for the past eleven years and her greatest memories are the participants.  Their enthusiasm, friendliness and commitment has made teaching there a privilege.

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Tanya is a motivating, high-energy trainer, a fitness entrepreneur at heart and the Owner and Operator of Personalized Fitness which she started in 1999. She has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry as a Fitness Health Coordinator, Workshop Presenter and Gym Manager. She's obtained certifications as a Trainer (Group and Personal trainer), Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor and was a regular contributor to CTV‘s “Today‘s the Day” Health and Fitness television segments from 2005 – 2015.  In a business where innovation and creativity is the key to success, Tanya continues to prove she is a strong leader. Tanya has been working for OSCA for approximately 5 years. She comes back each year for the participants.  She loves motivating people to move and improve their health.