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For the Love of Fitness PEI is proudly owned by Doris Ward of Cornwall, PE. Doris is an Award-winning Personal Training Specialist and a nationally recognized fitness professional for her positive impact with her community for influencing others to get and stay active. 

Doris earned her Personal Training certification in 2003 and has successfully trained hundreds of clients for over 17 years. 

From 2003 to 2014 Doris worked in several privately owned gyms and fitness studios across Atlantic Canada. After moving from NB to PEI, back to NB then to NS and happily back to PEI in 2014, Doris decided to take the entrepreneurial leap and register her business name in October of 2014. This important decision combined with making PEI her final home and business destination was the official launch and birth of For the Love of Fitness PEI!

As part of her dedication to her lifelong learning and meeting the demands of her clients she committed to evolve her services through seeking further professional development. Throughout her career she earned her certifications in STOTT Pilates, Schwinn Spin Indoor cycling, BOSU and Group Fitness offering those as class options as part of her expanding services.

In 2017, Doris earned her yoga instructor certification with YogaFit and began offering yoga classes at the Cornwall Town Hall where she now offers her personal training services. It's always been important to Doris to be a part of her community and offer affordable, quality and accessible programming. She works within her community and across PEI offering group fitness and private services helping to meet a wide demographic and greater population.  She also started offering both group and private Pilates sessions and embarked on her path towards earning her certificate in Trauma-Informed yoga with the YogaFit 100-hour Warriors program. 

In 2018, Doris launched her one of a kind Body Image workshops to guide others to work towards body acceptance through mind-body connection. She added Life Coaching sessions to her list of services in addition to the Fitness Coaching she started back in 2015.  Doris earned her 100-hour Trauma-Informed yoga Teacher certificate in the fall of 2018 with YogaFit. This specialized training enables Doris to offer trauma-informed yoga classes in her community that are open to everyone to help support those who have experienced trauma and PTSD. Contact the Town of Cornwall for the class schedule, payment and registration information: 903-566-2354

Continuing education is important to Doris so she can continue to grow and offer the best to her clients and class participants, meet the demands of the evolving industry and accommodate the changing needs and wants of her clientele. In addition to her trauma-informed yoga training in 2018, she also completed training in the following:

-Mental Health First Aid

-Peer Support Group Facilitation

-Life Confidence Coaching

-Mindfulness and Meditation

-Yoga for Chronic Pain

-Body Positivity

Check out the EXTRAS page under the Personal Training tab for the full list of continuing education Doris has completed.

In 2019, For the Love of Fitness PEI added 2 NEW workshops:

Goal Setting and Everything Running. 

Trauma-Informed yoga classes and Group Learn 2 Run programs are also available.

For the Love of Fitness PEI is also available for speaking and group presentations. Doris has experience in presenting in various topics such as: goal setting, motivation, core strength, body image, and all things fitness!

Writing is also a specialty! Since 2010, Doris has been a contributor to Optimyz magazine, a leading Canadian women's wellness media publication. Check out the MEDIA page to read her online articles. To read her articles in the print version of Optimyz magazine, you can purchase the current issue on stands at Indigo/Chapters, Superstore/Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart. You can purchase the digital version of past issues at https://issuu.com/optimyzmagazine

For the Love of Fitness PEI is much MORE than personal training; it is a full service fitness and wellness business managed by Doris Ward with great attention to quality, care and dedication, just ask one of her clients or class participants! 

Contact Doris by email: fortheloveoffitness@hotmail.com

 
MY
Certifications
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PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & CONTINUING EDUCATION

2002 Fitness New Brunswick (FNB) Basic Fitness Theory

2003 FNB Resistance Training Leadership, Personal Fitness Trainer

2004 Island Fitness Council Conference-March 26-27th

2006

Can Fit Pro Conference-May

STOTT Pilates Instructor Certification Mat Levels 1-6-April

STOTT Pilates Weighted Ball Workshop & The Secret to Toned Arms, Buns and Thighs, Intensifying Essential Matwork Workshop, Fitness Circle Flow-March 18 2006

2007

Aradia Pole Fitness Instructor Certification, Stretch Class workshop

June 21 2007 STOTT Pilates Matwork Choices for Personal Trainers workshop, Intense Foam Roller Challenge workshop, Total Body Sculpting workshop

2008 Canfitpro Conference-June 21-22

2009 Fitness NB Conference Moncton

2010 Fitness NB Conference Fredericton

2012  SCHWINN  Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification course-December

2013

June 23rd Canfitpro conference - 5 workshops/lectures

October Fundamentals of Nutrition Course by CanfitPro 

2014  Older Adult Fitness Specialty Ball workshop with Go PEI, November Sport PEI Sport Leadership Coach conference

2015

 

January 25th BOSU workshops-circuit sensations and core complete- total 5 hours

May Canfitpro conference-4 sessions

April Kettlebell skills clinic 1. 5 hrs 

July 12 BOSU Trainer certification 8 hrs

July 26th workshop in Moncton 5 hrs-TRX, foam roller, BOSU, Kettlebells

September 4-6th Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist certification course

September 12th Kettlebell Skills Clinic Workshop 1.5 hours

2016

 

February 26-28th  FNB Exercise Theory

September 24th BOSU Dimensional Core workshop-2 hours

November 5, 6, 11, 12  CanfitPro Personal Trainer Specialist certification course

November 18-20 Fitness NB Portable Equipment Group Fitness certification course

2017

 

May 6-7 YogaFit Level 1 Certification course-16 hours

May 15-16 Yoga For Trauma Training with David Emerson, Trauma Sensitive Yoga-16 hours

2018

February 18th: Silly Shapes Yoga Workshop-1.5 hrs with Lenae MacPhail on intermediate poses

 

March 24th: CPR and AED Training

Letting Go yoga Workshop March 3rd-1.5 hours of breath work, yoga nidra meditation

 

April 28th Sun Salutations Workshop-with Erica Killaim, 1.5 hours on breaking down parts of sun salutes, alignment focus

Re-certification of Group Fitness Instructor Certification. – eval.

April 7th Fitness NB Personal Development Day-3 seminars 1: Well balanced exercise programs supporting sensorimotor function for older adults and clinical groups

2. The application of carries and weightlifting hybrid exercises as alternatives in group fitness leadership

3. Safety in adapting exercise for all and Key moves for core strengthening.

May 3-4 and 5-6  YogaFit: Restoring Balance: training the parasympathetic system and Healing Physical and Emotional Trauma

May 12th Low Back Pain Seminar and Yoga Workshop with Dr. David Whitty CD-1.5 hours, theory and practical, learned 5 poses and stats on back pain and types of back pain and causes

June 6-7th Mental Health First Aid certification-12 hours.

June 24th Yoga Workshop Basics Level 2- 2 hours with Lenae MacPhail

July Completed Confidence Life Coaching course with Transformation Services Inc.

August-10-12 World Fitness Expo-attended 8 workshops for continuing education

August 25-26 Yoga Fit  2 days Addictions and Recovery, Warrior 20 hours training towards 100 hour Trauma-sensitive yoga teacher certification

September 2 Day Peer Support Group Facilitator training

SafeTalk Suicide Prevention Training with the Canadian Mental Health Association-PEI Division

October attended the YogaFit Mind Body conference: courses completed-YogaFit Warrior PTSD, Meditation & Mindfulness and Yogafit for Seniors

October 19th completion of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher certification

November 18 Yoga Balancing Workshop 2 hours

November 24 Completed Mindfulness Practitioner course

2019 

March Body Positive Fitness Alliance Workshop

March The Body Positive -Body Positive Professional Orientation 25 hour course

March Redefining Leadership with Commune and Off the Mat and Into the World

April -June Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction  12 week training

August 16-18 Canfitpro Conference Toronto-Workshops and Lectures on the following: Pilates, brain health, motivational interviewing, communication with different generations, female leadership in the fitness industry, nutrition trends and debates, trends in the fitness industry, small group training programming, wellness retreats and stress resilience. 

Oct 1st-Peer Support Group Leader Training with Canadian Mental Health Association

Oct 4-6th Body Brave Conference-Virtual sessions including:

Yoga for Everyone: Why Representation and Diversity Matters (Dianne Bondy)

Eating Disorder Sensitivity for Movement Professionals (Panel Discussion)

The Power of Embodiment: Moving From Exploitation to Empowerment (Ailey Jolie)

Language of Hope: Using Ordinary Words in Extraordinary Ways (Dr. Haesun Moon)

Eating Disorders 101 For Caregivers: Now what? (Lisa Burns)

Nov 2 Fitness NB Personal Training & Fitness Leader Summit-sessions included: Adaptations for common Joint Disorders, Indoor Cycling (Tapping into your Creative Self), Social Media: Friend or Foe

2020

January 19th CPR certification and A.E.D. training

February 10th Eating Disorders NS online workshops-Diet Culture Detox-1.5 hours

Feb 24th-Mar 2nd Braving Body Shame online conference 4-5 webinars daily

March 2nd Eating Disorders NS online workshop-No Wrong Way to Have a Body-3 hours

March 11th-17th Be Nourished Body Trust online summit 

March 16th Eating Disorders NS online workshop-Befriending Your Body-1.5 hours

March 30th Eating Disorders NS online workshop-Working it Out-Exercise and Recovery-1.5 hrs

Upcoming: 

YogaFit Level 2

The Body Positive Facilitator course-25 hours

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Experience Highlights

TOWN OF CORNWALL

April 2017 – Present

Pilates and Yoga Instructor – Private one-on-one Pilates mat instruction of the essential and intermediate repertoire. 

Beginner Yoga, Yoga for Chronic Pain Management, Body Acceptance Yoga and Trauma-Informed Yoga classes- offering group classes including mindfulness, breath connection techniques, balance and core work, total body strength postures, stretching, joint mobility exercises and guided meditation.

OPTIMYZ MAGAZINE

2010 – Present

Regular Contributor on wellness topics including:

Mindful Workouts, Pilates, Running, Turning Injuries into Opportunities, Goal Setting, Mind-Body Connection, Diet Culture, Healthy Aging and How Fitness Heals.

 

NATURALLY FIT PEI

November 2014 – July 2018

Personal Fitness Trainer – Experience training clients including long term planning. Customized exercise programs tailored to client goals, needs and lifestyle. One-on-one sessions including tools and resources to ensure they are set up for success to achieve their health and fitness goals. Effective document management and program design using multiple computer software programs and resources.

 

SPA TOTAL FITNESS CENTRE

March 2017-Present

Spin Indoor Cycling & Group Fitness Instructor- Lead fun, energizing cardiovascular group classes through effective technique demonstration, verbal cuing and correction. Creative programming set to music to encourage participant engagement and satisfaction.

 

THE LOCKER ROOM June 2012-August 2014

Personal Trainer-Managed 30 personal training clients.

GOODLIFE FITNESS Sept 2009-2010 Personal Fitness Trainer

SCOTIA MCLEOD May 2008 -2009 Administrative Assistant

REDDIN MORTGAGE GROUP 2007-2008 Office Manager

RBC ROYAL BANK 1998-2005 Proactive Sales, Customer Service, Mortgage Specialist, Administrative Assistant & Credit Specialist

Education

DIPLOMA, HONORS-BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY/1998

NBBC-Moncton

Program Highlights:

Organizational Management               Public Speaking & Marketing

Business Communications                   Customer Service Skills

Leaderships and Supervision               Office and Computer Skills

Professional Memberships

 

 

Canfitpro & Fitness NB

Fit Bodies Inc.

CMHA-PEI Division

PEI Road Runners Club

East Coast First Peoples Alliance

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Doris is passionate about her purpose in helping others become more connected with their bodies through mindful movement, sharing education and coaching.  As a personal trainer and fitness coach, she designs programs that are welcoming for all ages, bodies and fitness levels.  It is her passion for fitness and well-being that drives her to inspire her clients every day to encourage them to follow their dreams and goals.  Through her workshops on goal setting, body image and running, Doris is able to provide experiences and tangible tools for clients to be their best in these areas.

Whether she is training a client, teaching group yoga classes, writing, running, reading, trying new recipes, watching a movie with a cat on her lap, or running errands around town,  she strives to enjoy each day to the best of her ability. She feels very blessed and grateful to be able to lead by example and encourage others through her classes/sessions and blog and feels honored to be a part of the fitness path of so many people.

 

Her hope is to inspire others with medical conditions including mental illness, chronic pain, and those that have experience trauma so that they too can better manage these conditions through mindful movement and healthy habits and not allow their conditions to take control of them. Doris walks the talk by committing to her own workout programs and works hard at setting and achieving her own health and fitness goals. She can guide you along your path as well.

 

Contact her by email for your consultation.

EMAIL DORIS: fortheloveoffitness@hotmail.com

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the World Championships in Obstacle Course Racing TWICE..."

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