AT TWIST , WE DON’T TRAIN;WE COACH.
Coaching generates the most sustainable results & the most enjoyment and engagement in the process along the way. We coach High Performance athletes & people who want to be become healthier, stronger, more energetic and perform better in their daily lives.
We believe everyone is an athlete and every athlete can improve with proper coaching. TWIST is not just a place to train, it is a place to learn, a place to be challenged and a place to challenge yourself to get better, every day. Come in and experience the TWIST Difference and let the TWIST team of coaches and experts help you BeReady to meet all of your health, fitness, nutrition and performance needs.
LEADER OF ONE
The 2016-17 Hockey season was hugely successful for many of our TWIST Athletes of all ages and skill levels. It is hard to highlight any without leaving someone out, however there are a few mentions we need to make.
Kassidy Suave (Ohio State Women’s Hockey) Kassidy was an All-American and All Academic and she broke the Ohio State single season saves record. Kassidy will be spending her summer at TWIST preparing for next season and trying to earn a spot on the Canadian Women’s U21 team.
2001 OHL Priority Selection Success – 28 TWIST Athletes were selected in this year’s OHL Priority Selection with 12 making TWIST Whitby their local training home. Special shutout to Blake Murray (#7 Sudbury); Ethan Keppan (#10 Flint) and Connor McMichael (#11 Hamilton) for being selected in the first round.
Whitby Wildcats 2001 Minor Midget OMHA Champions Many of the players on this special team are part of the TWIST Whitby Family. With honourable mention to Coach Kristin Smart who has dedicated much of her time and energy over the past 2 seasons to also be part of the team staff as Trainer on the bench.
Cobourg Cougars 2017 RBC Cup Canadian Junior A National Champs – This great squad includes 6 TWIST High Performance Hockey athletes on the roster, Assistant Coach (and newly hired Head Coach of the Timmins Rock) who is part of our TWIST On-Ice Coaching team and Cobourg Assistant GM Adam Yahn who is a TWIST Athlete in our Adult programs.
Memorial Cup – and finally huge congratulations to TWIST athletes Adam Laishram and Hayden McCool for winning this year’s Memorial Cup with the Winsdor Spitfires!
Looking forward to what this year will bring!
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to TWIST Adult Athlete Joanne France for taking on and CRUSHING the challenge of her first half marathon on June 3rd, winning #Twist30DayChallenge and now, being selected as the TWIST Athlete of the Month!
Joanne made a huge commitment with her husband Rob to quarterback their wellness at the start of the new year and they have training 3-4 times per week at TWIST ever since. We are so proud of Joanne for sticking to all of her training, overcoming physical and mental obstacles all the way and making it to the finish line.
Joanne is a joy to coach and it is an honour to have her and Rob in our TWIST Family. We can’t wait to help Joanne tackle her next goal and I am guessing she is the early favourite to show off some #TwistSummerSweat for our summer challenge.
Whether you are an active adult who wants to continue aging healthily, a parent with a young family invested in giving your kids a healthy start to life, or a pro athlete striving to find new levels of performance, we will help you navigate the maze of confusing food labels that are actually marketing fake convenience foods, and customize a food program that optimizes your health. Our mission is to get you a body that works and since what you put in your body is just as important as your workout, nutrition is an integral part of your journey to success.
TINA R.WARD CNP,RNCP,ROHP
Tina is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto where she graduated with honors and earned her designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner.
Always motivated by continuous improvement and learning, she also completed Iridology certification in both North American and European methods as well as many other certifications including Functional Nutrition.
Tina is an energetic and enthusiastic holistic nutritional practitioner and operates a private practice in Whitby, Ontario where she provides personal one-on-one consultation for a wide range of clients; from those seeking to improve health and well-being to pro and youth athletes striving to raise performance and gain a competitive edge. Tina’s approach to optimum health spans many areas including nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle counseling. She also delivers practical nutrition based seminars and workshops for sports teams, community groups and corporate wellness programs.
Tina’s passion for wholesome food, health and fitness began as a young woman which ultimately led her to pursuing her calling as a health and wellness advocate. Holistic nutrition has become much more than a career, it has become Tina’s passion and she is unequivocally devoted to educating and empowering her clients to take control of their own health.
Education/Degree B.Sc CSCS
Hometown Pickering, Ontario, Can
Fitness Background Former Team Canada and Division 1 NCAA Baseball player, AE level hockey enforcer
Why I love what I do Having the opportunity to maximize the capabilities of our athletes motivates me everyday. Also, realizing that limitations are internal boundaries that need to be challenged in order to progress.
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you – “We don’t just change lives, we safe lives” -Peter Twist
Education/Degree Honors BA Kinesiology & Physical Education
Hometown Etobicoke, Ontario Canada
Fitness Background HOCKEY was & always will by my true passion. Also grew up playing Baseball & Soccer
Why I love what I do Coaching is an art form that continuously challenges your cognition and practical applications, an aspect of my job that I covet. I value the ability to intertwine my true passions (fitness & sport) into a job that is highly rewarding and incredibly inspiring.
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” (The Great One, Wayne Gretzky)
Education/Degree BSc in Exercise Science Minor in Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Hometown Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Fitness Background I was a TWIST Athlete for almost 8 years prior to being a coach. I played NCAA Women’s Lacrosse, as well as grew up playing a high level of competitive Hockey and Soccer. I have coached archery, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby for people with different ability levels for several years.
Why I love what I do I enjoy working with and coaching people. I love sharing in the excitement as my clients achieve their personal fitness goals and exceed their own expectations. I hope to motivate, encourage and foster a positive learning environment through sharing my experiences and knowledge.
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you – “The greatest wealth is health” – Virgil
Education/Degree B.A Honours Specialization Kinesiology, MT
Hometown Whitby, ON
Fitness Background Lacrosse, Hockey, Soccer
Why I love what I do I love coaching because it is dynamic, exciting, and there is no better feeling than helping someone achieve their goals – athletically and personally. It’s all about the people, the relationships, and the life lessons. Also because I get so much back from my athletes, young and old – they have helped me become the best version of myself, and brought out a side of me I didn’t even know existed.
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you – “act how you want to feel”; “what I keep inside, I lose forever”
Education/Degree Narini BPE, PTS, TSCC
Hometown Hampton, ON
Fitness Background I am a Linear athlete J – Triathlons, Yoga and love to get on the Floor at TWIST
Why I love what I do Watching people transform their lives for the better- such an awesome feeling to be part of someone’s happiness
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you – “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live!”
Education/Degree BPE; CSCS; TSCC; Director of Performance
Hometown Guelph Ont
Fitness Background Baseball, Volleyball, Cycling but game for anything!
Why I love what I do Having a career where you get to live your passion, play every day and help others learn, develop and get better is the best job in the world.
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you – “The difference between excellence and mediocrity is commitment.”
Education/Degree BSc (Honours); CFP = PTS
Hometown Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Fitness Background Running, adventure races, ultimate frisbee
Why I love what I do There is nothing better than facilitating clients’ desire and efforts to change and get better and to watch them become confident in their abilities
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you –”The difference between who/where you are and who/where you want to be is what you do.”
Education/Degree Dip. Fitness and Health Promotion. BKIN (C), TSCC-Bronze, CSEP-CPT(C), Precision Elite Sport Nutrition Cert(c)
Hometown Oshawa, On, Can
Fitness Background Lacrosse – Trent University, Hockey, Volleyball, Olympic Lifting, Power Lifting
Why I love what I do I love serving and supporting individual’s desires to improve their lives, providing a helping hand and encouragement. Observing and aiding in this transformation presents me great satisfaction.
Favourite Quote or something someone has said to motivate/inspire you – “ Do or do not, there is no try” -Yoda
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I joined TWIST following Heather from another training facility on her recommendation. My goal was to improve my cycling and not be left behind during a ride. During the years training at Twist, my strength, endurance and cardiovascular capacity have all improved tremendously. My recovery rate after a long ride is also much faster. I have muscle tone which I have never had before and I am the most fit that I have ever been. I can now keep up with my husband when cycling and I am never left behind. Seeing the significant improvement in my cycling is what convinced my husband to participate in Twist. Heather made a believer out of him. Likewise, our son is now a committed participant at Twist. But it was Heather who was instrumental in helping Taison regain his self-confidence by pushing him, guiding him and praising him.
Over the years, Heather has served as a positive role model for Taison . He has expressed his great admiration and respect for all of her athletic accomplishments and the zealous coaching she brings to Twist. Now “full-time” at TWIST and with the help of the other coaches, Taison has seen dramatic results – both in his weight loss and physical fitness. Though he does not train regularly with Heather, she has provided the framework for his success: this does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Taison has recently turned from passive by-stander to an active competitor and takes enjoyment in sharing his physical accomplishments with Heather.
It is our opinion that Heather is an outstanding coach and trainer. Heather is always on time – and can be seen setting up before the class or session starts.
I always look forward to my work-out at Twist. I love the positive atmosphere and the energy that can always be found at Twist. Heather definitely adds a lot of great energy and drive to the TWIST Team. I find Heather’s energy very inspiring and it helps me throughout my workout. I have always trusted Heather from the very first workout and know that I am in good hands. I like that she pushes me to do the best that I can in a strong but caring manner.
Although I have been active in fitness and sports most of my life, I would have never considered myself or defined myself as an “athlete”.. until I started training with Coach Phil at TWIST Whitby. It amazes mew every day the progress I have made and continue to make , despite my myriad “bag” of injuries. Day in and day out, despite my self doubt, Coach Phil stood by me and worked though the challenges (and injuries) with me. His contagious energy and positive attitude got me though the worse of days when I just didn’t think I had in to me to push myself any further.
His training style is simple: Coach Phil always said we were a “team”…and honestly, this has made all the difference with my training goals. Wouldn’t train anywhere else or with anyone else. TWIST Whitby…. Best place on earth. Home away from home.