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Meet The Trainer – Ethan Wollmann

Ethan WollmannACSM-CPT
PN Level 1
FMS Level 1

Background: How did you get started in fitness and athletics?

When I was 10 my Mom put me in ballet, reasons unknown. I was absolutely devastated. It should have been any boys dream – myself, 8 girls, and a teacher who put me front and center. But I’m pretty sure I had to wear a leotard and I’m not sure I ever recovered from that.

Fast forward 8 years, like most 18 year olds, I want to be jacked.

For some reason I feel like the blending of these two life events really epitomizes my fitness journey.

Experience: How long have you been a trainer?


Training Philosophy: What is your training philosophy?

Mindful Movement – Move, learn, discover.

My movement practice constantly changes depending on my mood, primarily dictated by the state of my lawn.  Currently I’m very interested in utilizing movement as a form of play and exploration. I know this probably sounds a little obnoxious, but if you’ve ever seen me rolling around in the gym you know what I mean?

Client Success Stories: Can you share a memorable success story or moment with a client?

Every time a client comments that exercising has given them the confidence to try something they would have never tried before and enrich their lived experience.

Advice for Beginners: What advice would you give to someone just starting their fitness journey?

Consistency is by far the most important piece of the puzzle, but it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ concept. Consistency for a 20-year-old high schooler probably looks much different than a 45-year-old accountant – and not just because he’s 20 and still in high school. Understanding how fitness can mesh with your lifestyle is huge for long term success.

Overcoming Challenges: How do you help clients overcome common fitness challenges?

Avoid setting yourself up for failure. Falling victim to doing too much too soon inevitably (for most of us) makes a routine hard to stick to when life decides to interfere. Find your rhythm.

Favorite Workout: What is your favorite type of workout or exercise, and why?

Probably Bulgarian squats. If you know, you know 😉.

Personal Fitness Goals: What are your personal fitness goals for this year?

For the most part my goals are quite general when it comes to fitness. Moving pain-free is always top of mind, followed by exploring different modalities and trying to add more tools to my toolbox, expand my fitness repertoire, and to stay healthy decades down the road.

 Hobbies: What are your hobbies or interests outside of fitness?

Tennis, video games, scootering, mindfulness practices, travel, Christmas, Lord of the Rings, Roger Federer shoes, investing and losing money, chasing happiness, my daughter yelling at me, watering my lawn.

Inspirational Figure: Who or what inspires you the most?

Connecting with people.
The Roman Empire – all men think about this at least weekly.

Fun Fact: Share a fun or surprising fact about yourself.

Favourite colour: lush green
Number: Infinity 8
Season: July
Holiday destination: ocean or sea-bound
Landscape: weedless grass
Least liked element: wind

Celebrating 15 Years of Raising the Bar: SVPT Fitness & Athletics’ Best Personal Training in Edmonton

Not all gyms are created equal when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. We’re proud to say that after 15 years of successful operation and growth, our facility remains a benchmark for quality personal training in the Edmonton fitness community. The secret? Our unwavering commitment to raising fitness industry standards, private and partner personal training, superior customer service, and a foundation built on real formal education and continuing education. We are constantly getting better for our clients.

Customer Service Beyond Compare

We understand that personal training is more than just about dumbbells and treadmills; it’s about relationships. Our customer service reflects this core belief, setting our business apart from generic and big-box fitness centers and gyms. Customer service isn’t just a department in our gym; it’s ingrained in our culture. From the moment you step into our facility, you’ll notice the difference. Our friendly and knowledgeable team of certified personal trainers makes it a point to know your name, your goals, and how best to assist you in reaching them. We aim to create an environment where you feel at home, supported, and motivated to give your best in each session.

Industry-Leading Personal Training

Our reputation as a personal training powerhouse doesn’t just come from excellent customer service but from the customized personal training itself. The SVPT team consists of certified professionals who bring experience and cutting-edge methodologies. Whether you are a professional athlete or taking your first tentative steps into the world of fitness, you will find a trainer and a program that is right for you.

Our team doesn’t offer one-size-fits-all workout regimens; each program is custom-designed around individual clients’ unique goals, abilities, and life circumstances. A personalized training plan is tailored to deliver fitness results and exceed expectations. Support does not end when you step out of the gym; the SVPT team is always available to answer questions, offer advice, provide homework for you to do independently, and give you the extra motivation you might need.

Setting High Fitness Industry Standards

In a world where fitness fads come and go, we’ve always been steadfast in our mission to set high fitness industry standards. How do we achieve this? It starts with our team of certified personal trainers who have undergone extensive formal education in exercise science and biomechanics. These professionals aren’t just certified; they continually advance their knowledge through seminars, workshops, and research to ensure that our training methodologies are evidence-based and effective. Our approach to long-term health and well-being sets us leagues apart in an industry often focused solely on aesthetics and short-term results. Furthermore, in a field often plagued by misinformation, our focus on real formal education serves as a cornerstone of our gym’s philosophy.

We want you to leave the nest and learn and be empowered enough to train independently. Many clients stay with us for upwards of 1 year, but many have been with us for ten years, as they prefer to have consistent accountability and to have their programs constantly monitored and progressed as they progress. We have some clients who only stay for a while to learn enough to train on their own confidently, and we love that. We have always been about educating clients so they know better. When you know better, you do better.

15 Years and Counting

After 15 years in the business, our commitment to raising the bar in fitness industry standards remains as strong as ever. Through our focus on private, partner and semi-private personal training, exemplary customer service, and an educational foundation emphasizing real formal education and continuing education, we have set ourselves apart as the best in Edmonton. While it may sound like we are tooting our own horn, we are celebrating the growing pains, successes and failures in an industry that has so many gyms come and go. We have beaten the odds!

Whether you’re brand new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, we invite you to experience the difference that a truly personalized approach to wellness can make. Join us and become a part of a community that values quality, expertise, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.


Elevating Senior Health: The Power of Personal Training

Ageing gracefully isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling your best and making the most out of life. As we age, maintaining good health becomes increasingly critical, and it’s more than just staying active; it’s about doing the right activities that provide health benefits without causing injury. This is where personal training can significantly impact the quality of life for seniors. Here’s a closer look at why personal training is an excellent option for those in their golden years.

Customized Personal Training

One of the primary benefits of hiring a personal trainer for seniors is the customization of workout routines. A “one size fits all” exercise approach is ineffective, especially for seniors with specific or chronic health issues like arthritis, osteoporosis, or heart conditions. A qualified and certified personal trainer assesses your physical condition, notes any medical history, and creates a program that targets your specific needs.

Injury Prevention

The risk of injury can be a significant concern for seniors when engaging in physical activities. Unsupervised exercise can result in strains or falls, which could have serious implications. Personal trainers understand the biomechanics of the ageing body and can design workouts that are both safe and effective. They instruct you on proper form and technique, significantly reducing the risk of injury during exercise, everyday life, and daily activities.

Balance and Mobility

Balance and mobility are among the most important yet often overlooked aspects of senior fitness. Poor balance can lead to falls, which are the leading cause of injury among seniors. A personal trainer incorporates functional strength and mobility exercises that improve balance and mobility.

Improved Cognitive Function

Several studies indicate that regular physical exercise can improve cognitive function and may even delay the onset of conditions like Alzheimer’s. Personal training offers more than just a physical workout; it’s a mental workout as well. Following complex exercise sequences requires concentration and coordination, keeping both your body and mind engaged.

Accountability and Motivation

It’s easy to skip a workout when no one holds you accountable. A personal trainer provides that accountability, ensuring you stick to your routine. This consistency is crucial in maintaining long-term health benefits. Moreover, having a scheduled session with a trainer gives you something to look forward to, enhancing your overall mental well-being.

Social Engagement

For many seniors, social interaction becomes limited due to various life changes like retirement or loss of friends and family. Personal training provides a form of social engagement that is not just beneficial for your physical health but also for your emotional well-being. Many trainers go beyond just being a fitness instructor; they become confidants and friends, adding another layer of social support.

Adaptive Methods

Personal trainers are highly adaptable, changing your workout routine as your needs and health conditions evolve. Whether you are recovering from surgery or you have achieved a specific fitness milestone, a certified personal trainer will adapt your exercise program accordingly. This adaptive methodology ensures that you are always progressing safely and never plateauing, keeping you engaged and motivated.

Boosted Independence

The ultimate goal of personal training for seniors is to boost independence. Strengthening muscles and joints and improving balance equips seniors with the physical capability to perform daily activities without assistance. This self-reliance has a profound impact on quality of life, leading to increased happiness and longevity.

The Takeaway

Personal training can lead seniors to healthier, happier, and more independent lives. Through tailored exercise programs, injury prevention, functional strength training, and even social engagement, seniors can find a comprehensive solution for ageing gracefully. In the golden years, health becomes the real wealth, and investing in a personal trainer might be the best decision you can make for your physical and mental well-being.

Seniors 65+ get 10% off all private and partner personal training at SVPT!

Seniors fitness discount - Personal Trainer Edmonton

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The Game-Changer for Fitness Over 40: Hiring a Personal Trainer

Age is just a number, but when it starts to tip over 40, it seems your body scribbles memos to remind you. Activity levels slow down, muscle mass begins to decline, and suddenly, those few extra pounds don’t seem to budge as they used to. It’s tempting to take the path of least resistance, blaming age for your fitness hurdles. But what if you could defy age and reclaim your health, fitness and well-being? This is where hiring a personal trainer can be a game-changer, especially if you’re over 40. Here’s why.

Targeted Workouts

Depending on your fitness history, as we age, our bodies require modified forms of exercise to maintain good physical health. Also, our fitness interests change as we age. What we did for fitness in our 30s might not appeal to us anymore. Strength training becomes increasingly important to combat muscle loss, but cardio must also be considered for heart health. An experienced personal trainer can design a balanced workout routine tailored for the 40+ demographic, factoring in your specific health conditions, lifestyle, interests and fitness goals.


Let’s be honest. The 40s are a busy time, often juggling family, career, and many responsibilities. Skipping a workout might seem insignificant in the grand scheme, but those missed workouts add up over time. A personal trainer is an accountability partner, ensuring you stick to your fitness regimen to reach your goals and build better fitness and health into your 50s. They keep tabs on your progress, tweak your workout plan as needed, and inspire you to put your fitness goals into action so you reach your potential.

Expert Guidance

Fitness and personal trainers are often certified professionals with a deep understanding of human anatomy and physiology. As our bodies age, the risk of injury increases, making it crucial to use the correct form and technique during exercise. What we got away with in our 20s and 30s, we can’t in our 40s. A trainer provides expert guidance, minimizing the risks of strains, sprains, and other injuries. This becomes especially important for those embarking on a fitness regime for the first time or returning after a long hiatus.

Psychological Benefits

Turning 40 is often a significant emotional milestone, bringing along its own set of anxieties and self-doubts with our changing bodies. Exercise has been proven to improve mental health, and personalized attention from a personal trainer can boost your self-esteem and confidence. Not only are you transforming your body, but you’re also making positive changes to your mental health and well-being.

Social Interaction

Let’s face it: social circles can often shrink as we age. Hiring a personal trainer brings professional interaction into your life and can introduce you to a community of like-minded individuals. Many trainers offer partner sessions or semi-private personal training, creating a community of people who share similar goals and challenges.

Long-term Investment

Investing in a personal trainer is an investment in yourself. By setting the foundation for a healthy lifestyle in your 40s, you’re also setting the stage for your 50s, 60s, and beyond. With better health and fitness comes a better quality of life, whether it’s having more energy to play with your kids (or grandkids), tackling that hiking trail, you’ve always wanted to conquer with your friends on the weekend, or simply making daily activities easier.

Wrapping It Up

Hiring a personal trainer in your 40s isn’t a sign of weakness or an extravagant luxury; it’s an empowered choice to take control of your health and well-being. A good trainer provides more than just a list of exercises. They offer targeted workouts, accountability, expert guidance, and emotional support that can be incredibly beneficial for those navigating the changes that come with this life stage. If fitness over 40 is a priority for you, a personal trainer might be the game-changer you need.

Let us show you how your 40s can be better than your 30s and set you up for your 50s and 60s!

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Benefits of Personalized Training Programs

In the quest for optimal health and fitness, personalized training programs have emerged as a powerful tool for unlocking one’s full potential. Navigating the myriad of exercise routines and fitness advice can be overwhelming, leaving you needing guidance on where to begin or how to proceed. This is where a certified personal trainer and custom personalized training come into play. By combining the expertise of a professional with a tailored approach, you can significantly increase the likelihood of achieving your fitness goals. Tailoring exercise regimens to an individual’s unique needs, goals, abilities, and lifestyle will lead to more significant and lasting results than generic and one-size-fits-all workout routines or random workouts on social media.

Customization to Your Specific Needs and Goals

Personal trainers meet you where you are at.  Personalized training programs are designed for YOUR success and where you are starting. One of the most significant advantages of personalized training programs created by certified personal trainers is their ability to be customized to your unique needs and goals. A certified personal trainer will assess your current fitness level, medical history, fitness history, lifestyle and personal objectives to create a tailored workout plan to optimize your results. This individualized approach ensures that every aspect of your training program is geared towards helping you achieve your goals: strength, building muscle, improving mobility, increasing cardiovascular function, improving athletic performance, or enhancing overall health.

Greater Accountability and Motivation

Working with a certified personal trainer in a private gym setting provides a higher level of accountability and motivation. Knowing someone closely monitors your progress and expects you to attend your workouts can be a powerful motivator. Additionally, your trainer will provide ongoing encouragement and support, helping you stay on track and committed to your fitness journey.

Optimal Exercise Selection and Technique

Personalized training programs incorporate exercises specifically chosen to target your individual needs and goals. A certified personal trainer will ensure that your workout routines include the most effective exercises for your objectives and will teach you the proper technique to perform them safely and efficiently. This attention to detail maximizes the benefits of each workout and reduces the risk of injury.

Adaptability and Flexibility

Your needs and abilities may change as you progress through your fitness journey. Personalized training programs are designed to adapt to these changes, ensuring your workouts remain challenging and effective. Your personal trainer will continually assess your progress and adjust your schedule, helping you stay on track toward your goals and avoiding plateaus.

Time Efficiency

With busy lives and limited time, making the most of your time available for exercise is essential. Personalized training programs are designed to be time-efficient, ensuring that you get the maximum benefit from each workout. You can achieve better results in less time by focusing on exercises explicitly targeting your goals.


Ongoing Education and Support

Getting a personalized exercise program from a personal trainer allows for ongoing education and support throughout your fitness journey. Your trainer can teach you about healthier habits, exercise techniques, and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. This knowledge can empower you to make informed decisions about your health and fitness, leading to lasting health and well-being.

Personalized exercise programs offer numerous benefits to help you unlock your full potential and achieve your fitness goals. By providing a customized approach, greater accountability, optimal exercise selection, adaptability, time efficiency, and ongoing education and support, these programs can lead to more significant and lasting results than cookie-cutter workout routines. So, if you’re ready to take your fitness journey to the next level, consider investing in a personalized training program from a certified personal trainer and experience the transformative power of tailored exercise regimens.


Shara Vigeant, BA, NSCA-CPT, CFSC

The Cost of a Personal Trainer

You get what you pay for; quality and luxury will always cost more. 

This especially applies to personal training and personal trainers. A formally educated personal trainer will ALWAYS be a better investment than a weekend certified trainer and, unfortunately, more expensive. However, consider when hiring a formally educated personal trainer that you are not just paying for that 1-hour service; you also are paying for their years of experience, formal education, certification and continuing fitness education that helps create high-quality, high-value sessions.

A formally educated certified personal trainer typically has a more comprehensive and in-depth understanding of exercise science, anatomy, physiology, and other fields. They usually hold a degree in exercise science, kinesiology, or a related discipline, which requires several years of study and hands-on experience. As a result, they are typically better equipped to create individualized training programs based on a client’s specific needs and goals, considering any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries. They also tend to have better problem-solving skills and a more nuanced understanding of adjusting exercises and programming to accommodate different types of clients.

In contrast, a weekend certified trainer has only completed a short course or workshop covering very basic personal training topics. As a result, has a different depth of knowledge or experience than a formally educated personal trainer. A formally educated personal trainer will cost more because they invest in more comprehensive education and continuing education. 

Think of hiring a certified personal trainer as an investment. Ideally, you want to put your money into an investment with a great return over time. What does that return entail? You should learn proper training techniques and programming, experience physical improvements, and feel supported and heard in every session. We expect you to leave the nest eventually, and we want you to do so confidently. Our job is to teach you how to train correctly and effectively on your own. You should feel empowered to walk into any gym and know what to do and how to do it safely and effectively.

We have been in the personal training business for 15 years and have had clients leave to try a more budget-friendly trainer and return because they did not get the return on investment. They wasted their time and money with a trainer needing the knowledge, expertise or experience that our certified personal trainers have. Better quality equals a better return on investment. If you hire a $30 per hour, weekend certified personal trainer, you will get a $30 per hour weekend certified quality of training and experience. 

While we understand that being able to afford a personal trainer is not in everyone’s budget, it is one of those investments that, if you spend wisely, you will have significant long-term returns. The better the investment, the better the returns; crappy investments have crappy returns. There is nothing more frustrating than wasting money and time.

We do understand that having a certified personal trainer 3-5x a week isn’t an option financially for many people, which is why we have created many opportunities for our clients to give them accessibility to high-quality personal training, including:

  • Partner Personal Training – you and a friend, spouse, or family member share a trainer’s cost while doing your own customized training program
  • Semi-Private Personal Training – you and 2-3 others share a personal trainer while doing your own customized training program
  • Homework – when you purchase a private or partner personal training package, you get homework to do on days you don’t see us, so even if you don’t see us, you can still be assured your programming is safe and effective, and you are continuing to progress to your fitness goals
  • Small Group Classes – we offer small group classes of up to 10 people maximum for you to work on conditioning and mobility outside of your personal training sessions, so you can be assured you are still progressing toward your fitness goals;  classes are specifically programmed to compliment the private sessions with your trainer.

We also have many clients come and see us for 6-8 sessions, learn a new custom training program, then do it on their own for a few months and return for a new program once they have mastered that program. This is a great way to keep fitness and training progressing while knowing you are training safely and effectively. 

Whatever your fitness goals, and if you are a beginner or an advanced trainee, you are worth the quality investment into your health, fitness and longevity. You get one body in life, and your body and health can dictate your quality of life, so invest in your body and health wisely.   

Shara Vigeant, BA, NSCA-CPT, CFSC

Functional Training to Improve Everyday Life

Functional training is exercise that focuses on improving the body’s ability to perform everyday activities efficiently and safely. The primary goal of functional training is to enhance functional fitness, which encompasses various aspects of physical well-being, such as strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance. Functional training typically involves compound movements that engage multi-joint, multi-muscle movements, which can provide numerous benefits for your everyday life, including reducing the risk of injury and making daily tasks easier and more efficient.

While it’s true that most exercises can provide some functional benefits, not all exercises are designed to improve daily life functionality. Functional training exercises aim to target the body as a whole rather than isolating body parts;  think of training movements rather than muscles. Instead of machines, functional training often incorporates body weight, resistance bands, free weights and medicine balls.

Some key characteristics of functional training include:

  1. Compound movements: Functional exercises often involve multiple joints and muscle groups, simulating real-life movements. Exercises like squats and deadlifts involve hips, core and legs, which are all muscles and joints you need to sit down and, get up, lift boxes. The more muscles and joints involved in training, the better.

  2. Balance and stability: Functional training emphasizes improving balance and stability by incorporating exercises that challenge these aspects. You can improve your ability to control your body and maintain your balance which is particularly important as you age, as falls are a common cause of injury in older adults. Single-leg exercises like a single-leg deadlift or skater squat are great for challenging balance and stability.

  3. Multi-planar movements: Many functional exercises require training in multiple planes (sagittal, frontal, and transverse), as opposed to traditional ones focusing on single-plane movements, such as lateral lunges. Life doesn’t happen just moving forward, so training in all directions is essential.

  4. Core strength: A strong core is essential for overall functional fitness and everyday tasks. Functional training often involves exercises that engage and strengthen the core muscles, such as plank rows, dead bug variations, and medicine ball throws.

  5. Adaptability: Functional training can be adapted to various fitness levels and specific needs, making it suitable for a wide range of individuals, from beginners to advanced athletes. The exercises can be modified in intensity, complexity, and equipment used.

So how do you add functional training to your exercise regime?

Consider an exercise like bicep curls, which is a body part isolation exercise. Bicep curls isolate the bicep muscle and primarily focus on building muscle size and strength only in that area. Although bicep curls can contribute to overall arm strength, they are less functional than exercises like rows or pull-ups, which involve multiple muscle groups and joints. If you want to do a bicep curl, do it in a half-kneeling or tall-kneeling position to utilize more core stability and hip stability or add more movement by adding a reverse lunge or squat. These additions make the bicep curl more functional.

Incorporating functional training into your exercise routine can provide numerous benefits, including improved muscle balance, increased joint stability, better movement efficiency, and enhanced physical performance. It can also help you become more agile and better prepared for the physical demands of daily life or recreational activities.

Shara Vigeant, BA, NSCA-CPT, CFSC

The SVPT Difference in Small Group Fitness Classes in South Edmonton

Fitness classes come in all shapes and sizes, from high-energy dance classes to low-impact yoga sessions. But there’s something truly unique about the small group fitness classes offered by SVPT Fitness & Athletics in South Edmonton. They embody an ideal balance of camaraderie, motivation, and individualized attention, setting them apart from other fitness classes in the city.

So, what should you look for in the best fitness classes, and how does SVPT bring this to life?

Small Class Numbers: For Personal Attention and Safety

One of the defining factors of quality fitness classes is small class numbers. Classes that are packed to the brim may create an energetic ambiance but often at the cost of personal attention and injury. Small group fitness classes at SVPT are capped to ensure every participant receives individual attention and instruction, ensuring their form and technique are on point.

This personalized approach amplifies safety, reduces the risk of injury, and enhances the effectiveness of your workout. It also enables our trainers to modify exercises according to each individual’s fitness level and needs, making the session more efficient and productive for every participant.

Proper Instruction: For Optimal Workout Performance

Proper instruction is a crucial aspect of any fitness class. At SVPT, our trainers don’t merely supervise workouts; they educate and inspire. They are passionate about teaching participants the ‘why’ behind every movement, fostering an understanding that transcends beyond the four walls of our gym.

Our certified personal trainers correct form on the spot, provide useful tips to maximize the efficiency of each exercise and offer alternatives for different skill levels. Their insightful instructions empower participants to get the most out of every session and gain the knowledge necessary to maintain their fitness independently.

Scalable Exercises: For Inclusive Fitness Progress

Fitness classes should be adaptable, catering to a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. SVPT sets the standard with scalable exercises designed to accommodate everyone, from beginners to seasoned athletes. This scalability ensures that everyone can engage, challenge themselves, and progress at their own pace.

Our trainers are adept at modifying workouts to be easier or more challenging based on individual requirements and goals. This flexible approach makes our classes truly inclusive and ensures everyone leaves feeling accomplished, no matter their starting point.

The SVPT Difference

What makes SVPT Fitness & Athletics truly stand out from other fitness classes in Edmonton are the intangible elements – our commitment to community, our belief in the power of motivation and education, and our dedication to transforming lives through fitness.

We foster a supportive and encouraging environment where everyone knows your name, goals, and journey. It’s not just about burning calories or building muscles; it’s about becoming a better version of yourself to live a more full life outside of the gym and being part of a community that celebrates each other’s achievements.

SVPT small group fitness classes are also designed to be dynamic and engaging, with diverse routines to keep participants motivated and challenged. We blend different exercise modalities, keeping sessions fresh and exciting while promoting comprehensive fitness.

The best fitness classes offer more than just a workout—they provide an experience. They ensure small class numbers for personal attention, deliver proper instruction for effective performance, and incorporate scalable exercises for inclusivity.

At SVPT Fitness & Athletics in South Edmonton, we go the extra mile to integrate all these elements into our small group fitness classes. But more than that, we offer a community that encourages, a learning experience that empowers, and a journey that transforms. Experience the SVPT difference today, and embark on a fitness journey you’ll never forget.

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Hiring a Certified Personal Trainer This Fall

As summer’s carefree days wane and the disciplined rhythm of fall takes over, there’s a renewed emphasis on routines, especially regarding health and fitness. This transition offers a new opportunity to invest in a certified personal trainer. If you’re in south Edmonton, one name stands out: SVPT Fitness & Athletics. A locally owned and operated gem, SVPT has pioneered the personal training industry for 15 years, setting unparalleled standards.

Why Invest in a Certified Personal Trainer this Fall?

  1. Personalized Guidance: Every individual is unique — in terms of goals, fitness history, physical conditions, and motivations. A certified personal trainer recognizes these nuances and crafts workouts tailored just for you. Whether your summer was filled with indulgences or prolonged inactivity, they gauge where you are now and chart a path forward.  SVPT certified personal trainers meet you where you are at and will guide you to your fitness goals safely and effectively.
  2. Structured Return to Routine: While self-motivation can get you started, maintaining consistency can be challenging. With summer over, the structured approach of a personal trainer ensures you’re not only returning to fitness but also evolving in your journey. Regular sessions with a personal trainer ensure that you get started and stay committed by helping you establish a routine. Personal trainers can help you create a routine that will work for you and your lifestyle. Routine creates consistency, and consistency is the key to success.
  3. Safety First: After a summer hiatus from structured exercise or trying something new, there’s a risk of injury without proper guidance. Certified personal trainers ensure you perform activities correctly, use equipment safely, and progressively intensify workouts as needed.
  4. Accountability and Motivation: One of the critical challenges in maintaining a fitness routine is staying accountable. Scheduled sessions with a personal trainer ensure you show up, push your limits safely and effectively, and remain committed to your wellness journey even when the initial enthusiasm wanes.
  5. Expertise and Knowledge: SVPT’s certified personal trainer brings a wealth of expertise in anatomy, exercise physiology, and the latest in fitness trends.  Whether your goal is to increase strength, improve cardiovascular, and improve mobility and flexibility, this expertise translates to more effective and efficient training programs and a comprehensive understanding of your fitness journey.


Why Choose SVPT Fitness & Athletics?

With numerous fitness options in south Edmonton, why should SVPT Fitness & Athletics be your go-to destination this fall?

  1. 15 Years of Excellence: A decade and a half in the fitness industry is not just a number. It’s a testimony to consistent excellence, adaptability to fitness trends, and a commitment to client wellness. With SVPT, you’re not just getting a gym; you’re getting a legacy.
  2. Privacy Matters: Unlike crowded commercial gyms where you often wait for equipment or feel overwhelmed, SVPT offers a private gym experience. This privacy ensures personalized attention and a comfortable environment to improve your fitness and focus on your goals.
  3. Highly Qualified Trainers: At SVPT, certification is just the beginning. The trainers are seasoned professionals who undergo continuing education and training to stay updated with the latest in fitness and improve themselves as coaches. Their expertise ensures you’re in safe, knowledgeable hands.
  4. Mental Health: Fitness is not just about physical exercises. Research has shown that exercise can improve mental health and well-being.  Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. They are often referred to as “happy hormones.” A personal trainer provides a structured routine, instilling a sense of discipline and purpose. Having a routine and sticking to it can be grounding and give a sense of stability.  Interacting with a personal trainer provides social engagement, which can help reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation. Regular social contact can benefit mental health, even if it’s just one person.
  5. Community Feel: While the gym offers a private experience, it also fosters a sense of community among its members. The environment is one of mutual encouragement, motivation, and shared goals.

As we transition from the free-spirited summer to the disciplined tones of fall, ensuring your fitness doesn’t get left behind is crucial. A certified personal trainer offers guidance, structure, and expertise in this transition. And in south Edmonton, SVPT Fitness & Athletics is the best choice for a private, personalized, and effective fitness experience. As the leaves change colour, let this season be the one where you transform, evolve, and achieve your fitness goals with SVPT by your side.


Shara Vigeant, BA, NSCA-CPT, CFSC

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Crafting Excellence: What Makes SVPT Fitness & Athletics the Best Gym in South Edmonton

In the heart of South Edmonton, you’ll find a sanctuary of fitness that redefines the concept of health and personal growth. SVPT Fitness & Athletics is your private gym oasis and has been diligently sculpting the template of the best gym experience since 2008. How have we done it? The magic lies in our powerful blend of high-quality personal training, a team of the best personal trainers, a community, and a commitment to customer service and the individual needs of our clients.

When you think of the best gym, several factors naturally come to mind: state-of-the-art facilities, diverse training programs, and experienced fitness experts. At SVPT Fitness & Athletics, we raise the bar. Our focus goes beyond physical transformation. We focus on cultivating resilience, instilling confidence, and fostering a sense of community.

The Best Personal Training

A crucial component of our winning formula is offering the best personal training. Our approach is not one-size-fits-all. Everyone comes to us with different goals, physical abilities, and lifestyle needs. Hence, we’ve built our training philosophy around a personalized approach, adjusting to your history and lifestyle and helping you unlock your full potential.

Our team invests time in understanding your objectives and designs a custom-fit workout regime that motivates you to push your limits while enjoying the journey safely. Our training techniques vary from traditional to the latest, ensuring you get the best personal training experience in South Edmonton.

An Ensemble of the Best Personal Trainers

A gym is only as good as its trainers. Recognizing this, we’ve built a team of the best personal trainers, each with unique strengths and specializations. Our formally educated and certified personal trainers are more than fitness professionals; they are mentors, confidants, and cheerleaders. Their mission is to guide you, motivate you, and celebrate your victories, big and small.

Our personal trainers stay current on fitness research, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date guidance. Their expertise, passion, and dedication make SVPT Fitness & Athletics stand out among South Edmonton gyms.

Ensuring Consistent Improvement and Innovation

To maintain our standing as the best gym and offer the best personal training services in South Edmonton, we are relentless in our pursuit of continuous improvement and innovation.
We constantly research and introduce new training methods and technologies to optimize our members’ results. This ongoing commitment to improvement and innovation ensures that SVPT remains at the forefront of fitness, offering our clients nothing but the very best.

Quality, Not Quantity: The Value of a Private Gym Experience

One distinguishing feature that sets SVPT apart from many South Edmonton gyms is the private gym non-intimidating inclusive training experience. Unlike traditional, overcrowded fitness facilities, our private gym offers a more personalized, less intimidating atmosphere. A gym should be more than just a place to work out; it should be a sanctuary, a space where you feel comfortable, safe, and motivated to reach your fitness goals.

In our private gym setting, clients have the space to focus on their exercises, learn the correct form, and feel comfortable pushing their limits. This creates a respectful and supportive environment that fosters personal growth and peak performance.

Our equipment is meticulously maintained, our facilities are clean and welcoming, and our team is always ready to assist. Every detail is considered to ensure that your workout experience is nothing short of exceptional.

Commitment to Community

Being the best gym in South Edmonton is more than just providing top-tier personal training or a comfortable private gym experience. It’s also about fostering community. We encourage an inclusive culture where clients feel welcomed, valued, and inspired. When you hire an SVPT certified personal trainer, you don’t just get the support of that trainer and team; you get the support of others in the gym working towards their fitness goals. Our trainers and clients celebrate each other’s successes, no matter how small they may seem. This shared sense of camaraderie and mutual respect among our community goes a long way in enhancing motivation, consistency, and results.

We understand that the search for the best gym is not merely about finding a place to exercise. It’s about discovering a space to grow, challenge yourself, and feel supported on your fitness journey.

Prioritizing Education for Lifelong Fitness

SVPT is committed to fostering a culture of learning, a crucial element that elevates us to the rank of the best gym in South Edmonton. Our team doesn’t just instruct workouts; they educate clients about the principles of fitness and recovery. This empowers our clients to make informed decisions about their health and wellness, facilitating a balanced, sustainable lifestyle that extends beyond the gym’s walls.

What it takes to be the best gym in South Edmonton combines exceptional personal training, a conducive private gym atmosphere, a strong sense of community, a commitment to trainer and client education, and continuous improvement. At SVPT Fitness & Athletics, we’re proud to provide all of this and more, helping our clients make the most of their fitness journeys while creating a positive fitness community in South Edmonton.

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