- University of Alberta – Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – High Performance Specialist
Jenya used to be the person that couldn’t run as fast, couldn’t lift as much, or climb as well. Believing herself simply not born for sports or athletics, Jenya’s mindset truly began to change when she took fitness into her own hands and decided – you are not born great, you become great.
This belief took her through her time playing rugby, training Olympic weightlifting, lifting, running, and moving for joy and led her here, wanting to help others to find health and joy in movement.
During her undergraduate degree, she began working with the Work Physiology Lab at the University of Alberta, working with firefighter hopefuls for Fire Departments throughout Alberta! Her journey with working with first responders did not stop there, as she had the opportunity to work with the Edmonton Police Service Fitness and Active Lifestyle Unit to train recruits and promote healthy living in the service!
Jenya loves working with everyone, no matter what your goal may be. Whether it is healthy living, high performance, learning something new, or preparing yourself for a physically demanding career – it is Jenya’s passion, and she will convince you it’s yours too!
Jenya believes that progress is not linear, that growth is not perfect, and that goals are achieved by accepting the messy, the tough, and the unknown that comes with it. Training, and life, is about rolling with the punches and resilience – and who better to remind you than your coach?
The Pull Up, or any exercise to do with the vertical or horizontal PULL, an exercise that’s been done from what feels like the beginning of time. The pull up is the ultimate test for upper body strength and endurance, and a mark of pride for many. In a world where sitting leaning over a computer is so common, a properly done pull up is a full body exercise that challenges your grip, trunk, your upper AND lower body! Although it is an exercise that intimidates many, it actually has plenty of variations to meet you wherever you are in your fitness journey, and is a vital component of your shoulder health!
“I started training with Jenya about 7 months ago when I came to SVPT with injuries and limitations. Jenya has turned some of my “cannots” into “cans” and while we are still working on things, I have the utmost confidence in her. When I see the impossible – she sees the possible – and always has a strategy to get me there. When things don’t work as well as hoped, she’s right on it with a different approach to reach success. When I am frustrated with myself and feel like I’m progressing by the smallest steps imaginable, I know I’m not wasting my time as I inevitably see results in my capabilities. Jenya has helped me achieve some of my goals and is still working with me to reach others (perhaps even teaching me patience in the process!). I really enjoy working with her and always look forward to our sessions as not only does she make it enjoyable to train, she is very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable. She’s a great trainer, and makes each of my training sessions challenging but rewarding. She makes me feel that she has taken a genuine interest in me and my fitness journey. Because of all she encompasses I highly recommend her as your personal trainer if you want to achieve your fitness and health goals.”
– Angela Sh.
“I’ve been training with Jenya for a few months now and I am definitely seeing a difference in my mobility and strength. Our sessions always have a good variety of exercises and she does a great job of explaining what we are targeting, why we are doing it and the connectivity of the movements. Jenya is very patient when I don’t quite get a new exercise or move right away and is always willing to adapt our sessions to add more stretching and mobility exercises if needed. She likes to challenge me as well, always pushing me to the next level. I have learned not to flippantly say ‘I can lift way heavier or push way more weight’. Jenya is certainly helping me reach my goal to be active, healthy and fit. I always look forward to our sessions and appreciate all the protocols SVPT and Jenya follow to ensure a safe and inclusive place to train.”
– Monique T.
“Full of knowledge, caring, & funny! Jenya makes my 7 am workout fun, she was a big part of my mental health journey! I am happier, stronger, and full of life.”
– Angela Sv.