Michelle Atkins

Personal Trainer


  • University of Alberta – Bachelor of Physical Education
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer


Michelle grew up playing every sport she possibly could – if it was competitive and physical, she loved it! Once graduating high school and entering post-secondary education, Michelle stepped away from being an athlete and discovered a passion for strength and conditioning. As part of her degree, Michelle completed a practicum with Alberta Sport Development Center working with a broad range of provincial and national level athletes. She currently runs the strength and conditioning program for the Olympian Swim Club and works with the Phoenix Gymnastics junior, High Performance Team.

Michelle has found her way back into athletic competition through the equestrian world, competing in the sport of Eventing.

Trainee Type:

Michelle enjoys working with a variety of clientele from high performance athletes to general population individuals. She believes in always taking the most efficient and effective path to help her clients achieve whatever fitness goals they may have.

Training Philosophy:

Get strong. Strong is cool.

Favourite Exercise:

Squats, more specifically, the overhead squat. The overhead barbell position elevates the center of mass and requires full shoulder extension and good ability to maintain thoracic extension. These aspects of the overhead squat add difficulty, and more importantly, limit opportunities to cheat during execution. Michelle is all about teaching her clients to “feel” what correct movement patterns are and the overhead squat does an excellent job at doing just that.


“I’ve been a client for about a year and a half and I just wanted to say thank you. I am grateful I found SVPT. It is the most inclusive and support gym I have been to an for someone who struggles with anxiety and pain related issues, your establishment has been a blessing. I have an undiagnosed pain related condition and whether I am struggling physically and/or mentally, it does not make a difference. There is no pressure to do more than I am capable of doing on any particular day. I was with another private gym some years ago and I was so unsatisfied with the experience that I was convinced I’d never seek out a personal trainer in a private facility ever again. Thankfully I found a place that is better suited to me, and I wanted to express my appreciation.

I also want to let you know how happy I am with Michelle. She has become a staple in my journey as I cope with this new state of living as the doctors try to determine a diagnosis and a more solid treatment plan. Right now, their solution is to continue with my fitness sessions as they are the only things that are working to help relieve the pain. I am happy that all my all my comments in my testimonial remain true. She knows when to push and when to back off and she doesn’t make a big deal when I am quick to frustration when my body does not want to cooperate. She has been the support I needed to stick with my program especially when I don’t feel there are any positive results; she is always quick to remind me just how far I’ve come over the past year and that I have so much to be proud. As of late she has been especially wonderful as my health both mentally and physically have been worse than usual and it takes so much out of me to just leave my house. She is able to take away all reluctance to show up to workout, even when I am not 100% and a workout is the last thing I want to do.

I am just starting on this path and will likely be a client for a few years yet and I am happy to know that it will be in at an amazing place like SVPT. Thank you.”

– Rachel M.