MEET OUR TEAM

#FitnessTruth

 Experience: 25+

 Certifications: PTS, HWL CAN FIT PRO, CPA NATIONAL JUDGE, CPR & AED,

Shira's passion for fitness stems from living a healthy and fit lifestyle. From a young age, she decided to become a lacto-ovo vegetarian. This important lifestyle change gave her an opportunity to educate herself on how to supplement her diet with proper nutrient. For the majority of her life, venturing into the fitness competition scene, and actively training healthy eating and active living. Her goal is to educate people on how they can enjoy life while living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. #BeaHit&GetFit #FitnessTruth Reach Shira at: shira.rubin@worldgym.com

 Certifications: Bachelor of Commerce

Sahar’s entire life she loved creating, designing and inspiring others. Always having an urge to go out and do something but being stuck in School, she began creating through social media! Before she knew it she was a Fashion/Lifestyle Blogger and developed connections with companies all over the world. She began working at the Saint Mary’s University Gym while in school studying a Bachelor of Commerce and started to learn more about fitness. All these things finally led her to find a perfect combination of the both! Becoming Marketing Manager at World Gym has given her more than she could have ever imagined. Everyday is a new experience, a new challenge and the learning never stops! “I can’t believe that I managed to find such a loving, supportive team so early on in my career.”

 Certifications: BComm, PN1

Anita is a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition. Anita’s interest in healthy food and nutrition began over a decade ago after seeing her naturopathic doctor to help her skin condition and overall health. She is fascinated by how food and nutrients affect the body, our overall well being and lifestyle. She loves to share her passion and excitement for food, helping others gain awareness of nutrition and take control of their health and wellness!! Our lives are busy and Anita understands this, being a wife, a stepmother of two wonderful children, an entrepreneur and a gym fanatic. Anita has been physically active her entire life, playing a variety of competitive sports and now spends 5-7 days a week doing strength and functional training. She believes that it is best to find the foods and nutrition guidelines that fits your lifestyle. Anita will work with you to customize an individual nutrition and wellness plan to create a strategy to implement and maintain healthy habits. She will be here to assist and guide you along the way to whole life wellness! Let’s get started!!

 Experience: 15 years +

 Certifications: ISSA, First Aid & CPR AED

 Specialitie(s): Strength & Conditioning Specialist, IFBB Pro

Jonni may be best known as an IFBB Pro but he’s also a father, musician and ex-football player. Jonni has over 15 shows under his belt including Canadian Nationals where he won overall Super Heavy Weight and Best Poser to claim the title of Mr. Canada. Jonni has inspired many to follow in his footsteps which lead him to coach many other successful competitors. Jonni’s heart is in the gym and through commitment, dedication and perseverance he knows anyone is capable of meeting their goals whether it be on stage or everyday life.

 Experience: 10+ years

 Certifications: FIS Canfitpro, ISSA, AFAA, CPR & AED

Nermeen’s passion and drive for fitness originates from her own journey after having two kids. Since falling in love with fitness herself, she understands the struggles and hesitations faced when diving into any new journey. She has set out on a mission to help others begin their journey and overcome any obstacles they may be facing. Nermeen has also created an epic and unique cardio-kickboxing workout that will get your heart pumping! She believes fitness shouldn’t be a chore but something you look forward to and strives to make it as fun as possible.

 Experience: 2+ Years

 Certifications: BSc Kinesiology, CSEP-CPT,

 Specialitie(s): Strength training, Injury Care and Prevention.

Joe’s fitness roots come from an extensive athletic background. Competing in various sports from football, rugby and basketball for nine years he gained not only the performance skills but confidence to tackle any challenges in life. This inspired him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University and began practicing injury care and prevention. Joe has vast Athletic Therapy experience working with various sports programs including the MFL (Men’s Football League) and AUS sports. Through clinical and field experience Joe has learned everyone has different needs and is able to quickly customize a plan that will compliment their strengths and weaknesses. His goal is to inspire others to find that same confidence he found through sports by coaching them through a plan designed to meet their goals.

 Experience: 5

 Certifications: Personal Training Specialist CanFitPro, CPR A

 Specialitie(s): Strength training, Core, HIIT

Zarah has been involved in fitness long before she moved to Halifax from England five years ago. She is a certified Personal Training Specialist through CanFitPro. She has a passion for core and strength training, among many others. Zarah favourite spectator sport is “Football” (aka Soccer) Zarah’s energy will keep you motivated for achieving your goals and changing your lifestyle for the better!

 Experience: 6+

 Certifications: CPTN,CSCS, BSc Kinesiology

Aaron is a certified Personal Trainer through the Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN). Graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with a BSc  in Kinesiology with a minor in Human Nutrition. With 8 years of personal training experience, Aaron has gained a repertoire of skills and techniques to accommodate anyone’s fitness goals. Having trained upwards of one hundred clients of various ages, throughout his career. Including individuals seeking fat loss, muscle gain, post-injury and competition prep. Aaron’s discipline, dedication and passion for fitness carries into his personal life, as he has competed and coached at a national level as a powerlifter with in the Canadian Powerlifting Federation.

 Experience: 3 + years

 Certifications: Certified Exercise Physiologist

Joy is a Kinesiology graduate and former basketball player from Acadia University, where she concentrated in Exercise Science & Training as well as Athletic Therapy & Rehabilitation. With her athletic and practicum-based background Joy is fond of using movement as medicine as well as creating a strong foundation through strength training. As a Certified Exercise Physiologist, Joy works within Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Oncology and Clinical Research Service Departments where she enhances her knowledge to assess, design and implement safe behaviour modifications and training protocols to better an individual’s quality of life.

 Certifications: BSc Kinesiology, ISSA Certified Trainer..

Dexters passion for fitness and nutrition stems from living an active lifestyle from a young age. Being involved in Hockey since before he was five, he gained lots of skills and as time went on he began to realize the importance of proper exercise and nutrition in order to perform at his best. This inspired him to persew his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick where he learned a substantial amount about the science behind the human body and nutrition. Along with this degree Dexter has also spent time at StFX studying nutrition and is also certified in sports nutrition with ISSA. When Dexter was forced to stop playing hockey due to injury, he found his new passion in competitive bodybuilding where he has competed against some of the top amateurs internationally and even has an international win under his belt in the Men’s physique division. Competing in this sport has not only increased his knowledge on body recomp, but also allowed him to gain more insight on the importance of exercise and proper nutrition on ones mental health.

 Experience: 2 + Years

 Certifications: ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, First Aid & CPR AED

Mason’s fitness journey started at a very young age when he attended his older brother’s first power lifting meet at the age of 11. From that point on if he wasn’t playing sports or working out he was reading about it. He would save lunch & chore money to buy fitness books, magazines and workout equipment.  He joined the Wrestling team at his Ontario high school in 2004 until returning home to Nova Scotia in 2006. Once back in Nova Scotia Mason spent a short time on the football team at Dartmouth high school where he says he realized he was more interested in the training than the actual game itself. Fast-forward he found fitness again and was able to pull himself out of some low places. This is when it became a lifestyle. Being older and more experienced he was able to channel his re-born passion into a literal life-changing transformation (physically & mentally). Documenting his journey on social media he had accumulated a decent following, motivated a lot of people and ultimately decided to make helping others better themselves his life’s mission.

Abeeha’s struggle with mental health is what originally brought her to the gym. She enjoys challenging herself to see what boundaries she can push next. The atmosphere at World Gym is more warm and welcoming than that of other gyms she has been in and she enjoys meeting new people and seeing them smile. “I am constantly inspired by those who walk through the doors. Everyone comes with a story and I enjoy getting to know people through our mutual interest in fitness.”

Emma enjoys being a part of the World Gym team because of the family the members and staff have become to be. She loves that it is possible to create a positive and inspiring atmosphere within a gym space. The gym is more than just weights and treadmills, it's a place where people change to a positive mindset and lifestyle. She is inspired daily by the dedication of our members!

Jessica is motivated by her kids to make a change to live a better lifestyle. Everyone has opened their arms and made this gym a home enviroment. "Everyone comes in with different goals and different stories and I'm inspired by every single one of them."

Logan’s love for fitness started at a young age. Logan played a variety of sports growing up including hockey, soccer and track and field. After doing strength and conditioning training with his sport teams throughout the years, he fell in love with training and working out! Logan is in the process of becoming a certified personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach. Logan says he’s grateful for the opportunity to work at such an amazing gym with such amazing people!

"I'm so thankful to call World Gym my second home". After being involved in fitness from a young age, Paige's passion has only grown since working here. She loves being able to share her love of fitness and healthy living with her co-workers and members every day which is one of the best perks of the job. She loves seeing people make changes to their lifestyle that result in outcomes they desire makes me feel good and anything she can do to help them along the way is even better. "I absolutely love the fact that I can call my coworkers my family, especially my managers Chazia and Amr. Ever since working under their leadership I have learned so much which has helped me to become the best version of myself."