“I have always loved working out, but I’m not sure I have always done what is best for my age, body type and fitness level. Throughout my lifetime, I have joined many gyms, programs and worked with over ten personal trainers. I can say objectively and with great experience that Rhonda Thiessen is one of the very best in the Fitness industry and St. Mary’s is very fortunate to be able to offer her talent to its students, staff, faculty and community.
In anticipation of the COVID lockdown measures last March 2020, I knew my access to spin and hot yoga classes would be limited, so I asked Rhonda to develop a home workout program for me taking into consideration the equipment I had, and my fitness and health goals. Rhonda created Strength and Tabatta/HIIT programs that are tailored to my goals, age, and my fitness level. l ’m on my third Strength workout program, and have many HIIT and Tabatta workouts at my disposal. She quickly adapts my programs as my fitness level advances. I absolutely love both my strength and Tabatta/HIIT programs that she has developed for me. I literally can’t wait to wake up and attach my strength days.
Rhonda has made virtual workouts fun and challenging, but I do look forward to coming back to the Fitness Centre where she can literally turn it up several notches.”
Thérèse Takacs, Fitness Enthusiast and Vice-President, Advancement & Campus Services
Having been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, I went to see Rhonda and asked her to provide a program which was safe and would help me to strengthen me as was directed by my Doctor.
Rhonda completed a comprehensive assessment & designed a program for me, carefully coaching me through every step of the way. I continue to use this program. I am so grateful for all the support that Rhonda and Ricki have provided to me!
– Judy P
“Rhonda is such an amazing trainer. She created a program that was a perfect fit to reach my fitness goals and beyond. She’s an inspiring, supportive and wonderful coach. I’m grateful for such a great partner on my fitness journey.”
– Megan Palyga
“I have been a client of the St. Mary’s University Fitness Centre since 2013. Prior to becoming a client, I was out of shape and extremely overweight. As a man pushing 60 years old and wanting to live a healthier lifestyle a friend of mine convinced me to join the St. Mary’s University Fitness Centre. The fitness instructor Rhonda Thiessen provided personal training sessions. With her assistance and perseverance, I was able to lose weight and was in the best physical shape since I was 40 years old. As a result of the weekly sessions, in May of 2014 I was able to complete a two and half day, 62 Kilometre
hike up Mount Salkantay to Machu Picchu Peru. According to the group leader , as a 60-year-old I was the only one in my age group to complete the Trek since 2010. I could not have done the hike without the personal training provided by St. Mary’s University. It has been a little over seven years and I am still a devoted client of the University fitness program. With the excellent training programs provided by Rhonda, I am able to maintain my acceptable weight and am in great shape for a man soon to be 67 years of age. I look forward to the day when the COVID restriction are removed and I can resume my work out sessions at the Centre. Keep up the good work.”
– Ron Bichel
“Working with a personal trainer has helped me develop more confidence in myself. Building trust with my trainer made me realize that she isn’t going to judge me, but that she is there to help me reach my goals and support me. Having a personal trainer allowed me to realize that through dedication, hard work, and discipline, my body is capable of more than I thought it was. Having a personal trainer also gave me the extra kick to stay with it when I wasn’t feeling as motivated!”
– Robyn Rafuse
“Having worked with Rhonda in the StMU Fitness Centre for the past few years, I have been extremely impressed with her: creativity in designing new exercises to strengthen multiple muscle groups, providing expert supervision to ensure that these exercises are done properly for maximum benefit, facilitating stretching to prevent injury, and – most importantly – creating a positive and supportive environment that keeps me motivated!”
– Peter B.
“As a person who had never been to the gym or worked out before, I was terrified to start going to a personal trainer. Rhonda has helped me lead a more balanced life and has helped me reach many goals I would not have achieved on my own. She suggests exercise routines that are easily attainable yet challenging. I would without a doubt, recommend Rhonda and St. Mary’s University Fitness Centre!”
– Diana Martin, B.Mgmt., CMA
“Not being a fan of working out, or sweating, I never believed I would ever have a personal trainer, let alone a trainer that would truly be a partner in my health and wellbeing. Rhonda is not only knowledgeable and dedicated fitness instructor, she makes working out one of the highlights of my day. In the year and a half we have worked together she has truly inspired me to continue to make changes, adapted workouts to meet my specific needs, and truly been a champion and accountability partner on my journey. Rhonda, U ROK!”
– Deborah C
“Rhonda developed a practical fitness plan that I can do at home to enable me to reach my fitness goals and improve my overall health. With gentle but firm encouragement, she challenges me to push harder, build my strength and make progress in reaching my goals.”
– Debbie Osiowy
“As an older individual (41) who has never worked out in a gym before, I am having nothing but positive experiences. The facility has everything that I need and is a comfortable and non-intimidating environment. The trainer, Rhonda, is fantastic and I would recommend sessions with her to anyone! Thanks to her, I have reached all of my weight loss goals and can fit into my pre-kids clothes. I feel great! And will continue to go to Rhonda and St. Mary’s University’s Fitness Centre.”