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Our Team

Juan Medrano
Owner

Juan’s first introduction to fitness was at a small local gym in Red Deer. He credits fitness, and a mentor he met in that gym, with truly saving his life in a time of hardships in his youth. Through many personal struggles he understands the impact that physical fitness, and lack thereof, can have on all areas of life.

While this was his starting point, it was not until later in life that he was driven to make a difference in the health and fitness industry realizing his true calling in helping others to overcome their own challenges and improve their lives.

It is his personal experience, and the experience of all of the people he has been able to help over the last 10+ years in the fitness industry, that drives him to continue to bring the best in training and support to all of the people he has had the honor to work with at Movimento Fitness.

With a background in Human Performance and Athletic Development, specializing in Functional Training, Juan is passionate about enhancing the lives of those around him through the power of simple, safe and effective exercise and an empowered mindset.

Juan is humbled to have been nominated twice for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the St.Albert Chamber of Commerce and awarded the St. Albert Small Business of the Year in 2016. He’s been featured on several radio shows/podcasts, blogs, speaking on fitness, mindset, lifestyle change, and has also co-authored the Best Selling Book Better, Faster, Stronger along with several other leaders in Functional Training in North America.

While he has worked with a wide variety of people, athletes and private clients, he ESPECIALLY loves helping people new to fitness discover it’s life changing effects. He wants to help as many people as he can remove their limitations and enjoy a MUCH better quality of life.

Kim Sparks
Owner

Born and raised in Edmonton, Kim grew up always active having danced competitively for 17 years. However, as she got older inactivity began to set in and lingering back issues from scoliosis and a car accident left her with constant pain and discomfort. Like so many of our members today, Kim was no stranger to feeling completely intimidated by typical gyms with absolutely no idea what to do or how to use most fitness equipment.

Juan and Kim had a vision to bring Movimento Fitness to life, and it was from her personal experience that she was driven to create a place where people could come to get all of the benefits of strength training and conditioning without feeling intimidated. Instead, people would feel welcomed and supported by a like-minded community  of members and coaches there to guide them on their journey to better health and fitness.

Kim has a Bachelor of Communication Design & Marketing from the U of A and is a Certified Sports and Exercise Nutrition Coach. She specializes in consistently growing and improving all aspects of our member experience from your first interaction with us all the way to celebrating your 1 yr, 5 yr, even 10+ yr anniversary training with us and beyond!

Today she has fully realized the impact that ongoing proper training and correct nutrition habits have in her life and loves to help inspire others to do the same.

She’s most passionate about seeing people truly transform their lives – to become more fit and active than they ever thought they could become.

While external transformation is the reason many people begin, it is the powerful internal transformations – the boosted confidence, the personal growth, the happiness, and the improved quality of life – that inspire Kim to continue to build Movimento into an industry leading personal training studio that can support your fitness journey for years to come.

Chelsea Good
Admin Manager & Certified Nutrition Coach

Chelsea’s interest in health and fitness started at a very young age. Participating in many team sports throughout school reinforced her love of working with others and helping them reach their goals.

Constantly being exposed to an active lifestyle sparked her desire to learn as much as she could about the human body and achieve an extensive education in sports performance and nutrition. Chelsea has her Bachelor of Kinesiology from UBC, is a NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is a Certified Sports and Exercise Nutrition Coach.

Chelsea is very passionate about helping others reach their goals by learning more about them and providing them with safe nutrition advice tailored to their specific needs that will stick with them long term.

She is also motivated by the fact that when helping members reach their goals, and educating them on nutrition, the learning doesn’t stop with them. The members now have knowledge of healthy habits that they can pass down to their children and their family and the effects of those positive changes are multiplied tenfold throughout their life and the lives of their loved-ones.

She loves that our members are like family and nothing makes her happier than being able to contribute to that amazing supportive community every day!

Brantley Skoye
CERTIFIED TRAINER

Brantley’s love for fitness began at an early age through hockey and soccer, since then expanding to regularly playing squash, swimming, and most importantly, strength training. After graduating with his Degree in Political Science and History, he made a career change to follow his passion for fitness training and hasn’t looked back since.

Brantley has a Personal Fitness Training Diploma from ELA in addition to holding several other certification including TRX Suspension Training, Functional Strength Coach Level 1, Precision Nutrition, and FMS.

Brantley is passionate about being able to work with people from all different backgrounds and fitness levels. He is driven to create programming that will not only challenge each individual member but keep workouts engaging and fun.

He loves seeing members leave from each training session in a better physical and metal state than they were in when they arrived, knowing that they did something positive for themselves. At the heart of it, seeing members constantly take the time to put their health first – sometimes for the first time in years – is what drives Brantley to bring his best to the training floor every day. To be part of that is simply amazing!

Crystal Martin
CERTIFIED TRAINER

Having battled with weight and body imagine issues the majority of her teen years, Crystal found her love for the gym at an early age. After going through some personal struggles in her early 20’s and subsequently gaining weight as a result, Crystal found herself feeling stuck and unable to shed the unwanted pounds. She knows first hand how hard it can be to achieve your body composition goals on your own.

After many failed attempts she found the right combination of nutrition and exercise and lost over 25lbs. But beyond the number on the scale she felt empowered to continue striving to achieve to achieve new fitness and career goals. Crystal felt the desire to help people who were also going down the same struggling route she did with weight loss and was inspired to pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Crystal holds her Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma from ELA, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and a Certificated Functional Strength Coach.

Crystal is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, especially when those members have struggled to see success in the past. That is the absolute best part of her job!

 
Greg Pagdato
CERTIFIED TRAINER

Greg has a passion for personal training, but most importantly he’s always had a passion for giving back and helping others. He’s dedicated to guiding members through their journey and helping them achieving their fitness goals and even surpass them.

Greg has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba. He has an extensive background in exercise programming for both physiotherapy patients and older adults giving him experience in working with all fitness levels and abilities.

His philosophy is that through hard work, dedication, and belief in yourself nothing is unattainable. He believes there’s an athlete in all of us and we are capable of conquering any obstacles in our way if we want it badly enough and put are minds to it – and he wants to help you do just that.

It is the amazing people he has the honor to work with here at Movimento, and their stories, that inspire Greg to continue to motivate, support and be at his best every step of the way for each member. Greg looks forward to going on this amazing journey with you and attaining your fitness greatness!

Sam Tardif
CERTIFIED TRAINER

Bio coming soon!

Jared Kambeitz
CERTIFIED TRAINER

Bio coming soon!

Kindra Miller
Certified TRAINER

Kindra had fallen in and out of love with fitness  for most of her adult life. She identifies completely with the struggles most people face with staying active and can completely relate! Kindra joined Movimento in September of 2013 as a client. She is able to put herself in the members shoes, giving her a good understanding of the varied challenges they may be facing throughout their training.

As a client, the passion, dedication and strive for excellence shown  by the Movimento trainer’s kept her coming back and inspired her decision to become a personal trainer. Kindra completed her Personal Trainer Diploma from ELA and is excited to be part of the Movimento Team.

Being part of the change each member is looking for is Kindra’s greatest passion as a personal trainer. Kindra knows that often the most challenging part of making fitness a priority is simply walking through the studio door. She loves being able to make members feel welcome, safe, encouraged and enthused to embrace the lifestyle change that fitness and health provide.

She finds it exciting to be able to focus on the individual needs of each member while participating in their journey to better health and fitness. The fitness industry is constantly changing and evolving requiring extensive knowledge and education in the science of fitness. Kindra is honored to be part of a team here at Movimento that is always striving to learn, grow, and stay current to ensure that member needs are met with the utmost in professionalism and genuine compassion.

Amanda Serafin
Client Experience Administrator

Amanda has always enjoyed incorporating health and fitness into her everyday life – whether through working out or finding new healthy recipes for her family to try!

As a current student at the University of Alberta and an avid traveller she loves new experiences, broadening her horizons, and interacting with people.

Amanda enjoys watching members transform from day-to-day on their fitness journey as they walk into the studio with a newfound confidence. She finds it exciting to see people embrace a healthy lifestyle and reach their goals – and continue to set new ones.

From assisting with scheduling, memberships, questions or even just providing some friendly encouragement Amanda enjoys building a relationship with our awesome members and wants to help you have the best experience possible with us!

 
 
Miranda Kimber
Client Experience Administrator

Miranda has always been an active person but really began to explore fitness in high school. Like many others her pursuit of fitness began for the wrong reasons and her information came from unreliable sources. As she learned and progressed, she began to notice physical and mental benefits; she slept and ate better, and felt great.

This encouraged Miranda to pursue a degree in Kinesiology – which she is currently completing at the U of A – to learn as much as she could about the body and exercise and help others feel the benefits of a proper exercise regimen.

Gaining more in depth knowledge about exercise and nutrition allowed Miranda to understand fitness as a fraction of an overall healthy lifestyle, not solely a means to achieving a weight or size. Miranda is thrilled to be a part of a team that promotes this mentality and encourages members to achieve a balanced lifestyle in a safe and effective manner.

As part of the team at Movimento Miranda embraces the opportunity to play a role in helping members achieve their own healthy lifestyles. She enjoys forming relationships with the members and being able to see them pursue and reach their goals. She understands the uncertainty that comes along with beginning an exercise program, and loves contributing to the supportive and comfortable environment that Movimento offers. It excites her to see members find their place at Movimento and feel the difference our support can give to their health journey!

Hope Demchuk
Client Experience Administrator

Hope’s experience in the customer service industry has taught her many skills, but the thing that sets her apart is her dedication. She is devoted to our members and strives for everyone to have a 100% positive experience at Movimento! She loves seeing people succeed with their goals, knowing success is driven from consistent hard work and persistence.

Hope understands from personal experience that keeping up with your fitness and improving your health is an ongoing journey, and everyone has their own personal struggles to overcome, but that it does not have to be a dreadful activity. She values how important it is to find things that you love to do and are functional for your health.

Hope has learned that with hard work, dedication and good habits she can achieve her goals with help. She knows how valuable it can be to have a personal trainer to help solve your training problems, push you when needed, and correct your form. She enjoys planning health meals to feel prepared and on track and loves yoga as a way to take personal time to relax and take control of the day. She can relate to everyone on their own personal fitness journey because everybody needs to find what inspires them and what keeps them motivated through both the good times and the struggles that we all face.

Hope enjoys being able to interact with all of the members and hear stories about how they feel stronger and healthier since they have been to Movimento. She loves seeing amazing members week-after-week constantly pushing themselves and finds it both inspiring and motivating to see so much dedication. She looks forward to touching base with members to complete progress measurements as it is exciting to see the changes in those working towards weight loss.

It is all about the small goals. Fitness is just so good for the body and soul, every little step counts and Hope is proud to be a part of that experience for you!

Patty Karalus
Client Experience Administrator

Bio coming soon!

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