Fitness Team

You can reach the Fitness Staff at 780.437.8398 or email athletics@derrickclub.com.


Personal Training

Not sure which trainer is right for you?

Contact our Fitness Director, Rachel Appels at rappels@derrickclub.com or 780.437.8398 to discuss your fitness background, level, goals and personal fitness interests. She will use this information to best match you with one of our personal trainers.

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Rachel Appels

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Fitness Director, Personal Trainer

Rachel has been working in fitness and recreation for 12 years. She holds a degree in Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria, is certified through CanFitPro as a Personal Training Specialist and Group Fitness Instructor Specialist and has her yoga certification through YogaFit Canada. She regularly attends fitness conferences and is always open to trying a new workout. Rachel has experience working with clients of all ages and abilities. She is passionate about working with young athletes and keeping females involved in fitness and sport. As an avid runner herself, she enjoys working with other runners and teaching the benefits of cross training to improve race times. Rachel is looking forward to unwrapping the many layers of fitness with new clients.

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Marko Blaza

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Personal Trainer

Marko holds a diploma in personal fitness training from Elevated Learning Academy and is certified through American Council on Exercise (ACE). His passion for fitness began with his love of sports such as swimming, tennis, and dance. Marko believes everyone has athletic potential that can be unlocked through proper movement. With his knowledge in programming mobility, stability, losing weight and building muscle, no matter your age, with proper supervision, you can move pain free in the gym and in life. Let Marko help you achieve the best version of yourself.

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Steph Fisher Ford

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Personal Trainer

Life changes, so do you. Your workouts should be as unique as you are and accommodate your lifestyle. Strength training should be used as a tool to make you stronger in your everyday life. Steph’s goal is simple: help you accomplish your goals! She wants to find the right balance for fitness in your life and to have you leave the gym feeling confident, motivated, healthy, happy carrying that positivity throughout the rest of your day. Since graduating with a Bachelors of Kinesiology in 2011, she has helped clients achieve a variety of fitness goals at different skill levels and needs from high performance athletes, weekend warriors, injury recovery and everything in between.

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Jake Gallagher

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Personal Trainer

Jake has understood the importance of exercise from a young age. He was heavily involved in multiple club sports all throughout his youth to eventually end up playing college level soccer. Jake used this passion for sport to progress his career in the direction of becoming a personal trainer. Jake decided to attend NAIT to complete the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Since completing, Jake has now gained the perspective of the one being trained as well as the one doing the training. Through this understanding Jake realizes that personal training should be used as a tool to not only improve physical health but also quality of life. Jake is interested in working with clients of all physical backgrounds, whether through functional or sport specific training!

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Matthew Graves

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Personal Trainer

Matthew loves designing and implementing training programs using scientifically established methodologies that flexibly factor in a wide range of client variables, including goals, limitations, and desired intensity levels. Matthew was born on Vancouver Island and spent his early years in the Lower Mainland running, swimming, cycling, and playing sports. After graduating from high school, he completed a degree at Thompson Rivers University and the University of Alberta before enrolling in the Elevated Learning Academy. Matthew enjoys parkour, archery, and trying out the latest innovations in fitness equipment.

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Daniel Kajlanic

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Personal Trainer

Dan is passionate about helping people move and live pain free. He enjoys working with people of all fitness levels and keeping them active for life. Dan has a strong physiological and biomechanical background, he loves teaching clients how their bodies are supposed to move. He has worked with athletes in soccer, hockey, swimming, boxing, table tennis, judo, fencing, kayaking and more. Dan has also worked as a registered massage therapist and with clients doing manual therapy. If you are dedicated and focused on your goals, Dan is the professional to help you achieve them.

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Jared Turcotte

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Assistant Fitness Manager, Personal Trainer

Jared has always been involved in athletics and fitness. He became an athlete at a young age, had success at the collegiate level, and turned it into a lifestyle. Jared knows the grind it takes to improve athletic performance and wants to help others with fitness and athletic goals. He hopes to use personal experience, newly earned education and passion for the industry to assist anyone from elite athletes to the general population who wants to improve overall health and well-being!

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Nyah Campbell

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Fitness/Recreation

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Talia Cole

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Fitness/Recreation

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Brooke Coolin

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Fitness/Recreation

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Andrew Eisner

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Fitness/Recreation

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Jenna Goss

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Fitness/Recreation

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Dillon O'Connor

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Fitness/Recreation

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Berton Quon

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Fitness/Recreation

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Kennedy Reitsma

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Fitness/Recreation

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Tamara Salajic

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Fitness/Recreation

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McKenzie Sikorski

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Fitness/Recreation

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Jillian Slamko

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Fitness/Recreation

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Dani Vergel

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Fitness/Recreation