Personal Trainers, Yoga & Fitness Instructors

 Iron Heart Gym has an exceptional Personal Training, Yoga and Fitness Instructor team.   Every trainer and instructor is very experienced, professional, knowledgeable, caring and friendly and have a passion for their work.  Each is unique and specializes in something different, which makes our gym really special.  There is someone and something for everyone at Iron Heart, no matter what your goals, this is the place to find support, motivation and the plan to successfully meet and exceed those goals.

Personal Trainers , Yoga & Fitness Instructors

Genny Chippendale


Genny Chippendale, Iron Heart Personal Training
BCRPA Personal Trainer, Certified Agatsu Kettlebell Instructor, British Columbia Weightlifting Association Club Coach

Genny specializes in a hybrid system of fitness, one that fuses functional strength with traditional bodybuilding aesthetics.  Pair that with purposeful metabolic conditioning and nourishing food-for-fuel eating patterns and what you get is a body that not only looks great but FEELS amazing – strong, energetic, pain free, healthy.
No more old school hours and hours of body abusing cardio, no more eating like a bird.  Genny does things differently, based on science and research and a deep understanding of what really works in REAL life.  And she gets it.  A busy mom of little boys, finding balance is no easy feat, but blending fitness, eating well, working crazy hours and spending quality time being a wife and mama, it can be done!
Contact her for effective, efficient and SUSTAINABLE programming that will shape and create your new life.
Offering:  one on one personal training, partner or small group training, nutritional guidance, indoor, outdoor and on the beach bootcamps, glutecamp & kettlebell lessons!
Text/call: 250-308-6007

Paul Lawson


Paul  Lawson
BCRPA Personal Trainer
Yoga and Group Fitness Leader
BFA – Honors Dance

Paul has always been active and encourages others to do likewise, either in the gym or through other recreational endeavours.  He believes fitness training should enhance ones activities and lifestyle.  He enjoys skiing, golf, tennis, hiking, biking, dancing and a good glass of red wine.

“If you don’t look after your body, where will you live”

Sasha Bee


Sasha Byrnes

I’ve been working with bodies for over 15 years under various umbrellas. I started my journey into personal training through classical dance then progressing more and more into athletics. My style of training is holistic and considers your history in health and fitness.  I will help you set realistic goals while eliminating idiosyncrasies and weak points in your body so you consistently feel ready to tackle the day. I will never tell you to ignore what your body is telling you, ever. I’ll never encourage you to eat 19 egg whites and 7 scoops of creatine powder. I believe in hard work and clean whole foods. Keeping life strong and simple.

Rhona Parsons


Rhona Parsons CPT, RYT500, SOYA, IYTA
Master Trainer, Bender Ball
CanFitPro – FIS, PTS
Stott Pilates Instructor

Rhona Parsons is an internationally recognized Yoga Instructor and has been helping others get the best out of life through Fitness, Health and Wellness for over 17 years as a Personal Trainer, combining many modalities from her toolbox.  She is also a highly accomplished Bender Ball Master Trainer and Pilates Instructor.  Rhona specializes in Functional Training, Posture, Core and Balance, Pelvic Floor Fitness, Yoga Stretch Therapy and working with people with Parkinson Disease.

Carson Laferriere

carson-2Carson Laferriere, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
Precision Nutrition L1 Certified Nutrition Coach
ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Carson specializes in fat loss, muscle gain and sport performance. He believes in building a well-rounded physique that is strong, aesthetic and mobile, through effective training and proper nutrition.

His clients are his highest priority. He puts his whole heart into coaching them by building genuine bonds and long lasting healthy habits, with the goal of helping them improve their quality of life.

Call or text: 250-540-5996

Melissa Rushford

113336-284x425-Yoga_strength_training (1)Melissa Rushford,  CanFitPro – PTS and Group Instructor
Follow on facebook: Ironheart Mel

Melissa has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years  training and teaching a variety of groups, classes and coaching. She loves what
she gets to do!
Certified with CanFitPro as a personal trainer, and working in aquatics as a swim instructor and lifeguard in the near future. Melissa is a competitive swimmer and has been a triathlete since she was young, She believes that keeping physically, mentally and spiritually fit for a lifetime is of utmost value to everyone.

Melissa believes everyone can perform at their best, nothing feels
better than pushing yourself a little farther then they thought they
could, lifting heavy, feeling strong, and capable of anything! Whether
this means racing at an elite level, or having the stamina to take on
the challenges of everyday family life.
It is her passion to teach others to train hard and train smart to
achieve there highest level of fitness!

As a mother of 4 boys, she has experienced the difficulty many mothers
face staying in a routine and feeling successful about their health
when being pulled in different directions. Whether you are also a
mother, an athlete, want to get stronger, lift heavier, or want to
run, bike, or swim in your first race, let Melissa help you develop
the strategies and tools to make you successful in whatever direction
your goals are taking you.

Genevieve Dunbar

genevieveGenevieve currently teaches Strength HIIT and Strength & Cardio Circuit and has done everything from Spin to Step in the last 8 years of teaching fitness. She really enjoys the emphasis on strength and conditioning to help you get results and feel confident – there’s nothing like strutting out of class all sweaty with some swagger!

She is an enthusiastic instructor who loves to help people discover a love of exercise, with the realization that there’s so many enjoyable ways to move it’s about finding what makes you happy!


Christine Jilek

christineChristine Jilek CYT-YAA

Yoga Assoc. of Alberta, SOYA
Christine’s passion is teaching and practicing the ancient art, science and philosophy of Hatha Yoga. She is a re-certified hatha yoga teacher through the Yoga Assoc. of Alberta with over 20 yrs. of personal practice and over 10 yrs. of teaching yoga, including traditional Hatha Yoga, Yin and Chair Yoga.
She encourages every person to try Yoga and with patience and effort and the right kind of support and guidance, Yoga’s potential to empower the human spirit, open the heart and heal the body makes this form of mind-body practice as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.
“Practice and all is Coming”  Namaste.
Katy Halvorson
Jenna Leanne
Shea Sargent
Profiles coming soon!

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