Here are some of the great things our clients have had to say about our talented staff. 


I know that I would never have achieved the level of fitness I have at my age, (currently forty-six) if not for the personal attention given in my training sessions. Rachel has a vast knowledge of her profession and is very innovative. I am never bored with our workouts. Rachel is always very encouraging, the perfect combination of tough and warm. I actually look forward to our sessions and I would recommended her without reservation.
Carrie Cookman

I have been working one-on-one with Rachel Robertson since 2014. She incorporates her knowledge of Kinesiology in my Pilates classes and in a gym workout that both my husband and I attend. Her expert abilities have been a blessing in alleviating the ongoing progression of the Ankylosing Spondylitis I have been diagnosed with, as well as aid in the post operative rehabilitation of two hip replacements. Not to mention my husbands knee replacement that has benefited immensely by strengthening muscles that have been unused for 40 years. It’s been amazing, and with the added help of the ‘core align’, I have managed to regain and strengthen my mobility, balance, flexibility and endurance, which gives the added benefit of aiding in pain management.

Rachel’s knowledge of body alignment and integrating the benefits of the core align machine and knowing which muscles needed to be focused on for my husband to strengthen, has us “better” than before the surgeries and added the ability for me to work with and through the diagnosis of A.S. Her ability to “tune” into exactly where we are, physically and mentally, each session has allowed us to leave our sessions feeling more equipped to face the days ahead and more in control of what could be an otherwise frustrating journey.

She is a definite bonus to the health care system and in the long run will be one of the better answers to the upcoming cost the aging ‘baby boomer’ generation is going to impose.

D & S Pierce

My husband & I have worked with a trainer for over 20 years, we are not super fit athletes but average people who want to be healthy with great core mobility so we can live life doing the things we love. We have worked with Rachel since moving to Nanaimo 3 yrs. ago and have found her to be the most qualified trainer we have had. She has gotten to know our strengths & weaknesses and works with a balanced plan to raise the bar – we are getting stronger, leaner & fitter – we generally are eating better because we feel better.  It’s a wonderful vicious circle.
Stephanie & Ken Leach

Rachel has been providing me with one on one Pilates, exercise sessions and nutritional guidance.  Because of her enthusiastic and knowledgeable feed back and training, I have lost over 12 inches in total (and 10+ pounds). Sometimes it feels like it’s one step forward and two steps back, but she always helps me to see the my progress and modified my program like no one else has ever done. Rachel provides great motivation to keep going and reach further by acknowledging my gains and challenging me on a weekly basis. Her enthusiasm and professionalism combined with her innovative programs have helped me to begin to realize my goals. I highly recommend her.
Kathleen Grant

I have been working with Rachel for a long time….Rachel creates an excellent workout routine and a fun environment to make my workouts interesting! Its never the same routine twice. She knows how and when to push me to excel so we can advance to a higher level with Pilates. I would strongly recommend anyone considering to improve their overall body strength and workout regimen to take a class from Rachel!
Dale Hall

Rachel is an amazing trainer!  She loves her work and it shows when she is making you work your butt off!  Every class with Rachel is new and exciting, she is always coming up with different routines and researching new exercises. I have muscles now thanks to her!  Rachel’s classes are TOP NOTCH!!!  Thanks for your support and encouragement.
Donna Medeiros

I was fortunate to be introduced to her through a friend who was a client of Rachel’s at a Yoga and Fitness Centre in London, Ontario. Based on her recommendation, I hired Rachel as my trainer. We met weekly at my gym for one hour sessions for 6 months. Rachel developed a personal fitness program for me that met my individual needs and strengths. This program was adjusted as time passed and my needs changed. Rachel’s bubbly and encouraging manner certainly was welcomed during my workouts and gave me the support I needed to continue to progress. An accompanying program was also developed that could be applied in other gyms when I travelled!

Following her program I certainly noticed a major difference in my muscle tone, endurance and strength.I was also impressed with her flexibility in adjusting to my busy schedule and her commitment to continue to meet with me each week.
I highly recommend Rachel as a personal trainer and truly miss working with her now that I have moved to another city.

Kathi Gilbert

You were good at correcting me, since I am just coming back to working out, and did come up with some alternative moves which is important to keep someone active and motivated.
Danielle Doer

Excellent explanations of classes and body parts.
Nancy Shaver-LeForte

Rachel is one of the funniest and outgoing professionals in the industry. She makes her job priority #1, and her classes respond warmly to her care and instruction. Never before have I seen a small-business studio Pilates class have a waiting list, but her brain-child, “Cardio-Pilates” has managed to do JUST THAT! Go get your butts kicked!
Solomon Macys

Rachel is a fantastic Pilates instructor!  Her classes are challenging and she has taught me to push myself and my perceived limits.
Jennifer Spencer

Rachel is great, upbeat, committed to you.  You could not ask for more.
Lisa Jackson

I started training with Rachel 3 short months ago because I wanted to lose weight and more importantly begin to rehabilitate from a motor vehicle injury.  Rachel is an exceptional and enthusiastic motivator, with a broad and expert knowledge of fitness and nutrition. Her professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to her work and ultimately her clients, provides the perfect scenario for success. The results that I have achieved to date have exceeded my goals and expectations and I directly attribute my success to Rachel. I would like to personally thank Rachel for all of the time and effort that she has invested in our sessions and would happily recommend her to anyone that wants to begin down the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Stephanie Martin


As someone who has struggled with eating disorders and body dysmorphia from an early age it was extremely intimidating and nerve-racking to sign up with a personal trainer. I was especially wary that a man might not understand my training needs, either expecting too much or going to easy on me, but Shawn has proven himself as an exceptional listener and has helped me work through my feelings and apprehensions in order to create healthy and realistic goals for myself.

I’ve come to appreciate his kind yet firm demeanor and look forward to our sessions even more as I continue to get stronger. He is awesome and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to develop a long-term fitness program.

Elizabeth McIntyre

I have been training under Shawn’s guidance for one year now and feel compelled to tell everyone how fantastic it’s been! His sessions are dynamic and offer a good balance between strength, endurance, and flexibility. He has a variety of tools that allow him to teach similar movements in different ways which keeps our lessons fun and interesting yet still focused on the fundamentals.

My technique and overall fitness have greatly improved as a result of the time I’ve spent with him, from becoming stronger in my yoga practice to climbing routes outside that I wouldn’t have thought possible for myself a year ago, he has helped me take things to the next level. All of this has left me feeling more confident in myself and what I’m capable of. His positivity & encouragement always inspires me to do my best even when I’m feeling unmotivated.

Brittany Morgan

Having trusted Shawn with my life on countless occasions – we’ve been rock climbing and mountaineering partners for several years – I can confidently attest to his reliability, skill as an athlete, and attention to detail. Furthermore, Shawn’s friendly and focused attitude is an invaluable asset that he brings to any situation. His training knowledge is strong and he has helped me immensely in designing, implementing, and progressing an individualized training program geared for my ambitions and abilities. For these reasons, I would strongly recommend Shawn to help you succeed in achieving your own fitness goals.
Brian Shannon

We have been training with Shawn Crawford for over a year now.  
Being in our 60’s, our life’s experiences have left us with conditions that have made us susceptible to possible fitness training injuries. Shawn has listened well to the details of these concerns and has tailored a fitness regime that we feel has yielded solid results while successfully avoiding injury. 
Shawn makes each session interesting and preparation is clearly evident. He’s fun to be around and shows a sincere interest in us as people all the while finding a successful balance between challenge and patience. 
We would be pleased to recommend Shawn to any of our friends. 
Elaine and Dave

After two and a half months training with Shawn he has helped me go from a flat stick to a strong built beach bod! I’ve tried many other types of training before to achieve a next level body stature and from day one Shawn delivers. I’ve seen gains in all areas of strength and size and couldn’t have done it without the custom plan Shawn created for me. I have absolutely no regrets and this has truly been the best investment I’ve ever made in my health, stature and self esteem. After a few months has gone by now working with Shawn I’ve now been able to continue my training on my own feeling confident on how to properly exercise at the gym to my benefit. I am continuing to see gains week after week. When I started with Shawn I was deadlifting 45 pounds. Just under 3 months later I’m now lifting 225+ pounds!! Incredible. I continue to see a 5-10 pound lift gain per week too. I have muscles in places I never knew existed! I will definitely be recommending Shawn to all my friends as he has truly gone above and beyond my expectations and I consider myself to have extremely high expectations as I hold myself to a next level of professionalism. Shawn delivers!
Matthew B