LORI KIRWAN

Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor

I started teaching gymnastics when I was in grade 8 and found out instantly that I was meant to work with people and help them become better, faster, stronger, and healthier. I was drawn to nursing science because of the focus on helping people become healthy and learning about how the body works. After completing my masters, I knew I wanted to really specialize in exercise science and I spent over 7 years doing research for my PhD. I have worked in fitness as a group instructor and personal trainer for over 25 years.

I believe that fitness should be fun and, at the same time, based upon science and experience. I have made these three traits the cornerstone of my teaching  to make me a leading trainer at the Adelaide Club. I continuously push my clients to work hard and become better versions of themselves using a variety of methods (metabolic conditioning, strength training, power lifting, Pilates, and yoga). I believe that there are no two people that are the same and my diverse and broad background and experience gives me an edge when helping people set goals and establish their individual needs. I can go from the Pilates reformer to the squat rack, to the chin up bar and then to the yoga mat. I wanted to study very diverse areas of fitness so that I am prepared to customize my programs to meet the very unique needs of hte people I work with.

I also believe that nutrition is a very significant part of achieving goals in health and fitness. A plan for healthy eating is most definitely a part of programming when working with me. Food is medicine. I believe in eating non-processed, whole food that occurs naturally in nature. If it has a long list of unrecognizable ingredients, it is not healthy.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Toronto
  • Masters of Science, Nursing Science, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Laurentian University
  • Personal Training and Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, 200 hours, David Swenson, Tim Miller, Yoga Sanctuary
  • Pilates Mat STOTT
  • Pilates Reformer Balance Body
  • Maddog and Schwinn Cycle Instructor
  • Functional Range Conditioning Certification, Dr. Andero Spina
  • Lori teaches personal trainers in continuing education workshops for CPTN. She certifies personal trainers that want to specialize in yoga or group exercise with their clients.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE SHE'S EVER RECEIVED:

"Do what you love to do and you will never work a day in your life." Many people ask me how I can work so much, as I'm at the gym from 5:00am until 7:00 - 9:00pm and also work on weekends. My secret is that I really authentically love what I do - helping people become strong, fit, and healthy. Once you train with me or do one of my classes, you will see and experience this for yourself.

FAVOURITE WORKOUT SONG:

"You've Got the Power!" by Snap or "No Limit" by 2 Unlimited

FAVOURITE CHEAT MEAL:

I don't really believe in cheat meals because if you CLEAN your fiet and palate completely you actually won't like the food that would be considered a "cheat meal". If you have a cheat meal then you will always have a bad habit that is waiting to show up when you are off guard or stressed.