Vintage Fitness Reviews

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Fitness for people 50 and over in the Greater Toronto Area

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My husband, Stan, has a disease that’s related to Parkinson’s disease. When he could no longer drive, he told me that missed being able to go for his daily workouts at the community centre. That was when I contacted Vintage fitness and he began training at home with Cristina. The goal is to keep him as strong as possible for as long as possible.
Stan was enjoying working with a personal trainer so when COVID 19 forced Vintage Fitness to conduct their classes online, I convinced him to continue his training online even though he prefers talking to people in person.
Now, Cristina and I have become a team. I help Stan with his balance problems and proper exercise form at home while Cristina models the exercises from her home. I appreciate Cristina’s expertise as she is able to adjust the exercises to accommodate Stan’s changing ability to perform them.  I also keep her informed of Stan’s particular needs. For example, the classes contain many exercises to maintain flexibility in Stan’s joints since disease is gradually causing them to stiffen. Cristina also allows time for resting between exercises even though Stan insists he doesn’t need to rest.
Stan won’t experience an actual increase in his fitness level, which has always been very good. For him, success will be measured in how well he can slow down the toll disease is taking on his body. Thank you, Cristine for helping him to do this."

Anne, Etobicoke

I would like to thank Bill for his hard work, to raise my limits and keep challenging me.
Well done, Bill."

Joanne

Bill is wonderful- I can't say enough good things about him. I am so pleased with my personal training with him and with the results that I am achieving."

Chester, Unionville

Personal training gives you motivation to continue training. Some weeks it is hard to stay motivated. Our personal trainer Dee has really kept us moving.
Dee is very personable and knowledgeable. If she does not know something, she checks with other trainers or health service providers that she knows and updates us with her findings. Her cheerful attitude makes the training time go quickly.
Each year I sign up for the New York marathon and Dee has been responsible for getting me through three of them. I am sure that she will give me the push that I need to complete the marathon again this year.
Dee has been an inspiration. Her tales of her athletic holidays have challenged us to follow in her footsteps. She is always cheerful and while she pushes hard to get us to our goals, we have worked harder and longer only because of her."

Margot, Toronto

One month ago I started exercising with Mariela as my trainer.
Not having exercised for a long time I was apprehensive but when I met and got to know Mariela I knew that she was the perfect coach for me.
She is professional yet kind, patient and understanding.
Her encouragement has given me the confidence that I needed to start this program.
After one short month I am pleased with my progress and feel assured that with her continued training and encouragement I would continue getting good results and attain my goal."

Anisa

I am 66 years old with no medical conditions that would prevent me from participating in a physical fitness program. Cristina Teixeira was my personal trainer meeting twice a week. She created interesting workouts that allowed me to improve my upper body strength, flexibility and balance. Cristina was always pleasant while reminding me to maintain correct body position. I would recommend anyone who would like to improve their fitness to work with Cristina."

Lynn, 
Etobicoke

Ive been working with Kristy Belanger since May 2018. My goal initially was to lose weight. So faras of September 2018 I have lost 31 lbs and a total of 11.5 inches.This is all down to Kristy and her vast knowledge of fitness and dietary needs.During this time I have had a couple minor injuies to deal with and Kristy was able to adjust my program immediately and direct me to the proper professionals to help in my recovery. Looking forward to continuing to work with her in the future. Thanks Kristy!"

Nick

Anthony has been my personal trainer for the past 8 years. During this time I have benefited from Anthony’s expertise and his continual journey towards excellence in providing me with an overall healthy lifestyle program of physical, emotional and spiritual growth that has met my personal needs over the years. Anthony is a continual student and teacher always bettering his knowledge and putting into action the benefits of his learning through his fitness program and communications.
One of Anthony’s strengths is in providing a program that never gets old or stale. He has the capacity of changing things up, making the workouts interesting as well as challenging using new and varied techniques along with different types of fitness equipment. With Anthony you get more than a physical trainer of the body. When I went through a radical prostatectomy Anthony was there providing me with not only a fitness program that met my needs to keep active, along with keeping me safe from injuring myself , but he was there also as an emotional and spiritual support.
For those of all ages, I am 70 years old, I highly recommend Anthony Cheam to be your personal trainer."

Bob Burlington, ON

I have worked with Wendy for a number of years, and my sessions, despite post-chemo neuropathy and arthritic hips, make me feel so much better that I miss them when I am on holiday. Wendy brings a blend of skill and a friendly, pleasant manner to her work. I especially like that, owing in no small part to our sessions, I can still ski."

Christine, Etobicoke

Our trainer, Dee, is fantastic.
We really enjoy your service and working out with Dee has done wonders for us!! Thanks so much!"

Margot and Shaun

My father is very proud of himself and is committed to keeping it up.
This is the best money I have ever spent on a gift for my Dad.
I have no doubt that we'd be dealing with a much different situation if it weren't for Wendy and the relationship she built with him, the confidence she helped build in him, and the awareness of what he is still capable of at nearly 80 years old.
I can't thank both of you enough."

Jacqueline

I also want to note that Wendy is a fabulous trainer, just the right combination of push and encouragement. And very adaptive to the materials and space at hand, as well as our individual needs."

Laurie, Toronto

Dee is an awesome trainer! Her infectious optimism make exercise fun. Dee works hard to tailor her program to the client’s level, assists in setting realizable goals and when met makes getting to the next level achievable."

Denise Toronto

Kristy was a great support and help for me during my recovery from major surgeries and subsequent physical weakness and pain. Her sweet attitude was also a big comfort. I was impressed and felt secure with her knowledge of subtle aspects of working with the human body."

Shelley Gorman

Bill Ross has been my trainer for the better part of six months. I am 85 years old and had physical problems with back, left shoulder and left leg. Over a very short period, my aches and pains have disappeared, my flexibly and strength has improved immeasurably. I am able to manipulate my body in a way that I could not do before
I started with Bill. I am extremely grateful for his time, knowledge, help and patience. As a result I am feeling healthy and very fit."

H. L Amoils, Richmond Hill

Over the years, I have joined numerous gyms but nothing took.  So when my children recently decided I needed a fitness program, I opted for a personal trainer. Erin assessed me and set up a personal program based on my age and my abilities. I quickly discovered that I was unlikely to follow it because I travel so frequently - so Erin modified the program.
I have been very impressed by her adaptability and knowledgeability. I don't have a cookie cutter routine; I have a personal one. Erin is also encouraging, always smiling and always ready to make useful suggestions and modifications. I would recommend this type of program to anyone looking for a personalized and flexible fitness regime."

Andrew, Toronto

I was amazed with the response and help I got from Erin in 2013 when I was looking for a PT for my 16 year old son who’s DS. His OT was about to discharge him from her services since she said that there wasn’t much more she could help him with (he’s totally independent and high functioning). However our major concern and a future goal for him was weight loss. His OT suggested a few websites and believe it or not only Erin responded promptly!!

After several discussions with Erin she was able to find – in hindsight I have to say – a perfect fit for him. Erin suggested Wendy Palmieri who’s been working with Reyaz for 19 months now. Wendy is just an amazing trainer who’s a very professional, kind and caring person. Reyaz looks forward to seeing her weekly and they have great sessions together. We’ve learned a lot from Wendy’s suggestions and insight and we’ve been very happy with this relationship so far. At times I think Reyaz and Wendy have too much fun during their sessions, but that’s the way she is – it has to be fun so that you enjoy what you’re doing but always in a professional manner.

I would recommend Wendy not only for what she specializes in – training over 50+, but anyone who’s got a disability and needs a caring trainer. Thank you both for being such wonderful professionals."

Camile Etobicoke, Toronto

My husband and I have been recently working with Wendy Palmieri. She did a fantastic job of setting us up with an individual program which took into account our medical issues and fitness level but also the goals we had in mind. The program was easy to adopt and ramped us into a better level of fitness safely and without pain. Wendy is positive, encouraging and flexible. It’s terrific to be able to work with people who understand the special needs we older people have and can still achieve realistic improvements. We’ll be working with Wendy on an ongoing basis.
Thanks, Vintage Fitness!"

Peg Perry, Toronto

I am enjoying my sessions very much, my balance is slowly improving. Last Monday, we did exercises in the pool, that I enjoyed very much. Olena is very nice and easy to work with."

Sharon Cooper, North York

Im 67 and retired for 4 years as a managerial desk job. I have arthritic knees and was 35lbs over weight and getting out of breath walking up a few flights of stairs. The thought of a gym didn’t appeal to me so with some research online, I found Erin and Vintage Fitness. It sat in my browser for a year before I pulled the trigger. Erin sent Kristy Belanger for an initial interview to review my goals and find out a little about her. I was very pleased with her knowledge and attention to detail. She spent first few weeks assessing my abilities and limits to devise a plan which I really appreciated. After only 3 month I have lost 15 lbs and 2 inches off waist. I am able to reach my shoe laces and my knees are in much better condition due to the weight loss and Kristy working key lower body muscles to give me proper support for my knees. We now wet new goals and are working towards them, signing up for another 6 months. Highly recommend Kristy and Vintage Fitness to anyone!"

Peter K.

Anthony is a phenomenal trainer and coach. He has helped me to reach great levels of health and fitness that I could not have reached without his training and motivation"

Douglas

Meeting Mariela has been a life-changing experience for me. I had struggled with my weight and body image for decades before I met her and she really helped put things in perspective for me. Also, I have been in and out of gyms for the better part of the last decade; I would lose weight and put it all back on and then go through the same soul-crushing experience again. Working out with Mariela has helped me understand my body better, which was lacking when I worked out with male trainers; not that they were not good, but I felt they did not understand my body well enough and how it reacted to certain forms of exercise. With Mariela, I have made breakthroughs in understanding my own physical limits and, what works and what doesn’t, and structuring my workouts accordingly. She is not only very good at her job, but is an immensely compassionate and kind person. A great life-coach in the making! I recommend her highly."

S. Sharma

Hi Dee:
We love working with you and we'll miss our sessions while you're away. I have to admit that normally I would be thinking about quitting at this point but, you're the best at motivating and inspiring. Have a wonderful holiday. You'll have to tell us about your travels when you return."

Laurie, Toronto

You are a great trainer! You understand how to train someone who is not 22! You are patient, friendly and encouraging. I was more comfortable working with you than I've ever been with another trainer."

Joanne, Etobicoke

When I first began my personal training session with Olena, I was a couch potato and other than walking, I did not do any exercises. Coming into my senior years, I wanted to strengthen my body, my bones and my heart and I knew getting a personal trainer would motivate me to exercise. I really enjoyed my years of training with Olena as she made the sessions most enjoyable, many times hard, but her warm personality, her commitment and knowledge helped motivate me. The information and knowledge she imparted about the body and muscles were most helpful as she explained what the exercises were accomplishing. Because she loves what she does, she pushed you to try your best."

Dale Rossman, Toronto

Wow! Wendy, you made me feel relaxed. You're completely unintimidating but still helped me to push myself. I truly appreciated how you'd check my form. I never once worried about injury. Your fitness knowledge is impressive."

Adele, Toronto

I've been working with Erin, and then Leigh, for almost two years and it's been great. They both have a warm, empathetic approach and have developed very effective cardio and strength-training programs for me. I enjoy the sessions and am definitely much stronger since I started with them. I highly recommend Vintage Fitness for a personalized, effective approach to fitness!"

Rosanne

Thank you for helping me get into a new and healthier lifestyle! I may never love working out, but you make the experience much more enjoyable. Your excitement and positive reinforcement for getting fit has rubbed off."

Anne, Toronto

The gift certificate for Vintage Fitness from my daughter got me started on a wonderful journey that I wasn't expecting or asked for! I was hesitant at first but I can't believe the wonderful changes that have occurred. Working with Erin has given me the confidence to work at getting healthier through exercise, good diet and determination. I have lost weight, my blood pressure has dropped, I feel more energetic and best of all I am motivated to keep it up! I highly recommend Vintage Fitness and value Erin's expertise in knowing what is best for my body, updating my program and keeping me on track."

Cathy Kelly, Toronto

I have been receiving personal training from Vintage Fitness in my condo exercise room since 2005. Having had a few falls and some broken bones while in my early 60s, I knew I needed to change something in my life. Erin did a comprehensive assessment, and then we began together to address weaknesses and build strength. For a while, we met twice a week, and then once a week when my husband entered semi-retirement and decided to join in. My aerobic capacity and stamina have increased, balance is greatly improved ( no more falls) and I function better around the house. Bonus: I can keep up with my two young grandchildren. Working out, first with Erin and then with Leigh, is a lot of fun, too. Vintage Fitness has remained part of my weekly routine because I can see the benefits in my daily life."

Brenda Lang, Toronto

I am a 54 year old woman who has a fair amount of scar tissue due to numerous incidents over the years (bikes, horses, ATVs, golf balls, surgeries). If I don't move, I curl up like a pretzel and as time went on, my mobility was beginning to be severely curtailed. Kristy, in conjunction with my chiropractor and physiotherapist, put together a program that over the last 3 months, has allowed me to stand up straight, walk straight and has restored my strength. I am no longer in pain, plagued by knots and soon, I will be able to kite surf again. I got further physically, with Kristy that I have the last 10 years, with my other therapists. She really knows what she is doing. I have defined arms, legs and midsection again - wuhu!."

Nathallia
High Park

Vintage Fitness trainers motivated me to stick with my exercises, provided lots of variety including a few sessions in the condo pool and tracked my successes"

Nancy Schroder, Etobicoke

Training with you, Wendy, is so much fun! You challenge me but always find workarounds when my knees or shoulders are acting up. I'm now off all blood pressure medication. I even lost a few pounds. This is life changing!"

Sandra, Toronto

Kristy Belanger has been helping me for about 3 months. She is so caring and puts a lot of thought and effort into our sessions. I would recommend Kristy to others."

Susan

I have been struggling with a health issue for a number of years and therefore haven't been particularly successful with improving my physical abilities. I started working with Karel because of her professionalism and knowledge. We started out slowly and as a result, I was able to build up my stamina and greatly improve my strength. Our sessions were challenging but also very appropriate for my fitness level. I was especially impressed with her attention to detail and emphasis on using the proper form while performing the various exercises. Being a senior, she also stressed the importance of working on my balance. I have seen such great improvement and feel much healthier and happier as a result of our work together. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to better their quality of life to work with Karel for an improved fitness level. It's also important to note that not only is she encouraging but she has a good sense of humour and is kind."

Sue

Rita has been my personal trainer and a great motivator for a few years. The results I have achieved to date are largely due to Rita's perfect combination of diverse training methods and challenging yet achievable goal setting. She is a truly excellent personal trainer. She is skilled, thoughtful, sensible and a pleasure to work with and talk to. She works with the whole person - mentally, emotionally and physically. Because of her efforts, I am now stronger and happy with myself. Would highly recommend Rita to anyone!."

Alina, North York

I have had 7 visits over a period of 2 months with Dr. Don on the recommendation of a friend who greatly benefited from his therapies. His diagnostic exam was the most thorough I had experienced in recent memory. He encouraged me to get X-rays to confirm his diagnosis, which they did. The resultant exercise program coupled with his laser machine and hands on therapies have improved my condition quite quickly. My pain has eased significantly, giving me hope for the first time in ages. I will continue to see him whenever I am in Toronto (I live out of town) for as long as he recommends and my body tells me is necessary. If your'e willing to heed his advice and follow his recovery program, you will improve quickly and build towards a healthier future."

Chick

I always look forward to my training sessions with Jen. She really takes the time to get to know you and understand your personal fitness goals. Her focus on proper form and technique really impressed me compared to other experiences with trainers. Most of all, we have a great time together which make the sessions go by quickly!"

Margaret

Rob is an excellent trainer who listens carefully and pays close attention to personal needs and individual goals. He has a great sense of humour, puts people at ease and creates a comfortable environment for each of his clients.
Rob lets you work at your own pace, demonstrate a great deal of patience and treats all of his clients with respect. Rob makes exercise fun through laughter and plenty of positive reinforcement.
If you want to strengthen your body and build or rebuild confidence, Rob can help you with the skills you need. Don’t be afraid to take a chance and have some fun too."

David and Susan

Karel is cheerful, helpful and attentive. I like her very much. She notices how I am moving and gives lots of correction, feedback and praise. Karel has helped to improve my posture and strength and is a joy to work with."

Peter C

Did you know that when I reached 57, I became worried about the years turning me into a big soft gummy bear?   I might have pulled off 'cute' but I would not have been happy nor would I have respected myself. Instead, I reached out to Karel.

Thanks for your consistent encouragement and inspiring energy!  You cheer me on as I reach and exceed new goals.  Every session is new and challenging. Every large and tiny muscle is now alive and well.  Every hour with you has been the very best investment in ME! 

AND my arms are no longer jiggle when I wave goodbye at the door"

Pat

I have had chronic sinus problems for 20+ years. Dr. Don Fitz-Ritson has really helped to clear them up. After so long this has been a big relief for me. I also had a constant headache for 2+ years and within 2 or 3 treatments my headache cleared up.Thank you for your time, knowledge and patience."

Happy client, Barb

Rob McCue has been my personal trainer for the past three years and has been my inspiration for my physical well being. He is very kind and understanding, especially of my age group which is a senior citizen and is mindful of my many aches and pains. He has been very diligently working on my balance which is very necessary as we get older and keeps me focused on my continued health and fitness. We work on what is the issue on that day and pushes me when necessary and knows when to back off.
Rob motivates me every time I see him and anyone would be very fortunate to have him on their side for their physical health."

Maxinne

I have been training with Jen for 8 months. I am very happy with the results. I have greater flexibility, more energy and I have lost weight. Before I saw Jen the aches and pains of aging were getting me down but now I feel more in control of my health. While I have worked with other trainers before Jen, she has been the best in motivating me and in helping me to reach my fitness goals."

Doug

I developed low back pain with left leg radiation to my ankle. MRI showed disc and cyst pathology at L5 - Sacral 1. I was booked for surgery. I visited Dr. Don and after his detailed examination, he said he could help. He did Laser, Dynamic Traction and Rehab Exercises. Three weeks ago, having only slight low back pain, I visited the Orthopaedic Surgeon and he did new MRI study, he said the MRI showed that the Dynamic Traction had taken the pressure from the disc and the laser had healed the cyst. No surgery was required. One happy patient."

Tim

Not quite as young as we used to be, we were looking for a personal trainer who could challenge us while at the same time, understanding the limitations of an older body.  We both have been working with Karel for several months and she has been wonderful.  She is always positive, energetic and motivating.  She ensures every exercise is executed in the correct body position and alignment; she adjusts and modifies immediately if our arthritis starts to flare up; she follows up every exercise session with an email to ensure there are no post-workout issues.  Our flexibility, range of motion, and core strength has improved greatly.  With Karel’s knowledge and experience, we have been very pleased and would highly recommend her!"

J&A

Iam very happy with my experience with Vintage. My trainer Rob Mccue is excellent, he knows me well and gives me help in doing my training properly. I am so fortunate to have him.
Thanks "

Jim

Lorne Opler has been my personal trainer for in-pool training for some three months. He has been imaginative and creative in developing a program for me to improve my mobility, with the goal of enabling me to walk again following serious neck surgery. His work has aided my progress in improving my strength, balance, and coordination."

Phil Boswell, Aquatic Exercise at the Briton House Retirement Residence, Toronto

Marlee has been my personal trainer and yoga instructor for two years. She always takes the time before each session to ask how I am, if there is anything happening in my life that she should be aware of (aches, injuries, daily stresses) to ensure the workout meets my individual needs and personal goals. During each workout/class she takes the time to correct form, if necessary, and encourages you that you can “ push” a little harder to get the results you are striving for. She is right with you from beginning to end. After each workout with Marlee, I feel energized and any negative thoughts are put back in perspective. She is very dedicated and passionate about her profession and anyone who is trained/taught by Marlee will develop a healthier outlook on life. Feeling good and confident about yourself is a beautiful feeling…
thank you Marlee."

Jan Hutchison, Toronto

I was in a terrible place before I came to ATC. I had horrible lower back pain where I was kneeling on pillows in front of my desk during the work day, I couldn't drive for more than 20 min, or do anything athletic. I saw 4 different chiropractors, a physiotherapist and a masseuse. Nothing worked and I was growing desperate. I was then referred to Dr. Fitz-Ritson, and he changed my life... He got me back to 100%. I am now back to being able to sit in uncomfortable chairs, play golf, and squash. I really appreciate what he has done for me."

Colin Dyer
Toronto
 

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