"When we started, I was looking for consistency and motivation to stay on track to improving my physical fitness. Well, I scored even better than that – after 18 months of working together, not only am I stronger, in better shape, with a greatly improved golf game, I gained a friend as well. Your sense of humour makes the sessions go quickly and gives me another reason for dragging myself in so early in the morning. Thanks so much for helping me toward my goals" Deborah S
"I would like to let everyone know that the strict regimental exercise program that Dom set up for me is great.
She pays close attention and is very particular about her clients’ needs and wants.
Dom is knowledgeable about her profession and her willingness to help her clients is unfounded.
She is professional, courteous and flexible on scheduling a training session.
Dom understands that your time and her time are valuable.
I would like to thank Dom for all her enthusiasm and energy during our sessions.
Professionalism (punctual, reliable, discretion, manner): Excellent! You are always conscientious of time and respectful of all your clients. You maintain a sense of humour but don't cross the line. You are prepared for each session (with a back-up plan if need be). You pass along humorous anecdotes but never reveal anything that may be embarrassing for someone.
Knowledgeable: Your experience and knowledge of the human body and human spirit is evident in my progress and in the attention to detail that you bring to our work.
Continuous Improvement: I feel that I am moving forward yet it is subtle and steady. Another indication of your experience and knowledge.
Communication skills: I know what is expected of me and how to perform the exercise. I understand the purpose and muscle group involved. Schedules are communicated in advance. I've learned so much about how my body actually works.
Personalization and Flexibility: You have worked out a plan to fit with my abilities. When I have been injured you adjusted the sessions to facilitate healing as well as working with a long term perspective by adding exercises to strengthen the affected areas (wrist, ankle, lower back). If need be, changes and adjustments are made on the spot to still achieve the desired goal.
People skills: You have a wonderful sense of humour and sense of fun. Not to say that you do not take your responsibilities seriously because you do. We have fun yet focus on the job we are there for. You are always in a positive frame of mind. You know if I've had a challenging day and allow me to get "into" our sessions when necessary.
I'd like to take a bit more time to put together a testimonial. I truly enjoy our sessions and cannot believe the difference in my strength and confidence. My back only gives me the very slightest twinge now and then (too much stationery desk work or driving). Focus on stretching and my t.a.'s and it's all good. Thank you so much." Elizabeth S
"Are you really sure you want me to say anything?
The comment I want to say:
Mean lady! She's crazy! Run! Run for your lives and don't look back!
The comment you want to hear: Dominique has been an amazing influence in my life. She has proved herself to be flexible and knowledgeable. My recovery from major surgery was speeded and made considerably more fun thanks to her tireless efforts. Her sense of humour and fun makes workouts go by so quickly that I am almost sad to see them end. She has become a true friend, who I call upon in my times of need. I would recommend that everyone sign up for a session or two with Dominique.
Upon sober second thought, I think the above should read:
Dominique has been an amazing(ly negative) influence in my life. She has proved herself to be flexible and knowledgeable (and her idea of how flexible I should be is crazy! I mean, who can actually bend like that? Do I look like a Cirque de Soleil performer? - No comments about my pants allowed.) My recovery from major surgery was speeded and made considerably more fun (if by fun you mean . . .) thanks to her tireless (and insane) efforts. Her (twisted) sense of humour and (warped sense of) fun makes workouts go by so (Slowly) that I (think they will never) end. She has become (my mortal enemy), who I (plot to overthrow and bring an end to her dominion). I would (not) recommend that everyone (run away as fast as their little legs can carry them away from) Dominique." Deanna T
"Dominique worked with me at the Parkview Club in Toronto for a two-year period ending in October 2003, when she moved to Ottawa for her studies.
I found Dominique to be a very effective trainer. She approached the task in a highly professional manner. She listened to my objectives and designed a program that met all my requirements. She regularly followed-up progress without being over-bearing (which can be easy to do). She adjusted the program as required, based on my feedback.
Dominique not only showed me what to do, but also explained the importance of technique in such a way that I could understand and use the workouts to maximum effect.
I would recommend her work to anyone.
" David B
I know you know that I am very happy with our sessions. Because of you, I have been able to attain all of the goals that I had set when we first met, and I have made going to the gym and fitness a part of my everyday life again. Those first few sessions I thought I was going to die, but with your faith in me, and encouragement I have been able to change my lifestyle for the better. Your motivation is subtle but it does get the point across. You actually listen when people talk...I know this because you were able to understand early on how important my flexibility was to me, and so you included stretching as part of my programs, a little thing, but to me very important. I know when I mention something to you; you are not just going through the motions of pretending to listen, and setting out a program that is a carbon copy of someone else's. I have nothing but positive things to say...I enjoy the fact that you seem to love what you do for a living, and always bring a positive outlook to every session. I am someone that likes to observe people, and I see the way your clients are when they're with you....you make them feel at ease, and feel good about themselves which makes them want to give that little extra. I love our sessions, and know the time you put into preparing for them. The amazing thing is that through all of this you have also become a very good friend and that has been an unexpected added bonus. I know that I was ready to come back to the gym this time, and I was ready to make a change in my life, I'm thankful that you were able to make it a reality. I realize that during a feedback you are always looking for faults that can be corrected, I'm sorry I can't find them.
Thanks again for all you have done and know it's always appreciated.
P.S. When do I get to take that string off from around my waist?
" Mark H
Sorry to see you go. I hope your future brings many more achievements and successes. Many thanks for getting me started on the road to fitness. I just want to tell you that you have made a big difference in my life.
" Donna K
When, I returned to Canada after 7 years of sedentary life abroad, I looked to gym workouts as a major component of a plan to lose 30 pounds and return to a reasonable level of fitness. I was able to draw on practice and attitude from previous lives in Martial Arts and other athletics to get a good part of the way, but what worked in my younger years proved to not be entirely effective now and I was spending an incredible amount of time in gyms...largely injuring myself. I enquired about personal training on a few occasions with the goal of improving the efficiency and direction of my programs so that I could continue to make healthy progress while having a practical need for an address outside of the gym. I began to lose faith in PTs after meeting with a string of what I call “Kids trying to kill me”...i.e....early career trainers providing a path to my goals that was unsustainable, far too ambitious and continued to result in injury. My goal was also becoming a moving target as North American cuisine and the convenience of fast food (i.e. Wendy’s next door to the gym) were becoming a creeping detriment to my efforts.
For the past year, I have modified my workout only by your advice and it has worked out incredibly well. The outcome of your flexibility assessment was very valuable. The programs that you developed for core strength and stability are measurably effective and progressive. The benefits of these core strength and stability workouts have extended to sports and cardio-vascular training...enabling me to make more progress and draw more benefit in those areas as well. Your assessment of when participation of a trainer is/is not required has given me the flexibility to work out “when I can”...enabling me to stick to a program with necessary consistency despite a variable workout schedule. My number of days per week at the gym is cut in half, I continue to eat too much Wendy’s, and yet I continue to make regular measurable progress towards my goals. This is exactly the type of improvement in efficiency and sustainability that I wanted to make to my programs and the impact that you had on my overall progress and direction met/far exceeded my expectation.
Thanks for everything, Dom. Training with you has been a pleasure. Best of luck in your new position
"Dominique makes my workouts fun, and pushes me harder than I would push myself" Annelise
"Dominique is a perfect trainer for those who hate exercising – she provides stimulation, support and a supply of amusing moments" Carol
"I really enjoyed all aspects of your program. I felt I learned a lot and I know there is so much more I could do now to improve my squash game." Shannon
"Dominique makes my workouts fun! She also has a good awareness of muscle physiology and mechanics. " Jane
"Dominique is crazy! " Tim
"I was definitely not a model student :=) ... but I did pick up good techniques from you. I liked the fact that you corrected my technique as well as gave me a full explanation of what the impacts would be, how to know when to stop or when I was doing it wrong. When I followed the training schedule regularly, I noticed that my strength went up really quick, thanks to your constant pushing! I didn't think that I could improve that quickly but you forced me to. That was great!
Finally, I really enjoyed chatting with you. You were fun, which helped to make those torturous sessions much more enjoyable." Linh B
"My feedback for the training is that you have delivered on making this fun, creative and individual for me. I have needed special attention on my knee and you did not hesitate to change the program for that. I find you flexible when things in life can change so quickly at work or in health. You have always been willing to cancel an appointment if needed. You are encouraging, when I am down and feel I just can't pump any more out. You are creative in the way you can put programs together to see what will work with me. All in all my toning has improved and I am very happy with the results." Elena G
"I really appreciate the work that you did in helping me build my strength and learn how to stretch properly in preparation for my triathlon goals. It has really worked - my biking, swimming and running have all improved and I don’t have the same problems with my muscles tightening due to the stretching routines." Doug H
"Thanks so very much Dominique, you’re a great trainer, I really appreciate all your great advice. I have learned so much, see you around the gym." Barb M