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Personal Training

Everybody has a different goal and we want you to see results. Our step-by-step behavioral change approach will help you achieve your personal goals by first creating a foundation that fits your lifestyle. Our energetic trainers will guide you closer to your goal, using an individualized program, one day at a time. As the weeks go by, we look forward to hearing about your success story. Keeping you on track is our #1 priority, and we will work with you and do whatever it takes to get you where you want to be.

Is personal training right for me? Yes! Having a goal and individualized exercise program can improve your overall health, assist you in reaching a healthier body weight, make positive decisions about your health and make you feel better about yourself.

We would like you to meet our team. Talk to our knowledgeable staff and we will show you that you CAN reach your goals!

For more information or to book a package, call

  • Ches Penney Family YMCA (St. John's):
    (709) 726-YMCA (9622) x221 or 222
  • Marystown YMCA:
    (709) 726-YMCA (9622)

Click here to complete the Personal Trainer Request Form ONLINE

Package Member Fee (+ HST)
1 Hour Personal Training $40
6 Hour Personal Training $204 (15% savings)
12 Hour Personal Training
$360 (25% savings)
1 Hour Group Rate (max 3 members) $60
6 Hour Group Rate (max 3 members) $306 (15% savings)
12 Hour Group Rate (max 3 members) $540 (15% savings)

2 sessions are required for first time clients. This includes consultation, program design and workout.

If you want to maximize your results and reach your potential we recommend registering for our full 12 week program. We will provide you with ongoing feedback, motivation and support while helping you set long term goals by creating a program that fits your lifestyle.

  • Payments methods - Cash, Debit, Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard and Amex)
  • Register in person at the Membership Sales & Service desk

Call to book at

  • Ches Penney Family YMCA (St. John's):
    726-YMCA (9622) x221 or 222
  • Marystown YMCA:
    (709) 726-YMCA (9622)

Click here to complete the Personal Trainer Request Form ONLINE

Meet our Trainers

Ben Crowell

Ben CrowellThrough the mind, body, and spirit, Ben understands the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle which helps bring balance in life. Growing up in Nova Scotia he played highly competitive hockey and soccer, most recently with the Pictou County Jr. A Crushers and the East Hants Tier 1 soccer club. Playing sports at an elite level required a significant amount of time, effort, and dedication; Ben’s vision is to have the same mentality and positive attitude towards all members of the community.

Ben enjoys working with people of all ages and will go above and beyond to ensure satisfaction. He provides workout sessions that are best suited for the client and their fitness goals. Ben believes that all individuals should be confident in their abilities; because with confidence, it increases the likelihood for optimal performance. He wants you to reach your fullest potential.

  • Graduate from St. Francis Xavier University with Human Kinetics
  • Graduate from Acadia University with Bachelor of Education in Secondary
  • Certified Personal Trainer (Canadian Personal Trainers Network)
  • National Coaching Certification Program


Matthew Jessome

Matthew JessomeNever being one for sports, Matt began his shift towards strength training as an unhealthy, overweight, and bullied teen. Quickly he realized its importance for self-esteem, and has never looked back.  Through hilarious experimentation, he learned the 'do's' and 'don'ts' of the weight training world, and over the course of six years has developed a training philosophy of his own.

He believes firmly that within everyone there is a strongest version waiting to come out;  strength training takes us back to our roots as humans and can show us a side of ourselves we are not aware of.  He believes that almost any fitness goal can be achieved through strict form, postural improvements, and a series of basic movements.
  • CanFit Pro Certified Personal Trainer
  • Orange Sash Level 1 in Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu/Filipino Martial Arts

Jennifer Lake

Jennifer LakeThrough completing a Kinesiology degree at Memorial University, Jennifer found her passion for rehabilitative exercise. She firmly believes that anyone can improve their fitness level no matter what physical condition they may be in. Currently the Supervisor of Health and Wellness at the Marystown YMCA, she enjoys fabricating workouts that are interesting and challenging so that her clients are having fun while also staying motivated.

Jennifer creates workouts which are functional, but compliments your lifestyle. With this mindset, she is ready to help you conquer whatever fitness goals you may have.

Xi (Z) Hong

Xi (Z) HongXi, originally from China, came to Newfoundland to complete his Masters in Kinesiology at Memorial University. Xi is a friendly outgoing guy who always has a smile on his face. 

Xi’s personal philosophy focuses on continual life-long learning as he works towards improving the well-being of his clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier life. Specifically, Xi helps clients in regaining and improving their functional movement, losing weight and core strength training.

He is passionate about sharing his experiences and understanding for fitness through knowledge and correct exercise techniques with people of all fitness levels.

  • Master of Kinesiology
  • Certified Kinesiologist
  • Certified Personal Trainer (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology)
  • Canfitpro Certified Personal Training Specialist
  • YMCA Certified Group Fitness Instructor (Aquafitness)
  • YMCA Canada Fitness Trainer
  • YMCA Certified Group Cycle Instructor

Máire Ní Loideáin

Máire Ní LoideáinHaving relocated from the west of Ireland, Galway, Máire joined the Y team in October of 2014. She received ITEC International Awards in Fitness and Kettlebell Instruction and extended her certification here at the YMCA. Having volunteered her time as a fitness coach to an Irish based American Football team, she feels confident in helping others meet their fitness goals.

Máire is certified by the YMCA to teach Aquafit, Bootcamp, Ballfit, Cyclefit and Strength & Core classes. In addition, the Coach Approach and Teen Fit programs allow her to teach new and returning members on how to use the equipment properly along with the basic training principles in order to build lifelong healthy habits. Having struggled with her weight from a young age, she believes in a healthy and maintainable approach to exercise that she conveys to all who attend her classes. Having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012, Máire believes in challenging yourself, in any aspect of your life whether it be to lose weight, tone up or just adopting a healthy lifestyle. By giving members a realistic approach to physical fitness with her outgoing personality, results do happen.

Tina Riggs Dawe

Tina Riggs DaweCommitted to life-long and proactive health improvement for herself as well as others, Tina has found a way to balance regular physical activity and a healthy lifestyle with the demands of raising a family of three. Her dedication is as evident in her approach to her own fitness endeavors as it is in her teaching of others. As a personal trainer Tina is very supportive and encouraging, helping you to find the path to your own health and fitness goals that best suits your lifestyle.

  • Y Certified Group Fitness Instructor (Group Strength, Group Cycle, Aquafit)



“Xi is one of the strongest, most agile, balanced persons I have met. He is very encouraging, supportive, kind, with a great sense of humor, he is very driven and determined, and he expects the same from his clients. He is one of the best and he expects you to be your best, which is what makes him a great trainer.”

Sean Collins

"Joining the Y for the sole purpose of working with a personal trainer is the best decision I have made in a long time!

Máire is an excellent trainer and motivator.  She is supportive, encouraging, friendly, and has a great sense of humour.  She always asks how I am doing and seeks feedback during every session.

A testament to how much I’m enjoying the personal training is the fact that I haven’t missed a session.  It’s been such a rewarding experience that I have signed up for an extended programme!

Go raibh maith agat, Máire!"

Rose Marie Myers Veitch

"When I registered for my first half marathon I decided to hire a personal trainer to help me prepare for the race. I honestly couldn't have chosen a better trainer than Ben Crowell. During our initial consultation I asked for a sport-specific, diversified program and he's delivered in spades. In fact, he's exceeded my expectations by presenting new (and fun!) routines each time we meet.

It's obvious that Ben has a genuine interest in helping me meet my fitness goals. He's full of enthusiasm and encouragement, and is constantly cheering me on to reach my full potential (even if it means jumping in and doing the last set of squats or push-ups with me). I've tried many times to do my own strength routine but was never able to stick with it. Now that I'm working with Ben, I actually look forward to going to the gym! He helps me get the most out of every workout and the improvement in both my overall fitness and my running performance is striking. Ben's extensive knowledge, coupled with his positive attitude, make him an absolute joy to work with.

Valerie Francis

“Xi is a very good personal trainer and a good friend since I have started coming here. He has always been grinning 100% all the time. Xi will always ask if I'm ok or how I am doing, along with everybody he talks to. He is always being kind to me and everyone around him. Xi is very good at what he does and is a good friend.”

Kristmunder Hann

“This note is a testament to the expert personal training skills and abilities of Matthew Jessome.  I started to work with Matthew in mid-November, 2014.  Quite frankly, up to then, I had been doing my own workouts in the same way and without seeing any improvements at all. 

That quickly changed with Matthew!  He quickly diagnosed my strength limitations and worked with me to build greater strength, flexibility and endurance.   I am astounded about the amount of improvement I have experienced.  I am performing exercises I never felt would ever be within my personal capability and the impact has been tremendous.  I appreciate the care Matthew takes to ensure I am using the right techniques and to prevent injury.  I also know he takes great care to carefully plan each session so that I experience improvement in each session. 

As a bonus, “Matt” is such a great person – very motivating, a great sense of humour, and just pure fun to work with.  I look forward to every session with Matt.  I feel very fortunate indeed that Matt was my assigned personal trainer.  Thanks Matt!”

Jane Pardy

“My husband Frank and I are senior citizens who have both had recent health issues. We are very interested in remaining fit and healthy and decided to engage a personal trainer to assist us with our personal fitness goals. We are very pleased with our personal trainer Xi and can already see real progress in our strength and overall fitness after just one month of training.

XI is always pleasant and patient. He is always encouraging and understands our needs. He also knows how to motivate us to push forward with our fitness goals. ”

Shannie and Frank Duff

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