Meet the Northern Sport Centre Fitness Team

The Northern Sport Centre Fitness Team is certified and passionate about active living. Each instructor brings a unique approach to teaching and training that will encourage and motivate!  

Certifications include: BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP), canfitpro, and the YMCA. 

  • Fitness Instructor

    Jacob is the newest member of our fitness team and teaches Boxer Fit.  Born and raised in Prince George, Jacob took his love of martial arts and turned into a fitness career. 

    He brings many certifications including canfit pro Personal Training Specialist, DTS Kettlebell and DTS Conditioning certifications, Functional Range Mobility specialist, Animal Flow Level 1 certification, and more.  Jacob is also Level 1 & 2 Box N Burn certified and is currently working on his Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coaching certification.  

    When you register for Boxer Fit, you will benefit from Jacob's focus on the fundamentals of footwork, balance, and coordination. His favourite part? - holding the hand pads!     

  • Vivian Giannisis

    Yoga Instructor

    Vivian is certified (RYT-500hr) through the South Okanagan Yoga Association (SOYA). Her goal is to make yoga accessible to as many people as possible. She is always updating her skills through training and education. Vivian has developed a unique style of peaceful yoga that is an extension of her warm and welcoming personality. Her soothing voice gently guides students through poses that challenge the body while calming the mind. Vivian teaches Yin Yoga, Yoga, Yin Yoga Fusion, Gentle Yoga and her classes are always full!

  • Lon Hilton

    Fitness Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    Lon is a certified Personal Trainer Specialist and a Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach thru canfitpro. His focus is strength training, core strengthening, Plyometric movements and calisthenics. Lon’s training approach goes beyond counting reps creating an experience that results in positive change for his clients. He teaches Core Fit and Fit Camp in addition to serving on the NSC team of Personal Trainers.

  • Kathleen Hogh

    Nia Dance Fit Instructor

    Kathleen is a Certified 1st Degree Black Belt Nia Teacher and a Licensed Zumba Instructor. She has specialized in teaching dance-based fitness since 2004. Prior to that she was a keen participant in aerobics and circuit training fitness. Kathleen was inspired to take up teaching after experiencing her first Nia class in 2001. She believes that the combination of fitness and a healthy lifestyle builds mental and emotional health. Kathleen’s Nia Dance Fit classes are fun, interactive, and can be adapted to any fitness level.

  • Finess Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    Charlene is a YMCA-certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer.  Since 2021 she has also served as strength and conditioning coach for the PG Canadian Sport School since 2021. 

    Charlene’s approach to fitness is is motivating, fun, and high-energy – the perfect environment to help you reach your strength and fitness goals. She creates exciting and challenging workouts that not only incorporate new moves but also utilize “tried and true” workout moves that everyone can do. Take any of Charlene's classes and leave with a smile on your face and sweat on your brow!

  • Rebecca Krahn

    Fitness Instructor

    Rebecca is a Canfitpro Certified Group Fitness Instructor and BCRPA Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor. She has been teaching with us since 2016. Rebecca is also working on her Personal Training certification. A hard working grandmother and mother, Rebecca proves it’s never too late to get into shape. She loves being at the gym - her commitment, enthusiasm and drive are contagious!

  • Benita Le Morvan

    Zumba Instructor

    Benita has been Latin dancing ever since she travelled to the Dominican Republic as part of a high school exchange. Her many years performing in a belly dance troupe made her move to Zumba a natural one. She loves the mix of musical movement and fitness. Benita received her Zumba certification in 2014. Her approach to this energizing fitness program is simple - just move your body and have fun!

  • Fitness Instructor

    Jocelyn is a CanFitpro Certified Group Fitness instructor and certified Kettlebell Personal Trainer.  She exudes a love and enthusiasm for fitness that motivates her class participants to accomplish their goals. Jocelyn began her career six years ago when she worked as a HIIT Instructor in a boutique fitness facility for women in Toronto.  Eventually, she decided to follow her passion in outdoor recreation and moved to BC, training mainly firefighters from her fire crew and Functional Fitness at a local gym.

    Jocelyn's workouts are tough but she offers modifications for all levels and injuries.  As a HIIT enthusiast her motto is "there is nothing you can’t do for 20 seconds."

  • Yoga Instructor

    Many will recognize Denise from her Customer Service Rep role at the Front Desk and as a yoga instructor - she currently teaches Athletic Yoga and Hatha Yoga Flow.

    Denise is a Prince George Lululemon Yoga Ambassador. She received her training from the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) and has achieved the 500hr YT designation. Denise brings a modern and honest spin to her teachings to help you find your yoga on and off the mat. She brings teaching expertise to many yoga practices including pre- and post-natal, youth, aerial and more. A true northern gal she loves the outdoors and taking in all the adventures!

  • Paz Milburn

    Fitness Instructor

    For over twenty years, Paz has been one of our city’s most enthusiastic dance and group fitness instructors. She is a certified Zumba, Tai Chi and Tae Kwon Do instructor and a popular dance teacher! Paz shares her passion for active living with the community including the YMCA and the PG Arthritis Society. Her exercise philosophy consists of three components: cardiovascular, strength and flexibility. We are thrilled that Paz has come to the NSC to teach Tai Chi and Cardio Dance!

  • Laurie Monsen

    Fitness Instructor

    When it comes to certifications Laurie has most of it covered! She is a BCRPA (BC Recreation and Parks Association) Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Trainer and Advanced Group Fitness Instructor. She also holds a Sport Nutrition Advisor designation with AANH (Alive Academy of Natural Health). Laurie is Keiser Spin instructor certified. She brings over thirty years of experience in the fitness industry.

    She taught public school physical education, youth team training and group fitness. Laurie is a motivating instructor that will give you that extra push towards your goals. Laurie can be found at the Northern Sport Centre almost daily with her personal training clients or leading registered programs.

  • Fitness Instructor

    Sherry is a certified Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She holds several other specialty certifications including Zumba, Strong Nation, Pound and Pound Unplugged. She teachs Pound Unplugged and Strong Nation at the NSC. 

    Sherry has presented for BCRPA, Can Fit Pro and IDEA World. With over 30+ years of experience teaching, training and sharing, she has connected with and impacted many with her dynamic approach, boundless energy and philosophy of learning through laughter.

  • Personal Trainer

    Originally from Chilliwack, Claire moved to Prince George in 2022 after graduating with a degree in Kinesiology - specialty in exercise science.  With a background in soccer training, she developed a love for fitness when she joined her high school strength and conditioning club. 

    Claire is a registered kinesiologist with personal training experience in clinical, sport and fitness settings. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, she will get you active, help prevent and rehab injuries and optimize your performance for sport-specific training.

  • David Utz

    Fitness Instructor
    Personal Trainer

    David has returned to the NSC team bringing a love of all things outdoors to his fitness classes. He was a teenager when he decided to make a career out of fitness. David studied Kinesiology for two years at the College of New Caledonia. He earned his teaching and personal training certification with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. In addition to his in-demand personal training sessions, David teaches Cycle Fit and HIIT Bootcamp.