“The world of fitness, health, and training can be a difficult one to navigate. That’s why I am here! Let me introduce myself.
My name is Makena and I have lived in Kelowna since I was 5. In fact, I have been a member at Global since I was about 12 years old. I first started here as a tennis player. Global was the facility that fostered my competitive career in provincial level tennis. I then continued playing tennis at the University level when I went to McGill University in 2017. There, I was fitness captain for the tennis team for two years, which meant that I organized and directed the fitness training for the team. I also became the women’s team assistant captain in my third year and the women’s team captain in my final year.
While at McGill, I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I could not have picked a better program to major in because it suited my personality so well and taught me so many valuable lessons about physical activity, fitness, health, and training. With my experience in Kinesiology and combined with my involvement in weightlifting and program design, I decided to pursue my certified personal training (CPT) certificate from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP).
My intentions are to promote training in young athletes of all sports. With my participation in a high-level sport, I am knowledgeable of the training that is required for tennis especially, but also other sports in general. Thus, I want to build a community of athletes at Global that can thrive among one another.
I am also interested in continuing to be an advocate for all physical activity, health, and fitness and am welcome to any population that wants fitness and lifestyle consulting or training. I am invested in the mantra of “Exercise is Medicine” and I want to help you believe it too!
Besides being an exercise enthusiast, I am also a major sports player/watcher, avid beach-goer, and I love to bake!