Hi There, I’m Doris Ward, your Mind-Body Fitness Coach.
My mission is to guide you to feel and live in ways that
make you feel alive, whole and the BOSS of your life!
You’re in the right place if:
Confidence in your body, food choices and managing
your stress levels are for you!
Choosing fitness options that suit your lifestyle, needs
and that you actually like are for you!
I’m here to help.
I’m here to support, encourage, be your guide and offer the
tools and resources you need to feel better in your mind and body.
I get it.
Our daily lives are full. Who has time to make fitness fit in our hectic schedules? We’re stressed, feeling overwhelmed and we’re busy! I get that too. Our inner critics get loud and we beat ourselves up. Been there. And don’t get me started on work-life balance!
But I can help you with all of this and more.
I love fitness. I love helping people. So, I joined the two together for a winning combination. Fast forward to today, I own a small business dedicated to the career doing what I love.
I help people build their fitness, stress resiliency and body confidence to invite more calm and ease into their lives. I do all of this without those never-ending diets or exercise people end up dreading and instead I help others find food freedom and redefine wellness on their own terms.
All things fitness, mindfulness, confidence and getting back to your true self and feeling good in your body. I do that. Together we team up and discuss your needs, goals and how you want to feel, what you want to work towards, what makes you tick to keep you motivated for more.
We decide what services is best for you:
Body Confidence Coaching
Fitness & Lifestyle Coaching
Body Confidence & Food Freedom e-course
Stress Resiliency and Mindfulness Coaching & online courses
1:1 Personal Training/Mindful Movement sessions
Group Yoga classes or Private Pilates sessions
Learn to Run online courses
Innovative workshops on Body Acceptance and Running (past participants have raved about them!)
See? I have you covered!
With my guidance, 17+ years experience and expertise I can help you get back to feeling good AND strong in your body. With my coaching we can create health-promoting habits, make long-lasting positive changes and you can finally feel more aligned and start living the life you want and deserve. Speaking of expertise, I have been certified and/or trained in the following:
Personal Training Specialist canfitpro
STOTT Mat Pilates Instructor
BOSU & TRX Trainer
Mindfulness, Meditation & Stress Resiliency
FNB Portable Equipment Group Fitness Instructor
Mental Health First Aid & CPR
Peer Support Group Facilitation
So, you might be asking, “How can you help me or what can you do for me?” Well, let my clients tell you what their experience has been like working with me.
Clients have shared this with me about our coaching sessions ….
“My attitude has changed for the better concerning weight and body image. I finally am liking myself and being kinder with my thoughts. With your words, insight and coaching you have had a positive impact on my body image. Your coaching has been a positive experience and a welcome change from the inside.”
“Just wanted to thank you, your positive words, insight and coaching are having an impact. “
“I have learned more from you in the past year about self-care than I have in my whole life.”
They have told me this about our training sessions….
“Doris is a skilled and knowledgeable trainer with a commitment to always doing what is best for her client. She has a passion for fitness and helping her clients realize that with proper instruction, anything is possible.”
“I always feel supported and encouraged to bring my best to each session and leave feeling energized and taller after each practice. Doris has helped me find my happy place on a Pilates mat.”
Workshop participants have raved about how I have changed their mindset…
”You opened my eyes to a completely different way of thinking and training for running which I know will prove valuable to me.”
“I highly recommend these workshops with Doris. It’s absolutely amazing to know your not alone in your struggles... I got so much positive information; it’s helped me transform how I think about myself.”
You might also be interested to know that I am an award-winning fitness professional and I’ve been recognized as one of Canada's top health and fitness influencers for my role in inspiring and educating others in my community to live more health-enhanced and fulfilled lives.
Learn more about my career highlights here: https://www.fortheloveoffitnesspei.com/media
Email me to tell me what I might be able to help you with and we can start moving forward together: email@example.com
My Personal Path to Confidence, Healing and Mindful Movement
I’ve been there.
Stressed to the max. Obsessing over the scale, numbers and my weight. Anxious all the time. Exercising because I “should”. Feeling guilty because I ate something I “shouldn’t” have. Got embarrassed for not feeling strong enough to say yes to attending an event because of how I felt I looked. Made choices that weren’t best for my body all because I wanted to lose those last “X” pounds. Tried yoga and meditation and couldn’t stick with it and decided it didn’t “work” or that I couldn’t focus right. I listened to other people and companies tell me what to do with my body.
All. the. things.
If you are still reading, perhaps you too have done one or more of these things.
But healing is possible. I continue to heal and work forward. This healing path is not linear.
IT’S NOT EASY.
BUT IT’S WORTH IT. EVERY BIT OF IT.
I’ve experienced my own healing through a mindset change around fitness, practicing mindfulness, planning strategies that help me balance my life, tools for my stress management, and ridding myself of the grip of diet culture through research, training, and a lot of self-reflection that I continue to do every day. And yes, it’s worth all the work.
And yes, it’s work. But I am here to help. I’ve been there and I want to help you to experience this shift towards feeling better in your mind and body too. Together we can make this happen.
Imagine a life of wellness without obsession.
Imagine feeling confident in your body
Imagine enjoying your exercise.
Imagine quieting your inner critic.
Imagine feeling calmer and being able to manage your stress.
Imagine eating without guilt or shame.
Let’s make this a REALITY! Contact me
Continuing education is important to me to offer my community a wide array of services and to continue to meet their changing needs and lifestyle. I am proud of my commitment to lifelong learning. See below for my list of certifications and professional development.
Have a fitness or health goal? I can help you achieve it! First, we meet for a consultation to have a conversation about your goals, needs, wants, lifestyle and medical history. Then I design you a customized and comprehensive exercise program tailored just for you and your specific goals. Taking a mind-body approach, I guide you over a series of sessions to learn the format and individual exercises at a pace that works for you. You will be empowered with the information, tools and resources you need to succeed and to achieve your goals. Each session will be unique to you and together we achieve more! Take the first step and email me to set up your consultation to get STARTED!
Because you CAN!
Support, Accountability, Comprehensive Goal Setting, Motivation Discovery, Progress Tracking, Nutrition Guidance, Long-term Planning and Lifestyle Coaching - ALL of this makes up your Fitness Coaching experience with me.
We work as a close team to develop SMARTER goals and devise a plan together to help you stay disciplined, inspired and ultimately reach your goals! Fitness Coaching sessions are specialized, private setting, 1-on-1 sessions that help you learn how to overcome obstacles, make fitness fit into your busy lifestyle, and really understand what drives you forward to succeed at your overall wellness. Email me to set up your Fitness Coaching session!
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & CONTINUING EDUCATION
2002 Fitness New Brunswick (FNB) Basic Fitness Theory
2003 FNB Resistance Training Leadership, Personal Fitness Trainer
2004 Island Fitness Council Conference-March 26-27th
Can Fit Pro Conference-May
STOTT Pilates Instructor Certification Mat Levels 1-6-April
STOTT Pilates Weighted Ball Workshop & The Secret to Toned Arms, Buns and Thighs, Intensifying Essential Matwork Workshop, Fitness Circle Flow-March 18 2006
Aradia Pole Fitness Instructor Certification, Stretch Class workshop
June 21 2007 STOTT Pilates Matwork Choices for Personal Trainers workshop, Intense Foam Roller Challenge workshop, Total Body Sculpting workshop
2008 Canfitpro Conference-June 21-22
2009 Fitness NB Conference Moncton
2010 Fitness NB Conference Fredericton
2012 SCHWINN Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification course-December
June 23rd Canfitpro conference - 5 workshops/lectures
October Fundamentals of Nutrition Course by CanfitPro
2014 Older Adult Fitness Specialty Ball workshop with Go PEI, November Sport PEI Sport Leadership Coach conference
January 25th BOSU workshops-circuit sensations and core complete- total 5 hours
May Canfitpro conference-4 sessions
April Kettlebell skills clinic 1. 5 hrs
July 12 BOSU Trainer certification 8 hrs
July 26th workshop in Moncton 5 hrs-TRX, foam roller, BOSU, Kettlebells
September 4-6th Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist certification course
September 12th Kettlebell Skills Clinic Workshop 1.5 hours
February 26-28th FNB Exercise Theory
September 24th BOSU Dimensional Core workshop-2 hours
November 5, 6, 11, 12 CanfitPro Personal Trainer Specialist certification course
November 18-20 Fitness NB Portable Equipment Group Fitness certification course
May 6-7 YogaFit Level 1 Certification course-16 hours
May 15-16 Yoga For Trauma Training with David Emerson, Trauma Sensitive Yoga-16 hours
February 18th: Silly Shapes Yoga Workshop-1.5 hrs with Lenae MacPhail on intermediate poses
March 24th: CPR and AED Training
Letting Go yoga Workshop March 3rd-1.5 hours of breath work, yoga nidra meditation
April 28th Sun Salutations Workshop-with Erica Killaim, 1.5 hours on breaking down parts of sun salutes, alignment focus
Re-certification of Group Fitness Instructor Certification. – eval.
April 7th Fitness NB Personal Development Day-3 seminars 1: Well balanced exercise programs supporting sensorimotor function for older adults and clinical groups
2. The application of carries and weightlifting hybrid exercises as alternatives in group fitness leadership
3. Safety in adapting exercise for all and Key moves for core strengthening.
May 3-4 and 5-6 YogaFit: Restoring Balance: training the parasympathetic system and Healing Physical and Emotional Trauma
May 12th Low Back Pain Seminar and Yoga Workshop with Dr. David Whitty CD-1.5 hours, theory and practical, learned 5 poses and stats on back pain and types of back pain and causes
June 6-7th Mental Health First Aid certification-12 hours.
June 24th Yoga Workshop Basics Level 2- 2 hours with Lenae MacPhail
July Completed Confidence Life Coaching course with Transformation Services Inc.
August-10-12 World Fitness Expo-attended 8 workshops for continuing education
August 25-26 Yoga Fit 2 days Addictions and Recovery, Warrior 20 hours training towards 100 hour Trauma-sensitive yoga teacher certification
September 2 Day Peer Support Group Facilitator training
SafeTalk Suicide Prevention Training with the Canadian Mental Health Association-PEI Division
October attended the YogaFit Mind Body conference: courses completed-YogaFit Warrior PTSD, Meditation & Mindfulness and Yogafit for Seniors
October 19th completion of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher certification
November 18 Yoga Balancing Workshop 2 hours
November 24 Completed Mindfulness Practitioner course
March Body Positive Fitness Alliance Workshop
March The Body Positive -Body Positive Professional Orientation 25 hour course
March Redefining Leadership with Commune and Off the Mat and Into the World
April -June Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 12 week training
August 16-18 Canfitpro Conference Toronto-Workshops and Lectures on the following: Pilates, brain health, motivational interviewing, communication with different generations, female leadership in the fitness industry, nutrition trends and debates, trends in the fitness industry, small group training programming, wellness retreats and stress resilience.
Oct 1st-Peer Support Group Leader Training with Canadian Mental Health Association
Oct 4-6th Body Brave Conference-Virtual sessions including:
Yoga for Everyone: Why Representation and Diversity Matters (Dianne Bondy)
Eating Disorder Sensitivity for Movement Professionals (Panel Discussion)
The Power of Embodiment: Moving From Exploitation to Empowerment (Ailey Jolie)
Language of Hope: Using Ordinary Words in Extraordinary Ways (Dr. Haesun Moon)
Eating Disorders 101 For Caregivers: Now what? (Lisa Burns)
Nov 2 Fitness NB Personal Training & Fitness Leader Summit-sessions included: Adaptations for common Joint Disorders, Indoor Cycling (Tapping into your Creative Self), Social Media: Friend or Foe
January 19th CPR certification and A.E.D. training
February 10th Eating Disorders NS online workshops-Diet Culture Detox-1.5 hours
Feb 24th-Mar 2nd Braving Body Shame online conference 4-5 webinars daily
March 2nd Eating Disorders NS online workshop-No Wrong Way to Have a Body-3 hours
March 11th-17th Be Nourished Body Trust online summit
March 16th Eating Disorders NS online workshop-Befriending Your Body-1.5 hours
March 30th Eating Disorders NS online workshop-Working it Out-Exercise and Recovery-1.5 hrs
April 3rd Intuitive Self-care course with The Body Positive
April 9th Body Acceptance on-line Masterclass with Summer Innanen
April 6th-10th Anti-Diet Message course from Christy Harrison, R.D.
April 9th Trauma-Informed Mindfulness for Chronic Pain with Jane Clapp
April 10th-May 10th Body Trust/Be Nourished Promoting Body Trust 30-day e-course for Helping Professionals
April 14th-Dec 14th Body Trust/Be Nourished School of Unlearning
May 6th Diet Culture Detox with Rebecca Clegg
May 8th TRX Suspension Training Level 1 Qualified-6 hours
May 14-June 4 Traumatic Stress and the Breath with Jane Clapp
May 11-21 Conscious Eating and Traumatic Stress with Jane Clapp
May 22-25 Mindful Movement for Anxiety with Jane Clapp
May 21st Fullness: Exploring Comfort Eating-Eating Disorders NS
Stress Resiliency course with Canfitpro
TOWN OF CORNWALL
April 2017 – October 2020
Pilates and Yoga Instructor – Private one-on-one Pilates mat instruction of the essential and intermediate repertoire.
Beginner Yoga, Yoga for Chronic Pain Management, Body Acceptance Yoga and Trauma-Informed Yoga classes- offering group classes including mindfulness, breath connection techniques, balance and core work, total body strength postures, stretching, joint mobility exercises and guided meditation.
2010 – Present
Regular Contributor on wellness topics including:
Mindful Workouts, Pilates, Running, Turning Injuries into Opportunities, Goal Setting, Mind-Body Connection, Diet Culture, Healthy Aging and How Fitness Heals.
NATURALLY FIT PEI
November 2014 – July 2018
Personal Fitness Trainer – Experience training clients including long term planning. Customized exercise programs tailored to client goals, needs and lifestyle. One-on-one sessions including tools and resources to ensure they are set up for success to achieve their health and fitness goals. Effective document management and program design using multiple computer software programs and resources.
SPA TOTAL FITNESS CENTRE
Spin Indoor Cycling & Group Fitness Instructor- Lead fun, energizing cardiovascular group classes through effective technique demonstration, verbal cuing and correction. Creative programming set to music to encourage participant engagement and satisfaction.
THE LOCKER ROOM June 2012-August 2014
Personal Trainer-Managed 30 personal training clients.
GOODLIFE FITNESS Sept 2009-2010 Personal Fitness Trainer
SCOTIA MCLEOD May 2008 -2009 Administrative Assistant
REDDIN MORTGAGE GROUP 2007-2008 Office Manager
RBC ROYAL BANK 1998-2005 Proactive Sales, Customer Service, Mortgage Specialist, Administrative Assistant & Credit Specialist
DIPLOMA, HONORS-BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY/1998
Organizational Management Public Speaking & Marketing
Business Communications Customer Service Skills
Leaderships and Supervision Office and Computer Skills
Canfitpro & Fitness NB
Fit Bodies Inc.
PEI Road Runners Club
East Coast First Peoples Alliance
MORE ABOUT DORIS
Doris is passionate about her purpose in helping others become more connected with their bodies through mindful movement, sharing education and coaching. As a personal trainer and fitness coach, she designs programs that are welcoming for all ages, bodies and fitness levels. It is her passion for fitness and well-being that drives her to inspire her clients every day to encourage them to follow their dreams and goals. Through her workshops on goal setting, body image and running, Doris is able to provide experiences and tangible tools for clients to be their best in these areas.
Whether she is training a client, teaching group yoga classes, writing, running, reading, trying new recipes, watching a movie with a cat on her lap, or running errands around town, she strives to enjoy each day to the best of her ability. She feels very blessed and grateful to be able to lead by example and encourage others through her classes/sessions and blog and feels honored to be a part of the fitness path of so many people.
Her hope is to inspire others with medical conditions including mental illness, chronic pain, and those that have experience trauma so that they too can better manage these conditions through mindful movement and healthy habits and not allow their conditions to take control of them. Doris walks the talk by committing to her own workout programs and works hard at setting and achieving her own health and fitness goals. She can guide you along your path as well.
Contact her by email for your consultation.
EMAIL DORIS: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
"I had a fitness coaching session with Doris, and I’m really glad I did. I was feeling a bit off track, and she helped me out a lot. We talked about my goals (which have changed since I first joined the gym), and she helped me with ideas around keeping motivated when I do workouts on my own as opposed to classes (I’ll still be doing classes, though, because I love them.). My coaching session with her gave me the boost I needed. More people should take advantage of these sessions to stay on track, stay motivated, and not slip away from the gym. And I have to say kudos once again to Doris for taking her job so seriously and offering this service."
"I recommend Doris to anyone I know who is looking for a Personal Trainer, both men and women. She always has her clients best interests at heart, her workouts are effective and tailored to you, and most of all - she's an awesome person who makes working out fun! (Even if it may be a love-hate relationship! Haha) I've been her client for 2 years now and I still can't wait for our next session together!
Training with Doris is one decision you will not regret! If you want results, a fun workout she's your girl! She's full of knowledge and will do everything she can to ensure you get the most out of your sessions with her and help you reach your goals!"