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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

YogaFit Instructor

Trauma-Informed Yoga

Body Positivity

STOTT Mat Pilates Instructor

BOSU & TRX Trainer

Life Coaching

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: fortheloveoffitness@hotmail.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.



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

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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!


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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!



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


Experience Highlights


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.



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.



March 2017-Present

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




Program Highlights:

Organizational Management               Public Speaking & Marketing

Business Communications                   Customer Service Skills

Leaderships and Supervision               Office and Computer Skills

Professional Memberships



Canfitpro & Fitness NB

Fit Bodies Inc.

CMHA-PEI Division

PEI Road Runners Club

East Coast First Peoples Alliance

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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: fortheloveoffitness@hotmail.com

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Heather Séguin

"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."

Jenny Gilbert

"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!"

Gord McCarville

"With Doris' guidance I have qualified for 

the World Championships in Obstacle Course Racing TWICE..."