Get to know your fitness instructors and trainers at Mission Fitness.
- Alex MillerManager of Operations & Kinesiologist
Alex is the manager of operations at Mission Fitness. He is originally from North Vancouver and came down to Kelowna to do his degree in Human Kinetics at UBCO. He is also a registered Kinesiologist with the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists.
Alex has a background in working his clients through injuries. Having multiple surgeries himself, he understands the hardship of waking up everyday and experiencing physical pain. These injuries all came from playing Football and Rugby! He also works with various athletes helping them obtain their performance goals. He enjoys analyzing the body as a working machine, examining the discrepancies in strength, mobility, and stability of each joint and correcting them. Correcting movement mechanics and postural alignment is very important to maintain peak physical condition!
Alex is at the gym all the time! He wants everyone who walks into Mission Fitness to feel welcome. His ultimate goal is to show people the value in doing exercise in order to achieve whatever their goals may be. Whether its, rehabilitation from an injury, increasing performance, feeling physically and psychology better, losing weight, or simply making friends, Alex is committed to helping you reach your goals and showing you how you can enlarge the quality of your life. Come bother him, ask questions about anything, he likes it.
- Kirby CarterCSEP - Certified Personal Trainer
Kirby has had the privilege of calling the Okanagan his home for most of his life. Being a huge outdoor enthusiast, why wouldn’t this be the perfect place to settle down! Kirby has a diploma in human kinetics, acquired from the Okanagan College. Kirby finds success through training individuals and groups to achieve their goals. Whether your goal is weight loss, strength building, increased mobility or all of the above; this is what Kirby loves about this profession! Being a long time soccer player, Kirby can relate to those who have long term performance goals. If you have a try-out, a competition or you just want to lose some weight for your personal health and wellness, Kirby has personal experience and understanding of the challenge up ahead.
Along with the passion for creating change physically, Kirby enjoys the challenge of analyzing and dissecting the psychological barriers of physical activity. His philosophy on exercise is that a strong foundation of good habits, both physical and mental, will perpetuate into lifelong fitness and discipline. This is crucial to adopting exercise into our lifestyle as we know the strongest buildings have the strongest foundations.
Kirby can be found in the Gym almost every day working on new tricks and movement patterns, and teaching a “HIIT Bootcamp” class every Tuesday night at 6:15PM! This class involves lots of sweat, a great laylist and above all else, a ton of fun!
- Danielle EthierGroup Fitness Manager, Hatha Yoga, Group Fitness & Spin Instructor
Danielle is a new addition to the Mission Fitness team. She has been a Yoga instructor and more recently a group fitness instructor teaching a diverse range of classes from gyms, corporate groups and studios over the past ten years. Danielle has been expanding her fitness knowledge by obtaining her Personal Trainer Specialist and Spin Certifications. On our schedule you will find her in the group fitness room teaching Yoga, Strength and Spin classes.
Danielle makes fitness approachable to every ability and skill level by creating all level classes that can challenge the more advanced participant but still make the newbies feel welcome. She enjoys guiding diverse range of individuals and groups including seniors and youth helping them achieve their health and fitness goals and understands that a healthy lifestyle is something for every ability. She strongly believes in the connection between body, mind and spirit and creates that right mix of warmth, energy and fun for each and every class and ability.
- Sharon NikolaiMovement Educator & RMM practitioner
With over 10 years of teaching movements for agility, mobility and performance via individual and group fitness sessions, I offer a wide range of training. I began as a personal trainer 20 years ago, then moved into yoga teaching while living and working in the Middle East. Yoga modalities include Yoga Tune Up® and Tune Up Fitness® and the Roll Model Method®, Radiant Child Yoga and Yoga for teens(RCY), Power, Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa yoga.
While living in Ottawa I specialized in working with teams of elite athletes including marathon runners, cyclists and hockey players up to KHL and NHL levels. I am also experienced and qualified to teach children and seniors with classes and teachings to help people live better in their bodies. ~The best words from my clients are: “I feel so much better!” I truly love to help people!
- Randy ButlerKinesiologist, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Yoga Teacher
Randy is a born and raised Kelowna boy, which means he knows all the shortcuts to avoid highway traffic. In 2012, fitness and active living became an important part of his life, leading to his return to school in 2015 where he obtained his kinesiology degree. A desire to help people be active and move better lead to certifying as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in 2016. Following 7 years of yoga practice in 2017, Randy took the leap and is now a 200 Hr Yoga Alliance Certified instructor.
Valuing the mental, emotion and physical benefits of movement, Randy hopes to instill curiosity, where we discover new skills and abilities that we didn’t know we had. Spin and yoga are his go-to classes but be ready for a butt kicking bootcamp if you have the opportunity to take his Weekend Warrior class!
Randy’s goal is to get individuals aware of their body’s and controlling their movements whether this is in the gym or out in the world. Having had to work through his own limitations due to arthritis, Randy brings a level of empathy to his interactions, he encourages appropriate modifications so all levels of fitness can feel challenged and enjoy being active. In his spare time, he enjoys stealing his brothers’ dog for a hike, running and playing disc golf (but he’s just okay at it).
- Harmonee HawleyCertified Personal Trainer
Harmonee is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has spent the majority of her life in Edmonton, Alberta, and moved to Kelowna in late 2018 in search of a more positive, and adventurous lifestyle. She began her fitness journey in 2015 as a bride prepping for her special day which quickly evolved into a lifestyle and passion. While helping a friend lose extra baby weight, it became obvious to her that Personal Training was a career that she needed to pursue.
Her certification in Personal Training is just the beginning of her studying within the industry as she has plans to continuously expand her knowledge. Harmonee’s focus in training is to help others improve their health, lifestyles and overall longevity. Within her own family she’s seen many examples of what can happen when we don’t take care of ourselves and she is driven to help others avoid similar fates.
Harmonee’s goal is to provide the support, knowledge and motivation that you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. Her goal for her clients is to lengthen their healthy life expectancy and improve their overall wellness. In her spare time she can be found snowboarding in the winter and camping, swimming, and hiking in the summer.