About Jennifer

Hiking in the desert in Israel

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Jennifer and I have been director of Lifeline Personal Training for the past 20 years.  I provide in-home certified personal fitness training for clients in the midtown and downtown Toronto region, including Forest Hill, Rosedale and my own neighborhood, the Annex.  You may see me racing around the city on my bike (May-November only!) to see my clients, or running through the streets of the Annex or Forest Hill as I train for half marathons and 10k races. I am an ACE Gold-Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist, a AAHFRP-Certified Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist, and an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer.  I also have a Master of Social Work degree and am an Ontario Registered Social Worker.  I consider what I do to be the perfect marriage of personal training, rehabilitation, and clinical social work.!

Specifically, I specialize in working with clients who are new to exercise, returning to exercise, and those with medical problems.   Every program I design, whether addressing low fitness level, overweight, injuries, cancer treatment side effects, arthritis, back problems, knee problems, movement disorders, brain injury, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, and others, is evidence-based and draws from what research has been shown to be safe and effective for specific health problems.  I incorporate comprehensive initial and ongoing assessment, therapeutic and corrective exercise techniques, mental health counseling, as well as taking a close look at what motivates each individual.  My holistic approach also involves examining sleep patterns and habits, mental health issues like anxiety and depression, overall nutrition, and chronic pain management options.  The most perfectly designed exercise programs are not useful if my clients are not able to problem solve how to change their lifestyles, and incorporate what I recommend. In my other life, I have three boys who are ages 12, 10 and 9, a wonderful husband, and an adorable cat!  I am a sub-elite long distance runner who has battled many health problems of my own over the years. Click to read my article "Exercise Programming for Clients With Dementia" in the CAN-FIT-PRO Journal! Click to read my article "Get a Good Night's Sleep" in Tonic toronto magazine!