OUR Founder

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KELLY TAPHOUSE

Founder, Group Coach & Personal Trainer

Kelly Taphouse is a certified trainer with over 15 years experience in the fitness industry. After trying to achieve unsustainable levels of fitness as a competitive fitness model, Kelly became discouraged with an industry that is so often focused on outward appearances. After having a child, she rediscovered her passion for being fit and healthy. Kelly’s mission is to make women feel strong by helping them achieve their own fitness goals, from the inside out.

Certifications

  • CanFitPro Certified Personal Training Specialist

  • DTS Fundamentals, Level 1

  • Certified Agatsu Kettle Bell Coach

  • Certified Animal Flow instructor

  • Agatsu Mobility Specialist

  • Pre/Post Natal Fitness

  • Poliquin Level 1

  • TRX Suspension Training

  • Certified Neuro-Linguistic Coach

  • Student of Holistic Nutrition

Kelly Taphouse's Journey, The Inspiration Behind MOVE

Kelly Taphouse is one of the most passionate fitness professionals with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. Although she was not a natural athlete who played high school sports that did not stop Kelly from starting her fitness journey later in her twenties.  Her initial passion for fitness began as a means to help cope with anxiety.

Kelly’s hard work and love for fitness quickly grew and she became a top competitive fitness model achieving success across North America.  She was featured regularly in the popular fitness magazines, obtained sponsorship from a top nutrition supplement company and promoted fitness for leading companies at the largest conventions however, at the same time she began to develop unhealthy habits that included overtraining, excessive cardio and strict dieting.  She also began to struggle with body image disorder as her unsustainable levels of exercise and caloric restriction caused her weight to fluctuate greatly, sometimes upwards of 20lbs after a competition.  This struggle led Kelly to better educate herself about how she was compromising her health on the inside. She soon quit competitions and started her career at Goodlife Fitness as a Personal Trainer, PT Club Manager and PT Area Manager.

Like so many other women, Kelly struggled to get back in shape after the birth of her son, having gained 70lbs, and found she had lost her motivation to be fit and healthy. It was at this time she decided to stop dieting and accept and understand her new body once and for all. She slowly began to eat better with balance, train based upon better movement and getting stronger, and truly fell in love with healthy fitness. By focusing on feeling good, instead of losing weight, she became happier in her own skin.  This new approach to fitness combined with the challenge she faced in finding a fitness center in the area that truly provided an experience catering towards women and convenience for moms, inspired the creation of MOVE fitness club.

Kelly has helped hundreds of people find and follow their own fitness journey. Her undeniable infectious energy and passion for fitness can only be rivalled by her love for her son Parker.  It is her mission to help women love their bodies by challenging them to become stronger and healthier for the all the right reasons.

MOVE well, get strong, and be your best. Looking good is just a side effect!

 

OUR TEAM

 
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monica radu  |  Group coach & Personal Trainer

Why We Love Her:

 As a former gymnast and handstand queen, she loves to move and is always looking for the next fun new challenge to try!

She first discovered her passion for health and fitness after a major turning point in her life when she was diagnosed with cancer as a young adult. Prior to that she had struggled with losing weight, trying diet after diet, but it wasn't until her outlook on health changed that she saw so many positive changes in her life. After a full recovery she became dedicated to living the healthiest and most enjoyable life she could, and now has a vision to help other women do the same.   

Certifications

  • CanFitPro Certified Personal Training Specialist

  • DTS Fundamentals, Level 1

  • Diploma in Health & Fitness Promotion from Humber College (currently)

 

Alex Boross-Harmer  |  group coach & Personal Trainer

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Why we love her:

Ever since she was little, Alex knew her future would lie in helping people, fighting for a bigger purpose, and never taking herself too seriously! Although she initially explored personal training and coaching as a hobby outside of her career in health research, Alex decided to flip that lifestyle upside down and pursue coaching full-time when she realized that was where her true passions lay. Alex is a firm believer in doing what you love and that everyone has unlimited potential- they just need the right environment. With a bachelors in Kinesiology and Health Psychology from the University of Toronto, Alex is dedicated to not only ensuring that your form is immaculate, but to helping you become the strongest version of yourself, both physically and mentally. After years of competitive sport and an unhealthy relationship with food and fitness, Alex now approaches fitness and nutrition with a mindful, positive attitude and is on a mission to help all women feel proud, confident, and powerful!

 

Certifications

  • Bachelors of Kinesiology (Honours) University of Toronto

  • Certified Mobility WOD Mobility and Movement Specialist

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

  • Agatsu Olympic Lifting & Mobility Certification Level 1

  • CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1

  • CrossFit Kids Trainer

  • CrossFit Spot the Flaw

  • Introduction to Inclusion Level 1: Adapted Physical Activity

  • Completion of Vladamir Safanov Intensive Olympic Lifting Camp

  • Completion of Brute Gymnastics Camp

 
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Alice Cavanagh  |  kids coach & Group Coach

Why we love her:

Alice is an Australian strength coach, actor and stunt performer. 

For the last three years Alice has been travelling Canada and the UK training in weapon work for stage and screen, which landed her in Toronto where she has been working as a coach and professional actor for the last two years. 

Alice is eager to be a part of this strong community and help others move with confidence and joy. She has a passion for health and fitness and strives to create a space for women to find their strength and expand their movement language.

 

Jenny Thomson  |  Group coach & Personal Trainer

Why We Love Her:

Small in Stature but mighty in spirit, Jenny is #nevernotdancing! She loves to lift heavy things and hit stuff (aka practice Muay Thai Kickboxing) in her free time!

Full of energy since a (very) young age, Jenny found herself enrolled in sports every night of the week when she was little. Ranging from Karate to swimming lessons to baseball, she was constantly moving. After playing varsity volleyball and softball in high school, Jenny decided to pursue her passion for movement and health through a concurrent Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Life Sciences at Queen’s University. She began coaching and personal training during her time at Queen’s and never looked back. More recently she completed a Master’s Degree in Fitness Science at York University, followed by a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She is currently completing a Chiropractic Sport Sciences Residency through the Royal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences of Canada. Jenny’s passion and mission is to empower women in all areas of their lives through evidence-based, quality movement and strength training.

Certifications

  • DTS Level 1

  • DTS Low Back Fundamentals

  • DTS Striking Fundamentals

  • Athletic Movement Assessment (Upper Body)

  • Agatsu Joint Mobility

  • Agatsu Kettlebell (Level 1)

  • SMART Tools IASTT

  • YogaFit Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training

  • YogaFit Props

  • Athletic Taping Workshop (Sportside Medical)

  • Fascial Movement Taping (RockTape)

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Karrie Briscoe |  Yoga instructor

Why we love her:

Karrie recently relocated to Toronto from London, England with her family, excited for what Canada has to offer. Ever learning and growing but staying close to the things that make her most happy in life - yoga, nutrition, nature and now motherhood.

Karrie came to yoga quite unconventionally. Jessica Skye – a successful DJ and yoga teacher – gave her free lessons in exchange for booking a music gig and was instantly hooked. It was from here that yoga became a way of life and not just another class to attend. She quit her day job and jetted off to Costa Rica to do her yoga teacher training and the rest is history. Teaching is a way for Karrie to share her knowledge, experience and positivity with the aim of improving people’s quality of life. Her mantra: ‘you are what you give away.' Whether you're just starting out, looking to improve your alignment or wanting a more powerful core workout, you will always leave her classes feeling stronger and more balanced, both mentally and physically.

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AFTON RENTZ |  GROUP COACH

Why we love her:

Afton Rentz has been pursuing a career in action design and fight choreography for over five years now. As a stunt actor, and martial artist, she is passionate about functional strength and flexibility. Becoming a student of many different martial arts (including Kung fu, Capoeira, and PTK Kali) has allowed her to develop an appreciation for endurance, determination, and discipline. Years of studying Hatha and Vinyasa yoga has helped her to develop a strong sense of muscle balance, as well as flexibility. Animal flow and the Ido Portal method are two favourites of hers, and she enjoys developing complex and challenging workouts to keep her on her toes when on set, and working abroad. 

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Why we love her:

We are excited to introduce our new GETSTRONG for kids coach Christine! 
She is currently studying honours Kinesiology with a Psychology minor at the University of Waterloo.  Since a young age she fell in love with gymnastics and trampoline. She began competing in trampoline when she was 8 years old and during her 10-year career in the sport she worked up to competing at a national level, representing Team Ontario at multiple provincial and national competitions.  Christine has a passion for coaching kids and helping them fall in love with sport and fitness. She coached gymnastics for 3 years working with athletes ranging from 3 to 12 years old.  More recently she worked as Outdoor Education intern where she had fun working with kids from kindergarten to grade 12.  Outside of working with kids, Christine loves the outdoors with paddle boarding and sailing, and a fun fact that in high-school she won a sit-up competition doing 1,234 sit-ups!
Christine is excited to be joining the MOVE team and spread around her positivity while helping others strive to be their best!

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