Laura Williams, Location Manager, St. George

Laura Williams started The Buff Mom program in 2011 after having 3 beautiful boys. Williams says she is now more fit and smaller then she was prior to having kids. Williams lost 25 inches!

Growing up on a farm with 6 siblings, sports were not a priority.

"I was never very good at sports. I tried some after meeting my husband when I was 15. Some squash, golf and a little yoga but it's this program that really let me experience and grow a part of me I was not aware I had."

Laura is now a certified fitness instructor sharing The Buff Mom program with other women and motivating them to achieve what may seem impossible.

With a family history of diabetes and cancer, Laura feels it's important to live a healthy lifestyle with exercise and diet.

Laura Williams is a dental hygienist and lives in St. George with her husband Matt and their three boys Ryan, Nathan & Morgan.

 

Courtney Butler, Cambridge

Courtney started the program in June 2011. Although always active, she was going through a separation and was looking for something new to take her mind off of some of life's challenges. The program was recommended by a friend, and she has never looked back.

In December 2012 Courtney became a Canfit Certified Fitness Instructor. She spent a year shadowing Leslie Gordon Christie in preparation for taking on her own classes. Courtney feels that The Buff Mom is so much more than an exercise program.

In April 2013, Courtney announced she was expecting her third child. Determined to continue the program, Courtney was able to modify exercises to allow her to continue her workouts, and she did so up until 3 weeks before her son was born. 6 weeks post natal she is back at it, working hard to tone and lose some of those baby inches!!

Over the last 2.5 years of being involved in the program she has seen some of the most incredible accomplishments of women in the Kitchener/Waterloo program. These women have had a huge impact on her passion for the program. Courtney is now looking forward to inspiring, motivating and educating the women of Guelph.

Courtney is a Sterilization Technician and lives in Cambridge with her partner Mike, her two older children Jaxson and Ava, and their newest addition Weston.

 

 

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Natalie Fisk, Location Manage, Waterloo

After her second child was born in 2014, Natalie was looking for a new fitness regime.  A friend suggested The Buff Mom. Natalie joined in August 2015 and fell in love with the program right after her first class, led by Leslie.  Over the years she has belonged to various gyms and fitness programs but there's something special about the Buff Mom community, the support and the fabulous workouts that puts it above the rest.

Natalie has always led an active lifestyle. Growing up she participated in many recreational and competitive sports, her favourite being soccer.  As an adult she has enjoyed being a part of local soccer and beach volleyball teams.

Natalie graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Nutrition.  She loves cooking and experimenting with new recipes, especially plant based foods as she has been a vegetarian since the age of 16.  

Natalie, her husband, Doug and their two children live in Waterloo and like to spend much of their time outdoors. They stay active by camping, canoeing, hiking, skiing, skating and biking together. 

Natalie is a Personal Trainer Specialist through Canfitpro as well as a Core Confidence Specialist (advanced training in the core and pelvic floor).  She teaches our Buff Mom classes in Waterloo and our Stroller Shred program for new moms and their babies in Kitchener.  

Natalie was a stay at home mom for eight years and is very excited to have joined the Buff Mom team.  It is amazing to work with women to help them reach their goals and feel their absolute best. “I love that our classes are customizable for any fitness level”, Natalie says, “there are options for everyone, with the goal of being to keep moving”.

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Sheri-Lynn DaSilva, Location Manager, Guelph

After her cancer diagnosis in 2016, Sheri-Lynn made a commitment to herself and her family to focus on her well being and a healthy lifestyle. After trying a few other fitness programs and yoga, she instantly felt a connection when she tried her first Buff Mom class in the spring of 2017. The support and sense of community was amazing and exactly what she needed to stay motivated and committed. “Being active during my recovery was so important, not only physically but emotionally as well, and being a part of the Buff Mom community has really given me a sense of happiness and well-being over the last 2.5 years”.

Sheri-Lynn is also very active outside of Buff Mom, still practicing yoga and has recently started to run, especially enjoying getting out on the trails for 5-10km runs. “It definitely pushes me outside of my comfort zone but I love the challenge!”

As a cancer survivor, Sheri-Lynn has made it a priority to give back to the cause and has participated and volunteered at many events. Her main focus is the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life with her Booty Shakers team, which over the last 2 years has raised almost $10,000. She will be participating in the event again in 2020 with her team and will also be the Team Coaching & Engagement Lead volunteer.

After inquiring about personal training in the summer of 2019, she decided to enrol in the Personal Training Specialist course this fall at the University of Guelph (which has a special connection to her as she, her husband and daughter are all alumni!) Once completed she will hold a dual certification with the University and Canfitpro. When offered the opportunity to mentor with and become an instructor with The Buff Mom, for Sheri-Lynn this was an instant yes! She feels lucky and blessed that she’s able to help coach & inspire a community that has done so much to inspire her! She’s extremely excited to teach in Guelph as it has always felt like home. Sheri-Lynn hopes to continue her education in the areas of nutrition and sports injury to better understand and coach her clients' needs.

Sheri-Lynn is married to Charles and has two children - Justin (& his wife Kali) and Lauren (& her partner Sam) who both live in Cambridge. Her and her husband love the outdoors and enjoy camping and hiking with their dog Naiya.

Sheri-Lynn is especially proud of the fact that she has just recently turned 50, and that this journey has made her the fittest, healthiest and happiest she’s ever been. “50 is definitely looking fabulous and I can’t wait to see where my new career with The Buff Mom takes me! I’m so excited to take what I’ve learned as a trainer into a group fitness setting to make it a fun, effective workout and a more personal experience”