Pursuing excellence is setting personal goals with regards to your work life, social life, your community life and not letting anything obstruct you from obtaining those goals. Pursuing excellence also has to mean practicing your new and old habits and leading others to do the same.
I have always loved training, when I was 13, I made my Dad sign me up for the YMCA; I have been hooked ever since. I love sports and fitness, I played Rugby until someone at Dalhousie was nice enough to break my ankle, so I could focus on just fitness. For the last 8 years I have worked both as a trainer and a gym owner and the more I coach the more important I believe it is.... and the more fun it is.
The value of working with a coach is more than being told what to pick up and put down. As a coach my role is to keep you consistent to motivate to educate and to hold you accountable.
Personal training starts with your goal, what brought you into the gym in the first place? Why are you ready to make a change? What do you want to get from your effort?
At Blended Athletics we believe in pursing excellence. Pursuing excellence is setting personal goals with regards to your work, community and family life and not letting anything obstruct you from obtaining those goals.
From there we build a plan specific to you. My job is to take all the guesswork out of it, follow the plan, see results. Sounds simple and it is simple, but that does not make it easy. You have to do the hard part, which is showing up.
Results speak for themselves, and in the end that’s what keeps my clients coming back. If you are ready to make a change I can help.
Bsc Kinesiology Dalhousie University
Past Gym Owner, Core Essentials
8 years of personal training and coaching experience
Under Ben’s watchful eye, I have grown confident in the gym, and have seen a significant physical transformation..
- Patricia Jriege
My journey to health began in 2014, when at nearly 300 lbs., I decided to start losing weight. After a year and a half, I finally reached my goal weight, and quickly came to the realization that I needed to shift my focus to fitness. I joined a gym, but didn’t really know what I was doing. That’s when I turned to Blended Athletics for help. They paired me with Ben, who listened carefully to my concerns and goals, and set me on the path to health and fitness. Month after month, Ben has been developing specialized programs to help me meet my fitness and body goals, pushing me hard, and keeping things interesting. His enthusiasm, fun nature, knowledge and bi-weekly check-ins with me have been the key to my success. Under Ben’s watchful eye, I have grown confident in the gym, and have seen a significant physical transformation. I look forward to getting my new personalized program each month!
Thank you Ben for your encouragement and support!
Ben has trained me to become more fit, but it's about so much more..
- Sharon Jessup Joyce
Join a gym? Work with a trainer? The idea would have been laughable to me a few years ago. I spent nearly six decades figuring I'd rather have a root canal than join a softball team or run a marathon, let alone work out at a gym. But I manage our rural property on my own, and I began to see how the physical demands of that were taking a toll on me.
So I started working with Ben Costigan as my personal trainer, for 14 months and counting at Blended, and for over a year before that, and I've become totally dedicated to my fitness routine. In fact, thanks to my training partnership with Ben, it's become one of the highlights of my week. Ben has trained me to become more fit, but it's about so much more. He has also coached me through self-doubt, the initial lack of skill and strength, a couple of chronic limitations, and coming back after illness. His training style is friendly and encouraging but goal-oriented, and I appreciate how we work together to set and achieve--and then surpass!--those goals. Ben's kinesiology background and dedication to continuing education, which he uses to inform, inspire and ensure safety, also really foster my trust.
As a lifelong fitness avoider, at least pre-Ben, it's magical for me to be having so much fun at the gym. But the biggest payoff is how my newfound strength, flexibility, body awareness and confidence allow me to easily meet the physical demands of my daily life. As I approach my 60th birthday, I know this is one of the best gifts I've ever given myself, and I'm incredibly grateful to Ben for teaching, guiding, inspiring and believing in me. I honestly could not have done it without him.
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OUR PERSONAL TRAINERS
My philosophy for training is that it should be fun and functional. There’s nothing I enjoy more than being part of someone’s journey as they grow to love the gym and their workouts. I believe everyone can benefit and most importantly enjoy working out once they’ve found the right environment for them.
Jerret puts an early emphasis on mobility drills and unilateral exercises to develop a stable foundation for the long term athletic development towards greater body control, speed, and power production.
Pursuing excellence means doing the small things right. Day in and day out. The quote “how you do anything is how you do everything” sums it up well for me. Excellence is not something that you turn on and off depending on the task. Good enough’ is never good enough!
I am a strength and conditioning coach with a background in martial arts and board sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing). Because of this background I am quite fond of rotational and balance exercises. I enjoy working with older adults and I firmly believe it is never too late to start working on your fitness.
For me, pursuing excellence is an ongoing, day by day, moment by moment endeavour. I frequently ask myself the question; am I working out of my highest ideals right now or being the best version of myself?