Our Story

Fit Together Pre & Postnatal Fitness was launched by owner and instructor Aileen Hunt in Winnipeg in 2009, and operated Fit 4 Two Winnipeg West (a franchise of Fit 4 Two Inc) for 11 years until re-branding and spinning off as a separate business in 2020.  Aileen brought her pre/postnatal fitness programs to Winnipeg after experiencing the joys and benefits of exercising during her twin pregnancy and noticing the limited number of options in Winnipeg at that time. She continued teaching through her second pregnancy and beyond to support hundreds of new families every year. 

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Fresh Air Therapy

A huge focus of our programs is getting you and your family outside in all seasons. We run outdoor classes year-round and adapt our programs to help you get your dose of nature rain, snow or shine. It feels so good!

 

02.

Being a role model

Our founder Aileen and her team of friendly and knowledgeable instructors are passionate about helping you exercise throughout your pregnancy, with your baby, and with your growing family. Pregnancy and postpartum can be a difficult, but also exciting time to make lasting improvements to your own health and that of your family.

03.

Joyful Movement for Everyone

Exercising should be fun and the best way we know to do that is to do it with other like-minded people.  Fit Together offers approachable fitness classes for pregnant and postnatal Winnipeg families to stay active while meeting other parents and babies.

Our classes are focused on enjoying time together through fitness in a variety of formats and locations.

 

Our Team

All Fit Together instructors are certified pre/postnatal fitness specialists and we look forward to welcoming you to class.

Aileen

Aileen Hunt

Owner & Instructor

Teaches: Prenatal Aquafit, Stroller Fitness, Mom & Baby Fitness, Mom & Baby Barre, Postnatal Core, Infant Massage 

With a bachelor’s degree in modern dance, Aileen has had a lifelong love for movement. She has never considered herself a sporty person and fondly remembers signing up for the third grade softball team just to get the cute hat. She's a non-typical fitness instructor who loves moving and being outdoors. 

Aileen taught Aquafit classes for several years, including throughout her twin pregnancy. When she became a parent in 2008, she decided to become a certified Manitoba Fitness Council Group Fitness Leader and Pre & Postnatal Fitness Specialist and bring specialized pre/postnatal classes to Winnipeg in 2009. She benefitted from her own programs through her second pregnancy in 2012.  Her classes focus on the joy of movement and creating connections with each other and our families.  

Aileen is also a self-proclaimed Winnipeg booster, who loves our community and is enthusiastic about making it a better place for us all.  Prior to teaching pre/postnatal fitness, she worked and volunteered for several art organizations.

Her love of fitness, community connection and the outdoors drives her desire to help Winnipeg families stay healthy and strong, all while having a good time!

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Alisa

Alisa Hobbs

Instructor

Teaches : Prenatal Yoga, Mom & Baby Yoga

Alisa attended her first yoga class when she was 20 and fell in love, but it wasn’t until suffering a major back injury years later that she realized yoga was going to become a much bigger part of her life. It was a major component of her rehabilitation for her body and mind, and she knew she wanted to share her practice with others.

Alisa completed her 300-hour Yoga Teacher training at Source Yoga in Winnipeg in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin and soon found her passion with Pre/Postnatal Yoga, continuing her education with the Empowerment Project, and obtaining her Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist Certification.

Since the birth of her children Alisa has continued her studies with several trainings including Vinyasa Immersion in Skillful Sequencing at Shala Yoga in Squamish BC, various prenatal fitness and childbirth education courses, kids yoga certification and advanced teacher training programs. Alisa teaches other classes including kids yoga in schools, and her Tiny Yogis program for preschool age children. Alisa also offers Karma classes throughout the year through her fundraising initiative Healing Minds, Healing Bodies to raise money for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. 

When not on her mat Alisa can be found spending time in nature, playing drums, and baking. She lives with her husband, two sons Jack and Henry and their three dogs.

Her goal with her pre/postnatal classes is to empower women to prepare their body, mind, and breath for labour, delivery and parenting, while helping them connect with their babies.

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Alison

Alison Sass

Instructor

Teaches: Stroller Fitness, Prenatal Fitness

Alison has always been passionate about saying active and keeping fitness fun. As a past dancer and competitive baton twirler, fitness has always been a part of her life. Alison taught recreational dance to children for many years, and became a MFC certified fitness instructor specializing in resistance training in 2012 and added her pre/postnatal specialty in 2021. Her initial motivation was to teach lunch hour fitness classes at her workplace. After seeing how appreciated movement was during a long day of sitting at a desk, she began teaching a variety of classes for her co-workers and community.   

Alison participated in Fit 4 Two/Fit Together classes in 2018, when pregnant with her first child and has continued with her second baby. As someone who was never a fan of swimming, she discovered how much fun Aquafit can be!  After a surprise C-section, it was tough to get motivated to move again. She found that parent & baby fitness classes assisted with her postpartum recovery both physically and mentally.  It was an excuse to leave the house and a great way to connect with other moms.

She is a big believer in keeping movement fun, functional, and approachable. She is happy to be help women through this part of their journey.

In her spare time, Alison likes to spend time to with her husband and two children and loves going to the beach.

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Angèle Young

Instructor

Teaches: Prenatal Fitness  

Angele is a true "outdoorswoman" with a passion for staying active with friends and family. 

She discovered Fit Together classes (formerly Fit 4 Two Winnipeg) as a participant while pregnant with her first child, and had such a wonderful experience she decided to pursue her Group Fitness and Pre/Postnatal Fitness certifications to begin teaching in 2019 and now with her second baby.

She brings her zest for life and lively personality to all her classes. Her goal is to make exercise during pregnancy and afterwards more approachable, but also break down myths that every pregnant woman needs to "take it easy". She looks forward to welcoming you to her class.

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Ashley Fenske

Ashley Fenske

Instructor

Teaches: Stroller Fitness, Prenatal Fitness, Mom and Baby Fitness, Parent and Baby Bootcamp, Prenatal Aquafit, Mom and Baby Aquafit  

When Ashley became pregnant with her first child health and fitness took on a whole new meaning. Eating well and getting exercise was no longer about losing weight or looking a certain way - it was about being healthy for herself and her baby.  
 
She joined our Prenatal Fitness class in 2013 and hasn't looked back since. Ashley was a participant throughout her first two prenatal and postnatal journeys, and became an instructor after deciding not to go back to her "9 to 5" in the spring of 2017. Her growing list of certifications include Sport Conditioning, Pre and Postnatal Fitness, AquaFitness and Group Cycle. 
 
She loves the community of like-minded women and parents and when asked if she likes her job, she will quickly answer "yes, because I never feel like I'm going to work!"  Her main goals are for her participants to feel comfortable in class and to challenge themselves safely.  
 
When she isn't teaching you can find her busy with her three kids. Ashley's favourite family activities include bike rides and hanging out at The Forks. 

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Marli Sakiyama

Instructor

Teaches: Parent & Baby Barre, Babywearing Dance + Strength, Prenatal Barre

Marli graduated with a Masters in City Planning and worked and volunteered for non-profits in community development.  She started taking dance at the age of 3 and has never looked back. She took Fit Together classes in 2013 with her first baby boy.  She continued taking classes with her second pregnancy and after the birth of her daughter.  One of the best memories of Fit Together aqua classes was when the whole class and worked the water weights to the Spice Girls!

Marli has taught dance for over 20 years and fell in love with Barre Fitness at the start of the pandemic. Having completed her Barre Fitness levels and prenatal and postnatal barre she is excited to join team Fit Together to help bring joy in the form of dance, fitness and community building to new moms and moms-to-be! Marli wants her students to always leave class feeling joyful and proud of themselves for taking the time for their wellbeing both mentally and physically. Setting aside intentional time for oneself as a mom or mom to be is important. 

Marli loves being as active as possible with her two kids, puppy Suki and partner. You can find them outside hiking or skiing, practicing yoga, or at the rink and dance studio! 
  

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Darla Gauthier

Darla Gauthier

Instructor

Teaches: Parent & Baby Bootcamp, Stroller Run Club

Darla brings humour, real life grit and hard-core motivation to her classes.  

She fondly remembers attending our classes as a participant, after she says she spent approximately three months in pyjamas crying with her baby daughter. She decided to try the classes thinking it’s probably a good idea to leave the house, preferably in something other than pyjamas (but no judgement!)  

She remembers having a baby was hard: “It was hard on my body, on my relationships and on my mental and emotional health. For most of us being a mom is uncharted territory, and it made me realize I should apologize to my mom… a lot. But attending these postnatal fitness classes helped me realize that there are incredible women out there who are going through the EXACT same thing and can offer support, encouragement and most importantly empathy and hilarity”.  

Darla is a Manitoba Fitness Council certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and mom of two. She teaches our bootcamp class and it is her privilege to witness the strength, humility, determination and honesty our clients bring to each session. As Darla says: “These women are fierce AF and they are an inspiration not just to us, but also to the beautiful babies (that sounds like a line from Swingers) they bring with them”.  

Darla’s goal each class is for everyone to leave feeling a little bit better. We work out whatever anxiety, guilt, depression, stress, or even pure exhaustion that is no longer serving us. And then go home and put the pyjamas back on!

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Kelly K

Instructor

Teaches: Prenatal Pilates, Mom & Baby Pilates, Stroller Fitness

Kelly got certified as a personal trainer through ACE in 2019 and completed her Manitoba Fitness Council Pilates certification in 2021.

Her quest to get people moving has re-united her with Fit Together after she took the classes as a participant back when her kids were babies. Kelly says “Exercise has always brought me closer to myself and grounded me. Through the good and the bad, our bodies are the only place we have to live. I feel alive when I know I’m helping others get to that place for themselves too. It’s pretty amazing to have come full circle now teaching with this team and seeing women gain their confidence and work towards stronger versions of themselves”.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys Muay Thai boxing, running, biking with her kids, and swimming which she only learned to do at 35 years old. She earned her first trifecta from a Spartan race she did in Thailand and hopes to do another one in Canada one day.

Kelly believes the curveballs that go along with pregnancy, motherhood and parenting teach you that you can get through anything …women are amazing. Her friendly and fun-loving style makes her classes a joy to attend. Kelly is happy to be on this journey with you!

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Kisti

Kisti Thomas-Ring

Instructor

Teaches: Prenatal Yoga, Parent & Baby Yoga

Kisti has always enjoyed including movement in her day-to-day life. Growing up she found focus and strength in professional ballet school, and in yoga and fitness classes as an adult. 

Kisti discovered Fit Together (then Fit 4 Two) after her first baby was born in 2015. She enjoyed the mental and physical benefits of postpartum exercise and the sense of community that is shared in Fit Together classes. After her second baby was born in 2018 she continued taking classes, most often doing stroller fitness with a double stroller and two kids, the eldest often participating alongside. The best motivation was when her son told her she was “as strong as Daniel Tiger’s mama, grrrr!” after class one day!

Completing her Manitoba Fitness Council Yoga Fitness Leader training seemed like a natural extension of her passion for fitness, yoga and meditation. As a birth and postpartum doula, Kisti likes to include elements from Spinning Babies that can encourage an optimal fetal position for labour in prenatal classes, and other more physically ‘closing’ elements in postpartum classes. Participants can always expect some meditation in her classes as well!

Outside of fitness, Kisti enjoys spending her time with her three young kids, cooking healthy food, and learning new things in books and online classes.

 

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Hailey

Hailey March

Instructor

Teaches: Parent & Baby Fitness, Stroller Fitness, Prenatal Cardio + Strength

Fitness has been an important part of Hailey’s life as long as she can remember. Ever since she was young, she has loved trying new activities to stay active. Hailey grew up dancing, competing and coaching in gymnastics and rock climbing throughout Manitoba with her family. She has played volleyball, ultimate and even tried cross country. It wasn’t until she had her first baby in 2017 and she attended stroller fitness that she found an activity that she truly felt part of a community. After her second child in 2020, and many more Fit Together classes, she knew this was more than a fitness class for her. She wanted to find a way to continue (without necessarily having another baby), which brought her to instructing!

Hailey is certified through Manitoba Fitness Council in sports conditioning and pre- and post-natal, and is looking forward to expanding her training as she moves forward.  

Fit Together not only helped her with her physical health after having kids but also her mental well-being. This was the major driving force behind her perusing a career in fitness. She is motivated to help other moms keep active and healthy through this transitional time in their lives.

Hailey would love to welcome you to her class soon!

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Lara

Lara Reimer

Instructor

Teaches: Prenatal Yoga, Prenatal Barre, Prenatal Aquafit

Lara graduated with a Degree in Creative Communications majoring in Public Relations. Having worked in various communications and events roles for a variety of local non-profit organizations, she continues to share her passion for communicating and enhancing the well-being of others, only now it has evolved to be delivered through fitness. 

Lara was introduced to Fit Together (formerly Fit 4 Two Winnipeg West) when she was pregnant with her first baby.  The feeling of community, support and the amazing benefits of exercise had her hooked! Shortly after having her second baby Lara decided to become a certified yoga and fitness instructor and began to teach with Fit Together. Instructing her prenatal classes while pregnant with her third baby was a highlight for Lara.   

With three young children, Lara's days are filled with lots of movement and activities. In her very precious free time, Lara loves to read, practice yoga and soak up every opportunity to be in the sunshine!  

A deep belief in the connection and balance between our physical, mental and spiritual well-being is at the core of Lara's teaching style. "When participants come to my class I want them to feel nurtured and cared for. I want them to leave feeling confident and with the tools to be able to feel comfortable in the Prenatal stage of life and beyond" says Lara.  

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Work for Us!

Do you have a passion for motherhood and community? We are always looking for enthusiastic fitness/yoga instructors to add to our team of trained pre/postnatal fitness specialists. Certification in your speciality (yoga, fitness, aqua, spin etc) as well as a pre/postnatal fitness certification or commitment to completing this is required. Email aileen@fittogetherwpg.ca with a job-specific cover letter and resume to connect further.