Who is Ariana and why is she here to help you?

ariana fotinakis, vancouver personal trainer, vancouver life coach

As a former competitive dancer and figure skater, a lover of the outdoors, and triathlete, I’ve spent a good chunk of my life getting sweaty.

But that doesn’t mean I’ve always enjoyed living an active, healthy lifestyle.

In my late teens, physical activity was no longer something I did for fun. It wasn’t something I did to feel good. It wasn’t something that pushed me.

It became a way to burn off a hangover so I could repeat the night before all over again. It was a way to “work off” all the calories I consumed while I was drinking so I could feel slightly less guilty about the damage I was doing to my body (spoiler alert: that didn’t work. I still felt guilty).

Wait…who am I?

Throughout high school, I experienced the normal cases of identity crisis that most teens experience. I was one of the popular girls, then I was bullied by the popular girls. I was smart, but being smart made you a know-it-all and that wasn’t a good thing. I was a leader, but being a leader meant you were bossy so I had to hide that part of myself as well.

I had no idea who I was or where I fit in. But drinking took the edge off my anxiety. It helped me feel at ease in social situations. It gave me an identity – I was the “fun party girl”.

Over the next five years, the “fun party girl” lost all of her self-worth, all of her confidence, her passion for physical activity, and her drive to do great things with her life.

I was fortunate in that there was no real “rock bottom” moment. On January 11, 2012, I woke up foggy-headed with a half-empty bottle of wine beside my bed, something that was a regular occurrence by that point.

I looked at myself in the mirror and realized I no longer recognized the girl looking back at me. Her eyes looked empty. She had packed an extra 15 pounds onto her tiny 5’1 frame. And she was miserable. It was time to make a change.

The Party REALLY Starts

Physical activity helped me reconnect with who I was. It instilled confidence in me, something I hadn’t felt in years. It gave me something to get excited about. And most importantly, it helped me realize what a powerfully transformative tool it is. It involves so much more than just the physical – it also impacts the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual.

I’ve spent the last five sober years of my life helping men and women reconnect with themselves through physical activity, by showing them what their bodies are capable of and reminding them what it’s like to feel like a confident badass.

Why?

Because I believe that we all have a gift to share with the world, and that when we take proper care of ourselves, we’re able to put that gift to work. 

As your coach – your tour guide in helping you become your happiest, healthiest, most confident self – I’m here to support you.

I’m passionate about living an active, healthy life and helping to-be fitness enthusiasts connect with their inner athletes.

I know what it’s like to be busy, I don’t believe in quick fixes and fad diets (and I love bacon and chocolate), and I see you as an individual that requires an individual, sustainable solution.

I’m not going to tell you to do triathlons just because I do.

I’m not going to tell you yoga isn’t a workout.

I’m not going to tell you Zumba is stupid.

I’m going to support you in moving that beautiful body of yours in a way that feels good to you, and help you develop the tools and strategies that are necessary to help you stick with it for the long-term.

Because you deserve it, Gorgeous.

Let’s make some magic happen, shall we?