About Us

About Us

Ariella Tsafatinos
Owner & Founder, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Fitness Instructor, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified in Pilates with Resist-a-Ball, Resist-a-Ball C.O.R.E. Level II Certified Pre and Post Natal Fitness Specialist, Certified Older Adult Fitness Specialist

Ariella is a mother of two university aged boys and has been teaching and training in the fitness industry for almost 20 years in Toronto, Canada.  In her formative years, she spent over 12 years studying classical ballet, modern dance, and Jazz, as well as being very physically active in swimming and skiing.

She currently personal trains and teaches Pilates, Step Aerobics, Running, Weight Training, Resist-a-Ball, Pre and Post Natal Pilates, and Weight Management at her club, Fitness Works for Women in the Beaches neighborhood of Toronto.   She loves to walk or run on the boardwalk, and includes mastering proper walking and running techniques in her training of clients.

Ariella has presented at Blue Mountain’s Women’s Fitness Weekend from 2003 – 2007, and at the Women’s Fitness in the Falls Fitness Weekend in 2008 and 2009.  She has been a guest speaker at The Running Room’s clinics in the Beach, speaking on the topics of proper warm-up and stretching techniques.

She is especially happy to have been able to help many women make monumental improvements to their health by helping them increase their energy and lose the fat pounds while hanging on to the valuable lean muscle weight through her individualized classes, training, and weight loss program.

Senior Customer Service Manager & Fitness Coach 

Judy has been a sports enthusiast since her childhood. Active in swimming, tennis, squash and skiing from a very young age. In the past few years, she has become extremely interested in Circuit Training and its benefits for total body workout plus cardio. Judy is delighted to be associated with Fitness Works for Women and enthusiastic about working with mature women, helping them to maintain maximum fitness and the best health possible

Health and Fitness Newsletter Writer and Fitness Coach

Having been a member first, Eva-Mai knows the Circuit like the back of her hand! Now on the other side of the desk, as the Fitness Works for Women Health and Fitness Newsletter Writer, Eva-Mai greets all who come through our doors with her great smile. A graduate of York University with an Honours BA in English Eva-Mai enjoys volleyball, baseball and swimming, just as much as a good book! Always up for a good challenge Eva-Mai is very excited about the new FreeMotion Incline Trainer, and is currently training for her next trip to Scotland, so she can run up the mountain to Arthur’s Seat (the site where she got engaged!)

Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Coach 

Courtney is an energetic, active and enthusiastic graduate from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program and a certified personal trainer.

Courtney loves sports and has participated in a number of them, including track, cross-country, swimming, cycling, rugby, and more recently triathlons and charitable runs. She also loves entertaining and was able to merge the two as a former co-host of Rogers High School Rush & High School Sports Zone.

Courtney is currently working full and part-time as a personal trainer, boot camp instructor and fitness assistant and taking related courses on-line. When she isn’t working or pondering what goal she’d like to tackle next, Courtney is likely hanging out with her pets, visiting friends, training for a charitable event or hanging out on her farm, Pride Stables.

Random Facts

  • Her favourite colour is green, but not boring green, bright green like lime, apple and olive
  • She’s obsessed with animals!  Courtney’s family has rescued dogs, horses and 100’s of cats since she was a kid!
  • She can’t remember the last day she didn’t have something chocolate…mmm…

Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Coach

Specializing in Masters health and fitness, Bev is focused on providing individual strength and cardio exercise plans to give you the best workout and quality of life. She believes that most people have yet to achieve their full potential.

Bev is Can-Fit-Pro certified as a Personal Trainer and an Older Adult Specialist.

Bev has spent many years training with well-respected coaches and Olympians in the sports of running, cycling and swimming.  She has achieved top performance awards in running and triathlon including a Canadian Record in 10,000m track in 2001 and Canadian Age Group Triathlon Champion in 2005 at Ironman Canada in Penticton, BC.  She continues to train daily and plans to compete in Ironman number six in the near future.

Customer Service Representative and Fitness Coach 

A retired teacher, Shelagh became a member at FitnessWorks For Women in October 2011 as part of her plan to make fitness and healthy living practices a focus in her life.

With determination, hard work and encouragement from others, Shelagh achieved considerable success realizing some of her personal fitness goals. In the spring of 2012 she walked 500 km. of El Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Shelagh is excited to be a part of the team at FitnessWorks For Women where she can use her skills and experience to encourage others and help them to reach their own fitness goals.

Customer Service Representative and Fitness Coach

Zahra has been a fan of soccer and American football since childhood. She started off as a defenseman for her high school soccer team and played two seasons of American football with the University of Toronto Powderpuffs—a football league played during the winter months in snow. Zahra is also an active contributor to Kalimat Magazine, writing articles on health related issues and interviewing athletes on sports coverage. After retiring from Football, Zahra has been working on power-lifting and hoping to finally learn Ice Hockey.



Janice has led a very active lifestyle since the age of 5. She was a figure skater for 16 years concentrating mainly on ice dancing and choreography. After participating and coaching ice dancing for several years she moved into dancing off the ice and focused on ballroom and Latin, but found her passion in Zumba Fitness where she could put her love of dance and aerobics together. She became addicted to Zumba Fitness in the spring of 2010 and knew after attending just 1 trial class that teaching Zumba was for her. Janice is also a certified group fitness instructor in pre/postnatal fitness, kickboxing and Bootcamp.


The first time I tried a class I said THIS IS IT! The workout I have always dreamed of: fun and challenging, makes you sweat and feel so good. You can’t stop dancing! I am grateful to be able to teach and share Zumba with everyone and I thrive on entertaining and inspiring my participants. Please come join me in having fun. You don’t have to know how to dance just keep moving and follow my lead! Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance-fitness! Let’s get the party started!
I have over 20 years dance and performance experience ranging from Latin dancing, Jazz, tap, belly dancing, Hip Hop and Professional Cheerleading. Look forward to meeting you!


Gail has been teaching yoga to older adults, teens, and pre-natal women since 2009; bringing yoga to such a variety of students gives her great joy. Gail’s journey of yoga teacher training began in London, England with Dr. Elena Voyce, and since then, her studies have continued with Jason Crandell, Cynthia Funk, Dorothy Guerra, and several others. Her practice combines Vinyasa flow with the anatomical rigour of Iyengar yoga. Gail believes yoga is great for the body, but more importantly, it nourishes the heart and mind.


Yoga is Jenny’s passion. Designing and teaching yoga programs all over the GTA, Jenny aims to make the benefits of yoga accessible to people from every walk of life and with every body type.  “Everyone can do yoga!”
Jenny has over five years of yoga experience including teaching, a Sadhana Intensive in India, Canadian certifications including her RYT from East to West Yoga and a study of the History and Philosophy of Yoga at the Traditional Yoga Studies (TYS) School in Saskatchewan, in addition to her BA from the University of Toronto. Jenny is an experienced, well rounded and joyful teacher who offers a unique hatha/vinyasa blend in her ‘all level’ classes, and a blend of restorative and gentle motions in her gentle classes.

Cinnie Noble 
Line Dancing

Cinnie has always been passionate about dance and over time, she realized that when exercising, the exercises that motivated and inspired her most were ones with dance-like movement done to rhythmic music.

Several years ago, she decided to explore different forms of exercise that incorporated dance and which would specifically help with strength, flexibility, balance, and co-ordination. With the guidance and instruction of a professional dancer, Cinnie learned a wide range of dances that concentrate on these areas and are done to contemporary, 80’s, and country and western music.

Cinnie is delighted to pass on what she learned and loves to the members at Fitness Works for Women. She is thrilled to join the other instructors who share a strong commitment to building and sustaining women’s health.

Tai Chi

About Richard Kwan, Owner of Simple Cures & Certified Tai Chi Instructor

Richard believes that his loving, calm and peaceful nature has always been from his 13 years of diligent practice in Tai Chi and Qi Gong. As a 7th Generation Yang Style Tai Chi Disciple of Master Harrison Wang Xue Jun, his passion is to transform lives and inspire a deeper understanding of the mind and body through teaching the importance of breathing and relaxation in Tai Chi. He incorporates simple Qi Gong movements as a part of his Holistic healing of Traditional Chinese Medicine to many of his patients.

After years of training and practice, he won Gold and Silver Medals in Tai Chi Broadsword and Tai Chi Sword in the Canadian Open Tai Chi Championship in 2009. Richard is a certified Senior Tai Chi Instructor and teaches at YMCA and Simple Cures.

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm
depends on simplicity” – Plato

Lou Lou

Loulou is a sought-after Middle Eastern dance artist as well as a dance and bellyfit instructor. She has trained extensively in Canada and Spain and has been delighting audiences in Canada and internationally for over 7 years as a soloist and former lead dancer of the world renowned Arabesque Dance Company. Loulou is committed to providing quality, artistic and passionate work as an instructor, dancer and choreographer.