THE GRIT PIT

WHERE WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE COME TOGETHER!!!

 

MEET OUR TEAM

Dedicated, Compassionate and Relatable

 

OWNER & HEAD COACH

Tammy J Girard

A little bit about me! I’m a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran (17 years of service), personal trainer and owner of The Grit Pit in Trenton.
Five years ago, I suffered severe postpartum depression, facing the experience entirely on my own.  I discovered real quick that life after baby can be tough!  Both physically and emotionally. 
Before having children, I competed on the fitness stage for almost two years.  I went from being uber-fit to suffering with body dysmorphia, eating disorders and ongoing depression.
I finally got better, but I know the struggle.  Now I want to make sure other moms have a safe place to reach out to.
My focus is on helping women in general, and even more so the mom’s who feel alone. My goal is to help get them through the most challenging period of their life!  At The Pit, we (and by we I am referring to every women who walks through my door) are creating a unique fitness community: a place where women can come and reclaim their health. Whether that be physically, mentally or emotionally. 
I wanted to create a safe place where moms could connect with other moms, and especially a place where they don't feel alone.  
I encourage women from all walks of life (not just moms) to reach out to me regardless of fitness level. There’s no judgement, no spectators and no stress.
I’ll bring The Pit!  You bring the Grit!

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GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Sam Raymond

Hi! I’m Sam and I have lived and worked in Quinte West/Brighton area for my entire life. I am a mother of 3 and a wife of 8 years. I am a hairdresser by trade and run my own salon out of my home.


As life goes, I became so busy that I forgot about myself!  Sadly, I let “me” fall to the wayside. I first learned about The Grit Pit through a friend and after my first class I was hooked. I have never before seen or been a part of something so relevant and uplifting. I have now been training with The Grit girls for well over a year.


I first became interested in fitness after I had my children, suffering like most mothers with how my body looked and felt. What I found out is that I am completely a group fitness girl! I love the atmosphere of an active group setting. I am all about the team effort and I couldn't wait to join the Grit Pit coaches as one of the trainers.


I am committed to helping you become the best version of yourself and crushing those goals. I’ll see you in the PIT!!

 
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FITNESS AND YOGA INSTRUCTOR

LeeAnne Lavender

Hello!


I'm a yoga, fitness and spin instructor and have been in love with fitness for a long time. 


I have three amazing grown daughters and one beautiful 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter, and I moved to Trenton in September 2021 after living abroad as an international teacher for 15 years. We lived in Shanghai, Nairobi and Daejeon (South Korea), and we moved to Trenton because our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter are here. We have quickly come to adore this town!


For me, finding The Grit Pit has been an anchor to adjusting to life back in Canada; this community of fierce women feels like home the moment you attend your first class. 


I have been practicing yoga for almost three decades, and teach vinyasa flow (power yoga) and yin yoga. I love both of these styles of yoga and also dabble in aerial yoga.   :)

GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Taylor McCrae

Hey everyone!!

I’m taylor; AKA Coach T2 here in the pit. I’ve been coaching for just a short time now and can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!

I’m a collegiate rugby athlete alumni and i’ve played just about every sport there is; i still currently play soccer and golf ! I am on the executive board for my indoor women’s soccer league in belleville and have helped run my team for over 5 years. I started lifting about 8 years ago after graduating college and became fascinated with HIIT and strength workouts! 

I wanted to become a coach because I know how intimidating it is to wonder if you’re doing things correctly or how to improve; so I wanted to become a friendly source of information ! 

Some fun facts you should know about me are:

I am absolutely 1000% obsessed with my coonhound Dana. #crazydogmom

In 2008 I had spinal fusion surgery from having scoliosis! I have 2 titanium rods screwed to my spine with 24 screws ; during the surgery I grew 3 inches!

I have a fairly large “port wine stain” birthmark  on my left arm and left upper body that tells you my temperature ! 
Red is hot, purple is cold. 

And I have massive size 12 feet that I’ll kick you into gear with!

See you in the Pit !!

Coach T2

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GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Shelley Schwass

Hi I’m Shelley,

and although my journey may be slightly different from your other grit pit coaches…it is ultimately similar!


I fell in love with fitness roughly 8 years ago because I was struggling with my weight. Since then I have lost 100+ lbs and have never felt better, both physically and mentally! 


I have 2 grown children, one as a vehicle tech at a local dealership and one as a vehicle tech in the army (my baby girl!) just goes to show you that you can do anything you put your mind to!


I have never been a part of such an amazing group of women until I met these ladies from the grit pit!


This drove me to become a personal fitness coach and nutrition coach! You ladies all drive me to become the best woman I can be and I have never been happier!! 

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WHAT WE DO

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GROUP FITNESS

If you're bored and tired of the same old workouts we've got your back.  We offer a variety of classes including HIIT, Tabata, Circuit and Kettlebell Flows.  We incorporate things such as kettlebells, battle ropes, box jumps, wall balls, slam balls, dumbbells, barbells and so much more. During classes your cardio, your endurance and your strength will be challenged.  Be prepared to work hard and feel incredible when you're finished!

WEIGHT LIFTING

Are you looking for something more personalized?  More accountability?  You also don't want to do this alone?  No problem!  We offer semi-private weight lifting programs customized to your needs and goals.  As a group we crush these goals and keep track of progress through our training app.