THE GRIT PIT

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

 
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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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FITNESS & YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Hailey Decarie

Hi!  My name is Hailey and I'm a full time mom of two beautiful boys.  I am a certified fitness instructor and yoga instructor.  

Much like coach Tammy, I've had my fair share of struggles!  That first year postpartum is what led me to my passion for yoga.  I needed a way to find my fitness and fuel my body the way it deserved.  I owed it to my children.

My goal as a coach is to make my clients feel strong and confident.  To make them feel empowered physically, mentally and emotionally all in a safe and judgement free environment.


Most importantly I am thrilled to be a part of The Grit Pit team! 

 

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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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.   :)


When I'm not at The Grit Pit, I am working online coaching international educators in the realms of storytelling, service learning and global citizenship. You can also find me on my road bike when there is no snow on the ground. Or hiking local trails. Or paddling my kayak. 


I am stronger at 51 than I have ever been, and believe that we can all be stronger and more flexible as we age. I look forward to meeting you at The Grit Pit!

 

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.

YOGA

Need something more relaxing and not as fast paced?  If you're looking to work on yourself and your flexibility all at the same time you're at the right place.  We don't stop there, you can work on your mobility and building muscles in ways you never thought.  Not convinced?  Come for a class and check it out for yourself.