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Cecile de Bretan owner of Live Life Fit Thornbury
Our founder

Cecile de Bretan

Four years ago I founded Live Life Fit in Thornbury. I always knew I was destined to support and bring people together. For 33 years I worked in the funeral industry, helping people move through the worst times of their lives. When it came time for me to leave that industry, I moved here to the beautiful Blue Mountains with my husband and two dogs. We set up home on the bay in Collingwood and I became a personal trainer. This is the second time I have ventured into the fitness world. From 2011-2015 my husband and I co-owned CrossFit Select in Mississauga, having been bitten by the CrossFit fitness movement from its inception in 2007. I am a passionate believer in the power of exercise on the mind and the body. And from this experience, I learned I could inspire and lead people to be their best fitness selves. At Live Life Fit we welcome all people, regardless of age, fitness level or physical ability. We have celebrated with many of our clients as they have hit and exceeded their own personal goals. As our membership has grown, so too has the gym community we have fostered. Camaraderie, competitiveness and the desire to give their best in each class is what defines Live Life Fit members and is reflected in our values. In July 2022, we had the opportunity to open our second location in Wasaga Beach. We are so excited to bring our classes and love for everything fitness to the community.

Qualifications: Canfit Personal Training Specialist Canfit Active Lifestyle Trainer Heart Wise Certification – University of Ottawa Jillian Michael’s Bodyshred Certified CPR/First Aid

Our coaches

Bruce Young coach at Live Life Fit Thornbury

Bruce Young

My passion in life is helping people set and meet their goals. As a business and life coach, I work with individuals to achieve goals that stretch them beyond their limits through my individually designed one on one coaching. Whether you need help with fitness, business or personal goals, I’ll take you through my goal-achieving program which combines strength training with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to get you to your next level. Pursuing my own goals and dreams, I have competed at the CrossFit Games in 2015, 2019 and placed third in 2021. I am now using what I learnt to help my clients at Live Life Fit reach their NEXT LEVEL. Canfit Group Fitness Certified CPR/AED Heart Wise Certification – University of Ottawa 2021 CrossFit Games Competitor 3rd place 2019 CrossFit Games Competitor 5th place 2015 CrossFit Games Competitor 16th place Canfit Children’s Fitness Coach

Chris Harrington coach at Live Life Fit Thornbury

Chris Harrington

I hold a Level 2 Crossfit Certification and when you are in my classes we will focus deeply on your form. I believe this is the secret to training hard and avoiding injury. In addition to class-based training, I also offer one to one training to clients who want to focus further on achieving their personal goals. I live in Clarksburg with my wife Donna and our cat Luna Qualifications: Certified CanFit Personal Trainer Certified Level 2 CrossFit Heart Wise Certification – University of Ottawa

Melissa Bailey coach at Live Life Fit Thornbury

Melissa Bailey

I joined the Live Life Fit team in October 2019. My passion lies in all things core and glute strength related. After living for years with back pain caused by severe scoliosis, I took control of my health. I learned everything I could about strengthening the core muscle groups and activating the gluteal muscles to manage and reduce my lower back pain. I found relief through the practice of BARRE as well as Pilates inspired movements. My speciality is classes focusing on these core muscle groups where I will also provide modifications tailored to each member’s specific issue/injury. Body Harmonics Pilates Certified, Level One Mat CanFit Pro Heart Wise Certification – University of Ottawa IBBFA Barre Certified TRX Suspension Training Certified

Laura Murray coach at Live Life Fit Thornbury

Laura Murray

From an early age, I have always had a passion for fitness. Whether I’m lifting weights, trail running or hiking in the woods with my family and dogs, moving my body on a daily basis helps keep me healthy and fit. When I joined LLF back in 2019, I knew coaching was something I would thrive in. I love helping people achieve their fitness goals and encouraging them to live their healthiest life. Canfit Personal Training Specialist Heart Wise Certification – University of Ottawa CPR/First Aid

Gabrielle Bowman

Pursuing a career in health and fitness was one of the easiest decisions I have made. Growing up, I competed as a high-performance athlete in the sport sprint canoe kayak. From a young age, I was taught to work hard and stay positive through various challenges. After 10 years in the sport, I transitioned into a coaching role to help younger and older athletes develop their skill, fitness, and confidence. I chose to study kinesiology at Dalhousie University and focused my degree on learning how the body adapts to exercise on a physiological level. I hope to provide a safe environment where people feel comfortable learning, working hard, and improving their overall health. My style of training focuses on developing strong movement patterns and improving functional strength, all the while maintaining mobility for lifelong health.

Qualifications: Kinesiology at Dalhousie University – Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Personal Training Certification – National Coaching Certification Program – First Aid & CPR/AED

Coach Ashleigh Vandenburg

Ashleigh Vandenburg

I am a passionate and dedicated fitness enthusiast with over 10 years of training experience.
Specializing in strength training, functional movement, and nutritional wellness, I take a personalized approach to each client’s fitness journey. My training philosophy emphasizes the importance of balanced nutrition, proper technique, and consistent exercise to optimize physical and mental well-being.
Beyond my passion for the gym, I am a wife to my high school sweetheart and a mom of 3 who loves going on family adventures.
Whether you’re new to exercise or an experienced lifter, I am excited to provide the guidance, support, and motivation you need to succeed!
ACE Group Fitness Instructor, PN Nutrition Coach, CPR/First Aid

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