The fitness you need for the adventure you crave.
Mountain Fitness Training was co-founded by Paula Macdonald and Angela Bargen, certified personal trainers who love putting their own fitness to the test in the mountains. The idea for Mountain Fitness Training came about on a ski trip in the Alps. Angela and Paula were taking a break after a long skin up a glacier and were discussing the training programs they had each designed for themselves to prepare for the seven-day hut-to-hut ski traverse. They both had family obligations and work that kept them busy and their training programs had to accommodate the realities of their lives. They realized that others must experience the same challenges getting fit for mountain adventures and knew immediately that they wanted to help.
Together, Paula and Angela have years of experience rock climbing, skiing, mountaineering, ice climbing and training others to be fit and strong in order to reach their goals. They look forward to helping you prepare for your own glorious mountain adventure.
Paula has worked as a personal trainer for a number of years. Her favourite mountain activities are ski touring, mountain biking and rock climbing. She can also be found out and about on nordic skis or a road bike, or often spending an hour in the gym preparing for these activities. Balancing a fitness program of cardiovascular, mobility, strength and proprioceptive training in her program and yours. Once you set a goal she will keep you on track to reach it.
Paula enjoys working with all clients in-person and online, who are motivated to take their fitness to the next level to enjoy their outdoor pursuits. Travel and small art projects are the other activities that round out her time.
Angela decided to become a personal trainer after she realized the importance of fitness in pursuing her own mountain adventures. Fitness training, both at home and in the gym, helps Angela prepare to take on any adventure. She loves climbing of all kinds - rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, scrambling - as long as she’s going up, she’s happy. She also explores the mountains through skiing, hiking and backpacking.
Through her work at Mountain Fitness Training, Angela inspires and enables clients to prepare for their own mountain adventures. She brings her mountain experiences and her continuous research and learning on training for mountain activities into the programs she designs for clients.
Individualized fitness plans designed by qualified personal trainers experienced in the Canadian Rockies, that will maximize the safety and enjoyment of those planning mountain adventures.
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