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, at a local post-secondary institute, as well as with private clients in their own home or space. Paula has also taught group fitness and really enjoys teaching spin classes, with an eclectic mix of music. The idea for starting an online training company with Angela came about in the mountains, where they prefer to be hanging. Paula has had the unfortunate experience of rehabilitating from a few major injuries over the years and has learned from this the value of being physically fit.
Being physically fit allows for a quicker recovery, maintaining physical fitness keeps the injuries at bay. Paula has also learned from the support of a few physiotherapists along her journeys of recovery the importance of being held accountable. Looking forward to helping others reach their potential, lots of excitement and energy for Mountain Fitness Training. Paula believes that achieving your fitness goals requires accountability, consistency and motivation. Paula believes motivation to be intrinsic. Once you have decided on an adventure to undertake, she will plan with you a practical program to get you to a fitness level to complete your adventure. Paula will keep you on track with accountability and progressive planning for your workouts.
Once upon a time, Angela Bargen was an accountant at an energy company in downtown Calgary. For many years, in between phone calls, meetings and quarterly reports, she would stare out the window of her 29th floor office at the mountains far away on the western horizon. One day, she closed the reports, cancelled the meetings and put down the phone for the last time. The call of the mountains was too strong to resist.
With the help of a personal trainer, Angela began her journey towards getting fit for mountain adventure. The training proved so valuable that Angela decided to become a certified personal trainer so that she could help others live their mountain adventure dreams.
Angela 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
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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