At JONO Athletics, our team is family. We work very hard to maintain our culture and our coaches are a huge part of that!
We pride ourselves on great coaching, making sure our clients are safe and yet are pushed at the right time and ways needed to ensure the members pursuit of fitness is achieved! All our coaches are hand picked, put through an internship phase (under the owner and head coach), and sent away for certification when ready.
We are here for you! With this in mind, we need our members to trust us. When we say to increase the weight or up the intensity, OR decrease the weight or lower the intensity our members need to remember that we are saying this in a thoughtful and calculated way. Respect for coaches and other members makes for a better experience for everyone.
Josh was introduced to high intensity workouts the summer of 2011. It was by the far the hardest training he had ever done since leaving competitive sports and it was exactly what he needed. As an adventure guide for years in southern and northern Ontario, Josh loved to see folks be challenged by something they didn’t think they could do, only to be safely encouraged/guided into doing it! Going down there first set of white water rapids, climbing their first cliff, or crawling through that tight cave! Josh loved helping people get through the hard stuff and reap the benefits on the other side then, and the same goes for what we do now at Jono Athletics! In 2012 Josh and Charisse started the process of opening an affiliate in the Sydney area and since then the gym has been growing every month!
Charisse “Charissey” Carabin
What can we say about our super jacked mom of 4 kids that can do 40 pull-ups unbroken and never tell a soul about it. Charisse is the co-owner of the gym, and she carries a gentle confidence about her that is both welcoming and inspiring. Never one to draw attention to herself, but always ready with a smile (noticing a trend here) and a hand to help out with anything at JONO! If she's not studying nutrition, handling our bookkeeping, being a bomb mom, dealing with Josh etc you’ll find her throwing down at JONO. We love Charissey!
Rachael "Ray Ray" Martin
Ray Rays puts the fun in fun! She is the kind of coach that makes you never want to miss a Wednesday night (Ray’s night). Always smiling and with a great sense of humour, she will get you extremely fit while having a blast at the same time. Ray spends her days teaching pre-primary the ways of school life at Munro Academy.
Sonia has been with us from the beginning, first as a member and now as a coach. Sonia could not run the distance between telephone poles when she started at JONO. Now she runs 5Ks. She has also made incredible strength and athletic progress! But more impressive is her quiet, but intentional movement toward her goals. Josh Carabin tells of how Sonia showed her phone to him recently and on it was a note with her goals on it from years ago, and being a coach was one of them! Incredible determination and the perfect example of hard work paying off! Sonia heads up our Master Class and is our mom of the Coaching staff.
Have you ever met someone that from the moment you met them, you knew they were a straight-up genuine dude? Ben is that dude. He is a caring guy with an easy smile that makes you feel at home in the gym. As a physiotherapist, Ben has a unique perspective when it comes to training, and his attention to detail will ensure that you are well taken care of during your time in his class.
Sarah's fire for JONO burned strong from day one. Early on, she had an incredible drive and passion to achieve an elite level of fitness. This has resulted in multiple hours spent in the gym daily, and her consistency has paid off! She also got her level one certification in July 2015 and has been coaching with JONO since. One thing is for sure you won’t get into the gym without Sarah noticing and making sure you know she’s excited to see you. She has a heart of gold and we are thrilled to have her on our coaching staff.
What a gal! Jenna made her way into JONO a number of years back and had the intensity fit for a lion! She threw herself into her training and has never looked back. Originally from the Northside, Jenna has a strong and awesome personality - wearing her heart on her sleeve. Right from the beginning, we knew it was only a matter of time before she would be ready to coach and move into a position where she can better our members and staff team.
Our "No Sweat Intros" are a great way to learn a little more about the gym and tour our facilities - without any commitment and without having to workout!