xelf | exercise. love live.
Exercise was meant to be a tool to help you love your life more.
Come see one of our personal trainers today!
Exercise was something that usually made me feel worse rather than better…working with the personal trainers at Xelf literally built my foundation to living an active life and I have been consistent for the last 6 years! - Mary Z.Foundation
At our personal training studio, you will find a variety of price ranges corresponding to different commitment levels as well as the opportunity to learn and work closely with our knowledgeable and passionate exercise coaches. Working with our personal trainers will improve your body composition, strength, movement ability, core stability & posture. Our personal training sessions are aimed at helping you create an active life that you enjoy, with functional strength training as your Foundation.
Living an active life is much more enjoyable and sustainable when we feel good moving, and this is one of fundamentals of our personal training sessions. By lessening your internal resistance and tension, you are capable of taking on greater external resistance. This enables you to move about feeling lighter, more efficient, and grants your body the ability to recover faster in between workouts.We currently offer traditional massage therapy, fascial stretch therapy (FST) & thai massage sessions.
Exercise & personal training are certainly major components of living a high quality of life. In fact, most of the results obtained from an exercise program are the direct result of an individual’s choices and time management skills outside the personal fitness studio. The personal trainers at Xelf make a conscious effort to understand each clients values and where exercise fits in to their schedule. This is usually a tell-tale sign of how much or how little that individual will enjoy being active.
Great nutrition gives you the mental and physical energy to WANT TO exercise consistently. Xelf holds nutrition in high regard as an essential factor to living an active life that you enjoy. We offer nutrition coaching in various forms to suit your current needs, including 1 on 1 consulting, small group programs, nutrition lectures, reading material and even in-home cooking lessons. Nutrition coaching is a great follow-up to the personal training sessions you will receive from us.
Founded and incorporated in 2005 by personal trainer Damian Lockhart, Xelf has remained true to its vision of empowering people to live an active life that they enjoy. Xelf is the word ‘Flex’ spelt backwards because the only lasting results come from within. As exercise coaches/personal trainers, we aim to not only provide our members with temporary exercise motivation, but also to create internal motivation and independence within them. Xelf has acquired a beautiful new private fitness studio on 1 West Ave S as of January 2015.
“Through personal training, among other things, we exist to empower people to live and love exercise by creating and supporting them in living an active life that they enjoy.”
We endeavour to be a unique, highly impactful personal fitness studio, where quality trumps quantity.
EMPOWERMENT – we exist to empower people, primarily through personal training, to love their lives more using exercise as a vehicle
STRENGTH & MOVEMENT ABILITY – required to live an active life long term
EXERCISE AS PLAY – exercise should help you love your life more – use it to seek joy
AUTHENTICITY – we build powerful relationships by being realistic with goal setting & expectation
LEADERSHIP – we model living an active life that can be enjoyed
COACHABILITY – Our coaches coach and have coaches. Xelf is a humble place to be
INDIVIDUALITY – A system of choice and variety within structure that enables you to express yourself and yet stay on track with an exercise regime
"xelf is motivating and rewarding. It develops self confidence and makes exercising fun and enjoyable rather than work."Jen Gain
"This business adapts the gym with my work life. Now I see the gym like a friend and not another boring obligation."Sebastien Gauthier
"I have more energy throughout the day, especially in the evening. I highly recommend this program. I feel fantastic thanks to you and your super fantastic exercise program. I feel strong and like a super woman. Yeehaw!!! Thanks xelf for everything!"Earla Kwok
Damian Lockhart has been a Fitness Professional (personal trainer) since 2000 and founded Xelf in 2005. As a personal trainer, his lifelong relationship with exercise, nutrition, and seeing others struggle to find their balance has been the driving factor behind his passion to help others become Empowered Exercisers. Damian believes that the coaching and exercise influence of a personal trainer is necessary in establishing the foundation of living an active life that people enjoy.
I originally met Damian at a local yoga studio in Hamilton, but I came to know him more and more when a mutual friend of ours was holding yoga classes at his gym. It gave me a great opportunity to recognize Damian’s passion for fitness, and I was really moved by the philosophy he created through Xelf.
As a result of the Foundation program I now understand that previous experience does not make or break your success. Everyone has the potential to become an Empowered Exerciser. xelf creates an environment that is accepting of each person as an individual. No two people or bodies are ever the same;