While studying health and physical
  education at university, I never
  imagined that one day I'd be running
  my own personal training business,
  travelling the country educating other
  fitness pros and writing for national
  magazines and newspapers.

  But life takes some interesting turns.

  My career began with great stints at places
  like Toronto's Metro-Central YMCA and The Fitness Institute.

  Later, I enjoyed several years managing
  Manulife Financial's large corporate fitness facility.

Things changed considerably when I took a leave of absence from Manulife to sail from Toronto to Trinidad and back. After a carefree year spent in flip flops and sarongs, I loathed the idea of returning to the corporate world.

So instead, I harnessed my entrepreneurial skills and business contacts to shape a new career.

Today, many years later, I happily spend my days working with personal training clients, writing newspaper and magazine articles, and editing and blogging for corporate clients.

I love teaching Urban Poling Nordic walking classes and certification courses and
making special appearances.

My 9-to-5 friends can't believe I get to have this much fun making a living.

Sometimes I can't believe it either.

Barb Gormley


Qualifications and Memberships


  • B.A. Health and Physical Education
  • Canadian Professional Trainers Network - member 
  • canfitpro - certified personal trainer
  • IDEA Health and Fitness Association - member
  • Durham College Fitness and Health Promotion program current advisory board chairperson
  • George Brown College Fitness & Lifestyle Management program former advisory board member
  • Seneca College Fitness Leadership program former instructor (11 years)

Writing and Editing

  • Ryerson University Magazine Publishing program (several courses)
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada – member


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for testimonials from happy clients.




Read about urban poling in

Best Health



Check my upcoming appearances and corporate presentations here



Barb in the News...

"Nordic Walking"
Click here for an excellent
overview of Nordic walking

"Make Your Fitness Goals Stick"
Best Health
Click here for
insights on
getting fit for the new year

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