Alex Mader 

Specialty: Personal training and small group training

Education: Bachelor of Kinesiology and Current Student of Osteopathy 

Coaching since: 2012

Training completed: Cancer and Exercise Training for Fitness and Health Professionals (Thrive Health Services), Functional Movement Screen - Level 1

Favourite quote: “I have no desire to be a cat, which walks so lightly that it never creates a disturbance.” -A.T. Still

How did you start your health and wellness journey?

“My father raised me to love movement and the outdoors. I'm grateful for the tools I learned through this in my adult life, they’ve helped me to become the person I am today! My father and I ran a marathon together when he was 70 years old, and he continues to impress me. I began my career in fitness at the age of 15 and have been in-and-around gyms and fitness centers since. I love how exercise teaches routine, structure, and provides a great sense of accomplishment.”

Why do you love fitness and personal training?

“Physical activity is one of the most consistent indicators in decreasing health conditions such as cardiopulmonary conditions, stress, and obesity. Assisting people in getting and staying healthy is incredibly rewarding, as it not only increases strength and endurance, but helps people overcome other health concerns as well.”

Peter Lord 

Speciality: Personal Training

Education: Bachelor of Phys. Ed., Masters of Science in Kinesiology

Coaching since: 1985

Training completed: Certified Personal Trainer ACSM, NCCP Level III Coach (Athletics)

Achievements: Canadian Masters Triple Jump record holder, coach of Olympian Adrienne Power

Favourite quote: “Do what other people are unwilling to do so you can do what other people are unable to do."

What's your experience in health and wellness?

"I've been training as a competitive athlete for almost 40 years and have extensive experience in strength training and speed and power training. For over 30 years I've been coaching teams and athletes, as well as designing programs and performing fitness testing. This includes post-secondary teaching of health and wellness."

Why do you love what you do?

"I enjoy helping people achieve something they didn't believe was possible. It allows me to be creative because everyone is unique and so are their goals."

Krista Thornton

Specialty: Personal training, health coaching

Certifications: Nova Scotia Fitness Association, Personal Training, Group Exercise Leader, Integrated Health Coaching, Older Adult Fitness

Coaching since: 1986

Favourite quote: "If you think you can, or you think you can't, you are right!"

How did you get into fitness and active living?

"I've been working in the fitness industry since my early 20's and have developed my education and skills throughout the years to encompass the whole spectrum of health. I'm certified as an Integrated Natural Health Coach which allows me to support people in looking at their health holistically, making lifestyle changes that last."

What's your experience in the industry?

"I've worked at many community centres and facilities in Halifax, teaching classes and doing one-on-one coaching. I've also facilitated many wellness retreats and workshops for individuals and teams."

Why do you love what you do?

"My job empowers people to live a full, healthy, happy life! What's better than that?!"

Olivia Petras

Specialty: Small Group and Personal Training

Education: Bachelor of Kinesiology (Brock University) and Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology

Coaching since: 2015

Favourite quote: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you feel alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive."

How did you get into fitness and active living?

"Physical activity and sport has been a constant throughout my life, although it's worn many different hats. I grew up playing hockey but only became a regular gym-goer in university. Even now, I greatly enjoy learning different training methods and techniques, both for myself and the people I train! I enjoy working with all different types of people, from athletes and teams to people with chronic issues such as osteoarthritis.

When I moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia three years ago, I threw myself into all sorts of outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, and camping are fun ways to explore my new province. I began playing rugby two years ago for the local club here in Dartmouth, where I've become part of a community. Community is another important benefit sports and being part of something active can offer us!"

What's your experience in the industry?

"I have worked as a strength and conditioning coach for varsity teams, I've trained teams here in Nova Scotia, and I've worked individually with young provincial-level athletes. I have also worked in cardiac rehabilitation. Currently, I also work as an M.D. Assistant at a sports medicine clinic here in Dartmouth. Working alongside physicians, I've started a new physical activity counselling program to help individuals get active again who are sedentary and may have chronic injuries."

Why do you love what you do?

"I have a lot of energy and like to be on the go, which personal training allows me to do. I enjoy helping people succeed and reach their goals, and seeing how this work can positively affect other areas of their life!

Drew Lucaw 

Speciality: Personal training and small group training, boxing coach, class instructor

Certification: Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma, CSEP Certified Personal Trainer

Coaching since: 2005

How did your health and wellness journey start?

"I was introduced to martial arts at a young age for self-defense and as a form of activity. My affinity for combat sports and their philosophies lead to an interest in body mechanics and ultimately, my decision to purse wellness as a career. I sought formal training and graduated in 2012 from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario."

I attribute my athletic prowess to my teachings, and most of all to my grandparents - one of whom holds the longest NSSAF record in Nova Scotia history and the other who has a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. 

What's your experience in and passion for the industry?

“I've worked in boxing gyms, martial arts studios, for major fitness corporations, and other sport-specific training facilities. My career gives me the opportunity to connect with the community, and I take great pride in contributing to the betterment of my clients' health and overall sense of well-being.”


The Zatzman Sportsplex has experienced, motivated personal trainers who care about community health and helping you thrive in a fitness setting. Our personal trainers also work in our weight room, so they're familiar with our equipment and services. 

We're currently running a personal training promotion - $165 you will receive:

  • An innitial assessment with an trainer paired with you based on your personal goals. Due to COVID-19 this assessment is now available over the phone!
  • 3 sessions with your trainer
  • Workout with a friend and split the price! This promotion can also be purchased with a friend. Please note the workout plans provided for you will be the same, so make sure you and your friend have the same goals. 


    Think you could benefit from personal training? Book a consultation with one of our personal trainers today! Check out our personal trainers' bios below to see who may be a great fit for you. Not sure who you'd like to train with? Email Andrea Morrison at and let her know what you're looking for. She'll match you up with a personal trainer with the experience to support your goals!