Our Owner Carolyn Hancox
Welcome to Northridge Health Performance Centre!
As the owner and president of Northridge I have a strong background in the fitness and wellness fields.
Bachelor of Music, - U.B.C. Advanced Diploma in Health and Fitness-Capilino College/S.F.U., Internationally certified Personal Trainer, Weight Management and Sports Nutrition Specialist, National Trainer of Fitness Trainers-Group Exercise, Weight Training, Personal Training, Aquatics & Advanced ZUMBA instructor.
Thirty five years ago I graduated from the University of British Columbia and started looking for a career path that would combine the things I most liked to do. In thinking about what I most enjoyed ,I realized that I was most passionate about health, music and non-competitve exercise (dance, swimming , figure skating etc) so I decided to create classes for people who enjoyed non-competitive exercise. Now, in 1977 there were no classes in Vancouver , British Columbia that combined music with exercise but I had a “strong feeling” that other would enjoy the combination. To get my programs started I approached the largest community centre in Vancouver and asked them what they thought of the idea. “Why not”, they said. I spent hours taping records of music that would really energise people. We marketed the classes and in a short time I had over 200 people in each of my classes. Eventually these classes became known as “Aerobics”, a name created by Dr. Kenneth Cooper in the 1960’s.
My classes continued to grow. I added Teen Music and Movement, Children’s Music and Movement, Seniors Music and Movement and very soon had to hire and train new staff to teach some of the classes as I could not keep up with the demand of people who wished to attend.
Other community centres heard what I was doing and asked me to start programs for them. Soon Vancouver, B.C. was buzzing with these “Music and Movement” classes.
By the early 1980’s it was very evident to these community recreation centres that some form of training for these class instructors was needed . Personally, I enrolled in 2 more years of university to become certified in Excercise and Nutrition management. This is where I met the first training company I was to partner with-Canadian Fitness Education Services. Through them I began teaching Anatomy, Physiology, Group Exercise and Weight Training courses at a Vancouver University College. Thirty years later I am still enjoying teaching certification courses and have trained and mentored many individuals to start a great career in the fitness field.
In 1985 I was struck with a severe form of osteoarthritis. I continued to teach and train new fitness leaders in my role as Senior Program Manager with the YM/YWCA and eventually with CityRecreation , also as a Programmer. During this time I started researching about degenerative disease and what I could do to relieve the pain, naturally. This led me to learn about an entirely new form of medicine called Clinical Nutrition , Ortho-molecular or Nutritional Medicine. I read books and took specific university courses on this new life science. In one of the courses, I was analyzed and told that I had dead calcium all throughout my body. My bones were not able to absorb it from my food intake. The medical professional recommended me to look for the nutrition that I needed from a cellular research lab that was the rated top ortho-molecular lab world-wide”. I followed her advice, went for comprehensive diagnostic testing at one of their hospitals and became pain free after 18 years!
In 1996, my husband was transferred to Vancouver Island which proved to be a very positive move for my entire family. My 2 daughters could now live close to their wonderful grandparents and I set off to look for a private a company to work for as a Fitness Manager. I thought, I’ve managed cities and YM/YWCA’s but never privately held facilities. Time for a new challenge. Unfortunately , I learned, that this was the era when Fitness facilitys were considered to be like “sleazy , used car sales lots” –greasy sales people and staff that had no certifications (Now, just to be clear, I am not saying that all used car lots are sleazy, it was just that way with private fitness clubs back then. Well, I Decided to make a difference and create an entirely different type of fitness environment-a highly professional, yet warm and friendly club where people could truely experience a higher quality of life for themselves.
It strange how problems we face in life are sometimes our best teachers and can define or re-define our life’s path.
I decided to take the huge financial plunge and open my own large health and fitness club. Was I in for a financial shock! Building a traditional fitness business is a venture costing a minimum of half a million dollars as your base. I plowed on, used up all my inheritance, built a beautiful centre- hired and trained the most professional staff I could find and 16 years later Northridge Health Performance Centre is wildly successful with everything from Cardiac Rehab , personal training, clinical nutrition and weight loss/sports nutrition and , of course, every kind of Group Exercise class imaginable. Recently I added a day spa . Northridge has been created as a holistic centre where our members can get everything under one roof.
I share with you my professional background ( 7 years of university and 35 years of training, management and business ownership) to give you some understanding of what I bring to those people I chose to work with.
As much as I love my centre and its members, I felt that I was only changing a few people’s quality of life. I decided to start to train a group of Wellness Consultants who truely share my passion to create an optimal quality of life for others and be paid well for this service. LiveWell Consulting was born. We now have cutting edge wellness and business training programs for those wanting to enter the wellness field and for medical professionals wishing to add a “wellness income stream” to round out their practise and truely give their clients optimal results. Our clients range from corporations to individuals who wish to enhance their quality of life, create optimal health and weight, or manage /reverse a current degeneratiave condition. Our LiveWell Consultants are passionate entrepreneurs who love people and want to create great health, beauty and longevity for their clients. Our consultants can work in 18 countries world-wide and are taught how to create wealth in a truly enlightened way.
Whether you want to find health, beauty or wellness with one of our programs, or become a paid consultant for our organization, you’ll find all the information you need at www.livewellconsulting.ca.
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