My name is Jaclyn Santamaria, and I have been a fitness enthusiast my entire life. My athletic career started with Jump Rope for Heart in elementary school. Shortly after falling in love with this recreational activity, I became part of the competitive skipping team Brampton Acro Ropers. I competed at the provincial, national and international level for about nine years and hung up my rope once I enrolled in the kinesiology program at Western University. During my four and a half years at Western, I followed a strict daily workout regimen at the university’s gym. I also had the opportunity to play sports (for grades!) and complete a placement in a chiropractic clinic.
Toward the end of university, I decided to give CrossFit a try and instantly became hooked. I loved the all-out intensity required and felt like I was in a competitive sport again for the first time since jump rope.
After graduating university, I was hired as a Physiotherapist Assistant but quickly realized it wasn’t for me. I always knew I wanted my career to involve working with athletes, but I wasn’t sure how. A few months later, I found the answer. I was hired at the Dynamic Athlete to work alongside Sean Holmes, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Rock. This was the start of my coaching career and the best thing that ever happened to me.
I absolutely fell in love with coaching. I have worked with the Oakville Blades hockey team, the Toronto Rock, and many athletes who play high level and competitive sports. I also completed my Level 1 CrossFit Certification and began coaching CrossFit at a local gym.
Nutrition has always been an interest of mine, yet something I struggled with when I was younger. I battled an eating disorder in high school and had trouble with body image my entire life. It wasn’t until I competed in my first Olympic lifting meet, that I turned to a nutrition coach for help. She introduced me to flexible dieting, which completely changed my life. I knew then that I wanted to help others with their nutrition, like my coach did for me.
I’m thrilled I get to do what I love every day. Athletic and nutritional coaching has become a true passion of mine. My goal is to help others become the best version of themselves in these two aspects of life, and achieve goals they never thought possible.