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Owner & Head Coach

Jen brings to WorkHorseSC her 30 years in the health and fitness industry teaching group fitness, Pilates, yoga, circuits, off ice hockey and a Lev 2 CrossFit Coach

Opened in 2015 WorkHorseSC is an accumulation of that experience blending all together into a functional fitness/athletic training facility with programs for all ages: kids, teens, adults, seniors. 

I am the product of many great people. My Chiropractic father and sister,  my Mom a nurse and many great sport coaches along the way.   My sports growing up were figure skating , horseback riding.  


"Growing up a Chiropractic kid, I believe we have all we need to be well within us, it just needs cultivated with proper nutrition and a committed daily practice of movement and strength"  Coach Jen 


"Jen’s enthusiasm for functional fitness leads to a creative and well-designed program for all clients. Her passion in the field can be felt by all athletes who have been lucky enough to walk through the doors of WorkHorse. She understands the importance of creating a welcoming environment where each athlete is encouraged and supported in their journey to reach their potential" Coach Carter 



Special mention to my mentors Mary Garon of Clinton who gave me my first chance at teaching and Dr. James Laithwaite of Goderich who believed in me and nurtured me to be a better athlete and coach.  My gratitude lays here.  

1986-1989: Humber College Diploma Hospitality/Fanshawe College Health Office Management 

1998: CanFitPro Group Fitness Instructor Certification  

1998-2012 Group Fitness Instructor 

Total Fitness, Goderich, County Club, Clinton

1999 Stott Pilates Certificate 

2000-2014: Clinton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, administration/reception 

2014: CFL1 CrossFit Level 1 Certification

2014-2015 CF L1 Coach - Tank Training Centre Goderich 

Functional Range Conditioning Lev 1 Practitioner

2016: CFL2 CrossFit Level 2 Certification
2015 - Present: Owner Operator of WorkHorse Strength and Conditioning, Clinton Ontario 


Additional Certifications 
Mobility CFCert,

StrongMan CFCert,

CatalystAthletics OlympicLifting Cert, Gymnastics CFCert,

Functional Range Conditioning Cert (2016), MelioGuide Osteoporosis Prevention Treatment and Management Lev1 (2015),

Home study always




Cindy is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and a high school Phys Ed teacher at Central Huron SS. She earned her Bachelor of Human Kinetics - Movement Science at the University of Windsor. She has always been involved in fitness and sport. Cindy played broomball, softball, slo-pitch, and volleyball, loving the social aspects of team sports. As life happens, team sports got harder to commit to and she slowly moved more to running, swimming and general fitness. 


My Fitness Journey:

I thought I was in pretty good shape; I was running regularly, including half and full marathons. Then I went to a strength and conditioning class and 2 days later I could not sit on the toilet or wash my hair. I was hooked. 


Why Fitness? 

You are competing against yourself and your numbers.


Why Workhorse?

Many of my closest friends are found within the walls of WorkHorse. These people see me at my best and at my worst, but we are all working hard to be the best version of ourselves.

Why Coach?

Coaching is an opportunity to share my enjoyment for physical activity. It is rewarding to watch athletes challenge themselves and be successful.  There is nothing more satisfying than hearing, “That was hard, but I did it!”




Recently retired from Clinton Public school where I was the librarian/technology support for 15 years, it seemed like fate that I was looking for something to keep me busy just when Jen was looking for some help at the gym. I started shadowing Jen and CC in September 2021 and took the Level 1 CrossFit course in October.


I started at WorkHorse in April 2018 on a one month free trial that I picked up at a charity auction.  I thought I would give it a try between my curling and lawn bowling seasons to see if I could do the workouts and improve my overall fitness. I always thought I was in fairly good shape physically, having played on sports teams all of my adult life. I quickly discovered my lack of strength and conditioning, but I loved it right from the start - even when Coach Jen had to get down and do burpees with me to get me to the finish line! Training at WorkHorse has helped me get to the best shape of my life. It makes you feel powerful! 


Training for strength, endurance, flexibility and balance at WorkHorse has given me the confidence and courage to try so many different things that I never thought I could do. I love the supportive atmosphere here at WorkHorse. It really does feel like a community of athletes who become family, caring about each other and helping each other on their fitness journey. 


Throughout my work career my greatest satisfaction has come from being able to help others.  I hope to be able to continue that at WorkHorse.




Lissa is the Facility Manager at the Vanastra Recreation Centre and has been involved in the fitness industry delivering aquatic and first aid programs for over 30 years.  In her years of experience she has seen first handed the positive impact fitness can make on people's health and well being.  


Over the years the fitness industry is constantly changing, Lissa has found great satisfaction in the last 4 years with the combination of strength and conditioning training. Linking her instructor training and leadership experience through aquatics, Lissa has achieved her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and has now joined our WorkHorse coaching team. Lissa’s goals are to help you make the very most of yourself, recognize your achievements and link them to your better quality of life.

“Everyday we continue to  focus on our health and well being as a individuals and as a WorkHorse family.  Let’s get stronger and healthier together.”




My interest in staying healthy and active began from a young age. Growing up, I was a part of numerous team sports such as hockey, soccer and rowing. However, my passion for fitness began in my teenage years. I have a keen interest in weight lifting and running, both of which I have been doing for the past 10+ years.

I attended the University of Guelph from 2012-2016 where I obtained my B. Sc. with a Major in Human Kinetics (the study of human movement), and then attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from 2016-2020 where I obtained my degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic. During those 8 years of education I took several extra-curricular courses to further feed my interest in human functional movement in athletic and non-athletic populations. 

I have taught various spin classes and worked with elite level bantam hockey players as a medical trainer. For the past year and a half, I have been practicing as a chiropractor who loves to incorporate exercise, rehab, and functional based movements into my patients plan of management.

This program will be a perfect fit for any young athlete (regardless of current skill level) looking to improve their strength, conditioning and capacity for movement. Over the 8 weeks we will cover the basics of generating power, agility and speed in sport to improve an athlete’s capacity to perform movements such as throwing, jumping, sprinting and lifting. By the end of the program, we hope to teach the importance of strength and conditioning for life and set a foundation for further athletic development in sport.




Hey all! My name is Val Westerhout and I have just begun my coaching journey at Workhorse. I have trained at this gym since December 2018 and just can’t get enough. 


The community that has been built (and continues to grow) is supportive and encouraging to say the least. I quickly learned everybody thrives in motivating each other with a great sense of overall community. As I do love the work we put in, my favourite part of WorkHorse is the like minded people. We all show up with the mindset to better ourselves each day even if it is just getting moving. 


Along with coaching, I am currently working full time as an Equipment Operator and Crop Scout for Hensall Co-op while juggling my personal business, 4 Point Photography. A diverse range of careers, yes, but I like to keep busy! 


When I’m not occupied with coaching, scouting or photography you can find me on our home farm helping Dad with the chickens. I am a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus where I majored in Agriculture. 


When it comes to education in fitness, my journey has just begun. Behind me I have a large background in sports including baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, track and field (high jump and hurdles), competitive dance and cross country. All movements and skills that have collected over the years to comprise the athlete I am now. I currently have my Level 1-CF certification and look forward to building on this through WorkHorse and external courses. 

So that’s me. A motivated, diverse, and sometimes particular individual that strives to improve my overall health on the daily. If you are reading this, there is a reason! Get to the front door of WorkHorse and the rest will take care of itself. Looking forward to seeing you there! 


Take care,

Coach Val 

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