Our Success, Our Team

Each individual on our team has a passion for figure skating and fitness. We are dedicated to helping skaters reach new heights in their training and performance!

SIGNE RONKA

Founder / Head Coach

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Figure Skater Fitness Magazine

Signe Ronka is NCCP Level 3 Certified- National Competitive Coach, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) and holds an honour BA from the University of Toronto (Trinity College).  Signe competed for Canada in the Junior Grand Prix circuit where she medalled at 3 international events.  She qualified for the Junior Grand Prix finals and competed at the Junior World Championships.  Signe is a Canadian Junior Ladies bronze medalist and finished top 10 in Senior ladies.

She has won multiple awards:

  • “Own the Podium 2010” Funding Award (2006),
  • Bank of Montreal “Possibilities” Award (2002),
  • 2002 Junior Female Athlete of the Year Finalist, 30th Annual Canadian Sport Awards,
  • Elvis Stojko Bursary,
  • Toller Cranston Bursary Award (2000, 2001, 2002),
  • Underhill/Martini “Hopes & Dreams”
  • Petro-Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship (2002–03, 2003–04)
  • University of Toronto Athlete of the Year (2007)

Signe has 10+ years of experience coaching at the Granite Club, East York Skating Club and Richmond Training Centre. She coaches skaters on the ice from Canskate to Senior competitive. Signe has choreographed multiple programs from the STAR 1-5 level to Senior competitive as well as interpretive.

Signe is the founder of a sport specific fitness program, FLEXAFIT- Figure Skater Bootcamp, designed to help skaters prevent injuries and improve performance on the ice.  The program incorporates strength & conditioning, agility & speed, power & fast twitch, balance & stability and flexibility & mobility training.  She travels around the world teaching skaters her off-ice program.  She released a DVD “Reach New Heights“, which incorporates sport specific off-ice training, off-ice jump exercises and conditioning drills.  (www.flexafit.com)

Signe is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Figure Skater Fitness, a quarterly magazine that takes a scientific approach to sport specific training on topics of fitness, nutrition, injury prevention, mental training, glamour and more. (www.figureskaterfitness.com)

Signe is also a member of Skate Canada Hall of Fame and Heritage Committee.

MARTHA WEIZMAN

Flexaballet, Flexastretch & Flexafusion Dance Instructor

Martha formerly trained with the National Ballet of Canada and continued her dance career with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After many years her career began to shift to ballroom dancing and is now a competitor of dancesport. Having taught in many studios and fitness facilities in Toronto her ballet classes, ballroom styling and her unique Deep Flow Stretch classes have been in high demand. Martha has taught as a private coach to many top athletes to improve their performance in sport and loves to share her skills, creative thinking, performance techniques and her endless passion at the Flexafit studio.

Martha is very excited to travel to workshops with Signe Ronka coaching skaters outside of the studio (most recently to Montreal).  She has contributed articles on ballet training and flexibility for figure skaters in Figure Skater Fitness Magazine.  Martha continues to study and explore methods to give her skaters the highest level of achieving their goals.

Martha: ”Flexafit has brought so much joy and passion back into my life working with children and adult skaters I look forward to many years ahead growing with the Flexafit team“

Locations:

  • Flexafit Studio

OLGA KORSAK

Certified Flexafit & Dance Fusion Instructor

Olga Korsak is a former figure skater, Latvian champion, represented Latvia in the European and World Championships, and won gold at the Baltic States Winter Olympic Games in 2008. After finishing her competitive career, she moved to Toronto. Olga has a Bachelor degree in Dance Stage productions/Fitness. She is a Certified Fitness instructor and is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor. Besides teaching dance and fitness part time, Olga is also a musician and actress. She released her first CD Behind Closed Doors in June 2014.

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville
  • Streetsville Meadowvale Figure Skating Club
  • Flexafit Studio

MICHELLE LONG

Certified Flexafit Instructor

Michelle has been skating for over 20 years. She is still competing at the Senior National level, has placed in the top 10 at the last four Canadian Championships, and is a member of Skate Canada’s National and International Team. Most recently she traveled to Taipei to represent Canada at the 2018 ISU Four Continent Championships.

As a young skater, Michelle passed all of her Gold tests, but did not make the switch to the competitive stream until much later in life. As one of the first Flexafit – Figure Skater Bootcamp clients, Michelle learned the importance of off ice conditioning and accredits much of that to her success.

“I wish everyone could see that video of my first training season with Signe. I was terrible. Fitness was never something we focused on in my younger years. As an adult learning these functional exercises, I realized how important it is to the development of any athlete. When I feel strong off the ice, I know I can trust my body on the ice”

Locations:

  • Unionville Figure Skating Club
  • Leaside Skating Club
  • Richmond Hill Skating Club

ALYSSA WISE

Certified Flexafit Instructor

NPTI certification
National pairs competitor (1999-2001)
National singles competitor (2002-2005)
10 years Professional skater

Alyssa started skating at the age of 3, and excelled in both singles and pairs over the years. Alyssa and er partner set a Canadian record in pairs at Nationals as well as representing Canada at international competitions.

After her competitive career Alyssa traveled the world for 10 years touring with skating companies like Willy Bietak Productions, Holiday On Ice and many more. During that time she acquired personal training license from NPTI and have been teaching fitness to skaters ever since.

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville
  • Milton Skating Club
  • Burlington Skating Centre
  • Streetsville Meadowvale Figure Skating Club

KAITLYN SIMS

Certified Flexafit Instructor

Kaitlyn has been skating for 15+ years representing many Skating clubs.  She trains primary at Richmond Training Centre where she is on their Junior Ladies Competitive team.  As part of her training she participates in jump classes, off-ice and ballet training.  In 2017, Kaitlyn successfully qualified to go to Skate Canada Challenge at Junior level in 2017.  She coaches young skaters at Richmond Training Center and Markham Figure Skating Club.  She focuses on motivating the Flexafit members to exceed their fitness goals by having fun. She primarily works at the Flexafit Studio in Toronto, and has been working at Flexafit since May, 2017 but has been part of the training program for 4 years. 

Locations:

  • Flexafit Studio
  • Leaside Skating Club

MEGAN WALKER

Certified Flexafit Instructor

Megan skated for 15 years with the Milton Skating Club where she was on their Competitive team, as well as, their StarSkate team. Megan went to Skate Canada Challenge at the Pre-Novice and Novice levels. She was also the Gold Ladies Freeskate Champion and was named Central Ontario’s StarSkate Athlete of the Year. Throughout her skating career, Megan has performed in numerous ice shows and participated in many seminars and training camps.

Megan is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville

JENNIFER PETEM

Certified Flexafit Instructor

Jenn is a retired figure skater who trained out of Ottawa for most of her career and represented the Gloucester Skating Club her last few years. She completed her Gold Freeskate, Dances, and Skills, passing her dance and skills at age 10. She competed in StarSkate at the Senior Silver ladies level in 2008, claiming gold at her regional competition and medalling at the Ontario Trillium championships. Jenn competed at the national level in Novice and Junior ladies, qualifying for the Ontario Winter Games in 2010 and finishing top 10 in Canada East & West Challenge in 2011. While attending McMaster University, she competed for the varsity figure skating team.

Jenn has won awards throughout her figure skating career such as:
-MVP of McMaster Figure Skating team in 2013 and 2015;
-Gloucester Skating Club 2011 Award for Top Competitive Result at Challenge;
-2011 Elizabeth Manley Award.

“I wish that I had Flexafit available to me when I was a skater. It provides skaters with a perfect combination of warm-up exercises to use prior to going on the ice. Additionally, all of the workouts seek to strengthen muscles specific to figure skating needs, all while using creative and fun ways to do so. Using a research-based approach, focusing on areas from quickness to strength and explosion, Flexafit is able to train skaters in a holistic manner off of the ice, which will help them achieve their goals and improve their performance on the ice. I love being part of a team that supports each other like we do!”

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville
  • Burlington Skating Centre

DANIELLE MCEWAN

Certified Flexafit Instructor

Danielle has been a competitive figure skater for 15 years representing various clubs including: Schomberg Skating Club and Newmarket Skating Club with Judy Coalter, Richmond Training Centre with Bob Emerson and Nobleton Skating Club with Lynda Downey.  Danielle has passed  Gold Skating Skills, Gold Interpretive Singles, Gold Dance and Gold Free Skating.
Danielle was active in martial arts, equestrian, and ultimate frisbee throughout high school. In university, she trained for two half-marathons and spent three years practicing hot yoga. Other interests – powerlifting.
Danielle is a Certified Club Coach (CanSkate) with both the Nobleton Skating Club (October 2012) and the Schomberg Skating Club (September 2015).

Danielle is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor

Locations:

  • Skate Canada Brampton-Chinguacousy

GABRIELLA DEBONO

Flexafit Instructor, Writer

Gabriella is a former figure skater who competed at the national level for Junior Pairs with her partner Christopher Sisca. After retiring from the sport in 2013, she attended the University of Western Ontario earning her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology.

 

Locations:

TARA MACBOURNIE

Certified Flexafit Instructor

Tara has been a competitive synchronized skater for 15+ years. She has represented Canada at many international competitions, and won two ISU World Synchronized Skating Championship silver medals in 2012 & 2013 with NEXXICE Senior, Team Canada 1. Tara has also represented Canada at the junior level with NEXXICE Junior in 2007 & 2008. In 2015, she moved to Lyon, France and skated with the French National Team, les Zoulous, and represented France at various international competitions as well as the World Synchronized Skating Championships.

Tara is a 4x Canadian Synchronized Skating Champion, as well as a French National Champion. She still competes at the Open level, and currently skates for the reigning Canadian Champions NEXXICE Open.

Tara is excited to be helping Flexafit expand into the synchronized skating community.

Locations:

  • NEXXICE Junior (Burlington)
  • Skate Oakville
  • Leaside Skating Club
  • Flexafit Studio

ERIN SHAW

Certified Flexafit Instructor

Erin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. While completing her studies, Erin worked as a personal trainer and senior level strength coach with the varsity athletics program at the University of Waterloo. She trained highly competitive teams and athletes across several disciplines of sport. During her many years of experience as a clinical kinesiologist, Erin developed exercise programs to rehabilitate clients from injury and surgery to allow for successful return to sport and work.

Erin began skating at the age of 4. She was a competitive singles skater until the age of 17 and has
completed her Gold level tests in all 4 disciplines of figure skating; Freeskate, Dance, Skills, and
Interpretive. Erin is a NCCP-Skate Canada Regional Trained Coach. While pursuing her education and career, Erin began synchronized skating as a way to continue with the sport she loves. She has now skated with NEXXICE synchronized skating club for 9 seasons and has won 3 national championships with NEXXICE Open including this past season.

“I am excited to combine my expertise in training and skating to help people achieve their goals! I love to see athletes take their skating to the next level. I truly believe that off-ice training is the
difference between a good skater and a great skater. The Flexafit system is a great combination of
strength and flexibility training, focusing on areas specific to the demands of athletes.”

Locations:

  • Thornhill Figure Skating Club
  • Flexafit Studio
  • Flexafit Personal Training
  • Flexafit Online Personal Training

ADRIANA ERMTER

Managing Editor for Figure Skater Fitness Magazine

With 15 years of editorial experience, Adriana’s past titles include Editor-in-Chief for Childview
and Salon Magazine and Beauty Director for FASHION. Her work has been published in Flare,
ELLE Canada, Popsugar, Chatelaine, Rethink Breast Cancer, glow and Elevate magazines and
the National Post and Toronto Star newspapers.

A multi award-winning editor and writer, Adriana has won the 2011 Proctor & Gamble Beauty Award for Best Feature, the 2009 Canadian Fragrance Editorial Award for Best Print Media, the 2009 Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Video Host and three Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for Best National Magazine, Best Cover and Best Editor. Currently, Adriana is a monthly contributor for amongmen.com, IN Magazine and 29secrets.com.

As an NCCP III coach, Adriana has a sports background in synchronized swimming. She lives
in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle.

Clubs We Train At

Are you a skating coach or club director looking to start an off-ice program for your skating club? Inquire today about having Flexafit come to your club.

Our Story

How did Figure Skater Bootcamp begin?

Over the many years of competing, Signe often had to withdraw from competitions due to injuries, which ultimately ended her career. She spent most of her hours on the ice and very little time in the gym. At the time, fitness training was not considered a big part of her routine.

After Signe retired from the competitive world of figure skating, she started to spend most of her hours training in the gym. She loved fitness so much that she decided to study further and learn all about the fitness world, she is CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. As she was learning about different techniques and methods of training, she started believing more and more that fitness training is the key to a successful, injury-free athlete. This is when Figure Skater Bootcamp was born.

Figure Skater Bootcamp was founded in 2010, with the goal to help figure skaters achieve ultimate strength through fitness training in order to prevent injuries and maximize individual potential on the ice. Signe provides specialized fitness training for figure skaters of all levels to help achieve peak performance on the ice. By progressing through each stage of the program skaters build confidence and the feeling of being a packaged skater.

  • Balance & Coordination

    Balance and Coordination is the foundation to all exercises performed in fitness and sports. It is important to be well trained in this area in order to maximize the proper execution of exercises and decrease the chance of injury. Participants will learn exercises and techniques to enhance better balance and coordination, which will be applied to each of the following phases of the method.

  • Mobility & Flexibility

    This phase of training focuses on not only flexibility of the muscles but the ability to have proper range of motion in the joints in order to perform exercises efficiently and effectively. Participants will learn exercises to increase range of motion in the joints, which will then be applied to more challenging exercises in the next phase of training.

  • Strength & Conditioning

    Balance and Coordination is the foundation to all exercises performed in fitness and sports. It is important to be well trained in this area in order to maximize the proper execution of exercises and decrease the chance of injury. Participants will learn exercises and techniques to enhance better balance and coordination, which will be applied to each of the following phases of the method.

In 2012, Signe released her first DVD, “Reach New Heights”, which has sold hundreds of copies worldwide, teaching the fundamentals to sport specific training for figure skaters.

get a copy now

How was Flexafit inspired?

In 2013, Signe created the Flexafit Methodology of training after years of experimenting and studying various forms of fitness training. The Flexafit Methodology is a 3-Part System, which includes Strength & Conditioning, Balance & Coordination and Mobility & Flexibility training. This method was inspired bytraining done for figure skaters, but has now extended further to apply for everyone. This method will help build a confident, well-rounded individual. Signe believes you don’t have to be an athlete to train like one.

The Flexafit Studio

We were proud to open our first Flexafit Studio in the spring of 2013. Our studio is located in the heart of the Toronto Film District Area, in the historic Munition Factory building. It is a spacious studio with natural lighting, hardwood floors, mirrors, ballet barres, professional sound system, and high performance equipment (plyometrics boxes, TRX system, Bosu/Swiss balls, hurdles, ladders, weight rack etc.).