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52 Weeks ~ 52 Lessons!

Lessons learned in areas of health, fitness, running, training, wellness, motivation, business, relationships and many other topics to help others learn from the lessons learned over my past 52 years!

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Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT)

NEW CLIENTS – MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES – To schedule your initial 1-on-1 phone consultation for Muscle Activation Techniques, please click on this link – Click Here To Book To Book Initial Consultation For Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) NEW CLIENTS ONLY!

RETURNING CLIENTS – SUBSEQUENT MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES SESSIONS – Please use this link – Click Here To Book A Subsequent Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) Session

MAT PostcardMAT™ differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT™ is not trying to “relax” muscle and instead tries to “activate” the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and everyday movements.

Each client is treated as an individual with their own muscular weaknesses and compensation patterns. MAT™ does not diagnose or treat pathology and works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities and the resulting range of motion and strength of that muscle/limb.

Once neuromuscular integrity is restored you will be stronger, more flexible and accelerate the healing process to get back to doing the things you love to do!

Now it’s time to play!

MAT™ is a different approach to help the body.


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Run Club

Whether you are a new runner or experienced marathoner; whether your pace is fast or slow; or whether you run for fitness or competition, we only ask that you run for the fun of it!

Run, run, run your body …

Goofy ChallengeWe are not currently offering “official” running programs at the moment…
However “unofficially”… if you want to run for the pure enjoyment of it – then this is for you!

What does this mean, you might ask?  Group Running!
Every Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. there is a group of self-motivated individuals who get together to run for health and happiness!  We meet at various locations all over our beautiful City of Calgary.  Together, we create a positive surrounding that provides encouragement, support, and motivation that helps further us towards our individual fitness goals.

Q.  How much does it cost?

A.  It is absolutely free!  You need only bring an upbeat attitude, energy to move and a sunny disposition!  (we go whether it is rain OR shine…)

Q.  This sounds fun!  How do I join?

A.  Simply send us your contact information.  When we add you to the list, you will receive an email noting the date, time and location for each weekly run along with instructions on how to check if Group Run is cancelled due to weather conditions.

Sign Up For HMF Run Group!

Personal Training

PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENTS – Please use this link – Click Here to Book Your Personal Training 30 Minute Session

I want people to know all about the ups and downs before it happens to them.  Because Personal Training is “personal”, I can guide my clients to maximize results and minimize frustrations.

diet-and-exercisePersonal Training …

Q.  What is a Personal Trainer and what do they do?
A.  At Health Matters Fitness, we believe that a Personal Trainer should be, at the least, educated and certified through a reputable fitness organization.

While we can’t speak to other Personal Trainer’s procedures… WE WILL assess your fitness level, set up a personalized fitness program, guide and motivate you to reach your peak fitness potential.

Our job is not to just show people how to properly use fitness equipment – but to utilize our skills, education and experience to help you achieve a desired level of fitness that is appropriate for your body.

We provide you with education about strength training, cardio and basic nutrition and focus ON YOU during your training.  Beyond giving you a reason to “show up” to your workouts… we hold you accountable to the goals you set – we will track your progress, support you, encourage you and celebrate your victories!

Q.  What should I expect in the first a session?
A.  The first meeting is about 60 minutes.  It is devoted to assessing your fitness level, recording body measurements so we can track your progress, reviewing your exercise and health history and discussing your fitness goals.  We use this extra time in your first session to listen closely to what you say and use all the information gathered to create your personalized fitness program.

At Health Matters Fitness, we want to be sure you feel comfortable with your Personal Trainer – that you can speak freely and ask questions – we want to make sure we understand your fitness goals so your program – created for your body type and fitness level – will maximize each exercise so you achieve those goals!

If you have a specific medical problem, injury or condition
(such as being pregnant, heart problems, diabetes, etc.)
make sure you discuss your desire to partake in physical fitness activities with your doctor prior to scheduling an initial session.
Together, we can adjust your program in these areas
so you still get maximum results.

Q.  What if I don’t know how to do an exercise?
A.  That’s why we’re here!  We ensure you are doing a movement correctly by providing you with instant feedback on how to adjust your posture, motion, and exertion to prevent injury but still get maximum results.

Q.  What if I just can’t do an exercise or I don’t find it challenging?
A.  If an exercise is proving to be too advanced for you to do correctly we will instantly adjust it for you.  Likewise, we will push you slightly past your comfort level by adding a bit more difficulty to the exercise if you find it is too easy for you.  These ongoing adjustments is what keeps your workouts fresh and fun – we introduce you to different equipment while working the same muscle groups – this way you won’t get stuck in a rut!

Q.  What about subsequent sessions?
A.  Each session is 30 minutes and includes…

Warm-Up:  3 – 5 minutes
*Customized Resistance Training:  25 – 27 minutes

Cool Down and Stretching:  We leave this up to you to do on your own time.  We maximize your sessions in the 30 minutes that we have with you.

Many fitness programs exist that can help you reach your workout goals.
Your custom program will ensure that you’re getting exactly
what you need out of your resistance training specific to your body type, fitness level and desired goals.

Personal Training Fee …

Participant: 30 minute packages available – 12 package, 24 package, 36 package and 60 packages

Initial Consultation:  Please CONTACT US for pricing.
*in some cases – fee may be waived*

*Assessment, Goal Setting and a Plan Of Action

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Client Success Stories & Testimonials

Muscle Activation Techniques Client Success Story – Llew Edwards


Muscle Activation Techniques Client Success Story – Susan Schalin


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Client Success Story - Belinda

Client Success Story – Belinda

Client Success Story - Cheryl

Client Success Story – Cheryl

Client Success Story - Elaine

Client Success Story – Elaine

Client Success Story - Judy

Client Success Story – Judy


“I was training for my very first half marathon and found as my running distance increased so did the pain in my knees, to the point I was worried I would not be able to cross the finish line. I tried other forms of treatment which gave me some relief but did not alleviate the pain completely.  I had nothing to lose and decided to something different, Muscle Activation Techniques.  After only a couple of sessions with Sheena and MAT, I experienced less pain as a result of my treatments, not only in my knees but my back and neck as well! Sheena introduced me to the biomechanics of gait and how the body moves, I am now much more confident in my distance training.  As Sheena said every session, her job was to make me more stable and not treat the pain.   With the help of my treatments, I was able to cross the finish line at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, my goal was achieved! I will be using MAT to help me get through my next half marathon in June, thank you Sheena and MAT!”

– Sarah H – Recreational Runner


“Sheena introduced MAT to me about a year ago and it has been amazing. She explained to me that my body had been compensating for the weaker muscles and worn down the stronger muscles. Sheena did a complete overall body assessment to find out where my weaker muscles were and did MAT treatments on those muscles.  She essentially ‘woke up’ my muscles so they would start working.  Immediately after each treatment I notice a difference.  Because of MAT I am a more efficient runner and I am able to prevent most injuries.

Sheena also provides me with isometric exercises that I can do at home, in between treatments, to strengthen and encourage my lazy muscles to ‘wake up’ and start working.  I encourage everyone to try MAT!  It really works!!”

– Joelle C


“I started personal training sessions with Sheena just over a month ago and in this past month she has giving me a new sense of hope and belief, that anything is possible with a little bit of motivation and confidence. Sheena is someone who genuinely cares about you and your success. It is nice to have someone on your side that has been where you are and knows how hard it can be, but is proof that anything is possible if you stick your mind to it and don’t give up. She makes our session fun and interesting she is someone you can connect to as a friend and will be lifelong support.”

– Rose D


“I have known Sheena Denscombe for almost 3 years now and she has provided me with Personal Training and MAT sessions.

Sheena is extremely enthusiastic in her approach to fitness and wellness and has a very engaging personality. Her abundance of knowledge in the areas with which she works is so comforting. Sheena is a very supportive, encouraging and caring individual which I find to be extremely important when working closely with a trainer/therapist. Each time I meet with Sheena I feel as though I am leaving with confidence and information regarding our session. She is very clear on the work she will be doing and ensuring that I understand.”

– Jamie D


“Caring – Sheena is always willing to listen, give you a hug if you need one and some very good and sensible advice.

Witty – Sheena is witty and fun to be with, again I would go back to being caring as really really enjoy talking to her

Pleasant – Sheena is great to be around with, she makes you feel very confident about yourself …. “YOU CAN DO IT” is one thing I always get from her and makes me feel I am totally capable to doing the impossible like climbing the tallest mountain in the world, if I have Sheena to Coach me through it.

I love her personality, her ability to make people feel comfortable and the ease with which she can make you do anything………”

– Nargis S


“Caring- Sheena took a real interest in women who are a little older.  We are a special group because of a history of injuries in our life and she designed our programs with thoughtfulness, how to make adjustments for injuries, watching to make sure we were doing our exercise with proper alignment and giving us a pat on the back when needed.  I have improved my fitness in many ways.  I am more limber, I feel stronger, have more endurance and my joints are less troublesome. Thanks for taking the interest in us!

Knowledgeable – Sheena has given me so much in terms of understanding exercise and how good body mechanics while exercising can prevent injuries.  She has a wealth of knowledge that is imparted in all of the sessions that I have taken.  She weaves her knowledge of Muscle Activation Techniques, running, cycling and personal training to another level and has helped me improve my overall fitness, and maintain it.  I know I am in good hands.

Fun- Sheena makes exercising fun and helps us maintain a sense of humour when the going gets a little tough.  I do feel relaxed when exercising with Sheena because she can relate to some of the issues we all have and I feel she really understands what we are going through from her own personal experience.”

 – Gail L


“I first met Sheena two years ago after my best friend convinced me to “try” a free training session with Sheena and see if I liked the service she was providing.  It was a plutonic love at first session.  Sheena helped me to set goals in regards to my health and fitness and I continue to set new goals and achieve these goals with her help.  Sheena is a trainer that motivates through humour in a relaxed and safe environment.

The first year of our training I wanted to get back into the favourite jeans, feel healthier and have increased energy levels.  Well, I was able to do just that and in that year I was able to fit back into my favourite jeans, my energy levels returned and I competed in my first marathon where I shaved 15 minutes off my best times.

This year my goals with Sheena have changed.  For a long time I warned Sheena (I think sometimes she thought I was joking) that I did not want bigger arms or a bigger neck, I needed to be leaner, this always made Sheena laugh and our training sessions that much more fun and enjoyable.  This year I have decided that I wanted to build muscle and achieve bigger arms and a nicer back!  I don’t think anyone was happier about my new goals then Sheena, we had managed to lose most of the fat, I was lean and now ready to build muscle.  The results are already showing and I am more comfortable now on the beach then I have been in years, I know this sounds like a cookie cutter testimonial but it is the truth!

Working with Sheena has been a very positive and powerful experience.  Sheena’s high energy and positive attitude is infectious and there is nothing better than getting up at 6 am to meet her.  It is never a chore, and I never want to miss a session.  Sheena is encouraging and always looking for new ways to train people.  In two years I have NEVER done the same workout twice, and I train 3 days a week!  always a surprise and always fresh.  Sheena is a powerful motivator as professional trainer and as an informal life coach.”

Cody McDonald


June 4, 2008

“Bikini Boot Camp has had the pleasure of working with Sheena for the past 2 years!  Her dedication to her clients and the company has made her a valued Bikini Boot Camp team member.  In her short time with us she has gained admiration and respect from both her colleagues and her participants and has gained a strong following as a trainer.  Sheena has gone above and beyond our expectations of her as a trainer.  She exudes what we stand for as a company and has been a delight to work with.”
Lindsay Nealon, DC

Qualifications, Certifications & Memberships

At Health Matters Fitness, we truly believe we can help you best by ensuring we remain current on the latest trends and techniques in fitness.  To uphold this commitment, we maintain memberships to the leading fitness organizations and are constantly improving our knowledge base through courses and certifications.  Helping the human body move better is our passion and the more we know, the more we can help it become your passion as well.

MATRX website logo information


2nd 3rd certrifications
last 4 certifications

Our History

In the beginning…
I was 175lbs when I got married in June 1995. In about a year, I had gained 75lbs – without realizing it, I had blossomed into 250lbs.

Depression & Medication…
5 years, my life was affected by serious depression that was only controlled with high doses of medication.  While the meds worked for awhile… I wanted to see if there was another way.  So, with the help and support of my physician, my husband and my family – I made the decision to slowly take myself off the medication.  It was then that I started to introduce physical exercise as a replacement.

Suddenly, I couldn’t breathe…
I was laying in bed one night when, suddenly, I couldn’t breathe.  I was sure I was having a heart attack!

Though I had made the decision to implement exercise into my life, it was then that I truly realized my health was at risk.  I knew that the excess weight I was carrying was causing me to feel this way… I needed to make a lifestyle change.

3-2-1…. GO!
The day I started my weight-loss journey!

Finding the right combo…
After many years of different trying the “Quick Fixes” and “Fad Diets”, I realized that exercise AND diet need to be in my program – I hired a nutritionist.

I found a passion…
Combining a good nutritional diet and steady exercise I had already lost 15lbs – but I wanted more.  At 235lbs, I decided to add running to my exercise program – I was hooked!

My First Marathon!
Three years after I thought I was having a heart attack at 250lbs – I ran my first marathon!  I was 40lbs lighter at 210lbs and was keeping it off!

“Fit Ball for Fun & Fitness”
From humble beginnings – with the help and support of my friends… Health Matters Fitness is created and our first group fit ball classes began!

Coaching a Swim Team – but not in the water!
Health Matters Fitness becomes the Land Coach for the Killarney Synchronized Swim Team for their 2006 training season.


Proud and Honoured!

Sheena-TNT-Spirit-AwardTeam In Training created an award in my honor called the “Sheena Denscombe Spirit Award“.  This award goes to people in the Team In Training program who go above and beyond giving back to the program.

It is about loving what you do, be passionate about what you do, believing in what you do.  It was in extreme honor for me to be receiving this award, never mind having it named after you.
(I honestly thought I had to be dead to get one!)

Hired on as Boot Camp trainer!
Became a trainer with “Bikini Boot Camp” – not your typical personal training experience!  The programs are created specifically for women by women.

Ups and downs…
I’m no different than anybody else – my weight has fluctuated between 210 lbs to 190 lbs for the past 4 years depending on my activity level and my will-power.


I have always hated clothes shopping and would buy clothes & bring them home to try on. One shopping trip, I bought my usual size 16 pant, brought them home only to find they were “falling off” me.  I exchanged them for a size 14… to my surprise, my husband said they still “hung” on me.
Off I went to buy my first pair of size 12 pants in 30 years.
What a feeling!!!

In the News…
Movers & Shakers – an online article written by “Nexen” staff shares my experience and personal involvement with “Team in Training”.

Back To School
The Learning Continues! Start September 10, a long and hard journey begins. Muscle Activation Techniques 10-month course where traveling once a month to Denver, CO along with homework and practical work when at home between the course.


Quoted in the San Francisco News

NIKE 2010 S.F. marathon: Spirits high, but soaked
October 18, 2010|By Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer




July 18, 19, 20, 2011
Final Exam! Two Day Written & One Day Practical
After many hours of learning, traveling, practical, the final exam for the Muscle Activation Techniques Internship has finally arrived!  Sore hands from writing!  After many tears of joy, the exam was done! Wow…I did it!

CTV Athlete Of The Week

CTV Athlete Of The Week July 22\’11 Sheena Denscombe

Dynamite drills from TNT coach For her years of tough training and dedication to coaching, Sheena Denscombe is the CTV Athlete of the Week for Friday, July 22, 2011




GRADUATED – Officially a Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) Specialist!!!  So Happy!!!MAT SPECIALIST LOGO





Accepted the Goofy Challenge

In January 2012, I accepted the challenge to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and completed the Goofy Challenge in Disneyworld.  Donald Duck Half Marathon Saturday – 21.1K; Mickey Mouse Full Marathon Sunday – 42.2K = Goofy Challenge = 63.3K.  What an amazing event!

One of the proudest moment of my life!!!

Goofy Challenge

May 2014
Muscle Activation MASTER Level Specialist – Graduate!


One of the proudest moments of my life! After hard work and dedication to the industry that I love, I achieved the MAT Master Level Specialist designation.










Endorsements and Links

Muscle Activation Techniques
As a client for MAT:  MAT looks at muscle tightness as a form of protection in the body. Weak or inhibited muscles can create the need for other muscles to tighten up in order to help stabilize the joints. MAT gets to the root of pain or injury by addressing muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness. This helps to restore normal body alignment, thereby, decreasing pain and reducing the risk of injury.

Interested in becoming a MAT Jumpstart Trainer or Specialist:  Go to MAT Educational Page and find out more details on the upcoming educational programs coming to your area.  I would be more than happy to help you with any questions you may have about the program, send your questions to

Shawna L’Heureux Leading Holistic Skin Care Specialist
Shawna L’Heureux is a leading holistic skin care specialist who combines skincare with an in-depth knowledge of nutrition.  Shawna currently owns and operates ZEN MOUNTAIN FLOAT + WELLNESS is Kimberley’s newest wellness destination.  To find out more details,

Jaden Sterling, Intuitive Business Coach
A leader in the New Thought field of the Law of Attraction and Manifesting.  Jaden has developed a fabulous online program called Stocks 4 Freedom Money System which walks you through your personal relationship with money to money management and finally investing in the stock exchange to make money.  From a personal point of view, I have gone from worrying about money to being excited about investing in my future!  I HIGHLY recommend this program!  It has been worth the financial investment!

Dream Travel World Ventures Online Travel
I love to travel!  Since I have the travel bug, I thought I may as well do something to supplement my travel bug!  As a result, I have enrolled with World Ventures to generate extra income from online travel bookings.  If you have any flights, hotels, cars or vacations planned in the near future, please consider using my affiliate link.  If you are interested in becoming a World Venture Rep, please feel free to send me a message to

April Dawn Bookkeeping
I believe our success is based on the work of the good people who we surround ourselves with. One of the amazing people on my team is my bookkeeper and accountant.  I HIGHLY recommend her!  She is currently accepting new clients!

Email:   Cell:  (403) 870-9845







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