Our History

Jun-1996
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.

1996-2001
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.

Dec-2001
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.

Jan-01-2002
3-2-1…. GO!
The day I started my weight-loss journey!

Jun-2002
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.

Jul-2002
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!

Dec-2004
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!

Sept-2005
“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!

May-2006
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.

 

Nov-2006
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!)

May-2007
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.

2004-2008
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.

16-14-12
Down-down-down…

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!!!

Jan-2008
In the News…
Movers & Shakers – an online article written by “Nexen” staff shares my experience and personal involvement with “Team in Training”.

Sept-2010
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.

 

Oct-2010
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!

July-2011
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

 

 

 

Sept-2011
GRADUATED – Officially a Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) Specialist!!!  So Happy!!!MAT SPECIALIST LOGO

 

 

 

 

January-2012
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!

MAT MASTER SPECIALIST LOGO 2005

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.