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Jason Crouse

Jason is the Owner and Founder of Jason's Functional Training Studio and JFTS Strength & Conditioning LTD both are located in Saint John, NB. He has been in the fitness industry for over 20  years and has obtained several certifications including PFC, PFT, RTL, NWS, ICL, a diploma in fitness & nutrition, and is a level 2 FMS Mobility expert which is the highest level. Jason is also an author and a motivational speaker.


Jason has mentored some of the best personal trainers in the world and his studio is currently the official strength and conditioning facility for the Saint John Riptides and Jason is also their strength & conditioning coach as well .

Jason continues to displayed his passion and drive in the fitness industry where he won the 2017 Atlantic Canadian Middleweight Bodybuilding Championship Title which was held in Moncton, NB .


Jason is also the 2018 Men's Masters Bodybuilding champion as well where he brought home a gold medal At the Flex Lewis Canadian classic Championship!

Jason is very giving and continues to help support his Community !

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Aimee Risser

 Aimee and I’m a stay at home mom/fitness instructor. In my free time I enjoy working out, being outside with my family, and reading.

Growing up I always danced and played basketball but never ate healthy. After high school I decided to join the gym but didn’t really know what I was doing. It wasn’t until I started dating my husband that I really took an interest in strength training. This is when I truly started to understand the many benefits that came with eating healthy and having a proper workout routine.

In March of 2016 I had my first daughter and a few months later I joined Caroline MacKay’s Strollerfit classes. Her passion and upbeat personality made me enjoy fitness even more.

In 2018 after my second daughter was born I decided I wanted to pursue a career in fitness. With the help of Caroline and Jason Crouse I’ve been able to do so. She introduced me to Jason and JFTS in the Fall of 2019. Jason hired me to teach at the studio and between he and Caroline I’ve learned so much more about being a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and myself. I’m now doing things I never dreamed I could all thanks to the guidance and mentorship from them both.

Becoming a fitness instructor/personal trainer has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I enjoy being able to help people reach their fitness goals and become the best versions of themselves they can be.

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Heather Brittain 

Heather passion for a healthy active lifestyle led her to the beginning of her Personal Training career in 2005. As an avid volleyball player and weight lifter Heather is not a stranger to training and understands what her clients actually “feel” during their own sessions.

She has actively been coaching a wide variety of clients and helping them reach their personal health and wellness goals.

As a life-long student Heather found that many clients were suffering from chronic pain. She began her studies in the realm of Trigger Point Therapy and has become certified in the William Huhn Method™ obtaining Level 2 and currently working towards her teaching level. It is through her studies of this therapy that has given her a better understanding of dysfunction in the human body and how best to treat pain so clients can remain active for life.

Over the last 15 years Heather has continued her education developing her skills as a trainer to best assist her clients to achieve an active yet balanced lifestyle.

Heather’s certifications are through:

Gray Cook – FMS

Can-Fit-Pro

Fitness NB

CHEK Institute

William Huhn Institute™

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Jessica Ingersoll

Jessica's passion for fitness started 5 years ago when she was a personal training client of our very own Jason Crouse .Jessica soon learned that there was so much more to fitness than just learning how to perform exercises and she was very eager to learn more.

jessica decided to pursue her carreer in her new found passion and became a certified personal trainer in 2018.

Jessica continues to stay updated on all the latest  exercise techniques to serve her clients better and she looks forward to helping you all achieve your fitness goals.

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Michelle Landry Saunders

Michelle has always enjoyed fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. She was a competitive dancer in her youth, and continued to dance well into adulthood.

Michelle graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2000 with her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She has continued to provide care and education to families and individuals in our community.

Michelle spent 7 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, where she learned respect and discipline. She has used these tools in all aspects of life, including her own fitness journey. In 2015 she began to focus on changing her eating habits as well as her exercise routine. She went on to train and compete in the 2016 Saint John Fall Classic. Her interest in strength training has continued to grow. Becoming a fitness instructor/personal trainer has been a life long goal.

Michelle is very excited to continue her own personal journey and help motivate others to reach their own personal health and fitness goals. 

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Colin Paisley

Colin's bio coming soon !!

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Tracy Hansen Dempsey

Tracy’s interest  in health & fitness started in her 30’s but it wasn’t until She started lifting weights that She found something That she was passionate about. Constantly amazed at what the human body is capable of, She became an avid fitness enthusiast, often researching nutrition and exercise on her own time .

Tracy has been a member of JFTS for several years when She was faced with a personal health crisis in 2020. Every doctor on her medical team referenced her fitness level as an asset in her cancer battle. Tracy completed several months of chemotherapy & radiation and although it was not easy, She was amazed at how well she was able to handle it. Tracy know a large part of that was due to being healthy prior to her diagnosis. In fact, She continued to lift weights and workout several times a week during treatments. She had often thought of becoming a strength coach but at this point She knew I had to pursue her dream to help others through physical fitness. Tracy took the leap and achieved her Personal Training Certification in the summer of 2021.

Tracy looks forward to helping many others to achieve their health and fitness goals !

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What our members are saying

The workouts are so well thought out! Modifications are available for beginners those who want to make it harder. Trainers are awesome and always helping to make sure your getting the most out of your workouts.

Samantha - JFTS Member