West Island Personal Trainer Joy Levy and the Joys of Fitness – EnJoy Fitness
For most of her life, DDO resident Joy Levy has loved the world of athletics and been an athlete. From the age of eight, she was an avid basketball player and track and field athlete.
By the time she got married and had her own children, Joy was working part-time in early childhood care, a program she graduated from at Vanier College. “I worked in the afternoons, so I spent my mornings at the gym,” she said in a recent phone interview. “The training I took really clicked and training started to become a passion for me. I started working with a personal trainer and my goal was to always stay on track.
Five years later, Joy decided to take her training to a new level and entered a bikini contest (“I liked the challenge,” she added). Out of a peloton of 24 competitors, she finished 4and place. After taking a month off due to illness, Joy competed in another bikini competition and finished in 6and place in a field of eight competitors.
And then, four years ago, Joy entered the next phase and became a certified personal trainer in her own right. She started a personal fitness business called EnJoy Fitness where she conducts one-on-one fitness sessions with her clients.
“With functional training, you’re working every muscle in your body. It’s high intensity because you’re using everything at once, and anyone can do it,” she said. CrossFit is filled with constantly varying high-intensity movements. It’s basically like functional training, but you’re using high intensity training. This involves using the kernel a lot. So I advise my clients that the core be the foundation of your strength. I give private lessons because some of my clients tend to be a bit shy, so it will make them feel more comfortable, while giving them an air of intimacy at the same time.
Joy offers her clients three different fitness packages: a one-session “Get-To-Know You” package for $60; a 10-session “Let’s Do This” package, which is the most popular package with its clients, and costs $550; and a 24-session “Bring It On” package for $1,200.
And now Joy is about to return to the world of fitness competitions, as she is about to participate in her very first crossfit competition, which will take place on October 2 in St-Eustache. “It’s going to be great to share the stage with other crossfit enthusiasts. At these type of competitions, you are paired with a trainer who teaches you what is the proper form to use during a crossfit competition, as well as to help you build stamina and maintain your motivation.However, I enter these competitions for fun.
And for those interested in embarking on a crossfit or functional training program? Joy offers this simple advice: “Come for a session and see how it’s done.”