Meet the Shuswap Total Fitness Team!

Shuswap Total Fitness is a full service co-ed gym. Owners, Jim and Christine Nickles, are excited to bring some fresh ideas and energy to our members.

Our friendly team includes personal trainers, group fitness instructors, friendly and knowledgeable staff here to help each person reach their fitness goals. Shuswap Total Fitness wants to be your choice for fitness and to add more quality to your life through fitness.

What you will find…

• Over 9000 square feet on two floors with lots of parking.

• Cardio corner: ellipticals, treadmills, spin bikes, recumbent bikes, rower, cybex, stairmaster and more.

• Dry heat saunas, included with membership, two available, one in the mens’ and one in the ladies’ change rooms.

• Personal Training – We have certified personal trainers to help you reach your goals without the guess work! For more information and to find a trainer suited for your needs ask one of our front counter team members.

• Free one hour consult with every 3 month membership or more.

Shuswap Total Fitness Team Members


Jim has been the local Fire Inspector in Salmon Arm for the past 15 years. He has retired from a 30 year firefighting career with UBC, Vancouver, and Salmon Arm Fire Departments.

Jim had some success in competitive bodybuilding, winning the heavyweight division of the BC’s, Western Canada’s and Canadian Nationals in the early 90’s.

Jim’s interest in fitness led to him to Shuswap Total Fitness. Certified as a CanFitPro Personal Trainer Specialist.


Christine currently works for School District No. 83 after staying home for many years to raise her and Jim’s 3 children.

Hockey-mom Christine’s interest in fitness stems from her younger years when she was a Fitness instructor and Managed a fitness centre.

Christine intends to be actively involved in making Shuswap Total Fitness one of the best Fitness centres in the Shuswap.

Personal Trainer

I have made my long-term passion my career as a CanFitPro certified personal trainer and group instructor. My favourite part of being a trainer is positively impacting people’s lives and helping them reach their health and fitness goals.

  • Certified Can Fit Pro personal training specialist
  • Emergency first aid and aed certification
  • CPR Level C
  • Good Life Personal Training Certification
  • Darby Training Systems DTS Level 1

Team Member

Denise has been training in Karate for over 30 years! She has a second degree Black Belt and has been teaching fitness classes for 15 years!

Team Member

Debbie’s fitness journey started 8 years ago. The community of the gym is what has kept her engaged in her fitness. Debbie is there to assist members Monday to Friday mornings.

Team Member

Tracy feel’s very fortunate to be a part of the Team here at STF, the owners and the staff are awesome. We are dedicated to provide our members with a clean, safe environment that accommodates all fitness levels.

Team Member

Ethan has been an athlete since childhood, and became interested in weightlifting in grade 10. He joined the team at Shuswap Total Fitness in the summer of 2018. He enjoys working with the customers and is always available to answer questions.

Shuswap Total Fitness Class Instructors

All Fitness Class Instructors have First Aid and CPR Level C.


Theresa has loved exercising and strength training since she was a teenager. After attaining BCRPA’s weight training certification (and loving it) she decided to do the Group Fitness Certification. So much fun! Certified since the summer of 2018. Theresa can’t wait to teach more and looks forward to helping everyone enjoy improving their overall health.

  • BCRPA Fitness Theory
  • BCRPA Weight Training
  • BCRPA Group Fitness


Pam has been a certified fitness instructor for over 20 years and teaches a variety of classes including Fusion, Fitball and Zumba. She loves living in the Shuswap and Zumba is her favourite class.

  • BCRPA Group Fitness Instructor


Marcy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is a certified group fitness and weight training instructor. She has always been involved in athletics both as a competitor and as a coach. She enjoys endurance sports and has competed in numerous runs and triathlons. Her favourite class to teach is Spin.

  • BCRPA Group Fitness Instructor
  • BCRPA Weight Trainer


Dana has been teaching group fitness for over 26 years. She enjoys teaching a variety of classes and being a part of the evolution of fitness. Her most recent certifications include Bootcamp, YogaFit, Zumba, Strong by Zumba and Pound.
• CFES Group Fitness Instructor


Leanne found her interest for instructing from being a participant for many years! In 2017, she became certified to teach Ripped which has now become a huge hit!

  • BCRPA Group Fitness Instructor


Alyssa has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from UBCO, as well as a Psychology minor. Alyssa grew up in Salmon Arm and was involved in many sports over the years, developing her passion for fitness and rehab, and ultimately leading her on a career path. Alyssa is fully committed to educating and assisting people achieve their fitness, health, and rehabilitation goals!

  • BHKin

  • BCAK Member

  • CFES Weight Training Instructor National Certification

  • CFES Aquafit Instructor National Certification

  • SportMedBC SportsAid Certificate

  • Active Initiatives Older Adult Fitness Module



Marnie is a busy mother of 5 and a new business owner who is passionate about fitness. She enjoys teaching spin as it keeps her motivated and because it is such a great low impact cardio class! Sweating is the perfect stress reliever!

  • BCRPA Group Fitness Instructor