About Fitknitchick


Fitness isn’t just about how you look in your skinny jeans.


It’s about feeling stronger, more energetic and confident in your own skin. It’s about excelling at the tasks of everyday life. It’s about being able to participate in the activities you love for many years to come. It’s about being the strongest, healthiest and happiest version of yourself possible.



I’m Tamara Grand. A personal trainer, group fitness instructor, published author and healthy living coach. I believe that fitness is a responsibility, not a privilege. That our bodies deserve to be fuelled correctly and moved regularly. That no matter our age or circumstance, it’s never too late to make fitness a habit. And that exercise need not be fancy to be effective.

I don’t train for sport, but for the sport of life.

I’m particularly passionate about introducing women to the benefits of strength training. Watching them gain confidence in the weight room and transform themselves in the process. And noticing how these changes positively affect other aspects of their lives.

My fitness mantra?

Be your own detective. Pay attention to your body and find what works for you. Do it consistently, repeatedly and progressively. Today and for the rest of your life. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

I hold BCRPA certifications in Group Fitness, Weight Training and Personal Training. I’m a MenoFitness expert. My graduate school training in Biology (MSc 1992, PhD 1997) gives me the unique ability to translate the results of research in the fields of physiology, nutrition and exercise science into terms we can all understand.




My motivating and informative essays have been featured on ElevenByVenus, MET-Rx, FitFluential and Gaiam.com. My first fitness book, Ultimate Booty Workouts: Exercises to Build, Lift and Sculpt an Amazing Butt, can be purchased online through Amazon, Indigo and Barnes and Noble.


Can’t wait to get started?


Take a minute to explore the many resources available on this site. Essays to help you get started with strength training, tools to combat midlife weight gain and tips for upping your game in the gym as well as free workouts (many of which can be performed at home). And make sure to scroll down and add your name to my mailing list. In addition to never missing a post, subscribers always get advance notification of new courses and services.


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What my clients have to say

You have been a huge motivater for me over the past four years , you manage to combine just the right mix of encouragement, technical skill and fun. I am always happy after your classes and your leadership has had a powerful impact on my health…… Thanks! ~ Bev B. – Health and Wellness Professional

“What sets Tamara apart? I think it boils down to maturity. Anyone will benefit from Tamara’s perfect combo of real-world and fitness experience. In the last few months, Tamara has helped me tweak my diet and my training so that I am now in the best shape of my life . . . I feel and look fantastic. She motivates me every day with her encouragement, her interesting, flexible, and tailored workouts and her fun personality. I have no reservations recommending Tamara, and in fact, I’m telling all my friends to give her a call!” ~ Sarah I. – Mom, Health Coach and Blogger

I had the good fortune to meet and begin working with Tamara in late 2009 with the goal of improving my overall fitness and well-being. Tamara introduced me to a gradual, balanced approach to fitness that, in hindsight, was the key to building the momentum necessary to develop a long-term, and sustainable commitment to personal fitness. No quick fixes, instead small steps, little victories, and measureable success have followed. ~ Terry H. – Sales Professional

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