Our Team

Sophie Manfredi

Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach & TRX Qualified Group Fitness Instructor

Former Lululemon Ambassador, Competitive Olympic Weightlifter, Nutrition Coach and overall sweat junkie, Sophie is on the pursuit to live a regret free life. With a background in competitive sports, including swimming and varsity rowing, Sophie loves to push her limits by taking on new challenges and hopes to inspire others to make exercise something they love to do.

Sophie was inspired to become a personal trainer after joining the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Contest – a competition to redefine the female athlete.  She declared to help ten women step outside their comfort zone in pursuit of a fitness goal, After documenting one of the most inspirational stories Sophie was selected as a Motivational Champion out of 14,000 women and was sent to Camp Sweat in Florida to train with nine other women at the IMG Academy.

After returning from Camp Sweat, Sophie founded True Conditioning based on her mission to empower women through fitness and health. Sophie believes all women should feel comfortable and confident in their body, and hopes to inspire others to step outside their comfort zone, so they may uncover their true fitness potential. 


Eden Dearing

Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Qualified Group Fitness Instructor

Eden fell in love with fitness at a young age after learning first hand that the sports she loved – soccer and figure skating – had very different physical demands. Rising to the challenge of switching her athletic focus led Eden to her first gym membership, and she’s been actively training for one goal or another ever since. After finishing university, Eden started to explore different styles of training, eventually leading her to a CrossFit gym and then a Barbell Club. She was inspired to become a Personal Trainer in 2016 after competing in Powerlifting and seeing the positive impact of strength training, especially on women.

No matter what goal she’s helping her clients reach, Eden’s mission is to help women fall in love with their physical power and shift the focus from being less to being able to do more. 

In her spare time, Eden can usually be found either with a barbell in her hands, enjoying a glass of wine and chicken wings on a patio, or shopping for more house plants she has no room for.


Pilar Bradshaw

Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach & TRX Qualified Group Fitness Instructor

Since a young age, Pilar has been involved in sports and athletics, including soccer, field hockey and more recently, running marathons. But it wasn’t until she started participating in bootcamp style group classes that she discovered her true passion and started taking her fitness to new levels. Pilar went back to school to become a CFES certified weight and personal trainer and loves helping others set and achieve their goals of living a balanced, healthy and fit lifestyle.

Pilar has continued adding to her education and experience, participating in Tough Mudder, becoming certified in training Tactical Athletes, Training For Warriors and has even completed the POPAT (Police Officer Physical Abilities Test).

When Pilar is not studying or taking her enthusiastic participants through high intensity workouts, she spends her time with her energetic young boys who keep her on her toes and continuously show her how to enjoy life to the fullest!


Kate Balen

Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach

Former competitive swimmer, tuned powerlifter and Olympic Weightlifter, Kate has a passion for weightlifting, nutrition and exercise. She recently completed her Personal Training certificate and her Nutrition Coaching certification. With the goal to continue her education in fitness Kate has joined True Conditioning to inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle by finding a style of training they love.

After becoming more competitive in olympic weightlifting, Kate decided to make a change in her nutrition and worked with True Conditioning to lose over 20 lbs in order to qualify for the 75kg weight class where she then went on to qualify for Provincials. She is excited to share her new found knowledge and experience with others in order to help women find a healthy balance with food and feel comfortable in their body.
When Kate is not training, or sneaking in additional squats with her equally as strong boyfriend and trainer Andy, she can be found at Tacofino, hiking one of Vancouver’s many beautiful mountains, trying new recipes, or doing her best to not to think about donuts.


Karina Lannard

Certified Personal Trainer

Former elite level hockey player and gymnast turned personal trainer, Karina has a history of pushing through challenges to reach momentous goals. Karina is on a mission to always remain the resilient athlete she grew to be over many disciplined years, however this time with bounds more joy and less rigidity in the mix.

Karina was inspired to be a personal trainer by realizing the magnitude of growth her personal trainer helped her achieve. Through her personal training experience, she was able to truly thrive through those competitive years. 

Karina’s passion for fitness grew to be a centerpiece in her life as she learned the plethora of gifts fitness has to offer. She believes fitness is a lifestyle that grows confidence like no other, and because of that, she loves to share her passion of fitness to help educate and empower women. Karina aims to help people cultivate their own love for fitness, while helping every step of the way to reach important goals.


Tara Budden

Certified Personal Trainer

Tara has always lived a very active lifestyle, growing up in a hockey family and playing high level hockey herself. Introduced to high performance team training at a young age sparked Tara’s love of group fitness, where coaches and teammates both supported and challenged her to excel. 

Starting as a client at True Conditioning over 2 years ago, Tara was looking to build muscle definition and strength. From the start, she fell in love with the fun atmosphere of community and the professionalism of the trainers – so much so that she decided to become a personal trainer herself. After completing her ACE certification, Tara joined the True Conditioning team where she is happily teaching classes and training one-on-one with clients in her own style of tough love.

Whether it’s training for sports, injury recovery, or to be strong and functional for everyday life, Tara is passionate about connecting with her clients, understanding their personal goals and using the power of fitness and nutrition to help them achieve those goals. In her spare time, Tara can be found walking her three doggies around town, hiking local trails, eating sushi or curled up with a good show… and her doggies. 


Katrina Eden

Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach

Katrina’s passion for fitness began in the gym and built outward to hiking, running and a simple desire to keep moving!  As a girl who lacked the coordination to play sports, Katrina has spent her fitness career learning to utilize specific movement patterns and lifts to gain better spatial awareness and overall stability. Whether your goals are health, correctional or aesthetically driven, Katrina is well equipped with skills to make your journey seamless. She believes in teamwork and can be counted on to be there to support you throughout the process and always available for guidance and direction.

Having used fitness as a tool to better her mental and physical well-being, she is eager to help her clients along the path to health – in every aspect.


Jess Tang

Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Group Fitness Instructor

Jess Tang is an experienced coach, passionate mentor and engaging speaker. She lives to cheerlead and enable others to set and achieve big, hairy and audacious goals. After growing up competing in sports, including wrestling, she eventually found herself exploring and falling in love with group fitness classes for the challenge and community. 

She is a wrestling coach for a competitive and elite youth wrestling academy and has coached multiple national champions and Canadian world team members. Mental training, mental performance and building resilience through positive mental health are all areas that Jess focuses on with her athletes and hopes to bring this into her work with clients to help them find breakthroughs and unlock their best selves. Jess has been a TEDx Speaker and has over 8 years experience in designing, leading and facilitating leadership and personal development programming for youth and professionals across the country. 

Jess’s mission is to help individuals discover their inner athlete and be able to take what they learn in the gym and apply it to all aspects of their life, so they can feel more connected, resilient and empowered. She believes everyone deserves to know what it feels like to have someone in their corner and she wants to help them discover tools to unlock their peak performance – physically, mentally and emotionally. 

When not at the gym, find Jess speaking on stage, mentoring students, listening to Shawn Mendes on repeat, or re-reading Harry Potter for the 18th time.  


Mercedes Sanchez-Garcia

Certified Yoga and TRX Group Fitness Instructor

Mercedes has been active in the Health and Fitness field for over 20 years. ⁠

She obtained her Fitness Instructor Certification in Spain (where she was born and raised) and has a University Degree in French and Spanish Studies. As a wife and mother of two she also runs her own Interior Design business.⁠

She has lived in 5 different countries where she has studied different teaching practices including Dance, Fitness, Yoga, Joga, Pilates, TRX, and more.⁠

Mercedes is passionate about teaching, and strives to empower others through breath and movement. She prides herself on giving clear instruction and her ability to adapt her classes to all fitness levels while making them fun and relaxing. ⁠

While she makes classes accessible to everyone, she also encourages her students to step out of their comfort zone to challenge themselves in strength building postures and poses.⁠


Frieda Neudorf

Certified Personal Trainer & TRX Group Fitness Instructor

Frieda first walked in the door at True Conditioning in 2017. She fell in love with the challenging workouts and the friendly atmosphere.  Frieda quickly became a True Conditioning enthusiast; participating in anything and everything the gym offers. In 2021, she decided to take it to the next level by completing her personal training certification and is excited to now work at True Conditioning. 

Frieda grew-up a bookish introvert, intimidated by exercise.  In her twenties, she forced herself to exercise as a means to maintain weight and health.  However, she quickly discovered the empowerment and joy that come from being active and feeling strong. 

Frieda is excited to work with women who may initially be apprehensive about walking into a gym. Her passion is to create a safe environment for individuals daring to step outside their comfort zone.  Frieda’s goal is to support women embarking on a journey to health, fitness, and self-confidence.  

Outside of the gym, Frieda works as an Occupational Therapist. In her free time, you can find her trying a new recipe, hiking with her husband, or planning her next travel adventure.

 Mission Statement:

“On a mission to support women to achieve confidence and wellness through fitness.”


Faith Lopez

Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Instructor

Faith is an avid mixed martial artist and experienced coach. She has been an MMA and kickboxing instructor for 6+ years and has been training in various styles of martial arts for 12 years. In 2020, she decided to broaden her practice and became a Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Instructor. Faith understands that starting a fitness journey can be a daunting task and is eager to help support and motivate her clients along the way. Her approach to training relies heavily on the fundamentals of functional training, incorporating movements that improve coordination, develop balance, and increase overall strength and endurance. Faith strives to provide clients with a positive and satisfying experience that leaves them feeling confident and strong both inside and outside of the gym. In her spare time, Faith can be found hiking local trails, backcountry camping and shamefully bingeing a good Netflix show.


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