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Carla Rayner Director of Marketing and Personal Trainer; and Rhonda Catt, Personal Trainer and Director of Athletic Performance are the two owners of a full training and wellness clinic in the heart of Downtown Vernon known as Excel Sport and Health that has nearly 30 team members in all. The two long time personal trainers set out on their entrepreneurial journey with a few goals and dreams in mind; to bring Vernon top quality training without limitations and a training Centre the could offer programming for everyone from new moms to pro athletes.

Flashing forward to 2016 the passionate duo continues to succeed expectations by offering a unique top quality training facility enriched with a sense of community and having programs specific to moms while also training BCHL, WHL, NCAA and NHL hockey players throughout the year at CATT Conditioning Performance Centre, an umbrella centre in the same facility.

This hard working pair who open Excel Sport and Health at 5:30am and have their last running program scheduled for 7pm are proud of their ability to stick to their vision and business model; “We will not bring in fads or gimmicks to make a quick buck. All training is scientifically backed, proven and effective. In an industry with many questionable training practices we are proud to stand behind our product and service.” – Carla and Rhonda

The Vernon Vipers of the BCHL

The Training Centre is private and open to its membership of 150 members with programs based around group and private training schedules; says Carla “We do this so we can provide a very high level of training, including assessments and safe modifications and progressions.” Classes range from indoor cycle, progressive programs, wellness programs, HIIT Training as well as functional movement screens and athletic training. They do offer gym access to people who are familiar with true training environment and are comfortable on their own as well as non-member services including 6 week progression training, Wellness Challenges and Corporate Challenges.

“We service people who have placed a high priority on health and wellness. The foundation of all our programming is based on true functional movement. We want bodies to move well before we load them so that we can improve the quality of movement and therefore help them move better for longer and have a better quality of life.” – Carla Rayner


The facility also has a clinic which focuses on a full team approach to proactive healthcare offering massage therapy, physiotherapy, kinesiology, nutrition and chiropractic services with open charting access to each medical team member to ensure clients receive the best service and approach from all levels of service. Rayner mentioned a recent client who trains at Excel Sport & Health that was; “referred to a physiotherapist who assessed and treated the client, and then referred to massage and chiropractor for added support, before moving back to the kinesiologist.” This allowed the client to gain high quality programming and servicing from all levels of wellness support.

 At Excel Sport and Health they have programs that allow all wellness professionals to communicate and collaborate to ensure their client is moving in the right direction. Carla and Rhonda believe communication amongst doctors and wellness professionals is severely lacking in our technologically advanced society.“We know our members intimately, they are like family. We know their name, their limitations, their family, their obstacles in life and their celebrations in life.” – Carla and Rhonda

Try it out! The centre is friendly to people of all fitness levels and the only prerequisite is that you have placed a high priority on your health and wellness. They do not lock people into contracts and often have people leave for extended periods of time and return when they are able to continue on their wellness path. Carla, Rhonda and their team love helping people get fit, healthy and improve their active lifestyle. Give them a call to arrange a tour and a personal meeting to see if it is a fit for you!

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