Hi, I’m Sue Abell, (artwork: “Dancing in the Light” www.barbarareade.com)

Something special happens when we love sweating in a way that strengthens, releases and keeps us well.  I believe that MOVEment is the single most powerful innate gift and over the past year and now into 2021, we need it more than ever.

Having pulled myself off the piano bench at age 18 to start a slow jog around a single block in our small town, I knew instantly that working out would now be a constant in my life. It freed my mind and my body finally was humming. Getting certified as an “aerobics instructor” was the next logical progression in those days and I pumped out high knee lifts and grapevines all throughout University.  During my 10 year business career with Reuters I was a regular in the weight room and when the babies arrived and we moved to Connecticut it was a double stroller and long hilly walks after work.  Returning to Canada with two small children inspired me to make a career switch.  I got re-certified, added more to my repertoire and began volunteering and working at a few gyms.  After launching Tread Powerfully in 2008 I couldn’t have imagined all the learning I would go through as I watched members move, listened to their stories and felt myself in my own skin.  The single biggest awakening occurred over a couple years when I realized that pushing my body to exhaustion, constant soreness and even injury was so contrary to my desire to feel well.  It sounds so basic and yet it isn’t easy to pull away from the intense societal push we often feel to do more instead of finding what personally is “just enough”.  When I listened, when I watched and when I accepted, I created a new outlook, took the pressure off and in turn I finally felt connected.  Personal transformation was reflected in a business name change and re-commitment to the pursuit of wellness and I’m still learning and shifting every day as I make mistakes and wobbles and readjust.

I am the owner of MOVE, a movement and wellness community that transitioned to being online in March 2020, supporting existing members and welcoming in new individuals to a community that is all about movement variety, brain to body connection and fun.  I operate from a place of “I love what I do” mixed with experience, constant learning, listening to what members wants and need and putting aside any gimmicks or ploys.  Essentially, I treat the MOVE community like I would want to be treated.

My certifications:

B.A. English Language and Literature (Hons.) – Wilfrid Laurier University

Personal Trainer Specialist – Canfitpro

Certified Coach Practitioner – CCF

PN Level 1 Certified – Sport and Exercise Nutrition

FKCI Fitness Kickboxing Specialist Level 1

YogaFit Instructor Level 1 and 2

Heartsaver CPR AED (C)

Completion of Human Kinetics Breast Cancer Exercise Recovery Program