Meet the Team
Executive Director, Personal Training Specialist, Level I Kickboxing Instructor, 200RYT (Yoga Instructor), Reiki Practitioner, Social Worker
Hey! I'm Kyle, and I identify as a queer, non-binary, cry-baby femme. I have a background in reiki, yoga, martial arts, social work, and drag. I have always been passionate about creating - sometimes demanding - space for LGBTQIA2S+ folks in the many communities I am a part of.
As a CanFit Pro certified Personal Training Specialist, I believe in an approach to fitness that considers the mental, social, physical and spiritual. I believe in Health At Every Size. And I believe that honouring the intersections of identity and trauma in our LGBTQIA2S+ communities is essential to sustainable wellness.
In addition to being a fitness professional, I am also a mom, vegan, recovered addict, dad-joke enthusiast, hard core cat-lover and instigator of QUEERFLEX.
Through QUEERFLEX, I aim to build up the bodies, minds and tender hearts of our community. I want to make QUEERFLEX a tool for other trans, queer and non-binary people in becoming stronger, more resilient and powerful forces in the world.
Follow me and my cats on Instagram @queerflex_kyle. Check out awesome representations of trans, queer and non-binary people taking up gym space and being rad at @queerflex.
Want to collaborate with Kyle or bring them in to speak to your community, school or fitness group? Click HERE.
Personal Training Specialist, Dance and Group Fitness Instructor
My name is Adebayo (or Adie, Ads, Adebs, Ade, Addy, Bayo), and I am a transgender athlete who came to Edmonton from Uganda for the ILGA swimming competition that took place in August 2016. I was not able to go back home because of fear of being persecuted by the police and after my family disowned me because of being queer.
I have a Degree in Sports Science from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. I am also a certified physical fitness trainer and Dance instructor from Uganda, and identify as a trans queer dude. My pronouns are He/Him or They/Them.
I believe physical fitness, exercise and sports are the strongest medicine and they have helped heal my trauma and mental health experiences. I believe that every human being young and old is an inspiration to those who want solutions to any physical, mental, or emotional problems, you can get a lot by listening to what they say and sharing intimate feelings.
When I am not queerflexing, I am advocating for rights of LGBTIQ+ Refugees here in Edmonton, and working as an amenity attendant for the city of Edmonton pools and a slide patrol at the World Waterpark. You can also find me making art and writing music that has a powerful influence on my life, and hanging out with friends.
I also love to eat donuts, poutine, mac and cheese, ice cream and beer. Poutine and mac and cheese are my favourite Canadian food! I also love dancing, swimming, and playing soccer.
I am super excited to be apart of an organization whose passion is to create a safe space for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. I am ready to learn and offer my skills to the QUEERFLEX community, and am so proud to be part of this thing which has brought us all together.
You can follow me on Instagram @cute_is_adebayo
Personal Training Specialist
Throughout all of the change that I’ve been through in my life, fitness has been something that has always helped me keep anchored and helped in my mental health. I’ve personally struggled with depression and exercise is one of the things that helped me immensely.
I’ve been privileged to have a couple of different friends and fitness professionals who shared their knowledge with me over the years. Their help gave me the confidence to explore different avenues of physical activity that I hadn’t felt comfortable to do before.
Being transgender I have had my own personal difficulties in finding accessible spaces where I feel comfortable being out at and I know this is often the case for other LGBTQIA2S+ folks. Feeling honoured and recognized for who you are is healing in itself, so I am excited to be a part of QUEERFLEX in creating a space that does that, so that others can also feel safe accessing fitness.
I got my CanFit Pro Personal Training Specialist certification so that I can be a part of a movement that sees a commitment to change in the fitness industry in Edmonton and beyond.
When I’m not Queerflexing, I’m doing communications and marketing in the Fine Arts and Education sector or hanging out with my Wife Janelle and my Stepdaughter. Oh and our four fur friends (Two cats. Two dogs. All foster fails). You can follow me on Instagram @coldviking
Personal training specialist
My name is Kasey Petruk and my pronouns are She/Her. I graduated from the ACE Personal Fitness Trainer program from Elevated Learning Academy, and proudly acted as the QUEERFLEX summer student in July and August as 2018.
I was born and grew up in Edmonton and I am a huge mixed martial arts nerd. Outside of QUEERFLEX and personal training, I run the queer and trans-centred combat sport group, QT H2H (Queer and Trans Hand to Hand). My other pastimes include swimming and biking.
I got into the fitness industry as a transwoman hoping to make a more inclusive and empowering environment for LGBTQIA2S+ communities as one part of a holistic approach to health and healing.
My community has always supported me and I hope to give back in kind. You can follow me on Instagram at @qth2hhandtohand.
Hey, I’m Michelle. I am a bisexual, queer, fat, ex-theatre nerd, cat mom, lazy femme human. I am also a counselling student/intern counsellor at the University of Calgary. As the chair of the board of Queerflex and a client, I love being a part of the Queerflex Fit Fam. Outside of this I sell sex toys and talk a lot about oral sex at the Traveling Tickle Trunk, and am the Chair-Elect of the Social Justice Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I am also a daughter, sister, friend, lover, aunt, niece, and granddaughter.
I am so thrilled to join the team as a counselling intern and am passionate about queering counselling to support the needs of often silenced identities within mental health. I operate from a perspective that prioritizes lived experience, interrogations of power (including my own), is intentionally anti-oppressive, focused on harm-reduction, and always trauma informed.
My community focus is on working with girls around body image, reducing fat stigma, healthy relationships, and sexual health.
My (forever in progress) website is www.michellekennedy.net and features a collection of writing, ranting, and baking.You can also follow me on twitter (@mnancyken) for cats, feminism, and a lot of rage.
More info about counselling and how to book with Michelle can be found HERE.
Wellness means so much to so many different people. Regardless of if you feel “good” or “happy” with yourself, everyone has the right to access and experience whatever they understand wellness to mean in their life. Unfortunately for a lot of people, due to many social and financial barriers, that is not always a right come into there way. Everything from finical insecurity to just not feeling comfortable. This is why I’m really excited to be apart of Queerflex.
Coming from a past or addictions, poverty, and my struggles with sexuality and toxic masculinity, and growing up as a bouncer in various bars in Toronto, it forced me to harden my shell and live two lives (the gay and straight life). Obviously this is not sustainable and quickly I was outed. Thankfully I was very supported by my group of friends who at that point were some of the most hardcore dudes I’ve known.
Even with that support I still couldn’t accept myself and wasn’t honest to everyone about it. This really kickstarted the darkness I lived in for many many years. Only two things I believe kept me alive that whole time: fitness and music.
It took many years for me to really become comfortable with myself. When I was 25 I was able to pull myself together and bike across Canada even with a active addiction to alcohol. This sparked the slow beginning of positive changes. Beginning to learn how to love myself. Just after my 30th birthday I was able to give up the bottle.
Fast forward today just over four years later. I have spent that last four years transforming myself. First beginning with a change of careers four and a half years ago. Beginning my journey in the health and wellness industry as a Personal Trainer. After spending sometime living with monks I decided to do my 200 hr yoga teacher training with Sacred Seed. Shortly after a opportunity to learn Thai Massage was presented. This led me to see the healing power of touch and sparked the motivation to go back to school to become a RMT.
I’m very excited to be doing some of my RMT practical hours within the Queerflex community, and offering Thai Massage to those who seek it. I am also looking forward to traveling with you on your own path to whatever you understand wellness to mean, and look forward to meeting you soon!
More info about massage and how to book with Johnny can be found HERE