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Strong Body
                  Strong Believer

faith  × strength × sisterhood

 

Sister Fit is a one-of-a-kind health, fitness, and self-defense program for Muslim women in the GTA.

At Sister Fit, we teach women and girls how to take care of their physical and mental health through our interactive group fitness and nutrition sessions. Classes in boxing, Muay Thai, Arnis (weapons training), boot-camp style workouts, as well as nutrition talks keep participants learning and evolving while strengthening their faith and bond.

Sister Fit aims to provide a supportive and understanding environment for Muslim women to build confidence and self-esteem. In today’s tense social climate, Muslim women are absorbing more attacks than any other group and it is of vital importance to provide athletic opportunities as a method of self-expression.

Sister Fit fitness programs are sensitive to the unique cultural needs of Muslim women and ensure that participants feel confident and comfortable when learning new skills. Our fitness programs are catered to all fitness and skill abilities for women and girls ages 10 and up and are designed to benefit both advanced and beginner learners.

 

Phone

(416) 700-9721

 

Locations in:

Brampton, Etobicoke, and Scarborough

 

Hours

 M   8 - 9pm (Scarborough)
 W   6:30 - 8:00pm (Etobicoke)
Sat  2:30 - 4pm (Etobicoke)
Sun 11am - 12pm (Brampton)
        9am - 1pm (Scarborough)

See full schedule under Classes.

 
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You’re invited…

Celebrate fours years of fitness and martial arts for muslim women!

Sister Fit will celebrate its 4th year of serving women and girls in the GTA and we’re ready to celebrate with you. Please join us for an evening of delicious food, talent, and inspiring speakers. All proceeds from our sliding scale ticket sales (pay what you can between $15 and $50) will go towards funding another year of Sister Fit programming.

Thank you for four years of amazing resilience - here’s to many more years of learning and growing together!

RSVP for your ticket at infosisterfit@gmail.com

 

CLASSES

BRAMPTON + OAKVILLE

BRAMPTON ISLAMIC CENTRE
6 Lowry Drive
Brampton, ON, L7A 1C4

CLASSES + TIMES
Beginner Boxing + Fitness
Sundays 11am - 12pm
Fees: Please email us!

Oakville Boxing Club
474 Iroquois Shore Rd
(Inside National Fitness)
Sundays 10am - 11am
Fees: 10-Class Pass - $100

ETOBICOKE

Rexdale Hub
Community Room B

21 Panorama Ct.
Toronto, ON M9V 4E3

CLASSES + TIMES
Beginner Boxing + Fitness

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00pm
Arnis
Saturdays 2:30 - 4pm
Registration: Please email us!
 

 

EAST END

Toronto Striking Academy
43A Lesmill Rd.
M3B 2TB

CLASSES + TIMES
Every Sunday
Strength + Power
9 - 10am
Muay Thai Boxing
2 - 3pm
Arnis/Stickfighting
3 - 4pm

Fees Per Program:
$150/ 12 weeks
$20 Drop-in

Register before October 7th 2018.

 

OUR TEAM

  Coach FLG  Fatima Lee Garsi - Head Coach  I am the Founder and Head Coach of Sister Fit and Connect Fitness and Martial Arts. I am a full-time personal trainer and offer services from my studio in North York.  I started Sister Fit because I wanted to connect with my faith and the Muslim community through something I love to do. You will find my coaching style to be consistently enigmatic! Keeping my students' eyebrows furrowed is one of my favourite pastimes. I like to keep my students on their toes - I hold them to a high standard and am dedicated to providing quality instruction that is challenging, but also suited to individual needs.  I love to teach, give praise, and have fun. If I'm not laughing and having a good time, I'm going home!

Coach FLG
Fatima Lee Garsi - Head Coach

I am the Founder and Head Coach of Sister Fit and Connect Fitness and Martial Arts. I am a full-time personal trainer and offer services from my studio in North York.

I started Sister Fit because I wanted to connect with my faith and the Muslim community through something I love to do. You will find my coaching style to be consistently enigmatic! Keeping my students' eyebrows furrowed is one of my favourite pastimes. I like to keep my students on their toes - I hold them to a high standard and am dedicated to providing quality instruction that is challenging, but also suited to individual needs.

I love to teach, give praise, and have fun. If I'm not laughing and having a good time, I'm going home!

  Coach EL  Lailaa Jose - Boxing, Fitness, Arnis  I'm a sister, wife, and mother of four. I have a passion for teaching and find great reward in being involved in other people's personal growth and development. It's amazing to see others progress and achieve the goals they've set for themselves while knowing I played a part in their betterment.  Whilst homeschooling my children, I'm working towards becoming a certified personal trainer. I've always had an interest in fitness and martial arts, but growing up, it was never something girls were "supposed' to do. Training with Sister Fit rekindled this interest for me.  With my love for martial arts and three years of boxing and arnis (stick fighting) experience, I'm excited to share what I've learned so far. I'm still learning and I'm thirsty to learn more. I feel as though each sister I meet and train with brings something new to the table and that gives me the opportunity to become a better coach for myself and for others.  As a mother who wears many hats, I set an example for my children that learning never stops. It doesn't matter how old you are, or where you are in life - it's never too late to take on something new.   

Coach EL
Lailaa Jose - Boxing, Fitness, Arnis

I'm a sister, wife, and mother of four. I have a passion for teaching and find great reward in being involved in other people's personal growth and development. It's amazing to see others progress and achieve the goals they've set for themselves while knowing I played a part in their betterment.

Whilst homeschooling my children, I'm working towards becoming a certified personal trainer. I've always had an interest in fitness and martial arts, but growing up, it was never something girls were "supposed' to do. Training with Sister Fit rekindled this interest for me.

With my love for martial arts and three years of boxing and arnis (stick fighting) experience, I'm excited to share what I've learned so far. I'm still learning and I'm thirsty to learn more. I feel as though each sister I meet and train with brings something new to the table and that gives me the opportunity to become a better coach for myself and for others.

As a mother who wears many hats, I set an example for my children that learning never stops. It doesn't matter how old you are, or where you are in life - it's never too late to take on something new.

 

  Coach Mombasa  Aaida Mamuji - Boxing and Fitness  I'm a competitive amateur boxer, boxing instructor, and a Professor in Disaster and Emergency Management at York University.  I started  boxing at the end of 2010 at Final Round Boxing in Ottawa, and from the moment I first hit the bag, I felt something stir inside me. Witnessing the dedication of all those around me, I instantly discovered that we all have some type of power deep within, and most of us don't know that it exists.  Boxing has made me feel like a stronger person emotionally and spiritually. I believe that external strength and internal strength go hand in hand, and one augments the other.  I love coaching and sharing my love of boxing with other women. The benefits of sport for self-confidence, self-esteem, discipline, teamwork, and physical fitness are innumerable. And, when we do things for ourselves, we have so much more to give to those around us.      

Coach Mombasa
Aaida Mamuji - Boxing and Fitness

I'm a competitive amateur boxer, boxing instructor, and a Professor in Disaster and Emergency Management at York University.

I started  boxing at the end of 2010 at Final Round Boxing in Ottawa, and from the moment I first hit the bag, I felt something stir inside me. Witnessing the dedication of all those around me, I instantly discovered that we all have some type of power deep within, and most of us don't know that it exists.

Boxing has made me feel like a stronger person emotionally and spiritually. I believe that external strength and internal strength go hand in hand, and one augments the other.

I love coaching and sharing my love of boxing with other women. The benefits of sport for self-confidence, self-esteem, discipline, teamwork, and physical fitness are innumerable. And, when we do things for ourselves, we have so much more to give to those around us.

 

 

 
  Shoilee Khan  Creative Editor  I'm a writer, educator, editor, and PhD student in English Literature at York University. I teach English at the School of Communication and Literary Studies at Sheridan College and love helping people explore their creative potential.  While I spend most of my time reading, writing, researching, or teaching, I value the focus, discipline, and emotional benefits of athleticism. I admire women who pursue the rigour of sport with determined focus and have always wanted to embody that drive in my own life.   For me, I find that drive and outlet in the simple act of running. This accessible and beginner-ready sport has provided me with a consistent physical challenge, and is an incredible source of mental and emotional peace. In the most wonderful of ways, it has also fueled my creativity - there's nothing like a run to help you problem-solve when you're facing a blank page!  I admire the work of all the women involved in Sister Fit and look forward to continuing my support of its programming through writing and creative development.

Shoilee Khan
Creative Editor

I'm a writer, educator, editor, and PhD student in English Literature at York University. I teach English at the School of Communication and Literary Studies at Sheridan College and love helping people explore their creative potential.

While I spend most of my time reading, writing, researching, or teaching, I value the focus, discipline, and emotional benefits of athleticism. I admire women who pursue the rigour of sport with determined focus and have always wanted to embody that drive in my own life. 

For me, I find that drive and outlet in the simple act of running. This accessible and beginner-ready sport has provided me with a consistent physical challenge, and is an incredible source of mental and emotional peace. In the most wonderful of ways, it has also fueled my creativity - there's nothing like a run to help you problem-solve when you're facing a blank page!

I admire the work of all the women involved in Sister Fit and look forward to continuing my support of its programming through writing and creative development.

  Coach ESS  Umm Abdullah - Boxing, Fitness, Arnis  I am a wife, homeschooling mother of five, and a certified personal trainer. As a mother, I've found it challenging to incorporate a fitness regimen into my schedule, while homeschooling my children and pursuing my own studies on the side. I easily put myself on the back-burner and began to feel the effects of that on my health and well-being.  When I began looking into various approaches to fitness, I found myself confronted with less than ideal situations that often misaligned with my values as a Muslim woman. Sister Fit classes provided an environment that was both comfortable and challenging. I signed my girls and myself up and the rest, as they say, is history. At Sister Fit, I was able to rekindle my love for boxing and learn arnis, a form of weapons-based martial arts native to the Philippines.  In my journey towards a healthy lifestyle, I found myself inspired by Prophetic medicine. I've incorporated many herbs, cupping therapy, and essential oils into my family's life. I also enjoy making my own skin care products, and exploring the world of natural therapies.  As a Sister Fit Coach, I look forward to continuing my growth as a personal trainer and hope to help other sisters achieve their personal fitness goals.  .

Coach ESS
Umm Abdullah - Boxing, Fitness, Arnis

I am a wife, homeschooling mother of five, and a certified personal trainer. As a mother, I've found it challenging to incorporate a fitness regimen into my schedule, while homeschooling my children and pursuing my own studies on the side. I easily put myself on the back-burner and began to feel the effects of that on my health and well-being.

When I began looking into various approaches to fitness, I found myself confronted with less than ideal situations that often misaligned with my values as a Muslim woman. Sister Fit classes provided an environment that was both comfortable and challenging. I signed my girls and myself up and the rest, as they say, is history. At Sister Fit, I was able to rekindle my love for boxing and learn arnis, a form of weapons-based martial arts native to the Philippines.

In my journey towards a healthy lifestyle, I found myself inspired by Prophetic medicine. I've incorporated many herbs, cupping therapy, and essential oils into my family's life. I also enjoy making my own skin care products, and exploring the world of natural therapies.

As a Sister Fit Coach, I look forward to continuing my growth as a personal trainer and hope to help other sisters achieve their personal fitness goals. .

   Sobia Hussain   Brand Ambassador  I am a creative entrepreneur, freelance writer, and artist. I founded  The Olive Tree Soap Company  in 2011, offering an eco-friendly skincare line of artisan soaps, natural deodorants, and organic argan oils. When I'm not soapmaking, I'm the editor of  Muslim Gift Guide  and I write for various international publications.  As a busy mom of three kids, carving out regular time for my fitness and health routine was a challenge, and reaching for unhealthy "convenient" foods became a whole lot easier. By December 2016, I reached my heaviest weight ever and with over 100lbs to lose, I made a conscious decision to change my lifestyle. I started to eat healthier meals and get more active. I joined deep-end swimming lessons and Sister Fit's self-defense classes in March. Over the next few months, I shed weight slowly, but surely.  Joining Sister Fit changed my life. Fatima created a safe space for us to learn new skills without judgement, and her humour was contagious. I loved the energy and sisterhood we established with our classmates. As my weight loss journey continued, working out was no longer a dreaded task. I later joined Sister Fit's boxing and arnis classes, and I was officially hooked! Exercise was addictive and sweating actually felt (gasp...) awesome!  Fast forward to current day and I've lost over 50lbs! And, I feel stronger and more confident about myself, Alhamdullilah. Having Sister Fit as part of my fitness journey has been incredibly rewarding and I look forward to continuing my weight loss journey with these beneficial programs.

Sobia Hussain
Brand Ambassador

I am a creative entrepreneur, freelance writer, and artist. I founded The Olive Tree Soap Company in 2011, offering an eco-friendly skincare line of artisan soaps, natural deodorants, and organic argan oils. When I'm not soapmaking, I'm the editor of Muslim Gift Guide and I write for various international publications.

As a busy mom of three kids, carving out regular time for my fitness and health routine was a challenge, and reaching for unhealthy "convenient" foods became a whole lot easier. By December 2016, I reached my heaviest weight ever and with over 100lbs to lose, I made a conscious decision to change my lifestyle. I started to eat healthier meals and get more active. I joined deep-end swimming lessons and Sister Fit's self-defense classes in March. Over the next few months, I shed weight slowly, but surely.

Joining Sister Fit changed my life. Fatima created a safe space for us to learn new skills without judgement, and her humour was contagious. I loved the energy and sisterhood we established with our classmates. As my weight loss journey continued, working out was no longer a dreaded task. I later joined Sister Fit's boxing and arnis classes, and I was officially hooked! Exercise was addictive and sweating actually felt (gasp...) awesome!

Fast forward to current day and I've lost over 50lbs! And, I feel stronger and more confident about myself, Alhamdullilah. Having Sister Fit as part of my fitness journey has been incredibly rewarding and I look forward to continuing my weight loss journey with these beneficial programs.

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