Winnipeg fitness trainer turns 2001 attack into triumph

A Winnipeg fitness trainer is being honoured for her work in the community, which began when she decided not to let a mugging deter her.

Sandi Knox, co-owner of Body Balance Fitness and Massage on Henderson Highway, was nominated for CanFitPro’s fitness instructor specialist of the year 2015. She was chosen as one of three finalists from across Canada and was the first Winnipegger to make it that far. Sandi Knox was crowned Best of the Best in Toronto this August, also winning the Canadian Fitness Instructor Specialist of the Year Award with 16,000 in attendance.

Sandi Knox_Fitness Instructor Specialist of the Year 2015Body Balance has been a labour of love for Knox, who first came to the city from Portage la Prairie in 2001.
After she moved to Winnipeg, she was attacked in an attempted robbery downtown.

“I could’ve just given up, moved back home, could’ve just curled into a ball. But I chose to do something different. I chose to stand up and fight,” said Knox.

After the mugging, Knox decided to take up martial arts. She currently has a black belt in taekwondo and she practises Muay Thai boxing. She eventually quit her day job at a corporate office and opened Body Balance was founded in 2008, offering boot camp, pilates, cardio-boxing and Zumba classes, among others.

Knox also teaches a Defence Divas class, which is offered free of charge to women who have experienced abuse.

“I’m giving back to the community everything I’ve got,” she said. “I want to empower men, women, teens of all ages to… live your dreams because you know what? If you can see it, you can do it.”

— BODY BALANCE

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