Coaching. Connection. Community.

At JKConditioning, you’ll find a supportive, nonjudgmental gym atmosphere. You’ll get a “Hi” when you arrive and a “Bye” when you leave – there are no strangers here.

Whether you’re new-to-fitness or fitness has been part of your routine for awhile, you can trust our expert coaches with your health and fitness goals. We’re educated, credible, and experienced.

Staff & Coaches

Jon-Erik Kawamoto

Certified Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Managing Director, Founder

Jon-Erik Kawamoto, MSc, CK, CSCS, is a Certified Kinesiologist (Newfoundland and Labrador Kinesiology Association), Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength…

Thomas King

Certified Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Thomas King, MSc, CK, CSCS, has worked as a personal trainer in St. John’s since graduating from Memorial University with…

Julia Howard

Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Run Coach

Julia Howard is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Run Coach at JKConditioning. A former National Team member and varsity…

Our Manifesto

At JKC, we believe that talking about our goals is important to help us bring a clear vision into reality.

A manifesto, or a statement of intentions, reminds us to strive to be better everyday. Our manifesto is symbolized by the image of the dragon.

The dragon represents triumph over adversity, renewed fire within, and transformation through self-knowledge.

Not only do we build physical strength in the gym but the physical practice also builds strength of character. We can use this strength to help us create a vision for our lives and develop perseverance to achieve it.

As part of our community, we want to help you be better everyday. You’ll see the dragon image throughout our gym space as a reminder of why we’re all here.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help people become their strongest, fittest selves through expert coaching in a nonjudgmental, supportive gym environment.

How We Work

Most fitness professionals promise “6 pack abs in 6 weeks,” or a similar message. We don’t do before and afters because there is no “after.” There is only continuous improvement. Also, our group training creates a community. When you join JKC, you are joining something bigger than yourself.

Custom Workouts in a Group Environment

Get the best of both worlds: a custom plan tailored to your needs and current ability along with the support from the JKC fitness community.

We Offer Flexible Scheduling

No locked-in days or times here. Train when’s convenient for you so you don’t have to miss workouts.

Pay As You Go

Enjoy a different fitness experience. Pay for training on your terms with no long-term membership fees. Out of town? No worries. Only pay when you workout.

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I had tried JKC based on the recommendation of a parent of one of my students. I originally started by attending Saturday drop in classes. I was hooked. I decided to join full time when I I had taken a year off from teaching and it was the best thing I have done for myself.

First and foremost the trainers at JKC are extremely knowledgeable. I feel like they are as dedicated to my success as I am. The workouts are tailored to me, my skills and my goals. This is important. Jon and Thomas truly want the best for their clients no matter what level of fitness they are starting from. I also like being able to book a session at a time that suits my schedule. This also helps keep me accountable. Once the session is booked I am not likely to cancel!

I originally joined JKC because I was anxious about passing out and embarrassing myself since I hadn’t weight trained in a while and I’d hoped to find somewhere sympathetic. My husband @terry_hussey had been training at JKC and his success there made me miss the achievement you feel from a good workout. I went to meet Jon and immediately knew it was going to be a safe space for me. I was never judged for the fears I had and where I was starting from. Jon and Thomas made sure to check on me often, and found a way to challenge me but make me feel secure at the same time, and Terry and I were able to book sessions together, so working out became a shared win for us!

JKC is different from other gyms because of the personal growth you have outside JKC (the sessions inside JKC creates a great positive feedback loop!). You gain self confidence, learn how to show up for yourself, meet a community of newfound friends, and get the support of your trainers who are behind you 100%. I’ve left a scattered workout so proud of myself I’ve honestly shed a tear in the car on the drive home. JKC is the mental health relief valve I need to stay positive, and keep my anxiety and health related fears at bay.

I came to JKC through recommendations from my peers from lululemon. As a current ambassador, I’ve been introduced to legacy ambassadors, like Jon, and I knew a bunch of other people from the store were working out here so I wanted to give it a go. I often dread lower body workouts so I started coming here to do legs. I’ve had such great progress that I now come twice a week— and, I no longer hate leg day!

I’ve never experienced this sort of hybrid between group workouts and personalized service. Many group strength training services offer a sort of one-size-fits-all workout for the general population, which has never been of interest to me, because I want my workout tailored to my needs! I LOVE that you can be in a group setting while doing your own personal program; I love the camaraderie and community at JKC, and, I’ve seen incredible results thus far! Jon is always so attuned to what I need.

I originally chose JKC to help me rehab following back surgery. JKC was the first gym where a trainer took the time to help me identify my goals and tailor my workouts to achieve them in a safe and doable manner. 🏋🏼 Jon & Thomas are both highly professional and knowledgeable. 👨🏼‍🎓 With their guidance and informative explanations 🗣 they have enabled me to reach my ever evolving goals. At JKC I’m guaranteed fun 😆, interesting 🙃 and diverse workouts, with Jon & Thomas forever supportive and encouraging. 👏🙌👍👊

I had been struggling with work-life balance resulting in not exercising or playing hockey as much as I had been doing in the past. In addition to being out of shape, I was starting to experience some back/shoulder issues and realized I needed to make some changes. Around this time, a friend (who was also a client) recommended JKC and that’s when I started!

You really feel part of a community where everyone is welcoming and supportive. You get a program that is designed specifically to achieve your goals, with the ongoing coaching, progress tracking and support required to achieve them. The JKC team are very knowledgeable about fitness and conditioning, and very engaging with everyone to answer questions or discuss anything and everything training related. I also like the flexible scheduling and gym times that work for my schedule (I like early mornings and evenings).

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