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.

I am turning 67 next month and I started my journey with JKC in 2018. Seven years ago I experienced significant foot pain which had a negative impact on my day to day activities. I learned that issues in other parts of the body need to be addressed to achieve a positive result. My doctor (Dr. Jessica Wade) suggested, along with some other therapies, that I could  benefit from the conditioning JKC had to offer. I previously had not trained in any gym. I observed how many gyms operated and had a sense that JKC would be more my style: training in a small group setting, having such personal attention, and a program meeting my specific needs is fantastic! I love the atmosphere at the gym. Everyone is accepted and you feel supported and comfortable.

Courtney Sharpe

Nutritional Coaching by Julia Howard

For the past two months I have worked with the JKC team and have never felt better! In addition to a personal fitness plan, JKC’s holistic nutritionist, Julia, worked with me and around my busy schedule to educate me on healthier food options and meal planning. I maintain a daily food log which Julia reviews and provides feedback on and we also have weekly chats to discuss my nutritional goals and potential improvement areas. Julia also helped me to identify and work around dietary constraints which have caused digestion issues for years!

Julia and the rest of the JKC family have helped me get my confidence back! I love starting my days with a good sweat and a healthy breakfast. I understand what foods make me feel my best and my body is well on its way to becoming more lean, fit and happy! I would totally recommend Julia and the entire JKC team!

I heard somewhere that achieving your health goals is determined largely by what you do in the kitchen. I am grateful to have found Julia who brought direction and accountability to this most important piece for me. Having Julia in my corner has brought me confidence and certainty that I am on my way to achieving my goals. I highly recommend her if you are serious about making a change and feeling better about your health.

I have never previously seen the passion and level of care that Jon and Thomas bring to everyone who works out at JKC. Their knowledge, insight and skills are extraordinary, and they work with everyone individually to ensure the best possible results. The attention to detail and to every person’s specific requirements and goals, and the incredible, constant encouragement they provide, is, in my opinion, what truly distinguishes JKC from any other program in which I’ve participated. I am extremely pleased with the progress I’ve achieved thus far, and it’s largely attributable to Jon and Thomas and the approach they take to training and working with people.

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