Ruby Smith Díaz was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton- amiskwaciy and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction.
Since graduating, she has found her passion working as a facilitator, multi-disciplinary artist, and supporting marginalized communities in feeling powerful and grounded in their bodies.
Ruby is a certified personal training specialist through Canfitpro, and a fitness instructor specialist through Canfitpro. She specializes in functional fitness, foam rolling and fascia release techniques, and working with the specific needs of the trans community.
She is the winner of the 2020 Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist of the Year Award. She hopes to utilize her own journey through battling body shame and chronic pain to support others in becoming the most fullest and powerful selves through bringing movement into their bodies.
Love & Praise
With her sense of humour and compassion, and her up to date expertise about which exercises are most effective for targetting specific goals, Ruby has helped me become more solid in my body and more confident working out, not only during our training sessions but in my day to day life. She’s an absolute gem for anyone who has wanted to work with a personal trainer to get healthier and stronger, but who doesn’t want to deal with gym culture. I’m so excited to get to come to my next session!
Ruby holds our sessions with a sense of safety and encouragement, so I can challenge myself. I’m often surprised by what I’m able to do, and I notice that I’m becoming stronger and more confident through this process. I’ve also been able to incorporate more movement and exercise into my regular routines between training sessions – benefitting from accountability from Ruby and opportunities to celebrate success together.
Ruby has a body-positive approach, and a gender-affirming perspective. When working with Ruby, I can be my whole queer, non-binary, tender and strong self. I really appreciate having a trainer and gym environment where this is possible!
Ruby & Autonomy Fitness helped me feel strong in my body, by reminding me to listen to it, to gently challenge it, and to simply and powerfully embrace it. Those sessions were the most comfortable and excited I’ve felt working with a fitness professional.