REAL TESTIMONIALS

I cannot speak highly enough of Abstract Avocado founder Antonya Raymond's holistic nutrition and training programs. I became aware of her work through dancing with her and quickly realized that her energy and spark were something I wanted more of in my life. I first began personal training with her and the experience was fun and life-giving. I always looked forward to working out with her, which had not always been the case for me with exercise. She always designed our workouts to be at my level and yet to push me a little further then I would have done on my own or in a group class. She has a wonderful way of knowing what you're capable of even if you cannot see it in yourself in that moment. Later we added in nutrition and she created a meal plan for me that worked effortlessly with my lifestyle, my allergies, and my preferences. She offered small tweaks that made a huge impact in my overall energy levels, body composition, and confidence around preparing quick healthy meals. The integrative, fun, and genuinely caring approach that Antonya brings to her work has helped infuse my diet, my exercise, and my mindset with so much beauty and lasting value that I can't imagine having transformed my life without her!
Katie Webster
Katie
I’ve been training with Antonya for 3 years now, and I believe that she is one of the most experienced and committed trainers around. I started training twice a week, as part of a group session which I really enjoyed because of the variety and challenge she put into the classes. Then I took on a personal one-on-one session as well. My fitness has increased noticeably and I’ve seen improvements in my ability to complete more core exercises, lift progressively heavier weights and generally push myself harder throughout each session. Antonya is extremely focused on helping people achieve their goals and makes every session challenging but somehow fun. She ensures that technique is always correct to avoid any injuries. Also she is reliable and punctual. Because of her I actually look forward to workouts.
Tina
Antonya helped me when I broke my wrist. In her classes she adjusted the workouts for me so that I could still exercise while recovering from my injury. She’s very positive and creative! I look forward to going to her classes cause I know she’ll push me harder than I’ll push myself! She’s also been helpful in recommending vitamins, supplements and protein powders. After my wrist healed I still had some pain, I started taking collegian and it helped reduce the pain drastically!
Kayla
Antonya brings so much joy and positive energy to this place. My residents love starting their day with a workout and she has been key to their mental and physical health. Whether it be stretching, meditating, or learning new dance moves, the residents come in and give it all and she reciprocates. Antonya is very professional and has helped all the residents at Legacy Senior Living achieve their fitness goals.
Francisco
Antonya has great energy! She tailor made a meal plan for me during my recovery from a Lupus flare up. I remember how positive and encouraging she was, which I deeply appreciated. My mom has also worked out with her and lost 18lbs in just a few months. We highly recommend Antonya!
Natasha
I’ve been attending Antonya’s fitness classes for 5 years now and the best part her leadership is her abundance of positive vibes. Her choreography is fun and she creates a welcoming atmosphere in her classes. Her commitment to overall health and well-being is very apparent. She’s a warm and happy person and that shows in everything that she does!”
Maya
Antonya Raymond is an amazing mentor and leader. Antonya is my Zumba mentor and wedding dance instructor. During which, she has always been an energetic and patient educator. Antonya is a beautiful performer, but the most important thing about Antonya, is that she truly cares for others, making her the type of leader that we should all aspire to be.
Elizabeth
Follow the class with antonya is amazing. Antonya is really professional and all the energy she has and can give to you is really refreshing. I also love the fact that she is working with all different ages especially old people give me even more joy to follow her. Keep your happiness and energy that you give to everybody.
Emeline
Antonya is passionate, personable, and professional. She choreographed our wedding dance and we had so much fun learning from her! From day one it is evident that she is dedicated, truly cares about her clients, and puts their needs first. Not only does she teach the dance steps, she delves deeper to teach, share, and inspire the beauty of movement. Antonya's love for dance is contagious and she brings such positive energy and enthusiasm to every session. She is amazing! Antonya has also taught a number of Zumba sessions to our PE classes and it has been so much fun! She brings so much energy and enthusiasm that you can't help but want to dance and follow along. Her Zumba sessions have been a joy to experience. What better way to get an awesome workout!
Stefanie + Dan
Antonya led a private Zumba session for my family and friends at my home and was provided an unique and personalized experience. Her workout was paced at the right level for the group while she took the time to connect with us individually. Her followup and request for feedback is a testament to her passion and focus on improving as an artist and fitness coach. I look forward to future service offering engagements and following her social media updates. Natasha - Antonya has great energy! She tailor made a meal plan for me during my recovery from a Lupus flare up. I remember how positive and encouraging she was, which I deeply appreciated. My mom has also worked out with her and lost 18lbs in just a few months. We highly recommend Antonya!
Kevin
Antonya is a wonderful nutrition coach and her explanations of the relationship between food and our bodies really helps put into perspective that we truly are what we eat! With her help and advice I have managed to lose 15 pounds safely and consistently without much fluctuation. I highly recommend speaking to Antonya about any dietary help or weight loss in general!
Marina
Antonya's passion for health, fitness and overall wellness is infectious. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does. If you are looking for someone who is truly dedicated to help you reach your health and wellness goals, she'll push you to your limits, but she will make sure you are having so much fun, you won't even know!
Stefanie M
Antonya is a great trainer and motivator. Her combined knowledge of nutrition and exercise is amazing and has changed the way I live my life.
Gosha
I have been training with Antonya close to six months now and after every class I look forward to our next training session with her. She has excellent scientific knowledge about holistic health, nutrition and fitness, and she keeps me motivated to work towards my fitness goal.Antonya understands my fitness state and the workouts she gives are effective for me. She is the best fitness coach.
Tahera
Antonya is a person who is full of cheer and passion for everything she does! From dance, fitness and nutrition to help people in their journey toward getting fit. She inspires and challenges people to push past their comfort zone with her genuine caring attitude and beautiful personality. She has this natural ability to very easily connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is a very talented dancer and a total bundle of energy and positivity! I totally love working/dancing with her 🙂
Zabi Khan
Antonya is an excellent dance coach, nutritionist and friend. She inspired me to keep dancing when I wanted to quit. You can trust her with your goals, hopes, dreams, fears, and insecurities.
Jerry Nguyen
I have had the pleasure of taking Antonya's classes for over two years. Her Zumba class is fun and exciting and her fitness class is challenging and effective! She has a positive and respectful way of interacting with her clients. She knows we all have different experiences and helps to challenge without being condescending. Antonya's teaching has been very motivating for me in my fitness journey.
Joanna
I had the pleasure of knowing Antonya from her Zumba class, so I was familiar with her teaching and had no reservations. She always listened to our needs and adjusted the sessions accordingly. Through training with her, I was able to become familiar with a variety of workouts and become stronger. She is a great trainer with a wonderful personality. her sessions were fun, and would highly recommend her if you are considering losing weight, gaining muscle and need a health expert.
Shadi Mahmoodi
Antonya carries a vibrant energy that swiftly transfers to her students! She's always ready and poised to share her art and keeps health her top priority for her students. She's extremely present throughout her sessions and will creatively challenge you in ways you didn't realize you could be challenged! Every fitness class comes with an assortment of styles, keeping it fun and fresh. I highly recommend Antonya! She's a fantastic fitness coach and trainer.
Sami
I started going to Zumba classes in Vancouver over 10 years ago. I tried several studios and instructors. Then about 7 years ago, I attended a Zumba class by Antonya Raymond and I have never looked back! She’s the best instructor in Vancouver, bar none. She’s incomparable! Her energy, her enthusiasm, her dance skills, her swagger! I can’t imagine not attending her classes! When I got married 5 years ago , Antonya choreographed my wedding first dance! It was a beautiful highlight of the wedding. Our guests loved it! Antonya is truly talented. I’ve recommended her classes to all my friends and coworkers!
Helia
First, I would like to say how blessed I am to have met Antonya last year. She's not just a great dancer but a beautiful and kind person from inside and out. Attending her Zumba class has given me a good exercise habit and I am always excited to dance with her. It has brought joy during the tough COVID times. I would recommend anyone and any age to try her class just once. You will not regret it rather you would be addicted to it. I can’t imagine not attending her classes! When I got married 5 years ago , Antonya choreographed my wedding first dance! It was a beautiful highlight of the wedding. Our guests loved it! Antonya is truly talented. I’ve recommended her classes to all my friends and coworkers!
Diana

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