Diane Leighton

Diane Leighton









Diane lives in Markham with her husband Ed, children Elyse the ballerina and Cameron the spring board diver, as well
as a menagerie of animals including dogs Skye and Ted, lizard Oscar and several fish.

Diane has been working with children, babies and adults in the fitness and recreation industry for over 25 years. It is
truly her passion to bring fitness and wellness into persons lives in a way that engages their sense of fun, play and

She is a Can-fit pro certified group instructor, as well as a certified NLS lifeguard, swimming instructor and aquafit
instructor. Diane started in the city of Vaughan as a kindergym instructor, going on to teaching the preschool instructors
training program for the city of Vaughan. Since the birth of her daughter in 2001 Diane has been teaching mommy and
baby fitness programs. From the first class she went to and experienced the ‘Circle of Life’ warm-up she was ‘hooked’
and never looked back. Mommy and baby fitness has become her career, and considers it a joy and extreme privilege
to be invited into moms lives at one of the most important and enjoyable times of their life with their young babies.
Through continuing education by way of workshops as well as working so closely with new moms and raising her own
children has helped Diane to become a baby ‘expert’, being interviewed by the Toronto Star, and featured on Erika Ehm’s
‘Yummy Mummy show in 2004 and on the Mom Show in 2005. Group discussions in her classes are informative on
subjects such as , baby proofing the home, teething, making your own baby food, how to choose good toys for your
baby or toddler without breaking the bank, and activities for your baby that will aid their physical development.

Volunteering in her children’s school to bring exercise and fun into their day has been met with great appreciation
from the teachers, so much so that they have asked Diane to do a training with the teachers to bring more creative
ideas on how to bring activity into the children’s day.


Mommy and Baby Fitness Workout and Play

This action packed class is a must for new moms! Each mommy and baby fitness class includes a large variety of fun,
easy to follow but intense workouts for mom, followed by a huge repertoire of infant stimulation , songs, rhymes, kneebouncers, parachute, bubbles and so much more! The class concludes with informative group discussions- a
great opportunity for moms to connect with other moms and learn from one another too! Join now so you can work hard
and play hard.


Tuesday   1:30-3:00 pm    Markville fitness    Jan.  23- Mar.6   7 weeks $125.


Tuesday   1:30-3:00 pm   Markville fitness   Mar.20- May 8    8 weeks   $145.

*mid session registrations are accepted, class can be pro-rated if the session has already begun





Splish, splash waterbaby swim class

Action packed and fun filled swim time for baby. Recommended for babies 4 months and up to 2 years

Enjoy the warm water in the therapeutic pool.  This class is so much more than a typical parent and tot swim class, this is a water babies swimming class,  Our class is 45 minutes filled with specific pool activities designed to learn safety in the pool as well lots of fun , games , songs and even water gourd drums !  Relax in the privacy and the delight your child will have playing in the water. Safety in the pool will be emphasized as well as the  very important skill of the back float. This class is not just for mommy and baby – dads are welcome too!

Through VERY GENTLE transitions baby will learn to love independent swimming and submersion too.

You will delight in having a tired and happy baby after swimming class!


Cornell Community centre therapeutic pool, 3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham

Thursdays  2:15-3 pm   Feb. 1- March 29   8 weeks  $199.

( skip March 15)

SPRING: Thursdays 2:15-3:00pm  April  5- May 24   8 weeks  $215.




This interactive and fun class is much more than just a walk in the park!  Your session includes power walking while pushing your baby in their stroller, and incorporates cross-training for full body muscular strengthening and conditioning while we go!  Class includes Infant Stimulation, fun parachute play, and unforgettable songs and rhymes you’ll love to play with your Little One for years to come!

in case of inclement weather  ie. Rain or snow – classes will be rescheduled and made up


Too Good Pond – Main St., Unionville

 (meeting place behind the Varley Art Gallery, parking lot off of Carlton Rd)

SPRING :    Early birds:  Friday  1:45-3:00pm   April 6- May 4   5 weeks  $60.

Later  spring                       Friday 1:45- 3:00 pm   May 11- June 29   8 weeks $99


Scarborough- Thompson park , Brimley Ave. (just north  Lawrence)

( meeting place in Main parking lot by museum off of Brimley)

SPRING:    Early birds     Thursday    11:00 am-12:15   April 5-May 3   5 weeks   $60.

Later spring :                     Thursday 11:00 am – 12:15   May 10- June 28  8 weeks  $99.






Infant massage 


Infant massage is a great way to bond with your baby.   What’s more,  massage can promote better sleeping, relieve colic, and even enhance an infants immune system, motor skills and intellectual development.

This is an informative session where both parents are welcome to attend, parents will be taught the basics of baby massage technique –  hands on baby , so they will be able to use the skills learned at home.

baby massage is taught by Diane at the Cornell Community Centre ,

mondays 1:30-2:30 pm

tuesday  11:45-12:45 pm

thursday 1-2 pm

register with City of Markham






if you would like to register for two stroller fitness classes per week : you pay only $149.

** add on classes must be in the same session , not saved and used later