I have a formal education which includes a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Leadership & Management. Additionally, I have earned 6 continuing education certifications, the most relevant being a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC) instructor and a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 2 golf fitness professional. My current studies relate to neuroscience, physical therapy and biomechanics. My education, however, would not be as valuable without having extensive experience to be paired with it.
During my time as an NCAA collegiate strength & conditioning coach, I worked with 18 different athletic teams, 500+ student-athletes each year, and would lead as many as 50 student-athletes on my own. Not only was my mentor a nationally recognized coach, but I have learned hands-on from some of the top leading professionals in the world. This experience alone sets me apart from most personal trainers who work in the private sector. With all that being said, I do believe that I rank among the top fitness professionals in Northern Alberta. Whereas most personal trainers have earned an online certification or two, I am certified and qualified to do what I do. I take pride in going well beyond the current bare minimum to provide a high quality service that I believe all people should have access to.
One of my goals as your coach is to help you build enough confidence to take what you've learned from our sessions to train wherever and whenever you want. To make this possible, I considered all of the workout equipment that is currently available on the market, selecting the best in terms of functional training, versatility, effectiveness, and affordability. Kettlebells, ultimate sandbags, and suspension training systems meet all of these criteria. You don't need machines or expensive equipment that you see in a typical gym to meet your goals. Equipment such as dumbbells, barbells and bumper plates are an added luxury to have, but are not as versatile and effective. Stationary machines is an entire blog post in itself, but for now, just know that they don't prepare you for life outside of the gym. The main takeaway is, $200-$300 of equipment is all you need to have a fully operational "gym" at your disposal. This is roughly equivalent to a 1-year gym membership.
I don't believe that physical training should be limited to a gym, especially now that we're becoming more aware of how poor air quality and circulation in most gyms, small and large, is causing more harm to our immune and respiratory system than we may realize. For these reasons and others, I have recently committed to offering all training services in an open indoor space with proper air flow during the Fall and Winter months. In the Spring and Summer months, all training will transition outdoors so that we can embrace the many benefits that clean air and the environment can provide to us.
I have spent the last 4 years observing, reflecting and thinking about how the fitness industry has evolved dating back to the early 1900's. The COVID pandemic has exposed some major flaws in the fitness industry, one being the business model of corporate gyms, which generally speaking, prioritizes profit over health in many ways. My current projection, and hope, is that box gyms will soon become a thing of the past, paving a path for better things to come for both qualified coaches and the general human population.
Teams work together towards a common goal, which is one reason why I list what most people know as "group" training as "team" training instead. A group exercise class is a group of random people who generally attend a class whenever they feel like it. A team training program is a TEAM of the same people who will feel more accountable to attend all sessions and support one another along the journey of improved health. A team-oriented approach to training also provides a comfortable environmental and experience for beginners by giving people the opportunity to choose who they train with. Most importantly, training becomes more fun when you have teammates by your side.
Strength & conditioning plays a main part in our training sessions, but I have chosen to combine concentration training via conscious breathwork and Eastern meditation practices with Western strength & conditioning. Why? Most people can accomplish all of their weight lifting needs in no more than 30-minutes. Our yoga flow warm up and plank series takes about 15-minutes, which leaves us 15 additional minutes to fill a 1-hour training session with concentration and meditation training. In just 1 hour, you will get all the benefits that you need in terms of developing your cognitive, emotional, spiritual and physical being.