MARK / Personal Trainer

Physical exercise can save your life. This is a simple fact that Mark knows to be true – firsthand. As a child, Mark suffered with severe and frequent asthma attacks. His survival depended on the use of oxygen tanks and regular hospital stays but, even so, he came frighteningly close to dying on several occasions. At the age of thirteen, he took control of his health by starting to work out at a gym, both weight- and cardio-training. As his strength and stamina increased, his body functions reached a new level of efficiency. Through hard work and dedication, he overcame his asthma and has experienced no attacks since he was seventeen.

Not surprisingly, this life-changing experience is partly what compelled Mark to become a Personal Trainer: to communicate his enthusiasm for health and fitness to his clients and motivate them to conquer whatever they believe to be their physical limitations, to strive to achieve goals they never dared dream of before. Since his late teens, he has worked as a fitness advisor and group exercise instructor, a physio assistant, and an assistant basketball coach in high school. He qualified as a Personal Trainer by the time he was twenty.

Mark’s remarkable background, his training qualifications and his degree in Kinesiology make him ideally suited to train a variety of clients with a variety of fitness goals. And his friendly, approachable, enthusiastic personality guarantees that he develops close relationships with those he trains: so, as much as he motivates his clients to push forward and better themselves every day for their own benefit, he also has a deeply personal stake in their progress.

CREDENTIALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Honours Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Kinesiology (University of Guelph-Humber)
  • Can-Fit-Pro – Certified Personal Trainer Specialist
  • Can-Fit-Pro – Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist
  • Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma (Humber College)
  • Standard First Aid & CPR-proficiency – Health Care Provider (HCP) level with Automated External De-fibrillation (AED) certification

SPECIALIZING IN:

Rehabilitation training, Weight-loss, Weight-gain, Strength and conditioning, Sport-specific training, Functional movement screening, Dynamic - flexibility and stretching, Core conditioning, Posture assessment, General fitness

 

NORA / Personal Trainer

In addition to being a coach and motivator, Nora understands that a Personal Trainer must provide emotional support to her clients. These three roles are required because no individual will attend every training session with the same needs: enthusiasm, stamina and determination will vary just as life’s challenges differ from one day to the next.

Nora learned this important lesson from her own physical fitness journey. Due to the stress of balancing both life and school, she began to gain weight and soon came to the realization that she was not doing all she could to live healthily. Eager for change, she made a deliberate effort to be as active as possible. Within months of joining the gym, her dramatic improvements in health and physical appearance were not going unnoticed. She started to train with friends, striving to become the best version of herself she could be by continuously setting and attaining more challenging goals. Training allows her to be creative, efficient and limitless, in a safe and positive atmosphere.

Nora’s journey taught her that everyone is fighting a battle of their own and needs a friendly ear or, sometimes, an exhausting workout to get them through the rough times. Since 2012, her caring support and cheerful encouragement have enabled those she trains to safely and effectively reach and exceed their fitness goals, to achieve the healthy lives that may have proved elusive in the past. Her philosophy of never comparing yourself to anyone else, of only striving to be a better version of yourself each day, is a lesson that brings out the best in her clients both inside and out of the gym. 

CREDENTIALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKIN) (University of Toronto)
  • Can-Fit-Pro – Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR & First Aid certified

SPECIALIZING IN:

Weight-loss, Muscle-gain, Muscle toning, Core conditioning, General fitness and conditioning, Strength training, Weight-lifting, Dynamic flexibility and stretching, Plyometric training, Cardio respiratory endurance training, Injury assessment and rehabilitation

 

TYRONE / Personal Trainer

Tyrone understands the importance of determination. When he was a boy, he competed in his first 50-metre sprint race as part of a school sports day. Because he was small, his rivals didn’t even rate him as competition; yet his determination – his will to achieve the goal he was visualizing and win – enabled him to cross the finish-line first. It was this determination that transformed him from underdog to serious contender. And it’s this same sort of determination that he now helps his personal training clients generate within themselves, so that they can visualize their own health and fitness finish-line – and cross it.

Determination is what empowered Tyrone to become a professional sprinter who competed for twenty years at the elite level for England and Great Britain. This national and international experience – plus his achieving the ranking of second-fastest sprinter in the UK, eighth in Europe, and sixteenth in the world – inspired the development of his personal training philosophy, “there can be no growth without resistance”; or, simply put, a person must be willing to work to attain a desired fitness objective.

Having witnessed firsthand the rewards such determined work can bring, Tyrone translated his performance skills to coaching and personal training. He’s trained elite-level athletes (including professional soccer players); coached at community sports centres and primary schools, and for the Dame Kelly Legacy Trust where it was children and adolescents who benefited from his exercise and dietary expertise; and worked as a Personal Trainer for more than a decade, inspiring non-athletes and athletes alike to draw on their previously untapped self-confidence and inner-strength to achieve their goals. Anyone Tyrone trains comes to appreciate the connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind; and to share in his belief that, if you look after your body when you’re young, your body will look after you when you’re older.

CREDENTIALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Can-Fit-Pro – Certified Personal Trainer Specialist
  • National Coaching Foundation - Sports Coach UK – Level 3 Instructor (teaching and coaching)
  • UK Athletics – Level 2 Coaching (speed, endurance, and plyometrics)
  • National Coaching Foundation - Sports Coach UK – Coaching & the Law - Certificate
  • National Coaching Foundation - Sports Coach UK – Good Practice & Child Protection - Certificate

SPECIALIZING IN:

Weight-loss, Muscle building/weight-gain, Strength and conditioning (for athletes and non-athletes), Sport-specific training, Plyometric training, Functional strength training, Speed training, Power training, Dynamic flexibility and stretching, Injury prevention training/rehabilitation training, Core conditioning, Posture and gait assessment and analysis, General fitness, conditioning, and health improvement, Coaching competitive athletes for fitness competitions, Athletic performance improvement

 

JONATHAN / Personal Trainer

Jonathan has been working out since he was nine years old. His mother was undergoing cancer treatment at the time and had been told by her doctor that exercise would benefit her recovery. So Jonathan began exercising with her to help her stay motivated. It was this early experience of encouraging another person to achieve their health and fitness goals that led to him becoming not just a Personal Trainer, but one who is dedicated one-hundred percent to the success of his clients. Once a client is under Jonathan’s wing, the two of them are partners on a shared, rewarding journey.

The only time Jonathan ever received a birthday gift he’d asked for was when he turned twelve. The gift was a weight bench and it became, in a sense, the foundation for his lifelong passion for working out. It was through lifting weights, in high school, university, and after – through the difficult but valuable process of trying and failing and trying again – that he learned an important truth about himself: successes in life weren’t going to come easily to him but, by educating himself on all aspects of health, fitness, nutrition and exercise, and working hard, he would achieve his objectives in the end.

It’s this hard-work ethic that Jonathan, since acquiring his Personal Trainer certification in 2015, has consistently emphasized to his clients, who range in age from twelve to eighty. Primarily, he uses his fact- and evidence-based expertise to guide and motivate individuals who want to lose weight, become stronger, and improve their quality of life; but he also coaches competitive bodybuilders and athletes striving for performance improvement. No matter what type of client he’s partnered with, however, his philosophy remains the same: we all have struggles and obstacles to deal with in life – some, seemingly insurmountable – but, with effort and determination, even the most towering mountain can be moved, piece by piece.

CREDENTIALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR / AED (Automated External Defibrillator) – Level C Certified

SPECIALIZING IN:

  • Weight-loss
  • Muscle building/weight-gain
  • Strength and conditioning (for athletes and non-athletes)
  • Functional strength training
  • Injury prevention training/rehabilitation training
  • General fitness, conditioning, and health improvement
  • Coaching competitive athletes for fitness competitions
  • Athletic performance improvement
  • Bootcamp workouts
  • Post-rehab workouts (in conjunction with a chiropractor)
  • Corrective-exercise workouts