Before Landon introduced me to the beauty of the weight room I had no interest in lifting and I had no clue why I should. I, too, believed in the stereotypical cardio = fat loss and lifting = bulky muscles. I would add up what I had eaten that day as I lay in bed at night, always ensuring I had stayed within my self-proclaimed 1500 calorie allotment. I would never eat sweets, vowing to be a “clean eater” – whatever that means – which always ended in a binging, guilt-ridden disaster whenever I was in a situation where sweets were in abundance. It wasn’t until I began educating myself on the methods I now practice myself and use with my clients that I came to realize two things – that eating a cookie when I want one will actually do the opposite of what I used to think it would do, and that there is actually no better feeling than smashing a new personal best in the gym.
After receiving my bachelor’s in physical education I went on to complete my post-degree exercise physiologist certification. That’s all good and well, but most of my knowledge has actually come from working with people like you, and all those other people out there that are nothing like you. Everyone comes with their unique struggles and barriers to making lasting changes. That interaction with my clients is what will always challenge me to be better, to stay up to date on the latest research, to push myself out of my comfort zone to learn new training methods and ways of thinking about nutrition, and to ultimately be my best self so that I can help you find yours. I will challenge you out of your comfort zone too, pushing your physical limits and challenging your current beliefs about training and nutrition. I want to teach you why you should question the abundance of mis-information out there, how to recognize fads and understand why they will not help you get where you want them to, and to show you why self-love is more important for your progress than any calorie you can count, weight you can lift, or mile you can run. I require from all my clients their commitment to being honest with me, to consistently give me their best effort, and to believing that they are capable of achieving what they want for themselves.
My passion for fitness started with a long history of playing competitive sports from a very early age. This eventually led me to the weight room to enhance my performance in sport and as a by-product my physique. A competitive spirit and desire to push the envelope and see what I was capable of led me to pursue a lifelong dream of competing in bodybuilding and powerlifting. This was the start of something amazing. Numerous competitions later, I have had success both as a natural bodybuilder and raw powerlifter.
I have been passionate about health and fitness for many years. For years, always filling my spare time reading, learning and reviewing research to continue to further my knowledge for my personal pursuits. This eventually led to the opportunity to use this knowledge towards helping others. I became a certified personal trainer and made another lifelong goal a reality by opening up a private gym with Laura.
I now spend my days working with clients and designing their training and nutrition plans. I strongly believe in leading by example, which is why I strive to practice what I preach every single day. Every minute I am not with clients I am immersed in the latest research on training and nutrition always working to further my knowledge. This allows me to continually better my ability to help people achieve their goals in healthy and sustainable ways. In the little spare time that I have, I prefer to either spend the days in one of 2 ways: 1) Traveling the to the beaches of Mexico to unplug and recharge or 2) Traveling to a attend a conference or workshop to further my knowledge on training! Laura and myself frequently attend conferences world wide to see and meet industry professionals speak on the subjects we love. We are life-long learners in the pursuit to become experts in our respective fields.
During an intro people usually start from the beginning. My beginning was always football, but I always found myself more interested in the strength and conditioning aspects of sport. My determination, athleticism, and willingness to invest in training were all key aspects to my success. My biggest accomplishments include making an impact as a 5 year starter at the University of Alberta Golden Bears and being a top performer at the National Invitational Combine.
When I graduated from the University of Alberta Golden Bears I felt the need for something to keep me competitive and I stumbled upon powerlifting. As a sport that combines lifting maximal weights in a competition setting I found my calling. I quickly became a student of the sport, earning 4 National Championships in two different weight classes. With my success I was also invited to be a part of the Power Rack Strength team which is home to some of the best powerlifters in the world. With this platform I am able to stay active in the community writing blogs and articles, as well as having access to some of the greatest minds in strength and conditioning.
My philosophy is pretty simple. Approach your fitness goals with the same care you would as a professional athlete. Your body is the single most beneficial thing you can invest in and treating it with care is not unlike professionals who get paid to use their body for athletic purposes. Outside of proper nutrition and adequate sleep the single most effective way to see progress is through proper programming. This includes a thoughtful and specific warm-up, training your weaknesses, and program a thoughtful training schedule with the intention of long term success.
From a young age I played every sport that was accessible. I started training at the age of 12 for multiple different sports; soccer, boxing and most notably hockey. I always enjoyed training and having a coach myself. I understood how valuable having a teacher was in the development of movement literacy. Unfortunately, I succumbed to multiple injuries due to early over-specialization. Even though I had great coaches there was something missing from my training. That lead me into the world of rehabilitation and strength training. I immersed myself into the research and began to develop my own training methods and have not looked back since.
These days I am focused on educating both clients, athletes and fitness professionals on the best training methods to optimize individual performance. I have come to understand that each person has individual physical and psychological differences and their training program should reflect that. Planning for these variations will lead to a successful training program. Through educating each individual on the “why” of training, we can hopefully develop training autonomy and a lifetime of healthy movement.
I dove head first into the deep waters of fitness & nutrition as a junior in High School. Like many people are, I was very quickly mesmerized by the many extremes, empty promises and conflicting “facts” promoted by the industry. With the internet making it so easy to get an answer to your fitness and nutrition questions, it’s hard not to get caught up in the “quick fixes” and misinformation. I did not have much professional help to guide me through the drastic lifestyle changes I was making, so with Google as my main sidekick, I encountered a host of unnecessary bumps and turbulences along the way. After navigating my way through the fog over my first few years as a “fitness junkie”, I discovered my passion for finding out the best, evidence-based practices in regards to fitness and nutrition. This led me to pursue my Personal Training Certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology in hopes of one day being able to guide others along their fitness journeys in a smoother, time-productive and enjoyable manner.
When it comes to my training style, I believe that the basics are what work best. With so many new tools, programs, equipment, exercises, and more available within the fitness sphere these days, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s currently novel, sexy, and exciting. At the end of the day, nothing beats the basic fundamental movement patterns (squatting, hinging, pushing, pulling, etc.) and the most basic training tools (free weights, bodyweight). My purpose isn’t to convince you whether or not squatting on a BOSU ball on 1 leg with your eyes closed is the answer to all of your problems, regardless of how exciting that may sound. My purpose is to present all of the fundamentals of exercise science, biomechanics and coaching strategies so that you can safely and efficiently reach your goals.
My purpose is to take all of the guess work out and provide the support and assistance needed to ensure your goals are achieved, sustained, and progressed to keep you moving in the right direction.
Working with me you will understand that fitness is about getting an edge on life more than it is about a physique or a PR. A good physique is amazing and a strong body is empowering and there is no doubt it is probably a big part of your goals but when all is said and done we are here to live our best life. We are here to be strong for as long into our life as possible and be able to move functionally outside of the gym everyday.
The fitness industry is incredibly competitive, there is always a trainer or coach willing to work harder or put more into it. The clients in the city make a choice of who will be able to take them from point A to point B most harmoniously. I believe that my passion for making people holistically better will help people with their choice. I am driven to always learn more, become better, reinvent myself mentally and physically to be at my best every day. Personal growth is something I strive for in my own life and it will no doubt positively impact those that I work with. I know that my continued development will make other people’s lives better, and I know my pursuit of knowledge will never end.
As a kid I grew up playing team sports, did well in Cross Country running, and did a lot of short distance track. I loved gym and sport performance classes in high school and I always thought to myself, “man, I wish I could just do this for a job”. Despite not entering the industry until quite a few years later, somehow a series of events has led me here, and I couldn’t be happier. I excel in an environment where I am called to support others and I perform best on a team that is highly motivated with a clear vision for the future.
I want you to walk out of L2 Fitness enlightened in the fact that we shook up your framework, and made you realize you are stronger and more capable than you ever imagined. Your boundaries can be expanded if you just step a little out of that comfort zone. It’s easier to be brave and move forward when you have a community that supports your growth, this is the community we have here. Our trainers and every member of the L2 family that comes through the door have a way of building you up. I look forward to raising the bar with you.