I got introduced to strength training the way so many of my friends did, by planning sports. I As a kid I also watched a lot of classic action movies of the 80’s and 90’s and idolized those stars with the big muscles. After high school I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.
Because I liked working out and sports so much it was suggested I become a personal trainer. I had no idea how to become a personal trainer at the time so it was suggested that I take Kinesiology in university and go from there. I decided I was going to go to university and get my degree. I enrolled in a BSc program with a major in Human Kinetics and a Minor in Nutrition. During my time in university I also spent 5 years in the military reserves.
After university I worked at a Physiotherapy office as a Kinesiologist, helping patients with their fitness routine and doing fitness testing. I love working with injured people, helping them get better so they can become active again. I wasn’t making a lot of money in that small town in Nova Scotia so I moved west and settled in Calgary.
Here I worked as a Personal Trainer, Strength, and Conditioning Director, Program Manager and currently as the Director of Operations for a local Fitness Club.
Besides My degree, I am a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Exercise Physiologist with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I do a little guest speaking and lecturing. I also train and certify newcomers in the industry. I really enjoy spreading the knowledge and helping others become informed about their health. Even though my roles nowadays are highly administrative I still enjoy taking on someone on one client, helping people change their lives.
My main focus now a day is behavior change. Trying to establish and maintain the habit of exercise for those that have never been able to make it a habit. Focusing on building that habit first, without the habit you will never make any physical changes.
I encourage all of my clients to embrace health and fitness so they can make positive changes to their life.
“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley