SHEILA TOWNSEND, BHK, Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Coach

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Body Transformation/ Weight loss
  • Active Rehabilitation
  • Strength Training
  • Core Training
  • Muscle Building

INTERESTS:

Training, weight lifting, basketball, any sports, and my puppy Sheldon.

Sheila has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from UBC and over 10 years of training and coaching experience. She is an expert in weight loss training, is an IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist and is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

Sheila has a lifelong passion for athletics. She had an illustrious career for the UBC Thunderbird Basketball team from 2000-2005. In that time, she led the Thunderbirds to their first National Championship in 30 years, and was named an All-Canadian.
While at UBC, Sheila was selected to the Canadian National Basketball Team and represented Canada internationally for 5 years. She played basketball professionally in Australia, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

JESSE TUPPER, CSCS, Strength & Conditioning Coach, CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Trainer

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SPECIALITY AREAS:

  • Body Transformations
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Olympic lifting
  • Core Training
  • High intensity training

INTERESTS:

Olympic Weight lifting, basketball, football, hiking…anything active!

Jesse has over 10 years of training and coaching experience. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), an IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist, and a Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach. Jesse also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC.

Jesse loves to play sports and compete. He played receiver and defensive back for UBC from 1998-2004. Jesse then went on to play professionally for the Manchester Wolves of the Arena League 2 for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Jesse and Sheila co-founded Prime Strength + Conditioning in 2007 and opened their first training studio in 2009.

AARON HARGREAVES, CPT, Strength & Conditioning Coach, CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Trainer

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Strength training
  • Youth Sport specific training
  • Weight loss and toning
  • High intensity training

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:

Training, working out, and exercising is a mentality and a lifestyle! Making healthy choices throughout your day is the foundation for nourishing the body and mind! I believe your attitude towards fitness says a lot about who you are! No matter your fitness level or goals, putting in time and effort towards your training is the best investment you can make. Always strive to better yourself each and everyday, and be the best possible you!

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Sports, training, movies, food and enjoying life!

COLE MCGRATH, BHK, Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Coach

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Strength training
  • Active rehabilitation
  • Sport specific training
  • Weight loss and toning
  • High intensity training

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY:

I believe exercise should be used as a sustainable, efficient and effective tool to help you feel better, look better and be able to enjoy your life more as you age. Whether that enjoyment means improving your golf or tennis game through improved strength and mobility or just being healthy and strong enough to keep up with your children or grandchildren.

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

I love playing almost any sport but some of my favorites include golf, badminton and hockey.

I also enjoy any activity that allows you to enjoy the outdoors like hiking and kayaking.

Andrew Kanerva, BKin, KINESIOLOGIST, NSCA STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH, NCCP Level 1 Certified

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Specialty Areas:

  • Strength training
  • Athletic performance
  • Movement ability

Interests:

Andrew enjoys being physically active through all walks of life. Most importantly, he loves sharing his passion for weight training with others. During his time away from the gym, Andrew loves to cook and explore new recipes. He also enjoys hiking; he is on his way to conquering every hike the north shore and the lower mainland has to offer. When you can't find Andrew cooking, hiking, or working, he is in the gym working out. He has a bachelor’s degree of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and is certified by the national strength and conditioning association as well as the coaching association of Canada. Andrew has enjoyed over ten years of high performance sports competition at the BC provincial and Canadian national level. In addition to his position at Prime, Andrew also works with varsity athletic teams at the UBC’s varsity weight room.

Philosophy:

My purpose in life is to explore boundaries. In the gym, I am a large proponent of accountability whereby the hones for health is shared between client and trainer. I am responsible for myself and accountable for my actions. I work to explore physical boundaries and to inspire those around me. I look for areas of improvement and provide the best of my ability to help others realize improvements.

CHRIS KIM, BHK, Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Youth Athlete Training

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Functional Strength Training 
  • Movement and Postural Correction
  • Active Rehabilitation
  • Flexibility and Mobility

Training Philosophy

People say you are what you eat. I agree, but I also think you are what you do and how you move. 

The human body is an amazing machine fine tuned over millions of years to adapt and change in response to stimuli; be it good or bad. With time, you have the power to shape your body to become anything you want it to be (be it hyper-flexible like a yogi, graceful and dynamic like a dancer, or explosive like a football player). However, the body doesn't discriminate what behaviours to adapt to. You can waste this amazing potential by exposing yourself to negative behaviours like sitting all day...which will result in you becoming really good at sitting (at a huge cost)! Regardless of what behaviours you choose, one thing is for certain; you are what you do (and how you do it). With that in mind, my mission as your trainer is to:

  • Help you discover a love for health and fitness because health is your greatest resource! Being healthy will enable you to pursue and excel in other areas of your life, but it doesn't work the other way around. Health must come first. 
  • Improve your movement quality by helping you develop a better connection between your mind and your body. Moving more and moving better will have a profoundly positive impact on the way you look, feel, and live!

INTERESTS:

Calisthenics, Gymnastics, Movement
All sports especially volleyball (beach/indoor), basketball, golf, football, soccer
Evolutionary Perspective of Health and the Paleo Lifestyle
Dogs
Reading
Coffee
Self-Mastery 

Alan Kemp, BCRPA

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  • SPECIALTY AREAS:
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Movement and Postural Correction
  • Active Rehabilitation

INTERESTS:

 road cycling, running, hiking, golfing and cooking up a storm!

PHILOSOPHY:

I believe that when you put the time in, put forward a good effort, and stay positive, the results will follow. 

Training for a specific goal or sport, or exercising to stay healthy should be safe, fun, and something 

you want to keep coming back to. Always aim high, and make sure to have fun along the way.

 

Dylan Frederickson, B.HKin, BCAK, CSEP-CEP, Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Strength and Conditioning Training
  • Active Rehabilitation
  • Weight Loss and Body Transformation

INTERESTS:

Hiking, Running, Swimming, Kayaking, Ski/Snowboard, Martial Arts, Travel and Music

PHILOSOPHY:

There are many reasons why people choose to exercise. Whether you want to improve your sport performance, reduce health risks, or look and feel better I can help you achieve your goals. Using a functional, yet fun approach I’ll help give you an edge – an edge in performance, and edge in health, and an edge in life.

 

Jenny Soderman, ACE , HKC, DVRT Certified

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SPECIALTY AREAS

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Athletic Training
  • Small Group Training

INTERESTS:

Love of outdoors, including hiking, running, biking, snowboarding and kayaking.  Travelling, food and new adventures!

PHILOSOPHY:

Growing up I spent my weekends playing soccer, joining all sports team I possibly could in school, and practiced every other sport my small town had to offer. Always up for trying new activities once, and then again twice because I love it, my determination and curiosity has me never turning down a challenge, or an opportunity for new experiences. Time and time again, I’m reminded of the positive effects exercise has on my own physical and psychological well-being, and my appreciation for what our bodies and minds can achieve is ever increasing. As a Personal Trainer, I want to share my enthusiasm, encourage a happier lifestyle, and help you realize what your body is capable of. I believe that with the right training program, a bit of determination and support, anyone can achieve their goals.“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C.S. Lewis

 

Tony Fu, Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Boxing and Martial Arts for Fitness
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Weight Loss and Body Transformation

INTERESTS:

Painting and visual arts, Self Defense, Surfing and Snowboarding

PHILOSOPHY:

Like mastering a skill, I believe that consistency is key to achieving one's fitness goals.  It takes time to develop healthy habits, and it is as much a challenge for  the mind as it is for the body.  So it's important to have fun and enjoy your journey along the way to a better you!  Make it a success for both the body and the mind!

 

Sebastian Zackowski, BSc, CPT, ACE Ortho Rehab Specialist, CSIA Level III

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Active Rehabilitation
  • Core Training
  • Sport Specific Training

INTERESTS:

Skiing, Hiking, Cooking, Baseball and Dogs

PHILOSOPHY:

I believe that physical activity expands far beyond structured exercise. As a personal trainer, I strive to provide my clients the capacity to exceed their individual goals both inside and outside of the gym. The best way to achieve and maintain the results you are looking for is to enjoy yourself along the way, and through innovative program design and an infectious passion for health and fitness, I help my clients reach their potential.

 

Corey Woods, Canfit Pro Certification, Active Aging Program, Zumba Certified

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Weight Loss and Conditioning
  • Flexibility and Mobility

INTERESTS:

 Dancing, Film and TV, hiking, swimming and cycling

PHILOSOPHY:

I am a strong believer that regular fitness is great for you mentally and also physically. When you make the effort to come into the gym and give it your all, you are investing time into bettering yourself. Your mood changes, your mind is clear and your body feels stronger and lighter. I like to introduce creative and fun circuit styles into my training so you feel as though time goes by a lot faster. I think workouts should be enjoyable and satisfying and should not feel like another task in your day. No matter where you are in your fitness journey any place is a good place to start. So start investing the time into yourself now. You deserve it!

 

Lisa Gervais, ACE and BCRPA Certified PT, SFL

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Strength Training
  • Active Rehabilitation
  • Weight Loss and Conditioning
  • Sport Specific Training

INTERESTS:

Rugby, Fencing, Powerlifting and Hockey, Cooking, Watching crime dramas, or Hiking with my pup Dexy

PHILOSOPHY:

My training philosophy is based on personal experience with pain. Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis can be a challenge at times, but following my personal philosophy "Feel Better. Live Better." I always find a way to make a movement or an exercise pain free. I take this experience and use it with my clients. If they have a goal, together we will find a way to help them achieve it. This all begins with how we move and helping clients learn to move better during daily activities will help them feel better overall.

 

Barry Duncan, BCRPA, ACE, NSCA-CPT, PADI Instrctor, Sport Nutrition Specialist

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • post rehabilitation
  • muscle movement
  • active rehabilitation
  • strength and conditioning 

INTERESTS:

An avid outdoorsman, with a love for water, jazz or blues music, and spending time with my wife Nikki, and dog Zorro

PHILOSOPHY:

As a Certified Personal Trainer, I am passionate about using my broad knowledge and skills, to inspire, encourage and support you to be the best active version of yourself you can be! Every session is about you taking small steps to achieve your goals with guidance, support and your own private cheer squad. Roald Dahl said “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it with full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all be passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”

 

Sara Bannister, BDes

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SPECIALITY AREAS:

  • Client care
  • Studio Operations and Team Management

INTERESTS:

Sara enjoys aiding in the development of teams, and establishing relationships with others.  

She is a Fashion Management (B, Des) graduate of Ryerson University, with an extensive background in recruitment and operations.

Sara brings years of client care experience to Prime, and aids in all client services at our studio.

Since joining the Prime Team, Sara has embraced new aspects of personal health and fitness, and hopes to expand her education in the field.

Sara is also an AGC with the North Vancouver Football Club, volunteers with the Hastings Baseball League, and in her spare time enjoys time with her husband and children.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

“Fill your mind with good, and surround yourself with people who lift you up”  Lewis Howes

Keven Fitzpatrick, Advanced Diploma Fitness and Lifestyle Management, CSEP-CPT

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SPECIALTY AREAS:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports-Specific Athletic Training

INTERESTS:

Speed skating, Road cycling, Baseball, Film & Television

PHILOSOPHY:

Like mastering a skill, I believe that consistency is key to achieving one's fitness goals.  It takes time to develop healthy habits, and it is as much a challenge for  the mind as it is for the body.  So it's important to have fun and enjoy your journey along the way to a better you!  Make it a success for both the body and the mind!