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.

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