ABOUT BCPTI

OUR MISSION

At the British Columbia Personal Training Institute we mold world class personal trainers to positively impact people’s lives through Service, Science, and Sales.

OUR VISION

To provide affordable, highly personalized, cutting edge, research driven and industry relevant education to passionate fitness professionals and enthusiasts.

Why choose the BCPTI?

With a combined 25 years of experience in the fitness industry, our team will give you the tools and knowledge you need to succeed. By providing classroom and in-gym training you’ll be well versed in both the scientific and practical approach to personal training. Our new 7-week layout has allowed for reduced class sizes for more one on one attention.  Personal training job placement is GUARANTEED post completion so why wouldn’t you choose BCPTI. Start your fitness career today!

In order to be great at any profession a strong foundation of knowledge is required. When looking to build your fitness foundation look no further than BCPTI. It’s no coincidence that the BCPTI logo has three mountain peaks. These mountains symbolize BCPTI’s commitment to the 3 S’s of Personal Training: Service, Science, and Sales.

While the core curriculum is based in science and powered by the NASM our unique and exclusive content around servicing clients and teaching state of the art consultative sales techniques will prepare you for success in the workplace. Our program builds great personal trainers, we are so confident in our three pronged approach that we guarantee employment as a Personal Trainer within 60 days of graduating.

Meet the BCPTI team of trainers & instructors

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<h2>CHRIS SMITH</h2>
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CHRIS SMITH

BCPTI Founder

Inline with his passion for education and fitness, Chris looked to create a school that would better enable trainers to succeed in the Fitness industry. Being involved in Sport and Recreation his entire life, it was a natural progression for Chris to gravitate from Sports into the Fitness industry. Since starting his career in 1997, Chris has been involved in the training and development of thousands of trainers and has spent countless hours working with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals.

Chris is the founder of the BCPTI and also serves as the President & Chief Operating Officer for Steve Nash Fitness Clubs. Chris holds a degree in Community Health and Wellness from Portland State University. Chris’s educational philosophies and training principles closely align with those of the NSCA and NASM and it’s these principles that have been the foundation to his success. Chris still enjoys training and in his spare time can be found doing something with his loving wife and their five children.

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<h2>CHAD BENSON</h2>
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CHAD BENSON

MSc, BSc, BPE, CSCS, CanFitPro PTS

Educated at the University of Victoria and Memorial University of NL, Chad is the Lead Instructor at BCPTI & Director of Fitness Education for Steve Nash Fitness Clubs.

Past training experiences include sub-contracted & consultant strength & conditioning roles with the National Sailing Team, the Vancouver Canucks, the Canadian Sport Center, B2Ten, the BC Lions, Twist Conditioning, National Women’s Basketball team & the Vancouver Ravens. Chad also has expertise with myofascial therapies, MAT, functional testing & sport rehabilitation. Educationally, Chad is a member of the JCC & CanFitPro Advisory Boards and has delivered educational content throughout North America.
In his spare time Chad enjoys the odd newfie joke, all things fitness, exploring scientific journals, red wine, recreational hockey, tennis, and warm weather destinations.

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<h2>SHELLEY SHEREN</h2>
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SHELLEY SHEREN

CPT, FST Level 3, SCS, PFS, CTT

Shelley began her career in the medical field graduating from BCIT as a Lab Technologist. Beyond her Personal Training, Shelley holds designations as a Level 3 Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist, Certified Trigenics® Trainer, Sports Conditioning Specialist and Level 2 Certified Rock Doc(Fascial Movement Taping).

Shelley has a strong commitment to learning and expertise in functional movement testing, trigger point release, adult and teenage performance training, post-partum core reconditioning and back to play rehabilitation. She has coached and participated in figure skating, martial arts and distance running.

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<h2>TERESA WRIGHT</h2>
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TERESA WRIGHT

Sales and Service Expert

Starting out as a weight room attendant at Fitness World, Teresa has developed her career immensely over her last 15 years in the fitness industry. From Trainer to Fitness Manager and eventually District Fitness Manager, Teresa has enthusiastically helped develop and mentor the careers of fitness professionals throughout the Fitness World and Steve Nash organizations for over a decade. Though Teresa continues to mentor at the club level as a Fitness Manager for the Steve Nash Fitness Clubs organization, she has additionally stepped into the role as Educator for BCPTI specializing in Service & Sales. Teresa plays an integral role in the development and success of our students during and following the program.
Furthermore, Teresa holds designations in a variety of areas such as TRX RIP & Suspension, BCRPA & CanFIT pro CPT, DotFit, BCRPA Group Fitness Instructor, Cycling Instructor & Pre and Post Natal.
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<h2>KYLE BRUCE</h2>
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KYLE BRUCE

CPT, CES, FNS

Kyle has a strong background in athletics having played semiprofessional and professional hockey for 14 years. Kyle was drafted in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers and continued to play in the WHL for many years following. Keeping in top physical shape is what set Kyle apart from other players. Playing professional hockey for so long allowed him to study under some amazing coaches and trainers that enabled him to learn different ideas and practices to approaching the body.

Upon retiring from hockey, Kyle made it his mission to learn as much information as possible. He started with getting certified through NASM as a Certified Personal Trainer. He then went on to complete his NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist certifications. Additionally, Kyle holds designations in Agatsu Kettlebell, Bulgarian Bag, and is a Master Trainer with Triggerpoint self-myofascial release.

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<h2>BRIAN TRUONG</h2>
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BRIAN TRUONG

NASM CPT, AST, PN

Brian has always had a passion for fitness and has been training for 15 years recreationally until recently where he began to compete in powerlifting where he currently holds 2 provincial records as well as the national record for bench press in the 59kg weight class. While he currently is focusing on powerlifting, Brian enjoys practicing and becoming a jack of all trades with regards to all styles and types of training. He became a personal trainer 2 years prior through the BCPTI program in order to work with children with special needs but continued to work within the Steve Nash organization. Brian is also currently doing his Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology in order to one day integrate physical and mental health into a holistic process in helping people become better and healthier. Brian has certifications that range from TRX suspension training, Bulgarian bags, Agatsu kettlebells, Precision Nutrition, Active Stretch Therapy and many more.
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<h2>DANIELA TEMPESTA</h2>
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DANIELA TEMPESTA

BGS (Applied Science), BCRPA CPT, BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders

Daniela’s extensive background in dance has lead to a successful 16+ year career in the fitness industry. Her focus is on commitment to education and finding the joy in the process of goal achievement, as well as instructor development through courses, workshops, evaluations and mentoring. She is a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders & Personal Trainer and has been involved in numerous areas of fitness including: course conducting, presenting, article writing and most passionately, group classes. She is a BCABBA Fitness Tall champion competitor, fitness model, and international presenter (BCRPA BCFit, Mantioba Fitness Council, Nelson Fitness Forum, IDEA World Convention [LA, Las Vegas], AFAA Taiwan) and her certifications include: Schwinn Cycling, BOSU Trainer, TRX Suspension, Older Adult, and Dance. A Group Fitness Manager for Steve Nash Fitness Clubs, she currently oversees Cambie, Marine Gateway and the Richmond locations.

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