Finding a home in Fitness

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Student Spotlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Grad Spotlight: Cody Taylor   "I struggled with insecurities and anxiety that I let ruin many experiences for me, yet when I started working out I found a second home"   "Before becoming a personal trainer I always knew I wanted to do something that would help people. I struggled with insecurities and anxiety that [...]

Feet First: Why Functional Training Starts From the Ground Up

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Mobility & Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"As a coach and trainer for close to 20 years now, I’ve seen how we exercise evolve dramatically!" When I first started helping people learn to workout, I spent the first 3-8 sessions showing my clients how to use the circuit machines––one machine per muscle group, 8-15 machines for a total body workout. The rationale was [...]

Traits of a Great Trainer: Empathy

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Instructor Spotlight, Motivation, Professional Development & Client Interaction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What is empathy? There’s a story about a trainer, Drew Manning, who purposely gained, and then lost, 70 pounds.1 He claimed he did this because, as a lifelong fitness junkie, he had a hard time understanding what some of his clients were experiencing.  So he quit working out and started eating junk food.  After gaining the [...]

Grad Spotlight: Sarah Boyes

By | May 30th, 2018|Categories: Student Spotlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Born and raised in Vancouver BC I am a true Vancouverite! At a young age I was a competitive gymnast, dancer, swimmer and performer. Being young, active and not having much knowledge of nutrition I really ate whatever I pleased. I am also half Filipino which means I was surrounded by the most delicious foods imaginable. [...]

The Hazards of Running and How to Avoid Them

By | April 2nd, 2018|Categories: HIIT & Specialized Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Running is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get physical activity in. It requires no equipment and you can tailor it to your fitness level with ease. You don’t need a membership and you can perform it anywhere & at anytime. For these reasons and more it is one of the most commonly used [...]

From Shy to Shining Star! BCPTI Grad Cinthya found her passion in Fitness.

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Student Spotlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

#GradSpotlight From an early age, in my hometown of Colima, Mexico I decided that for my career I would be a business woman and own a Travel Agency. It was in 2004 when I accomplished my goal by opening my own Travel Agency. I managed it for 6 years; those were incredible and rewarding years that [...]

Turning your desire to learn into a passion for educating others

By | January 18th, 2018|Categories: Instructor Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

" I'm Brian Truong and I am in the final semester of completing my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. I'm currently doing a practicum at the Fraser North Eating Disorders Program offered through Fraser Health as a Student Clinical Therapist while working as a Personal Trainer  for Steve Nash Sports Club and an Educator [...]

Hyper-Mobility, Performance & Recovery: Nervous System-Based Activation & Deactivation

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Mobility & Movement, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The sitting disease and automation are killing our nervous systems, proprioception, function, metabolism, and mobility. Today more than ever, clients walk in the training door deactivated. Even those who work out regularly spend most of their day in low nervous system activation. In this 3 part series, you'll learn how to use foam rolling & vibration [...]

Deconstructing the Deadlift

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Squat & Deadlift|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There are more opinions on deadlift technique than there are Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors. How does one decide the correct technique? Who should deadlift? What is the best warm-up for deadlifting? How do you progress to maximize gain, and minimize the risk of injury? Honestly, I'd be writing for a week to answer all of [...]

Shoulder Mobility & Movement Prep

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Mobility & Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In our world of sedentary lifestyles, phones and computers, sitting disease leading to typically poor posture and poor shoulder function is all too common. The shoulder joint without muscular contraction and synergistic stability is very unstable. While things like genetics, muscular balance, shoulder joint fibrosis and previous injury can certainly restrict ROM, most people actually have [...]

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