Knowledge and Expertise

Did you know that in Canada Personal Trainers are not required to be certified?

If a Personal Trainer doesn’t declare that they are certified or registered with a provincial body then that likely means they don’t have any Personal Training credentials.

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ExpertiSe and knowledge

Why does being a Certified Personal Trainer Matter?

I am a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer. To achieve that accreditation I had to first become a Certified Fitness Leader, then a had to become a Certified Fitness Leader with specialization in Weight Training, lastly I became a Certified Personal Trainer. These certifications took months to complete as they covered a lot of material. It required commitment and a lot of studying time for several exams. It’s important for someone claiming to be a Personal Trainer to have this education because IT IS possible to do exercises the wrong way. It is also possible for that Personal Trainer to cause injuries without having the proper education on how the joints move. There are personal trainers that also claim to be certified, but they received that certification in a weekend training session. Ask yourself, if you took the steps that have brought you to this point, don’t you deserve someone that will take this as seriously as you?

No matter the years

You’re never too old to learn new tricks. I have worked with adults of all ages. One thing all these people have in common regardless of their age is that they feel great about the changes they see when they start training, and they don’t want to stop

Joint Hypermobility

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Marfan Syndrome, Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (which is not benign) area all conditions that affect the hypermobility of the joints. This hypermobility is caused by a defect in the connective tissue. This often causes individuals to live with intermittent of constant pains in their body. Some people can be less affected, but still suffer with stability issues, support issue, internal prolapses, etc. I’ve had to live through many of these issues myself with having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. One of the biggest obstacles was finding someone to train me that understood the hazards of my condition. With Connective Tissue diseases you can’t jump into training like someone who doesn’t have the condition. It requires a progressive organized plan to build up your strength. It also requires understanding the fundamental techniques like proper breathing to avoid Valsalva effect which can apply more pressure on the already weakened connective tissue.

Conditions you may face

While many conditions such as a stroke, Cerebral Palsy or Dystonia can affect the way your body functions, moves, and feels, it doesn’t mean you can’t train. You can still build up strength, you can reduce pain, you can set yourself up for a more enjoyable future. I will develop a plan for you that is specific to your bodies needs and current limitations.

* If you have known medical conditions you may be required to provide written consent to workout from a physician before training will begin.

How pain can stop you in your tracks

When you suffer from pain due to a disease, disorder, age, or injury it can be very easy to see working out as something that you want to avoid. I mean why would you want to work out, fatigue your muscle, cause hypertrophy? Cause you want to limit your pain not add more! But, the fact of the matter is, you can’t just stop moving in your every day life, and if you don’t develop the strength to support your daily movements then not only does the idea of training become something you fear, but soon you fear moving at all. There is a way to train even if you are someone who suffers from chronic pain, pain that comes and goes, or even pain triggered by movement. My passion is to help as many people as possible achieve a more comfortable and healthy life.

Training with a pacemaker or while on heart medications.

I have personally had to face all these issues. Now if anyone every tells you that having a pacemaker or being on beta blockers, or calcium channel blocker, or anti arrythmics wont affect how you train…run. Of course those things affect how you can train, but it doesn’t mean you can’t. It may require modifications, but I can develop you a plan to train while living with heart conditions.

* Training with Heart conditions or while on heart medications does require written consent from a physician before session will begin.

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