Dan Jackson, Personal Training

Dan Jackson

Personal Trainer and Co-Owner

(Platinum trainer)

During my 13 years of experience in and around the fitness industry I have adjusted my approach and focus based on what I thought was important. When I was younger, I focused on lifting the heaviest weights possible, in my mid 20's my focus turned to "functional" and "core" training. By the time I reached my early 30's I realized that the human body is more complex and focusing only on big movements wasn't always the key to improving the body. I started to break down the movements and isolate the smallest muscle to get a better understanding of what muscles' were not "firing" and address that issue.  Throughout my years of experience I have concluded that all of the elements are important and can be used to train many different bodies.  There is no one way to get a result, there are multiple approaches you can take and an understanding of those different approaches is now what I am able to provide. You may need high intensity lifting to reach your goal or it could be a specific weak muscle that is causing you pain, what ever your goal is I can get you there.

Certifications

  • Can Fit Pro - Personal Trainer Specialist Certification (2001 )
  • TWIST - Sport Conditioning Coach level 1 (2007)
  • Stretch To Win Institute - Fascia Stretch Therapy Level 1 (2010)
  • Physical Activity Australia - Exercise Trainer level 4 (2013)
  • First Aid and CPR Certification with St. John’s Ambulance (recerts ongoing)
  • Personal Trainer on the Net – Web based exams (2006-2009)
  • Special Populations, Flexibility Training, Youth Training, Periodization, Functional Flexibility, Strength Training, Functional Program Design
  • Human Kinetics – Exercise Anatomy (2007)
  • TWIST - BOSU Integrated Balance Training Certification(2007)            
  • Michol Dalcourt and Chuck Wolf- MOVE, Movement Based Appraisal (2007)
  • Dr. Astrid Trim and Michelle Becker - Graduated Exercise and Program Design (2009)
  • Darby Training Systems - Optimal Back health (2011)
  • Apply First Aid Level 2 (HLTFA311A) – Clear Practical Relevant, CPR First Aid (2013)

Rebecca Franklin, Personal Training

Rebecca Franklin

Personal Trainer and Co-Owner

(Platinum Trainer)

I have been working in the fitness industry since 2007.  Throughout my time training  I have worked to improve my client's body composition, movement patterns, and function/strength.  I enjoy the art of program design and love working with various personalities where I can apply my skills to improve the quality of life for each and every client. I continuously educate myself and strive to achieve more to provide my clients with the best results possible. As a BioPrint practitioner I can provide both training and nutrition support!

Growing up as an athlete (playing varsity soccer among other sports) I found that I was constantly competing with myself. I desired to be strong, lift heavier weights, run faster and improve my flexibility.  If I didn't feel like I was challenging myself, it simply wasn't good enough. Reflecting back, I realize that I was missing the mental aspect of training. This is the part that allows you to accept your current reality and be compassionate with yourself.  Acceptance of your current reality and experiencing the ups and downs of the journey to bring about change is an exciting part of the mental aspect of achieving your goals. 

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell
— Buddha

Certifications:

  • BA in Psychology - Laurentian University (2007)
  • Post Graduate Certification in Human Resource Management - George Brown College (2008)
  • Functional Nutrition Certification (current)
  • Canfit Pro Certified (2007)
  • Valid CPR A 2016-2017
  • BioPrint Practitioner 2015
  • Poliquin Level 1
  • Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (Stretch to Win)
  • Fascial Mobilization Certified (FAT TOOL)
  • Foundations of Kettlebell Hardstyle -DTS
  • Modified Strongman Training and Energy Systems (Darby)
  • Anatomy In Motion - Body Harmonics Pilate
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Football
  • CrossFit Gymnastic
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • Olympic Lifting - Hani Kanama
  • TRX Suspension Training - One on One

Veronica Monture, Personal Trainer

Veronica Monture

Personal Trainer

(Gold Trainer)

I have been involved in athletics and fitness since I was first introduced to swimming at the age of 10 months by my grandma. From then on, I’ve had a passion for striving to achieve my physical and mental best in everything that I set out to do. With a love for learning and 7 years experience as a competitive champion rowing athlete and coach, I have come to trust that ‘knowledge is power’ when it comes to aiming to achieve one’s goals: motivation to achieve any goal requires physical, as well as mental focus and dedication, which ultimately all begins with the need for knowledge. My versatile knowledge-base has allowed me to work with clients ranging from young athletes to elderly cancer-survivors. Along with friendship, I provide fitness education and lifestyle consulting through offering functional training for every-day life specific to occupation and past-time activities, strength training and nutrition for fat-loss, nutrient supplementation protocols, as well as back and core stability training to improve posture, balance, physique, and confidence.

With a BFA and MA, my academic background is in art production as well as art and architectural history and conservation.  I turned to the field of personal training after experiencing a life-altering loss in my family when I decided to re-assess my life goals and my career. Inspired by my own personal trainer at the time,  I discovered I had an intense yearning for directly improving the quality of lives of others around me to live their best lives. Becoming a personal trainer has allowed me to inspire and motivate others to adopt a balanced lifestyle and holistic wellbeing (mind/body/spirit) in order to manage life’s inevitable stresses and hurdles on the road toward achieving one’s goals.

When I am not training, I love spending time connecting with nature and continuing to keep up with my artistic practice in oil painting and photography. I am also currently pursuing a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

The realization of all possibilities requires only imagination and dedication.

Certifications:

  • BFA in Painting – Queen’s University (2007)
  • MA in Art & Architectural History – York University (2010)
  • Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, Level 2 practitioner certification (2012)
  • Personal Trainer Specialist certification - canfitpro (2013)
  • CPR A (2013- current)
  • TRX Suspension Trainer certification (2013)
  • Nutrition for Weight-loss Specialist certification – canfitpro (2014)
  • Bootcamp Instructor certification – GoodLife Fitness (2014)
  • Foundations of Kettlebell Hardstyle - Darby Training Systems (2015)
  • BioPrint Practitioner, Level 1 & 2 certification - Charles Poliquin, Strength Sensei (2015, 2016)
  • Fascial Stretch Therapy, Level 1 certification - Stretch to Win/Darby Training Systems (2016)
  • Holistic Nutrition student - The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (2017- current)

Phil Toppin

Personal Trainer

(Platinum trainer)

Training and physical activity have been passions of mine from an early age. I worked as a personal trainer and massage therapist in my native home of Barbados before leaving for the University of Toronto to pursue a degree in Kinesiology. After finishing my degree, I was fortunate enough to work as a sessional lecturer in that same faculty, and discovered a new passion- educating and sharing ideas with new generations of fitness and movement professionals. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Exercise Sciences and am passionate about bridging the gap between the academic world and the fitness industry.

I've worked with a range of clients, from Olympic and Pan-Am athletes, to clients with specialized movement restrictions, to people working to combat the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

I've come to understand that in order to achieve the benefits of any exercise program, you need a foundation of proper movement. As a result of the pervasiveness of desk jobs and a general lack of movement variety, many of us lack the capability to effectively move ourselves in the ways that will get us the results we want (no amount of bicep-curls will get you bigger arms if your back is doing all the work!). In reaction to this, many programs today make us choose between movement quality and a demanding workout. My focus for the last five years has been to blend these two into a cohesive whole-progressively building my client's mechanical capacities to provide them with increasingly diverse options to safely and effectively challenge themselves metabolically as well.

Inspire, empower, challenge

Certifications:

  • National Coaching Certification Program-certified Fundamental Movement Skills Learning Facilitator (2009)
  • Bachelor of Physical Education and Health-Kinesiology (Hons.) University of Toronto (2011)
  • Poliquin International Certification Program Level 2 (2011)
  • Ontario Kinesiology Association, Registered Kinesiologist (2012-2014)
  • Russian Ketllebell Certification- Certified Instructor (2015)
  • Stretch to Win- Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (2015)
  • Anatomy Trains, Gait Assessment and Optimization (2016)
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation Certified CPR and First Aid (2016-2017)

Chris Slava Personal Trainer

Slava Kozlov

Personal Trainer

(Platinum trainer)

Every day, movement (or a lack thereof) is such a crucial and integral part of our lives. Moving better means having the tools to deal with or completely eliminate chronic pain, reduce stress, sleep better, build muscle, reduce risk of disease and most importantly have the physical freedom to do anything you want. The idea of being able to help people move better is something that sparked my passion and led me along my path as a strength and flexibility coach.

As long as I can remember, I have always been on the go, trying out different sports, trekking through forests, rock climbing, and spelunking through caves. I found joy and accomplishment in being able to participate in any type of sport or activity I set my mind to. This led me to try a variety of movement disciplines including dance, swimming, waterpolo, cycling, snowboarding, tennis and martial arts. I have always been fascinated with movement, fitness and the potential of the human body to change, adapt and overcome all kinds of obstacles. Coming from such a varied, active background, I have realized that there are foundational concepts that are prevalent throughout all movement practices. Good movement, flexibility, mental focus and proper practice are integral to get effective results, and gain the independence and confidence both within and outside of the gym pursuing the activities you love.

To further my knowledge, I pursued an education at the University of Toronto in the study of Kinesiology. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with my clients and develop their repertoire of movements to help them achieve their fitness goals. My mission is to bring up the quality of care and information in the fitness industry, and I am currently involved in teaching aspiring fitness professional so I can pass on my knowledge and create positive change in the field. 

I have seen and experienced first-hand how the right attitude, motivation and fitness program can significantly transform one’s life and these are qualities I instill and live by each day. There is more than one way to achieve a goal, and there needs to be flexibility and individualization in every approach. I believe in moving and working out with a purpose. We need to be mindful, and listen to our bodies when we exercise. In the modern day lifestyle, it is all too easy to lose this mind-body connection. I will teach you how to take care of your body, utilize your strength, incorporate flexibility, and practice effectively in your training routine to surpass your fitness goals, rebalance your movement and your life.

Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education and Health-Kinesiology (Hons.) University of Toronto (2011)
  • Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist (2011)
  • CPR-C and AED Certification with canfitpro (recerts ongoing)
  • Agatsu- Certified Kettlebell Instructor (2012)
  • Agatsu- Certified Indian Club and Mace Instructor (2012)
  • Anatomy Trains, Gait Assessment and Optimization (2016)
  • Stretch to Win- Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (2017)
  • Canfitpro PROTRAINER Certification (2017)