Personal Trainers

Valerie Tsuei

Bio

Valerie is in her 4thyear of Kinesiology at UBC. Growing up, Valerie has always been living a very active lifestyle, transitioning from playing basketball to track and swimming. As her passion in living a healthy and active lifestyle continues to grow, she is regularly practicing bodybuilding and partaking in spin classes while using her knowledge to help improve and maintain her physical and mental health. 

Valerie appreciates the benefits of living a balanced quality life, as a result she will tailor a program according to your physical abilities in order for you to achieve your goals and live a healthy and active lifestyle as well. 

Programs Taught

Personal Training

F20:

[Full-Body Boot Camp] – Wednesday – 7:00 AM to 7:55 AM

[Circuit Boot Camp] – Wednesday – 6:00 PM to 6:55 PM

[Power Cycle] – Thursday – 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM 

Results

Strength Building
Muscle Development
Fat Loss/Weight Loss
Endurance Training
Core Training
Flexibility
Stress Relief

Qualifications

CanFitPro Personal Training Specialist
1stAid and CPR Certified
4th Year Kinesiology
NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills

Lauren Thomson

Bio

Lauren is a NASM-CPT trainer and Spin Instructor who has played competitive sports for most of her life. She is an avid weightlifter and cyclist. Her own pursuit of fitness includes a diversity of other activities including yoga, spin, rowing, and group fitness. She is currently pursuing further accreditation through NASM and NSCA. 

Lauren has worked with a diverse population including athletes, older adults, people with injuries and people with physical disabilities. Her aim is to create an inclusive space where fitness can be enjoyable, technique-based and purposeful. She’s a very passionate and energetic coach but understands when it’s time to work.

Lauren will work with you to develop a program that will lead you toward your goals in a fun and challenging environment. She’ll help you find what is both sustainable and appropriately challenging for you. 

Programs Taught

Personal Training

F20:

[TNT Boot Camp] – Monday & Wednesday – 12:00 Noon to 12:50 PM   

[Endurance Cycle] – Monday & Wednesday – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM 

[Express Boot Camp] – Tuesday & Thursday – 12:00 Noon to 12:55 PM

Results

Strength and Cardiovascular Conditioning
Technique and Mechanics
Body Recomposition (muscle gain and fat loss)
Endurance and Toning
Beginner to Advanced
Mental toughness and Self-confidence

Qualifications

NASM-CPT

NASM-SAQ

NASM-Mental Toughness

BCRPA-Spin

CPR C

AED Certified

 

Cameron Fay

Bio

Cameron is a 4th year kinesiology student pursuing a career in strength and conditioning and is a certified personal trainer under the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CPT). He strives to help you reach your fitness goals through fun and motivating workouts. Coming from an athletic background as a former varsity volleyball player, he has wide knowledge about many different exercise variations, stretches and nutrition.

Cameron has strong communication and interpersonal skills and is able to work with anyone to tailor their workout programs to align with their fitness goals, whether it be anything from weight loss to strength/hypertrophy training.

Programs Taught

Results

Weight loss
Muscle gain
Muscle toning
Strength/performance training
Nutritional advice

Qualifications

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)
First Aid and CPR Certified
4th year Kinesiology Student

Leuna Sherif

Bio

Leuna is a third-year student working towards a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree at UBC. She chose kinesiology because of her lifelong interest in helping people reach their fitness and lifestyle goals. Outside school, Leuna spends her free time hiking, swimming and playing volleyball. She spent the last few years working with various trainers and kinesiologists in multiple gyms, which has provided her with valuable insight into the world of fitness. Through these experiences, Leuna has learned the importance of efficient exercise programs and proper nutrition when it comes to health and fitness.

Leuna will use her kinesiology knowledge and work experience to personalize exercise programs for you, so they are tailored to your goals. She understands that life is all about balance so her programs will be designed to work around your lifestyle and commitments. Leuna’s mission is to help you reach your fitness goals in an enjoyable way so you always leave feeling a bit more confident after each session.

Programs Taught

Results

Strength Training
Weight Loss
Improved Confidence
Reduced Stress
Increased Flexibility
Lean Mass Gain

Qualifications

3rd year Kinesiology Student at UBC
Emergency First Aid
CPR HCP and AED Certified

Alex Chen

Bio

Alex is currently in his fifth year in the faculty of Kinesiology at UBC. He’s always been engaged in an active lifestyle through extracurricular sports including volleyball, basketball, badminton, and weight lighting. Sports and physical activity have played an integral role in his lifestyle today. He believes in that exercise can be a fun activity that can be incorporated into everybody’s lifestyle. 

Alex is excited to apply his sports and health background to help others and watch them succeed. Through his schooling and hard work, he has grown to appreciate the benefits of exercise as it has helped him build his physique, health, and improve his self confidence. 

He will create a program that will push you towards your goals while being enjoyable and supporting you through your fitness journey. 

Programs Taught

Results

Strength Training
Weight Loss
Beginner Fitness Programs
Gaining Muscle
Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Qualifications

Fifth year Kinesiology at UBC
CPR and AED Certified

 

Karan Jhurani

Bio

Karan is a 3rd year Commerce student who is passionate about fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle. Throughout his life, he has led an active lifestyle by playing basketball in high school and then transitioning to weightlifting in university.

Karan believes in incorporating exercise and healthy eating to improve physical and mental well-being. His approach is based on developing sustainable habits that are both effective and fun. 

Programs Taught

Personal Training

F20:

[Full-Body Boot Camp] – Monday – 7:00 AM to 7:55 AM 

Results

Starter fitness program
Muscle gain
Weight loss
Toning and defining
Bodybuilding
Strength training

Qualifications

CanfitPro personal Trainer Specialist
First aid and CPR certified 

Jennifer Lim

Bio

Jennifer is a third-year Kinesiology student who has always been passionate about all aspects of fitness and health. Throughout her life, she has partaken in many physical activities such as basketball, volleyball, track, and weightlifting. 

 

After training for the past five years and competing in two weightlifting competitions, Jennifer has incorporated both powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting into her regular training. She believes that power and strength not only builds one’s overall confidence, but also one’s overall health and wellbeing. 

Jennifer will create a well-balanced program to meet your goals through a variety of exercises and will continuously motivate you throughout your fitness journey.

Programs Taught

Results

Strength Training
Weight Loss
Improved Confidence
Reduced Stress
Increased Mobility and Flexibility
Increased Power

Qualifications

3rd year Kinesiology Student at UBC

First Aid, CPR and AED Certified 

 

Kayla Pagnotta

Bio

Kayla is a third-year Kinesiology student who is passionate about health and fitness. Ever since she started playing sports at 6-years-old, fitness has been an integral part of her life. Growing up, Kayla was captain on her competitive soccer team and has enjoyed leading an active lifestyle through running, hiking, yoga, teaching spin classes, and weight lifting.

Kayla has worked with youth soccer players, older adults and clinical patients. She believes that building a strong foundation of proper technique, followed by consistency and progression, will allow one to achieve any fitness goal. Kayla will work with you to create a personalized program that will challenge you and contributes to improving your physical and mental well-being. She recognizes that it is important to push your physical limits, while understanding what those limits are and is their to motivate you through the ups and downs of your fitness journey. You only have one body and it is the best investment that you can ever make!

Programs Taught

Personal Training

F20:

[Beginner Boot Camp]Thursday – 5:30 PM to 6:25 PM  

[Full-Body Boot Camp] – Saturday – 10:45 AM to 11:40 AM

Results

Beginners fitness
Weight Loss
Strength and hypertrophy training
Improve confidence and stress relief
Functional training
Muscle Toning/ Development and core stability
Flexibility and mobility
Cardiovascular conditioning

Qualifications

3rd Year Kinesiology
Red Cross CPR C and AED certified

Kaitlyn Gilham

Bio

Kaitlyn is a first year masters student studying chronic disease prevention. She has her standard first aid, is a certified personal trainer through canfitpro, and is currently pursuing her nutrition coaching certification. As a former competitive swimmer, she knows firsthand the benefits of exercise on both physical and mental health, as well as academic success. She also has experience working in a clinical setting, helping patients rehabilitate and prevent injuries. Outside of school, she enjoys staying fit through strength training, swimming, cycling, running, and hiking.


She strongly believes in personalizing fitness programs to best fit her clients lifestyle, personal commitments, and exercise preferences in order to create long-term healthy habits. Kaitlyn’s intention is to help her clients meet their fitness and nutrition goals in a safe, enjoyable way that encourages them to continue improving and staying healthy.

Programs Taught

Results

Starter Fitness Programs
Cardiovascular Fitness and Endurance
Fat Loss and Toning
Strength Training
Functional Fitness and Mobility

Qualifications

Standard First Aid & CPR – Red Cross
Personal Training Specialist – canfitpro
Swimming Level 1 – National Coaching Certification Program
PN Level 1 – Precision Nutrition (in progress)

Saba Sedighi

Bio

Saba Sedighi is a first year kinesiology student who has always been passionate about sports, health and wellness. She has enjoyed an active lifestyle from a young age – she became the captain of her volleyball and basketball teams at age 12 and won a swimming championship at the age of 16. She has also been practicing dance and horseback riding for four years and has been working out since she was 16 years old. 

 

Saba is familiar with the difficulty of the weight loss journey, as she has lost more than 25 kg by following her own gym schedule and various diets. She has also been researching different diets and has taken food and nutrition courses at UBC, so she is able to provide helpful guidance to clients in terms of nutrition. She can help clients to move from a beginner to advanced level of fitness by designing training programs with various components including core strength training, dumbbell workouts, cardiorespiratory training, and circuit training. Saba is also active in the community beyond the gym, as shown by her involvement in rehabilitation programs for the disabled elderly, and volunteering at the hospital.

 

Programs Taught

Results

Weight loss
H.I.I.T.
Building muscle and performance
Plyometric exercise
Strength training and powerlifting
Core strength training
Cardiorespiratory training
Functional training

Qualifications

1st year kinesiology student at UBC

American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer

American Council on Exercise Certified weight management specialist 

CPR-C and AED Certification 

Noah Cedarleaf-Pavy

Bio

Noah is a high-energy individual with a primary focus on functional and athletic strength. Growing up, he captained his high school soccer, volleyball, and rugby teams; leading them all through regional Southern-African tournaments, and was awarded the Regional MVP in volleyball and soccer two years in a row. Upon graduating, the Athlete of the Century award was created for his many sports contributions to the institution.

Noah began boxing and bodybuilding at the age of 16. In 2014, he took a gap year from UBC to train with a local circus, deepening his understanding of flexibility, isometric endurance, and performance. Since then, he’s ambitiously developed his strength, power, and cardio inside and outside of the gym.

Equally determined to help beginners and veterans, Noah considers exercise life’s best form of stress relief, and an active relationship with our bodies a crucial step toward positive mental health. If you see him in the gym feel free to ask him anything; he’s eager to help!

Programs Taught

Personal Training

F20:

[H.I.I.T. Boot Camp] – Monday & Wednesday – 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM

[Circuit Boot Camp] – Monday – 6:00 PM to 6:55 PM 

 

Results

Starter Fitness Programs
Bodybuilding
Fat Loss and Toning
Strength Training
Sports Specific Training
Cardiovascular Endurance Training
Functional Fitness
Mobility and Flexibility

Qualifications

American Council on Exercise PT Certification
Infofit PT Graduate

First Aid & CPR/AED Certification

 

Jay Bolstad

Bio

Jay has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years at various community and university recreation centres and has gained considerable experience and knowledge in many aspects of fitness. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Health Sciences option) 3rd year. Fitness is Jay’s passion and his goal is to inspire and motivate others to exercise consistently so they can enjoy the health benefits and improve the quality of their lives. He personally enjoys cycle fit training, weight training, various styles of cardiovascular training, core training, interval training and of course stretching.

Programs Taught

Personal Training

F20:

[Strength & Sculpt Boot Camp] – Tuesday – 5:30 PM to 6:25 PM

Results

Fat Loss
Muscle Gain
Periodization Training for Athletes
Strength, Cardiovascular, Core Training
Flexibility
Postural Imbalances
Fitness Assessments
Nutritional Guidance

Qualifications

3rd year Kinesiology UBC

Certified in BCRPA Personal Training, Group fitness, Yoga, Weight training

First Aid and CPR Certified