Personal Trainers

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

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

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. 

Prachi Brahmbhatt

Bio

Prachi is a fourth-year International Relations major who has pursued her passion for fitness by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Having grown up in an environment where health and wellness were always a priority, Prachi understands the important role that physical activity has, not only in creating a better physique, but also in improving one’s overall mental health. Prachi first got introduced to weightlifting when she was a competitive track athlete, she quickly fell in love with the gym and more specifically, strength training. Prachi believes everyone deserves to feel confident in their body and hopes to give her clients the tools and accountability needed to achieve their goals, whatever they may be!

Whether you are just starting out or are looking to improve certain components of your training, Prachi’s fundamental knowledge of fitness paired with her enthusiasm and dedication to her clients will help you reach your goals. Prachi is committed to giving you a sense of self-efficacy and confidence in the gym that will positively translate into your everyday life. If you ever see her around, feel free to say hi as she’s always eager to chat!

Qualifications

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

First Aid, CPR and AED Certified

Results

Body Recomposition (Muscle Gain and Fat Loss)
Increased Mobility and Flexibility
Nutritional Guidance and overall awareness around food
Strength and Hypertrophy Training
Core Strength/Stability Training

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

 

Kayla Pagnotta

Bio

Kayla is a 2021 graduate with a Bachelors of Kinesiology & Minor in Psychology, and 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

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

Bachelors of Kinesiology & Minor in Psychology

ACSM-CPT personal training certification

Red Cross CPR C and AED certified

 

Cameron Fay

Bio

Cameron graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and is a current Master of Physiotherapy student at UBC. He has an easy-going and relaxed approach during his personal training sessions and customizes workouts to align with your specific goals. He is an advocate of tracking measurable change. He has helped many clients lose weight and build muscle with results to show for it. 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.

 

Qualifications

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CPT)

UBC Bachelors of Kinesiology

UBC Master of Physiotherapy Student

 

Testimonials

“Cameron is a fantastic personal trainer! I am a professor at UBC, and found Cameron to be thoughtful, attentive, and motivating in the workouts that he tailor-made for my needs. He was keenly attuned to safety at the same time as he pushed me to my personal limit and helped me to meet my fitness goals. He is respectful, well organized and keeps up with the most recent research on best practices in improving physical fitness.”

— Previous Client

Results

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

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 

 

Sandra Wong

Bio

Sandra is a fourth-year Kinesiology student at UBC. After playing high performance soccer throughout her childhood and high school years, Sandra transitioned to strength training along with volleyball, Yoga, and Pilates, believing that holistic physical health and wellness is a constant active process. She understands that everyone has different fitness goals and she aims to create a journey together where clients feel empowered to reach their own personal goals and feel confident physically and mentally. Sandra’s strong communication skills and interpersonal abilities will help clients feel centred as they build sustainable routines and health habits while also having fun!

Results

Weight Loss
Muscle Tone
Muscle Gain
Strength Training
Increased Functional Mobility and Flexibility

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

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!

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

Karan Jhurani

Bio

Karan is a 4th 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

Outdoor Boot Camps