Personal Trainers

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

 

Kevin Fox

Bio

Kevin has worked as a Personal Trainer with the City of Vancouver for the past four years.
During this time, he has had the joy of helping clients live their best life through exercise, diet and lifestyle.

Aided by third year studies in Biochemistry, Kevin’s approach involves setting clear goals,
using research supported methods and finding out what works best for you as an individual.

Having experimented with everything from P90X through Powerlifting, Kevin’s all-time favorite programs include German Volume Training, 20 Rep Squat Routine and FST-7. Whether you’re just beginning or have been training for years, Kevin is sure to have something new to show you.

Programs Taught

Personal Training

Results

Strength and size gains
Improved body composition
Core training
Plyometrics
Flexibility
Dietary and lifestyle strategies

Qualifications

Can Fit Pro Personal Training Specialist

First Aid, CPR C & AED

3rd Year Biochemistry 

 

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

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

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

Results

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

Qualifications

CanfitPro personal Trainer Specialist
First aid and CPR certified 

Jerry Yan

Bio

Jerry is a 3rd year Kinesiology student who comes from a background of competitive sports. As a former varsity volleyball player at Douglas College, Jerry is motivated to share his knowledge and experiences in the weight room with others. He is passionate about health and fitness and believes that maintaining a healthy active lifestyle is key to achieving overall wellness. 

Jerry has been exposed to many years of strength and conditioning during his time as a volleyball athlete, as well as experience with bodybuilding and sprint training where he trained and competed in 200/400m with the Coquitlam Cheetahs. Along with a wide knowledge of exercises, stretches, and nutrition, Jerry is determined to help you work towards achieving your fitness goals.

Programs Taught

Results

Strength and Conditioning
Plyometrics
Weight loss
Flexibility and stability
Sport specific training
Improving body composition
Improving cardiovascular fitness
Muscle Gain
Sprint training

Qualifications

First Aid and CPR Certified
3rd Year Kinesiology

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

Personal Training

S19:

TNT Boot Camp – Mon/Wed/Fri – 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM – StudentStaff/UNAPublic

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 

 

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

SprSum19:

Cycle Sprint  – Thu – 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Interval Training – Tue – 5:30 PM – 6:25 PM – StudentStaffPublic

Fall 2019:

Express Cycle – Wed – 4:45 PM – 5:20 PM

Strength and Sculpt Boot Camp – Mon – 5:30 PM – 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

 

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.

 

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

 

AJ Talman

Bio

AJ is a 4thyear Kinesiology student here at UBC who has a passion for all things health, nutrition, and fitness. Since childhood, he has always lived an active lifestyle playing in a variety of sports including rugby, football, baseball, snowboarding, weightlifting, and martial arts.

 

As a former member of the UBC Men’s Rugby Team, he’s managed to acquire a variety of skills and knowledge throughout his career and studies. Training as a student athlete has given him unique insight within the fitness industry that he would love to share with you.

 

As your trainer, AJ will incorporate fun and engaging exercises into your program specifically tailored to your physical demands and needs. He believes that everyone can achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle as long as the journey is built around fun, enjoyment, and positivity.

Programs Taught

Personal training

Results

Nutrition and lifestyle assessment
Weight loss management
Beginner fitness programs
Strength and hypertrophy training
Cardiovascular endurance training
Flexibility and mobility
Improved quality of life

Qualifications

Fourth year Kinesiology Student at UBC  

First Aid, CPR and AED Level C

 

Kiernan Nichols

Bio

Kiernan Nichols is a 4th year Kinesiology student with a passion for optimizing physical and mental health. Having participated a variety of activities (Soccer, Dance, Yoga, Water Polo, and more) Kiernan is well equipped to train people of all levels and skill sets! He is excited to incorporate his knowledge from many fields to provide a holistic approach to health and fitness.

As an entrepreneur, professional chef and student, Kiernan understands the importance of balance and efficiency in day to day life. He believes that exercise is a crucial part of staying mentally and physically fit while pursuing ones goals. He will create a program that fits your preferences and goals and help get you on the right track!

Programs Taught

Results

Improved Body Composition
Increased Power/ Strength
Endurance and Conditioning
Core Stability
Increased Agility
Increased Self-Confidence
Balancing Studies and Health

Qualifications

First Aid Certification 

CPR-C and AED Certification

4th Year Kinesiology Student

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

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

Anika Cheng

Bio

Anika is a 3rd year Kinesiology student in the Interdisciplinary stream with a minor in Nutritional Sciences. She is hoping to incorporate both nutrition and fitness to help individuals achieve their goals. She is a competitive dragon boater who loves to be on the water year-round and has been on the Canadian National Team in 2015 and 2017. She still competes today with her team called Firetruck and is hoping to head to Nationals in 2019 to compete for a berth to attend the Club Crew World Championships in 2020. 

 

Anika believes that training hard and consistently while incorporating the proper nutrition will help you reach your goals. It is never too late to start your fitness journey and she is willing to guide, support and motivate you so that you can be confident in the gym. 

Programs Taught

Results

Strength Training
Muscle Development
Flexibility
Toning
Improved Overall Health
Weight Loss

Qualifications

3rd Year Kinesiology Student

 

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

SprSum19

TRX Boot Camp – Mon/Wed – 5:30 PM – 6:25 PM – StudentStaffPublic
Pure Strength – Tue/Thu – 6:30 PM – 7:25 PM – StudentStaffPublic
TNT Boot Camp – Fri – 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM – StudentStaffPublic

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

 

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

Personal Training

S19:
Interval Training – Tues/Thur – 5:30 PM – 6:25 PM – StudentStaff/UNAPublic
Women on Weights – Mon/Wed – 7:30 PM – 8:25 PM – StudentStaff/UNAPublic

Results

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

Qualifications

2nd year Kinesiology Student at UBC
Emergency First Aid
CPR HCP and AED Certified

Isabelle Pasin

Bio

Isabelle is a fourth-year Kinesiology and Health Science student who is passionate about all aspects of health and wellness. She has always enjoyed living an active lifestyle through a variety of activities including running, weightlifting, hiking, yoga, and skiing. She believes in the importance of exercise to improve mental health and well-being as well as physical health. Learning about health and fitness through schooling and first-hand experience has provided her with plenty of knowledge that she would love to share with others

Isabelle will create a balanced program that is tailored to your goals and will keep you motivated and positive throughout your fitness journey. Through a variety of exercise techniques, she will strive to make physical activity a fun experience.

Programs Taught

Personal Training

S19:

Early Bird Boot Camp – Mon/Wed – 7:00 AM – 7:55 AM – StudentStaffPublic
Early Riser Boot Camp – Tue/Thu – 7:00 AM – 7:50 AM – StudentStaffPublic
TNT Boot Camp – Mon/Wed – 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM – StudentStaffPublic
Lunch Crunch Boot Camp – Mon/Wed – 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM – StudentStaffPublic
Ponderosa Boot Camp – Mon/Wed/Fri – 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM – StudentStaffPublic

Results

Strength Training
Weight Loss/Fat Loss
Beginner Fitness Programs
Muscle Building
Improved Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Increased Flexibility and Mobility
Stress Reduction

Qualifications

4th year Kinesiology at UBC
First Aid and CPR Certified

 

Julie Mette

Bio

Julie is a third-year Kinesiology student who is passionate about health, fitness, and nutrition. She has always led an active lifestyle through playing competitive soccer, running, hiking, and lifting weights. Throughout her studies in Kinesiology at UBC, she has learned the fundamentals of anatomy and fitness, as well as the many benefits of exercise.

Julie believes exercise to be part of a healthy lifestyle that contributes to improving your physical and mental well-being. She is eager to share her passion and knowledge of fitness with others and is determined to help you reach your goals. Julie will guide you through a fun, personalized program that pushes you out of your comfort zone in order to see and feel results, motivating you along the way.

Programs Taught

Personal Training

SprSum19:
Early Bird Boot Camp – Mon/Wed – 7:00 AM – 7:55 AM – StudentStaff/UNAPublic
Women on Weights – Mon/Wed – 8:00 PM – 8:55 PM – StudentStaff/UNAPublic
ARC Beginner Boot Camp – Tue/Thu– 4:30 PM – 5:25 PM – StudentStaff/UNAPublic

Results

Strength Development
Toning and Defining
Improved Health
Improved Confidence
Core Strength

Qualifications

3rd Year Kinesiology Student at UBC
First Aid and CPR 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

Eric Lee

Bio

Eric is a Cognitive Systems student at UBC who lives by a fitness-oriented lifestyle. At the age of 14, he began actively training and has also competed in power lifting competitions.

Since starting training, he has learned and experimented with many methods of exercise and stretching. He also founded and managed a high school exercise club where he began teaching health & fitness.

Eric’s approach is not in quick-fixes or short stints, but instead in a lifestyle change that stresses consistency and adherence. With Eric, he will use his experience and knowledge to his best ability to create a personalized program for you.

Programs Taught

Results

Starter Fitness Programs
Toning and Defining
Mobility
Weight Loss
Muscle Gain
Core Strength

Qualifications

Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist
First Aid and CPR Certified
4th year Cognitive Systems Student at UBC

 

Grace Cheung

Bio

Grace is a 4th-year Kinesiology student at UBC who enjoys guiding and accompanying people through their fitness journey, and most importantly, bringing positive impacts to each individual’s life. Grace used to be a competitive table tennis athlete, cross-country runner, long-distance hiker and have extensive experience in coaching. She is passionate about sports and actively engages in a variety of sports, including skiing, scuba-diving, wake-surfing, and many more.

 Having worked with strength-and-conditioning trainers and physiotherapists during internships, she is confident in working with individuals from different backgrounds and physical levels, ranging from clinical populations to elite athletes. And having witnessed her own physical change (weight loss and sprained ankle recovery) before and after training with a trainer, she believe that she is able to understand your needs and help you to achieve your goals in a fun and attainable way that is tailored to your physical abilities.

Programs Taught

Results

Weight Loss
Improve Overall Health
Improve Body Composition
Muscle Toning and Lean Muscle Gain
Postural Imbalance
Beginner Fitness Programs
Strength Training
Cardiovascular Training

Qualifications

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer
Fourth-year Kinesiology Student at UBC  
First Aid, CPR and AED Level C