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Matija graduated from York University with a BSc in Human Kinetics. He was also certified by Humber College as a Physical Preparation Specialist and has numerous other qualifications. He has over ten years of experience training athletes.
Start date with IF: 11/3/2014
Position with IF: Professional Training Coach
Philosophy around training? (What makes you different): My focus is on teaching and empowering members by training mindfully.
What credentials/ experience do you have? BSc Kine- York University, CSEP- CEP, Post.Grad Exercise Science- Humber College, CPPS (Certified Physical Preparation Specialist), McGill 1 Course, FMS Level 1 and Level 2, Numerous industry workshops, 10 years of experience in training athletes, symptomatic and asymptomatic population.
What is your next big CHALLENGE? Mastering assessments and rehab techniques for low back injuries (Stuart McGill courses).
What are you doing to work on your PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT? Continuing education courses/workshops, Weekly scientific research, communicating with industry leaders.
What are you doing to leave a LEGACY? Creating meaningful relationships with members and teaching them physical and mental skills they can apply throughout their life.
ENGAGEMENT is key in the trainer/ member relationship why? It ensures quality training and creating meaningful relationships that last beyond the training hour.
Why is working towards EXCELLENCE important to you? I want to be remembered for making a real difference in someones life. The only way to do that is to lead yourself and others at the highest level.
What has been your biggest physical VICTORY? Gaining 15 lbs of muscle in 2.5 years.
What is your biggest success story of a MEMBER? [Rehabilitating] a recreational golfer from low back injury and adding 50 yards to his drive. He is a 60-year-old member who is in currently in the best shape of his life and golfing the best he has ever golfed.
Karen has a Health and Fitness Diploma from Georgebrown College and two degrees from York University, amongst many other certifications. She is a former fitness model and figure athlete and is currently completing a diploma in Holistic Nutrition.
Start date with IF: 5/1/2017
Position with IF: Professional Training Coach
What credentials/ experience do you have? Health and Fitness Promotion Diploma – Georgebrown College, Personal Trainer Specialist – Canfit Pro, Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach – Canfit Pro, Former Fitness Model and Figure Athlete, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Design – York University.
What is your next big CHALLENGE? Working towards unassisted body weight pull ups.
What are you doing to work on your PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT? Currently I am working towards completing a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and becoming CSEP certified.
What has been your biggest physical VICTORY? Throughout my life I have had to overcome numerous health challenges such as childhood obesity, high cholesterol and polycystic ovarian syndrome. These challenges are what inspired me to get into fitness and ultimately become a competitive figure athlete. My greatest accomplishment is that I no longer live with any of these conditions as a result of the positive changes I have made in my life, primarily through nutrition and exercise.
Emma grew up in Vancouver, BC. She went to Duke University where she rowed on the Varsity team for 4 years and graduated with a BA in Cognitive Psychology and minor in Cultural Anthropology.
Start date with IF: 10/1/2017
Position with IF: Professional Training Coach
Philosophy around training? (What makes you different): Move well, move often and change it up. I believe everyone has the ability to experience what it feels like to truly feel good, inside and out.
What credentials/ experience do you have? BA Cognitive Psychology, CPT, Fascial Stretch Therapist, Retired National Team Athlete (Rower)
What is your next big CHALLENGE? Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro!
What are you doing to work on your PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT? In my year plan I set a goal for myself to take either a workshop, certification or course to add to my tool belt minimum twice per annum.
What are you doing to leave a LEGACY? Every client I train I have an opportunity to leave an impact with, and in return my legacy is within the people I come into contact with. I want to create an environment where people feel strong, capable and confident with their bodies and how they move.
ENGAGEMENT is key in the trainer/ member relationship why? Because it is so much more than the 60 minutes of training. It goes beyond that and to a deeper, personal level. People don’t have roadblocks around fitness because they purely dislike planks or squats (or perhaps some do…!), there are usually layers. You will not reach that true reason by solely counting reps and recording weight. The rawness is in the details and getting to know your member and why they are the way they are.
Why is working towards EXCELLENCE important to you? Because excellence has no ceiling effect. It is consistently redefined daily by myself, my peers and people I meet. I strive to be a student of life; staying curious, eternally learning and continually growing. That is living.
What has been your biggest physical VICTORY? Recently it has been racing a 50km Ultra Marathon in Iceland. That took some serious mental grit both training and racing.
What is your biggest success story of a MEMBER? I had a client who wore the same baggy gym clothes for a year, you could tell she was not comfortable with her body and did not want to draw attention.This member went on to crush some gym serious goals she set for herself and the following week showed up in a brand new fitted training outfit. She later shared with me she went shopping that weekend and bought three new outfits because she felt proud, confident and that she had earned it. Nothing wears better than loving yourself and feeling good in the skin you’re in. That’s a celebration.
Josip has over ten years of experience, and has completed over 12,000 hrs of professional coaching sessions, which gives him a wide spectrum of practical knowledge.
Start date with IF: 1/1/2008
Position with IF: Principal
Philosophy around training? (What makes you different): I guess I’m result oriented. Results by design, not by accident. I take an organized approach to make sure we achieve the desired outcome in the least amount of time.
1. Foundation First: developing the fundamentals of training is key, from proper breathing, scapular movement cues, glute activation, joint ROM, establishing proper lifting techniques and programming movement patterns.
2. Goal Setting – developing a strategic plan and goal will allow for proper direction in the training approach needed to reach your goals.
3. Programming & testing – regularly testing ones baseline will allow us to see progress and avoid potential plateau’s.
4. Developing Skills & Performance: this will be key in proper progressions and pushing the needle forward.
5. Listen to your body – work smart, not harder.
What credentials/ experience do you have? Bachelors of Sc. Kinesiology | CSCS – Certified strength and conditioning coach | Lv. II Functional Movement Specialist Experience – 10yrs | Over 12,000hrs professional coaching sessions completed, which gives me wide spectrum of practical knowledge.
What is your next big CHALLENGE? Summiting Kilimanjaro October 2017!
What are you doing to work on your PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT? As business owner, I’m always reading and researching how to solve our current business obstacles. Making a strategic plan is key and then executing on the plan is the discipline needed to help us move forward in our endeavours. Investing into myself has always been a part of my philosophy which yields the highest ROI.
What are you doing to leave a LEGACY? My goal is to make people better than when they first started. I want to inspire people and make a positive impact on their life. I lead by example and hold myself accountable to make an impact on everyone that walks into our facility. There is no feeling more rewarding than a past IF client/member, team mate or colleague telling me I’ve changed their life.
ENGAGEMENT is key in the trainer/ member relationship why? Engagement starts with LISTENING “when you talk you are already repeating what you know, but when you listen you might learn something new.”
Why is working towards EXCELLENCE important to you? It’s fundamental, it’s the only way to attack life.
What has been your biggest physical VICTORY? Completing an Ultra-marathon in Iceland this past year. It was a true test of mental and physical endurance.
What is your biggest success story of a MEMBER? Taking 11 first time marathoners to Hawaii to complete the Honolulu marathon. A huge accomplishment for everyone that participated which created a lifetime of memories.
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