Functional Movement Assessment. I use the Selected Functional Movement Assessment with every patient and client. Assessing movement is the cornerstone to everything that I do. I believe HOW you do something is very important. Quality of movement should always trump quantity. Through my study of movement assessment, chiropractic and kinesiology, I now know what quality movement is. Simply put it is to move with good alignment. With injuries or inefficient movement our bodies use too much of one joint or muscle and not enough of another. Through my assessment I look for these imbalances. With treatment I use my knowledge of Function, Anatomy and Biomechanics to balance your musculoskeletal (joint & muscles) and nervous systems.
The Baby. Comes from my training in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). This course is based on developmental kinesiology. It is the study of how we progress through different stages of locomotion. These stages are governed by how your nervous system develops. We must progress from one position and develop stability, before we move onto the next - we must crawl before we walk. These concepts have change the way I look at functional anatomy and biomechanics. These principles are being used in the hospitals and the Czech Republic and Professional (MLB, NBA) teams to deal with rehab and performance.
The Kettlebell. This is a tool that I have been using in my own training. I also use this "cannon ball with a handle" as a tool to help my patients to rehab from injury, get stronger and improve performance. I find that the kettlebell's help challenge the body in ways that barbells and dumbbells can't. It is a great teaching tool groove appropriate movement patterns and create strength and explosiveness. I have been privileged to take and pass a StrongFirst Certification course from the Godfather of Kettlebells, Pavel Tsatsouline.
Kyle has an Honours BSc in Nutrition and completed several placements in fitness centres and outpatient clinics. Now he’s been a nutrition coach for over 10 years and in that time, he’s helped over 1700 clients, most of whom live in Toronto. He specializes in body composition (fat loss), complete health transformations, and sports performance (having worked with world-ranked fighters, Crossfit competitors and ultra-marathoners). He Has helped Fuel develop the nutrition tracking system that is offered to its members. You'll catch Kyle participating in Fuel classes regularily. Outside of Fuel, he'll eat healthy most of the time, and has fun on the weekends (but with special weekend nutrition hacks).
Dain Wallis is a Nutrition & Strength Coach from Toronto, Canada, passionate about helping people enrich their lives through improved health and performance. An expert in nutrition and change management, Dain's mandate is to educate his clients while empowering them to make sustainable changes reflective of their individual goals and aspirations.
Frustrated by misleading mainstream information, Dain started the Fit in a FAT World Blog as a passion project in 2013 and it has since helped launch Dain's reputation as a top health & fitness expert both in Toronto and across Canada. Now a Body IO® Coach as well as a contributor for several media outlets including Bodybuilding.com and The Huffington Post, Dain is pound-for-pound one of the strongest men in the world and is currently the strongest man in Canada for his weight.
A graduate of the Physical & Health Education program at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, Dain has been helping people across the world achieve their goals since 2011.
Nicole is the Director of Coaching and Head Coach with Barbell 101. She got started in lifting as a teenager. Being the only female lifting at her college gym didn’t stop her from wanting to get advice. One day, Nicole walked up to the biggest guy in the gym and asked him how she could “get big muscles” like him. The guy looked at her and shrugged, and said “Eat lots of meat and potatoes. And squat heavy.” Thus, a monster was born!
That was nearly 17 years ago. Nicole currently spends most of her time coaching Olympic weightlifting and nutrition, and her team is based out of Fortis Fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, has several years of graduate school in biomechanics and neuroscience, and a few other nifty pieces of paper to her name. Nicole is a Registered Kinesiologist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), and an Exercise Nutrition Specialist (Precision Nutrition). She also recently completed an internship with Precision Nutrition’s Online Coaching program, and has spent a lot of time working with diverse populations in healthcare, rehabilitation, college athletics, and with the public. Nicole’s goal is to bring weightlifting, fitness, and good nutrition to everyone.
April Miranda loves exploring the physical and spiritual world. She loves to playfully go on new adventures and hopes to empower, inspire, and energize those who cross her path. Living by the motto "Be the light and share your light," she aspires to contribute to the higher good! Growing up as a competitive dancer, April completed her Kinesiology degree at The University of Calgary majoring in Pedagogy. After moving to Toronto, Ontario she continued to learn and grow by completing the Yogayama Teacher Training at the Ahimsa Yoga Centre. April's classes combine the art of movement and human anatomy, while staying true to the integrity of sacred yoga traditions, with a playful touch! April intends to joyfully share her love of yoga and inspire others to live happy, healthy lives full of growth, balance and fun! Come play!
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach certified in exercise physiology (CSEP-CEP) and holistic nutrition (CNP). She also holds a bachelor in Kinesiology from York University. Her approach to training is functional in nature and believes that working on all aspects of fitness is important to achieve a strong and mobile body. She has worked with new and expecting moms since 2010 and understands how the body changes and what it needs to thrive throughout this time period where the body is rapidly changing.
Ariel is a Toronto native and former gymnast and has been passionate about movement forever. In 2010 Ariel made the leap to pursue teaching Yoga and became certified to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Movement, Aerial Yoga, Mat Pilates and Barre.
Ariel is dedicated to helping Fuel Moms through the incredible transition from pregnancy and beyond. As Certified Core Confidence specialist, she helps her clients heal postpartum and encourages safe and effective movement in class to prepare and restore the body, before, during and after pregnancy.