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Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.

Strength & Conditioning Coaches

​​​​​​​We're proud that Fortius Sport & Health has attracted some of the leading names in sport and exercise medicine, working together as a fully integrated practitioner team. Our Fortius team works in tandem with our senior leadership and management to ensure integration, collaboration and innovation on multiple fronts.

 Our Team

 

 

Molly O'Brienhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/MollyO'Brien.aspx<p>​​​​​​​Since arriving at Fortius as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2013, Molly has helped to develop the Fortius HockeySTRONG program and has established small group performance training programs targeting active adults who are engaged in a wide range of sport and physical activities. She has also initiated a Strength & Conditioning Internship which accepted its first student in September 2015.</p><p>In nearly a decade of work in the sports performance industry, Molly O'Brien has worked in the collegiate setting (Springfield College, University of Louisville, and McMaster University), the professional/national team setting (Hockey Canada, AHL Springfield Falcons), and the private setting (Depth Training, Fortius Sport & Health). Her resume includes work with a number of professional, national, and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports including hockey, wrestling/combative sports, volleyball, and track and field.</p><p>Molly actively coaches in the HockeySTRONG stream and with private clientele. She is always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to learn about, experience, and share information on health, wellness, and performance.<br> ​​<br></p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology), Minor in Psychology, McMaster University</p></li><li><p>Master of Science (Exercise Science: Strength and Conditioning Concentration), Springfield College (in progress)</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Wrestling (competed nationally & provincially in University & High school)</p></li><li><p>Gymnastics</p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>Louisville Sport Performance (D1 Varsity Teams)</p></li><li><p>Springfield Falcons (AHL)</p></li><li><p>Hockey Canada (U18 NWT)</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Strength & Conditioning Coach, Depth Training</p></li><li><p>Strength & Conditioning Coach, Hockey Canada</p></li><li><p>Performance Specialist, Fortius Sport & Health​</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)</p></li><li><p>Certified in weightlifting (USAW Level 1)</p></li><li><p>Functional Movement Screen (FMS Levels 1 & 2)</p></li></ul>
Daniel Kenziehttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/DanielKenzie.aspx<p>As part of the Strength & Conditioning team at Fortius Sport & Health, Coach Dan brings a systematic and detailed approach to performance training. He finds that combining movement strategy with appropriate strength, power, and conditioning methods always yields high transfer to game play. Dan has extensive experience in the field working with athletes ranging from those learning to train all the way to those training to win. His clients have included those on provincial, national, and professional teams of sports such as soccer, hockey, basketball, as well as individual sport athletes competing in extreme sports such as motocross and snowboarding. </p><p> </p><p>Dan coaches year round in the HockeySTRONG stream, specializing in off-season strength and conditioning for goaltenders. He also has special interest in tactical athletes and weekend warriors looking to gain an edge by training to improve their performance.</p><h2><br>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Bachelor of Kinesiology, University of Calgary</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Soccer<br></p></li><li><p>Golf<br></p></li><li><p>Weightlifting<br></p></li><li><p>Snowboarding ​<br></p></li></ul><p><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><p></p></p><ul><li><p>Director of Sciences (stand in), Pinnacle Elite Athlete</p></li><li><p>Performance Enhancement Coach, Client Services Manager, Pinnacle Elite Athlete</p></li><li><p>Strength & Conditioning Coach, Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Injury Prevention</p></li><li><p>Human Physiology </p></li><li><p>Performance Enhancement</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)</p></li><li><p>National Coaching Certification Program – Level 1</p></li></ul>
Jermaine John-Archerhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/JermaineJohn-Archer.aspx<p></p><p></p><p>​"I am a dancer."  Jermaine John-Archer comes to Fortius Sport & Health as an experienced dancer and exercise physiologist to lead the ArtisticSTRONG Program as a Strength & Conditioning coach.  With a career built on creating longevity in artistic sports and the performing arts, Jermaine has worked with many athletes and artists in a wide range of settings: regional (public and private schools, local dance academies, and figure skating clubs), university (McMaster University), provincial and national (Skate BC, Skate Canada, and national level/Olympic high performance artistic athletes), as well as professional (OHL Cheerleading Squads, professional dance schools/teams/artists, and local professional recording artists and musicians across Canada).  Recently, Jermaine has had the annual privilege to coach artistic athletes from all over the world as the head off-ice coach at the international figure skating camp "IceDOME" throughout various locations in Europe.</p><p><br>Jermaine currently coaches the ArtisticSTRONG program, and is actively looking at ways to reach more artistic athletes.  He hopes to encourage mindfulness in load management, body & spatial awareness, and movement competency within a strength and conditioning environment to create longevity in artistic sports.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Education</strong></h2><ul><li><p>Bachelors of Kinesiology (minor in Biochemistry), McMaster University<br></p></li></ul><h2><strong>Roots</strong></h2><ul><li><p>Dance (Breakdancing, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballroom, Semi-Pro Salsa and other Latin styles)<br></p></li><li><p>Gymnastics<br></p></li><li><p>Track & Field<br></p></li><li><p>Baseball<br></p></li></ul><h2><strong>Client CV and Professional Highlights</strong></h2><ul><li><p>Trained and performed with the Collective Of Black Artists (COBA) in Toronto, Ontario, with acclaimed dancers/choreographers Charmaine Headley and BaKari I. Lindsay<br></p></li><li><p>Co-Artistic Director for the McMaster Urban Dance Company (through the McMaster Centre for Dance) at McMaster University, with many provincial, national, and international awards and championships at the Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop (O.U.C.H), the American Dance Awards (A.D.A.) University Challenge, and the American College Dance Festival (A.C.D.F.)</p></li><li><p>Strength and Conditioning Coach and Guest Choreographer for the Ottawa 67's Ice Girls</p></li><li><p>Choreographer, On-Stage Performance Movement Specialist, and Back-Up Dancer for local recording artists in Ontario<br></p></li><li><p>Kinesiologist and Physiotherapy Assistant for the Ottawa School of Dance<br></p></li><li><p>Guest Strength & Conditioning Coach for the BC Highland Dancing Association, and for Special Olympics BC (Provincial Figure Skating Team)<br></p></li><li><p>Strength & Conditioning Coach for local British Columbia dancers from Team Canada West Dancers, The Dance Lab, Danzmode Productions, and The Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy<br></p></li><li><p>Strength & Conditioning Coach and Performance Movement Specialist for Figure Skaters, Ice Dancers, and Pairs Skaters from Skate Canada BC/Yukon with The Vancouver Ice Dance Academy (VIDA), The Champs International Skating Centre of BC, The Burnaby Figure Skating Club, The Coquitlam Skating Club, The Vancouver Skating Club, The Delta Skating Club, and The Connaught Skating Club<br></p></li><li><p>Strength & Conditioning Coach and Performance Movement Specialist for Olympic, National, and International Figure Skating and Ice Dance Champions with Team Finland, Team Japan, Team Korea, Team Estonia, and Team Canada<br></p></li><li><p>Off-Ice Coach and Performance Movement Specialist for the International Figure Skating Camp "IceDOME"<br></p></li><li><p>Lead of the ArtisticSTRONG Program and Strength & Conditioning Coach, Fortius Sport & Health<br></p></li></ul><p> </p><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li>Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP)<br></li></ul><p></p>
Curb Ivanichttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/CurbIvanic.aspx<p>​​​​​​​​​​Curb joins Fortius Sport & Health as a Performance Running Coach​ and has a Master's degree in Exercise Science. ​Curb is also a husband, father and entrepreneur.</p><p>Over the last 16 years he's coached hundreds of athletes from newbies to professionals. Many of his recreational level clients have set personal bests, gotten onto the podium or set age group records.</p><p>These lifestyle athletes are executives, professionals or business owners with families and busy social schedules who want to push their physical limits. Curb is very familiar with the challenges of trying to juggle work and family while still striving for high performance. </p><p>When he's not working or spending time with his family, Curb loves competing in trail running, getting out on his stand-up paddleboard or searching for some powder on the mountain slopes. Dark, bold coffee is his perfect pre-workout drink and beer is a favourite recovery beverage.</p><p>Curb has been featured, interviewed, written for or referred to as an expert source for media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, Running Times magazine, The Vancouver Sun and Ski magazine.</p><p>He's also worked with numerous corporate clients providing wellness programs, running clinics, seminars and workshops including CanadaWide Media, Capilano University, The Run Inn, Richmond Olympic Oval, Cadillac Fairview, The Vancouver Wellness Show and The Running Room.​</p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p><span style="line-height:25.2px;"><span style="line-height:25.2px;">Masters of Science</span> in Exercise Science (MS, CSCS)</span></p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Trail running</p></li><li><p>Paddleboarding</p></li><li><p>Skiing</p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p><span style="line-height:25.2px;">CanadaWide Media</span></p></li><li><p><span style="line-height:25.2px;">Capilano University</span></p></li><li><p><span style="line-height:25.2px;">The Run Inn</span></p></li><li><p><span style="line-height:25.2px;">Richmond Olympic Oval</span><br></p></li><li><p><span style="line-height:25.2px;">The Vancouver Wellness Show</span>​<br></p></li></ul><p>​<br></p>
Larissa Taddeihttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Larissa-Taddei.aspx<p>​​​​​​Larissa Taddei joins Fortius Sport & Health as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Intern as she completes her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Through many volunteer coaching experiences, including at UBC's varsity gym, she has been exposed to a variety of methods to train for various sports and for athletes aged 8 through 80. Her passion lies within improving sport performance for all ages by making learning fundamental movements and skills simple. Larissa, as a former varsity track and field sprinter, looks forward to coaching athletes in sprint mechanics to optimize speed in sport. In her free time, she enjoys trying new sports, yoga and hiking.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>​ </p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li>Bachelors of Kinesiology (current)<br></li></ul><p> </p><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li>Track and Field - Sprints (at varsity/university level)<br></li></ul><p> </p><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club<br></p></li></ul><p> ​</p><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Sport Coach Trained - Track and Field<br></p></li><li><p>Functional Movement System (FMS) Level 1 <br></p></li></ul>
Janna Mazzarolohttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/JannaMazzarolo.aspx<p>​<span lang="EN-US">​​​As part of the integrated practitioner team at Fortius Sport & Health, Janna Mazzarolo is passionate about helping people lead movement rich lives.  Janna’s special interest is working with women who have had the experience of birthing a child.  Trained as a Postnatal Fitness Specialist, she believes that women become empowered when they feel confident and strong.  When she is not at Fortius, Janna loves to spend her time playing with her family, walking through the forest, and tending an ever-changing food garden.​</span></p><p> </p><p> <br><br></p><div><br> </div><div> </div><h2>Education</h2><p></p><p></p><ul><li><p>Postnatal Fitness Specialist Certification, JMG Fitness Consulting<br></p></li><li><p>Professional Intensive Mat Pilates Certification, Physical Mind Institute</p></li><li><p>Yoga Therapy Certification, Shibui Yoga</p></li><li><p>Yoga Teacher Training, Semperviva Yoga College</p></li><li><p>Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology), Simon Fraser University</p></li><li><p>Certificate in Applied Human Nutrition</p></li><li><p>Certificate in Health and Fitness Studies​<br></p></li></ul><p></p><h2>Athletic History</h2><ul><li><p>Hiking<br></p></li><li><p>Stand Up Paddling</p></li><li><p>Soccer<br></p></li><li><p>Volleyball<br></p></li><li><p>Tennis​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Client CV​</h2><p></p><p></p><ul><li><p>Health and fitness clients of all ages and abilities.</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer, Mixx Fitness Studio</p></li><li><p>Strength & Conditioning Coach​, Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Therapeutic Yoga and Chronic Disease</p></li></ul>
Sarah Mansonhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/SarahManson.aspx<p>Strength & Conditioning Coach Sarah Manson is a leader in athlete development and strength and conditioning in Canada. She has considerable international experience having worked with the New Zealand National Women's Football program as well as with the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team in her hometown of Vancouver. Sarah has worked with a wide range of athletes from all sports and levels, including both National Hockey League and Super League Rugby players. She played soccer at the collegiate level herself.  Along with teaching experience at Auckland University of Technology and New Zealand Football Coach Education, Sarah has considerable presenting experience with BCRPA, DCAC, Twist Sport Performance Summits and SPRINZ.  She earned her Masters of Sport and Exercise, Strength and Conditioning at the Auckland University of Technology.</p><p> </p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Diploma of Human Performance and Recreation, Langara College</p></li><li><p>Bachelors of Human Kinetics, Kinesiology, University of British Columbia</p></li><li><p>Masters of Sport and Exercise (MSp&Ex) Strength and Conditioning, Auckland University of Technology</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Soccer, CCAA & CIS National Champion</p></li><li><p>Skiing & Snowboarding</p></li><li><p>Surfing</p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>Canada's U20 Women's National Soccer Team</p></li><li><p>New Zealand Football, Women's National Team</p></li><li><p>Super League Rugby, Auckland Blues</p></li><li><p>Various Ice Hockey players from Elite Bantam to NHL</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Sports Scientist, U20 Canadian Women's National Soccer Team</p></li><li><p>Strength Coach, Millennium Institute of Sport and Health – Athlete Development Academy (MADA) Auckland, New Zealand</p></li><li><p>Performance Specialist, Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Strength and speed characteristics of elite female soccer players </p></li><li><p>Long-term athlete development</p></li><li><p>Injury prevention screening to develop corrective training interventions</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP)</p></li><li><p>Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)</p></li><li><p>BC Association of Kinesiologists</p></li><li><p>National Academy of Sports Medicine (PES)</p></li></ul>
Abby Galenzoski | Lead - Performance Rehabilitation Coachhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Abby-Galenzoski.aspx<p>​​​​Abby Galenzoski is a Strength & Conditioning coach and the Lead Performance Rehabilitation Coach at Fortius Sport & Health. She has almost 10 years' experience working as part of high performance integrated support teams around the world. Throughout her career she has worked in national team settings (Rugby Canada and the Scottish Rugby Union), professional & semi-professional team settings (the Bay of Plenty Steamers Rugby Union – New Zealand, and the Gold Coast Breakers Rugby Union - Australia), collegiate settings (Binghamton University - USA), and private settings (Cris Carter's FAST Program - USA, PuckMasters Hockey Training Regina - Canada) prior joining Fortius Sport & Health.</p><p>Since joining Fortius in 2015 she has used this experience to contribute to the development of the Fortius Rehabilitation Pathway. Abby has extensive experience in constructing and implementing integrated return-to-play protocols and has helped numerous clients, from weekend warriors to national and professional athletes, reach their goals in returning to full performance following injury.</p><p></p><h2>Education</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Masters of Science -  Major in Strength & Conditioning , University of Edinburgh</p></li><li><p>Bachelors of Kinesiology - Major in Fitness & Lifestyle, University of Regina</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Ice Hockey</p></li><li><p>Softball</p></li><li><p>Rugby Union</p></li></ul><h2>Client CV & Professional Highlights</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Lead Rehabilitation Coach with Rugby Canada</p></li><li><p>Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Canadian Men's U20's team & with the Canadian Maple Leafs 7's (Rugby Canada's National Development Squads)</p></li><li><p>Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Gold Coast Breakers Rugby Union's 7's team</p></li><li><p>Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Bay of Plenty Steamers ITM Cup team</p></li><li><p>Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with Puckmasters Hockey Training Regina</p></li><li><p>Binghamton University (Division 1 Varsity Teams)</p></li><li><p>Kinesiologist, Hydrotherapy & Strength and Conditioning Coach with Fortius Sport & Health </p></li><li><p>Lead Performance Rehabilitation Coach with  Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Return from injury & injury prevention</p></li><li><p>Athlete monitoring</p></li><li><p>Athlete development </p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS, NSCA)</p></li><li><p>National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) ​</p></li></ul><p><br></p><p></p><p><br></p>
Kile Cookehttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Kile-Cooke.aspx<p>Kile joins Fortius Sport & Health shortly after completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology at UBC, with a specialization in co-operative education. While at UBC, he chose to take an interdisciplinary approach to his studies as he has a passion for understanding "the game in between the ears" - holding a minor in psychology. </p><p>Kile also has experience working in a variety of performance related settings as a Basketball coach (Toronto Raptors, Capilano University Men's Basketball, 3D Basketball, Burnaby Mountain Secondary) and in Strength & Conditioning (Twist Sport Conditioning, Fortius Sport & Health, UBC Varsity Athletics); while also having worked full time as a student Kinesiologist within a rehabilitative clinic (Metrotown Orthopedic and Sport Physiotherapy).  </p><p>Kile is the first graduated intern from Fortius's intern program (2016), and looks forward to stepping into the role as a coach on the integrated practitioner team. ​<br><br></p><h2>Education </h2><ul><li><p>Douglas College, Sport Science diploma <br></p></li><li><p>University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Kinesiology (Minor - Psychology) <br></p></li></ul><p> </p><h2>Roots </h2><ul><li><p>Basketball<br></p></li><li><p>Soccer<br></p></li><li><p>Lacrosse <br></p></li><li><p>Golf<br></p></li></ul><p> </p><h2>Professional highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Assistant Coach - Capilano University Men's Basketball team (2015-)<br></p></li><li><p>Team Coach - 3D Basketball (2016-)<br></p></li><li><p>Past Strength and Conditioning Intern at Fortius Sport & Health (2016)​<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p>
Adam Wasylyshynhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Adam-Waslyshyn.aspx<p>​​​​After spending ten years in Calgary, AB studying exercise physiology and working as a strength and conditioning coach, Adam relocated to Vancouver to join the team at Fortius. Having competed as a varsity track and field athlete during his time at the University of Calgary, his areas of interest lie in energy systems development and running injury prevention. Adam's training philosophy is grounded on the importance of "focusing on the process instead of the outcome". He would love the chance to show you how this mentality can enrich both your training experience and your life.<br><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p><h2>Education</h2><p></p><ul><li><p>​​B.Sc in Exercise and Health Physiology with distinction, University of Calgary<br></p></li><li><p>M.Kin in Applied Exercise Physiology, University of Calgary<br></p></li></ul><p></p><h2>Client CV</h2><p></p><ul><li><p>Calgary Flames Hockey Club<br></p></li><li><p>Calgary Inferno Hockey Club<br></p></li><li><p>University of Calgary Dinos track and field team<br></p></li><li><p>Canadian Men's field hockey team​<br></p></li></ul><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><h2>​Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Cross Country<br></p></li><li><p>Track and field<br></p></li><li><p>Downhill skiing<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><p>NSERC undergraduate research award</p><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><p>Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Exercise Physiologist​</p><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>HRV and neuromuscular athlete monitoring systems<br></p></li><li><p>Energy systems development​<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p><p></p>
Sean Mc Keownhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Sean-Mc-Keown.aspx<p>​Sean Mc Keown is an Applied Sport Scientist at Fortius with a Masters in Sport Performance. </p><p>Sean leads  sport science testing and performance analysis, providing support to athletes, coaches, therapists, teams and organizations. Sean also works as a strength and conditioning specialist with many elite and sub-elite athletes, applying the most up to date sport science research and methods facilitating athletes to reach the highest levels in their sports. ​​​​​</p><p>Prior to Fortius, Sean held the position of Director of Strength and Conditioning with Dolphin Rugby Club in Ireland for five  years  - a top Division 1 team.  ​Being born and raised in Ireland,  he has a passion for​ Gaelic games and has played Gaelic football as his primary sport to the  highest club level in Ireland. </p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science​, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland <br></p></li><li><p>Master ​of Sport Performance​, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland ​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Gaelic games<br></p></li><li><p>Gaelic football<br></p></li><li><p>Rugby<br></p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><div><ul><li><p>Dolphin Rugby Football Club <br></p></li><li><p> Nemo Rangers GAA <br></p></li><li><p>Munster Rug​by<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2></div><div><div><ul><li><p>Irish Rugby Football Union – Certified Conditioning Coach <br></p></li><li><p>Irish Rugby Football Union - Level 1 Coaching<br></p></li><li><p>NSCA - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)<br></p></li></ul></div><h2>Research Interests</h2></div><div><ul><li><p>Functional Movement Systems<br></p></li><li><p>Notational and video analysis<br></p></li><li><p>Nutritional & recovery strategies​<br></p></li></ul></div><p><br></p>
Amanda Joneshttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Amanda-Jones.aspx<p>​​Amanda joins Fortius Sport & Health while she completes her Master of Kinesiology in coaching science at the University of British Columbia. Having rooted down in Vancouver just over a year ago Amanda has since taken a role at Fortius working primarily with our KidsMOVE, SportSTRONG, and Small Group Training programs. She is interested in the development of youth athletes and promoting exercise as medicine. Amanda has experience working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in a collegiate setting, private setting, and youth programs. Amanda, a former Varsity soccer and rugby player, is passionate about helping athletes perform optimally and remain healthy. She is excited to help support people in leading a healthy active lifestyle.</p><p><br><br><br></p><h2>Education </h2><ul><li><p>Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology), McMaster University
<br></p></li><li><p>Master of Kinesiology (Coaching Science), University of British Columbia (In progress)
<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p><h2>​Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Varsity Soccer & Rugby (OUA & CIS Champion)
<br></p></li><li><p>Volleyball, dance, yoga
<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p><h2>Client CV</h2><p>Athletes of all ages and abilities
</p><p><br></p><h2>​Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Strength and Conditioning Coach, University of British Columbia<br></p></li><li><p>Strength and Conditioning Coach, McMaster University
<br></p></li><li><p>Strength and Conditioning Coach, The Athletes Edge
<br></p></li><li><p>Hockey Canada NWT (S&C Camp)
<br></p></li><li><p>Basketball Canada (TAS)
​<br><br></p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><p></p><ul><li><p>Load Monitoring<br></p></li><li><p>Protein Metabolism
<br></p></li><li><p>Women in sport<br></p></li><li><p>Youth Athlete Development
<br></p></li></ul><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><br> ​<span style="color:#b6d30c;font-family:"kulturista medium", arial, sans-serif;font-size:1.46em;">Professional Affiliations</span></p><p></p><ul><li><p>NSCA- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
</p></li><li><p>Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA Level 1 & 2)</p></li><li><p>Functional Movement Screen (FMS Level 1)
</p></li><li><p>Personalized Blood Flow Restriction (PBFR)</p></li><li><p>Precision Nutrition
Level 1<br><br> </p></li></ul><p><br></p><p></p><p>​ </p>
Lisa Northruphttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Lisa-Northrup.aspx<p>​​​​​Lisa Northrup joins Fortius Sport & Health as a Strength & Conditioning Coach.  Lisa comes with over a decade of experience coaching elite level athletes from a wide range of sports, as well as individuals from various abilities and ages. Prior to her work as a High Performance Manager for Field Hockey Canada, Lisa trained and traveled with a professional tennis player in the WTA.  She takes an integrative approach to coaching, combining her education in Kinesiology, Strength & Conditioning, and holistic nutrition to develop and implement programs specific to the athlete(s) she is coaching.  Lisa is dedicated and passionate about helping others improve their performance, health and overall wellbeing.</p><p> </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><h2>Education​​​​​</h2><p>    •              Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology), and Certificate in Health & Fitness Studies, Simon Fraser University</p><p>    •              Diploma in Natural Nutrition, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition ​​​​</p><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Figure Skating<br></p></li><li><p>Rowing<br></p></li></ul><h2>Clients CV<br></h2><p>    •              Professional Canadian Women's Tennis Player</p><p>    •              Professional Motorcycle Racer</p><p>    •              NCAA Div. 1 soccer player</p><p>    •              Trampolinists, figure skaters, highland dancers, and synchronized swimmers</p><p>    •              Bantam AAA to NHL Hockey players</p><h2>Professional Highlights<br></h2><p>    •              Published in Fitness Business Canada, May/June 2007</p><p>    •              Strength & Conditioning Coach, Professional Tennis Player</p><p>    •              High Performance Manager, Field Hockey Canada</p><p>    •              Strength & Conditioning Coach, Fortius Sport & Health</p><h2>Research Interests</h2><p>    •              Athlete Development</p><p>    •              Sport Nutrition</p><p>    •              Mental Health and athletic performance</p><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><p>    •              Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)</p><p>    •              Certified in Weightlifting (USAW Level 1)</p><p>    •              Certified Trigger Point Performance Therapy (TPT Ultimate Six)</p><p>    •              Functional Movement System (FMS Level 1)​</p>
Akriti Sharmahttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Akriti-Sharma-.aspx<p>​​​With an academic background in sport and exercise science, Akriti brings with her a range of different experiences in Strength and conditioning. From working with professional cricket in England and National Basketball in India to training collegiate athletes at the University of Toronto, she has worked with a variety of sports such as volleyball, American football, field hockey, ice hockey, tennis, golf, rowing, swimming, baseball, wrestling, marathon, rugby. She has a keen interest in ACL injury prevention having suffered through two torn ACLs, and the application of biomechanics and physiology to training. Having accumulated experience in multiple contexts Akriti is very adaptive to situations and different types of athletes. She understands the differences between training an International level athlete and a 10 year old, and that spectacular performances do not happen overnight but are influenced by the little things done consistently.</p><p>​​</p><h2>Education </h2><ul><li><p>Bsc. (hons.) Sport and Exercise Science, Leeds Metropolitan University UK<br></p></li><li><p> Master of Kinesiology (Coaching Science) UBC<br></p></li></ul><h2>Roots </h2><ul><li><p>Basketball (Indian Squad at the U-19 Asian Championships 2002)<br></p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>SportStrong<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p> Strength and Conditioning Coach, University of Toronto<br></p></li><li><p>Strength and Conditioning Coach, Basketball Federation of India<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>Certified Strength and Conditioning SPecialist<br></p></li><li><p>Level 1 ISAK anthropometrist<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p>
Brandon Luuhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Brandon-Luu.aspx<p>​​​As part of the integrated practitioner team at Fortius Sport & Health, Strength & Conditioning Coach Brandon Luu brings his experience working with youth clients in group and team training sessions. Brandon's passion lies within improving youth sport performance through breaking down fundamental skills and movement in sports with strength and conditioning. In the time that Brandon has been at Fortius, he has developed a passion for working with a broader scope of clients, not only focusing on sport performance but also improving client health and performance for life. In his free time, Brandon enjoys playing in team sports. Brandon's athletic background included competing in volleyball and soccer at the provincial level.</p><p><br><br><br></p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Bachelor of Kinesiology (In Progress)<br></p></li></ul><h2>Roots​ </h2><ul><li><p>Volleyball (Team BC)<br></p></li><li><p>Soccer (Provincial Level)<br></p></li><li><p>Basketball​<br></p></li></ul>
Adam Nugent-Hopkinshttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Adam-Nugent-Hopkins.aspx<p>​​​​​Adam Nugent-Hopkins is recognized as one of the top young sports performance coaches for Ice Hockey in Canada, training players of all levels and abilities. "Thinking outside the box can take you to a whole new level - Don't be afraid to be different, be a leader" is the motto that has stuck with Adam Nugent-Hopkins. It means that while many strength programs use similar exercises such as squats and bench, Adam takes his program to the next level by honing in on the science behind speed and explosiveness, along with focusing on heart rate and work intensities to build effective and efficient programs tailoring to the goals of the individual. Using the TRIPHASIC method of training coupled with undulating periodization gives his training programs a scientific method benefitting those who do it. This special recipe is what Adam brings to HockeySTRONG. Throughout his career, Adam has witnessed all levels of athletes - from Atoms to NHL Veterans - achieve success under his training method.​ </p>
Jerrad Guentherhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Jerrad-Guenther.aspx<p></p><p></p><p>​Jerrad is the Lifelong Wellness Manager and a Strength & Conditioning Coach at Fortius Sport & Health. </p><p>He earned his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, followed by years of experience training clients of all ages and abilities. Prior to Fortius, he spent three years in the research environment attaining skills to better help design and implement evidence-based exercise programs. </p><p>Jerrad's diverse experience combined with his passion for improving client health and performance led him to his role in lifelong wellness at Fortius. In addition to private coaching, he manages and is involved in a number of programs including: Small Group Training, BackSTRONG, Healthy Heart, KidsMove and our Health Performance Optimization program (HPO).</p><p>When he is not working, Jerrad loves competing in team sports. He is an avid soccer player and competed at the Men's Premier level in Canada, yet enjoys trying new activities.</p><p> </p><h2>Education</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science), University of Winnipeg</p></li><li><p>Master of Science (Rehabilitation Science), University of British Columbia</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Soccer (competed nationally & provincially)</p></li><li><p>Hockey, Football, Volleyball, Ultimate, Parkour</p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Lifelong Wellness</p></li><li><p>Rehabilitation</p></li><li><p>Aspiring professional athletes</p></li><li><p>Youth athlete development</p></li><li><p>Return to Work</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)</li></ul><p></p><p></p><p></p>