Health and Performance Team

Ernie Stewart

Head Health and Performance Coach, Director of Training, Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy- 
Ernie believes in viewing everyone as a unique individual as well as from a broad, objective standpoint. Everything is related, nothing is singular. We are not machines – we are infinitely complex beings that can be broken down and organized into small unifying principles. There are very few things that actually matter each day for each individual. A large part of the equation in helping a client comes down to identifying the “rate limiting factors’ in that clients progression. Ernie believes in preparing each client for the true specific activity’s that will drive them closer to their actual goals. From there, progress will always come down to how much of that specific activity the client can adapt to/ recover from. Laying down the platform that will allow for the client to recover/ adapt to the more training stress will be the key to long term progress. This process starts with assessment of Bio mechanics, as well as lifestyle/ health factors. 

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
The realization that psychological factors will impact a clients physiology. The mind is the ultimate limiter

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
– Joel Jamison
– Bill Hartman
– Cal Dietz
– James Fitzgerald

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person? 
– Prior Hockey Coaches

What are your top 5 book recommendations?
– Grit by Angela Duckworth
– Mastery by Robert Greene
– The Story of the Human by Daniel Liberman
– Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson
– How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerand

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
– Stay as robust and resilient as possible for the long term

What made you choose this career path?
– I fell into it as the result of seeking out another top end goal

Things you personally value in a coach?
– Passion
– “Walking the walk”/ embodiment what you speak about
– Wanting/willingness to improve each day.


Ryan Doll

Manager of Group Training, Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy-
I believe everyone needs some sort of exercise/training goal in their life, whether that is to train and compete or to train and be healthy. I also believe they need to be progressed and trained appropriately based on their body, habits and their goals, taking measures to make sure skills and modalities are adequately developed before moving on to more technical or specific training aspects. Everyone starts somewhere on their fitness journey and I see it as my job to educate and help people to progress them in a manner that is not only safe but builds the base they need to achieve their goals.

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
In the past two years, my perspective on training has changed drastically from thinking that I know the answer to every question; to being humble and admitting that I do not know the answer, but I will figure it out. There is a saying “the more you learn, the less you know”. Someone could have definitely said that I thought of myself as a really good trainer who “knew” everything (or at least was never wrong), but in reality, what I knew was barely scratching the surface. For me, what changed was not being complacent with the knowledge I had, but always wanting to be better and more knowledgeable. noticing and realizing that there were other trainers doing and talking about things I have never heard of, and their clients were seeing progress and that was one of the main driving forces of this change in my perspective.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
I would like to say, Ernie, who has taught me a lot of the methods and ideas that I put into practice to this day, but the people who put me on that path of wanting to learn and better myself are Vyktoria Kay, Brett Shillington, and Lisa Eldridge.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
I want to say the whole Vo2max training crew, mainly Brett, Janine and Ron Turner who helped me find a passion for training and striving for a goal, I strongly believe you are the sum of the people who you surround yourself with.

What are your top 5 book recommendations?
I really enjoyed and learned a lot from 
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker 
High-Performance Habits by Brendan Burchard

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
My goal is that I want to qualify for a CrossFit Competition through an online qualifier, the current focus in the 2020 Canwest Qualifier 

What made you choose this career path?
This Career chose me as much as I chose it, I was offered a job to work the Vo2 front desk 7 years ago. After getting my A.C.E. Personal Trainer Certificate I have taught classes and trained here ever since.

Things you personally value in a coach?
What I value in a coach is the ability to stay humble, being able to admit that they, themselves don’t know the answer to a question or that they are wrong. I also value the hunger to learn, always trying to improve as much as they can.


Lisa Eldridge

Director Of Nutrition And Personal Training, Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy- 
An individual’s health and fitness goes beyond the work they do at the gym. For true success, that individual must have balance in all areas of life and value all aspects that create optimal health and fitness. This will create consistency and lifestyle change to continually work towards their best version of themselves both physically and mentally.

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
There is no single answer for anything. Any answer or advice will differ based on each individual, what state they are currently in, and the multiple factors to consider.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach? 
Our head coach at Vo2Max-Ernie. Ernie has been a mentor for me and has had a large impact on my coaching. He has expanded my knowledge base and continuously helps further my learning in multiple areas of training and coaching.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person? 
My family.

What are your top 5 book recommendation’s?
My favourite book I would recommend is Gritt by Angela Duckworth.
Other books that I gained a lot from were:
Man’s Search For Meaning by Vyktor E. Frankl
Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Divided Mind by John E. Sarno

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
Have good health.
Maintain/improve fitness to be able to continue to do the physical activities I enjoy doing outside of the gym.
Improve on the areas that need work for the occasional Crossfit competition I take part in.

What made you choose this career path?
I have always enjoyed sports and training since a young age. It developed as part of my lifestyle and brought me to want to make a career out of it. I enjoy helping others and really appreciate how I am able to have a positive impact and/or change in someone’s life.

Things you personally value in a coach
A coach should be someone who helps guide their athlete/client in whichever direction is needed. They are capable of teaching and designing a program that suits the individual, their goals, and needs. The coach is also able to be a type of support system and provide guidance in other areas needing attention to always try to improve their athlete or client’s well-being.


Health and Performance Coaches

Janine Shillington

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
– Having more kids lol 
– My business name 
– My Coach

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
Ernie Stewart
James Fitzgerald

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
My mother and brother

What are your top 5 book recommendations?
How bad do you want it – Matt Fitzgerald

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
To qualify for the crossfit games 
Place top 10 in the open
Place top 5 in wodaploza 

What made you choose this career path?
I was inspired by my first trainer Leanne Babcock.  Looking back on it,  I always thought that I belonged in the fitness industry. I enjoyed working out at a very young age, and I also enjoyed teaching and coaching my friends. I like to say I was born to be a personal trainer!

Things you personally value in a coach
Gritty 
Like minded 
Motivated
Educated 
Passion
Caring


Jennifer Roach

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy-
In order to truly be successful you need to be connected body, mind and spirit! 

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years? 
Getting to know Ernie Stewart and his training philosophies has greatly influenced the way I train myself and train others.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
My Mom, Ernie Stewart, Joel Jamieson

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
Life, life is the biggest influence on me as a person. It constantly humbles me and shows me new ways to grow and be the best possible version of myself.

What are your top 5 book recommendation’s?
The Ultimate MMA Conditioning by Joel Jamieson
You are a bad ass by Jen Sincero
You are a bad ass with ur money by Jen Sincero
Best self by Mike Bayer
The secrets of meditation by Davidji

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
To perform Acro Yoga at two events in 2020!

What made you choose this career path?
My mom has been my greatest influence on choosing this path, she is the whole reason I got into this industry, seeing her battle with cancer and survive made me want to learn how to better my well-being and the well-being of others.

Things you personally value in a coach
Accountability, encouragement and practicing what you preach!


Michael Sheehan

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy
My training philosophy is more of a simplistic approach.  I enjoy doing more full body movements in my training to try to give my clientele more bang for their buck and at the same time teach them how to properly utilize the movements of their body.     

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
– It is not always about lifting heavy
– Cardio is at the centre of it all

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
– Ian Holmes
– Dan Jon
– Mike Reinold

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
– Ian Holmes
– Matt Bain
– Shawn Shmyr

What are your top 5 book recommendation’s?   
– 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey
– Unshakeable By Tony Robbins
– Beyond Training By Ben Greenfield
– Triphasic Training By Cal Dietz
– Now What? By Dan Jon

Current Training Goals for Yourself?    
I am currently working on completing my Precision Nutrition
Improve my Snatch and Clean & Jerk

What made you choose this career path?     
I developed a strong passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle through my own journey of weight loss.  I originally joined the profession to learn all I could to be able to use it in my own training to better serve myself, but through that I have discovered the joys of helping others accomplish their goals. 

Things you personally value in a coach
– Personality
– Educated
– Enthusiastic
– Time Management
– Flexibility


Traci Unger

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy:
I believe everyone can find passion in health & fitness. It might take the right gym, an inspiring friend or trainer, a role model, love of sport or simply a desire to make yourself feel amazing.

What is something you’ve changed mind about in past 2yrs?
As a trainer I believe you find your own groove/style but things are ever changing in the industry so you must remain open minded. In past couple years I have learned to observe and question more while still maintaining my own style of training. It’s about striking a balance.

Biggest influence as coach ?
As a child I’ve always appreciated my competitive sport coaches so I have learned a lot from their disciplines. Much of my first years in the industry I spent going to other instructors classes or working with other trainers. A few definitely stand out as great influences.

Biggest influence as person?
I would have to say my parents have been the biggest influences on me. They are amazing people. Both are super determined, successful in whatever they decide to attack and love seeing other people succeed also. Because of them, I’ve learned to work hard for what I want to achieve, and remain humble doing so.

Current training goals for self?
I am working to immerse myself in several avenues of fitness. My main goal is to keep myself challenged as an athlete and try new things that scare me or inspire me!

Why choose this career path?
I chose this career path because I’ve always loved teaching and coaching. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to inspire others to exercise, watch them grow as an athlete and build a special relationship along the way. Bonus: I’m super social and love being around people!

Things you personally value in a coach?
I appreciate a coach that has patience for their clients growth. Demonstrates kindness when needed and discipline where necessary to help them achieve their goal.


Michelle Blondin

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy-
I view fitness as a lifestyle and a journey not a quick fix to drop a few pounds. I want to help people incorporate fitness and healthy habits into their lives. I believe that fitness, physical activity, nutrition, and mental wellness are important components of a person’s wellbeing. I also believe that it is best for someone new to exercise to progress gradually in their fitness journey. My goal is to help people incorporate fitness and healthy lifestyle habits into their lives to improve their physical and mental health, as well as, improve their self-esteem and belief in their abilities. 

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
In the past two years, I have changed my mind about my career. I use to work a full-time desk job and part-time fitness job (I’ve worked in the fitness industry part-time since 2007) and now I have decided that my greatest passion in life is fitness and I want help other people reach their fitness and wellness goals, so fitness needs to be my full-time job.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach? 
Ernie Stewart, Ryall Graber, and my former coach have been the biggest influences on me as a Health and Performance Coach because they are extremely knowledgeable, continue their education, practice what they preach, and have years of industry experience. 

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person? 
Ryall Graber and Janine Walinski- Shillington because they are both boss babes that work and train hard and they influence people to live a healthy lifestyle. 

What are your top 5 book recommendation’s?
The Women’s Book by Lyle McDonald, A Little Book of Handstands by Bendy Kate, Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier, Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug, and You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. 

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
My current training goals are as follows: get a round off back tuck for my routine, tiger bend, straddle planche cast up into handstand, increase flexibility for straddle jump and high kicks, increase height of jumps, be circus level good at handstands and arm balances, grow my shoulders, and some day qualify for the Arnold’s as well as the Olympia in the Fitness category. 

What made you choose this career path?
Fitness is my greatest passion in life, I could talk about it and do it pretty much all day everyday without getting sick of it, so I thought being a personal trainer and fitness instructor is the ideal career for me. 
I chose a career in fitness because I want to help other people reach their fitness and health goals. I believe that through fitness people can improve their physical and mental health, as well as, improve their self-esteem and belief in their abilities. 

Things you personally value in a coach?
Things I value in a coach: knowledgeable, continues education, backs up training with current research, positive, supportive, honest, and practice what he/she preaches.


Tanya Barrett

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy- 
I am a strength coach that firmly believes that fitness is about a lifestyle transformation.  I strive to help my clients develop lifelong habits that not only enable them to meet their short-term goals, but to also provide the knowledge and confidence to constantly challenge themselves, and create a passion for long-term health and fitness.  

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
Something that I have changed within the last two years is creating a sustainable approach, mentally, to training and nutrition. Mastering the basics is a foundation that never ends and keeps your goals grounded in reality. 

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
Kabuki Movement and Strength Team
Brett Bartholomew
Cressey Sports Performance Team
Darby Training Systems 
Dr. Jordan Shallow 
Greg Nuckols
Eric Helms
Bret Contreras
Will Brenseke
Luke Tulloch
Ben Bruno
Stan Efferding
Barbell Medicine Team
Precision Nutrition 
Chris Fudge

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
Chris Fudge
Dr. Nicole LePera
Jocko Willink
Jordan Peterson
Mallory Rowan 

What are your top 5 book recommendations?
1. Why We Sleep – Dr. Matthew Walker
2. 12 Rules for Life – Jordan Peterson
3. Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink
4. Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
5. The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg Mckeown 

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
To become competitive provincially in the Alberta Powerlifting Union within the Open category. 

What made you choose this career path?
The passion of empowering others of becoming less fragile and creating a persevering mindset.  

Things you personally value in a coach
1. Honesty/Integrity
2. Empathy
3. Passion/Knowledge 


Aaron Baily

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy-
Training comes down to more than just your time in the gym, it encompasses everything in your life. Nutrition, sleep patterns, stress levels, and mental health all come into training and your health. Being able to have balance in your life will help to improve your quality of life, you may not be able to have all these in line at the same time and it may be hard to improve these things but if your willing to put in the effort its amazing how much can be achieved.

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
The decision to change careers from construction to become a personnel trainer would probably be one of the biggest things I have changed in the past 2 years. Most of my decisions career wise, seemed to be out of necessity, but leaving the dependability of my previous job to pursue a career which I have a passion for was one of the most nerve wrecking and rewarding decisions I have made.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
Having done the internship at VO2 and spending hours shadowing all the Health and Performance Coaches. I think all of them have been major influences on me, being able to draw from such a vast pool of knowledge, different training backgrounds and approaches to training has become an invaluable experience.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
My grand parents and my parents would probably be the biggest influence on me as a person. They provided me with my moral compass, taught me that you don’t have to be the most skilled person in the world to have a good work ethic, and that no one started an expert at anything, even the most skilled people started off as a beginner. In work, training and life just the willingness to put in the extra effort can carry you a long ways.

What are your top 5 book recommendations?
Art of War by SunTzu translated by Denma with essay and commentary. A translation of an ancient Chinese book on military strategy and tactics translated with an explanation on how the text applies to warfare and can be applied to everyday life.
Dracula by Bram Stoker the introductory novel of Count Dracula,  which follows the story of an English man traveling to Transylvania to help Dracula with the legal aspects of real estate buying real estate in England. Upon arrival at the castle he soon discovers all is not what it seems, the novel accounts his experience and the sub sequential arrival of Dracula in England.
A dream of eagle series by Jack Whyte a fictional historical account of the legend of King Arthur over a series of nine novels it starts with a retired roman legionnaire living in England as a blacksmith and over the course of several generations it eventually leads up to Camulod and the crowning of king Arthur.

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
I am not really sure on what my training goals are at the moment I would like to add a few more pounds of muscle. However, most of my training at the moment revolves around the fact that I enjoy it. I enjoy the social and friendly competitive aspect of CrossFit and being able to train with friends, while hypertrophy training is a good stress reliever. In the near future I may have some more defined goals but at the moment I am just enjoying the process and training in general.

What made you choose this career path?
Training is something I enjoy and having been very overweight myself before and having been able to make a change to my body that I never would have dreamed was possible. That having the opportunity to come to VO2 and enter a career that I enjoy, and help people achieve there goals seemed like an opportunity that was just to good to pass up.

Things you personally value in a coach
Things I personally value in a coach would have to be honesty and that they value the achievement of there clients individual goals as much as the client. Honesty goes without saying, is a very important trait in a coach there has to be trust between a person and there coach. However a coach caring about there clients to achieve there goals is very important, it would be hard for me to have faith in a coach to provide training for me if I knew they weren’t taking my training, my health and my well being seriously and putting thought into my training.


Ian Sinclair

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy- 
“Always deliver more than expected.”

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
The bases of why we train specific ways and what certain qualities we are trying to improve that session(s).

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
Ryan Doll, Micheal Sheehan and Ernie Stewart

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
My high school football coach Mr. D as well as my family and friends who have all greatly influenced me into becoming the person I am today.

What are your top 5 book recommendation’s?
Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
Brady vs Manning – Gary Myers
Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
Continuing to improve the abilities of my body/mind to become more successful in my sport while having as much fun as possible.

What made you choose this career path?
The passion I have for helping others with achieving their goals as well as the pure enjoyment and satisfaction I receive when they do.

Things you personally value in a coach
Knowledge, confidence, positive outlook and Enthusiasm for their career.


Jamie Strauss

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy- 
I believe that physical and mental health are equally important and I work with my clients to help strengthen the body and the mind.

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
In these past two years I have realized the importance of recovery and what it all encompasses. Your physical, spiritual, and emotional health are all connected, so by supporting one, you are also supporting the others. Taking care of all three aspects will help to maintain a healthy balance within your life.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
Richard Sylvester was my first mentor while I was still attending school at GPRC and he was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for ASDC NW. He introduced me to the world of performance training and I haven’t looked back since.
Dean Somerset has been a huge influence for me when it comes to post-rehabilitation training and going deeper into the assessment process of my clients.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
While playing college volleyball I had the privilege of being coached by numerous different coaches, each one taught me new life lessons and helped to shape me into the person I am today.
My parents – they have both been my number one fan since day one and have pushed me to always follow my dreams.

What are your top 5 book recommendations?
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth – for anyone seeking to succeed
The Gray Cook Lecture Compendium: A Collection of Gray Cook Lectures – for coaches wanting to learn more about movement
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe – for coaches just starting out
Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard – for anyone looking for a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in their daily lives
The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells – for women struggling with their relationship with food and body image

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
I am currently working on rehabbing my shoulder from Rotator Cuff surgery so I can get back to playing volleyball again pain-free.
I am also working towards squatting and deadlifting 300lbs.

What made you choose this career path?
Being active has been a part of my life since I was young, playing as many sports as I could as often as I could. Growing up I was a part of the Athlete Enhancement Program with ASDC where I was introduced to strength training and the benefits it can have for athletes. I fell in love with it from day one and after seeing the positive effects I achieved through it, I knew I wanted to pass my love and passion of training onto as many people as possible.

Things you personally value in a coach
I value a coach that exhibits great energy, passion, and enthusiasm towards their clients, but also exhibits a professional attitude and demeanor. A coach should be always learning and willing to learn. They are able to pay attention to detail, but never lose site of the big picture and goals of their clients. They are strong communicators and go beyond just educating their clients on the importance of physical activity, but also of nutrition, sleep, managing stress, etc.


Kaylyn Mears

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy-
My Focus as a trainer is to improve upon my clients true essence, whether that be improving quality of life through fitness, or reaching sport specific goals. 

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
Mobility work and stretching, I believe there is a time and a place for both. 

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
I would have to say Ernie Stewart has been my biggest influence, as a coach he pushes me to continue to learn and expand my knowledge. I also really look up to Grey Cook and Eric Cressey. They both have some amazing philosophies as Coaches. 

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
I would have to say my parents, they have always encouraged me to push myself to achieve my own goals. 

What are your top 5 book recommendations?
Grit – Angela Duckworth 
The Grey Cook Lecture Compendium- Grey Cook 
Power, Sex, Suicide- Nick Lane 
Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine- Lee Know 
Lore Of Running- Tim Noakes 

Current Training Goals for Yourself?
Improve my own body composition, and competing in local Crossfit competitions. 

What made you choose this career path?
I chose this career for many reasons, But I would have to say my main reason is that I love helping people through fitness. In My few years of being a coach I have learned how much our body adapt and are effected by our choices every day. What I love about that is, how I can help my clients through their programming to achieve their goals through fitness. It’s all about finding balance and then pushing forward! 

Things you personally value in a coach
Their reasoning, when a coach does something different or new I love to learn “Why”.


Kirsten Barsaloux

Health and Performance Coach

Philosophy

Training Philosophy-
Knowing is not enough, we must apply.  Willing is not enough, we must do.  -Bruce Lee

What is something you have changed your mind about in the past 2 years?
Constant changing, growth and the study of information in the field of fitness has come a long way.  Having the ability and information to perfectly create programs tailored to each individual is an amazing tool which enables us to take static workouts created for everyone growing into workouts created for individuals based off their goals, needs, and body types.

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Health and Performance Coach?
Vo2 Max Health and Performance has been a big influence in my journey into fitness.  The ideals that the name represents.  The drive, the grit, the determination to reach and crush goals not just personally but for clients as well.  All of the things that are represented by any trainer working under Janine and Ernie.  So who has influenced me?  Everyone I work with everyday.  The amazing way our staff uses open communication, the different styles of learning which brings new ways of teaching, the willingness to share knowledge and help during any situation.  I am thankful for this everyday.  

Who has been the biggest influence on you as a person?
There has been many people I admire and look up to in my life, and so many that I am thankful to have met and loved, but the biggest influence in my life has been my son Kaid.  He has taught me things about myself, I never knew.  He has showed me, and helped me push through when times were hard.  Kaid has a kind loving soul, he is an amazing brother and friend, he has always been my rock. Without that kid I never would have made it to where I am now. 

What are your top 5 book recommendations?

What made you choose this career path?
I have always been very active.  A career where I am constantly moving and learning is very fitting with my lifestyle!  Also its F’n amazing to get paid to do waht you love!

Things you personally value in a coach?
Honesty, loyalty, and commitment above all else.