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

Director of Group Fitness, 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.


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!


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”.