Our Team

Danny Diaz, BPE

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Olympic Lifting Coach 

Certifications:

  • BPE - Sports Performance and Physical Activity

  • CSCS, CSEP-CPT, CFSC-LVL 1, NASM-PES, FMS LVL 1

  • NSPA - CPDS, CSAC, CWPC, CSNC

  • PFSCCA Combine Preparation 

Athletics has played a large role in Danny's life.  Growing up, Danny played high level soccer and football. During his football career, Danny enjoyed many successes, including provincial and national championships at the high school level, and positions with the Edmonton Huskies (CJFL) and the University of Alberta (CIS).  Danny has won numerous awards recognizing him for his individual achievements in athletics.  Danny coached with the Edmonton Huskies (CJFL) as a Receiver Coach, he worked with various level of athletes. 

Danny graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta, majoring in Sports Performance & Physical Activity.  His love of sports and of training drove his passion to learn and be better so that he can, in turn, help progress his clients to reach their goals. 

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Danny has trained a variety of people including: amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes, as well as the general fitness population.  No matter what your ability level, Danny is here to help you achieve your fitness and performance goals.

Serhat Yayla, MSc

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Olympic Lifting Coach

Certifications:

  • MSc

  • UEFA-B, CSCS, EXOS-PES, CFSC-LVL 1, FMS 1&2

  • CPDS, CSAC, CWPC

Serhat played professional soccer in the TURKISH SUPER LEAGUE for 5 years. He was also part of Turkish National Team for the 2002 World Cup Finals.

 

After his career ended, Serhat completed his bachelor degree in Sport Performance and Coaching. He also attended a program in Human Kinetics. He has worked as an assistant coach for Turkish Olympic Weightlifting Team for 2 years with 3x Olympic Champion Halil Mutlu.

 

During his master’s program Serhat had a chance to work  as an assistant instructor, as well as a primary instructor for undergrad courses at University of Alberta. He has worked with Golden Bears Soccer as an assistant coach, and with the Green and Gold Soccer Academy. Serhat was also a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the High Performance and Research Centre at the U of A.

 

Serhat has been coaching for 10 years. He is very passionate about coaching and has worked with a wide range of athletes from professional soccer, football and hockey players to Olympic lifters, powerlifters, to the general population that want to learn and grow.

Karen Lui

Performance Coach

Certifications:

  • BKIN

  • CSEP, CPT

Karen has always been passionate about fitness and staying active. During university, she fell in love with rock climbing and competitive powerlifting.

Karen had an ACL/meniscus tear from volleyball which sparked an interest in rehabilitation medicine and led to her pursuing a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Alberta.  Karen’s coaching career began in 2018 with personal training under the CSEP-CPT and has grown to teaching various group exercise classes.

Her training experience ranges from general public, to older adults, to those with neurological impairments and physical disabilities due to her major in Adapted Physical Activity. She is enthusiastic about encouraging individuals of all backgrounds to find exercise that they enjoy and loves helping others build strength and confidence through physical activity.

Ryan Morley, BKIN

Performance Coach

Olympic Lifting Coach

Certifications:

  • BKIN

  • CSEP, CPT

Ryan grew up playing a variety of sports throughout his early high school years. Unfortunately, he ended his senior year with a partially torn Deltoid Ligament in his ankle. This took him on a journey to recovery. From experience, Ryan can relate to individuals regarding the mental and physical impacts an injury can have on an individual. 
 
Ryan has been coaching for 6 years, his first 2 years were more general health and pre/post rehab exercise, as well as working with chronic pain and illness'. 


Ryan's passion for strength training grew the more he pursued higher education at the University of Alberta taking his Bachelor of Kinesiology with a Concentration in Sport Performance. This is when athletic training and strength training became more of an influential part of his coaching career. 
 
Ryan has worked with a large variety of the population ranging from general health/public, clients with chronic disease, college and amateur athletics, and youth. This has allowed him to experience many different exercise techniques over the years to best prescribe and deliver strength training to all clients needs and goals to the best of his ability. 

Nicholas Wood, 

Performance Coach

Certifications:

  • BSc with distinction – Sports Strength and Conditioning (Limerick Institute of Technology)

  • General Arts and Science with distinction - SLC

  • Fitness and Health Promotion – SLC

  • N.C.C.P.T – Personal Training

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified

 

Nicholas has always had a deep seeded passion for fitness.  He has always been involved with various types of sports. With a big interest towards rugby which he played at a college and club level.

 

Even though he loved playing sports that wasn’t enough. Nicholas pursued his studies in Fitness and Health Promotion upon graduation he continued onto another course; General Arts and Science with distinction. Nicholas then pursued a BSc in Sports Strength and Conditioning which he graduated with Distinction.

 

All throughout his studies Nicholas has had various placements all across the fitness industry and having the privilege to train all types of athletes within various types of sports.  This has allowed him to experience a variety of exercise techniques, over the years, which allows him to prescribe and deliver strength training to all clients based on their needs and goals

Michael Blanchard, 

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Human Kinetic - University of Ottawa

  • Concussion: Prevention, Detection and Management - Laval University

  • CSCS, CSEP-CPT, NCCP Olympic Weightlifting - Competition Developmet

  • West Side Barbell Powerlifting System

  • PFSCCA Football Injury Resiliency

  • PFSCCA Combine Preparation

  • IASTM M2T Scraping, Cupping, Deep Tissue and Biomechanics of assisted stretching

Michael grew up playing multiple sports, including and starting off with baseball, then moving into mixed martial arts and eventually focused on Olympic Weightlifting for many years. He aspired to continue his life in the world of sports performance. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics in 2016 from the University of Ottawa and he also received his Concussion: prevention, detection and management from Laval University. 

 

Michael has acquired many certifications including his CSCS, which has helped him train with many different athletes including the San Francisco Deltas of the NASL.  Michael has worked with the NHL, AHL, OHL, NCAA Hockey while he was in Toronto and had the opportunity to work with the Edmonton Eskimos for the 2019 season.

 

Michael has developed a huge array of skills over his career in the world of sports performance. He is passionate about helping people excel to the best of their abilities. With the experience he currently has and his attention to detail, he truly believes he can help anyone reach their goals. 

Jerrett Hansen, 

Registered Massage Therapist

Jerrett's career in massage therapy started in 2006 while being an active martial artist, as well as training in weightlifting, running and competitive grappling. He sustained a neck injury while training a junior student and realized how beneficial massage therapy was for his recovery.  Having a second set of eyes to assess any weakness or imbalance that he was not able to assess himself made a world of a difference.

From that day Jerrett have been dedicated to promoting massage therapy services of high quality and integrity. His style of massage is based in Swedish massage foundations but has progressed to his own style of deep but non-invasive massage therapy techniques designed for immediate benefit and no need for a rest day. The goal of his style of massage therapy is to allow the body to move in a way that isn't compensating though other structures allowing you to have proper mechanics while living your everyday life. 

Jerrett's modalities include: 

  • Lymphatic draining

  • Peripheral-Neuropathy (numbness in the feet)

  • Reflexology

  • Fire Cupping (traditional /different then suction cupping techniques)

  • Decompression release

  • Advanced Fascial techniques

  • Plantar fascia work

"It's about communication, your massage and your progress. I'm a catalyst for change."

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