Our Team

Danny Diaz, BPE

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Olympic Lifting Coach 

Certifications:

  • BKIN - Sports Performance 

  • 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

Alex Broderick, 

Performance Coach

Certifications:

  • BKIN

  • CSEP, CPT

 

Alex’s goal is to live life to the fullest and share that with others in their fitness journey. Some of her passions include competitive gymnastics, volleyball, and a new found love of skiing.

 

Alex graduated from the University of Alberta in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a concentration on Physical Activity and Health. Since then, she has been working as a Kinesiologist and a Personal Trainer in the Edmonton area. She is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through CSEP and has several NCCP coaching certifications in Gymnastics. In addition, Alex has over 7 years of experience coaching high performance gymnasts of all ages. 

 

Alex developed a love for exercise as rehabilitation during her work as a Kinesiologist. She knows how difficult it can be trying to recover from injuries or illness, while still being able to do the sport or activity that you love. Alex want to remind the Elevate community that age is no barrier. Alex has worked with clients from age 3 to 89. 

 

Alex looks forward to working with the community, talking about your past fitness experiences and helping on your way towards future 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."

Chantelle Blair, 

Performance Coach

Certifications:

  • BSc in psychology (University of Liverpool, UK) 

  • Personal Fitness Trainer diploma (Elevated Learning Academy) 

  • Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE) 

 

Keeping active has always been a large part of Chantelle’s life. During her early years, she was a swimmer and dancer which gradually moved into working out in a gym setting at the age of 15.

 

Chantelle found fitness really helped her with low self-esteem and social anxiety. As it is for many, school was not always a positive experience for her. It was through fitness where she found her safe place. When Chantelle finished high school, she knew she wanted to help people and ended up working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. A few years later she decided to combine her love of fitness and education in psychology to help enrich people’s lives by receiving her Personal Training diploma. Since that day, she hasn’t looked back. 

 

Chantelle’s goal is to empower people and show them how they can nurture their body, mind and soul. With her psychology background, she looks forward to supporting and motivating you to live a healthier, happier life. 

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