Q&A With Our New Trainer/Kinesiologist: Doug
Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born in Edmonton but have lived in Kelowna since I was 3 years old. I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in the Okanagan, especially with the fact my immediate family is here as well. I got married to my beautiful high school sweetheart that I’ve known since kindergarten on July 4th 2015 and we’ve been together for 9 years now – I’m shocked she hasn’t killed me yet.
What do you like to do for fun?
When it comes to fun, I love to dirt bike, mountain bike, downhill ski, and do pretty much anything outdoors. I enjoy getting together with friends at any opportunity and love to challenge my self physically and mentally at every chance I get.
How did you get into personal training?
Growing up I was an over weight child and like most kids, I was bullied. It wasn’t until I began to do a lot of mountain biking that I realized the benefits of physical activity and exercise. I saw amazing physical changes in myself but more importantly I saw massive improvements in my mental well being. It was at that moment that I realized if I can make those changes, I want to help anyone and everyone make those changes as well. After high school I decided to complete a diploma in Human Kinetics and to become a Certified Personal Trainer. After the 2 year program, I fell in love with Kinesiology and decided to peruse a degree in Human Kinetics. This opened a new world for me and my exposure to helping individuals with their health and fitness goals grew immensely.
What are some of your favourite workouts?
My favourite work outs are typically focused around heavy strength training and high intensity intervals. I love the mental and physical component behind these styles and I find the really opens your mind to what you are capable of doing.
What is your best advice to clients to help keep them on track?
The best advice I could give someone to help them stay in track is to focus on their consistency. It’s the small, mundane tasks that make the big difference in the long haul. People must make a goal and then a plan to execute it. I encourage people to re-assess where they are at to evaluate their progress. This helps keep people on track and their eyes on the prize.
Group Personal Training with Doug in the Coaches Cage