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North Star Fitness Coach

BEN DEZWART

Level 5 Trainer & Head of Personal Training

With over 11 years’ experience Ben de Zwart has been training Personal Trainers how to be their best and helped grow over 100 trainers to become successful. From starting as a brand-new trainer in the industry with zero experience, he quickly became one of the highest-level Personal Trainers in Western Canada and is an award-Winning Fitness Manager. Ben has helped every sort of client, from dramatic weight loss, pre/post injury prevention/rehabilitation, weight-gain/bodybuilding and athletic performance. Ben takes a methodical approach to building the fundamentals in the program and teaching the why behind the movement. He does this, so that the training becomes very practical and the clients can change the way they move on a day to day basis. When clients move better 24 hours a day, success comes much quicker and easier with less chance of relapse. Ben would be very excited to sit down with you to discuss the next year of success and goal setting.

Education/Certifications:

Fitness Manager of Excellence Award 2016
6x Winner of Goodlife Top 500 Award
Functional Movement Assessment & Gradual Exercise MethodsLevel 1 & 2
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certificate
DTS Striking Fundamentals Part A Certificate
Can-Fit-Pro Nutrition and Weight Loss Certificate
Can-Fit-Pro Personal Training Specialist
DTS Kettle-Bell Fundamentals Certificate
Advanced Power Training Certificate
TRX R4 Trainer Certificate
TRX RIP Trainer Certificate
My Boot Camp Certification
Body-Fit Certification
DTS Level 1
DTS Intro to Olympic Weightlifting
YMCA Personal Trainer
Trigger Point Level 1 & 2 Certificate
CrossFit Level 1 Certificate
Pat Rigsby’s Online Coaching Specialist Certificate
Brett Bartholomew’s Apprenticeship Program
Mike Reinold’s IASTM Certification

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RÉNALD VOURIOT

Group Coach/ Level 2 Trainer

Ren’s passion for fitness took shape right here at North Star Fitness. From weightlifting and gymnastics to kettlebells and clubs, his love of movement has propelled his journey from CFW member to personal trainer. He is dedicated to helping clients become stronger and healthier – physically, mentally and emotionally. He breaks down the mental barriers to change, and proves that with hard work and dedication you are capable of anything. He will help you take fear out of the equation, so even the most challenging goals and movements become attainable. Ren strongly believes that if you don’t move it, you’ll lose it. That movement is life, so why not make it fun? If expert coaching and support is what you’re looking for, Ren’s your man. He would love to sit down with you to discuss your fitness goals and ways to help you achieve the seemingly impossible.

Education/Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
Agatsu Joint Mobility and Movement
CrossFit Level 1 Gymnastics
Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1
Agatsu Assessment Course
Agatsu Indian Club and Mace Level 1

LUCI GOLUBIC

Level 1 Trainer

Luci is a kinesiologist and has been in the fitness industry for 7 years. She has helped general population and high level athletes reach their fitness goals. With her extensive sporting career – over 15 years – in basketball and soccer, Luci’s love for sports and keeping up with her own fitness gave her the confidence to help others achieve their goals.
She has helped various athletes prepare, maintain, and detrain for their sports. Over the years, Luci has worked with: youth teams, high school, university and Olympic level athletes that range from a wide variety of sports. These sports include: basketball, soccer, volleyball, hockey, tennis, baseball, sailing, cycling, BMX racing, downhill ski, cross country ski, and more.
In recent years she increased her knowledge to be able to lead group fitness classes as well as individual one-on-one training for people with specific goals.
So, if your goal is to lose/gain weight or simply just keep healthy, Luci would be thrilled to learn more about your fitness journey and assist you! Let Luci take you through the process step by step, so you know how to conquer your short and long-term goals!

Education/Certifications:

NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Red Cross First Aid & CPR Level C
Red Cross Basic Life Support (HCP)
Complete Concussion Management Course

Accomplishments:
Multi sport U-Sports university athlete on scholarship
MCAC Basketball Champion
MCAC Futsal Champion

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KLEIN ELEGADO

Level 2 Trainer

Klein has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (NSCA-CSCS). He has a background in competitive basketball & football and has worked with athletes at all levels. A serious shoulder injury ended his sports career, but the knowledge he gained through surgery and rehab has proven invaluable. Klein specializes in shoulder rehab, prehab and athletic training and works with clients of all ages and backgrounds.

Klein believes that “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Experience, creativity and empathy are just a few of the ways that he helps people overcome physical and mental barriers to reach their goals. Whether it is health, fitness or performance you’re after, Klein can help you reach your full potential one step at a time.

If you need help rebounding from injury or need that extra push to become the best version of yourself possible, Klein can help you put a plan in place to set and crush massive goals.

Education/Certifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology
Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (NSCA-CSCS)
CPR-C
Emergency First Aid (EFA).

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JARED FUNK

Level 2 Trainer

Jared believes that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Bullied as a young kid, Jared took up wrestling at age 10 to learn to defend himself. He branched off into Mixed Martial Arts at age 14 and has since trained with national level trainers and various MMA athletes, pushing himself to the physical and mental limit.

After winning an amateur MMA title belt at age 20 he shifted his focus to helping others reach their fitness goals. Fighting and training both take incredible mental strength, commitment and discipline – we are excited for Jared to bring these values to North Star Fitness.

Jared specializes in aerobic and endurance training, helping clients burn fat, gain strength and learn to throw a solid punch. If you’re looking for a fun spin on traditional strength and conditioning training, Jared will help you triangle choke your goals into submission!

Education/Certifications
Agatsu Assessment Course
Jiu-Jistsu Purple Belt
Multiple First Place Winner in Nation-Wide Wrestling Competitions
First Place Winner Manitoba Open Jiu-Jistu Competition (Gi & No Gi)
Featherweight Champion of Saturday Night Fights

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Joel Toews

Group Coach/Level 2 Trainer

As a Pastor for nearly 2 decades, Joel honed skills of listening, compassion, encouragement and challenge. Eventually it was time for a change and after a stint in retail sales he joins us at North Star Fitness where those skills learned over decades will help you reach your fitness goals. Joel enjoys running and since he started in High School has run track, road races and in the past 8 years almost exclusively trail races, completing distances up to 100 miles. His most notable finishes include Superior 100, Bighorn 100, Canadian Death Race (125k) and Voyageur 50. But Joel isn’t just a one-trick pony. Working out at North Star Fitness for the past year, he’s fallen in love with kettlebell, barbell and can be found “enjoying” time on the rower fairly regularly. You’ll also find him on his bike, sliding across the snow on cross-country skis in winter, or paddling a canoe in summer. In addition to getting strong, Joel believes that moving well and pain-free is important for people at all stages of life. He understands that you are the hero of your own story, and that every hero needs a guide along their journey especially when working through crisis or challenges. He would love to be that guide for you so you can reach your goals, stay active well into your older years and have fun doing so.

Education/Certifications
Brookbush Institute Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
ISSA – CPT
Agatsu Lower Body Movement and Mobility
CFA-BLS with AED

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ADRIAN THÉROUX

Strength Club/ Powerlifting Coach
Level 2 Trainer

Adrian has worked in the fitness industry since 2010 after having been introduced to fitness and strength training during football in high school. Since then he has worked with clients of all ages and skill levels, has competed in powerlifting (getting the podium at Provincials in 2018 and 2019), and has run his successful Strength Club since 2014.
Adrian specializes in full ROM strength, adjusting techniques to fit the individual, and having his clients develop a confident mindset in the gym.
As someone who truly loves fitness and the gym atmosphere, Adrian wants to share his passion with you and help you develop that same love for the gym.

Education/Certifications:

Bachelors of Kinesiology
CSEP
Certified Personal Trainer
Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
CPU Powerlifting Coach
Agatsu Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor
Crossfit Level 1 Gymnastics
Agatsu Lower Body Mobility

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JASON PAUL

Group Coach
Level 1 Trainer

Jason has been an avid gym goer since his teen years but it wasn’t until later in life he decided to make the switch to coaching. After several years of practicing and coaching martial arts he decided to switch gears and started a coaching apprenticeship at North Star Fitness. He has been actively coaching small group fitness and self defense classes since 2014. When not in the gym Jason can be found pursuing many outdoor activities such as skiing and canoe tripping. His love of the outdoors drives his passion for general physical preparedness. He is dedicated to providing supportive and personalized service to his clients so they may be stronger, move better, and live healthy active lives.

Education/Certifications:

Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Mobility
Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1
Agatsu Lower Body Mobility
Agatsu Assessment
Wilderness Advanced First Aid
Personal Defense Readiness Instructor
Precision Nutrition

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ALEX PAUL

Client Services

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JOSÉE DEEZAR

Physiotherapist

Josée is a licensed physiotherapist providing services in French and English. She attained her Bachelor of Sciences degree from the Université de Saint-Boniface. Following graduation Josée travelled, volunteered in the Dominican Republic, and worked in the French school division in Winnipeg before continuing her studies at the University of Manitoba to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy. Josée is dedicated to lifelong learning and continues to develop her skills through post graduate coursework and mentorship. She has regularly trained at North Star Fitness since 2014, partaking in fitness, powerlifting and Olympic lifting classes. She uses a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture and exercise-based treatment techniques to help manage pain, improve function and achieve individualized patient goals.

Education/Certifications:

-MPT – Masters of Physiotherapy (UofM)
-B.Sc. – Bachelor of Science (USB)
-Certified in Acupuncture
-Sports First Responder Certification

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QUENTIN RAVAL

Physiotherapist

Quentin has competed in high level sports and continues to play a wide variety of them, including volleyball, basketball, hockey, soccer, racquet sports and golf. This gives him great insight into how athletes move and what is required to achieve optimal performance in sports and activities. Quentin also spent four seasons as the assistant coach for the Université de Saint-Boniface men’s volleyball team and has also coached multiple basketball and badminton teams.

Quentin takes pride in his hard-working nature, and his excellent interpersonal and communication skills. He is always striving to advance his knowledge of exercises and manual therapy to offer the best care possible. He is dedicated to his patients and will provide all his efforts in helping them reach their personal goals.

Education/Certifications:

-MPT – Master of Physiotherapy (UofM)
-B.Sc. – Bachelor of Science (USB)
-Certified in Acupuncture
-Orthotics Training
-Sports First Responder Certification

Brett Findlater

Level 1 Trainer

Brett is an ASFA Certified trainer who started in 2019. He has a background in competitive basketball, soccer and lacrosse and has worked with athletes of all levels.
Brett sustained a serious knee injury bringing his sporting career to a halt but chose not to get surgery and rehab on his own. He has since been able to get back to playing multiple sports and enjoying all the activities he loved before injuring his knee, which sparked his love of the fitness industry through his functional strength training.
Brett is a strong believer that “strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” After overcoming many hurdles through his own fitness journey, he wants to share his experience and motivation guiding you to the physical and mental goals you may have thought were out of your reach. If you want to be stronger and more physically adept in your daily life or get back to how life was before your injury, Brett would love to help you plan and achieve your goals!

Education/Certifications
ASFA Certified Trainer
Red Cross Basic Life support
Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder
NFPA Firefighter 1&2 – AAAA Basketball Provincial Champion
Highschool Lacrosse Hardest working player award

Rebecca Franklin

Level 1 Trainer

Rebecca’s journey in the fitness industry began as a teenager recovering from an eating disorder. On her road to recovery she discovered her passion for fitness and nutrition. She wanted to use this passion as a way to help others on their journeys and make them feel comfortable in their own bodies.
Rebecca has been certified as a fitness professional since 2018 and has a variety of fitness and nutrition certifications. In the ongoing pursuit of knowledge, she is currently working towards her degree in Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba.
Rebecca’s primary focus is strength and conditioning with a specialty in lower body training.
With her unique approach to training and nutritional philosophy, Rebecca will help you reach your fitness and lifestyle goals!

Education/Certifications:
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
ISSA Certified Glute Specialist
ISSA Certified Nutrition Coach
ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition