Optimal Training Academy


Why Choose OTA?

The experience and knowledge behind our one of a kind program was created and since improved by experts in the sport training field.

Top athletes who have attended the OTA program gain the experience and knowledge to play in the NHL, Canadian Volleyball Team, and become Olympic Weightlifting champions. 

Optimal Training Academy focuses on the primary components of athletic development. Our athletes build speed, agility, strength, power, muscular fitness.

Our coaches introduce the importance of nutrition and how to make lifestyle changes for this aspect of the developing athlete. Most work is done with weights, getting young athletes familiar with the Olympic lifts, in combination with plyometric and advanced training strategies.


About Coach Terry Hadlow

​Terry Hadlow has had an exciting career in the world of Olympic Weightlifting as a high performance athlete and coach. His 50 years of extensive experience has helped develop the grass roots all the way up to the professional athlete.

10 year member of the Canadian National Olympic Weightlifting Team
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton: Silver Medalist
1979 Pan American Games Gold Medal Snatch, Bronze Clean and Jerk, Silver overall
Olympic Games Team Member 1980 and 1984
7 Time World Champion Competitor Olympic Weightlifting
2008 World Masters Olympic Weightlifting Greece, Gold Medalist
2010 World Masters Olympic Weightlifting Poland, Gold Medalist
2014 World Master Olympic Weightlifting, Silver Medalist
2013 Pan American Championships, Canadian and Pan American World Records: Snatch 108kg and Total 240 kg

University of Ottawa Bachelor of Physical Education Honours Degree in Exercise Physiology

Soviet Sport Institute 1979

Cuban Sport Institute 1980

Chinese Sport Institute 1980


Proven Track Record

Former Athletes of the OTA Program:

Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks

Travis Hamonic – NewYork Islanders

Derek Meech – Detroit Redwings

Dylan Mcilrath – NY Rangers

Reg Beauchemin – Philadelphia Phantoms

Kelsey Saelens – St. Cloud State

Ashley Voth – Team Canada Volleyball

Andrew Loewen – Columbus

Andrew McPherson – German DIV 1

Rachel Cockrell – CIS MVP Women’s Volleyball

Blair and Scott McCauley

Jasmin Levesque – Carlton University

And you!

“The Optimal Training Academy has really helped me develop. From the on ice sessions to the weight room, every aspect of it has been great. The close relationships you build over the years with the trainers really helps you excel in this program. In my case, the 6 years of working with the OTA has really benefited me. It pushed me and the program really knows how to focus on every athlete’s needs”
Travis Hamonic
– 6 year OTA member and 2ndround draft pick of the NY Islanders