MEET TEAM VIP
Team VIP is made up of passionate and skilled specialists including Personal Trainers, Kinesiologists, Group Fitness Instructors, Nutritionists, Life Coaches, Massage Therapists and more! Our unique approach allows our team to work together on client accounts to ensure that clients are getting the right combination of skills! Our fitness consultant will pair you with the Trainers and Practitioners best suited to you based on goals, history, skills, personality and overall needs!
Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, Group Fitness
Tirra Dent is a very passionate Personal Trainer who puts her all in to every client she has.
She started her career in Personal Training to inspire people to fall in love with fitness and come out of every experience feeling powerful. She got her start with the National Academy of Sports Medicine but her personal journey with fitness started when she was twelve years old and has been a great love in her life ever since. She is also educated in Fasical Stretch Therapy and is inspired by the art of healing the body with movement. Tirra wants to show her clients that the only thing getting in their way are themselves "its my job to help them go beyond what they believe they are capable of and show them their true worth".
In a session with Tirra you will learn how to move your body properly, how to get the results that you want and actually enjoy the process along the way, with Tirra the gym becomes a place you look forward to going to.
Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Fascial Stretch Therapist
Alex is a certified personal trainer with ACSM, a fascial stretch therapist, and a registered kinesiologist with BCAK. He graduated from UBC with his bachelors of kinesiology in 2015 and has been designing strength, weight loss, and corrective exercise programs for nearly five years.
Alex is skilled in assessing and correcting movement patterns, designing corrective exercise programs, muscle activation, bodybuilding techniques, and sports specific functional movement. Alex is currently a student of Osteopathy manual practice at the Candian School of Osteopathy.
He's a total "human body nerd" and loves to see clients succeed at whatever their goal may be. The puzzle of figuring out not only how to make the client move correctly, and overcome plateaus, but how to modify lifestyle habits and change the way they view food, exercise, and health is what makes him love his job so much.
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness, Booty Specialist
Cora started her journey as a Personal
Trainer in Sydney (Australia), She quickly fell in love with this amazing industry as it allowed her to help people change their lives and build up their confidence.
Cora's method is simple and effective, lift weights and you will feel strong and sexy.
A real professional who builds a unique coaching solution for you, your body, your goals and the lifestyle you want to live.
Cora's mission is to get her clients to feel comfortable in their own skin and get that confidence back while getting healthier.
Cora believes that training should be fun and something to look forward to.
Personal Trainer, Boxing & Group Fitness
Seriki has been training for over seven years and has a passion for helping his clients achieve their goals both mentally and physically.
Seriki has spent years learning, experimenting, gathering experience, and competing in a variety of fitness activities, with the belief that fitness and wellness is a way of life.
He has experience in areas such as strength training, marathon running, calisthenics, swimming, Olympic weightlifting and boxing.
He is skilled in motivating and guiding participants with care to improve strength and stamina using researched approaches by top coaches and clinicians. He is safety-oriented, hardworking, and successful in monitoring and encouraging individuals towards their goals. Seriki doesn’t just train you, he works with you through the journey of accomplishing your goals
A phrase that encapsulate Seriki: “he has a continuous pursuit in the art of learning”.
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness, Nutritionist
Bradon is a ACE certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist with 10+ years of experience in the gym.
Going through his own transformation and losing over 80 pounds, he decided he wanted to help others create healthy habits and fall in love with lifting weights.
After suffering multiple knee and shoulder injuries playing sports, He developed a passion for helping people move pain free.
Creating an experience tailored to your lifestyle, Bradon will focus on achieving any goals you may have while making the gym your favourite part of the day. A session with Bradon will focus on moving pain free, lifting heavy, and having fun!
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness, Kinesiology
Candace is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia where she completed her studies in the faculty of Kinesiology.
Her journey with weight training and fitness began in high school and soon turned into her passion. As a British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) certified personal trainer, Candace is passionate about helping others find fun and sustainable ways to achieve their health and fitness goals.
She specializes in strength and conditioning and health coaching. In her free time, Candace loves to cook a satisfying meal, explore BC’s trails, and spend time with her family and friends.
Personal Trainer, Nutrition, Muai Thai Kickboxing
Khris has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. After receiving his first weight set at 11 years of age, it quickly became his passion, which he now feels honoured to share with others.
Khris has recently completed a training camp for his current client who represented Canada in the Tokyo Olympics, competing in both paracanoe and parakayak.
His clients will receive the benefit of his diverse experience from body building, to martial arts to Olympic level strength and conditioning.
Khris prides himself on being an empathetic and intuitive trainer who customizes his programs to meet the needs of the individual.
If taking yourself to new heights is what you want, Khris will show you the way!
Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Kinesiology
Steph began her fitness journey more than 10 years ago as high performance track and field athlete. After sustaining an injury, she became more involved in long distance running and weight training. She has also participated in yoga and kick boxing.
Steph is a recent UBC Kinesiology graduate and American Council on Exercise (ACE )Certified Personal Trainer. She has focused her studies on understanding the barriers to exercise and finding solutions to promote increased overall health and quality of life for populations.
Steph has done work in creating health programs, including nutrition and exercise plans, for people with intellectual disabilities and is passionate about providing quality resources to diverse groups of people. She strongly believes that exercise prescription is not a “one size fits all” endeavour.
Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Group Fitness
Osama is a Certified Fitness Coach, Nutrition Specialist and he holds a Master Degree in Nutrition Sciences.
He aims to guide and inspire his clients to achieve their best results in achievable ways along with always keeping it entertaining.
He has experience with many different type of clients and specializes in boxing, bodybuilding, sports specific training along with weight loss and muscle building.
He is also a Certified Corrective Exercises Specialist and can help clients to focus on improving posture and balance, along with having a certification in physiotherapy and sports injuries from department of medical education foundation of the medicine university in Cairo.
He has been Coaching and leading clients with passion and motivation for more than 10 years focusing on all different kind of requirements to achieve the best results with full satisfaction.
Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist, Group Fitness
Pakiza found her passion for helping others build confidence, strength and a bulletproof mindset after overcoming depression.
She discovered her power through strength training and eating whole foods not only to fuel her body but mind as well. She loves helping other women experience reaching their highest self.
Not only is Pakiza a certified personal trainer, she’s also a holistic nutritionist as well. Pakiza can’t wait to help support you on your journey to finding what a balanced healthy lifestyle looks like for you!
Josephine first gained an interest in fitness when she was in university.
This interest quickly developed into a passion and since then she has been dedicated to understand the intricate science and delicate art in strength training, fitness and healthy lifestyle. Her philosophy is that training and fitness is not just for appearance, but more importantly, it is a choice we can make and she is privileged to help empower her clients, for both physical and mental health.
Josephine splits her time with us and is also teaches English. Teaching and helping clients understand 'the why' is ingrained in her.
She believes fitness is essentially a lifestyle; a stronger body with a stronger mind will take you to a wonderfully uncharted territory.
Matt began his career in 2011 where he obtained his Diploma of Massage from the Alberta College of Massage Therapy and has acquired over 10000 hours of treatment time working in multidisciplinary clinics since then. He was drawn to Massage Therapy due to an interest in body mechanics and general biology, as well as seeing the benefits it had on family members with mobility issues and muscle restrictions.
Matt believes that a combination of exercise, nutrition and soft tissue treatments are key in maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and takes great pride in being able to positively impact the quality of life in his clients with simple and accurate applications of pressure and motion.
Matt tailors every treatment to each individual as needed using different techniques such as Deep Tissue Release, Triggerpoint Therapy and Active Release Therapy among other techniques which can be focused to address specific problem areas, a general whole body focus, or just to help de-stress and relax. His specialties include general range of motion improvements as well as reducing: tension headaches, neck and lower back pain, shoulder restrictions, forearm numbness and weakness, lower leg tension, and shin splints.
Yoga Instructor, General Manager
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Founder, CEO, Fitness Consultant
Phaedra is a dedicated entrepreneur and has been in the fitness industry for almost 15 years. Growing up dancing competitively and professionally, she has always had a passion for fitness and health. For 12 years she assisted a variety of clientele achieve their goals through 1 on 1 personal training, group fitness and dance classes.
Through her journey as a sought after personal trainer and nutritionist, she came to discover that physical activity is just one component of achieving a lasting lifestyle change. Including access to nutrition and life coaching with her personal training program offered an extremely effective approach and yielded amazing results for her clients. The importance of adapting to each individual clientele was proven time and time again.
She started her first personal training company in 2011, rebranded to VIP in 2015 and finally opened her first store front location at the end of 2018. Since opening the location she has led an amazing team of trainers and practitioners through a world pandemic, pivoting and adapting multiple times. Although facing extreme challenges her focus and drive has given her the strength to continue through extremely unprecedented times. She now leads the team and continues to pass on her knowledge and experience to both staff and clientele.
Building a positive and inclusive “gym” environment was always at the forefront of her goals.