Private Trainers

Private Trainers

Alaa Moussa

Strength training is the most effective thing to do in the gym. I believe in the body’s amazing adaptive abilities and so I design my programs to include this method of training for all of my clients. Whether you are an aspiring athlete or someone who wants to get healthier, strength training should be at the core of your training program. I like to create a strong connection with my clients, and set goals and achieve success together!

I have been training clients since 2013, and I have focused on mixed martial arts training as well as strength training. Choose to train with me especially if you want to focus on strength training, learn or improve barbell lifts, or learn mixed martial arts.

Specialties

  • Strength training
  • Barbell lifts
  • MMA training

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT – Personal Trainer

Availabilities: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA

Alejandro Poch Fierro

A personal trainer with excellent knowledge of human anatomy and biomechanics, Alejandro has over 20 years of conditioning room and sports experience. He is always eager to help clients reach their goals through motivation, be it for weight loss, posture improvement, or to build muscle. His training sessions are creative and dynamic and are easily adapted to all types of people. His aim is to protect people from injury and he teaches the best techniques for a better understanding of how to lead a healthy life.

Specialties

  • Weight loss (metabolism activation)
  • Competitive athletics (marathons and half-marathons)
  • Posture correction (toning, strength, and mobility)
  • Weight lifting (CrossFit technique)
  • Callisthenics (functional, resistance, and suspension training)

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT, Personal Trainer
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA, Corrective Conditioning

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA

Alison Rogers

Specialties

  • Program Design
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Flexibility & Hypermobility
  • Medical conditions related Osteoporosis, thyroid issues

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT Individual Conditioning
  • TRX® Qualified Trainer
  • YMCA Group Choreography Aerobic & Step
  • YMCA Group Strengthening
  • Corrective Conditioning

Availabilities: Westmount YMCA

Barry Winikoff

No matter our age or fitness level, we all have to be able to move, sit, stand, get up off the floor, reach and pick up objects, walk through a park. These things give us a certain pleasure in life. I’ll help guide you in developing your physical strength to be become a stronger person overall.

Specialties

  • General fitness / wellness for mature adults
  • Fitness / wellness following a cardiac event
  • Fitness / wellness for older adults

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT - Personal trainer
  • YM-YWHA & YMCA - Corrective Conditioning
  • YMCA FIT - Functional Training for Aging Adults
  • TRX® - Suspension Training, Level 1
  • Urban Poling and Activator Instructor

Availabilities: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA, Westmount YMCA

Boris Kovacevic

I'm a personal trainer with over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry, working with people from different population groups (from kids to seniors) and different fitness levels (from beginners to top-level athletes).

I design highly personalized training programs to help my clients reach their specific goals.

Specialties

  • Postural assessment and corrective conditioning
  • Strength training
  • Sports conditioning
  • Kettlebell training
  • Indian Club & Mace training

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT — Personal trainer
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA – Corrective conditioning

Availabilities: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA, Westmount YMCA

Cassandre Neuhofer Valllée

As someone who loves weight training and is passionate about sports and movement but hasn’t always found it easy to work out in gyms, I understand the importance of having a highly personalized training program. My number one objective is to make your training as fun and productive as possible by listening to your likes/dislikes and your goals, no matter what they are. Thanks to my love of working with people and knowledge of the human body, I can help you find that balance where your workouts are safe and make you feel strong and energized. It’s important to me to push you to reach your goals by making solid progress while respecting your limits and fluctuations in mood and energy. I strive to create a welcoming environment where everyone feels safe and supported.

Specialties

  • Aesthetic goals, performance goals, overall well-being and health

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT - Personal trainer

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA

Evan Beloff

Exercise is medicine. We are what we eat.

I practice a holistic approach to health, wellness and nutrition, and focus on treating underlying disorders to help my clients improve and enhance their body’s healing abilities.

Specialties

  • Strength training
  • Meal planning
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Weight loss
  • Botanical therapy

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT – Individual Conditioning Instructor
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA — Corrective Conditioning
  • Natural Health Consultants Institute — Naturopathy

Availabilities: Westmount YMCA

Fari Graeeli

East meets West. My approach integrates the knowledge I gained playing soccer around the world, practicing yoga in India for eight years and martial arts.  I evaluate, adjust and progress!

Specialties

  • Yoga
  • Martial arts
  • Soccer
  • High performance training
  • Character building and strength training

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT — Individual Conditioning Certification
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA — Corrective Conditioning

Availabilities: Westmount YMCA

Fernand Mahoundo

Sports have always been an integral part of my life. I ran track (100-metre and 200-metre sprint) on a national level for 14 years and also played soccer in France. With my passion and training certifications combined, I seek to help YMCA clients meet their goals (weight loss, strength training, cardio). I strive to give clients my all to help them get results and improve their lifestyles, as well as their overall health.

Specialties

  • Weight loss
  • Strength training
  • Cardio training

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT – Personal trainer
  • Metafit – Bodyweight training
  • MetaFit Canada - MetaPRO Training System

Availabilities: Cartierville YMCA, Du Parc YMCA, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA

Geneviève Brunet

As a certified trainer and massage practitioner, I offer my clients, concerned about their well-being, attentive services, centered on the person and their needs.

I will provide you with manual therapy and postural corrective exercises to help relieve your pain, improve your range of motion and regain good physical shape.

Specialties

  • Massage – to get back your range of motion and relieve pain
  • Postural re-education – to learn how to move with proper body mechanics
  • Muscle strengthening – to prevent injuries and improve fitness

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT program – Personal trainer
  • Massage therapy – Académie de massage scientifique      
  • First Aid – CPR-A/AED
  • MSc in Biology

Availability

  • By appointment, 514-836-9836
    Cartierville YMCA – Wednesdays 7:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Availabilities: Cartierville YMCA

Hooma Sheikh

My mission is to help my clients get to know their bodies better with a combination of corrective exercises, breathing strategies and specialized tools like Stott Pilates and myofascial release with therapy balls to identify the body’s pain points and blind spots, helping to reduce stiffness, cramps, stress, headaches and scars from recent or chronic injuries.

In order to develop an effective and individualized conditioning program for my clients, I focus on the proper mechanics and appropriate regression and progression of functional movement patterns like squats, lunges, rotations, bends and push-and-pull exercises. While designing a program for my clients, I put a strong emphasis on posture alignment, muscle testing and movement screening. Following an evaluation, I select appropriate exercises to keep my clients motivated and safe, while reducing their risk of injury and helping them achieve their goals.

Specialties

  • Postural analysis and correction
  • Myofascial release self-massage techniques
  • Stott Pilates: spine, core, posture correction and rehab exercises
  • Functional training
  • TRX® training

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT – Individual Conditioning Instructor
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA – Corrective conditioning
  • YMCA FIT – Group Fitness Certification, specialized in choreography
  • STOTT PILATES – Matwork Level 1 Instructor
  • TRX® – Suspension Training Level 1
  • Tune up Fitness – The Roll Model Method – The Science of Rolling
  • Stratford Career Institute – Fitness and Nutrition

Availabilities: Cartierville YMCA

Jacinthe Gagnon

My interest in health, fitness and helping others has made me a passionate trainer. I offer personalized services that are adapted to individual needs, and share my knowledge so you can make progress in whatever you wish to undertake. From improving general fitness, to losing weight, to strength building and increasing muscle mass, I am committed to working with you, no matter what your goals may be. I would like you to leave each training session with a sense of accomplishment and the desire to surpass yourself again and again.

As a former competitive gymnast, I understand those who want to achieve performance goals. I especially love interval training, running and strength training. My own injuries have taught me how important it is to master proper techniques in order to use your muscles correctly.

Fitness training is a true joy for me and I want to share it with others. I look forward to working with you!

Specialties

  • General fitness and weight management
  • Muscle strengthening and building
  • Athletic performance and cardiovascular training
  • Motivation strategies

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT – Personal trainer
  • canfitpro – Fitness Instructor Specialist
  • Jean-François Harvey / Spinal Mouvement – Running Technique Analysis
  • Metafit HIIT Training System – Bodyweight Training Coach
  • Optimisation du mouvement – Addressing barriers to achieving your full potential through the mobilisation, activation and integration of functional movement

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA

Jean-Baptiste Dargelos

I offer fitness programs adapted to individual needs. My experience allows me to work with people of all ages and with different levels of fitness experience. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle mass, or increase motivation, I will help you achieve your fitness goals while ensuring your safety and well-being. I am energetic, creative, and dedicated to helping people adopt a healthy, active, fulfilling and rewarding lifestyle. 

Specialties

  • Preparation for team-sport’s competition
  • Weight loss and fitness
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Strength training

Certifications

  • Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour - Baccalauréat en sciences de l’activité physique
  • Institut catholique de Toulouse - Maîtrise en formation des enseignants au préscolaire et au primaire

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA

Marc Iann Solomon Calvero

As someone who prioritizes health above all else, I started to regularly integrate physical activity into my life during adolescence. I learned how the body works during different activities, both inside and outside the conditioning room. Through my passion for fitness and learning how the body behaves in various contexts, I participated in a variety of training courses and completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. I chose this path to not only get a more in-depth understanding of the system that allows us to move and control our movements, but also to apply this knowledge properly. Thanks to my passion and practical knowledge, I’m certain that I can equip you with the tools and advice you need to reach your goals.

Not to mention that I’m a great listener and happy to provide inspiration if needed. As a lover of exercise, I’m aware of how hard it can be to do things on your own. That said, I can make the required adjustments to adapt your exercise program accordingly to ensure its continued success, and share the things I have learned throughout my experience.

Specialties

  • Health and well-being
  • Biomechanics and human anatomy
  • Muscular reinforcement, strength training, and loss of body fat
  • Injury prevention
  • Motivation and guidance

Certifications

  • University of Quebec at Montréal – Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology
  • YMCA FIT – Personal Trainer

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA

Mathew Artinian

I strongly believe that we are all made to move. My goal is to provide you with effective and enjoyable workouts. I do not want exercise to be a chore; I want you to enjoy your time in the gym and to challenge yourself. We are often able to do more than what we tell ourselves. I believe it is essential to focus on technique to have a safe and effective workout; if you are going to do something, do it right. Let’s make a plan together and achieve those goals as a team.

Specialties

  • General Fitness
  • Strength Training
  • Circuit Training
  • Functional Training
  • Weight Management/Loss

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT Personal Trainer

Availabilities: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA, Westmount YMCA

Matthew Bourgoin-Horne

Having played a variety of sports from a young age, including varsity football with the Concordia Stingers, I understand what it is like to suffer from injuries that prevent you from performing the activities you love. As both a physiotherapist and personal trainer, I have an extremely strong understanding of the human body and human movement. With the knowledge I have gained through my studies and years of experience, I can help you to both recover from injuries as well as prevent them from occurring in the future by providing individually-tailored rehabilitation and strength and conditioning programs.

Specialties

  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Injury prevention
  • General fitness
  • Athletic conditioning

Certifications

  • Queen’s University - Master of science in Physical Therapy
  • Concordia University - Bachelor of science with distinction honours Exercise Science
  • CSEP|SCPE — Certified Personal Trainer

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA

Osman Omar Hossein

Professional kinesiologist/massage therapist with extensive experience gained through coaching both individuals and groups. My interventions are based on a thorough analysis of the specific needs of the individual, and a scientific approach to movement and exercise prescription.

Specialties

  • Scientific approach to movement and functional biomechanics,
  • In-depth assessment of movement disorders
  • Prescription of corrective exercises,
  • Rehabilitation of movement (musculoskeletal injury, diabetes, cardiovascular problem and other health conditions) and pain relief,
  • Therapeutic approach: manual treatments, muscle releases, joint mobilizations and functional biomechanical rehabilitation.

Certifications

  • UQAM - Bachelor of Physical Activity Intervention (Kinesiologie)
  • Diploma in Massage Therapy,
  • Diploma in Orthotherapy (in progress),
  • Coach Export:  Bodybuilding Training I - Training supervision,  Bodybuilding Training II - Private trainer, Bodybuilding Training III - Certified Coach 1, Bodybuilding Training IV - Certified Coach 2,  Sports nutrition training I, Sports nutrition training II,
  • Member of the Réseau des massothérapeutes professionnels du Québec R.M.P.Q.

Availabilities: Cartierville YMCA

Philippe Laurin

As a health professional who is specialized in physiology and exercise, I know how to guide you in reaching your goals. My experience working as a kinesiologist in several gyms and at the Sainte-Justine Hospital means I understand your needs and how to adapt my practice accordingly. I use a human-based approach to put clients at ease throughout the entire training process. I also have experience with a symptomatic and ill clientele, athletes in training, and athletes recovering from an injury. Regardless of your challenge, goal, or injury, I can help. I’m also the Director of the Cartierville YMCA which means I have the opportunity to listen to our members and properly understand the reality of our centre. 

Specialties

  • Weight loss
  • Postural analysis and correction
  • Training adapted for pathologies and chronic illnesses
  • Healthy lifestyle habits and ergonomics
  • Rehabilitation after an injury

Certifications

  • University of Sherbrooke – Bachelor’s in Kinesiology
  • University of Montréal – Master’s in Kinesiology
  • National Coaching Certification (NCCP) Level C – Soccer

Availabilities: Cartierville YMCA

Raji Zreik

My approach is data driven. I want my clients to see measurable changes and results. I will help you push your limits while ensuring proper form and safety.

Specialties

  • High intensity training
  • Optimal performance for sport-specific training
  • Posture correction
  • Specialist Movement Correction
  • Specialist Body Building

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT - Personal Fitness Trainer
  • YMCA-YWCA - Fitness Leader Specializing in Personal Training 
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA - Corrective Conditioning

Availabilities: Westmount YMCA

Rose Shahgholiabasi

A goal without a plan is just a wish! Set a goal, make a plan and get started!

I am a kinesiologist with a solid background in physical activity. My path within this field began when I enthusiastically took up basketball when I was 8 years-old. I pursued my passion and reached the national level as a professional basketball player in my country. Wanting to add more value to my professional career, I studied sports science and received a master's degree in kinesiology. I continued my development by receiving personal training and corrective conditioning certifications in Canada. My in-depth experience in fitness and corrective conditioning, good communication skills, as well as my friendly personality, assist me in guiding my clients as they reach their goals with both motivation and safety.

I am specialized in developing strength and flexibility, increasing muscle mass, weight loss, toning abdominal and gluteal muscles, posture correction and yoga. My approach is clear, simple, effective, and accessible to all.

Specialties

  • Postural analysis
  • Training for chronic conditions
  • Corrective conditioning and post-injury rehabilitation
  • Training for older adults or seniors
  • Functional training, muscle gain, weight loss

Certifications

  • Al-Zahra University - Bachelor's degree in Sports Sciences
  • Bu-Ali Sina University - Master's degree in Kinesiology
  • YMCA FIT – Personal trainer
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA – Corrective conditioning
  • YMCA FIT – Aquatic Fitness Certification

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA, Westmount YMCA

Samira Mirhosseini

I have a deep passion for fitness and training and I always find ways to challenge my clients and myself. I am keen to help others reach their goals and pursue their vision of wellness and health by achieving a healthier lifestyle.

Specialties

  • Resistance training
  • Circuit training
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle activation
  • Muscle mobilization

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT – Individual Conditioning Instructor
  • YM-YWHA/YMCA - Corrective Conditioning

Availabilities: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA

Thomas Rocchi

Fitness is a deeply personal journey, but you don’t have to travel alone! Whether you’re trying to gain (or regain) mass, strength, flexibility, function or rehabilitate an injury, I can help. My goal is to help others achieve their goals.

Specialties

  • Building self-confidence
  • Building strength and muscle
  • Increasing endurance and mobility

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT - Personal Trainer

Availabilities: Cartierville YMCA, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA

Vahe Ohanian

Vahe Ohanian has a diploma in kinesiology (UQAM) and in kinesitherapy (DESS U. of Sherbrooke).  Over the last several years, Vahe has acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to counter and improve diverse problems related to a person’s physical condition, including exercise physiology (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - CSEP); coronary heart disease and risk factors (CHUM); metabolic diseases; rehabilitation in the context of chronic pain and treating injuries to muscles and joints through exercise.

During this time, Vahe also founded VO2 Santé, a health service company whose sole objective is to help people improve and maintain their physical health, especially those with chronic pain. VO2 Santé understands that good physical health has a positive impact on mental health, thereby improving the overall quality of a person’s life.

Specialties

  • A scientific approach to movement and functional biomechanics
  • Extensive evaluation of various fitness markers
  • Movement rehabilitation (musculoskeletal injuries, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions) and pain relief
  • Research on personalized tools and exercises for each client
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration (VO2 Santé team)

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) — UQAM
  • Certificate in Chronic Pain Rehabilitation (I.R.D.C. Level 1) — Institut de kinésiologie du Québec
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (SCEP-CEP)
  • Member of the Fédération des kinésiologues du Québec

Availabilities: Cartierville YMCA

Veronica Nemeth

In my 35 years as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, I’ve learned there is no single approach that fits everybody perfectly. When creating a training program, I draw from a comprehensive tool kit. I care about your success as much as you do, and together, we’ll get there.

Specialties

  • Circuit, cross and metabolic training
  • Yoga, manual stretching
  • Postural analysis
  • Pre & Postnatal conditioning
  • Sports periodization

Certifications

  • McGill University, Department of Athletics — Personal Trainer
  • YMCA FIT — Individual Conditioning Instructor
  • YMCA, ActivAction — Active Lifestyle Coaching
  • YMCA/YM-YWHA — Corrective Conditioning
  • Le Urban Retreat — First Degree of Reiki
  • YogaFit — Teacher Training Program Level 3
  • PiYo LIVE Instructor

Availabilities: Westmount YMCA

Wilson Xavier De Melo

As a personal trainer, my passion for physical fitness and martial arts inspires my clients to reach their maximum potential through simple and effective training programs. I use several approaches in my training sessions, including functional training (without machines), boxing and capoeira, to improve motor skills (coordination, strength, endurance, speed, flexibility and range) and cardiopulmonary capacity.

I am a qualified trainer who is certified in physical conditioning with several years of experience in martial arts, including boxing, jiu-jitsu and, mostly, capoeira (a Brazilian martial art). With these tools, I can evaluate your fitness level and help you establish appropriate goals.

Specialties

  • Weight management
  • Fitness
  • Posture and flexibility (myofascial trigger points)
  • Functional training
  • Circuit training

Certifications

  • YMCA FIT – Personal trainer
  • canfitpro – Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS)
  • Metafit – Bodyweight Training
  • Boxing Canada – Boxing Coach, Level 1
  • Abada Capoeira and ABRACAP – Capoeira Instructor

Availabilities: Du Parc YMCA