Our Personal Trainers
Certifications: B. Kin
Anna has a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. She gained her extensive experience in health, fitness and training through 10 years as a competitive ballroom dancer and long-term training in taekwondo and gymnastics.
As a personal trainer, Anna likes to include functional exercises that can benefit real-life, everyday movements. She is committed to providing her clients with purposeful exercise selection, motivation and guidance to ensure they get the best workout possible and reach their goals.
Fun Fact: Anna was working towards her Bachelor of Business Administration degree when she decided to switch programs in order to pursue her passion for health and fitness.
“I have trained with Anna for 2 years. She’s reliable, knowledgeable, flexible and pleasant. She’s very good at accommodating what I want to work on (balance, weight, rehabbing injuries) and at working around my aches and pains.”
“I have worked with Anna for the last year at Body & Soul. She is an excellent trainer. She is very knowledgeable. careful, and creative. Sessions with her are always challenging – never boring. In addition to her expertise, Anna has a great sense of humour. I always come home triumphant and pleased. I am doing this important work for myself and am very grateful to be working with Anna.”
Certifications: CPT-NEFPC | GT/FT
Anthony has a Bachelor of Business degree and graduated with Honours from the Dublin Institute of Technology. His passion for health and fitness later led him to study Personal Training with Image Fitness Training, where he received his certification as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and was awarded Student of the Year. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Anthony had been training clients professionally for three years.
As a Personal Trainer, Anthony is extremely passionate about helping people who lack confidence in the gym environment feel comfortable and confident in achieving their goals. Having gone through a similar fitness journey himself, his philosophy for training is improving not only the physical but also the mental aspects of health. His main goal when training clients is to ensure they feel good after each session.
Fun Fact: Anthony needs to trim his beard every two days because it grows so fast!
“Anthony has been my personal trainer for 1&1/2 years. He continues to inspire me to increase my fitness goals to the next level. It is a pleasure to train with Anthony.”
“Anthony has been my personal trainer since mid-June 2020, when Body & Soul re-opened with strict Covid-19 protocols after shutting down in early March due to mandated Covid precautions. Anthony is knowledgeable, creative, and well prepared for every session, focusing on the specific factors which need attention in my case, and which always change a bit from time to time. Each session typically begins with a series of stretching and mobility exercises, followed by strength and balance routines which are often combined, and ends with a final set of stretching and mobility work. His routines continuously challenge my abilities, yet I have never left a session without feeling better than I did at the start of it. My progress in all the elements – flexibility, balance, strength, endurance – is clearly evident to me and is supported by the detailed notes that Anthony records at each session. It was not my expectation that in my 70’s I would become more physically fit with each passing year, but that is what is happening. Thank you, Anthony!.”
Certifications: M. Kin
Bahar has a Master of Kinesiology degree from the University of Isfahan in Iran and is currently enrolled in the Kinesiology program at Langara College. Before becoming a personal trainer, she received her certification as a Laughter Yoga Leader with Laughter Yoga International University. Prior to inuring her knee, Bahar was an avid basketball player; after her injury, she found a new passion in archery.
When it comes to training, Bahar likes to focus on functional training as she believes it is the best way to improve mobility. Her workout programs tend to incorporate a mix of strength and cardio exercises to ensure a well-rounded training program.
Fun Fact: Bahar loves to travel. Her favourite trip to date is the time she spent in Sri Lanka.
Certifications: CPT-BCRPA | B.PT | CMT
Juergen is a German trained physiotherapist, manual therapist, and sports instructor specializing in sports therapy. He is also a Nordic walking instructor.
Juergen takes a technical approach to personal training, drawing from his extensive background and training in physiotherapy, sports therapy and personal training. He has a special interest in rehabilitation training following illness or injury.
Fun Fact: Juergen is Body & Soul’s most senior employee, having spent more than 10 years faithfully helping our clients meet their health and fitness goals.
“I have had the pleasure of training with Juergen at Body & Soul for many years. I am over 60 years old and I have had a knee replacement and a hip replacement. Juergen helped me to maintain as much strength as possible prior to the surgeries and contributed to my successful rehabilitation after each surgery. His training sessions enable me to remain active.”
Laura “LC” Claridad
Certifications: B. Kin | CPT-ACE
Laura has a diploma in Sports Science from Douglas College, a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and an Athletic Therapy certificate from Mount Royal University. She is an ACE certified Personal Trainer with a functional and orthopaedic exercise specialist certification. She has worked with elite and varsity athletes of various sports disciplines as an athletic trainer and student therapist.
Laura’s goal for every client is to enable them to do what they love by building a body that is resilient to withstand or go beyond the physical demands of their activities. Her clients can expect each session to cater to their specific functional abilities, needs and goals.
Fun Fact: Laura competed nationally and internationally as a hip-hop dancer, so if you don’t see her on the gym floor, you’ll likely find her on the dance floor.
“I started working with Laura shortly after a biking accident injured my Achilles’ tendon, often an injury that takes many months to heal, if at all. Each session started with questions about the injury status, and she frequently adjusted our session accordingly. Results: I cross country skied all last season, am now back on my bike, thanks to Laura. She has also been working on my core and upper body strength – an excellent balance of general fitness and sports injury rehab.”
“Laura puts a lot of effort into planning my training sessions and pushes me beyond what I thought I could do. Her enthusiasm and laughter keep me going and makes training fun.”
Certifications: CPT-CanFitPro | CPT-REPs
With over 10 years experience in the fitness industry, Luke is a highly skilled fitness professional. He has his personal training certification with The Register of Exercise Professionals, is a CanFitPro certified Personal Trainer and has his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for Fitness certification. He also holds a nutrition diploma from Stone Bridge College and has a nutrition certification from the BodyMind Institute. Luke is an active runner, soccer player, MMA participant and former rugby player.
As a Personal Trainer, Luke empowers his clients to show them that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. He specializes in helping clients with weight loss, toning, core strength and improving mobility.
Fun Fact: While on safari in Nepal, an elephant charged at Luke, and he was very grateful for how fast he could run!
“I have been a client of Body & Soul for over 20 years and have always been impressed with the innovativeness, enthusiasm and friendliness of the trainers. Luke has all of these qualities and more! Every session I have with him is unique. He always has exercise plans that are well planned and full of exercises which are targeted and challenging. Many of these exercises I have never seen over all the years I have been training. He is always positive, enthusiastic and motivating. Keep up the good work, Luke!”
Certifications: CPT, OSTEOFIT, GF-BCRPA | PPFS
Dip.SS | MENOfit
Michelle has a diploma in Sport Science from Douglas College, is a BCRPA certified Personal Trainer and registered Osteofit Trainer, a certified Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, Menofitness certified and has been a BCRPA certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2001. She has played competitive tennis, volleyball, and softball.
Michelle’s goal is to make exercise fun by sharing her love for fitness one smile and one drop of sweat at a time. She is attentive and prides herself on listening to each client’s specific needs and goals, and working to take them to the next level in their fitness.
Fun Fact: When her hair is in a ponytail, the colour of Michelle’s hair elastic will match at least one thing she’s wearing… maybe even her shoes!
“Michelle is an exceptional personal trainer who has worked with me for the past ten years. Her work ethic and intuitive awareness of your physical abilities and needs provide training sessions tailored to YOU. Adjustments are always made to routines. Her encouragement to push a little harder gives you confidence that you’re building and achieving a goal. Her cheerful attitude is as infectious as her smile. Sessions end with a sense of accomplishment and feeling wonderful.”
Certifications: ACE-CPT | Infofit
Narges is an ACE certified personal trainer and previously completed personal training courses in Tehran and Dubai. She specializes in TRX training and has a black belt in kickboxing.
Narges believes that a strong commitment to nutrition and exercise are essential to living a happy, healthy and long life. As a mother of two, she can relate to the challenges of achieving optimal health and fitness while living a busy life – whether it be kids, work, school or something else (or all these things!) keeping life busy. She strives to ensure that her clients feel that every session with her is a great workout, full of smiles and fun. When not in the studio, Narges enjoys paddle boarding and swimming with her kids.
Fun Fact: Narges has completed three full marathons since 2016!
“I can’t say enough about Narges. I love training with her. She is very knowledgeable and is very good at explaining everything. I only wish I could train with her more.”
Assistant Head Trainer
Certifications: CPT-BCRPA | CPT-ACE
Scott has a diploma in Exercise Leadership from Hilltop Academy, a degree in Business Administration from Douglas College and is a BCRPA and ACE certified Personal Trainer. He is also certified as an Older Adult Specialist with BCRPA. Scott’s athletic experience includes participating in various sports, most notably soccer (national champion player) and lacrosse (Junior A Lacrosse League).
Scott’s clients can expect a personal approach to their training sessions, which will typically include various functional movements done at the highest possible intensity suitable to their goals and abilities.
Fun Fact: Scott recently taught himself how to swim and hopes to compete in a triathlon sometime in the future.
“Scott is a very professional and dedicated trainer. He is well-prepared, while also adaptable. During training, he focuses all his attention to his client, carefully observing the movements and correcting if needed. The exercises are varied (not a single session is a repetition of a previous one), perfectly targeted and altogether very efficient. Being able to train with a responsible trainer has significantly guided me through the pandemic as opportunities for other activities were/are significantly reduced.”