Asaka is a NASM certified Personal Trainer, is currently working towards her nutrition coaching certification and has nearly completed level 1 in the Functional Movement Screen. With a strong background in competitive gymnastics, Asaka is no stranger to the health and fitness industry; in fact, it was her experience as a gymnast that fuelled her passion for everyday fitness.
Though relatively new to training, Asaka is determined to ensure each session with her clients is motivating and innovative. She holds a strong philosophy that finding genuine enjoyment and excitement towards exercise is the key to sustaining long term fitness progress and success.
Fun Fact: Despite the fact that Asaka was born in Japan and spent her early childhood there, she dislikes the taste of wasabi and always asks for her sushi without it.
Certifications: B. Kin | Dip. HKIN | NSCA-CPTM
Bryan is a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from UBC as well as a diploma in Human Kinetics from Langara College. Prior to working at Body & Soul, Bryan worked as a fitness day camp leader, weight room attendant and interned as a strength and conditioning coach with various varsity teams at UBC. Over the years, Bryan has been active in a wide range of sports, including volleyball, soccer, swimming, baseball and finally basketball, in which he played competitively in high school.
When it comes to personal training, Bryan strives to create a workout environment that is both fun and challenging with a focus on each client’s individual health and fitness goals. With a strong coaching background, Bryan is a great motivator and works hard to push his clients to give 100% in every workout!
Fun Fact: Bryan recently traveled to Indonesia and went swimming with elephants! He can’t wait to explore other parts of the world after such a memorable experience.
Certifications: CPT-ITEC | GT- NCEF
Iris has a certificate in Sports and Leisure Management, Exercise and Health Fitness and is a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Iris joins Body & Soul with over seven years of experience in the fitness industry.
Growing up, Iris was active in almost every sport possible but has discovered that her true passion lies in boxing, kickboxing and self defense. She enjoys training people of all ages and abilities with an emphasis on functional training. Iris believes that with the right program, determination, encouragement and guidance, anyone can achieve their goals!
Fun Fact: Iris moved to Canada from Dublin, Ireland in 2011 with the intention of only staying a year. She fell in love with the active, outdoor lifestyle the west coast has to offer and decided to stay permanently.
Certifications: B. Kin | CanFitPro PTS
Jade has a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from UBC and is a CanFitPro Certified Personal Training Specialist. She has extensive experience in health, fitness and training, which she gained during her 17 years as a dedicated ice hockey athlete.
As a personal trainer, Jade is motivated by her clients’ success in achieving their goals. She strives to ensure that her clients always feel that every session with her is a great workout. Jade enjoys working with people of all abilities and is always actively learning new styles to incorporate into her training sessions.
Fun Fact: Despite being an active hockey player, Jade has never had a nosebleed.
Certifications: CPT-BCRPA | B.PT | CMT | CanFitPro PTS
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.
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!
Certifications: B. Kin | NSCA-CSCS | CPTN-CPT
Ryan has a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of British Columbia and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a CPTN Certified Personal Trainer and has completed level 1 in Ma Strength Weightlifting Technique. Before becoming a personal trainer, Ryan worked with teams, spending three years coaching the UBC dragon boat team.
Ryan has worked primarily with athletes, working towards athletic development; however, he enjoys providing the knowledge and proper information his clients need – no matter what their level of fitness – to reach their potential and achieve their health and fitness goals.
Fun Fact: Though Ryan is originally from Toronto, he lived in Halifax where he played collegiate volleyball and swam competitively.
Assistant Head Trainer
Certifications: B.Kin | NSCA-CSCS | FMS 1&2
Stephen has a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from UBC and is a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He is also certified in levels 1 and 2 of the Functional Movement Screen. Stephen played three years of varsity field hockey for UBC, represented Canada in the Junior Pan-American Games in 2008, was competitive in track & field, soccer, and currently trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
With a passion for strength, conditioning, movement, and BIG lifts, Stephen likes to empower clients by demonstrating to them how strong their bodies really are. He places heavy emphasis on proper mechanics and purposeful exercise selection, ensuring his clients achieve their health or performance related goals.
Fun Fact: Stephen is a cancer survivor and has been healthy since April 2013. He has also played video games since age 3 and has no intention of stopping.
Certifications: ACE Certified PTS | Infofit
New to Vancouver and to the Body & Soul team, Theresa is an ACE certified personal trainer currently working towards a certificate in diet and nutrition. She is also a regular writer and contributor to the website of a Vancouver-based fitness college. Over the years, she has played competitive soccer, basketball and ultimate Frisbee, but now enjoys more gentle pursuits, such as yoga and meditation.
Theresa’s training philosophy centers around the absolute necessity of strength-training, which she believes has the power to positively influence every area of a person’s life—from the physical to the psychological. She endeavours to always demonstrate empathy and an open-mind with her clients, while also pushing them to realize their own capacity for strength, drive and power.
Fun Fact: Theresa holds a Masters degree in English Language and Literature and is currently working on her first novel!
Yusuke is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and comes to Body & Soul with a strong background in sports: he competed in basketball when he was younger and continues to dedicate himself to gymnastics, in which he has four years of experience.
Yusuke takes a functional approach to training and likes to work with his clients on body alignment and muscle balance. He is a stickler for proper technique and his clients appreciate the ongoing feedback he provides to ensure every exercise is done in the most effective and safest way. He has worked with individuals who have suffered shoulder and back injuries and while he enjoys working with clients of all ages and abilities, he has a keen interest in helping those with injuries recover in a safe and timely manner.
Fun Fact: Yusuke is incredibly passionate about the English language, to the point where he is beginning to forget how to speak Japanese.