Personal Trainers

Jamie Rae,
Personal Trainer

Education: BSc in Kinesiology with emphasis in Biomechanics, Dalhousie University 

Certification & Training: CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer, CPR, First Aid

Jamie graduated from Dalhousie with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology and he’s always had a passion for fitness. His knowledge of exercise form comes from specializing in biomechanics while completing his degree.  He learned the importance of physical fitness during his time in the military and competed in powerlifting, coming in first place in a 2010 competition. Jamie has learned that the biomechanical principles involved in powerlifting are an exceptional tool for anyone involved in exercise, regardless of their goals. Lifting techniques ensure a person’s body is always in the safest position during exercise to avoid injuries.  He will use this knowledge to assess and optimize exercise form, and teach clients to get the most out of every repetition.

Jamie is always learning from new research and focuses on exercise principles that are accurate and tested.

 Zoe Welsh,
Personal Trainer

Education: Bachelor of Kinesiology, University of Calgary. 

Certification & Training: CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer, CPR, First Aid

Fitness and physical activity has always been a big part of Zoe’s life.  While attending university, Zoe volunteered with both the Joint Effort program and the Rehabilitation and Fitness program, where she suggested and implemented modifications to their exercise programs to help maximize the progress of the rehabilitation clients. This kick started her passion for introducing individuals to fitness and helping them to achieve and maintain their fitness goals. She believes that fitness is a lifestyle and what you put into life, is what you get back. In her spare time, Zoe enjoys being outdoors in the mountains, hiking, mountain biking or camping.  Traveling is another passion of Zoe’s, whether it’s at home here in Alberta or to other parts of the world. She also enjoys baking and photography.

Kevin Fukami
Personal Trainer

Education: BSc in Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Certification & Training: CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer, AFLCA Certified Resistance Training Leader

Kevin has over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry working as a personal trainer, sport conditioning coach and wellness consultant.  He has worked with people from a variety of sports, age groups, personalities and occupations. His extensive background and education provides him with the ability to be versatile and find the appropriate training intensity and style for each client. Kevin has trained recreation, national-level, and professional athletes in sports such as: soccer, hockey, football, softball, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee and even curling.  

The values that Kevin believes in above almost all else are effort and persistence.  As someone who has experienced injuries and struggles throughout his own fitness journey, Kevin knows what it means to overcome obstacles.  “It is perfectly normal to hit speed bumps on the road to your health and wellness goals. It is not the absence of struggle, but how you overcome it that defines your success”.

Kevin preaches progress, not perfection.

mahTyler Mah,
Personal Trainer

Education: B.Sc. in Kinesiology Biomechanics, University of Calgary

Certification & Training: CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer, AFLCA (Cycling, Choreography & Portable Equipment), 7 years WTF Tae Kwon Do, corrective exercises, mobility exercises, TRX, kettlebell, posture correction and others.

Tyler has over five years of personal training experience with various companies including the YMCA, World Health Club, Goodlife Fitness and now Health Systems Group. He has a passion for learning and gets caught up researching, studying, practicing and discussing various topics for months at a time. Recent topics include high intensity training, ‘paleo’ nutrition and lifestyle, and the Biomechanics Method assessments and exercises. This continuous growth allows Tyler to keep training programs fresh but at the same time true to proven exercise principles.

On a personal note, he is born and raised Calgarian, involved in many sports growing up with Volleyball and Tae Kwon Do to name a couple favourites. When less active, he plays his acoustic guitar and reads a lot of non-fiction.

Favourite Quotes:

  • “As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.” – Socrates
  • I don’t fully believe in what anyone says unless I have personally witnessed what they are describing first hand.” – Dr. Walter Herzog (on academic research)

MicheleMichele Merrell,
Manager; Master Trainer

Education: B. PE., University of Alberta

Certification & Training: CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist, AFLCA Trainer of Leaders, TRX Suspension Training, Stott PilatesTM Intensive Mat-Plus, Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification (in progress)

Michele Merrell has worked for Health Systems Group for 19 years in just about every corporate fitness centre in downtown Calgary. She received a Bachelor of Physical Education degree with a focus on Fitness and Health Promotion from the University of Alberta. Although Michele has worked with all types of people, she gets most excited working with new exercisers. She finds it particularly rewarding to see the positive changes in previously inactive individuals when they adopt a regular exercise program.

Michele is working on a nutrition coaching certification with Precision Nutrition and currently coaching a group of  9 people through a year-long nutrition program.

Michele is a native Calgarian and avid traveler. She enjoys recreational activities such as downhill skiing, cycling, in-line skating, hiking and walking.

PaulPaul Larmer,
Program Coordinator; Personal Trainer

Education: B. PE., McMaster University

Certification & Training: CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer, YMCA Group Fitness & Individual Conditioning Instructor, Certified Yoga Instructor, Registered Massage Therapist, Tabata BootcampTMLeader, TRX Trainer, Psychosomatic Therapist, Certified Clairvoyant, Energy Medicine Practitioner

Paul loves his work. He believes health makes all things possible. A member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, Paul possesses a Physical Education Degree, Massage Therapy Diploma and Yoga Instructor Certificate. He spent 10 years in business for himself (Marathon Sports Massage, 1999-2002, Home Sanctuary Inc., 2003-2011) providing people with the confidence and knowledge to maintain their own health.

Paul is currently working to complete his new book, Equal Access: How Self Care is the New Healthcare in order to empower people to take charge of their health. Paul enjoys cycling to work, being a parent and trying new things.

He has had the experience of guiding dogsled tours, running marathons, teaching rock climbing and singing with the Irish Rovers! Good health has made all these experiences possible. Paul looks forward to meeting you and helping you do all the things that you want to do.