HI, I'M KIA
HI, I'M KIA
I'm a personal trainer based in Toronto, Canada.
I earned my BA in Kinesiology (specialized honours) in 2013 and my MSc in Kinesiology in 2017.
I'm also a:
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP)
Precision Nutrition Coach (Pn-1)
Functional Conditioning Range Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
Former intern strength and conditioning coach at :
ALTIS (Phoenix, AZ)
Cressey Sports Performance (Marlborough, MA)
Unbreakable Performance (Hollywood, CA)
Former physique athlete
Former collegiate-level tennis player
Dark chocolate and red wine enthusiast
Stand-up comedy fan
This site is my outlet for sharing my love and knowledge of exercise science and psychology with those of you who want to reach your highest genetic potential.
The story of how I became a health nut is far from inspirational. I wasn’t a lazy or chubby kid that was bullied growing up.
I started playing tennis when I was 8 and, competing towards the age of 10.
I was 15 when I got really interested in hitting the weights. I started reading bodybuilding.com, and devouring whatever articles Google would bring up on working out.
Towards the end of university I started getting interested in competing in bodybuilding and I leaned out to levels I had never seen it before.
I accomplished my goal of getting on stage in my best condition. And I'm proud of what I accomplished. But for a couple of months after my show, I went through several episodes of binging, extreme calorie cuts, and massive amounts of cardio to try to undo the damage.
I was determined to deal with it. I learned to follow my hunger cues and emotionally distanced myself from my weight. I learned what triggered my binges, and avoided them at all costs.
That led me to where I am now–immersing myself in nutrition and psychology while focusing on helping people enjoy every aspect of their fitness journey and recognizing every small win.
I've learned that you don't need strict workout and diet regimes to get lean and stay lean year-round. It all comes with the proper plan, environment, and support.
Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.
And the destination for me is helping you through the same challenges I've gone through.