First and foremost I am a Nutrition Coach, which means I specialize in helping people better understand food and how to use it as a tool to improve health and performance. I am not a nutritionist, nor a naturopath, nor a dietitian. Where some believe in meal plans and applying generic textbook knowledge to their clients, I take a different approach. My policy is to understand the individual needs of my clients and to help them create sustainable habits for their unique set of circumstances. No food is bad, no food is perfect, and no diet is best for everyone. Tell me about your lifestyle, and I'll help you develop a diet that works for you.
Aside from my expertise in nutrition, I have a background in kinesiology, I am a certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, and a competitive Strongman athlete. With this in mind, I also love helping people achieve their body composition and performance goals. As such, I offer online programming and personal training to select clients in Toronto.
As every one of my clients has different needs, I’ve evolved to offer a variety of services. At the end of the day, I want to help make people better. Over the years I’ve gained the experience and expertise to help support people in different ways and I pride myself on being able to adapt to the needs of my clients. Labels are overrated; call me Dain, and tell me how I can help!
If you're hellbent on self-improvement, you are my ideal client. Although I've worked with many trainers and high-level athletes, the majority of my clients are students, professionals and executives. My experience in athletics has given me a tremendous understanding of what it takes for the body to perform at an extremely high level and I apply this knowledge to all my clients, relishing the opportunity to help each and every one to fulfil their maximum potential.
As long as you have the right attitude, you're in the right place! At the end of the day, I want to work with people who are serious about improving their lives. Are you dedicated to making a change? Are you ready to prioritize your goals? As a coach, I don’t babysit people. I love coaching trainers and athletes because of their mindset and drive. With that being said, I’m also adept at helping people realize their ideal mindset and love helping people create the action plan they need for success. If you’re serious about your goals, I’ll be seriously motivated to help you achieve them!
Although I am a strength athlete and love helping people increase their strength, I have also coached many endurance athletes and otherwise. Over the years I’ve worked with numerous powerlifters, Crossfitters, Strongmen, Olympic lifters, shot putters, trail racers, road bikers, wrestlers, rowers and more. If you're training for a specific event and want to know if I can help, drop me a line and we'll chat!
I coach people! As mentioned, if you're willing to commit to your goals, I'm willing to help you get there. Coaching men is very different from coaching women, but I have no preference one way or another. My bottom line is to first focus on health and that approach universally leads to results.
Absolutely not, but thanks for asking! If you come to me with this question I'll challenge your reasoning for chasing such a goal. Stage shows are NOT for everyone (despite what that money-grabbing guy at the gym might have told you), so unless you have the right genetics and an actual chance to pursue this as an athlete, save your health and sanity and choose a new goal.
Anything is possible, it’s simply about putting the right habits in place to achieve your goals. What’s your timeline? What are your social priorities? How lean do you plan to get? As a general rule of thumb there is always a period of “suck” when it comes to losing weight: You have to ensure that you’re in a caloric deficit and you have to be consistent with this for several weeks- not one week, not two weeks, but ten, twelve, fifteen weeks. Does this mean you can’t go out and be with friends? Absolutely not. But it does mean that you need to develop the habits of passing on certain foods and drinks, prioritizing sleep and staying active. Do these habits have to last forever? They definitely don’t, but for the few weeks where you’re hell-bent on making serious progress, you’ll need to be dedicated to the big picture. Like I said, I don’t babysit and I don’t sugar-coat. If you want results on a timeline you can get there, but you have to understand that there are short-term sacrifices.
Most of my clients aren’t looking to get huge. Most clients are either looking to lose body fat, or maintain a current weight while increasing performance. Here’s a secret though: getting stronger correlates to better body composition. You don’t have to get huge, but getting stronger will almost always help you lose fat!
No, I am not. Meat is the healthiest and most nutrient-dense food source for humans. I don’t believe in supplementation when you can get what you need through a well-balanced diet. I educate and coach my clients to their goals in the most efficient manner and this universally involves the consumption of animal products. I'm also happy to help my clients source local and sustainable meat production, as this is always best for both health and the environment. If your top priority is animal welfare I completely respect that, but I choose to coach people who prioritize their own health and well-being over that of animals.
Body IO® is a company aimed at spreading the latest and greatest information about health and fitness. I’m one of 8 coaches who work together to share this information and to help people achieve their fitness goals. Body IO® was founded by John Kiefer, creator of Carb Backloading™ and The Carb Nite® Solution, which are the nutrition protocols we use to coach Body IO® clients. For more information, please go to www.body.io.
If you regularly ask people this question, pull yourself together and #bebetter.
Sustainable, permanent results. The benefit that I provide will always outweigh the cost.
I’m a good person with a broad perspective on life. I treat my clients with compassion and respect without coddling negativity or self-deprecation. My goal is to educate and instill confidence so that my clients can move forward as quickly as possible without second-guessing the new habits they’ve developed. I have learned from some of the best institutions, associations and coaches and have a wealth of experience that I can apply to people from all walks of life. Plus, I have a sense of humour and know that at the end of the day, we’re all just people trying to make the most of the finite time we’ve been given. If you’re not trying to be better, what are you doing?