Neil is a very versatile trainer specializing in modifying workouts to specifically meet the needs of each and every client he works with. He has even worked with clients having physical impairments such as Cerebral Palsy, Severe Scoliosis and Paraplegia. Neil has learned how to work with individuals with unique requirements allowing them to “take back” their lives. Additionally running several Boot Camps; ranging in intensity, from TRX, right down to Yoga. Neil understands that hard work is the key to getting great results. However, explaining “the why” is the most important method of teaching for him. After almost 3 years of “working out” Neil realized he was obsessed with the gym and being more physically fit; he had found his calling. Neil craved knowledge about fitness and the human body, which led him to obtain a Diploma in Health, Fitness and Nutrition, graduating with Dean’s (Highest) Honours. Neil now has been gaining training experience since 2010 and is eager to show you what you can really do if you set your mind to it.
Neil has always strived for greatness, trying to be the best he can be, in any, and everything he does. Neil was taught how to work hard at a very young age by his mentor and hero, his Grandfather. He coached Neil in bowling, helping him become a National Champion at the tender age of 12. He also taught him to play many other sports, encouraging him that win or lose, the most important part is that you gave it your best. This attitude has allowed Neil to become a strong golfer as well, winning the Sudbury Junior Open at 16, representing his school as Team Captain for NOSSA, and winning the Club Championship at StoneHill Golf Club.
“All my life I told myself that I was going to start going to the gym, to become stronger, bigger, and just all around more comfortable with how I looked and felt. At 5’10” and only 130lbs, I took the initiative to take control of my body and ultimately, my life. I knew it was time to change how I looked and felt, on the inside and out. I have gained over 40lbs of muscle and completely changed my physique. With this new found confidence I feel great and am so thankful I decided to commit 100% to make the changes necessary for my success to date. Further, it has dramatically increased my flexibility and performance in activities which I am passionate about, including hockey and golf. The most exciting part of my job is that I am able to help motivate and safely teach others to follow my path, being a big part of the lifelong changes they are undertaking. With my passion and drive, together we can achieve the absolute best results possible!”
Aaron Sidenberg is a graduate of Laurentian University's Sport and Physical Education Program. With a background in coaching, teaching and personal and team development, Sidenberg understands the dynamics of working people to their limits.
"It's all about building confidence. I try to build a person's confidence up by helping them realize exactly what they are capable of doing. My job is all about envisioning the end result and building the path that takes each individual there. I take pride in all the bricks we lay building that path, the small accomplishments each client achieves in each session because I know in the end it's all those small steps that lead to the big goals."
Sidenberg's passion for helping people led him to opening his own training facility in the fall of 2010. With a vision in mind and determined to succeed, Aaron quickly sought out his new home for training in The Basement Fitness in November of 2011. Surrounding himself with an exceptionally talented team of trainers Sidenberg and his team are quickly building a reputation of excellence within the community.
"Our goal here is simple; it is helping people achieve theirs. Whether someone is looking to lose weight, build muscle, prepare for their sport or simply stay in shape with new challenges to keep them motivated, by having a team dedicated to their clients with a real passion to help others I know we will continually provide exceptional service with outstanding results."
"Absorb what is useful, discard what is not" - Bruce Lee.
This quote sums up Oscar's approach to training and fitness. Throughout the years, he has developed a philosophy based on science, experimentation and personal experience. One thing that unifies all of his training is an emphasis on functional strength: everyone can benefit from becoming stronger. "In sport as in life, strength kills!"
With over 15 years experience in the fitness industry along with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Education, Oscar has pursued his education in strength and conditioning with designations from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), the International Youth Conditioning Association ,CanFit Pro(PT), and Titleist Golf. He was the Sudbury Wolves’ Strength Coach for two seasons and has worked with not only athletes but people from all walks of life trying to get stronger, leaner as well as come back from injuries.
"Fitness is not something that any given discipline can claim as their own. Olympic lifting, Sport-Specific Training, Group Training, Bodybuilding and Crossfit-type training all have positive elements that can benefit the individual looking to get fit. In the end, it all depends on what 'fitness' means to you. Each person needs to train according to their own goals, timeframes as well as limitations. This is where I come in. By not limiting myself or my clients to one way of training, I am able to provide the safest, most effective custom routines, no matter what the goal. I've made fitness my life so that you don't have to."
“Educating clients on learning to enjoy the journey is my mission as a personal trainer, confidant and mentor.”
“To me ‘The Road Less Travelled’ on the way to physical fitness and well-being is a very personal one and no two individuals will walk the same path. I strive to cater to the individual needs of my clients, and share my enthusiasm for their success in achieving their goals, large and small.”
Mairi takes her commitment to your health very seriously. Never idle, she has completed courses in Powerlifting, Training The Elite Athlete, Spinal Anatomy Ailments and Injury Exercises and Third Age (senior) fitness, allowing her to customize programs specific to your exact needs. One of her greatest satisfactions is seeing her clients overcome their most challenging hurdles and achieve their personal goals. Her approach is to treat every client as an individual, and recognizing that their paths differ greatly from one to another. Growth is, after all, very personal.
Beyond her career of personal training, Mairi has been competing internationally in Olympic weightlifting, which has provided her opportunity to meet many of the best lifters in the world and experience the wonders of travelling abroad. She holds several records on both Provincial and National levels in 2 weight classes.
Mairi’s passion for training others, mixed with her love of Olympic lifting has led her to pursue and begin to train as an Olympic lifting coach. Mairi views Olympic lifting as an excellent means to enhance athletic performance in other disciplines, by way of increasing speed, power and flexibility.
Nick is a student from the Sport and Physical Education program in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University. He strongly believes that fitness is a lifestyle with no finish line. Coming from a competitive sport background in soccer and love for physical activity, Nick has built an appreciation for the power of teamwork, discipline, and hard work. He strongly believes that health and wellness are the key to happiness and prosperity.
His love for training began at a young age, when he first stepped foot in the gym. Since then, he has broadened his knowledge in various styles of training by attending post-secondary school in the field of Human Kinetics, as well as completing his CanFit Pro Personal Training Specialist certification. Through his experiences, he has built exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
“In my early teenage years, I decided to make a lifestyle change for the better. Coming from a childhood of malnutrition and being overweight, I was always insecure and unhappy with myself. It took everything in me to change my habits and begin being more active. However, at the time, I was unaware that changing my ways would not only change my life, but also lead me to a career in guiding people to do the same. Through training with others, I became passionate about helping people better themselves. I strongly believe that with the right tools and personalized programming, everyone can reach their goals. Being able to provide this service and see progress is what drives and motivates me every day.”
Nick is ready to take on anyone looking to become the best version of themselves no matter where they stand in their fitness journey.
Mike Owen comes to The Basement from Cambrian College's Physical Fitness Leisure Management program.
Thirsty for knowledge and experience before entering post secondary Mike completed a Swimming Instructors Course and many hours a week training, coaching and assisting at a martial arts club in Sudbury, Ontario. While attending college, Mike finished his Canfit Pro Certification and now continues on the path for his career as a Personal Trainer.
"There is something intriguing about the human body. Every body runs, feels and reacts differently. The differences we see from person to person is what interests me so much about my field. The fitness world is forever growing, and I find myself drawn to the complexities of how the body adapts to training and nutrition. I find it motivating to create connections between the physical and mental state, and how this can drive individuals to find their personal best.
Today, I strive to obtain more knowledge from certifications to put under my belt and further my knowledge base of health and wellness. Each client has their own path and with that path I will grow as a personal trainer learning new ways of helping people reach their goals.
The grind you must endure and the resulting smiles filled with pride a client shows after all of the hard work is over, that's what gets me to do what I do!
At the end of the day, my clients are amazing friends and teammates. If you need a push or guidance for how to reach your full potential let's sit down and talk about the healthiest and best way to go about it. "
A graduate of Cambrian College's Fitness and Leisure management program, Cole Payette is a certified personal trainer through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and has been training clients for more than six years. He has been involved with athletic programs at the college level and knows what it takes to reach success.
Cole has trained a variety of different clients and has been most successful with his team training. As the head trainer of Chill's OVA Volleyball program, Cole has helped the entire Chill program improve their Ontario and National ranking each year. In addition to this, Cole has also trained multiple teams in various sports at the collegiate level.
"Passion for fitness is what I try to instil in all my clients. A piece of me goes into every session and my clients always respond by getting results. Development as a person is something I strive for; life lessons such as hard work, determination and self-discipline are sewn in to each of my training sessions. If you are willing to provide the effort, I will show you the right path to reach your fitness goals!"
John has competed in nearly every type of race as well as sporting event possible. This broad experience gives him the ability to implement different exercises and different methods for each client- keeping it fun and challenging.
Since 2006 John has been personal training the general public as well as athletes. A graduate of Physical Fitness and Leisure Management, John holds his CSEP Certified Personal Trainer as well as many nutrition and specialty designations. His ability to connect 1 on 1 with each client, and find the spark to ignite their drive is what sets him apart from other trainers.
“Anyone can tell you that your goals are attainable. However it takes the right direction to be sure that you will accomplish them. Regardless of your fitness level, or the goal that you are training towards, there is a way to get there. The reason people fail is because of excuses and lack of motivation. My goal for every client is to find the joy in the journey to their goal. The direction, support, as well as motivation that I am able to provide to each person, as they specifically need it, is the reason for my clients' success. Although everyone wants to look better naked, there is something deeper that I aim to instil in my clients.
If there is something that has been nagging at your heart but you are unsure of how to do it, now is the time!”