Justin Massar

Owner & Head Trainer

Justin spent his entire life being active playing a wide variety of sports from track and field, hockey, volleyball and curling. Through high school he pursued hockey and track and field competing at a high level, winning numerous provincial championships and top 3 finishes. Justin decided to pursue track and field at York University where he competed for the Varsity Track Team while completing a degree in Kinesiology. Justin competed in the decathlon and the pentathlon. His top finish was in 2015 in the national combined events championships where he placed 4th. During his schooling Justin pursued courses to develop as a personal trainer and strength coach. Justin began working as a strength coach immediately out of university and continued to expand his knowledge and certifications (see certification list below). Justin in functional training programs for both general population and athletes. He focuses on building symmetry in the body, creating more efficient movements patterns. Now retired from athletics as an athlete, Justin coaches with the Langley Mustangs Track & Field Club, he has developed multiple athletes to provincial and national podium finishes.

Credentials

  • Specialized Honors Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Registered Kinesiologist through the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK)
  • Functional Movement Systems Certified
  • Certified NCCP Club Track and Field Coach in Sprint/Hurdles
  • NCCP Trained Road Running Coach
  • NCCP Trained Throws Coach

Outside of the Gym

Justin spends most of his downtime getting outside and enjoying what BC has to offer. He plays volleyball on a weekly basis and looks forward to the warmer weather to get the beach season started.

 

Social Media Handles:

Instagram: @fitfoundationlang , @fitfoundationruncrew

Facebook: @fitfoundationlang

Linked In: Justin Massar

Samantha Paasche

Yoga Instructor

Samantha's interest in yoga began 15 years ago as a way of establishing healthy breathing patterns to offset her sports induced asthma so she could continue running competitively.  Yoga became an important part of her pre-race warm up in High School and enabled her to perform at a high enough level to be given a full ride scholarship to the University of Hawaii. At University, she started using her yoga practice as a way to reduce stress, and yoga itself quickly became a full blown life passion!

Samantha is most interested in ways yoga can be used to compliment other exercise programs and is constantly reading and participating in further trainings to stay informed. She is committed to empowering students to listen to their bodies. An educator since 2011, Samantha is certified to teach Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pain Care Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga.

Samantha's interests outside of yoga include exploring in nature with her husband Till, and spoiling her dog Felix.

Kim Marshall

Kinesiologist

Kim grew up playing multiple sports but focused in on ice hockey, with a highlight of winning the NWJHL Championship following his high school graduation.

Kim graduated from the University of Fraser Valley with his Kinesiology Degree in April of 2012. He has worked since February 2012 as a Kinesiologist and just recently joined the Fitness Foundation Team. Kim has spent a large part of his career working with sport injuries, chronic pain, ICBC car accidents and many other disorders/diseases. Kim has also worked with junior football players, hockey players and some provincial level ski racers and cyclists. He focuses on a whole body approach, finding all the joint limitations and muscle imbalances to create a more functional and well-balanced body in order to decrease pain and increase movement efficiency, power and performance.

Credentials:

-Kinesiology Degree

-Practicing Kinesiologist through the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK)

-Functional Strength and Conditioning, Kinetic Link Training

-Facial Movement Taping – Rock Tape certificate

Outside the Gym:

Kim now enjoys staying active by hiking and camping in the outdoors, weekly recreational hockey games and weight training.

Social Media Handles:

Facebook: Kim Marshall

Ron Loewen

Personal Trainer and Running Coach

Ron is a former Canadian Forces Armoured Reconnaissance Soldier and elite distance runner currently representing New Balance Vancouver and Fitness Foundation as a sponsored athlete. Growing up Ron spent most of his time on the hardwood playing basketball competitively. Ron trains with some of Canada’s top endurance athletes and has been fortunate enough to have been coached by the likes of John Hill (Vancouver Falcons Athletics Club) and Mark Bomba (Former TWU Distance Coach). Ron specializes in running and cycling endurance athletes.

Credentials:

American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer

NCCP Trained Road Running Coach

Outside the gym:

Outside the gym Ron logs 100 mile + weeks on the roads and trails and squeezes in the occasional cheeky ride on his road bike,

Social Media Handles:

Instagram - @RonLoewen

Kezzi Loewen

Personal Trainer

This girl's love for weight training started at the age of 16 and quickly grew into a passion and lifestyle. Since then, Kezzi has competed in 5 bodybuilding competitions, reaching the provincial level 3 times. She has obtained a Kinesiology Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley, and has interests in both the clinical and research sides of kinesiology. Prior to working with Fitness Foundation, Kezzi was a research assistant at the University of British Columbia under Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, who studied how various exercise interventions may help promote healthy aging in older adults. In the future, Kezzi hopes to obtain her Master's of Physical Therapy Degree and continue to help others using exercise, or move on to help conducting more research.

Credentials:
- Kinesiology Degree: Exercise Sciences (with Distinction)
- Extended Minor in Psychology
- International Sport Science Association (ISSA) Personal Training Certification

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