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Team PMF

Team PMF (Click name for Bios)
Dimitri Giankoulas Director of Personal Training/Nutrition, Founder
Francesca Giankoulas Director of Operations, Co-Founder
Nancy Cai Office Manager
   
Personal Training Dept (Click name for Bios)
Marin Golemac Head Personal Trainer, Kickboxing, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Daniel Cecchino Studio Assistant Manager
Danelia Chacon Fitness Consultant – Certified Personal Trainer
Mahsa Esmaeili Registered Dietitian
Renata Jurki In-Home Trainer, Weight loss specialist
Doriel Koblenz Zumba Instructor
Adam Matwiejczuk Personal Trainer/Weight Loss Conditioning Specialist
Duane Mondesir Personal Trainer/Certified Fitness Consultant
Daniel Pereira Personal Trainer
Kim Wolfshout Yoga Instructor
   
Member Service Dept  
Luis Alvarez Reception, Customer Service
Michelle Falzone Reception, Customer Service
Anna Goryunova Reception, Customer Service


Dimitri Giankoulas

Certified Personal Trainer
Performance Nutrition Specialist
Director of Personal Training/Nutrition

A personal training session with Dimitri or his staff is a truly remarkable and uplifting experience.

Fascinated since an early age by the potential of the human body, Dimitri has devoted his career and much of his private life to pushing beyond his own limits – and to leading others to personal health achievements greater than they thought possible.

His hundreds of clients over the years can attest that no one matches the energy, optimism and pure motivational power Dimitri brings to every workout session. Nor can anyone equal the commitment he demonstrates to each and every client.

For Dimitri, no health or fitness challenge is too great. For his clients – as for himself – anything and more is possible.

Dimitri has been a leader in the fitness industry since 1997, working as a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and ultimately Personal Training Director in gyms including Premier Fitness, Bodies by Design and Bally Total Fitness. He has over 11,000 hours of hands on personal training experience.

Under Dimitri’s leadership, in 2003 the Personal Training department at Bally’s Dufferin and Finch location was named best out of all 420 Bally Total Fitness locations worldwide. The following year, his department again won the award for best personal training dept in all Canadian Bally’s locations.

In 2011, Pure Motivation Fitness Studio was awarded BEST Small business of the year award 2011 by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce!

Growing up in Toronto, Dimitri excelled at a multitude of sporting activities. Beginning as a sprinter in elementary school, he won many Toronto-area track meets in the 100, 400 and 400m hurdles. He was a competitive swimmer from age 10 straight through high school at Weston Collegiate Institute, where he won the Rookie of the Year Award for being the only student to participate on five varsity teams in a single year and maintain a 90% average.

At the age of 18, Dimitri took up natural bodybuilding to grow his scrawny 155lb frame, and became a Certified Personal Trainer to inspire others seeking to make change. In 2000, at the age of 21, he won his first bodybuilding competition: the Ontario Natural Bodybuilding Championships. Dimitri had competed for 9 years straight since that time, always placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in that and many other competitions.

More important than any of his athletic accomplishments, Dimitri has placed a large emphasis in providing all of this knowledge, passion and experience for the fitness industry to his staff and team of certified personal trainers.

Words to Aspire: Nothing comes easy, perception is reality; and either you want it or you don’t.

 

Qualifications, Specialty:
Certified Personal Trainer (C.F.P.)
Performance Nutrition Specialist (I.S.S.A)
PNF Stretching Specialist (P.M.F)
CPR/First Aid Certified
Champion Drug Free Bodybuilder



Francesca Giankoulas
Operations Manager

Francesca has been actively involved in fitness and nutrition for the past 10 years. Francesca and Dimitri began PMF in 2006 catering only to a hand full of private clients in condominium residents in G.T.A. Assisting her husband through numerous bodybuilding competitions and competitive sports; Francesca has a well rounded background in training and nutrition.

Francesca feels that understanding what clients need in the gym isn’t necessarily as important as assisting clients out of the gym and in the kitchen. Her belief is that 80% of any changes to the human body occur from what you eat and not how hard you train. As the founder of the “Personalized Grocery Shopper”, Francesca felt that gyms and personal training companies lacked the personal attention needed for clients when it came to choosing their foods. “It’s easy to tell someone what to eat, but harder to show them how to choose their foods!” So, she decided on creating our educational and time efficient service called the Personalized Grocery Shopper: where one of our professional staff will meet you at your favorite grocery store and help you make all the right food purchase decisions.

Fulfilling her role as operations manager at Pure Motivation Fitness Studio Francesca has engaged herself in many areas both in and outside of the studios operations and has been a vital role to the company’s success.

Word to Aspire:
“Never forget the hard work, dedication and perseverance that helps you get to your goal as without it the feeling of accomplishment would not be as gratifying at all.”


Nancy Cai
Office Administrator

Nancy brings together over 6 years of experience in the fitness industry and has been a major part of Pure Motivation Fitness Studio ever since 2011. Nancy is responsible for all office administration duties and handles all areas of the member service /contracts.


Daniel Cecchino
Studio Assistant Manager

Daniel has been active since he was a young child… The lists of sports include swimming, baseball, track and field, volleyball, basketball, hockey and soccer, just to name a few.

Daniel continued to pursue soccer and hockey more seriously, playing at competitive levels until he was 17 years old. He then decided to pursue the art of muay thai, learning discipline and hard work, in which he believes are very important, attributes to live a successful and healthy life. He has been very intrigued by the capabilities of the human body since he was in high school, already deciding by 16 years old that he wanted to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry.

Wanting to eagerly learn more, Daniel decided to attend York University for Kinesiology and Health Science, where he has graduated from the Honours program. Working with a variety of clients with different physical and fitness goals ranging from age 8 – 65 years old, conditions like spastic diplegia, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal disorders and post-surgery cardiac patients. Daniel has helped numerous individuals achieve their respective goals. With his wide range of knowledge regarding the human body, Daniel can assist anyone to reach their fitness and health goals, understanding that every individual is different and deserves exclusive attention and assistance.

Recently Daniel has began to explore the importance of health and wellness in the workplace and the positive impact it can have on everyone from senior management, to family members of the employee. He believes the rate of return on an employee’s health is priceless, as he feels the health of an employee is too valuable to be overlooked, considering how great of a positive impact a healthy employee will make on their respective company.

He currently runs the corporate health and wellness program at Pure Motivation Fitness.

Words to Inspire:
“The pain experienced during the end of a workout is much less painful than living with the guilt of giving up.”

“An idle mind is the devils workshop”

Qualifications, Specialties:
- B.A., Honors, Kinesiology and Health Science. York University
- Registered Kinesiologist (C.K.O.)
- CPTN –CPT certified personal trainer
- CPR C and First Aid
- PNF stretching Specialist (P.M.F.)
- Member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE)


Danelia Chacon
Fitness Consultant
Certified Personal Trainer

Danelia has always been involved in different sports from a young age. Swimming and gymnastics seemed to be the strongest of all activities. But it wasn’t until age 15 when she started weight training with the help and support of her dad, that she found her true passion for fitness.

Human anatomy and physiology has always been something Danelia had been interested in. So she chose dentistry as a career, where she learned in much more detail about the human body.

At age 17 she and her family moved to Canada and decided that dentistry wasn’t her passion anymore. Struggling to find a career that she could fit in and love just as much, she stumbled upon the Fitness and Health Promotion Program at Fanshawe College. She figured she already liked going to the gym, so might as well do something that seemed fun. Little did she know, this program would change not only her life but her overall perspective on fitness as a whole.

Ever since then she has been actively involved in the fitness industry for 7 years and counting, preparing herself for several fitness competitions as well as helping people change their lives! She has gained experience working with a wide range of clients with goals such as weight loss, muscle gain, sports specific training and disabilities.

Her true passion, motivation, dedication and experience to help clients achieve their most desired and deserved health and fitness goals, is what makes Danelia strive to be the best, to bring the best out in her every single client, and most importantly to help them get RESULTS!!!

 

 


Mahsa Esmaeili
Registered Dietitian

Mahsa EsmaeiliMahsa Esmaeili is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who has always been passionate about science, food and helping people live healthy and happy lives. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Food & Nutrition, as well as a Master’s degree in Health Science specializing in Nutrition Communication from Ryerson University. Mahsa has completed the dietetic internship program at Hamilton Health Sciences where she worked alongside a team of medical professionals specializing in varying disease states and population groups. Mahsa is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and is also a member of Dietitians of Canada.

With a strong academic and practical science, nutrition and communication background Mahsa enjoys communicating the latest scientific findings to the general public in an easy to understand and practical way. Writing is one of the ways Mahsa communicates nutrition information. She has written articles for Sick Kids’ About Kids Health website which provides parents and caregivers health related answers from health care professionals.

Mahsa also enjoys counselling in individual and group settings to create a strong professional relationship with her clients as well as presenting and facilitating in larger group settings. Although Mahsa enjoys working with all age groups, she is passionate about working with children. She feels that healthy food and nutrition as well creating a positive relationship with food at an early age is extremely important.

As part of the Pure Motivation Fitness team, Mahsa combines her knowledge and experience with the performance nutrition program in the studio to create a well-rounded and customized solution for all members while helping clients reach their overall health and nutrition goals.

In her spare time Mahsa enjoys experimenting with different recipes, writing, being active, and spending time with friends and family.

Words To Aspire:
“Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well.”


Renata Jurki
Certified Personal Trainer
In Home Trainer Specialist

Renata has always been physically active and began her involvement in fitness from the early age of 15 when she won numerous awards in track and field and soccer.

Looking for a change in physical activity and always seeking to challenge herself, during her post secondary years she got involved in many outdoor activities including roller blading, hiking, and volleyball leagues to change her pace of training.

Once Renata began weight training over 10 years ago she realized that she could change her body and the way it performed by manipulating her nutrition and training. And has therefore chosen to use her knowledge of these two fields to help others realize their potential and, provide them with the expertise to achieve it and surpass any of their fitness goals.

“At Pure Motivation Fitness we cater to our clients full needs are provide a service far beyond our competitors. Going above and beyond for our clients is what we believe and practice in!”

Words To Aspire:
“Never think that pushing yourself to the limit is undoable; because we do it every day just don’t realize it.”

Qualifications, Specialties:
Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/First Aid Certified
Health & Safety Training – CCOHS
Stress & Life Management


Dr. Steven Faria
Dr. of Chiropractic & Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer

Dr. Faria holds an honours bachelor of arts kinesiology degree from York University. His interest in sports medicine led him to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he graduated in 2009. Dr. Faria is a certified acupuncture provider, having completed the contemporary medical acupuncture offered by the McMaster University, and has completed courses in Active Release Techniques (ART®).

As a personal trainer and a medical practitioner Dr. Faria has experience in injury rehabilitation, prevention and sports specific training. This experience ranges from post operative injury rehabilitation and strengthening to University and OHL level athletes. An athlete himself, Dr. Faria has competed in football at the university level, amateur Muay Thai bouts, grappling tournaments and is currently training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Dr. Faria is a firm believer in the integration of acupuncture, manual therapy, nutrition, yoga, pilates, and strength and performance training and how they can relate not only athletic performance but to all aspects of health and wellness.

As a veteran trainer at Pure Motivation Fitness Studio, Dr. Steven Faria has trained hundreds of clients and has provided more than just results but a challenging and optimistic means of exercise to all his clients.

Words to Aspire:
“The ONLY thing that seperates a Champ from a Chump is……………………….U!”U!

Qualifications, Specialties
- Dr of Chiropractic
- B.A. (Hon) Kin, DC
- Acupuncture Provider, ART
- Certified Personal Trainer (C.S.E.P)
- Strength & Conditioning Specialist


MARIN GOLEMAC
Head Personal Trainer
Kickboxing Instructor
Strength & Conditioning Coach

 

Marin is a personal trainer who has managed to fuse both North American, European and East Asian philosophies of sport, science and exercise. Graduating with honours and receiving a Masters degree in Kinesiology and exercise science from the University of Zagreb in his native Croatia Marin is not only a certified personal trainer but a Strength and Conditioning Coach with a specialty in Olympic Power lifting lifts.

With a strong found love and respect for the martial art of Muay Thai Boxing, Marin has spent 10 years of his life dedicated to the training and coaching the sport and even travelled to live and study in Thailand to posses the true experience and attain his certifications.

As a strength and conditioning Specialist and coach in Europe, and proven martial artist, Marin has developed functional and strength conditioning programs for track athletes, many mixed martial artists and many European Strength athletes. Working with a wide variety of athletes ranging from children as young as 12 years old, to having done athletic assessments and assisted in preparation of fighters and basketball players there isn’t a client too difficult or challenging for Marin to take on.

Realizing his natural talent to motivate and educate others to exceed Marin pursues a lifelong path of learning and self growth and inspiration to pass his knowledge to minds and bodies’ of those eager to learn and excel.

“I posses extreme dedication towards my profession and an ever growing love for my work. In my past endeavours I have demonstrated and proven success to my own athletic and client careers through my results, medals my commitment to athletic excellence”.

Specializing in Olympic Power lifting, Muay Thai boxing, sports specific training and functional conditioning training Marin is able to transform anybody he comes in contact with. Together with the knowledge gathered at Pure Motivation Fitness there isn’t a person or a physique I can’t change for the better. If you don’t know how I will effectively teach you, if you don’t want to I will most definitely make you!!

Words to Inspire:
“In order for there to be ups, there must be downs. Remember all your failures, so when you succeed you can look back and have pride that you had strength enough to overcome.”

- Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement

Qualifications, Specialties:
- M.A. Hons. Kinesiology
- Strength/Conditioning Coach (N.S.C.A)
- Certified Personal Trainer (C.F.P)
- Certified Muay Thai Trainer (I.F.M.A)


Doriel Koblenz
Zumba Instructor

Doriel KoblenzDoriel started dancing at the young age of four and has never stopped since. Throughout the years she trained in a wide variety of dance styles, ranging from ballet and folklore to jazz and hip-hop. She decided to pursue a career in dance and enrolled in George Brown’s commercial dance program. Graduating in 2008 with a diploma from the Ballet Jorden Company she was eager to continue her career as an artist. Doriel began to preform at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as participated in numerous musical shows and videos.

In addition to dance, Doriel was always enthusiastic about fitness and decided to combine both passions by becoming a certified Zumba instructor in 2011. She developed a unique style of teaching with her innovative approach and positive attitude. By Incorporating energetic music with exciting dance routines, she ensures all of her students have fun while exercising. “I feel like I was born to make people happy through my dancing”.

Doriel also teaches kids fitness and hip hop classes, and enjoys organizing fun activities for all ages.

If you are want a class that will leave you feeling positive, confidence and HAPPY….then come join MY PARTY!


Adam Matwiejczuks
Personal Trainer
Weight Loss Conditioning Specialist

Adam MatwiejczuksAdam has been involved and competed in various sports and training programs from the age of 8 such as rugby, boxing and athletics, which infected him with the passion for fitness. Not only did he excel at every sport he was involved in, he actually went on to win numerous awards and medals from elementary school to high school.

From there he gained his desire to study and achieve a higher level of knowledge in London England where he became an official member of the Exericise Professionals of the United Kingdon.   Adam has international experience working and motivating clients both in Europe and Canada, working with a diverse group of clients and athletes.

Adam is part of team PMF Group Training Program and coaches the both youth and adults in his high impact, and challenging Cross Training classes and with his motivating and educational kids club program!

Adams philosophy is simple and very realistic, “if  you broaden your  knowledge and experience in trying to understand your client and what their needs are, you are able to customize the training according to any client’s goals.”

Adams specialties are in strength training, weight loss conditioning and dynamic training which consist of Kettle Bell Swings and Boxing.

Guaranteed to get you results Adam not only believes, but lives the philosophy that hard work and determination can get you to your desired goal.

Words to aspire:
“It’s not the size of a dog in a fight, it`s the size of the fight in a dog.”

Qualifications:
- Certified Trainer/Fitness Coach
- Certified Personal Trainer (C.F.P.)
- Memb. Exercise Professionals of U.K
- Diploma in Holistic/Sports Massage (I.T.E.C.)

- Personal Trainer Certificate
- Advanced Cardiovascular and Resistance Training Award
- Nutrition and Weight Management Award
- Client Lifestyle and Fitness Assessment Award
- Training in Different Environments Certificate
- Boxing Fitness Instructor
- Kettlebell Instructor
-ITEC Diploma in Holistic and Sports Massage
- Member of Canfitpro(Canadian Fitness Professionals)
- Member of Reps(Register of Exercise Professionals- UK recognized)


Duane Mondesir
Personal Trainer
Certified Fitness Consultant

Duane MondesirDuane Mondesir is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Fitness Consultant through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. CSEP graduates have a complete understanding of the optimal means to improve physical fitness and health status in a safe and individualized manner.

Duane graduated from the Fitness and Health program at Humber College. While at Humber, he played on the Varsity Volleyball Team for 2 years. At Humber, Duane performed sport-specific training with Rugby, Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball players. He also completed a Special Populations course that dealt with the training of Youth, Seniors, Injuries and Pre-Existing Medical Conditions which makes him especially qualified to work with members at all fitness levels.

Not only will his genuine and humorous personality win you over but his professionalism for elite customer service is something Duane takes pride in.  Having worked as a certified personal trainer since 2007, his wide variety of different clients ranging from children, adults, athles even seniors, there isn’t a scenario too hard to handle. 

From 2008 to 2010 Duane was the dry land instructor for the Halton Blue fins (swim team) for 2 years.  Being charge of these athletes Duane had to train the team in phases such as Max Strength, Strength Endurance, Aerobic Endurance and Aerobic Recovery.

Duane offers a wide range of training styles such as sport-specific, boot camp and customized periodization training (sport performance/weight-loss) for those who are serious about results.

Currently Duane is a part of Team Canada’s Masters Volleyball team and competes year long.

Words to Aspire:
“A goal without a plan is simply a wish”

Qualifications:
- Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma (Humber College)
- Certified Personal Trainer (C.S.E.P)
- Certified Fitness Consultant (C.S.E.P)
- PNF Stretching Specialist (P.M.F)
- CPR/First-Aid


Daniel Pereira
Personal Trainer

Daniel PereiraDaniel Pereira blends a background of athletic training and over a decade of military experience, into a unique instructional style

Excelling under mental and physical pressure, Daniel challenged himself by joining the Canadian Forces reserves at the age of 18.

Finding work as a DJ and sound technician was easy for an energetic and outgoing personality, but Daniel eventually found himself completely drawn into his hobby: exercise and physiology.

As he gained experience as a junior leader in the field, Daniel realized his great potential to connect with others. The physicality of army training brought satisfaction. Instructing young recruits served a great purpose. Daniel sought a way to combine the two passions, and that lead him to pursue a career in fitness.

Daniel graduated from George Brown College with an honours diploma in Fitness and Lifestyle Management. He is a certified personal trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise physiology. In 2008-09 Daniel was an M-777 gun detachment commander in Kandahar. He has been involved in hockey, outdoors recreation and restlessly pursues many other interests.

Specializing in military-style training, Daniel enjoys boot camps, and designing challenging circuits for a dynamic work out. He believes in fulfilling one’s commitment to health with a sense of humour and a positive attitude. Some of his fitness interests are power lifting, bodybuilding and athletic style training.

Daniel believes in self-creation, and the power within each one of us to achieve our goals. Stop dreaming and start visualizing!

Words to Aspire:
“Make decisions, not excuses”

Qualifications:
- Honours diploma, George Brown College. Fitness and Lifestyle Management
- Certified Personal Trainer, CSEP.
- First Aid/CPR

Kim Wolfshout
Yoga Instructor

Kim WolfshoutIf you enjoy feeling refreshed, empowered and energized, you won’t want to miss Kim’s yoga class! In Kim’s challengingly playful classes, you’ll learn how to create an awareness of the inner self, with an emphasis on maintaining proper alignment, while improving balance, strength and flexibility – no matter what your level of experience.

Kim’s yoga journey began in Kingston, Ontario while attending Queen’s University. After taking courses in Buddhism and yoga philosophy, while also volunteering to create a yoga curriculum for the inmates at Joyceville Institution, yoga became more than a passion for Kim.

Kim completed a 280-hour training certificate from a studio in Toronto. She will pursue further training in the near future to foster personal and professional growth.

Each week, Kim’s classes have an anatomical or therapeutic focus, in addition to yogic breathing exercises. Compliment your workout at the gym with yoga that targets:

  • neck, shoulders and wrists
  • chest
  • core
  • hips and glutes
  • legs, ankles and feet
  • lower, middle and upper back

Words to Aspire:
“See you on the mat!”