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How do you want to be remembered 10when your gone? As the hard working, always confident and energetic self or as the person that tried really hard but never thought they couldŔ Dimitri Giankoulas

Team PMF

Management (Click name for Bios)
Dimitri Giankoulas Director of Personal Training/Nutrition, Founder
Francesca Giankoulas Director of Operations, Co-Founder
Daniel Cecchino General Manager, Corp Wellness Director
Marin Golemac Head Trainer/Strength & Conditional Coach
Personal Training Dept (Click name for Bios)
Steve Faria Dr. of Chiropractic, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Renata Jurki In-Home Certified Trainer
Adam Matwiejczuk Personal Trainer/Weight Loss Conditioning Specialist
Christian Downs Certified CrossFit Trainer
Patricia Felici Certified Trainer
Domenic DiMauro Certified Trainer
Meaghan Corbett Certified Trainer
Andy Lee Certified Trainer
Dane Simpson Certified Trainer
Nicole Wong Certified Trainer
Registered Dietitian
Mohamed Rezk Registered Dietitian
Group Training Instructors
Maggie Maraschiello Spin Instructor
Steve F., Marin C.
Cross Training Instructors

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.”

Daniel Cecchino
General Manager, Corp Wellness Director

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
- Functional Movement Systems Level 1 Certification
- CPR C and First Aid
- PNF stretching Specialist (P.M.F.)
- Member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE)

Marin Golemac
Head Trainer/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)

Dr. Steven Faria
Dr. of Chiropractic, Strength & Conditioning Coach

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

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

Adam Matwiejczuks
Personal Trainer
Weight Loss Conditioning Specialist

Adam MatwiejczuksAdam has been involved in various sports and training programs from the age of 8, competing in athletics, basketball and rugby in which he represented his native Poland for the U-19 team. He started weightlifting at the age of 15 and has developed a passion for fitness and exercise since.

Adam gained his professional qualifications and experience in Poland, United Kingdom and North America, while training with variety of athletes and professional strength trainers which gave him his unique style of coaching.

His specialities include Olympic Weightlifting, Kettle-bell training and Power training using a blend of different styles and training methods.

Adam is excited to be a part of Pure Motivation Fitness team and would like to share his knowledge and passion with others in order to achieve their goals much faster.

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.”

- 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)

Christian Downs
Personal Trainer
Certified Fitness Consultant

Christians’ father was a professional football player in the Canadian Football League and his mother trained as a gymnast in Elementary and Middle School for 5 years. Both his father and mother met when they competed together on the same track and field team. Being the offspring of two successful athletes Christian was introduced to physical exercise and rigorous training program’s at an early age so not only is it his passion but part of his youth and childhood.

During his high school years not only did Christian excel in every team he was involved in but at the age of 16 he took a year off to play Rep basketball for Brampton BlueDevils and received gold medals and a tournament Most valuable Player award in (Blessed Sacrament Tournament ) playing the point guard and forward role.

While playing varsity football and competing in a scouting combine Christian was awarded the number 1st ranked defensive back and number 4th ranked wide receiver in Canada (at the age of 17/18). When he was 19 all his athletic dreams were nearly shattered when Christian suffered a near career ending broken neck diagnosed as a C5 vertebrae extension fracture and soft tissue damage. Having to take a life altering change in direction with no medical team, Christian rehabilitated his injury for 4 weeks and removed his neck brace after ONE MONTH and was still not allowed any contact sports for one year.

Christian returned to play as a starting defensive back in a semi pro league (the Canadian Junior Football League for Brampton bears (now GTA Grizzly’s the seeder team of the Toronto Argonauts). In his second season Christian was scouted by the CIS League (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Manitoba University Bisons and Concordia University Stingers football teams to play defensive back with a granted full athletic scholarship but decided to remain in Toronto and pursue a career in personal training due.

Give it all you got on every repetition rest and repeat the process. We will only become strong and resilient when we are forcing our body to the limits of our mind not forcing our mind to the limits of our body. Don’t Think about how it feels to struggle and fail believe although it’s a struggle the end result is success and once you master that than you will succeed

- CanFit Pro
- Semi Pro Football for Brampton Bears

Maggie Maraschiello
Spin Instructor

Maggie MaraschielloMaggie is an energetic, rockin’ cycle flow chick who loves working with people of all fitness levels to motivate them to be the best they can be through indoor cycling. She has been spinning for 5 years and started instructing in April 2014 after getting her Cycle Revolution Teacher Training (CRTT) Certification.

What was initially going to be a great hobby to supplement her personal fitness goals quickly grew into a passion and part-time job. Maggie loves spinning – the music, the energy, the cardio and endurance benefits. Over the years she has participated in many types of fitness classes, as well as programs and found spinning to be the most challenging and rewarding for the body, mind and soul.


Patricia Felici
Certified Trainer

Patricia’s journey into physical fitness began when she was striving to achieve a healthier body after having children. Three years of strength training and working with strength coaches, Patricia discovered her true passion for fitness. Her mission is to learn, share, educate, support and motivate. She is an inspiration and her unlimited enthusiasm for life is contagious. Working with Physiotherapists and helping clients with physical therapy, she has seen the remarkable changes exercise can make, not only in injury rehab but overall health and wellness. Patricia is educated with a wide range of training methodologies and has designed programs for clients with injury, teenagers, postnatal, elderly and also for sport specific clients such as squash, soccer and hockey. She delivers result producing hardcore strength and functional conditioning workouts in a safe, fun and interesting way. Patricia teaches a variety of classes from spinning to TRX and kinesis.
She is a firm believer of the power of exercise and is a walking example of what dedication to the fitness industry is all about. The philosophy that Patricia lives and works by is while you are achieving career goals or balancing family and friends, never lose track of the most important person in the world, YOU!

Words to Aspire:
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
- Zig Ziglar

- Certified Professional Trainers Network Certification
- Reebok Spinning Instructor Certification
- CPR level A + AED certified
- First aid certified

Domenic DiMauro
Certified Trainer

Domenic DiMauro started recreational swimming at the age of 6. By the time he turned 8, he expressed interest in playing soccer and by 10, and he was competing at a provincial level. At the age of 11, Domenic won several metropolitan track and field events in the 100 metre, 200 metre and 4 x 100 relay sprints. He was scouted by an organized track and field club, affiliated with Athletic Canada, and went on to compete in the 100 metre, 200 metre and 4 x 100 metre relay sprints at a national and international level for several years. Domenic achieved Ontario championship records for the 100 metre, 200 metre, 4 x 100 metre relay sprints. He was also part of a team that achieved an international record for the 4 x 100 metre relay sprint as well as the Ontario record holder for the 200 metre sprint, Bantam division.

Domenic went on to play soccer at a provincial level and continued with his track and field throughout his teenage years. He began to take an interest in helping younger kids on his track team improve athleticism and became a mentor on the track and field club. Having a much younger brother, Domenic also took a strong interest in developing and mentoring his sibling by coaching his soccer team, as well as a taking on the role of team trainer for his hockey club. Throughout this time, Domenic was inspired to help others achieve their fitness goals and developed a passion for a career as fitness professional.

Domenic became a certified fitness trainer and has worked as a personal trainer, health coach, weight management and pre/post rehabilitation counsellor at all age and fitness levels, including youth, seniors and those with special needs.

Words To Aspire:
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender that is strength”

- Fitness & Health Promotions (Humber College)
- Certified Personal Trainer (Can-Fit-Pro)
- Nutrition & Wellness Specialist (Can-Fit-Pro)
- Youth Strength & Conditioning Coach (I.Y.C.A)

Meaghan Corbett
Certified Trainer

Meaghan Corbett has been in the fitness and health industry for over 7 years. She has played soccer since she was 12 years old and continues to play for leisure time and to stay fit. She has found her passion for fitness when her sister was in gymnastics and she was trying out some of her sister’s classes. She enjoyed the challenges and the dynamic of the sport. She also has a passion for helping people live a healthier and better lifestyle. With these two passions she enjoys working with injuries, weight loss, weight gain and strength training.

She enjoys meeting new people and helping them overcome their health and fitness goals and to see the excitement when they see progress and meet their goals.

Later she took an interest in kick boxing/muay thai and it’s a great way to get in shape and release stress. She loves to stay active whether it being hiking, running or working out.

Meaghan went to Humber College for Fitness and Health Promotions and then later on did some studies in the massage field. Also took up Ageless Grace which is a health and wellness program for all ages.

Words To Aspire:
“You don’t know until you try it to see what your made of.”

Andy Lee
Certified Trainer

Andy’s journey into fitness sparked from a passion in sports where he pursued playing competitive baseball, basketball, volleyball and badminton throughout high school.

Looking for a path related to sports and being physically active led him to obtaina diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion where he began training himself. Andy discovered the remarkable changes exercise could do to the body by improving athletic performance, body composition and overall health.

Andy began his journey infitness with the opportunity of working with athletes of all ages and levels from children 8-13, high school prospects, CIS athletes to professional level players and even an Olympian. Also with the experience in trainingthe variety of adult weight gain, weight loss clients and rehab patients.

Specializing in sports specific training, strength and conditioning, weight loss and functional training, his passion for fitness, drive to become the best and dedication to the clients makes him confident in providing the BEST service that gets RESULTS!

Words To Aspire:
“Make health a priority, PUT IN THE WORK, and you WILL SUCCEED!”

- B.A with Honors Kinesiology (York University)
- Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion (Humber College)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
- NCCP Learn to Train Coach
- Certified CPR-C and First Aid

Dane Simpson
Certified Trainer

Dane’s path to fitness started in secondary school, where he played on his varsity basketball and football team. Playing throughout all 5 years of high school, Dane recieved a scholarship to a La Lumiere Prep School in La Porte, Indiana, as well as he discovered his passion for fitness.

He decided to pursue his fitness career and obtained his diploma in Health, Wellness, and Fitness at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Throughout his years in post secondary , he was able to teach and train students and faculty about personal fitness and as well the benefits of exercise. Working hard and always pushing harder Dane as well trained athletes on the senior varsity basketball team for Mohawk.

Always wanting to learn and develop, Dane is a great man who will push people and keep motivating them so that they can reach their GOALS!

Words To Aspire:
“Hard work beats talent when talents fails to work hard”

- Certified Personal Trainer (Can-Fit-Pro)
- Health, Wellness & Fitness Diploma (Mohawk College)
- TSCC Bronze Level (Twist Conditioning)
- Certified CPR A and First Aid

Nicole Wong
Certified Trainer

Nicole is incredibly passionate about health and fitness. She has a background in dance, competitive cheerleading, track and field, as well as instructing and coordinating dance and fitness programs.

At the age of eight Nicole showed great interest in running and began competing in regional track meets. When she entered highschool, she continued training in track and field, but her interest was again peaked when a new competitive power cheerleading team was formed in her school. She auditioned and began to compete against other teams across Canada. She also started teaching hip hop and a fusion of hip hop and jazz dance classes in studios at the age of 18.

Nicole attended York University to pursue a degree in Communications and Writing. She auditioned to become a dancer for the Toronto Argonauts where her passion for healthy, active living grew. After four years with the Toronto Argonauts, she auditioned for the Toronto Raptors and became a member of the Raptors Dance Pak. In the meantime, Nicole continued to teach dance and fitness programs to children and adults across the GTA and had the privilege of representing Canada at the Hip Hop World Championships in 2011.

Fitness, personal health and development have been Nicole’s passions for over 10 years now. Nicole is currently a fitness model and understands the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She enjoys advising and encouraging others on how to increase strength, improve endurance and establish exercise and nutrition regiments that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Nicole is incredibly excited to be a part of the Pure Motivation Team.

Words To Aspire:
“Hard work beats talent when talents fails to work hard”

- Certified Personal Trainer (Can-Fit-Pro)
- Health, Wellness & Fitness Diploma (Mohawk College)
- TSCC Bronze Level (Twist Conditioning)
- Certified CPR A and First Aid

Mohamed Rezk

Registered Dietician

Mohamed Rezk - Registered DieticianMohamed is a Registered Dietitian and fitness expert/personal trainer. Mohamed graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honors degree in Biomedical Sciences then completed a degree in Dietetics at Mount St. Vincent University.

Mohamed has a passion for nutrition/fitness, is a personal trainer and a Water Polo athlete competing with Toronto in the Canadian National Championship League. His knowledge in human sciences, nutrition and fitness gives him a unique insight into the science of body shaping and chronic disease prevention. The following are some personal philosophies that Mohamed believes in and would like to share with you!

  • Nutrition can prevent what medicine cannot solve!
  • Spend the same effort and energy working on your body, as you work on your mind!
  • You have to be willing to sacrifice who you are today, for who you want to become tomorrow
  • hips and glutes
  • There is no such thing as “I don’t have time”, only priorities, if you make your goal a priority you will find the time