Matthew Pasquale

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Matthew Pasquale has always been actively involved with sports from a young age. He grew up playing competitive hockey and soccer but it wasn’t until he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that he found himself taking the training process to the next level. He would participate in group strength and conditioning sessions on a regular basis in training for various competitions. Matthew saw tremendous improvements as a result of these sessions. He decided to pursue his passion in strength and conditioning at York University where he obtained a Specialized Honors degree in Kinesiology. Shortly after, he became certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. With a clear vision in mind, Matthew has created APEX Training Centre to provide the best in personalized programs to fit his clients needs.

Edward Pasquale

Athlete Program Director

Edward Pasquale is a professional goalie drafted to the NHL in 2009 by the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets). He believes his work done off the ice separated him from many others. While playing for the St. John’s Ice Caps, Winnipeg’s AHL team, he was viewed as one of the top goalies in the league and praised for his consistent athletic style. Edward is very regimented with his strength and conditioning program throughout the season and attributes his success to always staying sharp and in the best shape possible.

Du Nguy

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Du Nguy has a lengthy history in athletic training. He grew up playing basketball and found that strength training helped him compete better on the court. He would later turn his love for strength training into a full time profession. Du’s mantra is that with anything in life, it is imperative to always go forward and strive for self-improvement. Du currently competes in powerlifting competitions.

Alex Tavares

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Joining Central Tech’s wrestling team in grade 11 was the best decision Alex ever made. It taught him about health, discipline, and respect. It also introduced him to training. It was apparent that being stronger, faster, and in better shape could give Alex a huge advantage against his opponents. This idea fascinated him, and he’s been training consistently ever since. Though Alex no longer wrestles, the lessons it taught him will be forever valued. Now, it is Alex’s passion to find the most effective ways to get people stronger and to keep them injury free in the process. Whether you’re trying to get an edge over your opponents, or trying to become the best version of yourself; Alex believes that we all can benefit from training programs.

David Sambartolo

Strength and Conditioning Coach

David Sambartolo attended a high school that had a competitive soccer program for athletes. Along with getting accepted to this soccer focused academy, David played rep soccer for 8 years, as well as played on the top team in Ontario for his last year. David became fascinated with the human body and how training could improve him in this sport. With this, David attended and graduated Humber College for Fitness & Health Promotion. He continues to live his passion as a certified personal trainer. David puts his heart, soul and dedication into his work as he helps others successfully and happily achieve their goals.

Dominick Devastey

Youth Athletic Program Director

Dominick was born and raised in the state of Texas. As a 3-sport athlete and with the help of his offensive coordinator, he received a full athletic scholarship to play wide receiver at the University of Kentucky. After a two-year stint in Ohio, Dominick moved back to Texas where he began his football-coaching career with the Judson Jr. Rockets of the TYFA league. As the receivers and defensive backs coach, he aided the Jr. Rockets in winning back-to-back state championships. In early 2015, he co-founded Texas 7’s football where teams can compete in Texas style touch 7-on-7 tournaments throughout the summer and winter months. Dominick is adamant in advancing Canadian athletics to reach its full potential in all aspects and in all sports.

John Samaniego

Calisthenics and Strength and Conditioning Coach

John has been taking exercise and fitness seriously since the age of 14. Having limited access to a gym, John got into body weight training also known as Calisthenics – physical exercise that is done without special equipment to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement. All throughout high school John was on the basketball and snowboarding team and has a true passion for the sports. Till this day he continues to practice those sports regularly and trains to help him improve and continue to perform better. Now as a certified personal trainer John aims to help people strive for greatness and achieve their goals. His motto is, “In everything you do, whatever it may be, it’s You-vs-You”.

Barbara Martins

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Barbara stumbled upon the world of strength training through her experience with fashion modeling. Shortly after falling in love with training, she ended up ditching fashion for fitness to truly immerse herself in the field. Today, she strives to become a knowledgeable professional who does not settle for average and who creates her own path. Over the last few years, Barbara has found a passion for empowering and educating women through strength training. Her mission is to help women appreciate and enjoy the process of attaining a strong body and mind.

She believes that a strong character is forged through hardships, and that strength training offers a world of opportunities for self-development with all its triumphs and obstacles.

Adam Lecker

Adam Lecker

Implement / Steel Mace / Warrior Yoga Coach

Adam has been coaching athletics for 24 years and was first certified as a personal trainer in 1997. For the past seven years, Adam has turned his focus to his passion for human biomechanics and muscle physiology. Six years ago, Adam got involved in Olympic weightlifting and has earned an Olympic weightlifting certification from the prestigious Kanama HP. With additional certifications for the VIPR, BOSU, SURGE and Trigger Point, Adam has made education his main focus and strictly uses scientifically supported training methods and techniques. Adam has studied bodybuilding and has extensive knowledge of muscle hypertrophy.

In the search for total human optimization, Adam focuses on loaded movement training and mobility training, as these have proven to be the most effective and efficient training modalities.

Adam is most recently an Onnit academy certified coach, steel mace specialist, Foundations-certified and Durability-certified.

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