OUR TEAM

JASON TREMBLAY

Jason Tremblay The Strength Guys Team
President | Co-founder | Coach
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    • Bachelor of Physical Education (Year 4 - In Progress), Mount Royal University
    • Mount Royal University PFT Certificate
    • Mentorship under Brett Bartholomew
    • Trained in Video Analysis by Canadian Sport Institute Director of Biomechanics & Video Analysis, Pro Stergiou
    • Presenter at 2015 EPIC Fitness Summit (UK), 2015 Online Fitness Summit, 2014 Elite Fitness Mentoring
    • Athlete Achievements: 1 IPF World Champion, 2 IPF World Silver Medalists, 2 IPF World Top 6 Finishes, 3 IPF Collegiate World Champions, 2 Asian Junior Powerlifting Champions, 1 North American Powerlifting Champion, 6 USA Powerlifting National Champions, 2 Canadian National Champions, 1 British National Champion, 1 USA Collegiate National Champion, 2 Arnold Classic Champions, 3rd Place Finish - Daytona 500
    • Works closely with Ben Esgro as a part of “The Collective” - an innovative co-coaching service provided exclusively by TSG.
    • President & Co-founder of The Strength Guys Inc.

TAYLOR ATWOOD

General Manager | Coach
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    • Bachelors Degree of Science in Finance
    • Lengthy sporting and leadership background
    • 5x USAPL National Champion
    • National Record Holder in Squat, Bench Press, and Total
    • Silver Medalist at the 2016 IPF World Championship
    • Silver Medalist at the 2017 IPF World Championship
    • 2018 IPF World Champion
    • 2018 Arnold Classic Grand Prix Champion & Best Lifter
    • USAPL New York State Referee
    • Financial Analyst, IBM

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BEN ESGRO

Ben Esgro Coach
Coach & Strategist
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    • EDUCATION:  M.S.(c) Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Florida,  M.S. Sports Nutrition & Exercise Science, Marywood University.  B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics, West Chester University
    • EXPERIENCE:  6+ years, working with individuals ranging from general population to world champions
    • CREDENTIALS:  Registered/Licensed Dietitian, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
    • SPECIALIZATIONS:  Exercise Programming, Nutrition Intervention (General & Special Populations/Clinical), Contest Preparation (Powerlifting or Physique), Exercise Technique
    • RELATED ACTIVITIES:  USAPL Powerlifter, USBF Pro Qualified Natural Bodybuilder
    • Founder & COO of De Novo Nutrition

NICOLA PAVIGLIANITI

Nicola Paviglianiti Profile Photo
Community Relations & Female Athlete Rep
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    • Masters of Science Degree in International Humanitarian Action, University College Dublin (Ireland)
    • Master of Arts Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University (Sweden)
    • BSc Honours Specialization in Health Sciences, Western University
    • Passionate about female powerlifting and the accessibility of sport, and conducted thesis research on powerlifting in Zimbabwe
    • World traveler (50+ countries)
    • Canadian 52kg Jr National Champion 2016 & 2017
    • IPF Worlds 52kg Jr Silver Medalist 2017 (gold in the squat, silver in the deadlift)
    • Commonwealth Powerlifting Gold Medalist 2017
    • Commonwealth Powerlifting Best Female Junior Lifter 2017
    • Recognized as a 2018 top 30 under 30 in Alberta for International Development Read more

JOHN DOWNING

Coach
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    • Undergraduate Degree in History from the Ohio State University
    • Masters in Education at the Ohio State University
    • Three High School Women's State team Championships in Ohio 2016, 2015, 2014
    • Coach of The Ohio State University Powerlifting team (2014 to present)
    • Coach of the First ever Men's IPF College World Championship team 2016
      (One Gold Medal, Two Silver, One Bronze)
    • Coach of the First raw college men's team National Champions 2016
    • Former American Record Squat holder 83kg class  Junior 83kg class winner 2013
    • Professional Strength and Conditioning internship The Spot Athletics Summer 2014

ALFRED JONG

Alfred Jong Team TSG Coach
Coach
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    • Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology, minor in Nutrition
    • Passionate about empowering and leading individuals through coaching
    • 2017 59kg Canadian national champion
    • 2016 NAPF (North American Powerlifting Federation) 59 kg Men Open Gold metalist 
    • 2015 Commonwealth Powerlifting Federation 59 kg Men Open Gold metalist (bench only)  
    • 2nd place 2016 Canadian National Championships
    • 3rd place 2015 Canadian National Championships 
    • Co-founder of Rising Strength Team, powerlifting club for athletes  
    • Internationally ranked TaeKwonDo athlete, backup for Team Canada fin weight in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
    • Certified 4th degree black belt
    • Coach for junior and open Takewondo Athletes in Provincial, National and International level competition
    • Coach of 2016 47 kg Classic Women’s Open IPF World Championships
    • Coach of 2016 47 kg Classic Women’s Open 47 kg National Bench Record

     

DR. BRANDON ROBERTS

Brandon Roberts
Director of Research & Education | Coach
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    • Bachelors in Molecular Biology
    • Masters in Human Performance
    • PhD in Muscle Biology
    • Postdoctoral Fellow studying Muscular Hypertrophy
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
    • Natural Bodybuilder
    • Founder & 1st President of the University of Florida Weightlifting team
    • Fitness writer published in Alan Aragon's Research Review, Strengtheory, Muscle & Strength, STACK, and Sci-fit.net
    • Scientific Author in peer-reviewed journals

KEDRIC KWAN

Coach
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    • Masters in Sports and Exercise Nutrition
    • Pg. Dip in Sports and Exercise Nutrition
    • Certified Sports Nutrition of the International society of sports nutrition
    • Director of Education for Revelation Republic Strength and Conditioning facility
    • Assistant coach of the 2017 74kg Classic Men’s Open IPF world championship Silver Medalist
    • Coach of the 2017 67.5kg Men’s Open GPA Malaysian Powerlifting Championship silver medalist
    • Coach of the 2017 82.5kg Men’s Open GPA Malaysian Powerlifting Championship bronze medalist
    • Coach of the 2017 48kg Women’s Open GPA Malaysian Powerlifting Championship gold medalist and best overall women lifter
    • Coach of the 2016 60kg Men’s Open GPA world Championship gold medalist and deadlift world record holder
    • Coach of the 2016 42kg Women’s Open GPA Strength Alliance Meet gold medalist world record holder in squat, bench, deadlift and total and runner up for best overall women lifter
    • Coach of the 2016 90kg Men’s Open GPA Malaysian Powerlifting Championship gold medalist and national record holder in squat, bench press and deadlift
    • 2015 Sports Nutritionist Intern at Cardiff City Football Club
    • 2015 PhD research assistant in Middlesex University focusing on recovery modalities for endurance runners

RYAN SMITH

Ryan Smith Profile Photo
Coach
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    Ryan has been coaching people through fitness and lifestyle change since 2011 and has worked with all walks of life.  He primarily coaches individuals seeking rehabilitation/restorative training, and powerlifting athletes of all experience and skill levels.  Ryan believes that mindset and movement work hand in hand and that through movement, we improve so much more than just “fitness”. Co-owned a powerlifting gym (2016 - 2018) in Calgary alongside his wife Ericka.

    • Bachelors of Arts, Psychology (Carleton University)
    • Fascial Stretch Therapist – Level 1 (Stretch To Win Institute)
    • Powerlifting Coach – Level 1 (Darby Training Systems)
    • Triggerpoint Therapist Level 1 & 2: Foam Rolling & Myofascial Compression (TPT Therapy)
    • Alberta Powerlifting Union Provincial Team Coach
    • President and Head Coach of "XLR8 Powerlifting" Club
    • Game Day Coach for 50+ Athletes at 13 Meets in the last two years
    • Game Day Coaching Internship with SSPT (Matt and Sioux-z Gary) during 2018 USAPL Raw Nationals
    • Voted "Best Looking Coach of 2018" at The Strength Guys Inc.

ERICKA SMITH

Ericka Smith Social Media
Social Media
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    • Bachelor Human Kinetics (Honours Movement Science), Minor Psychology (University of Windsor)
    • Powerlifting Coach (Darby Training Systems)
    • Fascial Stretch Therapist (Stretch To Win Institute)
    • Nutritional Therapist (Health Sciences Academy)
    • Triggerpoint Therapist: Foam Rolling & Myofascial Compression (Triggerpoint Therapy)

    Ericka has been working in the fitness industry since 2013 and has coached a variety of individuals through many fitness domains including: strength, endurance, major weight loss (60+ lbs.), chronic disease, injury rehab and pain management. She puts a strong emphasis on the science, as well as the psychology, behind sport performance.

    She started coaching powerlifting in 2015, co-owned a powerlifting gym from 2016-2018, and became an associate of The Strength Guys social media in 2018. Her experience with programming, meet prep, game day coaching, as well as off-season training and recovery allows her to help clients successfully achieve their goals in a safe but effective manner.

    Her experience as a Fascial Stretch Therapist, Triggerpoint Therapist, and as a former physiotherapy assistant, gives her a strong background in injury rehab and chronic pain management. She has had the privilege to provide these services for numerous IPF World athletes.

    She takes a mindful approach with nutrition for both athletes and general population. Her education, certification and passion to stay up to date with the latest scientific research allows her to provide clients with the best tools and guidance. Her nutrition strategies allow clients to successfully improve their eating habits without dieting and without giving up their favourite foods.

    In addition to Ericka’s coaching resume, she is also a competitive runner and powerlifter. She enjoys running any distance (e.g. 10KM PR 0:48, Half Marathon PR 1:44) and also likes obstacle course races. She is a competitive 47kg powerlifter in the APU/CPU and thoroughly enjoys helping to continue to grow the sport within Calgary.

    Ericka is a valuable member of TSG's social media team as well as a Personal Trainer at Evolve Strength Sunridge 

PATRICK SONG

Patrick Song Sport Scientist
Sport Scientist
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    BA, MS.
    Experience in physical therapy, strength and conditioning, and most recently as an applied sports science intern at the D1 level.
    Areas of interest include energy system development, data science and athlete monitoring.

DEBBI TREMBLAY

Finance Director
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    • Retired IT Professional
    • Career as application programmer and project manager supporting financial, credit card, inventory, HR systems
    • Acquired nickname: "TSG Mom"