Our Exercise Specialists

We work together to optimize your health

Your progress is our passion and when you’re here, you’re home

Fitness is not meant to be a single objective. It is a way of life that touches upon other core facets of life. Perhaps what matters just as much as what you’re doing, is who you’re doing it with.

Each member of our team combines their top-level education with passion to ensure that you receive the highest standard of service every step of your journey. We know that optimal health and fitness is best obtained through a holistic and integrated approach. Guided by a solid foundation in kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology, our trainers and specialists seamlessly work together to ensure all aspects of your health and wellness are cared for.

Our team may hail from different backgrounds, but we’re united by a single mission: to promote your health and vitality in a way that feels personal.

Take a peek at our team bios. We hope to meet you at the studio someday!

Gillian Morrow

Kinesiologist, M.A.T. Specialist & Clinical Pilates Instructor

Gillian began her fitness journey over twenty years ago in Europe as a fitness instructor where she combined her love of music and movement. Passionate about health and wellness, her studies have included certifications in Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, athletic therapy and rehabilitation, allowing her to help her clients in finding their own path towards leading healthy lifestyles.

Nicole Yamanaka

Kinesiologist

Nicole has worked with one of BC’s leading fitness gyms as a top achiever with several awards in personal training and customer service. Her passion is to motivate, educate and expand the minds of her clients and students to achieve more than just physical fitness. Nicole draws from her background and varied experiences such as yoga, rock climbing, kickboxing and pilates, to provide fun alternatives to “traditional exercises.”

Kamal Shah

Kinesiologist

Kamal‘s training style focuses on mastering fundamental movement patterns with particular attention to technique and muscular control. He creates an environment that is engaging, safe and purpose driven. Kamal makes it a priority to be highly personable, understanding and connected to the needs his clients. You can expect to experience a type of workout  that is goal oriented yet flexible and accommodates the ebbs and flows of life.

Oliver Giving

Classical Pilates Instructor

Oliver is the owner and head instructor of Tone Pilates, which operates within Le Physique. He found Pilates through tendinitis, which he acquired in one of this knees due to too much running. After two years of physiotherapy and still injured, Pilates provided the solution within a few weeks and he was hooked. In 2015, he completed the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at Pilates from the Center in North Vancouver.

Katherine Leong

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Katherine was certified by master teacher, Dianne Miller after completing a rigorous 2 1/2 year internship teacher training programme. With a classical orientation she is influenced by 1st generation teachers Ron Fletcher, Eve Gentry and has continued her knowledge in workshops with Jose Marie Blom-Lawrence and Michelle Larsen. She recently completed the BASI Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies certificate course.

Jeffrey Wu

Client Care Manager

Jeff has been physically active ever since kindergarten and believes that enhancing overall health allows one to achieve their complete potential. He hopes to create an everlasting impact within the community by emphasizing the importance of consistent exercise routines, adequate nutrition and regular health checkups to create the brightest future possible.

Shadow Yamanaka

Mascot and Client Aide

Part loverboy and part aloof cool kid, you can never tell if he’s in the mood to snooze in the sunshine or make sure you’re okay if you’re making “sounds of suffering.”  As the inspiration for our new logo, Shadow reminds us that size (and shape) matters not! It’s the fire in your heart, daring to think big, and to dream of what may not seem possible that makes all the difference in the world.

Kevin Kwok

Personal Trainer

Kevin enrolled in numerous sports program as a child, which exposed him to an active lifestyle early in life and now focuses his training exclusively on dragon boating. Kevin has been paddling for the past 2 years and hopes to make the Canadian National Team in 2019. His passion is to motivate others to accomplish their short and long term fitness goals.

Juancho Ramirez

Kinesiologist
Juancho owes many of his successes and personal growth to physical activity. Coming from an active background, from competitive team sports to recreational outdoor activities, he hopes to help others feel better about themselves and empowered to move with confidence by sharing his passion for physical activity.

Nikki LeClair

Client Care Manager
Nikki's passion for community healing and personal growth has led her to pursue healing through creative movement, breath and meditation. Her background in yoga, dance and theatre continues to inspire her relationship with movement. Nikki's aim is to support wellness of the body and mind that encourages each individual to recognize and honour their own unique physical and emotional needs.

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