So, you’re curious about what type of training we do at Bang Fitness. Curiosity is good. We like that.
Outcomes not methods
Very simply, we do our best to provide the most up to date training approaches possible. If something changes, we change too. We’re not married to a single method or piece of equipment. We simply want to get the best out of our members.
If you set foot in our facility, we’re going to work hard to get the best out of you.
Movement is foundational
If you can’t move well, we’re going to fix that. In a hurry. Good movement is a prerequisite for any kind of meaningful physical performance. We take individuals on a case-by-case basis and figure out what we need to do to get them moving well. Next, we integrate this approach into a program that addresses their goals.That means short-term success without compromising long-term progress.
There’s more to measure than what you see on a scale
Whether we’re talking about performance or body composition, there are numerous factors that add up to success. Addressing each of these component parts will ensure that you increase your ability train effectively and measure progress accurately.
Hard work is non-negotiable
This ain’t Tiddlywinks.
One focus at a time
There are too many distractions and competing opinions out there. Our job is to help you retain your focus, achieve your goals and then help you move on to the next set of challenges.
Brilliant at the Basics
Don’t confuse complicated with good. Training with us is a lot more than just waving your arms around and hoping for the best. We seek to instil a deep appreciation of movement and strength.
Where will you be next year?
Our goal is to increase your enjoyment and capacity for training, not chip away at it.
Strength is a skill
Brute force is for suckers. We will teach you to move and use your body in an intelligent manner. The result will be greater efficiency, better performance and a new perspective on what it means to be a physical being.
Want more details?
You can read this: Bang Fitness for Newbies
Meet The Team
Geoff Girvitz: Owner/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
As the owner and director of Bang Fitness, Geoff is proud to offer an outstanding training environment for people in all stages of the performance continuum.
He has never considered the gym to be an end unto itself. He sees it as an opportunity to improve performance and reduce the likelihood of injury. According to Geoff, “Training for performance will not only teach you to find your limits, but redefine them.”
Geoff was initially drawn toward strength training to improve his own athletic performance. He not only wanted to get better at what he was doing, but to ensure that he was able to remain injury-free.
His continuing education includes certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, Precision Nutrition, StrongFirst (SFG) and Functional Movement Systems. He has also mentored under some of the brightest members of the industry, such as Mike Boyle, Alwyn Cosgrove and the Athlete’s Performance team.
Geoff has contributed articles to websites such as StrengthCoach.com and T-Nation.com, PrecisionNutrition.com and overseen the programming for thousands of individuals, most notably through Precision Nutrition’s Lean Eating program.
He is excited to direct a facility where people push pass their perceived limits every day. This is largely owed to a great team and a fun, inclusive environment.
The entire Bang Fitness Team looks forward to continuing to innovate in the area of strength and conditioning.
Francis Nitsch: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Francis began training as a young teenager trying to improve his body composition. The moment he picked up a barbell, however, he was hooked on strength training. As his passion grew, he wanted to share it and help others achieve their fitness goals, as well, by pursuing a career in personal training.
Francis graduated with honours from George Brown College’s Fitness and Lifestyle Management program and is a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. He is also a certified Starting Strength Coach under Mark Rippetoe and SFG. Francis is a competitive athlete in the sport of Powerlifting and uses his knowledge and experience from strength athletics to provide intelligent feedback to his clients.
As a coach, Francis believes in simple but effective training that is easy to understand. He believes strongly in the empowerment and efficacy that strength training brings and enjoys helping people at any level achieve things they did not think were possible.
Kazim Somji: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Kazim knows what it’s like to start a fitness journey from scratch. A few birthdays ago, he wasn’t happy with where he was. He took a hard look at where he was — overweight, out of shape and unhappy . He didn’t like where this path was heading. So he changed things.
While maintaining an outside career, Kazim enrolled in the Fitness Leadership Certification from Seneca College. His education continued through certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Functional Movement Systems (FMS) and Dragon Door’s Hardstyle Kettlebell (HKC). He interned at Bang Fitness in 2011, where he began the practical application of his training.
Kazim is constantly striving to learn more about fitness and nutrition and help others in the process. He recognizes that his responsibility is to fully understand a client’s wants and needs before he can lead them in the right direction.
Kazim’s focus is to provide an inspiring and motivating environment that creates a COMPLETE positive experience with physical fitness and wellness.
Lauren Frick: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Like many people, Lauren started training to lose weight. Like many people, she also tried numerous approaches with little success. Misguided training left her unhappy and injury-prone until she joined Bang Fitness as a member. Things began to change and Lauren learned that strength was the solution to her pain and body composition woes.
Since then, she has never looked back, embracing a career as a Strength Coach at Bang Fitness. A naturally curious and driven individual, Lauren has integrated her studies in Fitness and Lifestyle Management and Kinesiology with her personal experience to hone a unique skill set that gets people stronger, moving and feeling better.
A strong foundation in biomechanics, movement screening through Functional Movement Systems and kettlebell training through SFG make movement quality a coaching priority for Lauren. She believes in training programs that make clean, strong movement the default setting for clients, while ensuring its attainable for everyone by communicating clearly and fostering self efficacy. The height of a pyramid is only limited by the size of its base – a solid foundation of movement makes for big goals and big achievements.
Steve Vrbancic: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Steve first started training in his basement as a teenager, haphazardly following programmes in magazines in an attempt to potentiate his ability on the football field. However, it was not until he entered university, as a member of the Queen’s University football team, that he began to see a direct relationship between exercise, its proper implementation, and performance.
Steve has been working as a personal trainer since 2002 and through this experience has developed and honed his philosophy regarding strength training and conditioning. With experience in powerlifting, Olympic lifts, structural stability and strength conditioning Steve has the ability to develop programmes which cater to the full range of populations, benefiting anyone from competitive athletes to those interested in maintaining general health.
- Kettlebell Trainer Specialist – Level 1 & 2
- SPI (Sports Performance Institute) – Personal Trainer 1
- SPI – Nutrition
- Twist Accelerate 1
- Coremat Certification
Albert Cheng: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Albert Cheng is a trainer who is passionate towards life, health and sports. A graduate of Queen’s University in Physical and Health Education (B.P.H.E.)and Health Studies (B.A.), Albert studied human functional anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, nutrition, and also received coaching experience in many different sports. He has coached, instructed and trained elite athletes in wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, baseball, soccer, rugby and hockey.
In addition to his educational and instructional background, Albert is also an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA.
Through years of training and competition, he has become exposed to many different approaches that are now implemented into his workouts. However, as a life-long learner, Albert is still always on the lookout for the newest and most scientific training methodologies in helping individuals achieve their goals.
Paul Hynes: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Like many young men, Paul began strength training to improve his physique. Little did he know that through pursuing his body composition goals, it would affect every area of his life and ultimately steer him towards a career in the strength and conditioning industry.
Paul has completed Sheridan College’s Human Performance Training Certificate program and a great deal of continuing education, including StrongFirst’s SFG . Coming from an artistic background, Paul started training when he was enrolled in Humber College Visual and Digital Arts program. While studying there, he made his first of many forays in to the cramped weight room as a “skinny guy” looking to build some muscle and maybe impress some girls.
While his early motivating factors may not have been profound, Paul continued to relentlessly pursue his training goals. Through numerous failures and mistakes, he has come to the understanding that every failure is an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to grow and improve.
From teaching fitness boot-camps to helping young guys avoid the same mistakes he made in the weight room, Paul is dedicated to empowering people to change their bodies — and lives — for the best.
Dr. Sean Sutton: Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Sean Sutton’s journey to becoming a healthcare professional began at York University, where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology & Health Science and undergoing training to become a Certified Exercise Physiologist. He attained his four-year Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Upon graduation he was recognized with Summa Cum Laude designation, Clinic Honors, and multiple awards for both academic and clinical excellence, as well as his altruistic contributions to the profession.
Prior to his professional career as a chiropractor, Dr. Sutton played hockey at a high level and has since pursued his passion for sport and performance as a team therapist and strength coach for provincial volleyball teams, junior hockey and junior lacrosse teams. His roots in strength training have had a profound influence on his passion for clinical rehabilitation of sport injuries.
Dr. Sutton is trained in various manual techniques and believes strongly in providing evidence-informed, patient-centred care. He takes pleasure in educating and helping patients overcome barriers to performance, reaching new personal goals and improving their health and wellbeing.
Bachelors of Science Degree (Kinesiology)
Doctor of Chiropractic
Certified Medical Acupuncture Provider
Certified Full Body ART® Provider
Certified Graston Provider
To book a treatment, please contact us at 416.777.2264
Ron Castro: Registered Massage Therapist
Ron Castro holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Health and Education and is an RMT through Sutherland-Chan’s School and Teaching Clinic program. He has extensive therapeutic and strength training experience with rugby players and swimmers at the University of Toronto.
Since becoming an RMT in 2007, Ron has worked with Swim Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. He has travelled internationally with some of Canada’s top swimmers and attended numerous national events as a therapist.
Ron continues to work with the University of Toronto swim team and has moved on exclusively to work with the swimmers of the High Performance Toronto Academy as a massage therapist and strength trainer. He also consults with strength coaches across the country to create programs centred on injury prevention and performance.
Ron believes that you don’t have to be an elite athlete to get the VIP treatment. His goal is to help every single client perform – and feel – better.
Ron’s an exceptional therapist and we’re very proud to have him on board. To book with him, please contact us at 416.777.2264
Cecily Milne: Yoga Instructor
Since taking her first yoga class nearly 10 years ago, Cecily has been dedicated to the practice that brought strength and balance to her hypermobile body along with focus and ease to her mind and everyday routine. She received her certificate to teach in 2009 from Downward Dog Yoga Centre, regarded as Canada’s preeminent training program for aspiring instructors.
Cecily’s full-time teaching schedule includes in-studio group classes and private sessions, along with speciality workshops designed to guide and inspire students looking to deepen their practice. She has experience with both beginners and advanced practitioners, with those who have turned to yoga to assist with disability, as well as with professional athletes and celebrity clientele. Cecily is beyond excited to be joining the team at Bang, and looks forward to Recovery Yoga becoming a regular part of members’ training regimes.
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