Elite Testimonials

“I have trained with a number of different people on my way to the NHL but, have not worked with guys who know there stuff like Jon & Troy at Groundwork Athletics. Their unique and personal approach led me to finish top three at fitness testing in camp!”

Jeff Tambellini — Vancouver Canucks, NHL

 


“On behalf of Making the Cut - Last Man Standing, I would like to commend Groundwork Athletics and your staff of seven on the professional job you did handling our hockey specific fitness testing in Vernon on July 29th 2006.

Working within a firm four-hour deadline and an unfamiliar venue we were impressed with the creativity and functionality of the tests administered. Our players were pushed to their limits in a safe environment that put the players at ease. Using 8 different tests, data was collected measuring muscular strength & endurance, muscular power, and aerobic/anaerobic power and capacity. You and your staff were in complete control while maintaining good rapport with the players, coaching staff, and camera crews. Groundwork’s extensive knowledge and experience in the field of athlete testing and strength and conditioning was evident in the accuracy and deciphering of results.

In closing, Making the Cut- Last Man Standing would like to thank Groundwork Athletics for a job extremely well done and we highly recommend them to anyone seeking elite level athlete testing. We look forward to working with you in the future.”

Scott McWilliams — Director of Hockey Development
Making the Cut - Last Man Standing
Network Entertainment, Inc.


“I’ve always dreamed of becoming a player in the NHL and realized playing in the East Coast Hockey League was the first step for me. I also understood I need to gain size, strength and speed to compete at the professional level. For two years I have been training with Groundwork Athletics. Their elite hockey strength and conditioning program enabled me to gain 20 pounds and the confidence needed to remain injury free last season–leading to the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in Columbia (ECHL). I cannot thank them enough for their ‘personal’ commitment to my success. This commitment separates them from others in the field of strength and conditioning. I highly recommend Groundwork Athletics as a cutting edge athlete training company to anyone looking to take themselves to the next level.”

Gary Gladue — Professional Hockey Player Long Beach Ice Dogs ECHL


“Working with Groundwork Athletics was my first experience with a strength and conditioning coach and I wonder how I ever trained without these guys. They create a fun, competitive atmosphere pushing me beyond my limits to get better. I made huge muscular strength and conditioning gains and was able to improve my overall body weight. Their innovative and ever changing training style helped keep me motivated and challenged to push my body harder than I ever had. I’ve made huge improvements as a pitcher and I’m convinced that it’s thanks to my off-season training with Groundwork Athletics”

Jeff Brewer — Starting Pitcher Calgary Vipers (Independent Northern League) & Team Canada (IBF World Cup)

 


“After working out with Groundwork Athletics during last off season I made huge gains of over all muscle strength and power which I was unable to accomplish during previous off seasons. As a result of their innovative baseball specific training I have improved my play on the field and have been able to maintain my strength through out the season; allowing me to perform at a high level of play ever night”

Brooks McNiven — 2003 San Fransisco Giants fourth round draft pick. Currently pitching for Class A San Jose Giants


 “The culture and innovative training programs at Groundwork Athletics have Strengthened both the physical and mental aspects of my game. Having worked with both Jon and Troy on and off the ice for a number of years, I have consistently been able to raise my game of hockey to the next level. Through hard work, the challenges put forth, and goal setting at Groundwork Athletics, anyone will see improvement in his or her overall strength and focus as an athlete.”

Ilan Cumberbirch — Defenseman VTMHA Midget AAA Hockey Team


 “Since high school I’ve had a constant struggle putting on weight and increasing my strength. Not only did I manage to gain fifteen lbs and drastically increase my strength within six months (mid season), but training with Groundwork Athletics also improved my foot speed, balance, and explosiveness. Being the first rugby player to train at the gym, I was impressed by the efforts made by both Jon and Troy to learn and understand the game and its training needs. Within the first year of training at Groundwork I earned my first cap with the Canadian Senior Men’s Team against Scotland. The professional and competitive environment at Groundwork Athletics is perfect for any athlete looking to take their game to the next level.”

Dave Biddle — Canadian National Rugby Team Member

General Testimonials

“After starting my weight loss journey, just over 5 months ago I knew I had to implement some physical exercise. I had heard wonderful things about Groundwork Athletics and their ability to make you sweat. I walked in very apprehensive as this was a gym for athletes. I being very overweight was not one of “them”. My goal was simple… to lose weight. Troy recommended some personal training to get my feet wet. I took the bait and am very fortunate for doing so.

I had the opportunity to work with a few of the trainers but in particular, my success has been due to the knowledge and experience of Al and Stella. Al provided me with the perfect transition into the gym. Stella has been a secret to my success, she’s been able to push me further than I thought I could ever go. I have lost over 45 lbs but have gained so much more confidence and strength.”

Melissa Proctor — Securities Paralegal

 


“Your training program is paying off. I finished the Iron knee 25K in 2:00:06. That’s more than 15 minutes better than last year. Plus I have my Grind time down to 36:20 – the fastest I have ever done.”

Rod Edmiston Manager, Ticketing Operations – Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games


“Since high school I’ve had a constant struggle putting on weight and increasing my strength. Not only did I manage to gain fifteen lbs and drastically increase my strength within six months (mid season), but training with Groundwork Athletics also improved my foot speed, balance, and explosiveness. Being the first rugby player to train at the gym, I was impressed by the efforts made by both Jon and Troy to learn and understand the game and its training needs. Within the first year of training at Groundwork I earned my first cap with the Canadian Senior Men’s Team against Scotland. The professional and competitive environment at Groundwork Athletics is perfect for any athlete looking to take their game to the next level.”

Jeff Pross — Senior Account Manager, Sports & Entertainment, RBC Financial Group

 


“I’ve been working with Jon and Troy at Groundwork Athletics for over 3 years. They have helped me to improve my general level of fitness and prepare for, and succeed in, several trail running events. Through their training and support I was able to complete 2 Knee Knackering North Shore Trail runs even though I had never run longer than 40 minutes prior to starting training. Their professional manner complements training sessions that are unique and enjoyable so that this self professed “gym hater” looks forward to training twice a week. I highly recommend Groundwork Athletics to anyone who is either looking to push their physical limits and train for a specific event or to improve their general level of fitness to make day to day life more enjoyable.”

Dave Barr — MBA CFA Investment Manager Pender Fund Capital Management Ltd

 


“A friend recommended Groundwork Athletics to me as I was feeling bored with my fitness routine and was looking for something new. I immediately liked Troy and Jon’s workouts, they were completely unique, challenging and even more important a lot of fun. Over the past 10 months I have seen amazing results improving my strength, balance and agility and the impact this has made in all the other sports and activities that I do. I am continually impressed with their professional and innovative approach to fitness. Their workouts continue to challenge and motivate me to reach new levels. I would highly recommend Groundwork Athletics to anyone who is committed to improving their current fitness level whether you are a beginner or an advanced athlete.”

Christine Lavelle-Martin — Sales Representative, Anti-Infective Division, Abbott Canada


 “Every workout is fun and different. We all want to get on a program to look better and feel better, but a conventional gym setting isn’t the only option. Since working with Groundwork Athletics I feel stronger and more energetic. I can do things that I never thought I could. For anyone that has had a trainer or is considering one, Groundwork Athletics is totally different than what you’d expect. You are not doing boring exercises on a machine. You are doing a series if unique and challenging moves using medicine balls, stability balls, bosus, hurdles, ladders, free weights and more. It’s always a great workout and best of all you get results. I strongly recommend that everyone challenge their existing fitness regime and spend an hour with Troy and Jon.”

Nicole Hodgson — Regional Vice President, Manulife Investments

 


“My husband and I love our weekly group training sessions at Groundwork Athletics. The workouts are fun, efficient and challenging, and it’s nice to get everything (cardio, strength, core, stretch) covered in one hour. The training sessions have definitely improved our running stamina, and have helped us avoid typical chronic injuries associated with running. Training with a group of people makes the workout motivating, and it’s definitely never boring! We love it!”

Beth Donaldson MD — Copeman Healthcare Center