Marcel DesmaraisStrength & Conditioning Coach

Biography

I am an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). I received my certification following the completion of my undergraduate degree in 2015, specializing in kinesiology and sports performance. During my time at the University of Alberta, I had the privilege of working with the women’s hockey team as their athletic therapist. My involvement with sport at the university level helped me realize my passion for working with athletes.

Throughout my years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with athletes from over a dozen different sports, ranging from grassroots to professional levels. My training philosophy revolves around proper mobility and foundational movement patterns, no matter the level of sport or age of an athlete. In order to maximize performance effectively and efficiently, you can’t skip the basics. A strong foundation will not only facilitate injury prevention, but also provide the groundwork for building important bio motor abilities such as speed, power, strength, agility, and conditioning.

Although I specialize in sport specific training, my time on the training floor is also spent coaching anyone looking to reach new fitness goals. Whether you’re an athlete or not, scientifically based programming can dramatically improve athletic performance and personal health. Working at SPARK allows me to bridge my passion for strength training and sport in an atmosphere that’s hard to find anywhere else in the city.

In my time away from the gym, I enjoy playing hockey, golf, slo pitch, and snowboarding, anything that’ll get me outside really. I’m always looking forward to summers in the city to be around friends & family and make the most out of the few months of nice weather that we have.

Specializations

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sport Specific Training

Interests

  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Snowboarding
  • Weightlifting