Ario Shams, Exercise Specialist
Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy (BAET) – Camosun College
Certified personal trainer NASM CPT
Weight loss specialist WLS
Corrective exercise specialist CES
Performance enhancement specialist PES
Women’s fitness specialist WFS
MMA conditioning specialist
Functional movement screen level 1 FMS1
Functional movement screen level 2 FMS2
EXOS fitness specialist XFS
EXOS performance specialist XPS
Pain-free performance specialist PPSC
Pain-free performance masters PPSCM
EXOS Physical therapy and sports medicine framework certification
Stanford University exercise physiology certification
ACSM summit 2020
NASM Optima x2
Kettle certification level 1
NashFIT level 1
GT12 small group fitness instructor
Behavior change specialist
Certified nutrition coach
Certified conditioning coach
ACSM exercise physiologist prep certification
ACSM special population diabetes for the exercise professional
ACSM exercise is medicine certification
Basics of olympic lifting certification
Rehab-U Mobility fundamentals for prehab & performance
METI medical exercise specialist
ACE orthopaedic exercise specialist
NashFIT bodyweight strength & mobility
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like reading quite a bit and I like to take new courses every once in a while so I can improve my knowledge so I can help my clients better, more often.
What is an Exercise Specialist?
As an exercise specialist, our job is to take a very generalized approach and help people realize and maximize their potential and move better and move more often.
Why did you choose to be an Exercise Specialist?
Ever since I was young, I got into coaching little kids playing volleyball and that’s where I realized that I enjoy helping others improve their lives and over time I developed in my career and I figured that being an exercise specialist is the way to reach more people and help them more often.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new patient?
I think Greg Cook puts it best when he says “move well and then move often” and I think we should really emphasize the fact that we have to move well first, and then increase our physical activity. And that’s the best way we as exercise specialists or medical staff can really help you improve your movement and then you can go play around, maximize your potential and actually enjoy your life much better.
What do you like about Westcoast SCI?
Westcoast SCI takes a personalized, client-centered and active based approach when it comes to serving their clients best and I share the same values and i think this is how we can improve more lives, more often.