Ario Shams Opt Fitness

Ario Shams, Opt Fitness: Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer

Monday & Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (Port Coquitlam)

Opt Fitness is partnering with Westcoast SCI to provide personal training, semi private and small group fitness classes. Click here for more information on Opt Fitness.


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.