Exercising for the first time, trying to lose weight or reach a new fitness goal? Personal Training with a Registered Kinesiologist can help! We will teach you proper form and technique to prevent injury.
personal trainer kinesiologist guiding client with exercise

How does Personal Training with a Registered Kinesiologist work?

Whether you want to begin exercise for the first time, lose weight, reach a new fitness goal or prepare for your sport or competition, we can help. Your program is designed by our personal trainers to meet your individual goals.

Each session is always one-on-one with your trainer and held in our studio gym space. Our goal is always to teach you proper form and technique to create functional movement patterns that you can carry into your sport and life. Each of our trainers have a background in injury prevention and posture, and can help you tailor your sessions if improving your posture, or managing or preventing an injury is your goal. 

Why invest in Personal Training with a Registered Kinesiologist?

New to Exercise

Starting exercising for the first time can be intimidating. Working with our personal trainers will help you learn proper exercise progressions, and educate you so that you can start exercising on your own.


After repeating the same exercises for a continued period of time, we plateau and stop seeing results. Our personal trainers have an endless repertoire of exercises and will always be able to challenge you to help you continue to see results and reach your goals.

Sport Specific Training

Our trainers can design an individualized program to help you train for your sport by challenging the proper muscles groups and creating exercises that mimic sport specific skills to help you improve your performance and prevent injury.

Quality Exercise

Quality of exercise is always more important than quantity. Proper technique will target the proper muscles and create more a more efficient workout for your time.

Chronic Conditions

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Chronic Kidney disease, Parkinsons, MS or any other chronic medical condition, our team of Registered Kinesiologists can help you create a personalized exercise program. The benefits to exercise when you have a medical condition can help improve your quality of life, improve your function and even help improve the symptoms you may be suffering from.

What should you expect at your Personal Training session

Here’s what’s included in your initial Personal Training session:

A detailed collection of your medical and social history including:

  • Previous injuries
  • Aches and pain
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Broken bones, torn ligaments, etc
  • Diet and nutrition

A detailed assessment of your movements and strength including:

  • Functional movement screen
  • Strength testing
  • Mobility and flexibility testing
  • Cardiovascular fitness


Goal Setting

This is one of the most important aspects of your initial assessment. Here we will dive deeper into the real reasons why you are seeking help to exercise. It will uncover the motivation behind keeping you exercising well beyond your sessions with us. It will give us the needed boost to motivate you when you hit a wall or don’t want to exercise. This will also determine how often you’ll come and how much you’ll be exercising outside of our sessions

Exercise Instruction

Here we will guide you through how to move safely and efficiently through the exercises that are custom to your program. The exercises may include a combination of the following:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Cardiovascular
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Speed and Agility

Program planning, development and creation

This will provide you with a detailed program to follow well beyond your sessions with us.
You will be given access to a visual exercise program with videos, pictures and descriptions on how to do the exercises, how often and how many exercises to do at home.

Personal Trainers at Westcoast SCI Vancouver

Keaton Van Dyke Kinesiologist

Keaton Van Dyke

Personal Trainers at Westcoast SCI Port Coquitlam

Chris Wong Kinesiologist

Chris Wong

Frequently Asked Personal Training Questions

What is personal training?

This kind of exercise training is usually one-on-one with a personal trainer (or coach) to teach the individual how to exercise safely and effectively. Westcoast SCI’s Vancouver and Port Coquitlam personal training sessions are designed to educate, motivate, and coach clients towards their personal fitness goals. The personal training programs bring results more quickly because they are personalized and one-on-one.

How much does a personal trainer cost in Vancouver BC?

The price of personal trainers varies as much as there are numbers of personal trainers. 

At Westcoast SCI, we charge $85 per 60 min session or a package of 10 sessions for $750 (3 month expiration). Your sessions will be conducted by our team of Registered Kinesiologists, who all have at least a bachelor’s degree.

What can you expect from our highly recommended personal trainers in Vancouver?

At Westcoast SCI Personal Training Vancouver, you will receive an individualized guided session to help you move well so that you can move more, which is the key to getting, staying and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our ultimate goal is to tailor a plan that meets your needs and goals in order to provide you with the results you’re looking for whether you’re planning to keep up with your grandchildren, participate in the Vancouver Sun Run, or have been recommended to exercise by your doctor.

Your sessions will include a combination of:

  • Strength training
  • Cardiovascular fitness training
  • Nutritional and dietary guidance
  • Core strength and conditioning
  • Body sculpting
  • Pilates & Yoga
  • Sports specific training
  • Martial arts
Is it worth hiring a personal trainer?

Just as with other industries, the quality of personal trainers can vary greatly. As I’m sure many people can attest, there are fantastic electricians who truly care about their customers and their profession. However, there are also people who claim to be electricians who try to take advantage of people and provide poor quality service.

While standard exercises may be effective for some, it is the different responses to muscle, bone and joint mobility that matters. People have different bodies. While leg lunges may be effective for others, these may be too simple, difficult or even painful for you. Also, some people may not be able to tolerate these types of exercises because of a previous injury, musculoskeletal condition or other medical and physical reason. A certified personal trainer in Vancouver, BC can make sure that you do these fitness challenges at a safe pace that you can tolerate. 

Equally important with the fitness classes for client success is evaluation too. As your body becomes used to different fitness levels, a personal trainer can adjust your exercise and online training programs.

When doing your research into personal trainers, there are a few key things to consider:

  1. Does the company have good reviews? Reputation is something that takes years to build, but can be destroyed if a few clients have bad experiences. 
  2. Does the personal trainer promise immediate results? If yes, that’s a tell tale sign that they are trying to “pull the wool over your eyes”. Long lasting results take years to accomplish and if someone tells you there’s a magic pill, they’re not being truthful.
  3. Are you able to ask questions prior to booking your first appointment, or is someone trying to convince you to book in a hurry to take advantage of a limited time offer? Buyer beware!
Do you offer online personal training?

Absolutely! Given the current circumstances with COVID-19, many people will prefer to exercise from the comfort of their own home. We offer secure, safe and effective sessions over our virtual platform. One of the best aspects of online personal training is that we get to see the actual environment that you’ll be exercising and can develop a fitness program specifically catered to your workout space.

How many training sessions will I need with a personal trainer/how long does it take to get results?

This will really depend on your existing fitness level as well as your health and wellness goals. If you’ve never exercised in your life, have a medical condition that makes it more difficult to move, the chances of requiring more sessions to develop your fitness plan and allowing you to feel comfortable may take longer than a person who is quite athletic and requires help with a specific goal.

Remember that an online personal trainer will design a health and fitness level program and evaluate your progress. For a committed person who wants to achieve their goals more quickly or burn more body fat, three times a week or more is recommended by top personal trainers in Vancouver for a healthy lifestyle.

If you live in Canada, you may want to make your personal training in Vancouver more frequent if you are targeting a sizeable weight loss.

Typically, for someone new to working out, we recommend that you have several sessions in quick succession to make sure that you understand how to move (exercise) safely and what to be aware of (pain, incorrect form/lifting techniques, poor body mechanics, etc). The reason for this is that if you start to develop poor habits from the beginning, it’s very hard to undo. We want to make sure we teach you a solid foundation to build on from the very beginning.

Our goal is to get you comfortable to workout on your own so that you have the education and confidence to exercise at your current fitness level safely. The amount of time this takes will vary from individual to individual and you may want to make your personal training sessions more frequent if you are targeting sizable weight loss or strength gain.

What should I expect from my first personal training session?

Your first session will involve a subjective history which includes asking you questions, understanding your medical history and setting specific goals. After that, your kinesiologist aka personal trainer, will guide you through a functional screening process. In other words, your trainer will ask you to perform a series of movements to assess your overall mobility and strength. They will be able to see if there are areas where you lack flexibility which could impede your ability to perform certain movements or exercises. They will also want to help you address these areas. Allowing you to achieve a full range of motion of your joints will not only allow you to exercise safely and efficiently, it will also feel good to gain mobility in your body so that you can enjoy your full human potential. 

After this is complete, they discuss your plan of care.  Together, you will determine how you can safely reach your goals in a realistic manner. This will determine how many sessions will be required in order to achieve your desired outcomes. Finally, your kinesiologist/personal trainer will teach you and guide you through some exercises to get you started on your fitness program. They will provide corrections to your form and make sure you understand the techniques required to safely perform the exercises. 

Lastly, you’ll likely have some “homework” to do before your next session which will be emailed to you (typically, this will be your exercise program including written descriptions, photos and videos of your home exercise program).

If you’d like to find out more information about what how our Registered Kinesiologists can help you reach your personal  fitness goals, please contact us to register for a FREE, no obligation 30 min consultation with the actual kinesiologist you’d be working with to ask questions and find the answers you’re looking for. This can also be done virtually for your convenience and comfort.

Your answers on online personal training forms will be discussed in your first personal training sessions in Vancouver, BC. Personal trainers will study how best to motivate you too. They will note your routine, food and drink intake, sleep patterns, and stress-inducing activities. Most certified personal trainers will incorporate fitness goals into their trainees’ activities to achieve their goals faster.

How long does it take to see results from personal training?

You can expect results in four to six weeks. You will feel a noticeable difference in size or shape, strength, and endurance. When you can’t tolerate running 5 yards before, now you’ll be able to tolerate more.

For those who have been working out on various fitness programs before, whether online personal training sessions or at the gym, expect a longer time frame to see and feel results. Your body has been used to strength training, after all. However, a personal trainer will be able to modify your exercise regime into a favorable one where you’ll see remarkable results faster.

Should you do cardio or weights first?

This really depends on your fitness goals and will vary widely. However, more often than not, a combination of both cardiovascular, mobility (flexibility), and strength training will be required. The ratio of each may also change as you get stronger, more flexible and improve your overall fitness level.

When should you not work out?

You can skip working out on a day when you’re sleep-deprived, have a fever, and have done a strenuous activity for the first time, like sprinting your first 20 yards.

Another reason why you should skip your fitness classes schedule or weight loss workout plan is when you’re very stressed and sore.

When you’re very stressed, the body is demanding more oxygen. As a result, your heart beats faster. For some, exercise may not help at all as it puts extra effort on the heart. As a result, some people become more stressed. There’s also the reason why you’ve been stressed, and squeezing in the extra hours while you’re in the office for corporate fitness classes on an already busy day will only make the situation worse. Remember that rest is an essential part of fitness success stories and workout plans.

If your body is under the weather, rest first. You may be running an infection like a fever, and most of these illnesses demand oxygen. Adding in exercise will only increase the oxygen demand and will make you tired.

What age group benefits the most from using a personal trainer?

The answer to this question is again, dependent on the individual. Children can use a personal trainer to develop motor control and coordination. Teenagers and young adults often enjoy the benefits of learning how to lift weights safely and age appropriately. Older adults can benefit from a personal trainer to improve their cardiovascular fitness, overall strength and balance to avoid falls.

Also, more active people have a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, stroke, cancer, depression, osteoporosis, and dementia. Also, in a study involving postmenopausal women, there is a strong link between physical activity and bone mineral density. Women who exercise more in their younger years have a lower incidence of osteoporosis after their menopause.

When a person moves, energy is spent, and more oxygen is required. When exercise is done properly, the heart and blood flow throughout the organs of the body is improved. As a result, the delivery of nutrients and disease-fighting cells reach target areas more quickly.

How long does it take to transform your body?

It would take at least 6 weeks to see body changes after you start working out. There are also some factors like age and gender, which affects your workout routine. People who are older may not be as flexible. Also, women have a different type of muscle fiber than men. Because of this, men may have a greater power output, but women have faster recovery rates. 

However, as alluded to in a previous question, it’s like learning a new language. If you only practice for 10 minutes once a month, it’s going to take an extremely long time to learn anything. But, if you diligently practice for 20 minutes a day for the same amount of time (1 month), then you’ll see dramatic improvement quite quickly.

Another factor is a person’s diet. If you want to see better results and save money on fitness studio sessions, Westcoast SCI Vancouver personal trainers can point you in the right direction and recommend good fitness and nutrition coaching plans that will help you gain muscles or lose weight and body fat.

Another thing to consider is age, other medical conditions or injury and your overall body composition. Furthermore, fitness and nutrition are correlated, meaning that you can exercise until you’re blue in the face, but if your diet is not under control, your ability to lose weight will be severely reduced. Vice versa, if you’re not getting enough nutrients and strength training to build bulk, your body has no building blocks in which to build muscle.

Do personal trainers require any certification?

In order to carry liability insurance, one needs to be a certified personal trainer. Unfortunately, the certification process varies greatly and there are some certifications that are much better than others. 

Here at Westcoast SCI, our personal trainers are also Registered Kinesiologists who have at least a bachelor’s degree in addition to several other certifications. In addition our team of kinesiologists work closely with our Registered Physiotherapists and are constantly participating in our in-house training and education programs. We really value education and are always trying to stay on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest research, innovation and evidence based scientific practices.

What’s the difference between a personal trainer and a kinesiologist?

While most people have heard of a personal trainer, many have never heard of a kinesiologist. Kinesiology is the study of human movement. To become a Registered Kinesiologist in Vancouver, British Columbia, a 4 year bachelor’s degree from a university is required. Kinesiologists tend to have more of a focus on the science of rehabilitation. In other words, a kinesiologist possesses the skills required to work with people who are injured. In addition, a registered kinesiologist in Vancouver, British Columbia is required to register with the BC Association of Kinesiologists and be in good standing with them in order to practice and carry insurance so that they can legally work with clients. 

Personal trainers do require a certain level of courses and workshops to obtain their certification. However, there are no regulating bodies that oversee personal trainers in Vancouver. This is not to say that personal trainers are less than kinesiologists. There are many good personal trainers in Vancouver and many hold multiple certifications that give them the skills to work with a multitude of clients ranging from those with injuries, medical conditions, and sport specific athletes. 

Both kinesiologists and personal trainers should provide their clients with detailed goal setting, teaching methods, exercise skills and extensive exercise programming. Just like with any profession, there are really good personal trainers and kinesiologists and unfortunately there are some not so good ones out there. Read our blog on How to Find the Right Personal Trainer for You to make sure you choose the right fit for you.

Attention: As of October 31, 2022 our Vancouver location will be located at 1762 W. 8th Ave