MEET THE TEAM

JAY PIASKY

"Mr Fitness" - Owner & Operator

From starting as a Hamilton based personal trainer at the age of 23 at Premier Fitness to Fitness Manager at multiple gyms, Jay’s true passion is helping others achieve greatness.  With 13 years of experience in Health & Wellness, Jay’s passion has fuelled him into handling the day to day operations of The Hamilton Fitness Academy. Jay provides not only the team but the members with knowledge and energy like no other. Jay is also DBC Level 1 Certified in Human Movement and Bio Mechanics. 

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JAKE REDDICK

Personal Trainer & Boxing Coach  

Jake discovered his true calling working at Goodlife Fitness only 3 short weeks after graduating from Mohawk’s Health, Wellness and Fitness program. Jake prides himself on keeping his clients motivated through injecting his programs with positive energy and encouragement. Jake specializes in developing programs for individuals who are looking to improve their body composition, increase mobility and range of motion. In just 3 years, he has been able to help over 75 people transform their lives. Jake is also DBC Level 1 Certified in Human Movement and Bio Mechanics. 

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TASHA AVILA

Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach

Small but mighty Tasha is a competitive trainer who loves to push the boundaries with her clients. She is no rookie herself when it comes to body transformations. She has been on both ends of the spectrum as she competed in the CPA bikini class division, to now being a high active twin mother. She sets standards high when helping coach her clients through lifestyle, weight loss, pre and postpartum as well as body composition transformations. She shows that her size has no limitations on what one can achieve. 

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CLAIRE AFRAJY

Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach

Claire’s mission for each client is to be their guide on their journey to discover self-love. Over the last 5 years, she has worked with clients of numerous body types and fitness levels helping each achieve their own fitness milestones. With each client, Claire builds a custom plan tailored to their goals. Her expertise lies in weight management, improving muscle tone, and overall fitness.

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JAD ZEIN

Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach

When it came to choosing a profession that Jad could be passionate about he couldn't help but think of a better one that would allow h to make a positive impact in people's lives using fitness and as their Personal Trainer. He has always been involved in competitive sports and learning how to improve his own level of fitness and performance. Now he combines the knowledge, the skills and the motivation to help other people achieve their goals. If you're ready he can't wait to help you do the same at the Hamilton Fitness Academy. 

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KENNETH VIRAY

Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach

Ken, a Health Wellness & Fitness graduate from Mohawk College, is a passionate fitness instructor who specializes in burning fat and building muscle. He uses high intensity and functional training methods to help you get lean and fit. He'll empower you with the right tools to push you beyond your limits in a safe and fun environment. Kenneth is also DBC Level 1 Certified in Human Movement and Bio Mechanics. 

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LY PHAM

Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach

When it comes to the health and fitness community, Ly has been building quite a name for herself from both her own growth and transformation, but also from being one of F45’s most motivating coaches. As Ly became more experienced through group training and realized how much she loves to run classes, she knew that she wanted to make more of an impact by pursuing one-on-one training. With no athletic background, and a resume built off of marketing and sales; her passion for fitness has led her to a career with much more fulfillment. Due to her value for strength training, Ly prides herself in helping others see the strongest version of themselves not only in the gym, but in every aspect of their lives.

KEVIN BUCKLEY

Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach

Kevin is a two-time graduate of Brock University, having attained both a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Professional Kinesiology. His education and years of experience has led him to a very scientific and thoughtful approach to attaining fitness goals.

Over the course of his 10+ year career in personal training Kevin has worked with the McMaster Strength and Conditioning Team, achieved multiple strength and performance certifications (such as Pre-Script L1 & Strength Systems International L2) and coached athletes of all levels; including collegiate, professional and Olympic. These experiences have made Kevin a much sought after performance coach for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

As the Head Trainer at a gym in Burlington, Kevin worked primarily in the realm of injury assessment and rehabilitation, helping clients to improve their mobility, reduce age-related pains, and advance overall movement quality. Kevin has experience working with a wide variety of individuals including those who have suffered from stokes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, car accidents, sports injury, and much more. Kevin believes in a movement-based approach to managing pain and improving quality of life.

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JAKE SARAPHANIAN

Athletic Therapist & Transformation Specialist

Jake attended Sheridan College for Athletic Therapy which gives him the dynamic of rehabilitation and physiotherapy to his training approach. Jake is also a certified Paramedic in the Province of Ontario. Jake brings 11 years of experience in the fitness industry where he has coached and worked with youth, the elderly, beginner athletes and the elite. Jakes versatility as a trainer is something that sticks out and is a benefit to all his clients. Jake brings a passion for fitness and high energy from his heavy personal involvement in competitive sports like hockey and baseball. Jake believes that in order to see results and progression, consistency is the key to success. 

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CHRIS CAPUTI

Personal Trainer & Athletic Performance Specialist

His passion for fitness started from playing competitive sports, a graduate from Humber College Fitness and Health Promotion, also running his own gym in Toronto, Chris has over 7 years of working hands-on with all fitness levels and goals. Chris likes to see himself as a coach who can motivate you into functional movements to reach your goals. Chris develops individualized programs for each of his clients. He creates long-term client interactions with the goal of integrating exercise and optimal wellness into the demands of daily life. As the golden era of fitness and health is Chris’ passion, you can expect to see a variety of old school movements in your programs and sessions. Aside from your workout, Chris invests a lot of energy into each of his clients, caring about their goals just as much as they do, the more you’re invested in your journey the more Chris invests into you.

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SHARON SALIM

Kinesiologist & Athletic Performance Specialist

Sharon is eager to align with the Hamilton Fitness Academy. Sharon just completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Brock University adding her Diploma in Health Wellness and Fitness from Mohawk College. 

Coming from a very athletic background, Sharon has always been involved in the fitness industry in one way or another. Being involved in a variety of placements for Mohawk College has helped Sharon gain experience teaching strength & conditioning, 1-on-1 coaching and group training.

Her passions in athletics led to an Internship at the Brock Sports Performance Centre where she worked with a elite level athletes in various sports.

In addition to all this experience and education, what's most important is Sharon embodies a love and passion to help others and at the Hamilton Fitness Academy, we really dig that. Reach out to connect with Sharon today. 

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JAMIE FERGUSON

Lifestyle Coach and Fascial Stretch Therapist

Starting from playing hockey in Northern BC to being voted the Spectator’s Readers’ Choice 2020 Diamond award winner for Fitness Instructor/Trainer, Jamie has followed his true passion for always striving to be the best version of himself. As a goalie who knew the vital importance of strength and mobility, this destined him to discover Fascial Stretch Therapy. Jamie has used this life-changing form of manual therapy with success, which on many occasions has helped his clients lead pain-free lives. With over four years of personal training expertise and specialized fitness certifications, Jamie’s goal is to educate his clients about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, so they can enjoy life and crush their goals too.​

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ABRAHAM OFOSU

Kinesiologist

Abraham Ofosu holds a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. After graduating Abraham worked as a PTA at a geriatric facility where he gained a plethora of experiences working with individuals suffering from strokes, Alzheimers, Parkinsons and dementia. As a certified personal trainer, Abraham has also worked with individuals who want to  improve their body compositions, improve their performance in their sport and work, or just simply achieve a healthier lifestyle. The diverse array of clients Abraham has worked with has equipped him with essential skills that allows him to serve his clients effectively and successful.

Abraham has also participated years in competitive sports, where he discovered a passion in training the human body to perform at higher levels. This was when he realized that strength training was just one component to overall fitness! Ever since then, he has immersed himself in various types of training theories and practices to help elevate his clients’ workouts and himself.  He has an immense passion for fitness and strives for all of his clients to reach their untapped potential and he ultimately help them achieve a healthy lifestyle in and out of the gym.

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TYLER PRICE

Kinesiologist

Tyler is a graduate of Kinesiology and Health Promotion program at Sheridan College.  Here he worked as an intern strength and conditioning coach with the Varsity rugby and volleyball teams.

Not just performance oriented, he has plenty of experience working with individuals with a variety of health conditions and injuries.  His prioritization of proper movement mechanics, blending together mobility, adopting healthier habits and finding enjoyment through exercise has helped individuals live a better quality of life.

Coming from an extensive sport background including football, powerlifting and now jiu jitsu, Tyler knows how to get you moving pain-free and getting you to reach your goals.  He is currently in school to become a firefighter and with that, wants you to improve then maintain your function to live a more pain free life.

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