MEET THE TEAM

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JAY PIASKY

"Mr Fitness" - Owner & Operator

Jay Piasky is the Founder/Owner & Operator of The Hamilton Fitness Academy. Over the last 15 years he has passionately pursued a career in Health and Fitness, working his way through a variety of personal training and fitness management positions, to now owning Hamilton’s #1 private training facility.

"Born and raised here in Steeltown, it’s an honor and a privilege to have a business like ours representing this beautiful, one of a kind city. When I think about what makes HFA what it is today, I think about all the people, both team and members that have turned what once was an empty building to a home full of life, laughter and prosperity. To those looking for a new home amongst all the madness, we invite you with open arms and promise to give you the experience that you both need and deserve, with a ton of laughs along the way!" - Jay Piasky

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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.

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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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JAMIE FERGUSON

Lifestyle Coach & 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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ERIC PRUNER

Personal Trainer & Massage Practitioner and Nutrition Coach

Eric is a Massage Practitioner (Mohawk College Massage Therapy Program Graduate), a Certified Personal Trainer, and a Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach.

His passion for fitness began at Goodlife Fitness where he worked in customer service and administration. Being surrounded by so many individuals that were passionate about their health and fitness left him wanting more.

Eric went on to get certified as a Personal Trainer and work at Athletix. There he learned a more athletic style of training and rehabilitation and was able to work with youth athletic teams in bootcamp style workouts, as well as past and present CFL athletes. He gained a greater appreciation for helping people get over injuries which led him to enrolling in Mohawk Colleges Massage Therapy Program.

In his time at Mohawk College he provided massage to people at their dedicated student clinic, various pain and recreation clinics, and for the Hamilton Tiger Cats players at their arena. This gave him the knowledge and experience to help with a wide variety of issues that can impact people of all ages and lifestyles.

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ABRAHAM OFOSU

Personal Trainer & Athletic Performance Specialist

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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CHRISTOPHER HILL

Performance Coach & Rehabilitation Specialist

Chris has been involved in the Fitness and Health industry for over 15 years, ranging from Personal/Group Training and Online coaching to Athlete Development. His passion for Fitness and Health comes from a personal journey from being unhealthy, and continues to this day as he wants to build resilient bodies and minds. His mindset change led him to decide to return to school as an adult and finish his degree in Kinesiology, as well as a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. He followed this up with getting numerous professional training in the industry.

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RHYS TAPPER

Personal Trainer & Athletic Performance Specialist

Rhys comes in with experience playing competitive baseball at the United States Collegiate and Canadian University level. Rhys previously played for Brock University’s Baseball team from 2014-2017 where he was able to achieve an OUA championship in 2014, and later Pitcher of the Year in 2017. After completing his Honors Bachelors Degree in Sport Management he more recently attended Niagara College’s Fitness & Health Promotion program, obtaining his CSEP-CPT.

 

Rhys has a strength and conditioning background, specializing in working with athletes with experience at both the Youth and University levels. His training incorporates mobility with functional movement patterns. He currently works as a Pitching Coach for the Ontario Royals Elite Baseball Program in Oakville.

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AYLA HAYTAOGLU

Personal Trainer & Athletic Performance Specialist

Ayla graduate with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology from McMaster University. A natural athlete and always involved in high level sports, Ayla has faced many injuries as an athlete; which in turn has led to her passion in the human body and helping others to achieve their potential.

 

She has over 3+ years working for the McMaster Strength and Conditioning program, as well as the McMaster Field therapist program. She has trained multiple levels and types of athletes from men’s football, rugby, basketball to women’s basketball & rugby. She has also helped a young high school swimmer beat the Ontario 100- Free Swimming record and win OFSAA in early 2020.

 

Ayla has a huge passion for helping others and likes to connect on a deeper level, because she believes fitness is more than just physical movement, but about mind, nutrition and energy.

 

WIth over 4 years of experience training athletes, she is also a certified personal trainer, DTS KB 1 certified, and has a lot of knowledge about the supplement and nutrition side, from her experience working alongside Naturopathic Doctors, and Holistic Nutrionists at Healthy Planet.

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FOX GRANT

Strength and Conditioning Coach

From a very early age, Fox was involved in a variety of elite-level competitive sports. Playing football at a competitive and varsity level, Fox realized that what you do on the field is just as important as what you do off the field. This is where he knew that specific strength training would be pivotal in his overall success as an athlete. 

Taking a variety of biomedical and nutrition courses while attending Guelph University gave Fox an in depth understanding of how the human body works. He also acquired a lot of his knowledge about strength while working alongside the strength and conditioning team at McMaster University. Utilizing strength training and science-based knowledge, he now strives to help people hit their goals with both intensity and knowledge. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, he has worked with athletes of all levels, from house leagues to Olympic level. 

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