Physical fitness is important, but it's not everything.
What good are massive pecs and bulging biceps if you continually overtrain and injure yourself? If you can run a six minute mile, but can't get a good night's sleep, are you really "healthy?" In addition to our focus on gym skills, we emphasize life skills and mindset because they're an important part of the bigger picture.
13 years ago, CEO Kevin Darby was already an experienced fitness educator and the creator of innovative curriculum. The more time he spent in the fitness industry, however, the more he saw a gap in education. Students were leaving programs without the skills to apply what they had learned or the mindset to maintain their momentum.
As any Google search will reveal, there is no shortage of fitness information out there, but there is a shortage of insights and systems that teach you to apply what you have learned. Enter: DTS Fitness Education.
Today, DTS is made up of a team of educators that are committed to the "Knowledge Applied" method. Ben McDonald came to Canada from the UK, where he was already a master trainer and expert in fitness education. His experience is matched by his energy and humor, which make for an incredibly engaging experience for the students.
Casey Zavaleta was a trainer and student of DTS before she joined the team. Bringing together a keen understanding of how the mind works and how the body performs, Casey has been key in continuing to bring mindset & habits to the foreground.
MEET THE TEAM
Kevin Darby is the founder and CEO of DTS Fitness Education and co-owner of Stretch to Win Canada.
After participating on the Canadian Military Pentathlon Team, Kevin began a long and successful career as a leader in the fitness industry and has been a head coach, personal trainer, wellness team leader for a 7500+ member police service.
Kevin has worked with general population clients as well as professional athletes in major sports leagues across North America. He was a member of an award winning research team lead by Dr. Stuart McGill and was the CanfitPro World Fitness Expo Canadian Fitness Presenter of the year in 2014.
What do you need to know about Kevin?
- Kevin is a family man above everything else.
- One of Kevin's core beliefs is knowledge is not power. It is the ability to APPLY knowledge that makes it powerful.
- Kevin believes that mindset is the most important factor in health, happiness and success.
Ben McDonald is the Director of Education for DTS. He has an extensive and varied sporting background including fencing, board diving, and various forms of Mixed Martial Arts.
Ben has trained a wide array of people including beginners, premiership footballers, national champions in boxing, and elite level athletes.
Ben has taught for the largest health and fitness training provider in Europe. He has developed multiple qualifications, presented internationally, and is considered UK’s leading expert in Power Club training. Ben was awarded the 2013 award for International Presenting and Work in the Health and Fitness Industry.
What do you need to know about Ben?
- Ben is by far the funniest member of the team. His energy is infectious!
- One of Ben's core beliefs is that fitness should be INCLUSIVE, not exclusive.
- Ben is 100% committed to every single student that walks in the door for a course. You can feel how much he cares.
Casey Zavaleta is the Director of Operations for DTS and developed the Habits Coach program. Casey began her career in Toronto FC's Department of High Performance where she developed cognitive programs to optimize the performance of youth and professional athletes.
As a trainer, she integrates her understanding of behavioral science with proven principles of training and nutrition to help clients learn how to make sustainable changes in their lives. She is the host and producer of the "How Do You Feel" Podcast, which encourages listeners to make decisions about their health and fitness based on how they want to feel instead of how they want to look.
What do you need to know about Casey?
- Casey's energy is calm and present.
- One of Casey's core beliefs is that health is a journey of discovery. It is her mission to inspire others take the next step on their journey.
- Casey wants everyone to know that all bodies, no matter their size, shape, or fitness level are worthy of acceptance.
Kristina's client training philosophy centers around how fitness can make life better both inside and outside of the gym. She focuses on teaching her clients new movements patterns and skills, and helping them get stronger, rather than solely on aesthetic goals.
Matt believes in looking at all aspects of health including movement, nutrition, sleep, stress management and community. Matt believes health and should ultimately be as inclusive and inviting to everyone, bringing enrichment and opportunity to one's life.
Cassandra's passions lie in helping people find their inner strength both mentally and physically. She believes anyone can do what they set their minds to, whether it's competing in a powerlifting meet, finishing a race or being strong enough to pick up their grandkids.
Chris has over 15 years of high -level practical experience in the field of personal training and strength and conditioning. Chris believes empathy and having a diverse skill set is what distinguishes great client results from poor results.