Meet Our Trainers

Firstline Fitness Training has qualified experienced trainers that are able to help with any athlete or client to reach his or her fitness goals.

Meet Bryan Fountain.

Bryan has been working at Firstline since 2021, training in both the one-on-one setting and team setting. He works as the lead Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Edmonton, programming and implementing both age appropriate and periodized training programs with elite hockey players aged 13-18.
Bryan completed his Kinesiology degree from the University of Alberta in the spring of 2021 and will begin his Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning in the Fall of 2022. Bryan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.
His goal is to help his clients achieve their genetic potential. Whether that’s a youth athlete looking to play collegially, or a retired parent looking to get back to their previous healthy self. Bryan uses his client centred approach and his extensive knowledge in exercise, nutrition, and recovery to create a training plan that will allow you to reach your goals.

Meet Aoife Botchey.

Aoife is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Kinesiology specializing in sports performance. While completing her degree, she was a starting striker for the Augustana Vikings and then moved on to work with the Pandas soccer team as their student kinesiologist for her final two years. During her time with the Pandas she received the Varsity Therapist Award for extensive involvement, commitment, and service to the Pandas program.
Aoife started with Firstline in 2022 after completing her practicum there. She works with one on one clients, sports teams, and runs group fitness classes.
Aoife works out regularly, is committed to her own health and wellness and spends as much time as possible with her dog Tess. Aoife’s main goal is to integrate physical activity into her clients’ lifestyle so that their progress is sustainable. Aoife loves being able to give clients confidence in the gym and in themselves.

Meet Gio Sanabria.

Gio has been a part of the Firstline family since 2021, he began as an athlete with the Nait Ooks soccer team where he trained weekly at Firstline on their journey to winning a bronze medal at the national championship.  He then transitioned into the role of a practicum student for his last semester during the completion of his Nait Personal Training Fitness Diploma.


Since then Gio has stepped onto the floor where he uses his passion for sports and fitness, helping others achieve their maximum potential and guiding them towards their goals. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending”. Gio believes you hold the key to your own success whether that is starting a new fitness journey, making a return from an injury, or wanting to take training to the next level.


Gio values his ability to connect with individuals of all ages and create a guide that is tailored to each individual’s needs. He has experience working with the Youth Phoenix Soccer organization along with other athletes in various sports. Gio strives in helping his clients succeed whether that is helping an athlete excel in their sport or an individual wanting to improve their quality of life.

Meet Kim Bruce.

“It is never too late for a new start”. Kim Bruce. This is my motto, this is what I live by, this is what my clients see everyday. I am not just talking about being physically fit, I am talking about being mentally strong, and confident. Knowing that whatever life throws you to knock you off track you have the skills to get up & “start again”. This deep rooted passion to help my clients see the untapped potential is what I fell in love with as a specialist in nutrition & fitness.My passion started over 25 years ago as a fitness leader teaching all types of classes. My love for the industry moved me from corporate Canada to completing my schooling as a personal trainer. Over the past 12 years I have completed numerous courses including Precision Nutrition & Biomechanics specialist through corrective exercise. I love to watch the transformation, I love to watch movement, I love to watch my clients succeed.

Meet Phil (Director of Junior/Pro Hockey Program).

Phil’s goal is to help athletes get to the next level in their game.

Phil has been involved in the fitness industry since 2006. In the spring of 2014, Phil and fellow trainer Darren Ross decided to partner up after working together for the past 7 years and open up Firstline Fitness Training. After growing up playing competitive hockey and graduating from the NAIT PFT program in the spring of 2006, Phil knew his passion was in the hockey industry. Phil has taken athletes from Bantam all the way through to the pro hockey level; working with Bantam, Midget, Junior, NCAA, CIS, or Pro levels.

Over the years Phil has developed an off season training program for hockey players that has become his primary focus and passion. Helping facilitate young hockey players and producing some of the fittest clients in hockey has been one of the most rewarding things in Phil’s career. Phil believes in continuous learning to ensure that he provides his athletes with the most he can offer.

Meet Darren (Director of Soccer Program).

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Darren has worked with a diverse group of clients in one on one and group settings, ranging from 8 year old aspiring soccer players to 70 year old fitness enthusiasts, and from professional athletes to weekend warriors. He has enjoyed facilitating academy workshops and team training with youth, college, adult soccer clubs, and community soccer programs.

His strong communication skills make him an excellent teacher and an effective motivator. His extensive experience playing, coaching, and teaching in a number of different sports gives him an astute sense of team dynamics and an ability to enhance team relationships in order to improve performance.

Darren tries to live his motto, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” and he pushes his clients to do the same.

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Meet Bryan Fountain Meet Aoife Botchey Meet Gio Sanabria Meet Kim Bruce Meet Phil (Director of Junior/Pro Hockey Program) Meet Darren (Director of Soccer Program)