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 Marcel Desmarais.

Marcel has always been passionate about sports and they’ve always been a part of his life. He began University in 2011 to pursue a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree knowing that he wanted to do something that would immerse him in the world of sports, most notably hockey.

While at the U of A, he worked as both the Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager for the Women’s hockey team. He continues to work with the team since graduating, most notably winning a National Championship in 2017. He was also named as an Equipment Manager for Hockey Canada Women’s Development Camp in 2017. Marcel finished his BKin at U of A in December 2015 and has since become a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS). Whether they’re performance goals or learning to live a healthier lifestyle, he always strives to help his clients reach their potential. His passion for the industry and learning how to better both himself and his clients are what makes him such a great fit at Firstline.


Meet Trevor MacIntyre (Director of Firstline Football).

Trevor graduated from the University of Alberta where he completed his Bachelor of Exercise Sciences [Double Major in Active Living/ Well Being and Sport Performance], Minor in Sport Psychology. Trevor is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. On top of his education Trevor is also a Alberta College of Paramedics Emergency Medical Responder. Upon graduating Trevor worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the UofA.

Growing up and playing football in Sherwood Park lead Trevor down the path of working with young football players. He has worked with teams including the Edmonton Wildcats, Edmonton Huskies and the Bev Facey Falcons.

On an individual level Trevor has worked with players from the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49 ers, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints. His NCAA athletes include players from the Miami Hurricanes, Nebraska Corn Huskers, Ole Miss and Southern.

Trevor has over 15 years of experience in training football players, Basketball players and Volleyball players. Getting his athletes to the next level weather it be a scholarship to top NCAA programs or to play professionally is a top priority for Trevor. Trevor has a 90% Scholarship rate with eligible High School athletes, to over 20 University and Colleges from coast to coast in Canada and including some to the US.



Meet Randi Hesketh Massage Therapist.

Randi has always had a passion for sport, as well as how the body works. Growing up playing hockey and competitively snowboarding, she realized how much care the body needed outside of training. After realizing how much of a difference massage therapy made in her training life, she decided to purse a career as a Massage Therapist, and enrolled in the 2200-hour Massage Therapy program at MacEwan University. During her study period, Randi worked as an onsite Sports Massage Therapist and Trainer for various hockey clubs, including teams at the Bantam and Midget AAA levels.  Throughout this time, she realized she had a passion for teaching young athletes how their muscles function and how they should be taking care of their body. Now that she has completed school, you can still find Randi on the bench with teams of the Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club. She also enjoys hiking, golfing, or anything that can keep her outdoors.



Individual Treatment Prices:

30 minutes: $50

45 minutes: $65

60 minutes: $80


Package of 3 Treatments:

Can be used at any point in time. Never expires.  Discounts each treatment by $5. Can be broken up into individual half hours if wanted. 3 hour total treatment time.

          1 treatment = $75

          3 X $75 = 225


Package of 5 Treatments:

Can be used at any point in time. Never expires.  Discounts each treatment by $10. Can be broken up into individual half hours if wanted. 5 hour total treatment time.

          1 treatment = $70

          5 X $70 = 350


Package of 10 Treatments:

Can be used at any point in time. Never expires.  Discounts each treatment by $15. Can be broken up into individual half hours if wanted. 10 hour total treatment time.

          1 treatment = $65

          10 X $60 = $650


To book appointments email or call 780-467-1833


Meet Dr. Gordon Burns Chiropractor.

Dr. Gordon Burns comes to us with 24 years experience in private practice in Edmonton.  He has extensive post-graduate training in prevention, diagnosis and management of sports injuries.  He has treated athletes from minor sports to the professional level.  Teams he has been associated with have included hockey(Kings Club, Sherwood Park Crusaders), basketball(ACAC), soccer(Sherwood Park Phoenix, NAIT, Grant MacEwan, AMSL), swimming(Silver Tide, Keyano, Sherwood Park Swim Club), and football(Bev Facey, Edmonton Wildcats).  For over 10 years he has been an investigator and tribunal member with the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors.  His desire is to facilitate athletes to perform at their peak level by ensuring proper biomechanics and optimal musculoskeletal function.  He recognizes the natural fit with the coordination of services provided with the experts at Firstline Fitness Training and is excited to see athletes minimize their injury potential and maximize their performance.  He lives in Sherwood Park with his wife and together they have and continue to raise 5 children, and 2 cats.

Dr Burns will be taking appointments at Firstline on Tuesdays between 1:00pm and 8:00pm starting February 14th 2017.

To book an appointment please visit this Link and choose Firstline as your location.


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 Bree Guhle (Joga Instructor).

Bree always had a passion for sport and movement, when she found Joga she knew it was what she was supposed to do. Showing athletes a system that allows them to prevent injuries and gives them that extra edge to move with more efficiency in their sport is what Bree strives to achieve with each individual.

Joga is an athletic style of yoga that blends postures and sports movements so athletes can find more balance in strength and flexibility. It gives athletes the tools to improve performance, prevent injuries and manage stress. Joga is a system of movement that educates athletes on how to move kinetically, how to syndicate and integrate core and breath throughout movement patterns and how to use breath to elicit relaxation and regulate sleep. The system replicates cadence and biomechanics in sports and showcases where common injuries occur during movement; injuries happen during movement so all of the long holds your find in traditional yoga don’t necessarily make sense athletically.

How does Joga benefit athletes? It exposes deficiencies and weaknesses within the body and gives you the tools to turn those weaknesses’ into strengths. The system is designed to rebuild muscular imbalances that are caused from overuse, repetition and injuries. Once these imbalances are corrected, the body is able to move more effectively, increasing performance and agility, while at the same time decreasing the chance of injury because the body is not over compensating.


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.


Meet Chris.

Chris has been a trainer since 2006 after graduating from NAIT’s personal fitness training program.

Chris’s competitive spirit led Chris to athletics at a young age. Through his pursuit of high level track and field he found himself at the gym at a young age. He now enjoys not only pushing himself to the limits but helping other people learn and surpass their physical limits.

Chris brings a unique set of skills to Firstline. Love for the sport of combat saw him pursue kickboxing and jui jitsu and enjoys in combining fight style training into his programs. He’s continually learning about fitness and the way the body moves and enjoys finding new and challenging ways to push his clients.

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Meet Marcel Desmarais Meet Trevor MacIntyre (Director of Firstline Football) Meet Randi Hesketh Massage Therapist Meet Dr. Gordon Burns Chiropractor Meet Phil (Director of Junior/Pro Hockey Program) Meet Bree Guhle (Joga Instructor) Meet Darren (Director of Soccer Program) Meet Chris