Behind every great athlete is a great coach. We have a team of professional coaches ready and capable of helping athletes of any skill level achieve their health, wellness or sporting goals. With extensive education and experience, coupled by a thirst to constantly learn and be on the cutting-edge of the industry – you can put your trust in the coaches at Altitude Athletic.
Damien’s obsession for health and fitness stems from his early athletic years as a young volleyball, basketball and tennis player. He experienced many injuries during his athletic career, such as Osgood-Schlatter Disease, patella tendinitis, avulsion fractures, elbow surgery, rotator cuff tears, and numerous ankle sprains that held him back from athletic success. He believes that many of his injuries could have been prevented with proper movement education and mastery over fundamental movement patterns.
His mission now is to spread the importance of movement quality to everyone. He views both pain and performance as MOVEMENT driven. Poor control over squatting, hinging, pushing, pulling and twisting leads too sore, swollen and damaged bodies. Mastery over these patterns leads to athletes that can generate more force can move faster, jump higher and endure longer.
Throughout his years as a volleyball coach, rehab movement coach, strength and conditioning coach and lecturer at the University of Toronto he has developed a broad skill set that makes him an effective coach for many different populations.
From a young age Michael competed in various sports such as judo, wrestling, hockey, sailing, and basketball. His keen interest in sports led him to pursue a degree in Physical Health & Education at the University of Toronto. After a near-fatal spinal cord sport injury, he focused on sport medicine, rehabilitation & exercise sciences. Michael’s passion for rehabilitation and strength & conditioning led him to seek international experience. He moved to Poland and after winning championships with both professional basketball and football teams, he was nominated to Assistant Physiotherapist of Poland’s national basketball team.
Since then Michael moved back to Toronto where he has continued to provide holistic rehabilitation and strength & conditioning services to his clients. Michael truly has a passion for helping people learn about their body, how it functions and moves, and continues to help the Toronto athletics community grow.
Michael has also helped publish the exercise and physical literacy section of the Sailing Coaching Manual before refocusing his attention in basketball. Michael continues to coach at George Brown College, where they recently won the provincial championships and has helped numerous athletes reach the university and professional ranks. Michael’s knowledge of physical literacy and high performance athletics will help the vast spectrum of clients that Altitude hopes to elevate over the next 10 years.
Josh’s passion for fitness and high performance sport began at an early age with martial arts training and later expanding into training and competing in bobsleigh. Driven to learn how to improve his own training and help others Josh graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber receiving a Bachelors of Kinesiology as well as a Diploma in Health and Fitness Promotion. Over the past few years Josh has spent numerous hours continuing to further his understanding of respiration, GAIT (locomotion achieved through movement), and functional anatomy.
Now Josh uses an extensive battery of tests to assess client and athletes physical capabilities. Using these tests and an in-depth understanding of human movement, functional anatomy and high performance athletics Josh develops individualized programs to help clients and athletes improve their movement quality, reduce risk of injury and improve their performance.
Josh is currently a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and an Eleiko Certified Olympic Weightlifting Strength Coach.