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Josh Hewett

Kris Donaldson

Conor Kelly

Sam Walls

Craig Hirota


Eric Rautenberg

Drew Bawden

Dave Gascho

Rico Catibog
Derek
Derek Soffe


Josh Hewett

. Founder of Team Barbarian & Top Form Fitness
. Former VP of the Ontario Powerlifting Association

Qualifications:

  • BA in Kinesiology
  • Resistance Training Specialist
  • CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer Specialist
  • American Council on Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology certification
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Emergency Medical Care Attendant
  • OPA Registered Member
  • Muscle Activation Techniques JumpStart program

I started weight training at the age of 17 in order to put some muscle on my 6 foot tall, 150 lb frame. By the time I was in university I weighed over 240 lbs and decided to compete in powerlifting. After a few contests, I took a shot at strongman training and competition. My trainer partner, Conor Kelly, and I entered our first strongman contest in PEI in 1998 and were addicted ever since!

I now hold a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as several training qualifications. I’m a qualified fitness professional with over 14 years of involvement in the health and fitness industry including employment, academic, competitive, and volunteer experience. I've also worked with the National Ballet of Canada, Shooting Stars Soccer, Ontario Powerlifting Federation, and the Sports Medicine Specialists.

I started Team Barbarian Strength Athletics to help athletes like you to improve their strength, power and performance. That's exactly what the Barbarian Strength System will do.

Occupation: Personal Trainer; Strength and Conditioning Specialist , Owner of Top Form Fitness

Favorite Saying: “We are made strong by what we overcome!”

COMPETITIVE HISTORY OVERVIEW

2nd- Dunnville Mudcat Festival Strongman, Heavyweight Division, 2007
4th - Woodstock Strongman Contest, Lightweight Division, 2006
2nd - Woodstock Strongman Contest, LightWeight Division, 2005
1st - Halton Cup Qualifier 1, LightWeight Division, 2005
3rd - Extreme Fitness Strongman Challenge, 2002
1st - St.Thomas Middleweight Strongman Contest, 2002
8th - Ontario's Strongest Man, 2002
9th - Wasaga All Strength Challenge, 2002
7th - Octoberfest Strongman Competition, 2001
5th - Trenton Air Force Base All Strength Challenge, 2001
1st - Deadlift on the Beach, 1999

For more information, goto: www.top-form-fitness.com/profile.html

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Conor Kelly

Started bodybuilding at the age of 16, competing in powerlifting and strongman at the age of 21

Career Highlights: 4-time Ontario's Strongest Man finalist, 2004 OSM 8th place, 2000 Atlantic Canada's Strongest Man 4th place

Personal Bests: Deadlift 655, Bench Press 455, Squat 605

Selected Accomplishments: Log Press - Official competition best of 290 weighing 210 ( North Bay, 2001), in training PR of 330 at 220 lbs. bw, and more recently 285 @ 186lbs. bw

330 Atlas stone lifted to barrel (no tacky) @ 186 bw, 4 reps with tacky

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Favorite Saying:  "We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, it is a habit" - Aristotle

Website: www.transformforever.com

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Kris Donaldson

Qualifications:
· CPTN Certified Personal Trainer (CPTN-CPT)
· Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid
. Owner of www.DriveAthletics.ca


My passion has always been in fitness and conditioning. My personal involvement with fitness and athletic conditioning has helped me develop a great deal of knowledge in training for high intensity athletic performance as well as for fat loss.

As a Personal Trainer, I come to you! The Top Form Fit Kit is designed to ensure a complete and effective workout in your home. If requested, I will assist and advise you on how to set up your own home gym. Clients are also invited to train at my private in-home training studio. It is fully equipped for a complete workout to help get you in top form.

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Sam Walls

Sam has been involved in training and rehabilitation for the past 13 years. He received an honors degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. In addition to his educational background, he has also competed and coached many sports such as Football, Track and Field, Olympic style weightlifting and Strongman.

My goals consist of continuing to learn and educating people to achieve maximum result in sporting and in life. Personally I desire to improve my own performance to the level of placing within the top 5 at the Ontario Strongest Man. With the help and support of TEAM BARBARIAN, I look forward to what lies ahead.

My experience includes:

· Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
· Periodization- Planning Specialist (Tudor Bompa Institute)
· Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor Level one: Intermediate Certification
· Degree in Kinesiology: Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association
· Member of the Ontario Weightlifting Association
· Level one and two Theory National Coaching Certification, 1997
· Level one track and field Technical, 1999

Competitions:
3rd - Neogenixx Competition, Nepean, 2006
3rd - New Liskeard Strongman Competition (Heavy Weight Division), 2007

Website:http://torontoathleticclub.com

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Craig Hirota

Certified Personal Trainer and heavy-weight powerlifting competitor, training in the Toronto area.

Phone: (416) 424-2422

Website: www.FireBirdFitness.com

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Eric Rautenberg

Eric is a personal trainer with a strong athletic background, including football. He has been competing in strongman competitions since 2005 and aspires to qualify to compete at Canada's Strongest Man in the future. At 6'4" and weighing over 265 lbs, "the Natural" has a promising future in this sport.

Competitive History:
7th Place - 2005 Gloucester Fair
4th Place - 2005 Belleville Waterfront Festival
6th Place - 2005 Fitshoppe Warehouse in Ottawa
5th Place - 2006 2nd Annual Woodstock Competition
11th Place - 2006 Ontario's Strongest Man (Port Stanley)
3rd Place (SHW) - 2006 Mudcat Strongman (Dunnville, ON)

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Drew Bawden

As one of the youngest members of the team, Drew has been improving his performance on an almost weekly basis since joining the Barbarians. Junior consistently demonstrates his determination to excel as a Strong Man and to help others reach their full strength potential.


Background:

. Certified Personal Trainer
. Played competitive Hockey for 12 years. Started strength training at 15 y.o. to rehabilitate and prevent Hockey injuries.
. Started Strongman Training at 17 y.o.
. Began competing in Strongman in 2007
. Hobbies: Hockey, Strongman, Fighting / Martial arts

Hobbies: Hockey, Strength Training

COMPETITIVE HISTORY OVERVIEW

2nd- Dunnville Mudcat Festival Strongman, (Middleweight Division), 2007
2nd - New Liskeard Strongman Competition (Middle Weight Division), 2007

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Dave Gascho

Qualifications:
· NCCP Club Coach Weightlifting Certification (Theory)
· Member of the O.W.A. (Ontario Weightlifting Association)
· Can-Fit-Pro P.T.S. (Personal Trainer Specialist)
· C.H.E.K. NLC Level 1 (Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach)

I have a great interest in strength and performance conditioning. I have recently competed in my first powerlifting competition. I will be doing my first weightlifting competition this winter and will begin competing in strongman in 2007. I would have to say my favorite book so far is without a doubt Supertraining (the Bible of strength in my opinion).

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Rico Catibog

Rico began strength training seriously in 1999, when he was playing amateur football for Toronto MadDogs. His training focused on developing explosive strength for sport. In 2005 "Rhino" Rico began training for strongman with Team Barbarian and he began competing in 2006. Rico has also dedicated a significant amount of time to increasing public awareness of the strongman sport through his expert videography of training and competition.

-BA Mathematics, UofW
-BWT: 290
-Favorite Lift: Deadlift 575 lbs

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Derek Soffe

sdJoined Team Barbarian May 2007

Derek began lifting at the age of 14 while training for baseball. Over the years, his interests have progressed from baseball to bodybuilding to powerlifting and more recently strongman. Derek's training had primarily been targeted towards aesthetic purposes but the heavy iron soon began to call out to him.

Aside from his physical drive, Derek also possesses a strong interest in learning the science behind the training. In addition to being certified with the ISSA, Derek continues to broaden his knowledge through private study.

With the support and wisdom of Team Barbarian, Derek will be competing in the 2008 strongman season.

Favorite Saying: "PERFECT practice makes perfect"

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Interested in joining the Team?

Team Barbarian does accept new members who have a strong strength training background, dependant on certain requirements:

The minimum strength standard for a new member is: deadlift 400 lbs, full squat 300 lbs, push press 200 lbs and 2 flips of our 800 lb tire.

We expect our athletes to meet and train with the group at least once per month and to be team-players. We also encourage our members to train for competition in the strength sport of their choice.

Members are also expected to purchase a team shirt to represent us in training and competition.

For more information contact Josh at 416-931-0800.

Note: personal training, group coaching sessions andonline training are also available for strongman implement tr


Ontario Strongman Competitions

For information on upcoming strongman contests in Ontario and related content visit www.ontariostrongman.ca


 

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