Marcel Desmarais

Marcel Desmarais



Bachelor of Kinesiology

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

Titleist Performance Institute Fitness Professional (TP1 L1)

About Coach

Sports have always been a passion in my life. I grew up playing any and every sport that I could and eventually settled into hockey in the winter and golf in the summer. After graduating high school, I knew I still wanted athletics to be a part of my life. I enrolled at the University of Alberta to study kinesiology, not sure which career path I would follow, but hoping that one would present itself along the way.

Turning Point

During my time at the U of A, I had the privilege of working with the women's hockey team as their student athletic therapist. My involvement with sports at the university level helped me realize my passion for working with athletes. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree in 2015, specializing in kinesiology and sports performance, I became an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a Level 1 TPI Certified Fitness Professional. Working at Spark allows me to bridge my passion for strength training and sport in an atmosphere that’s hard to find anywhere else in the city. Our state-of-the-art facility, built to maximize training and performance, and the sense of community are why I love coming to work every day.

Motivation & Passion

Throughout my years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with athletes from over a dozen different sports, ranging from grassroots to professional levels. My training philosophy is constantly evolving and I’m always looking for new ways to help athletes reach their full potential. I believe in creating an athletic foundation that will not only facilitate injury prevention, but also provide the groundwork for building important bio motor abilities such as speed, power, strength, agility, and conditioning. Training should revolve around proper mobility and foundational movement patterns, no matter the level of sport or age of an athlete. In order to maximize performance effectively and efficiently, you can’t skip the basics. Although I specialize in sport-specific training, my time on the training floor is also spent coaching anyone looking to reach new fitness goals. Whether you’re an athlete or not, scientifically based programming can dramatically improve athletic performance and personal health.

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