Stu lit his fire for all things health and fitness at the tender age of 13 when he took a “Strength Training for Teens” course at the local recreation center on the Saanich Peninsula. Shortly after he started into regular weight training he decided to pursue a scholarly and professional career in fitness and health coaching. Stu obtained his BCRPA Personal Training certification 5 years later as he started his first year of the Kinesiology program at the University of Victoria. During school he developed his training skills at various gyms around Victoria and considered changing his career path to Physiotherapy or Chiropractics. After graduating with a BSc in Kinesiology, Minor in Biology in 2010 and realizing that the most effective parts of Physio and Chiro treatments were the corrective exercises, it was clear that health and fitness coaching had been the true course all along. After a brief training stint with a local private gym, and garnering a general disdain for the greedy corporate model of the private fitness industry, he decided that he could do it more effectively and accessibly on his own, outdoors! He obtained a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the NSCA in December 2011 and started Rugged Fitness officially at the beginning of 2012. Since then he has worked with a variety of clients with all types of abilities and backgrounds and looks forward to continuing to help the citizens of the Greater Victoria area live vibrant healthy lives.
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