About The GPS Fitness and
GPS Fitness and Coaching Inc. Is a boutique Personal Training Service designed to offer an outstanding level of service and challenge to its diverse clientele. We are committed to enhancing your quality of life and level of fitness by influencing positive lifestyle choices.
Our ultimate goal is to increase your vitality, level of fitness, and your quality of movement.
To provide the very best in accountability coaching by providing communication prior to, during, and after your sessions, with regular follow-up messaging through different mediums (email, phone call, IM or SMS)
The company’s goal is to make each and every workout a memorable and fun experience. We promise that you will leave every session feeling better than when you arrived!
Coach Parris holds a Bachelor’s Kinesiology Degree from York University, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and incorporates Trigger Point Therapy into his sessions.
Fantastic results in the following areas:
- Permanent Weight Loss (up to 140 lbs in a year)
- Design of both pre-natal and post-natal fitness programs (and bootcamps)
- Cardiovascular rehabilitation from surgery, pre-and post- diabetes programming & increasing bone mineral density for osteoporosis and osteopenia patients
- Strength training following cancer treatments
- Weight-loss and physique programs for weddings (both brides, grooms & parents)
- Preparation for sporting events i.e. Marathon training, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Ride to Conquer Cancer, skiing/slalom/GS/snowboarding, golf, team sports, running, Olympic distance triathlon, mountain climbing (Everest base-camp etc.)
- Muscle balancing & flexibility programs to correct various physical limitations
- His specialties include: weight loss (fat loss), correcting neck & shoulder pain, knee rehabilitation & strengthening, and functional training for toning and/or building muscle fat-free mass.
Get Results with Coach Parris!
Everyone benefits from personalised attention. Gregg has trained individuals of all ages and abilities. The clients who achieve the best results are those committed to proper nutrition daily and to being physically active in addition to their S.T.A.R.T. Personal Training sessions.
For best results Coach Parris recommends his clients achieve approximately 4-7 hours per week of physical activity and designs personalised take-home programs for all clients to do outside of Personal Training and Co-ed Bootcamps and then holds you accountable to your goals.
The S.T.A.R.T System is the philosophy of all GPS training programs. It ensures that every Personal Training session and every written program clients are given to do at-home or at the gym follows a specific and systematic criteria:
Training • Nutrition • Rehabilitation
GPS Fitness and Coaching Founder and President Gregg Parris has been a Certified Personal Trainer and Strength Coach for over 10 years. Gregg holds both a Specialised Honours Kinesiology Degree, and a Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counseling from York University in Toronto. Gregg has also participated in the Medical and Fitness testing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL Draft, and the Toronto Firefighting Services.
Gregg has earned the internationally recognized designations of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (current), Certified Kinesiologist, and Certified Exercise Physiologist throughout his career.Gregg believes that continuing his education and learning new state-of-the-art techniques enhances his ability to properly motivate, educate and provide only the best service to the people he has the pleasure of coaching. Coach Parris has a diverse background in corrective exercises, injury rehabilitation, martial arts, kettlebell training and coaching runners as well as triathletes.
Highlights of Gregg’s career include appearances in Oxygen Magazine, Global National News and was featured as a Celebrity Trainer on Entertainment Tonight Canada. But instead he is more proud of the results he has achieved with his clients, as well as the work he does throughout the community including motivational speaking at local high schools, lunch and learns in the business of the downtown core, working with underprivileged and at-risk youth, and helping one individual lose up to 140 lbs in one year. Gregg also takes pride in helping to eliminate low back, shoulder, hip and knee joint pain with numerous clients, as well as working with a blind client, a post-polio client performing wheel-chair workouts, and assisting a cancer survivor regain 15% bone mineral density from osteoporosis.
Gregg realized that the commercial fitness industry can be a revolving door of people entering gyms and leaving very much unchanged. That is when his vision for GPS Fitness and Coaching Inc. was created to provide an outstanding level of service to the community by going above and beyond to coach his clientele to truly make a greater impact in their lives.
That task inspired Gregg to develop the S.T.A.R.T system to keep clients out of physical pain, reduce stress, and to prevent them from falling out of their programs. All Personal Training sessions and programs of GPS Fitness follow this special protocol. It encompasses goal setting, nutrition, corrective exercises, stretching and relaxation techniques. When you experience the S.T.A.R.T System you will leave the gym feeling energized and then refreshed from soothing stretch therapy and muscle relaxation techniques.
March 2019 - Institut SomaTraining ELDOA Levels 1 & 2 workshop completed (32 hours)
2018 - NSCA - CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (since 2007)
April 2018 - SomaTraining Back Pain Management Workshop (7 hours)
June 2018 - Personal Trainer Program Yorkdale ALC (TDSB) Co-op student teacher/mentor (6 weeks)
May 2017 - NeuroKinetic Therapy Corrective Movement System: Advanced Muscle Testing and Palpation Workshop (15 hours)
February 2016 - NeuroKinetic Therapy Corrective Movement System Level 2 Certified (15 hours)
September 2016 - NeuroKinetic Therapy Corrective Movement System Level 3 Certified (15 hours)
October 2016 - Full weekend Attendee at SWIS Conference (Society of Weight Training and Injury Specialists)
NeuroKinetic Therapy Corrective Movement System Level 1 (15hours)
NSCA – CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (since 2007)
2015 July - Immaculate Dissection: Core Concepts
What people are saying about us!
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you how much I appreciate your hard work, dedication, encouragement, and ongoing support. You have been absolutely phenomenal, and an integral part, in helping me achieve my fitness goals. Admittedly, when I came to the gym last September I was scared about the idea of training and I felt so frustrated with my inability to lose weight. After training with you, however, not only did my fear quickly fade but I also felt fantastic and trusted that my goals could be achieved. Your genuine interest, non-judgmental attitude and patience have done wonders in helping make that happen.
Having trained with you for several months now, I have noticed several changes in my body. My overall strength and endurance has increased and the pain in my left knee and right shoulder no longer exists. I think that's incredible! It is a direct result of the fact that you always paid attention, tracked my fitness abilities and made our training sessions different, fun and challenging. Of course, this is in addition to the wealth of knowledge you have about this field (thanks for answering all questions!). Gregg, thank you so much for your commitment and belief in me.
I do not remember a time in my life when I felt so motivated to live an overall healthy lifestyle.
Before going under the direction of Gregg Parris, I would spend countless hours in the gym wasting my time because I was not being efficient in my workouts. I weighed 210 pounds and for some reason I could not manage to change that. One summer I approached Gregg and asked him for some guidance. Gregg put me on a practical workout regimen that fit my needs. I knew what I wanted and Gregg set the wheels in motion for me to reach my goals. Within two weeks, I lost ten pounds! Friends and family began to compliment me already and I continued to push onwards. Gregg's extensive knowledge of fitness and nutrition helped me lose weight, increase my cardiovascular endurance, improve my strength and ultimately improve my self-confidence. At the end of that summer I had lost a total of 30 pounds and I felt like a new person. I continue to follow Gregg's advice with respect to fitness and good eating. Currently I weigh 170 pounds and I attribute my fit build to Gregg and his GPS (Gregg Parris System). Gregg is an outstanding personal trainer and I would recommend him to anyone of any age and build who wants to see results.
My experience at the gym has been fantastic, mostly thanks to my trainer, Gregg Parris. Gregg listened to my needs, designed and built a series of dynamic and variable workout plans geared to achieving my goals of weight loss, increased strength and power and improved flexibility. Gregg mixes up a variety of great exercises including boxing, power work, balance exercises and most importantly - a major focus on building my core strength. Gregg is a great motivator - he knows when to challenge you and when to back off. He is knowledgeable about exercise, diet, and many areas of human physical performance and function. After a 20 year absence from downhill ski racing, I am placing in the top 15 out of 120 racers every weekend and I know that a big part of my success is my improving health and fitness - all a result of Gregg's expert guidance and support! Gregg gives you a complete package of health and wellness expertise.
GPS Rules the free world!
I felt great right after and took advantage of a long soak in epsom salts that night! My arms and chest were a bit sore on Sunday but better today. The one thing I did notice is that my knees were not - as they had been in the past even after all those little hurdles. Thanks again for all of the encouragement and the follow up !!
I wanted to thank all of you for the amazing support I've received over the past few months since I started coming to the gym. I came to Gregg Parris with specific fitness goals and he has managed to exceed my expectations on every level! I've never felt (and looked) better in my life, and of course - he manages to make every session fun which keeps motivating me to come back and stay fit.
I wanted to give you an update and say a few words about Gregg. Since I began working with him, I have lost about 42lbs and many inches. Last night, I finally survived the plank for 90 seconds, which is incredible for me since at first I could barely do 30 seconds. I have worked really hard to reach this point, but my real thanks goes to Gregg and I just wanted to let you know he has been exceptionally supportive and encouraging, in person and with email. He pushes and challenges me, puts up with my moans and groans, but is always unbelievably kind. Most importantly, he made me believe I could do it - from day one, when I was so very overweight, unfit, embarrassed, having tremendous back problems and didn't believe I could do it at all. I didn't think I would have achieved so much and lost the weight, grown stronger and finally actually want to exercise. Even though I'm not yet at my goal, thanks to Gregg, now I know I can do it. I will be forever grateful to Gregg, and you for setting me up with him that day, which was the first day of the rest of my new and improved healthy life!!
At 37 years of age, I'm in the best shape of my life. I started training with Gregg in January in anticipation of this summer's Firefighter Combat Challenge season. I lowered my personal best time in each successive event around the country, until finally recording a 1:48 time right here in Toronto in late August - down 15 seconds from last year! I never thought I would get that low. This qualified me for the World Championships in Las Vegas in November, and got me an invitation to Dubai for a Combat demonstration there.
In May a friend said to me, "Wow, you're ripped." I had never heard that one before. Not directed toward me anyway. Got me feeling so good, I went and volunteered to compete for a spot in the 2007 Toronto Firefighter Calendar (available at www.torontoffc.ca). With Gregg's fine tuning, I won the chance to support cancer research at the Princess Margaret Hospital by posing as Mr. September.
I also play fire department hockey and am happy to report that my nagging injuries no longer get in the way of my workouts, and I feel fit and strong even after a tough game against FDNY or the Montreal Police (two of our biggest rivals). Shoulders, hips, and hamstrings are all solid thanks to Gregg, and my Physiotherapist. They work together to heal me and keep me in working order for my sometimes very physical job.
I enjoy my workouts with Gregg. They are fun and varied - never feeling like a chore or even much like 'work'. They are something I look forward to. I don't give up on a set when Gregg is around. I don't let myself off the hook, nor do I give myself long rests between exercises. I work hard - because he pushes me - because I don't want to let him down. I never skip a workout with Gregg as he has become my secondary conscience, and because it would cost me money if I did.
Somebody call me a tailor, 'cause (with Gregg's help) I've ripped my abs!
Gregg, what can I say? I have read over the testimonials on your website and I could have written any one of them. It is all true. You are a great trainer. This working out is hard work and it really is tough to consistently push your body through the pain and really make improvements. But you make me look forward to my training sessions and I see and feel the results in my life every day. I can't help but work hard when you are so enthusiastic, so motivating and so interested in my progress. Your dedication to your continuing education means that you always have something new to share; and, as my knowledge builds, I am motivated to try harder. I am really lucky to have met you and to have your support.
I started training with Gregg when I was 5 months pregnant and I was very impressed with how he managed my program. He designed a pre natal program that was specific to my goals since I wanted to maintain my current fitness level and get back to ski racing and other sports once the baby was born. He continually changed my program as a result of my expanding belly and I trained with him until a week before the baby was born. I'm now 6 months post natal and could not be happier with my results. My recovery and weight loss has been relatively quick and I owe my success to Gregg. I returned to ski race training at 5 months post natal and with Gregg's training I will be able to cycle, row and kayak in the spring. It's difficult to find a trainer who can accommodate a client with an ACL repair who is pre and then post natal. I would highly recommend Gregg for anyone looking a personalize training program.
"As a bride-in-training, it is a complete privilege to have someone like Gregg train me. As an athlete with some sports background, I've always been weary of personal training; thinking that I knew what I needed to get trained. From the very first day when Gregg completed a thorough assessment of my gait, posture and fitness, Gregg has opened my eyes to a whole new world of fitness training. I've seen results within the first two weeks! Gregg goes beyond that you would expect from a personal trainer. He follows up after each session and alters your program to best suit your needs, tailoring it to get the best results possible! He is probably one of the most knowledgeable, kind, and motivating individuals you can find to help you get to your desired goals. Gregg not only preps you through hard workout sessions, but gives you the knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle. Gregg definitely ensures that all this athletes are trained to GO and are not only for SHOW!
(I must admit during the workout yesterday i was worked pretty hard, sweating like a beast; to the point where i regretting even coming to the studio............but i LOVED that i finished the workout out. AND now that i reflect upon it, i like to work and sweat. hahaha....thanks for the great workout coach!!)"
I know how to work out and eat properly I have been doing it for years. Sometimes you just need that extra push or motivator. I was moving to an island where its bikini season all year round and I wanted help to push myself harder to tone up the last bit. I know that how much you weigh does not matter its how you feel and how your clothes fit. So my only goal was for my clothes to fit better and look and feel more toned. Working out with Gregg 3x a week for 9 weeks before I left did the trick. He is very motivational your goal becomes his goal and he sets out with a plan for you on how he can help to make it happen. He is always constantly following up with you and staying in contact about your progress. If he gives you homework like extra cardio or what you should not be eating later he will follow up to make sure your on track. Most trainers are with you for an hour in the gym and that's it anything else will cost extra. I've had 3 other trainers before Gregg nothing could compare in how different he treats his clients. Thank you for your help Gregg, I love the way my body looks and how I feel now.
Gregg is an excellent trainer. His technical knowledge - his knowledge of anatomy and the functions of the body, and his ability to determine what needs work and how to achieve it, is second to none. He can quickly and enthusiastically adapt a work out program on the spot to avoid, resolve or heal problem areas, to achieve new objectives or simply to provide variety and interest. His workout programs although grueling at times are different, interesting and not repetitious - there is always a new goal to work towards. He has excellent knowledge of nutrition and can offer sensible advice about small changes to diet that make a difference. He has a caring, positive and cheering attitude and truly has concern for the well being of his clients. And results are excellent. He took me on when I was a somewhat out-of-shape mid-fifties part time runner and now, at age 60, I am in better physical shape and can run farther and faster than I ever have before.
Thanks to GPS I have been able to reverse the effects of becoming glued to my desk at work. After noticing a decline in my endurance and a slouching posture I began working with Gregg Parris twice a week (now currently once a week) as my trainer. Within weeks I had made significant inroads in my posture and felt stronger almost immediately. Thanks to Gregg I have more endurance, better posture and more strength than I ever have. Although I participate less than ever in my favorite sports, I have been performing better than I ever have. I am stronger, faster and better. I am in the best shape of my life and happier than ever!
Of all people, I can attest to the value of your skills. Losing more that 125 pounds with you as a key member of my team of three primary professionals, the intensity of my workouts with you have resulted in a much better metabolism. My cholesterol and triglycerides have improved dramatically, from dangerously high levels at the time we first met. My waist size has shrunk from 50" to 34" and I've maintained my weight loss for over half a year now, by continuing with the great examples of training that you set for me. I think the greatest thing about your workouts Gregg have been the effectiveness due to the intensity of your routines with me. The variety and creativity you have given me in our sessions together, kept me inspired to want more time with you as I pursued my goal of weight loss.
My fitness goals have changed now that my body has been completely transformed and I'm focusing more on weight training and "body building", and will always value the first nine months of my training at with you as the most significant fitness improvement in my life.
Regards & Thanks,
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