Strength Sensei Advisors

Heather Pearson, MSc ST FHT MART Dip Sp. Psych.
Heather Pearson
Heather Pearson MSc ST FHT MART Dip Sp. Psych., Dip APT., is a well-respected sports therapist, sports psychologist, sports nutritionist and strength coach.

 In 2001 Heather was involved in a very traumatic car crash where she sustained whole body injuries, broken bones, multiple trapped nerves, head pain, a traumatic brain injury and whole body dysfunction – for years she suffered constant pain and couldn’t walk properly without a limp. 

After many years of battling with agony, Heather changed industry, became a sports therapist and strength coach and founded 1body4life. 18 years later, Heather has travelled the world to learn from the most elite coaches’ and health professionals. She decided the more she could resolve her own injuries the more she could provide the most effective results to help others. 

Heather has become an expert in her field and is renowned for resolving complex injuries with her innovative, self-created systems of diagnosis and rehabilitation, advanced soft tissue skills, sports nutrition and sports psychology work. Heather has worked with a range of professional athletes including soccer players, weight lifters, physique competitors, and ironman athletes as well as strength coaches and personal trainers in the UK and Europe.

Heather has taught courses on biomechanics to personal trainers and strength coaches in the UK and still liaises with trainers and coaches all over the world. She is Europe’s first and only female ART® (Active Release Provider) Lead Instructor teaching to chiropractors, osteopaths, sports therapists, physiotherapists, sport massage therapists and strength coaches including elite medical staff in the English Premier League, the most prestigious soccer league in the world. In 2018 Heather won the very exclusive ART® Instructor of the year award.

For 16 years, Heather has worked pitch-side for a variety of soccer teams and since 2010 she has helped produce the most successful ISFA league soccer team in UK’s history, winning 5 seasons in a row with Bradfield College 1st XI. This was via her skills of sports psychology, advanced diagnosis/treatments of injuries and strength & conditioning for the team. She had a close working relationship with the medical team at the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur FC.

As an educator, Heather has voluntarily presented at various sports colleges around the UK over the last decade and since mid 2020 she joined a brain injury charity group Headway where she has voluntarily presented and been involved with multiple focus groups. Heather has been a guest on podcasts in the UK, USA, Sweden and Dubai and has lectured at various conferences in Washington DC, USA; Dublin, Ireland: Toronto, Canada; Colorado Springs, USA.

In 2018 Heather wrote and published a book on back pain called ‘Back Pain Free – Put an end to your suffering with the Pearson Method’ which has since sold around the world in Australia, Europe, US, Canada, UAE and Asia. The book lead to Heather teaching her own courses on The Pearson Method. She is currently writing her 2nd book called ‘Back Pain Free for Athletes’. 

Heather is an author for FITFORFILMS, a stunt performer website and she holds over 80 qualifications including a Master’s degree in Sports Science and Nutrition, 9 diplomas and is certified in 38 modalities of treatment, sports psychology, nutrition, brain therapy, and strength coaching. Heather continues to travel the world educating and learning from the elite. Her motto is ‘it’s all about the results, the proof of the pudding is in the eating!’. 

Paul Gagné
Paul Gagne
Conditioning specialist with 38 years of experience training some of the top Olympic and pro athletes. 

His expertise lies in training protocols for postural balance, neuro-muscular balance, and performance enhancement. He has developed a unique postural and functional evaluation and training system. Many elite and professional athletes encompassing various sports and world-class competitions consult with and are trained by Paul Gagné.
 Co-founder of the D.T.S. Desmotec  
Training Systems, 
Since 1995,he is also the posturologist, strength and conditioning coach, and rehab specialist for the Octagon sports agency for their NHL hockey players.Paul Gagné gives seminars on multiple subjects of Posturology, injury prevention, and training methods for performance enhancement. 
Past and present hockey players
Jonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers NHL
Jonathan Drouin Montreal Canadiens NHL
Marc -André Fleury Vegas Knights NHL
Derrick Brassard New York Islanders NHL
Marco Scandella St Louis Blues NHL
Nathan Beaulieu Winnipeg Jets NHL
Lars Eller Washington Capitals NHL
Max Pacioretty Vegas Knights NHL

More Professional and Olympic Athletes
Mathieu Choinière CF Montreal MLS
Tomas Giraldo CF Montreal MLS
Shamit Shome CF Montreal MLS
3 Dufour-Lapointe sisters (world cup freestyle mogul skiers) 
Justine Dufour-Lapointe gold medalist 
2014 Sochi Olympics, 2015 World 
Champion, 2018 Silver medalist Pyeongchang Olympics. 
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe silver medalist 
2014 Sochi Olympics, 2016 overall World 
Cup Champion. 
Gabrielle Papadakis and Guillaume 
Cizeron silver medal ice dancing 2018 Pyeongchang Winter olympics. 
George St-Pierre UFC Champion. 
Michael Campbell PGA 2005 US Open Champion. 
Michelle Wie LPGA 2014 US Open Champion. 
And more than 40 of the top NHL pro hockey players. 

Larry Vinette
A Coaches Coach
Larry founded Sculpture Physique back in 1992. He’s known for getting people in the best shape of their lives in record time, done in a safe, healthy and sustainable way. He is also known as the coaches’ coach as other fitness coaches go to him for their own training needs , knowledge, and mentorship.
He is an award winning coach with over 30 years of experience, and trained weekend warriors and athletes in all fitness categories, from amateurs to professionals (he won “FAME Trainer Of The Year Award” in both 2005 and 2006 for having the most athletes place well in competitions). He is listed as one of the best coaches on the planet by the most successful strength coach in history, Charles R. Poliquin, and was one of only two coaches that Charles would refer clients to for bodybuilding competitions (the other being the late John Meadows).
He is also an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder himself, winning the Mr. Canada title in 2012 in the Masters division, and holds a total of 5 pro cards in 5 different fitness federations (IFBB, FAME, WNSO, Musclemania, PNBA).
Larry won the first ever FAME Pro World Championship in natural bodybuilding back in 2005, making him a World Champion. He also won the 2006 FAME Pro World Championship in the couples category with Sylvia Tremblay as his partner.
He’s a professional fitness cover model landing 11 magazine covers, including the very first issue of REPS! Magazine, and Robert Kennedy’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding (front and back cover). Larry was the only male fitness model ever to be put under a multi-year exclusivity contract by Robert Kennedy Publications, and had his own Q&A column in REPS! Magazine.
Dr. Ken Kinakin
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 Founder of SWIS

Dr. Ken Kinakin is a sport medicine doctor, chiropractor, certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer! He’s also the author of the book “Optimal Muscle Training” and has competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting for over 20 years.

Dr. Kinakin lectures around the world to doctors and personal trainers on the areas of weight-training, rehabilitation and nutrition. He is also the clinic director for the AIM Health & Wellness clinic with a rehabilitation and training centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Dr. Kinakin founded the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (SWIS), an organization that educates and certifies doctors, therapists and personal trainers in the area of exercise muscle testing, rehabilitation and treatment of weight training injuries.

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