Danny brings with him and extensive background in Personal Training and Fitness Facility Design and Management. He began his fitness career in 1980 as the Membership and Residence Director for the Downtown YMCA in Vancouver. He then moved to Montreal and spent five years managing a large fitness club that was described as "one of the best managed fitness centres in Quebec." From there he returned to Vancouver and sought a different challenge, managing the Health Club and Spa of the prestigious Sutton Place Hotel. Danny was involved in the ownership and management of the Park Place Health Club in Vancouver, prior to our move to Connection Corporate Health.

Awards & Certifications

Bachelor of Physical Health Education - Queen's University
Bachelor of Arts (English) - Queen's University
ACE Personal Training Certification - Gold Certificate
BCRPA Trainer of Personal Trainers
Completed 4 marathons and 9 triathlons in Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle and Montreal.
Over 20 years of service and over 10,000 hours of safe, professional training to clients
Attended Personal Training Summit Conferences in Washington, DC, Anaheim, California and Baltimore, Maryland.
Advisor - American Council on Exercise (ACE) 'Clinical Exercise Specialist' and Personal Training Certification
Awarded the designation of 'Master of Personal Training' by IDEA

Danny's background provides clients with an abundance of information in fitness and lifestyle change. Clients have come to trust him for their rehabilitation, weight loss, and sport specific goals. His clients appreciate his gentle, positive push to get results!


Strong interpersonal and communication skills have enabled Carl to stay in the fitness industry for the past 18 years. To be able to guide clients through workouts and life changes is what kept the fire burning. Coming from Ontario in 1991 he quickly became passionate about health and fitness. To Carl everyone can achieve great physical health. It’s all about effort and then more effort!

Personal Trainer Since 1994 – BCRPA certified
Over 20,000 Personal Training Sessions
Managerial and Fitness Coordinator Experience
University of Guelph, B.A.
Simon Fraser University, Kinesiology
Drafted by the BC Lions of the CFL in the 1988 Entry Draft
CPR and First Aid
2 Kneeknacker 50km Trail run and a Marathon

Carl’s specializes in designing programs for business people who need an efficient and effective program… and most importantly results.


I am the owner of the Fitness Center/Gym - "Connection: Corporate Health" located in the downtown business core of Vancouver BC, Canada. In 1997 I started Powershape Personal Training which continues to thrive to this day.

Competitive background
My best WABDL sanctioned lifts are:

148lbs. Division -
Bench Press: 303lbs. Deadlift: 515lbs.
(My Best Deadlift in The 148lbs. Division is 520lbs.USPF).

165lbs. Division -
Bench Press: 330lbs. Deadlift: 590lbs.
181lbs. Division -
Bench Press: 375lbs. Deadlift: 585lbs.
- Gold Medal B.C. Winter Games: Powerlifting -
- BC Weight Throw Record: Masters (45-50) -
- Canadian 72 lb Stone Throw Record: Masters -
- WABDL Masters Record -
- 2016 Richmond Masters Athlete of The Year -

I have been featured on City TV's "Breakfast Television", Shaw TV's "The Express" (Sports Section), "InMotion TV, "Urban Trendz Magazine", "The Richmond Review", "The Richmond News", "The Province" and "The Vancouver Sun". I was also named one of the Top 5 Personal Trainers by readers of "The Metro Vancouver" Newspaper and was named 2015 Richmond Master Athlete Of the Year.

In 2011 I became the Owner of "Connection: Corporate Health" - the fitness center in the HSBC Building which is located in financial district of Downtown Vancouver. I am also a Co-Owner of "Oranj Fitness" which now has eight locations and territories including; Kelowna BC, Fort McMurray, Ottawa and Grande Prairie Alberta. All the while, continuing to train 16 to 20 people a day of all fitness levels.

( Jody Cranston / Bio ).