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Jeff Van Damme has been my personal trainer now for over 2 ½ years. I have found Jeff and the Training Station staff to be extremely knowledgeable and, above all, patient. Over the years I have tried the bigger gyms where the training is less personal – and I always ended up quitting – waste of my time and money. With Jeff’s patient but firm direction he keeps me on track and I now actually look forward to my workouts!
I heartily recommend The Training Station for anyone looking to make a life time commitment to becoming and staying more physically fit.
Geoff W. Connors, P.Eng.
President, PipeSak Incorporated
January 22nd, 2010
I am writing in regard to Jeff Van Damme and The Training Station. Our family has come to know Jeff very well over the past six years ever since we hired him to provide personal training services to our son Logan.
Logan had indicated to us at a young age that he wished to improve his personal strength & fitness levels in order to compete against his peers and much older players in his chosen sport of hockey. In order for him to prepare his physically average 14 year-old body to play junior hockey against 20 year-olds we all realized that a personal trainer could make a huge difference in his ability to sustain his competitive level and the ability to withstand the physical rigors expected.
Initially we hired another personal trainer, one with a big profile around town. In short order we learned that this was a big mistake for a variety of reasons, and wondered if there was a better trainer to be found. A number of trainers were subsequently interviewed and their facilities examined and Jeff stood out significantly from all others.
It was evident to us that Jeff was a highly committed, professional trainer who owned a facility that had every piece of equipment requisite to the needs of any athlete. Jeff had a facility with modern equipment, yet he did not hesitate to purchase additional pieces specific to training hockey players. He also invested significant time & money to travel to Colorado to learn various techniques and training curriculum from the USA Olympic training staff specific to hockey training.
We saw a huge improvement in the fitness & strength levels in our son as he worked out under the guidance of Jeff. We were so impressed by these results that we recommended Jeff to many other people we knew who were considering a trainer for their children, both male & female. Over the years we have felt extreme confidence in making these recommendations, and know that the number of clients that have hired Jeff through our referrals are well into double-digit figures.
One of those referred clients is Drew Doughty who is also a young hockey player who has enjoyed a highly successful professional career to date, assisted by the training provided by Jeff. Our son is also now playing professional hockey and this current season he realized his goal of playing in the NHL and scoring his first NHL goal.
In summary, based upon our observations we have the utmost confidence in the ability of Jeff, his facility, knowledge, personality, focus, and commitment that he provides to each and every client. Without hesitation we recommend anyone considering hiring a personal trainer to arrange a meeting with Jeff and inspect his facilities. It may be the most important decision that you make to benefit your child or yourself, to help achieve goals of personal fitness and success in sports.
Chet & Lori Couture
August 10th 2013
Jeff Van Damme has been my personal trainer for the past 9 years since I was 15 years old. I wanted to achieve my goal of being able to prepare myself physically in order to move on to a higher level of competition in my chosen sport of hockey. I had used the services of another personal trainer the year prior; however I felt that I was not training to my maximum potential nor was I taught proper technique during that experience.
Once I began to work out under the tutelage of Jeff in a one-on-one atmosphere, I knew within a very short period of time that I had made the right choice in a personal trainer. Jeff is very conscientious, diligent, knowledgeable, sincere and caring for every single one of his clients. He has undertaken a genuine interest in my training as well as my personal career. Jeff has truly gone the extra mile to spend considerable capital to continually upgrade his gym equipment to some of the latest and finest in the business. His gym is very spacious and I feel quite comfortable every day that I am there. He has also spent considerable time & money to constantly seek further education in all aspects of modern training innovation and information from other accredited professionals such as some of the USA Olympic team trainers.
My time spent training with Jeff during the hockey off-season has essentially prepared me fully for the physical demands and rigors of playing hockey and being able to compete & excel at the highest level in the world. Now at the age of 24 and having enjoyed some success in my sport, I am still very eager and happy to train with Jeff during my off-season in order to maintain my competitive edge against the competition. Jeff has been a huge reason for helping me to achieve the success that I have enjoyed so far in my career. I highly recommend Jeff to anyone seekinga qualified and dependable personal trainer, from amateur athletes, to those simply looking to improve their personal level of health & strength, to professional athletes.
San Jose Sharks, NHL
I’ve been working out with Jeff at the training station for 4 years now since I was 16 years old (20 years old now). I give the highest recommendation to Jeff and here is why.
Over the course of my career with Jeff I’ve grown significant mass and strength to my body. Jeff provides class A equipment and facility, as well as class A training. His knowledge of the body, along with his workouts is excellent. Every summer we come up with goals to achieve, such as weight gain, strength to the legs and core, overall conditioning and every summer we surpass them and I owe it all to Jeff. He’s a great person who motivates me to do my best in the gym and on the ice. Not only has he helped me in the gym but with other variables that come into play, such as the importance of rest, sleep and eating habits. He gives me all the tools to succeed and there’s no doubt in my mind that without him I wouldn’t be where I am today, nor have the success that I have had. Thanks Jeff!
NHL San Jose Sharks
Our son Jordan has been working out with Jeff since he was 11. We were introduced to Jeff by a good friend Jim Sandlak, former NHL player who raved about Jeff's ability to connect with all people including both young and professional athletes.
As soon as we met Jeff, he shared his philosophy: the importance of working one on one, his methodical training system which includes building a foundation for the athlete, ensuring proper technique and never compromising the athletes risk of injury. Jeff's philosophy, calm demeanour and honest approach instantly provided us comfort. Together, with his impeccable gym and top quality equipment, we knew it was the perfect fit and we could not be happier with our decision. As parents we are thrilled with the continued impact Jeff has had on Jordan and his fitness ability but more importantly the confidence instilled on him as a person. For this we credit Jeff.
Jordan considers Jeff to be more than just a trainer. He is a life coach and a friend. His encouragement, support and continuous care for Jordan's well being are part of Jeff's natural characteristics.
Since joining the gym Jeff has been true to his commitment to us every step of the way and has never veered away from what has made him and his clients successful.
Jeff's gym exudes an outstanding atmosphere, it feels like you are surrounded by family and respect is everyone's foundation. We have made great friends through the gym and have everlasting memories. We look forward to many more years of support and coaching through Jeff.
Rocco and Gabriella Di Cicco
June 11, 2014
Mr. Jeff Van Damme
President, Van Damme Performance & Conditioning Inc. USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach
The Training Station Unit 1-24 Bathurst Street London, ON N6B 1N7 519-438-7204
Thomas has played hockey since the age of 5 and has always been considered a gifted hockey player but has never risen above “A” or “AA” hockey – until now. As you know, Thomas has been selected to play on the London Junior Knights, Minor Midget AAA team for the 2014-15 season.
There is no doubt in our minds that Thomas’ success in making the AAA team is in no small part due to the world-class training you have provided him over the past year. He accelerates faster, reacts quicker and is stronger on his skates than he has ever been.
As delighted as we are with Thomas’ success on the ice, we are even more pleased with the knowledge and tools you have provide him, that will ensure he forever leads and active healthy life.
Maureen and I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the deeply personal attention and encouragement you have provided Thomas. We have two older and equally athletic children so we have dealt with a great many coaches, in a wide variety of sports over many years. We can say without reservation, that in all the years our children have participated in sports, we have never dealt with a coach that has been so totally committed to our children’s personal development, health and well-being.
Thank you Jeff.
John and Maureen Di Sebastiano
We were first introduced to Jeff 4 years ago, when we were looking for a trainer who was able to provide personalized, one-on-one training for our son, Drew.
Upon our first meeting, it was obvious that Jeff derived the greatest satisfaction from seeing the results and successes of his clients, not the financial rewards. He also exhibited a genuine concern for his clients.
Drew worked for two summers with Jeff, while playing for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League.
As the 2008 NHL entry draft approached, there were several interviews that we, as a family, had to do. At one of these interviews, by the Los Angeles Kings, Drew was issued a challenge to shed 20 lbs. Drew strongly desired to be drafted by The Kings, so conveyed this message to Jeff. Jeff constructed a diet and workout plan that would allow Drew to drop the weight, while still gaining strength and muscle mass. The results convinced the LA Kings that Drew had the drive and determination to do whatever was required to be a part of that team, and subsequently his name was called by the Kings on draft day.
Our experience with Jeff grew with the addition of training our daughter Chelsea. As a competitive soccer player, while not a necessity, strength is very beneficial. Chelsea started to reap the benefits and show results very quickly. Her foot speed increased, her strength increased and she gained a more explosive first step to go along with her vertical jumping ability. She too, was working out for a reason, with hopes of securing an athletic scholarship in the U.S.
After many interviews and campus visits, Chelsea was rewarded with offers from several universities, ultimately accepting to attend Niagara University in the fall of 2010.
Both our children are extremely comfortable with Jeff, a testament to his caring attitude towards his clients. We would not hesitate to recommend The Training Station to any who require personalized training, and can assure them that their needs will be looked after through the development of a plan specifically designed to help them achieve their goals.
Paul & Connie Doughty
Hi! I’m Drew Doughty. I’m taking some time to write a testimonial for my off-season trainer Jeff Van Damme.
He has been my personal trainer in London, Ontario from the time I was 17 until the present (I’ll be 23 in December 2012).
Jeff has been an excellent trainer for me. He’s made me stronger and better in all areas of my off-ice training. Jeff is always doing research and challenging himself to come up with more effective programs for me.
As a person, Jeff is caring, loyal, and completely trustworthy. He has become a friend while maintaining his professionalism and making sure that I continue to develop as an athlete. Although he pushes me to improve, he does so without risking any injury to me. Jeff is all about teaching proper form and investing in excellent equipment to achieve this goal. He wants to prepare and strengthen me so that I can have a long and successful career doing what I love.
As I’ve mentioned already, Jeff has become a friend and ally. I can count on him to keep things totally confidential. He keeps the gym a safe, secure, and private place so that I can completely focus on what I need to do – without outside distractions. He simply doesn’t allow others to come into this space to take advantage of me or distract me. The gym is a comfortable, friendly yet professional place for me to come to so that I can do what I need to do to be in great shape for the season. And when the time comes for me to hit the ice, I am totally ready!
NHL Los Angeles Kings
Jeff Van Damme, owner of the Training Station, was recommended to us by a friend whose son was playing hockey in the OHL. Since our son was drafted into that league we wanted him to be prepared to meet the challenges that he was about to face.
When we first met Jeff, both my wife and I were pleasantly surprised by not only his level of education but also by his calm and gentle manner.
We were worried that our son who was 6’2” and weighed 170 lbs would not be strong enough to compete and stay healthy. After working with Jeff for the summer he went to camp 15lbs of muscle heavier. The next summer he worked and put on another 15-20lbs of muscle and has not had an injury that has kept him from playing.
Rob was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks of the NHL in 2010 and is in his second year in the AHL. I feel Jeff’s training is one reason that Rob has reached some of his goals to date.
Jeff has a wonderful relationship with the athletes that he trains and I would recommend his program to anyone who is considering making the jump to the next level- whatever that may be.
Michael (Mick) Flick
About four years ago, I decided to look for a new trainer. I wasn’t happy with how inconsistent my previous trainers were. So I asked around and heard from multiple people to check out Jeff.
After one session I knew I had found my guy!
Jeff is the most organized and consistent trainer that I’ve ever had. Not only that, but he truly cares about each of his clients and wants them to have nothing but success!
Last spring, I tore my ACL/MCL during an NHL game, and was really upset because I felt like my game was on the rise. When I was cleared to workout again, Jeff put a rehab program together that fit my situation perfectly. He pushed me everyday and would tell me I would get better and be back to the high level he knew I could play at!
Today I feel better than I did before my surgery. I can’t thank Jeff enough for his help! He has become a great friend and I’m excited for many more years of hard work with Jeff at THE TRAINING STATION!
NHL Anaheim Ducks Prospect
AHL San Diego Gulls
I first met Jeff in 2004 while teaching a course for the National Strength and Conditioning Association at their National Headquarters in Colorado Springs CO. I specifically remember Jeff’s eagerness, thirst for knowledge, and insight as it pertains to training so that he could provide a better product for his clients, with the questions he would ask. Jeff ‘s goal was (and continues to be) to provide his clients the best training programs he could and he meant it, he truly cares for them.
I have come to know Jeff over the last 6 years as a colleague and friend. Jeff is always trying to find ways to better himself and the product he delivers. Jeff actually makes a huge effort to better himself. Jeff takes the time to take courses and go to conferences as much as possible, which is not easy when you own your own business. Jeff makes a concerted effort to contact colleagues and experts in the field to discuss training concepts and programs whenever he can.
Jeff even went so far as to come spend a couple of weeks at the US Olympic Training Center at his own expense as a professional development mentorship with myself and other experts within the field, which he did on a yearly basis when I worked there as the Head of Strength and Conditioning. I think this shows Jeff’s commitment and passion to provide his clients with nothing but the best and that he truly cares about his mission in life.
Education Department Manager
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
If you are looking for someone who is dedicated to you and your athletic career, Jeff is the person. Jeff is constantly checking in on you to see how you are handing life and your training, even when you're not in London.
When I joined the Training Station, I was recommended by lots of other soccer players and other athletes who were trying to reach the next level by obtaining a full ride scholarship to the United States, at a Division 1 institution. Training with Jeff was one of the best decisions I could have made as an athlete. We began working together when I was in Grade 11 and each spring and summer throughout my entire collegiate career.
Consequently, I would go into training camp each year knowing that I was going to be a top competitor in all aspects. Jeff is constantly doing research and talking to others to make sure that he is doing what is best for you, not only as an athlete but also as an individual. Jeff is not about doing things the easy way; he wants to do it right way to both prevent and avoid injury. I can't thank Jeff enough for all the hard work and dedication he has put in to make me a better soccer player and all around athlete.
Canisius College #3
Division 1 MACC Conference
“If I was starting over my career today”, Jeff Van Damme would be my personal trainer of choice. Jeff’s has taken the necessary steps to ensure he is educated in all aspects of personal training. He is committed to each client on a personal basis, and designs a program to suit their individual needs.
I have experienced his commitment first hand as my 16 year old son who is now playing in the OHL, has worked with Jeff for the past three years. He has provided Carter with a program with proven results.
Jeff not only provides his clients with a solid workout program, he invests his time and energy in their lives and provides them with training tools for their future. I highly recommend Jeff Van Damme.
Jim Sandlak OHL Player 1983 -85
World Junior Team Canada Champion 1985
World Junior Team Silver Medalist – 1986
NHL Player 1985-1996
”I have been training with Jeff for over 9 years now. I am 51 years old and a father of four children aged 9 to 15. My wife and I own our own business – Scholar’s Choice.
Both our family life and professional life is extremely busy. I have been athletic all my life and was in reasonably good shape but I lacked the time, motivation and discipline sometimes to stick to a regular workout routine.
I didn’t like the atmosphere of big gyms and wanted to work out in a more intimate environment where I would get more one-on-one attention. I had seen an article on Jeff in the London Free Press and I decided to give him a call. I came to meet him and liked his approach. Jeff had a very strong educational background to support his training approach which wasn’t what you always find at big gyms. He was very quiet but you could tell that he was very concerned about his clients and committed to doing what was best for each one individually.
Since that time I have come to appreciate Jeff’s commitment and concern for my general well being both physical and emotional. I have come to depend on Jeff to keep me on track and grounded. I enjoy working out and look forward to every time I come.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jeff to anyone considering a personal trainer. You won’t be disappointed.”