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Client Testimonials

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Geoff Connors

January 2010

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.

Yours Truly,

Geoff W. Connors, P.Eng.
President, PipeSak Incorporated
London, ON

Couture Family

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

Logan 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.

Logan Couture

San Jose Sharks, NHL

Dylan DeMelo

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!

Dylan DeMelo
NHL San Jose Sharks

Di Cicco Family

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

Di Sebastiano Family

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

Dear Jeff,

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

Doughty Family

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