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John Paul Catanzaro, BSc Kin, CSEP-CEP, is a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. He owns and operates a private training facility in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

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John Paul Catanzaro, BSc Kin, CSEP-CEP, is a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. He owns and operates a private training facility in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

In 1996, John Paul began personal training in a small home studio in Toronto, Ontario. With vision and passion, the business quickly expanded and the word got out: "If you want to get in shape, go see this guy!" Now located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the business boasts a state-of-the-art training facility and a waiting list of clients.

John Paul founded The Catanzaro Group in 2004 with divisions in fitness, nutrition, supplements, lifestyle, seminars, and publishing. In 2010, Catanzaro Supplements was introduced, a new line of nutritional supplements with the objective of providing high quality supplements in a convenient form at an affordable rate.

Over the years, John Paul has appeared on television and has written articles for several publications including American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) Gamut eJournal,, Bodybuilding Italia, canfitpro Magazine, Coaching One-On-One, Dolfzine, FitCommerce, Fitness Business Canada, Fitness Professional Online, Fitness Trainer, Flare,, Intense Fitness, Men’s Health,, MuscleMag International, Olympian’s News, Personal Training on the Net, Planet Muscle, Quest For Advanced Condition,, Testosterone (aka and, and His newsletters are both informative and entertaining, and he has provided reviews for numerous sources including the inaugural edition of Sport First Aid in Canada.

John Paul has authored two books, The Elite Trainer (2011) and Mass Explosion (2013), and has released two DVDs, Stretching for Strengthening (2003) and Warm-Up to Strength Training (2005), which have sold copies worldwide, been featured in several magazines, and have been endorsed by many leading experts. In 2013, John Paul released two new webinars, Strength Training Parameters and Program Design and Body Composition Strategies, providing the latest cutting-edge information to fitness professionals.

John Paul is one of the premier trainers in Canada. Building a reputation for getting his clients in top shape quickly, his expertise has not gone unnoticed by other health practitioners who attend his private studio regularly for instruction. John Paul has attracted the attention of various fitness-related organizations seeking lectures and workshops. He has been dubbed the man with an "encyclopedic mind" by many individuals who experience his presentations.

Birth Place
Toronto,  Canada


Bachelor of Science (Specialized Honours) Kinesiology & Health Science, York University - 1996
Professional Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant Competency Training, York University - 1998
Advanced Personal Training Certification, Charles Poliquin - 1997
Post Rehabilitation Training of the Musculoskeletal System, Toronto SEMI & CPTN - 1997
Advanced Program Design, Medicine Ball Training, Program Design, Scientific Abdominal Training, Scientific Back Training, Scientific Core Conditioning, and Swiss Ball Training,
Paul Chek Seminars - 1997-2001
Personal Training Practicum (PEP), York University - 1996


Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) - 2007
Advanced Program Design - 2001
Scientific Core Conditioning - 2000
Program Design - 1999
Professional Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant (PFLC) - 1998
Advanced Personal Training - 1997
Certified Fitness Consultant (CFC) - 1997
Certified Kinesiologist (CK) - 1997
Medicine Ball Training - 1997
Scientific Abdominal Training - 1997
Scientific Back Training - 1997
Swiss Ball Training - 1997
Standard First Aid HeartSaver Plus - 1997-2005
Standard Test of Fitness Appraiser (STFA) - 1995
Standard First Aid and CPR - 1995
Level 3 Theory of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) - 1994
Level 2 Certified Coach (NCCP), Ice Hockey - 1995
Level 1 Certified Coach (NCCP), Soccer - 1994


Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)
Canadian Alliance of Professional Personal Fitness Trainers (CAPPFT)
Canadian Personal Trainers Network (CPTN)
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
National Fitness Appraisal Certification and Accreditation (FACA)
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Ontario Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (OASES)
Ontario Fitness Council (OFC) Business Member
Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA)
Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (SWIS)


Loading Parameters for Hypertrophy Training - Charles Poliquin, 1997
Eating Management - Keith Klein, 1997
Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation - Charles Poliquin, 1997
CPTN Leading Edge Training Conference 1997: Functional Progressions and T.A.P. Learning Tools for Success - Jay Shiner, 1997
Post-Rehabilitation Training of the Musculoskeletal System - Douglas Stoddard, Janet Davis, John Smyth, Frank Ammirato, Ken Kinakin, and Susan Lee, 1997
Functional Abilities Evaluations & Physical Demands Analyses - Mike Affleck and Brenda Arellano, 1998
Optimum Leg Training - Charles Poliquin, 1998
Pathology Workshop: Shoulder and Pelvic Girdle - Craig Goodmurphy, 1998
Serious Strength Training - Tudor Bompa, 1999
International Weight-Training Injury Symposium - Ken Kinakin, Mauro Di Pasquale, Alain Vaillancourt, Ming Chew, Mark Scappaticci, Steve Segal, Mark Lindsay, Michael Leahy, David Leaf, Dave Harper, Tom Bilella, and Geron Cowherd, 1999
Protocols to Gain Maximal Strength & Muscle Size; Achieving the Ultimate Workout; and Customizing the Fat-Loss Approach for Clients - Charles Poliquin, 2000
Applied Science in Conditioning for Rehabilitation and Performance - Mel Siff, 2000
International Weight-Training Injury Symposium - Ken Kinakin, David Leaf, Mike Hartle, Dale Buchberger, Lorne Goldenberg, Aaron Mattes, Eric Serrano, Mark Percival, and Ed Coan, 2000
Modern Trends in Strength and Hypertrophy Training - Charles Poliquin and John Alvino, 2000
Supertraining & Westside Strength Camp - Dave Tate and Mel Siff, 2000
Low Back Injury: Improving Prevention Strategies and Rehabilitation Approaches - Stuart McGill, 2001
International Weight-Training Injury Symposium - John Berardi, Dorian Yates, Paul Chek, Bill Pearl, Lorne Goldenberg, Eric Serrano, Duncan MacDougall, Charlie Francis, Ian King, Paul Gagne, and Michele Joubert, 2001
True Functional Training for Contact Sports - Charles Poliquin and Art McDermott, 2002
Periodization of Nutrition - Dr. Eric Serrano, 2002
International Weight-Training Injury Symposium - Lee Haney, David Sandler, Mel Siff, Mark Verstegan, Udo Erasmus, Scott Abel, Lorne Goldenberg, Kate Pace, Mark Lindsay, Ann & Chris Frederick, Lonnie Lowery, Harvey Newton, and Chad Ikei, 2002
Orthopaedic Shoulder Assessment - Anne Hartley, 2003
Biosignature Modulation - Charles Poliquin, 2003
Functional Endocrinology - Datis Kharrazian, 2004
PFLC Refresher Workshop - Denise Mercier, 2004
Metabolic Type Eating - Dr. Joseph Mercola, 2004
Nutrigenomic Modulation of Inflammatory Disorders - Dr. Jeffrey Bland, 2004
Mastering the 8 Core Factors of Optimal Wellness and Health Restoration - Dr. Robert Rakowski, 2004
Movement Impairment Syndromes - Shirley Sahrmann, 2004
High Performance Workshop - Al Vermeil, 2004
Assessment of the Hip, Knee and Ankle Joints - Anne Hartley, 2005
Advances in Sports Medicine: Leading Edge Update Symposium - Anthony Mascia, Michael Clarfield, Matthew Lax, Helen Lee, John Furia, Rick Zarnett, Steve Halman, Steve Coupland, Mark Sherkin, Steve Reed, Jeff Spencer, Tony Galea, Karen Orlando, Cindy Hughes, and Mark Lindsay, 2005
SWIS Symposium - Eric Serrano, John Berardi, Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin, Charles Staley, and Dave Tate, 2005
Managing Menís & Womenís Health - Kristi Hughes, 2005
Restoring Patient Health Through Functional Endocrinology - Robert Rakowski, 2006
The Neurobiology of Mood and Cognitive Disorders - Jay Lombard, 2006
Managing the Multiple Causes of Chronic Inflammation - Jacob Kornberg, 2006
Introduction to Biotherapeutic Drainage (Teleconference) - Robert Abell, 2006
NFH Nutraceutical Science Symposium - Peter Jones, Bruce Holub, David Lescheid, David Jenkins, Colin Kay, and Philip Rouchotas, 2006
The Top 20 Nutritional Strategies Every Health Provider Needs To Know - Robert Rakowski, 2007
Beyond Metabolic Syndrome: From Controversy to Improved Outcomes - Clarifying the Confusion Surrounding Popular Diets such as the Atkins, Zone, and Paleolithic Diets - Dr. Jeffrey Bland, 2007
Periodization: Training Philosophies (Level 1) - Yusuf Omar, 2007
The Fatigue Solution - Kristi Hughes, 2007
Certified Exercise Physiologist Upgrade Workshop - V. Jamnik, Dr. G. Jones, Dr. I. Weller, Dr. R. Grisdale, N. Payne, K. Humber, S. Dogra, C. Statton, P. Sawyer, and Dr. D. Burtolo, 2007
Evidence Based Management of Acute Low Back Pain - Bahram Jam, 2007
The Depression Pandemic - Jay Lombard, 2007
The Complicated Patient: The Relationship between Symptomotology and Toxic Metals - Caron DeVita, 2007
The Emerging Therapeutic Target: Improving Therapeutic Outcomes by Treating the Intersection of Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Arthritis - Dr. Jeffrey Bland, 2008
Clinical Approaches to Chronic Disease: Highlights from the Functional Medicine Research Center - Aaron Hoo, 2008
The Next Revolution in GI Health Restoration - Michael Wald, 2008
Three-Step Bio-Detox Program: Reduce Chronic Fatigue, Pain and Inflammation - Abbas Qutab, 2008
NSCA-OATA Human Performance Symposium - Chris Jackson, Marty Gibala, Trevor Cottrell, Larry Jusdanis, Jason MacLean, and John Berardi, 2008
Reviving Emotional and Cognitive Health: New Functional Medicine Strategies - Robert Rakowski, 2009
Nutrigenomic Therapies for Autoimmune Disease: Beyond "One Drug - One Target" Treatments - Thomas O'Bryan, 2009
Clinical Nutrition for the Preconception and Fetal to Adolescence: The Critical Period for the Prevention of Chronic Disease - Nigel Plummer, 2010
Clinical Nutrition for the Prevention of Chronic and/or Age-Related Diseases - Nigel Plummer, 2010
The Four Pillars of Health - Nigel Plummer, 2010
Functional Capacity Evaluation and Performance Enhancement - Craig Liebenson, 2011
Getting to the Bottom of Prostate and Colon Health: Awareness, Wellness and Beyond - Dickson Thom, 2011
Remedies for Symptomatic Relief: Key Plex Remedies to Support Your Patient - Robert Abell, 2011
Pain Management: Radical New Science Revolutionizes Trans-dermal Healing - Joseph Gabriele, 2011
Stress Management and Adrenal Exhaustion: Improve Clinical Outcomes - Dickson Thom, 2011
Metabolic Syndrome - Dickson Thom, 2012
Choosing the Most Effective Probiotic for Your Patient - Nigel Plummer, 2012
Gluten Sensitivity and GI Health - Ronda Nelson, 2012
How to Build Your Practice Using Biotherapeutic Drainage" Therapy, An Introduction - Robert Abell, 2012
Managing Menopause - Ronda Nelson, 2012
Bone Essentials - Brandy Webb, 2012
Evaluating Androgens through Saliva Testing - Andrew Allshouse, 2012
The Essentials of Essential Fatty Acids: Composition, Quality and Processing - Nigel Plummer, 2012

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The Catanzaro Group
58 Melbourne Drive 
Richmond Hill OH L4S 2V2   Canada
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