Born in Montreal, Rich Thaw was initially exposed to the field of Strength & Conditioning through an intense competitive hockey background. While playing in elite leagues throughout his athletic career, he came upon training and found a mode to excel. These passions lead him to pursue a career where he can help others reach their fitness and athletic goals.
He began reading and studying any training, nutrition and rehab related material he could get his hands on. This led Rich to formal academic studies in Exercise Science at Concordia, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certificate from McGill, Functional Movement Screen (FMS) courses, and Precision Nutrition Certification Program (Essentials in Sport & Exercise Nutrition).
Rich had interned in Boston, MA, during the summer of 2009 at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, and during this time was exposed to a wide range of athletes from high school to professional.
Recognized as one of the premier trainers in Montreal, Rich has established an outstanding reputation due to his no-nonsense approach to training, unique perspective on program design, and corrective exercise experience.
Rich’s ability to relate closely to XCAD student athletes and aspiring professional athletes dates back to his collegiate hockey experiences.
Rich has a strong passion for learning and frequently visits the United States to continue his education via hands on seminars, lectures and courses. Rich has worked with a wide variety of clientele, from general population, post-rehab weekend warriors to several top athletes in many different sports such as: Hockey, Football, Baseball, and Basketball.