Based on the practice of Somatraining, which was created by Osteopath Guy Voyer, Sampson Training is approaching exercise from a better understanding of the anatomical function of the muscles of the body. Also being strongly aware that there are unique benefits from various forms of exercise, including Yoga and Pilates, The Sampson Training Approach is inclusive rather than restrictive.

The Sampson Training Approach applies to anyone, young or old, athletes or not, injured or not. But it is one thing to be young, un-injured or someone who, regardless of age, seems to continue to function without any major physical issues. It would be marvelous to fall into one of those groups but unfortunately that’s not the case for many people.

Trying to change or adapt what we do due to injuries or physical restrictions can be a major challenge. This may be more so for those of us who love exercising or physical activities. Even when deep down we know we may be causing greater problems, it may be hard to walk away from the activities that we love.

The reality is there are many physical conditions and injuries that we may not be able to resolve 100%. At the very least we might be able to regain most of our function. Be able to return to our activities in a modified form. And even better, eliminate the symptoms of our problem, even though we are aware it is still hiding in the background and we may have to manage it for the rest of our life.

Often we discuss exercise becoming a lifestyle. This is recognizing the fact that if not applied consistently for extended periods, the likelihood of success would be limited.

When we think of activities such as yoga, tai chi or any martial art we accept that the foundation of them is to practice exercises and techniques consistently over long periods of time. There should be no less expectation of any other kind of physical activity or exercise including resistance training.

Often yoga is discussed as being the practice of both mind and body.

But why would we approach any form of exercise in any other way?

Does it make any sense to apply increasing volumes of external load or weight to the body without being mindful in your practice?



Introduce an understanding of the body’s muscular anatomy and exercise for people who are new to training.


Teach some variations that may be beneficial to experienced exercisers.


Discuss and incorporate lifestyle changes in our daily life.


Change perspectives and approaches to the physical challenges of our bodies particularly in the case of long-term injuries.


Physical activity has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Whether it was playing tennis or body surfing for hours back home in the Caribbean to working out and riding my bike as transportation here in Toronto. Although it was not my plan it ultimately led me to a 20 year career in fitness and lifestyle management.

Having been physically active in a non-competitive fashion my whole life, a series of unplanned events would take me down my current path.

Applying for a job that had specific physical requirements took me from being unable to get to the end of the block to running 10 K regularly. I eventually completed a marathon and a half Iron Man in pursuit of completing an Iron Man challenge.

Unbeknownst to me, it would never be as several injuries and setbacks would stalk me from then on. First it was a bad fall on the first day of snowboarding lessons that caused a pelvis injury which would not be properly diagnosed for 10 years. This was followed by a lower leg nerve injury during a surgery. This surgery was supposed to address the pelvis problem but I later learned it would not have.

As luck would have it, my work would lead to a therapist who would guide me to study SomaTraining with Guy Voyer which would take my practice to another level.

This was crucial to my recovery after deciding to have a surgery for a torn rotator cuff muscle suffered while playing tennis as a teenager. This was followed by a second surgery resulting from compensating to protect the initial surgery.

Incurring injuries derailed my initial objectives but led to a deeper personal understanding of the process of incurring injuries, the impact of injuries and the surgery rehab process. This included the physical, mental and emotional perspectives. It also taught me the resolve required to continue to pursue the recovery process and to accept when its outcome may not be the one I wanted.

I first started working with Adrian to address some lingering injuries from intense repetitive exercise, including running and cycling. From the beginning I could tell his approach was drastically different from other trainers – focusing on identifying and strengthening weaknesses to prevent injuries before they happen and keep any recurring pain at bay. Adrian knows the physical body inside and out which enables him to develop creative and challenging exercises that help me maintain longevity in the activities I love. We also trained throughout my pregnancy which helped to mitigate discomfort and bounce back quickly postpartum. He also just happens to be one of the friendliest guys around!


Laura Peever


I met Adrian when he was a student in the Fitness and Lifestyle program at George Brown College. A sedentary 5’7″ bureaucrat weighing in at 195 lbs — I was a tough assignment. Adrian coached me with imagination, wisdom and persistence and continued to do so for nearly ten years. With his support, I got down to 155 lbs and managed to cycle from Vancouver to Toronto in 2007. I still follow the routines and the attitude that Adrian taught me and at 73, I will run my third half-marathon this year. Adrian is the best — smart, gentle, very knowledgeable, creative and adaptable. You’d be hard pressed to find a better personal trainer anywhere.


Michael Cooke Ph.D.


Adrian’s unique and cutting edge approach to training stems from his deep understanding of the ideal mechanical function and performance of each aspect of the human body. His innate ability to quickly get to the root of any physical challenge is what ensures that the people he works with will achieve the results they are looking for. He is attentive, creative, thinks far beyond main-stream basic training exercises and will go the extra mile to ensure people strengthen from the ground floor up so there are no weak links in the chain. Adrian’s 20+ years of experience, combined with a keen intelligence and an insatiable appetite to constantly keep expanding his knowledge base is what distinguishes him and places him at the top of the fitness and strength training industry in Toronto.


Andrew Thompson


Having played competitive contact sports early in my life and now having spent most of my working life in an office environment, I developed extreme back pain in my 40’s to the point of it being debilitating. I started training with Adrian over 6 years ago and through a combination of gradual warm-ups, plyometrics, yoga, Eldoas, weight training, cardio and stretching I feel better and stronger now in my 50’s than I did a decade ago. The mental and physical benefits are undeniable, and I am extremely grateful. Adrian specifically designed a program that worked for me and we continuously change and alter exercises that fit with what is going on in my life and what areas need focus. Adrian takes the time to know what is going on in my world and understands what needs to be worked on. He challenges me to set realistic goals and he make’s sure we get there. Training with Adrian has improved my life 100%. Even during Covid, we train regularly via online and we have not missed a beat. I now have the ability to work, travel and do the things I enjoy doing, not only with out pain but with strength and confidence. I would highly recommend Adrian to anyone wanting to improve their life!


Mike Kirchmair