Elite Performance Training West Island

At Cappino Physiotherapy & Wellness Center we understand that all athletes want to stay in top physical condition from the beginning of the season to the end. To that end, Cappino now offers clients elite performance strength and conditioning training programs, tailored to specific sports or individual goals.

A1 Fitness Academy, located next to Cappino, is 12,000 sq. ft. training facility, the biggest athlete tailored gym in the city. A1, which stands for Athletes First, is tailored to provide the essential programming and workout to achieve their performance goals. With 50 yards of indoor turf, athletes can work on speed and agility. The field turf is ‘cleat-friendly’ and allows any type of athlete to take advantage of training in game cleats. The facility has a pull up and squat rig of over 50ft, free weights, Olympic platforms, and all other essential functional training equipment necessary for athletes of all ages to get the best training necessary.

A1 Fitness Academy tailors all of its programs toward functional movements. Functional training when applied correctly has a huge impact on the body’s ability to increase motor patterns. The endless variety of movements and high intensity that our trainers provide ensures that the athlete’s body will be able to move in all six degrees of freedom with ease, allowing these athletes to perform simple and complex movements more efficiently. Over the last decade, many athletes have limited the body to machine guided movements, which forces an athlete to move in a single plane of motion, instead of several.

Our coaches construct progressive training routines in a team environment. The goal is to have athletes move through workouts that will directly translate into higher performance during game play.

Focus is to have athletes follow the 10 domains of fitness.

  • Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Accuracy
  • Balance
  • Coordination


Sports specific workouts will allow athletes to master the above aspects of fitness in a safe environment with qualified strength and conditioning coaching staff. Proper technique, injury prevention, and mobility will allow our athletes to get the most out of our functional training programming.


For more information, or to speak to a representative, please call 514.684.9073.


Meet our team…

Ryan Smith is Head Trainer and Owner of L’usine West Island. Ryan has been a full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach since 2007. He has run the CrossFit and strength and conditioning programs at many different gyms around the Montreal area, CrossFit Be Training, Studio Adonnics and MWM Conditionement Physique to name a few. Since his graduation in Sports Psychology, Ryan has since collected many different recognized certifications, specializing him in various domains of fitness.  Ryan has worked with many professional athletes and collegiate athletes, helping them achieve athletic success through sports specific training programs!


  • Sports Psychology (Concordia University)
  • The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – CSCS
  • Ace Personal Trainer Certified
  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association – NSCA-CPT
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • American Sports and Fitness Association –Certified Trainer
  • Athletic Republic Level 1, 2 and Master Trainer
  • Poliquin Level 1
  • Can-Fit-Pro Personal Trainer Specialist
  • Certified First Responder


Mike Rastelli was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at John Rennie Sport Etudes (Bantam AAA/AA -Predators) prior to his employment with Usine West Island. In addition, he was the assistant coach of the Dawson Blues’ men’s hockey team, as well as their head strength coach. Moreover, this past summer he became the head strength coach at Perform Hockey; responsible for training players in their off-season. He has trained players from prep school, Cegep, Jr. A, QMJHL, CIS, NCAA D1-D3, ECHL, SPHL. Mike has also collected several training certifications.


  • The NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NCSA-CPT)
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Olympic Lifting Certification
  • CanFit Pro Certification


Grant Gosselin has been working with athletes for over 8 years. Having obtained his BSC in Applied Exercise Science from The University of New England, he has worked with athletes from all backgrounds. During his time at UNE he worked alongside head Strength and Conditioning Coach Patrick McCarthy to develop and implement the on and off season programs for all Varsity teams. He has hands-on experience working with athletes from all different sports, but specializes in Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse and Rugby. Not only has Grant been working with athletes but also people from all walks of life, who are looking to further their health and wellness.

Grant is also CSCS and Crossfit Level 1 certified and strives to continually further his knowledge and experience working alongside athletes.

Grant himself has been training for over 12 years and was named Captain of the UNE varsity men’s hockey team during the 2008-2010 seasons.