What Do Physiotherapy And Fitness Have In Common? Dave Trought!

By: Caitlin Gaudreau

They say the best kind of work relationship is one built on mutual respect, trust, and shared goals. This couldn’t be more true for Trainer Dave Trought and Trainer Tom Lyonette. When asked what brought him to MoveForward Fitness, Dave said “Tom.” They met through a mutual friend and enjoyed hanging out while they played video games. Their talks eventually turned to training, and they quickly realized that they not only shared very similar ideas about fitness, they also had similar goals and aspirations. Tom and Dave’s  friendship quickly became a working relationship as a result.

Dave was really into fitness in high school; gym class, health class, sports, anything that related to the human body and how it moves.  He pursued a Bachelor’s degree in human kinetics at uOttawa, but Dave always knew in the back of his mind that his true passion was fitness. He did some physiotherapy while studying in university and enjoyed it quite a bit, so he began working at a physiotherapy clinic. This allowed him to use his fitness and human kinetics knowledge to further help his clients prehab or rehabilitate (rehab) while pursuing training.

Unless you’ve been to physiotherapy, you may not have heard the terms “rehab” and “prehab” before. At its essence, physiotherapy identifies imbalances in your body and aims to correct them for less pain and/or better mobility. Prehab—less commonly known than rehab—is a means to prevent injuries before they happen; rehab is a means to heal injuries after they happen. Injuries can happen from all different places and situations. Acute injury is the most common type: the hard fall, the twisted ankle, or getting smacked with a bat are immediate examples we can all think of. But there are also injuries caused by imbalances in our bodies which, over time, can lead to a repetitive strain injury. Prehab/rehab work aims to fix any compensations that our bodies  make due to weakness or injury, and therefore strengthen the affected muscle(s) to support the joints. Corrective measures like stretching or mobility movement help straighten out any imbalances and dysfunctional movements. This process leads to activating different weaker muscles, making them stronger and better able to work at supporting your movements.

Dave credits his time at physiotherapy clinics for giving him a more unique training background than most trainers. He was given rehab clients at physiotherapy and loved the challenge of finding a solution that would help someone lead a better life. The ultimate motivation? Improving people's quality of life. Once he felt that rush, there was no going back. Dave has been a personal trainer for 12 YEARS and has no plans of slowing down!

When asked what the hardest part was about being a personal trainer, Dave said that interpersonal skills were the thing he needed to improve, and fast. Some people don’t realize that being a personal trainer means having to approach strangers and ask them to trust you; to give you a lot of money; and to believe that YOU are going to make their fitness dreams a reality. This is a lifelong pursuit of learning, as you will continually improve your approach so people will trust you as they talk to you. Though these exchanges can be tough (no one likes to be pitched to unless they’re actively seeking out your services), they’re more than worth it for Dave because his clients teach him new things all the time, the biggest one being that small things can have a major impact. 

One client in particular stands out as the perfect example of a small thing having a big impact. This specific client was scheduled to have surgery on their shoulder and had to quit their practice due to their inability to use that shoulder. They had an assessment with Dave, in which he found what he thought was the problem. After a month of rehab with him, they had no pain and no longer required surgery. “That” Dave said, “is a great feeling.”

Lastly, I asked Dave how he gets past the mental blocks and pushes himself to be active when he’d really rather grab a beer and relax on the couch. He said the best motivation is to focus on the results: when you work hard, you get rewarded with results. This is a great mentality we should apply to all areas of our life.

If you’re interested in working with Trainer Dave, click here.


  • Mary Jane Beavis

    I have worked out with Dave and always found him to be super competent at helping me with my aching bones (especially my hips) from the anti-cancer medication I have to take. He meets you where you are at and is compassionate, funny and friendly. Keep up the great work and helping others to heal in a holistic manner.

  • Carla

    Dave was my personal trainer for a good stretch. I really enjoyed working with him – he is knowledgeable, he got to the bottom of some of my challenges so I’ve had lasting relief, strength and flexibility, and he is a super nice guy and interesting to talk to. Thanks Dave!

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