PROGRESSIVE IN NATURE
SIMPLE BY DESIGN
ONLINE TRAINING SYSTEMS FOR MOUNTAIN-BASED ATHLETES
Union Athletics is founded on the principle that a collaborative, team-based approach to health and performance is a better solution than an independently created program. Each movement, rep count, and exercise tutorial is created by our team of like-minded professionals, and is led by Jay Chiasson and Joel Harwood. Our network of inspiring coaches, physiotherapists, dieticians, and professional athletes adds breadth and depth for Union Athletics clients and friends.
Jay spent the better part of a decade studying and working in the field of Structural Engineering before deciding to follow his true passion and become a Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Jay takes a scientific and evidence-based approach to strength and conditioning, always endeavoring to train smarter not harder. His specialties are in performance enhancement, injury mitigation and optimizing human movement potential.
Credentials & Courses Taken:
- Bachelor Of Engineering (B.Eng)
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
- Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
- Functional Range Assessment (FRA)
- Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach (CCC)
- Strongfirst (SFG) & (RKC) Kettlebell Instructor
- Postural Restoration - Myokinematic Restoration (PRI)
- Functional Movement Systems (FMS-2)
- Art of Breath
Joel’s ongoing endeavors as a student, athlete, coach, and educator have led him to create a universal, athlete-centered approach to long-term development and human performance.
His background in exercise physiology and ongoing passion for his own coaching evolution allows him to exceed the ever-changing needs of professional athletes, data-driven clients, and World Champions.
- Blueprint Athlete Development - founder and head coach
- Cycling Canada Coach of the Year
- Coach to numerous professional athletes, including 2017 World Champion Miranda Miller
- Cycling BC - Head Coach
- Lead coach for all disciplines, working with provincial road, track, BMX and mountain bike programs
- Masters of Education - Grit versus fragility
- Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology
- Bachelor of Education
- Chartered Professional Coach
I’ve been training with Joel for a number of years now and I love his approach to training in the way that he aims to make you not just a better rider but an all around human/athlete as well. He covers all bases and keeps it fun in the process. If you’re just starting racing or chasing down podiums, I’d highly recommend Union Athletics.
- Lucas Cruz, Professional Mountain Bike Athlete
When I started training towards my full potential, I tried to take training into my own hands through various internet sources, it was disconnected information drawing me further away from what I really wanted . I went in searching for something that could take me to the next level because I knew I had the ambition but didn’t have the knowledge. Training with Union Athletics has brought me to where I feel like I need to be, always progressing my fitness, my skills and my determination. It has a fun, but challenging functional training plan.
- Colby Pringle, Professional Mountain Bike Athlete
I haven't been working with Union Athletics for long, but from what I have experienced, the workouts, both on and off the bike, are comprehensive, complete, and seem to be working great. In only a few months, I've seen some major improvement in my fitness, strength and overall mobility. Joel and Jay are friendly guys who make you feel comfortable, and with whom you feel as a team working towards the same goals. I strongly recommend it!
- Charles Couture, Professional Mountain Bike Athlete
Since I started working with Joel a little over a year ago, I’ve significantly improved my strength and durability as a mountain biker, trail runner and skier. Joel adapts my program according to my athletic goals and life commitments, helping me to maintain a high level of motivation. As a multi-sport athlete, I especially appreciate his extensive knowledge of the functional movements required for various sports. I firmly believe that Joel’s program is not only making me stronger today, but will also give me the durability to continue enjoying mountain activities well into the future.
- Jayne Rossworn, Endurance Athlete
After stepping away from ski racing in 2018 and committing 100% to mountain bike racing I needed someone with a complete training program. Joel helped me make massive gains in my fitness and skills on the bike. We have worked hard on improving my cornering technique and overall body position. This has not only improved my top speed but also my consistency during race runs which is something I have struggled with over the last two seasons. This year I have been able to race with more confidence and control which has made for some big improvements on the results sheet. Joel’s unique approach to not only working on the fitness side but actually improving my skills on the trail has been a major part in my progress over the last three years. I am really excited to see what the future holds with Blueprint Athlete Development.
- Kasper Woolley, Professional Mountain Bike Athlete
Joel has been my coach for MTB for several years now. He prioritizes our weak points to ensure we grow as a WHOLE athlete not just to our specific sport. Many of the strength-based programs are multi-use for all levels of competition and sport which allows us to build a strong foundation that can be built upon. The variety in his program also keeps the training fun and exciting, as you have to learn skills and make your body adaptable to all these new challenges. So whether you are just trying to get some strength gains or win a world cup, Joel is sure to keep you on your toes
- Julia Long, Professional Mountain Bike Athlete