Our Training Philosophy

Solid Foundation, Proper Technique, Strength Training The beginning programs focus on perfect technique. The strength work will follow. This point is essential to prevent injuries from occurring, especially in young athletes as well as older athletes who may already have pre-existing conditions. Coach Kanama does not allow even the slightest variation from perfect technique. His program also has graduation requirements, to know when the athlete is ready for advancement. Some students develop faster than others, and these graduation requirements are a great standard to go by.


Students can expect to train 1.5 hours 3 - 5 times a week. Coach Kanama will develop a training program tailored to your sport or goals.

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"KanamaHP is a training facility that is outstanding for two types of people: those who want to excel at the sport of Olympic Weightlifting and those who want to improve themselves by achieving their personal goals in fitness and life.   The experience can be described in one word, transforming.

As a family we joined KHP three years ago, and my sons were more sports fans than athletes.  They were growing quickly and had a lack of control and co-ordination.  We started coming to the gym as a family on the weekends (a 20 minute drive from downtown Toronto) and making the trip by subway on their own during the week.  Each week brought new improvements in their strength, focus and attitude.  Under Coach Hani’s watchful eye and expertise they became competent, confident lifters.  They now see themselves as capable people, who welcome challenges and new situations.  This perspective is invaluable and will serve them well in any future endeavor.

As a healthcare professional, I have a physically demanding job.  I did not realize the demands of the job were affecting my health.  I would go home after a long day very fatigued with neck and shoulder pain that would persist over several days and sometimes impair neck mobility.  I had always considered myself healthy, but I had not focused on strength and flexibility.  Now I have an integrated approach to fitness that includes all these aspects because Olympic weightlifting is a whole body/whole fitness workout.  I feel better than I ever have and am grateful for this every day.

A little better every day.  Some people may find the idea of joining an Olympic training facility like Kanama HP intimidating.  There are platforms, bars and weights-that’s it.  You either have a story or a result is on the wall.  In fact, it is the most supportive fitness space I have been in.  Everyone is working toward their own best and encouraging you to do the same.  Hani and Rich give expert and specific instructions, they are very generous and genuine in their commitment to you as a lifter.  The success is yours to achieve."