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About Dean Somerset

BSc. Kinesiology – University of Alberta

Certified Exercise Physiologist

Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

National Strength & Conditioning Association

Medical Exercise Specialist

American Academy of Health, Rehabilitation & Fitness Professionals

Oh hello.

I KNOW, right? You DO look exceptionally good today. Are those new pants? No pants? Well, you smell terrific so you have that going for you. Give yourself a high five.

If you’ve come this far you know I’m a guy who has his own website, and in this crazy mixed up world, that says something. I don’t know exactly what it says, but it’s right there being said. If you need more information, I’m happy to oblige, but it’s going to be kind of weird, me sitting here telling you stuff about me while not knowing anything about you, other than you aren’t wearing pants and smell amazing. If you’re into that sort of thing, I don’t judge. At least not out loud.

I’m a personal trainer from Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Well, technically I have some more impressive sounding titles, but they all just mean the same things. I help people get strong, fit, flexible, and enjoy fitness as much as possible.

My clientele has included clients with post-surgical joint replacement rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation & wellness, sports injury post-rehabilitation, neural impairments and spinal cord injuries, cancer patients and even elite runners and fire fighters. Training is easiest once you know where to start, which is why I try to incorporate a lot of different assessment techniques, some common, some I’ve made up on the spot, but in each case the goal is to see what that person uniquely brings to the table and how I could help them get more from their workouts, however that may be. Everyone has a raging beast of an athlete inside of them, and deserves to feel what it’s like to push their limits with a safe and effective program.

In addition to working with people in person like a real human, I have clients I work with all over the world on a host of different goals, be they injury recovery, athletic performance, weight loss, or just enjoying their time in a gym with a gameplan for success. I’ve written for major publications like Men’s Health, Women’s Health,,, and a slew of other websites and print media.

I’ve managed to teach seminars all over the world. Most of my talks focus on using humour and hands-on application to keep people engaged and entertained. This has been shown to be a successful method of having participants retain key information versus just speaking and instructing, and lets me make ruthless fun of anyone who shows up to a hip or mobility seminar wearing tight jeans. Here’s a snippet of me teaching a core assessment and function seminar, and also dropping a super sweet magic trick on a stuck hip.

If you’ve read this far, I’m sure you’ve come to realize that I don’t take myself too seriously and have an idea of what I’m talking about. I drop a lot of free content on this blog, and have some other resources that cost a few bucks where I go into more detail on some topics, plus I offer coaching services. In the end, you don’t have to spend a cent to be here, and I’d actually encourage you to read all the free stuff you want and try stuff out to see what you think. I’m here to help, entertain, and make you feel awesome about fitnessing stuff, heavy lifting, and getting the most out of your workouts.

In the end, I’m just a meathead. Come and be a meathead with me. We have cookies and free Netflix, plus we tell way cooler stories and look way hotter with our clothes off.

If I can be of any service to you in the future, maybe freshen your drink, fluff your pillow, show a new deadlift stance that might work better for you, anything at all, just let me know by emailing me HERE. I check every email I get.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Sep15

    40th Birthday Superfantastic Sale

    I’m turning 40 in a few days. This is a point where a lot of people wind up having midlife crises, buying sports cars, getting hair plugs, and start mentally preparing themselves for when their doc tells them they need a prostate exam. The funny thing is, I mostly feel the same as I did…

  • Jul26

    Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Raise Your Rates

    A few years ago, my wife and I were fortunate enough to do a walking food tour while on vacation in Paris. I know, that’s a very bougie thing to start a post with. Try not to hold it against me. A big reason we wanted to do this tour was to get a better…

  • Jul19

    Mind the Gap: Improving Pressing Stability with A Simple Cue

    A common technique issue I see when working with clients looking to get their pressing strength up is movement of the shoulder blade and humerus during the press phase of the lift. Essentially, they may start off with everything in the right places, but then at the top of the movement they wind up pressing…

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Ask yourself this: How much do you feel you get out of your current workouts?

Have you seen noticeable gains in size, strength, performance, or weight loss in the last few months? Have you felt like that nagging injury is getting better, worse or not changing at all? Do you feel on a whole better than you did 5 months or even 5 weeks ago?

People tend to stick to a program for waaaay to long, making it almost as routine as brushing your teeth before bedtime. Others jump programs every week, never focusing on any element, preferring to spin their wheels trying to do everything at once instead of seeing dramatic improvements in a select one or two areas. This leaves them upset, disappointed and looking for more of the same, or the new hotness from the latest issue of their favorite fitness magazine.

“Dean Somerset is a psychopath. Or sociopath. Anyway he’s some sort of path. If this were Egyptian times, he’d somehow have me whipping myself as I built a damn pyramid, with my abs braced and imagining I was breathing through my eyelids. I mean, sure I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and sure, I’m more mobile than I’ve been since I was a teenager and sure I’m not in pain anymore but the damage to my fragile ego of sneaking into the aerobics studio for some pink weights because it’s all I can control for half-kneeling baby reverse amoeba squats just isn’t worth it. Probably.” – Andrew Moore, long time distance coaching client


I came to Dean a hot ghetto mess of sadness and confusion, having for the first time in my life found a sport that I love and questioning if I could continue due to injury. Not only did Dean create a specific program to address my injury, but he also made my training enjoyable with variations I had never done on my own.

Most importantly, Dean’s bedside manner is that of someone who actually cares, plus his e-mail response time and banter are hilarious. The only way you could go wrong with Dean is if you don’t go with Dean.  – Roger Lawson


Now I’m sure there are some reading this who just want information on what it involves (which I’ve provided), and some who just want to send me an email (thank you), but for those who have thought it through and are ready to get the ball rolling TODAY I’ll give you a breakdown of what it costs to do distance training.

I charge a flat fee of $249 US plus tax per month for distance training, and have a minimum time commitment of 3 months. The first month includes all the assessments and stuff like that, and then we’re off to the races. Each month is going to get you an individualized program and full access to me with everything mentioned above (emails, videos, all that jazz). This fee also allows for access to the app so you can take your customized workouts into the gym with you on your phone or tablet so you can easily track your workouts and also view the exercise videos quickly and easily.

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By the way, this is a recurring payment each month, which means you don’t have to worry about re-submitting this form or losing an invoice. The payments are automatic, and can stop at any time you decide with a simple click.

If you’re ready to get rolling immediately, once you’ve filled out the form, click the button below to set up an account and manage your payments.


But Dean, I don’t want a full program, I just want to get an assessment to figure out what I need to do on my own. Can you still help me out?? 

Absolutely. Technology is a great thing, and one of the main advances in the past decade is the ability to video conference with someone on the other side of the world live, which means I could meet with you over Skype to go through an assessment, figure out a corrective strategy that make be beneficial for you, and give some recommendations on how to address them going forward. It won’t require a full program, but it’s a step in the right direction compared to self-diagnosis and trying to analyze everything yourself.

For a Skype consult, we’ll schedule a time that works best for both of us (depending on time zones), use the video conferencing feature on Skype, and go through a detailed medical history, movement assessment, and corrective strategies that may be most appropriate for what you’re looking for. I can even do technical feedback for your main lifts, like deadlifts, squats, cleans, presses, etc if you have the equipment handy and want some direct coaching on what to do more effectively.

That sounds awesome!! What do I have to do to get that????

You just have to pay for the consult below and I’ll contact you as soon as possible and we’ll find a time to meet up through the interwebz.

Choose your Package

I’ll contact you within the day at the email address you provide through the order form. You can even order multiple consults for follow-ups, checking on multiple issues or technical lifts, orwhat ever you would want to discuss in more depth and detail.


If you’re not feeling either of these options, there’s one more potential way you could start training with me without moving to the frozen tundra of Edmonton. You could also pick up a copy of High Tensile Strength, my semi-custom 6 month training system that helps you get stronger, gain muscle, lose weight, improve mobility, or simply shake up your existing routine.


Click HERE for more info and to sign up