Brent Bishop is a national on-air fitness expert, celebrity trainer, author of The Think Factor and brand ambassador for New Balance Canada. He is also the owner of Think Fitness Studios, performance-inspired conditioning centers in Toronto. Brent also expands his reach as a trainer on the latest virtual fitness platform, Evolve Functional Fitness. He has made several media appearances on North American networks including KTLA, WFLA Daytime, The Marilyn Denis Show, Global TV, Etalk, ET Canada and CityTV to name a few. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to numerous print media such as Best Health Magazine, Canadian Health and Lifestyle, Fitness Business Canada, Inside Fitness, Canadian Living and Sweat Equity Magazine. With over 18 years in the fitness industry, Bishop dedicates himself to inspiring the active lifestyle through fitness, adventure and media.
Bishop holds a B.Sc. in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. He has over 18 years experience inspiring people of all levels to demand more of themselves through fitness and personal development. Bishop has notable fitness career highlights working with Olympians, high level athletes and various film and television personalities. Whether it’s hiking the Andes in Peru, leading a group on a snowshoeing expedition or planning his next eco-adventure race, Bishop dedicates his time and energy to inspire himself
Why did you choose to go to SFU?
I initially wanted a career in forensics so I entered SFU based on the reputation of the Criminology program.
Who was your favorite SFU professor and why?
Glen Tibbits, cardiac physiology – he was extremely knowledgeable and I think what made it a great experience for me most of all was his ability to get the curriculum across to the students. I found his teaching style amazing.
Where did you spend the most amount of time on campus?
I spent most of my time in the sciences wing when I was studying but also spent time in the trails around campus running to de-stress and get in some exercise.
Do you have a favourite snow memory?
Getting stuck on the hill on the way up to campus. Not much to it but at the time it was stressful!
How have you used your SFU degree in your career?
I think my Kin degree from SFU has provided me with an amazing basis for what I do now as a fitness expert. The foundation it has provided me in terms of human physiology and understanding the body is amazing. Additionally, SFU is not an easy university and some of the courses and workload were a challenge. I do believe that my degree provided an additional benefit of enhancing my work ethic, organization and determination.
If you could give advice to students today, what would you tell them?
Enjoy the process and always follow your interests. I began in Criminology for almost 2 years and was always drawn more to toward the science aspects of the program and how the human body worked. This realization led me to commit to the Kin program.
What is the one thing about SFU that must not change?
Speaking from my experience in the Kin program, the attention to detail towards the science aspect of the degree and the expectations required should remain high as the end result is worth it.