Michael Souster, M.Sc., B.Kin (Hon)

Director PPSD, Exercise Physiologist

With a background in national level athletics and exercise physiology, Peak Power Director and Co-founder Michael Souster primarily works with power sport athletes. His expertise in Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, running mechanics and plyometrics provide Michael with the foundation to design and deliver advanced and comprehensive training programs for any athlete.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, Michael obtained his Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta. As a former varsity and national level sprinter, Michael combines his knowledge of sport science with his own experience as an athlete. Michael has worked with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, as well as hockey players from all levels (bantam to professional), helping them to reach their full potential through a variety of physical preparation methods. The majority of Michael’s time in the summer is focused on preparing athletes for the upcoming hockey and alpine skiing season. 

Michael has held the position of Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for SAIT for the past 20 years. During that time, Michael has helped SAIT Varsity athletes and teams in winning 87 Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships and CCAA medals and championships. Michael was also an instructor in the former Centre for Academic Learning Services (CALS) physical education program.

Over the past 8 years, Michael has been working extensively with Alberta’s Provincial Alpine Racing Team and has become one of the leading authorities in strength and conditioning within the Alberta Alpine Ski Racing Community. In the sport of Alpine, Michael has had the privilege of working with numerous athletes that have moved on to receive full ride scholarships to the NCAA and compete at the National level in both Alpine and Ski Cross.

After assisting the Canadian Bench Press team at the 2004 World Bench Press Championships in Cleveland, Michael has had the honor of representing the Canadian Team as Head Coach at the World Bench Championships in 2006 (Hungary), 2008 (Czech Republic), 2009 (Luxembourg) 2010 (USA), 2011 (Austria), 2012 (USA) and 2015 (USA). Currently, three of his athletes hold national level records in the Bench Press.  

As well as serving as Director and Head Exercise Physiologist of PPSD, Michael serves as an instructor for Mount Royal University for the Personal Fitness Trainer Extension Certificate program. This program is designed to respond to the competitive demands for well-trained and knowledgeable personal fitness trainers. It also guides potential trainers through a combination of academic and technical courses as well as practical skill development. Michael is responsible for the delivery of the two levels of Strength and Resistance Training courses, which describe how the principles of anatomy and physiology are applied to exercise. Beginning with nutrition and the metabolic pathways that provide energy for movement, Michael teaches how the systems of the body respond physiologically to the demands of exercise. Michael’s students leave his class understanding how these systems adapt to specific aerobic and anaerobic modes of training as well as the effects that age and gender have on these adaptations.

Michael is only one of three individuals in Alberta who instructs the NCCP Intro to Olympic Weightlifting Coaching clinic. This course explores the technical principles, concepts and theories related to coaching Olympic Weightlifting, strength adaptation and training prescription.

In addition, Michael has spent time assisting and sitting on several Academic Advisory and Business Boards. He currently sits as Chair of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation Coaches Committee, VP Technical for Alberta Weightlifting Association, Director of two non-profit organizations and a Board of Director Member for a Land Developing company.

Michael lives in Calgary with his three daughters, Madison, Molly and Emerson.

"Train Them As Much As Necessary, Not As Much As Possible" Henk Kraaijenhof