In April of 1998 I had a vision of offering a unique training opportunity for athletes who had a need for optimal physical development.  With my education and NHL experiences, my goal was to share a development plan for young athletes that would help them reach their goals.  At the time Athletic Conditioning Center was the only facility in Ottawa providing this kind of exclusive training.  You had to be a competitive athlete to participate in the ACC programs.  Yes! We turned away many people in the drive to maintain our competitive athletic atmosphere. 

Athletes came from many different sports, from all over Canada and the U.S. to benefit from our experience.  Gary Roberts, Joe Neuwendyk, Daniel Briere, Daniel Alfredsson, Cory Stillman, Pat Woodcock, Cory Grant, Mike McCullough, Scott Gordon, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, and the Ottawa U Gee Gee’s football team are just a few of the names and teams who came through the ACC in the search to be their best.  2 Grey Cup’s and 3 Stanley Cup champion athletes hang from our walls.  Those are all the “old” clients, we continued to attract some great young kids like Zach Bogosian, Slater Koekkoek, Ben Sexton, Jeff Skinner, Blaine Byron, Zach Leslie and Tyler Toffoli to name a few.  We certainly evolved our clientele over the years.  It was not only the athletes that we helped, but the ACC staff who had moved on to opportunities as strength coaches in the NHL, CIS, and private industry.

After 17 years of operating the ACC and travelling back and forth to Toronto to work with the Gary Roberts High Performance Centre, I have been provided with an enticing opportunity from Gary that requires my full time commitment with his organization.  With that I am announcing the closure of the Athletic Conditioning Center.

It’s a new page for me personally, but I did not want to leave without providing an avenue for elite training for the ACC clientele.  I have created a relationship with Sean Young, Strength and Conditioning Coach and owner of Canadian Strength.  After meeting with Sean a number of times, I determined his philosophies and motivation, as well as his facility, would be a great match up for the ACC athletes.  With a degree in sciences, some solid certifications and an already impressive roster of pro clients such as Chris Kelly, Calvin Dehaan, and Ottawa RedBlacks receiver Brad Sinopoli, there will be the same competitive fire at Canadian Strength as there was at the Athletic Conditioning Center.

Sean wanted to make sure that his facility would meet the expectations of the ACC athletes and with that he has purchased a number of pieces of equipment from us such as our Keiser functional trainers, Samson Racks and platforms, Tendo’s for measuring bar velocity, and all of our speed and agility equipment.  With his great array of equipment, and indoor turf this will be a “THE” place for athletic training and development.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone over the past 17 years who helped to make the ACC a destination for sports training, and the best of luck to our clientele as they pursue that dream of being the best.

Yours in strength & conditioning

Lorne Goldenberg


An honour and a Privilege – A Message From Sean Young

I want to start by saying it is an honour and a privilege to have a strength and conditioning coach such as Lorne Goldenberg, to entrust me and my team to continue with his athlete's success.  My name is Sean Young, owner and head strength coach at the Canadian Strength Institute. I have had the pleasure to help several pro athletes advance their careers, whether through improving performance or rehabilitating their injuries. A few notable athletes such as Calvin Dehaan, who recently signed a contract to one of the current #1 teams in the NHL as a top defencemen for the New York Islanders.  I also had the pleasure to help Brad Sinopoli have a breakout season with Grey Cup Champions Calgary Stampeders. Brad also recently signed with the Ottawa Red Blacks for a big 3-year contract. In addition, I assisted Stanley Cup Champion Chris Kelly through recovery from back surgery last summer. Chris is currently on pace to have one of his best seasons yet in the NHL with the Boston Bruins. There are several more pro athletes, but the common theme is that we advance your career, whether it is like rising star’s Dehaan and Sinopoli or help you recover from any injury to ensure you continue to move forward in your sport. 

This summer at Canadian Strength our hockey program is above and beyond. With the addition of some new cutting edge equipment from Lorne Goldenberg’s ACC it really is the only full package summer hockey program in the city. We look after everything; from your supplements, nutrition, personalized strength program, and we specialize in fascial stretch therapy which allows you to get full range of motion on your lifts and also helps with injury prevention. Included in our program are 10+ on ice sessions and the 1st annual Canadian Strength cup.

Canadian Strength has the skills and assets to get you a step ahead for next year and is the best place for any hockey player wanting to succeed.

Look forward to working with you,

Sean Young 

NHL.COM video clip of Coach Goldenberg with Gary Roberts & Steven Stamkos, at Roberts High Performance Training Centre Toronto.

“We never utilize exercises for our athletes that compromise their abilities or which might put them at risk. Too often I see coaches pushing young athletes through drills and exercises that are inappropriate for their fitness level, just to impress them with something they may have seen on the internet. This will never happen at the ACC. We create programs based on science and sport biomechanics. We don’t follow trends, we set them”

     - Lorne Goldenberg BPE, CSCS, CEP President

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Our strength training workouts were developed by professional and experienced strength & conditioning coaches.  They have been designed to get optimal function out of your body, so you can perform on the ice or the field.  Find out why Lorne Goldenberg has been called one of the most successful coaches in sports performance training.  Whether its off-ice training for hockey, training for football, developing speed and power for soccer, or quickness for basketball is where you want to be.  If you are weekend athlete seeking to develop total body strength or you're just looking for a weight loss fitness program to get you lean and fit, the ACC has a program for you. Contact us today and ask one of our coaches about what we can do to help you achieve your desired athletic and physical fitness goals.

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As an author of Strength Ball Training and a contributor to many published books & articles, Coach Goldenberg has some well grounded opinions on the science of strength and conditioning for sport  Although his focus has been off ice training for hockey, some of the topics he touches on included: Exercise Technique, Serious Faults With Circuit Training, Pre-Game Warm Up, and Nutrition.