Optimal Human

Moving you from injury to performance.

Whether you are looking to return from injury, currently dealing with an injury, or just looking to build resilience, we can help.

Get to know Zak Palek

Zak is a Physical Therapist, Strength Coach and Kinstretch Instructor. Zak graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2021 and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2018.

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What Our Members Say About Us

"Zak has played a pivotal role in my development from a college athlete to a professional. I needed someone I could trust to help me endure the immense physical demands in an industry where longevity and reliability is a highly desirable trait. Seeing Zak apply his commendable work ethic to his education as a clinician convinced me that Zak was the person to trust as I prepared to take a life altering leap. Through Zak’s programming we have been able to address mobility flaws in a way which has improved all aspects of my life – I now lift, run, and play better while living more comfortably as a result of Zak’s work. I am proud to have worked with Zak; I truly believe that OHP can unlock new possibilities for anyone looking to take a step towards improving their life."

Mark Korte

Edmonton Elks Offensive Lineman
"I am a 64 year old male that thought he could surf, after my crash I wound up with surgery on my L5 vertebrae, damage to my ACL and shoulder. After extensive research on rehabilitation I settled on Zak...a choice I will never regret. My future as an older athlete was not looking good but I can happily say that the information, guidance, training systems and protocols Zak introduced to me have resulted in a full recovery and strength I could not have imagined. All of the science and well thought out programs coupled with an amazing personality and caring attitude made this experience a big win. The best part is my wife who would never have a trainer does now...Zak! Thanks for everything."

Doug Reinbold

OHP Member Since 2019
"I had a pretty severe accident in the summer of 2015 and sustained major injuries to my low back and groin. Since the injury I tried lots of trainers with little success. A year after working with Zak, I can say that I haven’t felt this good since pre-accident. Prior to my injury I was very active. I enjoyed running, golfing, hiking and hockey, and I wanted to get back to enjoying life again. Late last fall my wife and I climbed Mount Stearn in Grande Cache, a 17 km round trip that had 1063 metre elevation gain. Fast forward to March 2019, and I just did a 307lb trap bar deadlift for a set of six. A year ago I couldn’t walk around the block without experiencing pain. Being able to do the things you love is not just good for the body but also for the soul. Thanks Zak. You are wise beyond your years!"

Dave Ashbourne

OHP Member Since 2017
"Zak is an amazing trainer and Physical Therapist. I came to him in 2018 to rehab from issues with my hips and lower back. He is so knowledgeable in all areas and makes you feel very supported and heard. He shows up with his best self everyday and has a great sense of humor and makes the training fun. He structured my training to not only heal from my issues, but get stronger and continue to excel and reach my goals. I have continued to work with Zak after he helped me with those challenges and am happy to say I'm in better shape than I have ever been!"

Chandelle MacMillan

OHP Member Since 2018
"I have had the pleasure of playing football alongside of and training with Zak for over 10 years. The methods and techniques I have learned from him have been instrumental in my success as a football player. In 2017, I had one of the most physically demanding seasons in Canada West Football history, and with the knowledge I gained from Zak's FRC education, I was able to play at a peak level throughout the entire season, winning the Hec Crighton as Canada's Most Outstanding Player."

Ed Ilnicki

2017 CFL Draft Pick, 2017 U Sport Football All-Canadian and Most Outstanding Player
"Zak is knowledgeable, professional, friendly and knows exactly how much pressure to apply so that you leave the gym feeling like you worked hard and got results. His workouts are fun and challenging, and adapted to suit individual needs. I've worked with many trainers over the years, and Zak is the best, by far. He's got the right combination of theory and practical experience, combined with a caring attitude; all of which come together to form an exceptional trainer!"

Veronica Vinge

OHP Member Since 2019
"I've worked with Zak since his grade 10 year and have yet to see another athlete with his work ethic and commitment to his goals. That mentality has carried over to the work he puts into his career as a clinician. Zak's understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and training philosophy/methodology is unmatched by most coaches in this industry. Not only does he understand the theoretical side of training, he also understands the effort and mindset athletes need to achieve their goals and does a great job instilling that in all of his clients."

Brad Dayman

Owner of Elite Athlete Training Systems, Westside Special Strengths Coach
"Zak is a great trainer and Physical Therapist who actually cares about his clients and their overall health. He works with you to achieve your goals and his background in physio is a bonus for anyone utilizing his personal training services. Highly recommended for personal training and help with any pain or injury."

Shaun Malmo

OHP Member Since 2018
"I have been training under Zak since 2017 as a powerlifter, and I have to say that I am beyond impressed with the progress I have made. Zak has been able to help me progressively get stronger, improve my technique in all 3 lifts (539lb squat, 341lb bench, 529lb deadlift), while keeping my joints healthy, allowing me to progress pain free. Zak takes his commitment to his clients very seriously and maintains a regimented schedule, but also allowing for flexibility when necessary. I would highly recommend Optimal Human Performance to anyone looking to get stronger or move better."

Ryley Turenne

Competitive Powerlifter, OHP Member Since 2017
"It's refreshing to have a young strength coach that I can speak the same language with. Zak at Optimal Human Performance possesses the necessary tools to physically prepare athletes and in a manner that coincides with current principles of sport medicine."

Dr. Jeff Cubos

Back On Track Chiropractic and Sport Injury Clinic

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