Elite Performance Coaching

Building YOUR athlete within. Our mission is to build you into a complete athlete, by developing force, power, speed and conditioning. Our coaching methods are designed to elevate and enhance your performance in mind and body.

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Are you ready to break the mold and rise above to reach your goals? Join our community of motivated, inspired, and resilient members. When you join the CPA community you don’t just get access to an elite facility and Hamilton’s top performance coaches, you become part of a family that elevates one another.



Home of Hamilton’s elite performance facility with more than 4,000 square ft. of training floor available with an additional 2,000 square ft. coming soon. Our facility hosts several training rooms, and provides our members with access to multiple training racks, barbell and dumbbell weights, performance bands, sleds, tires, and more.

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“ I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times ”



Michael Cornell
Michael CornellOwner, Head Performance Coach
A 6 year CFL vet, Michael has dedicated his life to the concept of performance and breaking the mold. He has more than 15 years of hands-on experience with exercise physiology, kinesiology, corrective movement patterns, and sports psychology along with several training and performance certifications.
Raquel Rakovac
Raquel RakovacOwner, Performance Coach
Raquel encourages our community to embrace their power and develop self-love. Coaching is her purpose. As a former athlete, she suffered a severe leg injury, and following three surgeries; She watched the future she had planned slip away. Not one to accept defeat, her mission is to embrace the challenges and encourage others to defy their limitations and dig deeply into their power and purpose
Sara Stein
Sara SteinPerformance Coach
Sara has always been driven towards a leadership role and a passion for helping others excel in their health pursuits. Her fierce leadership, drive to educate herself and ability to connect and move with you through any challenge are the true testament to what you will achieve with Sara in your corner.

Nikita Whitlock
Nikita WhitlockPerformance Coach
Nikita is a versatile professional athlete playing defensive tackle and fullback. He has played in three professional leagues throughout his career: the NFL, the CFL, and the XFL. Nikita believes that even the biggest walls and barriers can be broken down… especially with a sledgehammer.
Alexandria DiFazio
Alexandria DiFazioDance Fundamentals and Performance Coach
As a professional dance artist and instructor, Alexandria has been involved in a wide range of performances and events over the years, including festivals, concerts, and music videos. She has been a dancer in the Hamilton-based contemporary dance collective To The Pointe Dance Project since 2012. Alexandria was a professional cheerleader and captain with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for three seasons, having participated in Grey Cup Festivals.

Break the Mold. Rise Above.

Level up with Cornell Performance Academy, it’s time to build your inner athlete.