Our Coaches

Our dedicated team members include individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.  All are passionate about equipping others with CrossFit training and aiding your ability to reach your greatest potential.

Our collective resume and skill sets have been developed though a variety of channels.  Read below to learn more about our CrossFit experience, our Health & Safety training, our backgrounds in competitive sports and our formal education.

CrossFit Experience

At a minimum, all CrossFit Ark coaches have their CrossFit Level 1.  Many hold additional qualifications, including:

  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Basic Barbell
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Level 1
  • CrossFit Competitors Course
  • Head Judge (CrossFit Regionals – Canada East)
  • Judge (CrossFit Regionals – Canada East)
  • Kanama Olympic Lifting
  • Agatsu Level 1 Kettlebell
  • Certified NPTI Personal Trainer

Health & Safety

It’s no surprise to us that a number of our CrossFit coaches have a strong interest in health or training in various health practices. On our team, you’ll find naturopaths and wellness clinic directors, as well as those with Contemporary Medical Certificates from major Canadian Medical Universities.  You’ll find all of our coaches well-versed in the benefits of nutrition and lifestyle habits for CrossFit performance.  Let us answer your questions on proteins and recovery, athletic taping and mobility, and anything else that could support your efforts in CrossFit (and life)!

Our collective safety in the box is a team effort, thanks to a number of formally trained staff members.  Our coaching line-up includes a broad range of trained individuals:  from those with Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant training to a number of First Responders, as well as members from various safety organizations who come equipped with specific Health & Safety certificates.  This interdisciplinary team significantly aids us in taking the safety of our CrossFit Ark clients seriously.

Specific designations in the areas of Health & Safety include:

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (Paramedic)
  • First Responder (Firefighter)
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Certification (McMaster University)
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification Training (Ministry of Labour)
  • OFSWA (Safety Association) Safety Group Member

Competitive Sports

People often find CrossFit through their active lifestyle and CrossFit Ark coaches are no exception.  Many of our staff members have competed at the collegiate level or in the Ontario amateur leagues and they all appreciate that CrossFit can make you a great athlete and help you dominate your sport.

  • Laurentian University – Volleyball
  • Humber College – Volleyball
  • Adventure Racing
  • TaeKwonDo
  • Pro-Am – Beach – Volleyball
  • Ontario Volleyball Association Club – Volleyball
  • Ontario Amateur Softball Association – Softball
  • York University – Volleyball

Formal Education

All of our coaches have studied at the post-secondary education level and collectively hold a broad range of degree majors, from kinesiology and chiropractic, to business and recreational leadership:

York University          B.Sc. (Kinesiology & Psychology)

York University          B.Sc (Kinesiology)expected 2015

Humber College          Post-Graduate Diploma (Rec & Leadership)

New York Chiropractic College          Doctor of Chiropractic (Magna Cum Laude)

Cdn. College of Naturopathic Medicine          Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Concordia University          M.A. (Human Systems Intervention)

St. Francis Xavier          Post-Graduate Diploma (Adult Education)

Queen’s University          B.A. (Psychology)

Laurentian University          B.A.

Ryerson University          BFA

George Brown College          Ontario College Adv. Diploma (Dental Hygiene)

Ryerson University          B.Comm. (Marketing) expected 2015

University of Waterloo          B.A.Sc (Electrical Engineering)

University of Waterloo          B. Sc (Honours Biochemistry)

Wilfrid Laurier University          Post-Graduate Diploma (Management Studies)

Wilfrid Laurier University          B.A. (Economics)

 

We know at heart that our entire team is comprised of dedicated athletes and lifelong learners who continually look to develop themselves…so they can best support those they have a hand in developing here at CrossFit Ark.