Who We Are

STAFF

Guillaume Chiasson – Owner & Head Coach

Coach Gui

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Kinesiology – University of Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Master’s of Business Administration – University of Moncton, New Brunswick
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate & CrossFit Level 2 Certificate
  • Lululemon Ambassador

Guillaume grew up playing all kinds of sports starting at a young age. He was involved playing team sports such as competitive hockey and soccer along with track & field, swimming and snowboarding while growing up on the East Coast of Canada in New Brunswick. His passion for strength & conditioning training started when he was 15 years old during his off season of hockey. During this time Guillaume, also known as Coach Gui, fell in love with the world of health & fitness!

At age 20, he started to do functional training and noticed how his physical performance improved enormously with the sports that he was involved with. He then decided to pursue his life into promoting this type of cross training for other athletes in all sports. Since then, Coach Gui has worked with professional athletes in variety of sports like hockey, volleyball, soccer, figure skating, and track and field. With his previous work experience as an assistant-physiotherapist, his knowledge of the human body movements is spectacular. He worked with clients going through rehabilitation, injuries, heart diseases and other physical disabilities. He also develops personal and specific diet programs to promote full benefits to each and every client he connects with. He believes
nutrition and fitness go hand in hand to reach full potential.

Guillaume moved to Kelowna from New Brunswick in the fall of 2013 to be with his now wife, Meg Chiasson, and fell in love with the cities active lifestyle and healthy motives.
Now Gui is more active and motivated than ever living in the Okanagan and competing as a CrossFit Athlete. He placed 2nd at the Okanagan Valley Throwdown in January 2016 and 3rd in 2017. Him and his teammate John Mile crushed two competitions taking home 1st place at the WODtoberfest held annually at Body Shop Training Centre in West Kelowna & the annual beach competition held at Beach City CrossFit in Penticton, BC. He recently competed in the CanWest Games held in Port Coquitlam -July 2017, in which he placed 8th overall. He places 5th overall in July 2016.  He loves competing at Can West Games and making another appearance on a Trio Team July 2019.  Ontop of competing in CrossFit, Coach Gui just completed his first road bike race –  Axel Merckx Grand Fondo this July!

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As a bilingual health and fitness professional, he spends most of his time helping clients to improve their health and fitness, reach their goals & set a prime example of pushing yourself to the limit with no regrets. Athletics to help clients reach and strive to achieve their health & fitness goals! Guillaume took over ownership of CrossFit Okanagan in August 2016. Since then he has found the training facility a bigger & bigger location! The new gym is 4,500 sq.ft which is more than double the old space. Being a business owner & head Coach has kept Gui very business the last year or so and he is loving every minute of it! Him and Meg have a puppy name Kip, who also spends most of his days at the gym and a baby named Theodore.  As a bilingual health and fitness professional, he spends most of his time helping clients to improve their health and fitness, reach their goals & set a prime example of pushing yourself to the limit with no regrets. Athletics to help clients reach and strive to achieve their health & fitness goals! He is very passionate about the sport, improving people lives and seeing all the hard work and progress
put into his clients each and everyday!

Meg Chiasson – Manager

Meg

Meg is an original Kelowna raised gal. Her background in sports is mainly with hockey. She need an outlet after playing university hockey  at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta and her husband, Guillaume introduced her to CrossFit in the summer of 2014 . Meg needed another way to get in good shape, stay healthy and make some new friends after being away from Kelowna for 5+ years living across Canada and in South East Asia & Australia. She fell in love with the sport immediately! Meg competed in the Okanagan Valley Thrown Down in Pentiction January 2017 placing 13th overall and competed also in the Fraser Valley Throwdown October 2016 in Abbotsford which she also placed lucky number 13 as well! Meg’s favorite lift is Snatch and she loves Rope Climbs & Box Jumps!
You can find Meg at the regular 9am WOD with all the other moms, or taking care of the kids & babies up in the Kids Zone – Child Minding area at CFOK!

Troy Boot – Coach

Troy

Coach Troy started CrossFitting in 2009. He loved it from day one,  he did Cindy and couldn’t move for a week! The programming just made sense to him. The results. Being a trainer back in the late 80s early 90s he wanted to learn and be able to help people.

There’s so many CrossFit memories over the last 8 years for Troy:
1) competing every time
2) going to the CrossFit Games (watching)
3) witnessing coaches & clients hit PRs, hard work pays off!

Favorite workout is AMRAPs  &  favorite lift is 1 rep thruster

Troy loves seeing new clients after foundations training and working on movements and feeling comfortable in the CFOK Box and loving it.  The best advice he can give a new CrossFitter is: Believe in the program, its not easy, results will happen, you will change! Communicate with the coaches, dont hesitate,  just ask for any kind of help or guidance. Favorite quote is – Hard work pays off! You can find Coach Troy coaching our regular scheduled classes as well as our Grit Hockey Dryland Program with our teens!

Michelle Dumaine – Coach 

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My journey with CrossFit started in 2015. At the time, I was teaching group fitness classes : step aerobics, TRX and boot camps but I needed a new challenge. The gymnastics side of crossFit drew me in instantly as I grew up as competitive gymnast and have been coaching gymnastics since I was 16. During the day, I am a Gr 7 teacher at Dr. Knox Middle school.
I love coaching CrossFit because no matter what your level, background, injuries or limitations are, you are part of a healthy community and you accomplish so many exciting things that you never even knew were possible! I love seeing the growth in skill, strength and confidence that quickly develops when new members join the CFOK team!
My favourite Benchmark Workout: Murph
Favourite Lift: Squat Clean
All time favourite: Pistol Squats

Liz Blackburn – Coach

Liz

Originally from Salmon Arm, I moved to Kelowna in 2007 to go to College. Throughout my life I have been an active person, participating in soccer, snowboarding, dirtbiking, hiking, etc. I attended the gym often but my results weren’t progressing as I hit a plateau and it was becoming too regular and boring. Having a desk job has caused me to always struggle with back pain and to influence my muscles to compensate incorrectly. CrossFit has benefited me incredibly by relieving the back pain and teaching the correct muscles to fire. Now every year when dirtbiking season begins, I can go right back out there and not feel the physical struggle that normally occurs when getting back into the sport.  My life has changed mentally, emotionally and physically.

Always wanting to try CrossFit, I didn’t finally take the plunge until Dec 2014. It barely took me finishing the two weeks of Foundations to know that I was hooked and only a few months later to know I had a desire to become a coach. I took the L1 CrossFit Course in July 2015 and have been since absorbing all the knowledge and experience I can acquire.  My biggest motivation is seeing someone progress and watching them achieve something they never thought they could do. It amazes me every time I step into the gym to see the progress everyone has made and the welcoming vibe you get as you walk through the door.  I encourage everyone to give CrossFit a shot, no matter what your goal is, your age, or that you have never been to a gym before– there is something for everyone, come embrace the community, make new friends, get a little sweaty and
come change your life forever!

When Liz is not in the gym,  you will find her enjoying the outdoors: dirt-biking, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing are some of her favourite activities!  Liz is now a registered RMT working out of Pro Motion Clinic. If you are in need of a massage, she is your go-to gal!

Favorite WODS: Elizabeth & Cindy
Favorite Lifts: Snatch

Jorgia Van De Sype – Coach

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Jorgia was born and raised in Kelowna and has recently moved back from a 10 year stint in Calgary. She was formerly a competitive swimmer and played basketball for Mount Royal University prior to finding CrossFit through a family friend. She quickly became passionate about the sport – the community, the challenges and athletic development. Fun fact: Jorgia’s first ever Crossfit workout was “Angie” at CFOK back in 2013!
In Calgary, she had the opportunity to not only train under, but be mentored as a coach by some of the best strength and conditioning coaches in Alberta, Jenn and Dave Swagar. Her philosophy is a movement first approach – it is imperative that both athletes and the general population move well and understand the purpose of each exercise, before they can move fast or lift heavy.  Jorgia is excited to meet everyone at CFOK and be back where it all started!   Her favorite benchmark workout is *Amanda* and favorite lift Clean & Jerks!

 Madi Gorman – Coach

Madi

Originally from the island, I spent my childhood outdoors, mountain biking and snowboarding. Once moved to Kelowna I walked into CrossFit Okanagan just like anyone else. Immediately, I realized I had found something special. CrossFit quickly impacted my life, and I dove in head first, wanting to experience all aspects of this new found fitness. Starting with new training habits, pushing into nutrition knowledge and finally coaching. My passion for coaching is driven by a love for seeing people overcome fear, conquer new challenges and strive for better. Having members express what CrossFit has done to them not only physically but also mentally, is an experience that never gets old to me. Focusing more on movements, I enjoy the art of technique. It’s empowering to teach people not only how to move their body in functional ways but to also fine tune for each individual needs. It has brought a sense of confidence within myself that I did not have when I started CrossFit in 2012. I am forever lucky to work with an amazing team of coaches.

My favourite lift is the snatch!!
My favourite workouts are Nancy and Randy!

Elise Fairclough – Coach

Elise

I started CrossFit 3 years ago. As a stay at home mom of two boys I always felt like I was busy taking care of everyone but myself. Then one lucky day I won a one month free trial at a Empress CrossFit ( now no longer, members switched to CrossFit Okanagan ) and after my first class I was hooked!  At the time I was feeling pretty down on myself so I latched on to all the positive energy at the gym and held on. I was so impressed that every time I went to class I got a little better, I was building skills and strength to do things I never imagined I was able to do. I took my L1 Coach Certificate after a year of doing CrossFit because I wanted to help people realize what they were truly capable of, just like my coaches had done for me!  My favourite thing about coaching is getting to see people hit their personal goals and be there to cheer them on during days when they might not be feeling the best. My favourite movements are Squat cleans and back squats.
My favorite WOD is Helen and Tabata This.

 Trisha Desrosiers- Coach

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I fell in love with CrossFit in the spring of 2015 when I used a groupon to try it out for a month. After my first week of Foundations I felt empowered and was very happy with myself! I knew I was hooked when I kept continuously surprising myself.
Growing up in the lower mainland I was always playing street hockey or soccer, volleyball, track n’ field and snowboarding. I also enjoy hunting, camping, hiking and fishing (however I am still learning how to touch an actual fish) My husband has since introduced me to snowmobiling. Thanks to CrossFit I am able to boondock and move my sled around a lot easier, successfully making a figure 8 in the snow! I love coaching because I get to meet so many different and wonderful people. I get excited to watch people accomplish a movement or lift for the first time. Seeing the faces of athletes who lift a weight that they never imagined was possible and for them to realize just how strong they are, is the highlight of my day! I love to learn new ideas and techniques about different ways people move. I will always help when someone wants extra coaching on a specific movement to or needs a little extra nudge to stay motivated. Crossfit is unlike anything you could ever experience and until you come and try it you will never really know
just how amazing CrossFit is…

Favourite WOD: TABATA This and TABATA That. Favourite Lift: Bench Press