Our Coaches

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CrossFit Okanagan coaches are trained and
certified to provide the highest level of
professional guidance and support in your journey.
Our team at CFOK is here to help you have fun, enjoy fitness, make some gains, get stronger & increase your overall feeling of well-being! We want everyone to enjoy life, feel good, be confident & be the BEST person they can be inside and outside the gym! Welcome to our supportive, awesome, outgoing, friendly and amazing staff here at CrossFit Okanagan!

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Guillaume Chiasson – Owner & Head Coach

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  • 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

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.

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Guillaume moved to Kelowna from New Brunswick in the fall of 2013 to be with his fiance, Meg, 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 Vancouver this summer, in which he places 8th overall. He places 5th overall in July 2016.  His ultimate goal would be to qualify for the West Regionals in 2018. He is well on his way with his training, programming, remote coaching, dedication to the sport and nutrition.

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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. He is the CrossFit Okanagan mascot and loves meeting new people! 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!

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Meg McCabe – Co-Owner & Manager

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Meg is an original Kelowna raised gal. She was born in Vancouver, BC and moved all over BC with her family at a young age before finally settling in the Okanagan where she grew up. She joined CrossFit Okanagan 3 years ago and become Co-Owners & the Manager of CrossFit Okanagan in January 2017. She takes care of mostly all of the marketing, social media,  events , apparel, supplements, products, scheduling, and lots of other business operations, etc. Meg is the computer nerd of the CFOK Staff.

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Her background in sports in mainly with hockey in which she excelled. She need an outlet after playing University Hockey and her fiance, 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 in Calgary, Australia, travelling South East Asia & New Brunswick. She fell in love with the sport immediately! Her hockey background started when she was very young. She started skating at the age of 2 and played hockey on the boys team growing up all throughout elementary & high school. She made the AAA Kelowna Rockets Female Team in Grade 11 and then went onto play with Team Okanagan at Provincials.  She was a Coach at the Okanagan Hockey School for several summers teaching hockey camps. From dryland training & drills, to all on-ice practices and games, her passion for hockey and instructing  a sport developed. She rode a Hockey Athletic Scholarship at SAIT Polytechnic University in Calgary, Alberta. Her and Gui are hoping to start a future hockey prep camp for kids & teens in the future! Meg competed in the Okanagan Valley Thrown Down CrossFit Competition in Pentiction this past January placing 13th overall and competed also in the Fraser Valley Throwdown last October in Abbotsford which she also placed lucky number 13 as well! If you see a cool little CrossFit Okanagan Mini, that’s Meg cruising around the town! Meg’s favorite lift is the Clean & Jerk and her other favorites CrossFit movements are Rope Climbs, Double Unders & Box Jumps!

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Jonny V. – Coach

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I discovered CrossFit in the summer of 2012 while searching for a
radical lifestyle change. Having no athletic background, no sports
interests or active hobbies and working a desk job, I was gaining
weight & had no outlet for stress and it was showing in my mood and
relationships with others. I had a gym membership for a few years and
went sporadically but the results weren’t satisfying and the routine
certainly wasn’t motivating. Knowing nothing about CrossFit, I signed
up on a whim and made a commitment to myself for 3 solid months of
exercise and healthier eating habits. The first 3 weeks were miserable as
I was so out of shape and I wanted to quit, but didn’t let myself and here I am.
CrossFit changed my life. It literally changed who I am inside and
out. It’s not just the workout of the day, it’s the whole community of
support that you get here that amazes me on a daily basis. The
motivation. Humbling, challenging, healthy and fun. Life changing
fitness is what I have discovered and it has moved me to to take a
deeper interest in the study of constantly varied functional movement,
practice practice practice, and in turn give back to the community
that has helped me so much.

I will conclude by encouraging anyone who reads this, no matter what
your background or athletic ability, to give CrossFit a try. Check
your ego at the door. Learn something about yourself, and experience
the unique community of the fastest growing global fitness phenomenon
of all time.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer, Scaling Certificate
Favorite WODS: Grace, GI Jane & Row 5K
Favorite Lifts: Deadlifts & Cleans


 

Michelle Maguire – Coach & Gymnastics

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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

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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!

Favorite WODS: Elizabeth & Cindy
Favorite Lifts: Snatch


Madi Gorman – Coach

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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

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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.


Brian Potyok – Coach

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I started CrossFit in August of 2015 because Melanie started and we do everything together. I grew up playing hockey and was a skateboard punk haha! Grew up in the Creston BC home of Kokanee beer. Other hobbies are music I studied music a red deer college in 2006. Favourite WOD is Amanda although I’m yet to do it! Muscle ups and handstand walking are my jam and I love playing with odd objects sand bags sleds etc. I just completed my L1 CrossFit Coach Certificate as of October 2017 so you will start to find me on the CFOK Schedule soon! Let’s get fit together!

 


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


 

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Kevin Lutz – Strength Coach

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I had always played sports growing up.  Hockey, baseball, soccer, rugby, had all been a large chunk of my life.  However, it was near the end of high school that fitness really came into my life.  Feeling over weight and have a low self esteem I took to the weight room.  I changed everything about myself.  My body, my confidence, my mindset, and approach to life’s challenges, all evolved.  After seeing what training and nutrition could do for someone, I set out on a path to help others.  I knew I needed education to properly do this so for the next four years I worked toward, and obtained my Bachelors of Human Kinetics through the University of British Columbia.  It was during this time that I found a sport I was truly passionate for: Power Lifitng!   It was a sport the offered measurable results of the effect my training was having on me.  If my numbers in the Squat, Bench and Deadlift were improving I knew I was headed in the right direction.

I have managed to Squat 565lbs, Bench 396lbs and Deadlift 551lbs.

A lot of the principles I have learned from this sport, the other sports I have played, and my degree has really shaped my approach to training clients.  Whether another Power Lifter, a CrossAit athlete, or a middle aged mom just looking to get into shape – I apply progression to fundamental movements aimed at making that person closer to achieving their goals!

 


Alanna Kelly – Endurance Coach

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I had just retired from track and field, moved to the West Coast from Toronto and was convinced to try CrossFit by a former track runner. My first class was in Whistler, almost 4 years ago now, and I’ve never looked back. I was missing the competitive nature of my sport but needed a change from just running in circles. My first week I was hooked — adding CrossFit three times a week to my regular weekly routine of trail running and open water swimming around Whistler. Soon after I lead the run club for lululemon in Whistler.

Moving to Toronto for my Masters of Journalism at Ryerson University, CrossFit was my escape from endless hours of reporting, researching and writing. I began coaching Endurance (or what I call my baby) at CrossFit 416 that year. I recognized I had copious amounts of running knowledge that was now not being used and I could make a difference and help runners achieve their goals!

What has kept me coming back every day to CrossFit is the community. CrossFit has given me some of the best relationships in my life and continues to allow me to grow as an athlete and person. Hobbies include: anything that involves running, hiking, camping, music and exploring new places.

Favourite lift would have to be the Snatch. Coming into CrossFit it was my worst lift. Everyday I try to improve just a little and am happy how far I have come with it.  Well, this one won’t surprise many but favourite benchmark is Kelly, then Nancy, Helen, Karen. Favourite hero WOD definitely Abatte! Do it!