Our Staff

 Our Coaches at CrossFit Okanagan are fully trained and certified to provide the highest level of professional guidance
and support in your journey.
Our team is here to help you have fun, enjoy fitness, make some gains, get stronger & increase your overall feeling of well-being & confidence!
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
  • 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.

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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!

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Meg Chiasson – Manager

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Meg is an original Kelowna raised gal. She joined CrossFit Okanagan 5  years ago and became Manager of CrossFit Okanagan in January 2017. She takes care of all of the marketing, social media,  website, apparel, supplements, scheduling, and lots of other business operations. Her background in sports in mainly with hockey. She need an outlet after playing university hockey 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 in Calgary, Australia, travelling South East Asia & New Brunswick. 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 Clean & Jerks, she loves Rope Climbs & Box Jumps!

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Troy Boot – Coach

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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 Maguire – 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

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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.


 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


Jessie Joseph – Coach

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Jessie is a UBC Okanagan Graduate with a degree in Human Kinetics. Majoring in Health Promotion, her learning has been geared toward individualized programming for overall health and exercise prescription. Jessie has been an avid personal trainer throughout her degree specializing in functional body movement, mobility & gaining strength post-injury.

Jessie is born and raised in the Okanagan and has been athletic for most of her life playing a variety of sports. Being an athlete she understands the importance of incorporating the small tedious movements into everyday training for optimal performance. Jessie has been doing CrossFit for the last 8 years both recreationally and competitive nature which has helped her gain a strong sense of technique, tips and tricks.

Jessie enjoys working with all walks in life including kids, sport specific athletes and older adults looking to improve their overall quality of life. Overall, her focus is to help you improve your performance and for you to live your best life inside and outside of the gym.

Favorite WOD: Karen      Favorite Lift: Squat Cleans


SPECIALTY COACHES

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Hailey Kanester – BaseCamp Coach

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Coach Hailey comes to coaching from a HUGE passion for helping women move away from food and body struggles and into freedom, strength, and confidence.   She holds degrees in Nutrition, Psychology (BA&Sc) and Naturopathic Medicine (Doctorate).  She was an elite soccer player at age 16, then moved to Sweden and shifted into triathlon, open water swimming and road cycling in her 20s.  Part of her journey in the world of endurance events was qualifying for Team Canada in masters 30-35 category for Worlds in long distance aqua bike (3k open water swim, 120km bike), and shortly after this she found crossfit, and began to fall in love with strength training.  Her patients, friends and family know her for her love of movement, and her ‘viking spirit’.  She can be found on her road bike in the orchard back roads, in the open water swimming, and hiking around the trails with her two little boys age 4 and 6.

“Doc” brings a smiling face and a happy energy to CFOK.  She is living her mission of empowering women to focus on getting stronger not smaller, GROW energetically into their biggest selves, TRUST and LISTEN to their bodies, and quit any exercise jails of their own making.  She loves to see both women and men exercise and move for the joy of it, for the feeling of being confident and strong at any size and shape, and for the aspects that have nothing to do with diet culture of calorie counting…  At CFOK she helps coach new members through the foundations, and does the pre-workout Masters warm ups / extra help.  She is approachable and wants everyone who has been curious about CrossFit & interested in learning about the fun we have in workouts & with barbells to come in
and talk to us!  We are here to get you started.

BaseCamp is Tuesdays & Thursdays 7am-8am


 

Michelle Boot – CrossFit Kids

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Michelle has been coaching CrossFit Kids for +5 years and +25 years experience working with kids as an Early Childhood Educator & Education Assistant. Shes got some fun things lined up for the kids program which has just been added on our schedule permanently this September 2018. Our current kids are already seeing some major improvements not only in the gym but at home and at school and everyday life!

CrossFit Kids on hold for Summer 2019 and TBA Dates for Fall!


Nick Deschenes – Grit Athletics Coach

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Nick owns and runs Grit Athletics which trains a variety of sports teams out of CrossFit Okanagan, mainly hockey. The main principle is to teach young athletes how to properly train within the framework and methodologies of CrossFit. He sincerely believes it is a secret weapon for young athletes and so far, all teams under Grit Athletics are getting some great results! Not only that, they are getting prepared them for a lifetime of fitness,
health, and good life habits!

Nick earned a scholarship to Yale University from the AJHL in 1999. After graduating in 2003 with a BA in History, he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. A pro career that spanned 8 years, Nick was part of 3 Championship teams (ECHL 2005, Italy Serie A 2007, Netherlands 2010) and several positions of leadership. After retiring from playing Nick began a coaching career that has included levels from Peewee to the BCHL. Nick’s passion was always about player development and advancement as a coach. While coaching he also worked with TruPerformance for 5 years as a video analysis breaking down 100’s of hours of NHL games.

 After an 8 year professional career Nick continued his education through BC Hockey earning his High Performance Level 1 Coaching, Respect in Sport. Nick is also a Level 1 Certified Crossfit Coach. As a student of the game, Nick has become a expert on areas involving Talent Acquisition, Skill Development, Psychology, and Video Analytics.