Our Professional Coaches Will Help You Achieve Your Goals Safely And Effectively

 

At RPCF we understand the difficulties in deciding who will be the right coach for you. Questions frequently come to mind like:

  • Will your personalities match or clash?
  • Will they have the experience and expertise to help you achieve success?
  • Will they understand your specific needs and desires?

When considering a new coach we suggest that you ask the following key questions to ensure you enter into a successful and lasting relationship:

  • Ask how many years of experience they have?
  • How many clients have they produced results for?
  • Who did they apprentice under and how many hours did it take to achieve their current coaching status?
  • What is their background in athletics and education?
  • Are they willing to let you speak to some of their current clients and do they have an extensive list of testimonials?
  • What role models and mentors helped shape their philosophy?

All The coaches of Rocky Point Crossfit will gladly answers these questions and can do so with confidence. Rocky Point CrossFit Coaches have years of experience coaching athletes and new coaches. Rocky Point CrossFit has a thorough coach apprentice program that trains new coaches on the complexities of becoming an exceptional coach. Apprentices have to spend hundreds of hours shadowing their mentor coach; they must pass exams (written by the SFU Kineisology department) on anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, coaching cues, nutrition and programming, to name a few; and they themselves are overseen by senior coaches for the first 12 months. We know that developing excellent coaches will in turn develop excellent athletes.

 

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Our Coaches

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Coach Errol Clark

 

  • 10 + Years Experience
  • Over 8000 Coaching Hours
  • Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer CCFT (1st in Western Canada / Currenty only 331 trainers are L3 certified out of 117368 active Crossfit trainers)
  • Certified level 2 Crossfit Trainer
  • Certified level 1 Crossfit Trainer
  • Certified OPEX Assessment
  • Certified OPEX Program Design
  • Certified OPEX Lifestyle Coaching
  • Certified OPEX Nutrition
  • Certified Crossfit Lesson Planning Course
  • Certified Crossfit Scaling Course
  • Certified Crossfit Spot The Flaw Course
  • Certified Naka Athletics Freestyle Movement
  • FMS Level 1 Certified
  • Certified TPT Instructor
  • Certified Expert Rating Personal Trainer
  • Certified Expert Rating Sports Nutritionist
  • Certified Emergency first aid, CPR level C and AED
  • Certified OFA
  • NCCP multi-sport module A
  • Completion of Lower Extremity Pro-section Anatomy with Somatic Explorations
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Errol Clark, Strength and Conditioning Coach, is one of the principal owners of Rocky Point Crossfit. He holds over 12 years of experience coaching athletes and has helped hundreds of clients realize their potential. His passion for people and athletics is matched by few and his specialties include a diverse knowledge in strength and conditioning principles, a keen coaches eye for movement and function, and the ability to invoke habitual change in his clients.

Background

Errol’s passion for sport developed at a young age where he primarily pursued skiing, snowboarding, dirtbiking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. He eventually began to excel at freeskiing and decided to move from North Vancouver to Whistler to pursue his dream of becoming a professional. Whistler; being the Mecca of action sports in Canada, provided Errol with an opportunity to compete against and befriend some of the best athletes in the world. Errol competed as a sponsored athlete from 2001-2006. Skiing gave him invaluable experience with training, coaching, and injury rehabilitation. During his years skiing he coached several athletes and was named head coach of the South America snow sessions in 2005. It was during these many coaching sessions that Errol discovered a talent for helping others reach their full athletic potential. Today Errol credits his past experience as a coach and athlete for his continued growth as a strength and conditioning coach and crossfit trainer. Skiing, Biking, Wakeboarding, and surfing, remain staples in his life today.

Fitness Philosophy

Errol believes that mental health and physical vigor are inseparable correlates, that one cannot truly be achieved without the other. He believes that fitness should primarily be pursued to enhance one’s life overall, increasing mental state and nourishing a consistent state of vitality. Sadly, he believes that this is not the case with most individuals. He believes that media has largely influenced the fitness community’s perception of what should be valued when considering a fitness program and coach, placing emphasis on superficial pursuits of esthetics and vanity based improvements, rather than vital biometrics, performance gains, and increases in mental health. Fortunately, training for improvements in biometrics, performance, and mental health naturally lead to an improved sense of self, and can quickly disrupt these preconceived notions and perceptions of what to seek when considering a fitness program and coach. To be clear, he believes that there is nothing wrong with wanting to “look better”, simply that this value should be secondary and that primary pursuits in fitness should have a far deeper impact on ones life.

errol-skiingThe Road To Crossfit
After a second ACL reconstructive surgery, Errol decided to hand in his sponsorships and pursue his newfound passions in strength and conditioning and nutritional coaching. He became certified as a personal trainer and sports nutritionist and slowly started training friends and relatives. While digging deep into fitness textbooks, articles, blogs, and video’s he became concerned with the amount of conflicting information he encountered, this caused him to question certain aspects of his recent education. Errol acknowledged the scope of his new found profession and decided that far more research was needed. He sought after thought leaders in his industry and looked for evidenced based theories and programs.

He asked a simple question ” Who are the fittest and strongest athletes in the world and how do they eat and train?” Researching these athletes training methodologies exposed many falsities and myths circulating within the fitness industry, and created insights into different approaches. These epiphanies influenced Errol’s decision to begin a training apprenticeship with Olympic medalist and golden gloves champion, Dale Walters. Working with Dale was a catalyst for Errol’s fitness philosophy, helping him acknowledge more aspects of a complete training program. The drastic improvements he noticed from his clients after implementing these new theories made him realize he was on to something. During a training session with one of his most respected clients, Matt Giammarino, the subject of Crossfit came up. Matt had stumbled upon an original Crossfit article (written by the founder Greg Glassman), titled “What is fitness”. Matt emphasized that it spoke of many of the principles Errol was teaching him and he was certain that he would enjoy the article. Reading that first article instantly inspired Errol and he knew it would be revolutionary. Glassman spoke of timeless principles and employing scientific method to produce measurable, observable and repeatable facts, i.e. data. He emphasized the importance of an “evidence based” fitness regime with full disclosure of methods, results, and criticisms. Needless to say, Errol immediately began to indulge in the literature and sought after a local Crossfit gym. At the time, Crossfit was still in it’s infant stages and there were only a handful of gyms in Canada. Errol contacted Craig Patterson, the owner and founder of the first Crossfit gym in Canada, Crossfit Vancouver, and started his apprenticeship under him. Crossfit became his sole training method for his clients from that point on. A couple of years later he paired up with his current business partners Michael Fandrey and Tom Smith who had started a small garage gym and were looking to “take the plunge” and get a commercial location. And the rest  is history.

Errol Competed in the sport of Crossfit during the 2011 and 2012 Crossfit opens. He was fortunate to make it beyond the Open stages and compete at the regional level where the fittest in Canada West throw down for a spot in the world competition held in LA.

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Ask anyone who knows Errol and they’re sure to tell you that he is highly energetic, enthusiastic and welcomes people from all walks of life into his own. Please feel free to contact him if you would like to receive a list of his personal references.

wake2Errol Clark’s credentials in summary:

10 + Years Experience
8000 + Coaching Hours Logged
Certified level 3 CrossFit trainer & CCFT (1st in Western Canada / Currenty only 331 trainers are L3 certified out of 117368 active Crossfit trainers)
Certified level 2 Crossfit trainer
Certified level 1 Crossfit trainer
Certified OPEX Assessment
Certified OPEX Program Design
Certified OPEX Lifestyle Coaching
Certified OPEX Nutrition
Certified Crossfit Lesson Planning Course
Certified Crossfit Scaling Course
Certified Crossfit Spot The Flaw Course
Certified Naka Athletics Freestyle Movement
Certified Completion of Human Anatomy Pro-Section: Hip / Lower Extremity
Certified TPT Instructor
Certified Expert Rating Personal Trainer
Certified Expert Rating Sports Nutritionist
Certified Completion of NCCP multi-sport module A
Certified Emergency first aid, CPR level C and AED
Certified OFA
Completed Fundamental boxing training with Golden Gloves boxer and Olympic medalist, Dale Walters
Head ski coach for South America Snow Sessions 2005
Toastmasters communicator

Skiing Accomplishments

2003 Contest Results:

1st Place: Orage Slopestyle, Apex Mountain, March 15th 2003
2nd Place: Orage Big Air, Apex Mountain, February 16th 2003
2nd Place: Sprite Series Slopestyle, Blackcomb Mountain, February 9th 2003
3rd Place: Orage Slopestyle, Apex Mountain, February 17th 2003
4th Place: Sprite Series Halfpipe, Blackcomb Mountain, January 18th 2003
4th Place: Helly Hanson Big Air, Mt. Washington, January 11th 2003
4th Place: Sprite Series Slopestyle, Blackcomb Mountain, February 23rd 2003

Marketing Achievements:

3 Full page adds in SBC Skier Magazine: Issues 1-3 2002/2003 season
Full page contents shot in Ski Canada Magazine: December 2002
Full Page Merit Badge Trick in SBC Skier Magazine: “How to do a rodeo 720” Volume 3 issue 4
Life style photo in SBC Skier Magazine: Issue 4 2003
Life size poster at Atomic booth in Las Vegas trade show 2003
Aired Twice on Global TV during prime time television, with Mike Falcon 2003
7/11 Fast Track commercial airing on prime time television 2004/2005
Movie segment in One Up Productions 2002/2003
Movie segment in Theory 3 Media, “Safety Meeting” 2004/2005
Footage in Camp of Champs promotional video 2002

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Coach Tom Smith

 

  • 8+ Years Experience
  • Over 8000 Coaching Hours
  • Certified Level 1 & Level 2 Crossfit Trainer
  • Certified Crossfit Kettle Bell Trainer
  • Certified Naka Athletics Freestyle Movement
  • Certified OFA
  • Ranked Top 5% Worldwide – CrossFit Games Opens – Masters Division 40-44
  • OCR Competitor
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Let me tell you why I started doing CrossFit.

I was living in small town Ontario. The year would have been 2006-2007. I had a small IT Consulting business. I looked after the networks, servers and computers in most of the law firms in town. Being in IT, I had a fairly sedentary day sitting and swearing at screens. I was very active in high school athletics, but when university came around I slowed down considerably. By my late 20s I was starting to get “fluffy”. I didn’t want to join a gym. I didn’t know what to do there and I sure didn’t want to reveal how much of a newbie I was to the resident body builders. And I didn’t want to pay somebody to show me how to use the weights.

So I did what most people do when they decide to get into shape, I started jogging. Running worked for a couple of years. I built up really good cardiovascular-cardio respiratory endurance. I leaned out. However, neglecting to building up strength to support the abuse from running, I paid the price with an injury to my knees. After this, I did nothing but feel sorry for myself and put on weight.

Fast forward to 2009, CrossFit is still virtually unknown at this time. However there was a forward-thinking guy in this little Ontario town that had opened a CrossFit gym in what was a converted mechanic’s garage. You got the occasional whiff of motor oil depending on where you stood in the gym. I was really hesitant to go. So why did I?

I was in my mid 30s and I’m feeling the roll of my spare tire every time I sit down and lean forward. The button on my size 36 khakis is having to work pretty hard from exploding from my pants. My energy is always in the basement. And with it, my mental attitude. I’m not excited about my business. Every morning is met with a sense of dread. Time and again I think to myself “This is not a good situation. And if i don’t improve things soon the ‘slope is only going to get slipperier’ and it will be all that more difficult to climb out of this rut”.

I’d been down the running route and I still wasn’t interested in going to go to a gym. I’d read an article in the local paper about the new CrossFit gym in town. I was skeptical. It looked like a fad. On top of that, the article included a guy who was doing CrossFit there who happened to be one of my competitors in the small IT market. So I sure didn’t like him! But then I happened to be working on an IT job at a hotel and he appeared there as well. We shook hands and I had to admit, I was quite impressed with how fit he appeared. Then a month later, I was walking past the CrossFit gym and I witnessed an old high school friend doing a workout. As he completed his box jumps he took to the road and passed me. Drenched in sweat and breathing hard he passed me.

“Brian?”

“Hi Tom!” He managed to gasp.

I was now very intrigued. I mustered up the courage to go check it out.

I remember how anxious I felt when I rode my bike to the gym. I arrived as a class was completing. My anxiety didn’t ease when a big dude held the door open for me. Then it was myself, the owner and another member.

He explained how it worked. I listened on the surface, but I have to admit I didn’t grasp what CrossFit entailed. I just had this earnest feeling that I just had to show up and let the process do it’s job.

The next day I could hardly concentrate on my work. At 5:30PM I was going to do CrossFit for the first time! Unlike the “Getting Started” process we use at RPCF where we do a 1-on-1 with new people and “ease them into it”, I was jumping the boards and doing a group class right from the start.

My heart is pounding as I enter the gym. I see women doing kipping pull-ups, here’s a couple of guys swinging kettlebells (what the hell are those?). The gym owner, James, spots me and spends some time with me showing me the squat, a kettlebell swing, some mobility work. I have an idea what I’m doing. There’s a warm-up run. A run? Hey I know how to run! My confidence goes up a notch as I manage to keep up with the group and start getting to know them.

Then we’re back in the gym and getting ready to do Helen. 3 Rounds of 400M Run, 21 KB Swings, 12 pull-ups. Since it’s my first time I get to use a 35lb kettlebell (RX weight is 50lbs) and I get to do jumping pull-ups since my demonstration of executing 1 pull-up looked like a life and death struggle. 3-2-1 Go! The WOD begins. I do OK on the first round. And it goes immediately downhill from there. I complete the first round and am somewhat dismayed that I am at the back of the pack. I begin the run on the second round and despite wanting to move up in the pack I can’t help but notice….I’m exhausted!!! I have reached the limits of my work capacity in roughly 4 minutes. I’ve never been more gassed in my life. I persevere.

By the 3rd round I’m wondering if my wife knows where I keep my life insurance policy. I get to the last set of jumping pull-ups and promptly fall off the box. James is with me. He’s concerned and encourages me to finish. I complete the final pull-up and crumple to the floor in a heap. As I’m admiring the ceiling several people approach and shake my hand. The big dude who opened the door for me the day before grasps my hand, hauls me off the floor and claps me on the back. ‘Nice going Bro!”. I’m hooked. I love it. I tell James “I’m in!” and I give him a cheque. It seems like a lot of money at the time and I know my wife will question it. But knowing now, just how radically better my life was about to become, I would have paid 10X the amount!

I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2009. My heart still pounds in anticipation prior to a workout. The workouts never get boring. There is always a challenge. A mysterious lift to be solved. And the wonderful people I get to coach and train with are family.

Every year I say “I’m in the best shape of my life!”. Which might sound funny coming from a 45 year old. I’ve kept track of my progress over the last 8 years and the results are clear, I’m not slowing down. I continue to see improvements in all facets of fitness such as Olympic Lifts, Power Lifts, gymnastic skills, I can run a 5K 3 minutes faster than I used to in my early 30s. I’ve tested myself in the CrossFit Games Opens and came in the top 5% in the world in the Mens 40-44 division. I did the World’s Toughest Mudder in 2012, I had to drop 13 hours in because I was losing the feeling in my feet. Not to leave business unfinished, I returned to the WTM in 2014 and completed the race despite a sandstorm, sub-zero weather and a million reasons to quit.

I renewed my fitness journey in my mid-30s because I could feel the slope getting slipperier. A brighter future did not await my old sedentary self. I hated the way I felt and looked. That was my reason to start. I continue my fitness journey now because it is clear to see the solid investment in myself. I look after my fitness now because I love my family. I love the freedom a healthy body affords me. I love to travel the unbeaten path. I love trying out new things (like learning how to surf at 44).

Just as I have enjoyed improvements in my fitness and health, I’ve also had the opportunity to come into my own as a coach. Fixing people is far greater reward than fixing people’s computer networks! I’ve had the pleasure of coaching hundreds of people from the time they could barely do a pushup to seeing them develop into their potential. I still get a kick out of standing before my group class and scanning the members. There will be a brand new graduate standing beside someone I have been coaching for over a year. I recall the veteran being that new graduate and how impressive they appear now. Obviously stronger and healthier. But they’re also surrounded by an air of confidence and well being. It’s a wonderful sight that I’ll never get tired of seeing


Our program is a life-changer. I’d be happy to answer any of your questions or meet you for our complimentary 1-on-1 Introduction to CrossFit. Feel free to email me: tom@rockypointcrossfit.ca or call me 604 340 2978.

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 The Day before I started  1 Year into my fitness journey.
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 Competing 2012 World’s Toughest Mudder  2014 World’s Toughest Mudder
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Coach Aaron Olson

  • 3 + Years Experience
  • Over 6000 Coaching Hours
  • Certified Level 1 & Level 2 Crossfit Trainer

Aaron is a longtime member of Rocky Point. Like Ty, Aaron fell in love with CrossFit and the Rocky Point Community. Prior to CrossFit, Aaron was a professional paintball player. After 2 NPPL championships Aaron ran Maple Ridge Paintball. On December 26th 2015 Aaron ran his first Group Class and immediately earned a reputation for running a great session. Aaron has the 6AM class on Tuesday and Thursday, the Power Class Friday night and the 9AM on Saturday morning.
Favorite Girl WOD and Why  Jackie. 1000m row. 50 thrusters #45. 30 pull-ups. All the elements of a great benchmark ..the strategy of the row combined with classic push/pull movements
Current Goal 
400lb back squat
300lbs front squat
250 Clean & Jerk
200lbs Snatch
Favourite BFIT Day  Paintball. Shoot your friends!
Follow me on Facebook & Instagram

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Coach Colby Treliving

 

  • Bsc Kinesiology
  • 2 + Years Experience
  • Over 1000 Coaching Hours
  • Certified level 1 Crossfit Trainer
[/two_third_last] [divider] [toggle_content title=”Coach Colby’s Bio”] Colby Treliving is a coach at Rocky Point CrossFit. His passion for developing good movement habits and fostering a positive attitude towards the individual and relationships between others makes him easy to approach.

Background
Although he hasn’t specialized in any sports over the years, Colby has developed a knowledge and understanding from many athletic endeavors to facilitate the transition of sport specific movements to that of a strength and conditioning setting. Over the last 10 years he has played basketball, football, rugby, and trained brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing. His last passion before CrossFit, submission grappling, was ended due to a reoccurring elbow injury and he decided to find another approach to active lifestyle that would be lasting.
For the next few years (roughly 2008-2012) he regularly went to the gym and got his 4 sets of 8 bicep curls in and cranked out endless leg extensions. He continued to struggle with the practical application of these exercises to lifestyle. He always believed that an approach to fitness should be one that first and foremost promotes good health and has a functional carryover into everyday living.
As he continued through his Bachelors of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, this struggle consumed him. With the knowledge he gained from health benefits associated with more compound lifts, he found himself attempting presses, deadlifts and squats in fitness facilities with little to no previous training or experience performing these movements.
A few years into his degree, he took “Exercise: Health and Performance“ (Kin 143) at Simon Fraser University. His professor, Tony Leyland, started reinforced all the same thoughts he was having while adding a few more. Interval training, plyometrics, olympic lifts (what guy doesn’t love heaving a bunch of weight overhead in one go) and gymnastics were all things that were lacking in what and how he was training and his philosophy and he began to understand the positive effects in practicing them.
Tony was also a Crossfitter himself and would educate his students on their approach to fitness. Upon further investigation, Colby realized how CrossFit values good living, and the foundation of good nutrition that health is laid upon.
After that semester ended, April 2012, he went online and looked into local CrossFit gyms. The first box that showed up closest to him was Rocky Point CrossFit. He emailed Tom Smith expressing interested and booked an intro. He met this tall enthusiastic man named Tom, who walked him through what CrossFit was and how Rocky Point approaches it. The first workout was hang cleans and handstand pushups. Scaling was needed but from that day he was hooked. That summer Colby trained more days than not, and ended up partaking in a nutrition challenge, something he thought he’d never do. After 30 days of no bread and milk, he was an example of the results associated with clean eating. Down 10lbs and the lightest, leanest, quickest and strongest he had ever been, his eating habits were forever changed
During the Christmas break of 2012 he took off with his dad to the Dominican Republic for some down time in the sun. The very afternoon he got back he got a call from Errol wondering where the heck Colby had been and asking if he was planning on getting the Level 1 Certification any time soon. Knowing what this meant, he booked it later that afternoon.
Colby is currently also working as a Kinesiologist at Teamworks Health Clinic in Vancouver. He believes that the insight he gets from discussing and collaborating with chiropractors, physiotherapist, dietitians and other health professionals continues to improve the level of coaching he can offer members at Rocky Point CrossFit. Be it in a rehabilitative, general public or elite athletic level setting, his knowledge and experience make him suitable consult for anything involving physical health.

Fitness Philosophy

Life doesn’t reflect a “bodybuilder” program in which you work with heavy weights for 8-12 reps, take a break and hop on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Although the components of fitness such as strength, stamina, and flexibility can be individually assessed, this doesn’t mean that their physiology is entirely segregated and should be treated as such from one another. A good health and fitness program should combine as many different components as health as possible, such that what you do in a training center will show results in your day to day living.
Colby’s approach to a fitness philosophy extends far past an increased work capacity. He believes in a holistic approach that improves not just physical, but emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational health and wellness as well. When a WOD comes up most, if not all, of those components of good health are challenged and benefitted from. You may want to stop because it’s difficult, but just when you think your’e done someone covered in just as much sweat as you comes over and says “Come on man, give it your all” and gives you a pat on the back.
Colby also believes in the benefit of good education. One of the first things any rehabilitative health professional does when dealing with a new patient is educate them. Be it on the condition they have or any predisposing factors, there is an attempt made to make the patient understand what is going on and why it is important. From the get-go Tom, Tyler and Errol would help Colby understand what the movements are meant to do and how the programming works. This extends out to the entire CrossFit community but is specifically valued at Rocky Point and is something Colby values in training new and seasoned CrossFitters alike.
CrossFit is a community; a congregation of like-minded individuals who look at health and wellness as something that can always be improved at the same time appreciated. It is in that community that the utilization of comradely helps an individual exercise discipline over their shortcoming and grow on so many levels.

Closing

“CrossFit has made my life so much more positive. I have learned to push myself to the brink and maintain a clear focus both in and out of the box.. I have made so many new friends and am a better person to the friends I’ve always had. And the most important part, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. It doesn’t matter what crap day I had before I stepped into the box. When I walk through the front door and have a group friendly faces not just greeting you but excited to see you, your mood shifts in the right direction. After reading this hopefully you see what this drug called CrossFit is capable of. Please contact me at Colby@rockypointcrossfit.ca if you have any questions or would like to receive several personal references.”

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Coach Dr Andrea Sywak

 

  • Dr In Chiropractic
  • Lower Extremity Pro-section Anatomy
  • Certified OFA
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Dr. Sywak treats neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions in all areas of the body and believes in taking a functional approach to addressing injuries in order to prevent future recurrence. She practices in a holistic manner with an individualized approach to each patient. Dr. Sywak attributes the improvement in overall wellness in her patients to her integrated approach, utilizing such techniques as myofascial release techniques, Graston Technique®, spinal manipulative therapy and progressive rehabilitation in association with clear and open patient education and communication.

Having competed in figure skating at an international level for well over a decade, Dr. Sywak is familiar with what it takes to be a well functioning, elite athlete. While at CMCC, she was privileged to work under the supervision of the President of the Sports Fellowship program, which helped expand her knowledge and skills, making her work with professional athletes that much more effective.

Dr. Sywak truly believes in the importance of an active lifestyle and in her spare time, can be found cycling, hiking, practicing yoga, volunteer coaching with the Special Olympics of BC athletics team and of course kicking butt at crossfit!
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Coach Parm Phangura

 

  • 10+ Years Experience
  • National Olympic Weightlifting Champion
  • 2x Common Wealth Games Competitor
  • Certified OFA
[/two_third_last] [divider] [toggle_content title=”Coach Phangura’s Bio”] Parm Phangura, National Champion Olympic Weightlifter and Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Born and raised in beautiful Quesnel, British Columbia and currently residing in the Greater Vancouver Area, Parm Phangura has dedicated over 10 years of his life to Olympic Weightlifting; a sport that is sheer in tradition and history and that has always been his passion.

Parm is currently part of the Canadian National Team and is a distinguished three-time National Champion. He has the physical and mental skills required for Olympic Weightlifting: power, strength, technique and consistency, and has had the privilege of training with previous and current Olympic medalists.

He has successfully competed in renowned national and international weightlifting competitions, where he has incessantly ranked amongst the top participants and won several medals:

2002 American Open – Savannah, Georgia, USA
2004 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships – Malta 2004
Manuel Suarez Invitational Tournament – Cuba 2007
Senior National Championship – Quebec 2002, 2004, and 2010, British Columbia 2003 and Ontario 2007
Western Canadian Championship – British Columbia 2002, 2010, Yukon 2003 and Alberta 2007
Pan American Championship – Lima, Peru 2008.
Commonwealth Games – New Delhi, India 2010
Senior World Championships – Paris, France 2011

In an effort to become an ambassador for his community and province, and to proudly represent Canada internationally, Parm is presently training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Coach Nathon Taylor

 

  • M.Sc.Kinesiology (Simon Fraser University,2008)
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • 10+ Years Experience
  • B.Sc. Kinesiology (University of Michigan, 2005)
  • Common Wealth Games Medalist
  • 2x Crossfit Games Regional Competitor
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NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
M.Sc.Kinesiology (Simon Fraser University,2008)
B.Sc. Kinesiology (University of Michigan, 2005)
Experience:
Nathan was a former Junior A level hockey player and an elite level track and field athlete. He has competed in the NCAA and at the International level where he represented Canada from 2006-2008. Nathan’s track and field career was highlighted with a Bronze Medal that he won as a part of the 4x100m relay team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Nathan has over 6 years experience and during that time has worked with a variety of clients including those new to fitness, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Nathan’s specialty is working with high level athletes on strength and conditioning and speed and power development. Using his educational background and experience as a high level athlete Nathan understands what it takes for his clients to reach their full potential.
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Coach Sophia Phangura

 

  • Multiple Time National Champion
  • 2009 Canadian Championships – Bronze medal
  • 2006 Canadian Championships – Silver medal
  • 10+ Years Experience
[/two_third_last] [divider] [toggle_content title=”Coach Sophia’s Bio”] Sophia Sandhu grew up in the small town of Williams Lake, BC. She competed in swimming and track and field in high school. Her coaches emphasized Olympic lifting to increase her strength and power in the other sports. This helped Sophia to compete at the National level in long jump.

When she made the switch to the sport of Olympic weightlifting at the age of 19, she found the transition easier because she had already learned the basic lifts. Sophia made it on the Canadian National Weightlifting team in just 7 months after starting the sport.

One of many of Sophia’s proudest moment in Olympic Weightlifting was when she won a bronze at the 2009 Canadian Senior Championship, only 9 months after having a baby.

Her accomplishments include:

2000 Canadian Championships – Bronze medal
2000 World University Championships – 5th place
2001 Canadian Championships – Bronze medal
2002 Canadian Championships – Silver medal
2000 World University Championships – 6th place
2003 Canadian Championships – Bronze medal
2003 Commonwealth Championships – Silver medal
2004 Canadian Championships – Bronze medal
2006 Canadian Championships – Silver medal
2009 Canadian Championships – Bronze medal

Currently, Sophia enjoys coaching other athletes in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting
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