Coaches

Dawn Krpan

Dawn Krpan

Owner/ Head Coach

How did you get into into CF/Coaching?

I started teaching fitness classes at the YMCA in 2000 as a way to keep me motivated.  Soon after starting to teach class, I realized that there was much more to it.  Helping people to achieve their fitness goals and watching them progress is what kept me hooked.  When I started CrossFit in 2010, the sense of community within the gym was something I never experience in any of the other places I had worked out in or taught classes in.  This sense of belonging and support was exactly what I needed as an athlete and as a coach.  CrossFit allowed me to excel at the things I liked (lifting heavy thingas) and forced me to work on the things I needed improvement in (endurance).  I liked being in a place where it was cool to be strong as a woman!

Favourite WOD/Movement: Deadlift

Favorite Food: 90% dark Chocolate

Something Interesting:

When away from the gym you can often find me in the garden.  I love growing heritage vegetables and then eating them of course.  Digging in the dirt is my way of getting away from it all and reconnecting with the earth.

Certifications:

Agatsu Lower Body Mobility & Movement-2017
Concept 2 Rowing Instructor-2016
Crossroads Alliance Adaptive CrossFit Coach-2016
Agatsu Upper Body Mobility&Movement-2016
Agatsu Kettlebell Certificate Level 1-2015
CrossFit Kids-2014
CrossFit Level 2-2012,2017
CrossFit Mobility-2012
CrossFit Gymnastics-2012
CrossFit Level 1-2011
YMCA Fitness Specialty Certificate in Aquafit- Feb 5, 2001
Keiser Cycling Power Pacing Certification- Nov 25, 2000
YMCA Fitness Leadership Training-Apr 22, 2000

Formal Education

Bachelor of Human Science (2013) – Athabasca University, graduated with Honors
Emergency Medical Technologist-Paramedic (2005) – SAIT, graduated with Honors
Journeyman Red Seal Chef (1998)- Humber College, graduated with Honors

Sylwia Wenslaw

Sylwia Wenslaw

Assistant Manager and Coach

How did you get into into CF/Coaching?

The human body is an amazing structure, it can be manipulated and altered in a variety of positive (and negative) ways. My job is to reintroduce people to what it’s like to really move through metabolic conditioning, flexibility training, gymnastics, olympic lifting and strength training, together with multiple other modalities.

Through CrossFit, I have experienced stepping outside of my own comfort zone both physically and mentally, and even 6 years since starting CrossFit, I am still being challenged with new exercises and movements. My passion is to share these same experiences with others through a training environment filled with camaraderie, well-designed programming, and educated coaching.

Something Interesting:

I’m a bookworm at heart, if I could, I would stay in school forever. So don’t be surprised to see me at the box, reading the latest strength and conditioning journal, jetting off to attend a seminar or workshop, or lugging around a textbook or two.

Favorite WOD/Movement :

Maybe it’s the Russian in me, but I love my kettle-bells! Specifically, the turkish get-up and swing. Such a small object can be extremely versatile, and depending on the movement, can reveal weakness and areas of improvement in training that people never realized were there. My favourite WOD is The Chief.

Certifications:

Agatsu Upper Body Mobility
Catalyst Athletic Weightlifting L1 & L2
Agatsu Kettlebell Certification
Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma, Mount Royal University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Calgary
Minor in Management & Society, University of Calgary
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Endurance
AFLCA Group Exercise Leader and Cycle Designation

Amanda Towstego

Amanda Towstego

Coach

How did you get into into CF/Coaching?

A sense of community and accountability is what drew Amanda to CrossFit over other types of fitness programs.  She spent her youth and high school years playing as many sports as possible and has always been keen on staying active.  As a former runner, bootcamp instructor, and adventure guide, she felt a connection with something that kept her challenged every day.
After training for 6 months, she knew it was something she wanted to pursue further.    Amanda’s favourite part about coaching is helping people achieve day to day milestones throughout their training and being in an atmosphere of like-minded people.

Favourite Movement:

Push Press and Power Clean

Something Interesting:

Amanda worked on a mentorship program through the Canadian Film and Television Production Association and was an associate producer on multiple documentaries.

Certifications:

Agatsu Lower Body Mobility-2017
The BrandX Method Basic & Advanced Kids Course-2017
Agatsu Upper Body Mobility-2016
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate-2016
Concept 2 Rowing Instructor-2016

Formal Education
Bachelor of Management, University of Lethbridge
Bachelor of Arts, University of Saskatchewan
RECA Licensed Mortgage Associate

Deon Horsley

Deon Horsley

Coach

How did you get into into CF/Coaching?

An old boy from the rugby club had organized some off season training. Deon’s first introduction to CrossFit involved some push ups, among other movements that he can’t remember. His fitness was definitely not at the level he thought it was, and those push ups went from the floor to being scaled to a box, and by the end he was pressing off a wall. This was the hook, and his drive to be always better than that day. He enjoys helping others and watch those “ah-ha” moments when an individual gets that complicated movement for the first time.

Favourite wod/lift: 

Deon enjoys WODs like Nancy, where there is a heavy and/or complicated lift with runs thrown in. He gets some sort of weird joy out of listening to the runners complain about the lifts and the lifters complaining about the running.

Something Interesting:

Back in his high school glory days he enjoyed such sports as football, wrestling, and rugby. But rugby would be the one the stuck over the years (on and off). The years he took off from rugby Deon developed a fondness for endurance sports such as marathons and triathlons. In 2011 he completed the 70.3 Calgary Ironman, in 6hr and 45min, his longest race to date.

 

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CF Strongman Trainer
Agatsu Upper Body Mobility
Catalyst Athletic Weightlifting L1 & L2

Kate Hamilton

Kate Hamilton

Yoga Instructor

How did you get into into Yoga?

I’ve been on the move my whole life so it was only natural that I took to practicing yoga. Yoga helps me calm my mind, relax my ever-tight muscles, and more recently has been the most successful way of helping me keep my back issues in check. I discovered Crossfit 3 years ago and I haven’t looked back since. I absolutely love Crossfit and how it works in combination with Yoga.

My background is in outdoor guiding, and my current day job is as an Outdoor Pursuits Facilitator working with adults with developmental disabilities. My passion in life is to help people become more active and to spend more time in the outdoors. Although I am not a teacher in a classical sense, I am an educator and life long learner, finding great satisfaction in teaching yoga and other sport activities.

I love most things active (pass on indoor swimming and volleyball) and all things outdoors, so in my spare time you can usually find me out hiking in the mountains with my dog!

Formal Education

  • Adventure Tourism Certificate
  • Tourism Diploma
  • Project Management Certificate
Certifications:

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training 
Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine Wilderness First Aid (40 hours) 
Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leader
Adaptive Crossfit Coaches Seminar
Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC Day Guide
CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor
Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association Level 3 Certificate
HIGH FIVE Sport Training for Coaches

Marnie Harfield

Marnie Harfield

Yoga Instructor

How did you get into into Yoga?

I have never been classically athletic but have always had an appreciation of body movement.  I was a dancer up until my late teens and then took my feet to the pavement and started my journey as a long distance runner – one who never stretched, and thus, yoga entered my life.  I was pretty pragmatic about it at first – it was in my life to get me running again – but it quickly became more, as it brought a sense of calm both on and off the mat.  Recognizing its therapeutic benefits has inspired my own practice and continued learning.

Something Interesting:

I am a Sommelier by trade and still dabble in the industry as an academic instructor of wine and all things involved with wine.

Other Education:

French Wine Society Scholar and Bordeaux Master, 2010
Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma, 2002
International Sommelier Guild (ISG) Diploma, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Calgary, 1990

Favourite WOD/Movement – I enjoy it all, really, but prefer those without box jumps……

Certifications:

CYA ERYT-500
Critical Alignment Yoga & Therapy, Level 4
AFLCA – Aerobics and Weight Lifting

Jenna Lessner

Jenna Lessner

Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant

I have struggled with obesity my entire life. When I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2010, my weight had climbed to 295 pounds. I remember the day I stepped on the scale and saw the number staring back at me. It was a turning point in my life. At that moment I vowed I would never reach 300 pounds. Fad diet after fad diet three years later, I was still struggling with my weight. After following an elimination diet, I realized I have a gluten intolerance and after finally cutting grains out of my diet and following a Paleo and ketogenic approach the rest of the weight came off easily. My weight loss sparked my 2 passions for: nutrition and running. I wanted to learn more about nutrition and gaining my health back was just the beginning. I read every nutrition and well-being book I could get my hands on; I was frequently asked what to eat, how to eat and how I made the life changes I did in order to be successful. Wanting to help people the best I could, I left my career in insurance, I enrolled in the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and become a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant.

Simply Nurtured describes my nutritional philosophy. Simply going back to the basics to a Paleolithic time where we as humans consumed nothing but whole foods that our bodies were designed to digest. As a member of the animal kingdom, we weren’t meant to consume unnatural processed foods. Nurtured describes how we can nurture the body through nutrition and lifestyle choices. Choosing foods that support one’s health and well-being brings balance into our lives. I believe that educating my clients with the culinary skills to prepare the most nurturing foods possible is the key to success. Simply Nurtured is all about nurturing new beginnings

Certifications:

Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
Bachelor of Science

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