Coaches

Dawn Krpan

Dawn Krpan

Owner/ Head Coach

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

Favourite WOD/Movement:

Deadlift

Favourite Food:

90% Dark Chocolate

Something Interesting:

When away from the gym you can often find Dawn in the garden.  She loves growing heritage vegetables and then eating them of course. Digging in the dirt is her 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

Amanda Towstego

Amanda Towstego

CrossFit Coach

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, boot camp 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 of coaching is helping people achieve day to day milestones throughout their training and being in an atmosphere of like-minded people.

Favourite WOD/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 1-2016
Concept 2 Rowing Instructor-2016

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

Alex Curtis

Alex Curtis

CrossFit Coach

Alex was first introduced to CrossFit whilst serving in the Australian Army in 2012. After a few years of enjoying the functional movements that CrossFit offers, Alex decided to obtain his CrossFit Level One and begin coaching and helping others improve their health. Whilst serving in the army Alex completed his Combat Fitness Leader Course. This enabled him to deliver military physical training sessions to his soldiers. Alex is passionate about the CrossFit community and improving people’s lives daily with fitness.

Favourite WOD/Movement:

Squat, Bench Press, and Snatch

Favourite Food:

Pizza, Burritos, and Wings (ideally in one meal)

Something Interesting:

Alex spent 9 years as an Aircraft technician on Blackhawk Helicopters in the Army.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
Australian Strength & Conditioning ASCA Level 1
Functional Movement Level 2

Jeff Hilliard

Jeff Hilliard

CrossFit Coach

After finishing playing basketball at the University of Lethbridge, Jeff needed something to fill the void. Crossfit provided the community and friendly competition that he was missing. Jeff dove right in and loved every minute of it. He tried to soak up all the knowledge he could from his coaches and mentors. Jeff became a nerd about everything Crossfit and fitness. His coaches noticed and offered him a coaching position at his first gym. Jeff took his CrossFit Level 1 in November of 2011 and never looked back. There’s always something new to learn, and he loves sharing that knowledge with others.

Favourite WOD/Movement:  

Karen and Heavy Snatches

Favourite Food: 

A juicy burger on a gluten free bun (I’m one of those), a side of nachos, and a cider.

Something interesting: 

I know way too much about shoes…

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Football

Formal Education
Bachelor of Science Kinesiology (one more class!)- Expected Graduation Spring 2018

Deon Horsley

Deon Horsley

CrossFit Coach

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/Movement: 

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
CrossFit Strongman Trainer
Agatsu Upper Body Mobility
Catalyst Athletic Weightlifting Level 1 & Level 2

Nolan McTaggart

Nolan McTaggart

CrossFit Coach

In high school, Nolan played every sport he could get his hands on and was always looking for ways to improve his sports performance and fitness. Nolan had a math teacher that did CrossFit who was one of the coaches for the school’s sports programs. His teacher would come to the school before class and teach basic CrossFit workouts to a few of the students who wanted extra conditioning.

Then during University Nolan continued playing sports and did the conventional gym routine but found himself struggling to keep motivated, so he decided to give CrossFit a go. Three years later he still cannot get enough of CrossFit as a sport and a lifestyle, so coaching was the natural next step.

Favourite WOD/Movement:

Eva! Nolan loves any WOD with running in it and Eva was the first WOD that absolutely ruined him. It was the WOD that made him realize that he was going to be a serious CrossFit addict.

Something interesting:

Nolan loves to cook but more importantly, loves to bake. He grew up doing a lot of the baking in his house and cheesecake is his favorite dessert to bake and consume (a lot of).

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1-2017

Formal Education

Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology

Kate Hamilton

Kate Hamilton

Yoga Instructor

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

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

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

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

Formal Education

Adventure Tourism Certificate
Tourism Diploma
Project Management Certificate

Jenna Lessner

Jenna Lessner

Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant

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

Favourite WOD/Movement:

Deadlift

Favourite Food:

Steak (probably because she grew up on a beef farm)

Something Interesting:

Jenna loves being outside in the mountains. The top of a mountain is her happy place.

Certifications:

Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant

Formal Education
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan
Diploma in Natural Nutrition, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

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