Kevin was introduced to CrossFit in the fall of 2006, couldn’t walk for a few days, and has been hooked ever since. While he was a physical education teacher, he started sprinkling CrossFit-type workouts into his classes. The next progression was inviting friends to his ‘house of pain’ to experience CrossFit. Then he started hosting weekly sessions at a local park, giving birth to CrossFit Moncton in July of 2008. And he couldn’t have done it without his amazing friends and family.
Always being the skinny kid, his progress was quick. He’s competed in the qualifiers for the Games since 2008 and qualified as an individual and as a team member for Regionals. Having a thirst for knowledge, he’s the first Level 3 Certified CrossFit Trainer in Atlantic Canada, he’s been to six Level 1 seminars, CF Gymnastics, two CF Kids, CF Mobility, CF Coach’s Prep Course and Olympic Lifting, as well as degrees in Kinesiology and Education. He also sits on the board for the New Brunswick Weightlifting Association.
His passion for CrossFit and helping others still burns after many years. Helping people reach their health and fitness goals will always be his number one priority.
Joanna was always the “short, skinny girl” growing up. She had never played sports nor was much of a gym go-er. She had tried a couple of at home programs and made modest efforts at your run of the mill gym for a short time but nothing ever stuck. Shortly after meeting Kevin in January 2010 he convinced her to try CrossFit. She was skeptical at first but decided to give it a go and well, it was love at first WOD.
It wasn’t long before she discovered she wanted to share her love for the sport of fitness with those around her and went for her CrossFit Level 1 later in 2010 to be a coach at CrossFit Moncton. Joanna has discovered she enjoys competing and was a member of the 2011 CrossFit Moncton team that participated in the CrossFit Games Regional level competition in Toronto. She favors the olympic lifts (clean & jerk and snatch) and any gymnastic based movements. She enjoys improving people’s understanding of movements and helping them achieve better positioning in those movements. You can find her hosting CrossFit Moncton’s Mobility class on Monday evenings.
Joanna is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, CrossFit Movement and Mobility certified and holds an Olympic Weightlifting certification from Darby Training Systems.
Heather started CrossFit in October 2008. Her reason was simple, because her son Kevin told her that if she had grandchildren she would not be able to pick them up or be able to keep up with running around after them. That was motivation enough for her.
She had little previous exercise experience. She swam through the summer months and walked on a treadmill the rest of the year. Heather was not able to complete a full sit-up when she first started but can now easily perform most movements and even do an unassisted pullup and deadlift over 100 pounds. When she’s not at the gym you can usually find her curled up with a good book or in the summer months, doing laps in her pool.
Heather has attended three CrossFit Level 1’s and can be found coaching the CrossFit Moncton Masters Class. She enjoys coaching the presses (shoulder press, push press, push jerk) and her favorite thing about being a trainer is seeing the change in members’ minds and bodies.
Ron was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 through a friend who was already a member at CrossFit Moncton. He has played many sports in the past and has been active in other local gyms but he either lost interest or he stopped seeing results because he was always doing the same routine. CrossFit provided him with something constantly varied and it kept him interested, so he stayed and is now part of the gym equipment (or furniture as it were).
The people who have impacted Ron’s life the most were the coaches he had through the years. His hope is that he could possibly do the same by helping someone else reach their health and fitness goals. He says the high and personal satisfaction he gets from coaching our members is incredible and just as addictive as CrossFit itself. Ron loves coaching beginners because he understands how hard and frustrating it can be to learn something new. He admires anybody who is willing to make positive changes to improve themselves.
Ron is a CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids trainer. You can find him coaching the CrossFit Kids class with Coach Blake. He is a Provincial level coach in both hockey and baseball as well as a Recreation level coach in soccer.
Amanda has been doing CrossFit since May 2010. Her interest was sparked when she went to Fredericton to support and watch friends at the Sectionals for the CrossFit Games. She tried the Saturday morning drop-in and has been hooked ever since. She has always been active, but never as passionate for anything as much as CrossFit.
Her favorite way to spend her free time is with her nephew, and in the summer when she’s not at the gym, you can find her on a ball field in Moncton, playing slo-pitch. Most weekends in the summer she makes herself scarce at her cottage, where she unwinds from the busy week.
As a coach, she especially enjoys working with new members. She loves seeing the confidence transform in people who are nervous and intimidated by the gym, and to help them transition from “there’s no way I can do this”, to “I can’t believe I did that!”
Amanda obtained her CrossFit Level 1 in July of 2012. She was inspired by seeing people transform their lives with CrossFit, and wanted to be able to help people achieve that. She believes virtuosity is a key ingredient to CrossFit and in life, and knows that we are better athletes by chasing it in all of our movements and exercises, so she works hard to instill that in our members.
Mario (a.k.a. Super Mario) is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, a civil engineer, lover of bacon, avid video game collector, part-time pro-wrestling referee, all-around nerd and he loves to squat heavy stuff.
Mario has participated in and tried a variety of sports throughout childhood, high school and university: baseball, soccer, sprints, karate, olympic wrestling, jogging and the conventional treadmill-dumbbell routine typically found at “the other gym”. None of these would stick for more than a few months, resulting in his bodyweight doing the yo-yo for most of his 20’s. Having heard about CrossFit from university friends, he looked up CrossFit Moncton on the web before moving back to Moncton for a new job, signed up for the free drop-in session, met Kevin Wood, then met Pukie, and signed up right away.
CrossFit changed Mario’s perception on the notions of training, fitness, nutrition and physical and mental capacities. He has met many wonderful people from all walks of life and made many new friends through the CrossFit community, and loves the atmosphere at the gym. He will cheer you on even if he doesn’t know you and looks forward to grow as a trainer and help others better themselves.
Chantal has always been active in playing sports and working out at gyms throughout her life. She heard about CrossFit Moncton when she saw a video of a friend doing pull-ups and immediately wanted to try it out. Still a university student at the time, this was a huge commitment but one of the best choices ever: “It’s no longer about how I look or what people will think of me but rather about how I feel and the community aspect that surrounds this place”.
Fast forward 4 years later, Chantal finally took the plunge and went for her CrossFit Level 1 so she could help others get better. She also attended an Olympic weight lifting certification by Darby training systems a year prior. She finds it very rewarding to help the members learn and understand the movements and nothing will make her more happy than a sincere “Thank you” from a member after a class.
On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her furry family: Vince (her better half), Cassie (the dog), Mollie and Java (the cats). Cooking is one of her hobbies and you can usually find her having kitchen throw downs on Sundays!
Blake’s CrossFit journey began in 2011 when he walked away from his Globo-gym and into a free drop-in at CrossFit Moncton and he has not looked back. The high intensity workouts got his attention, but it was the huge, supportive community that got him hooked for life.
Keeping kids active and engaged is one of Blake’s top priorities, so if he’s not at the rink coaching hockey he can usually be found coaching our CrossFit Moncton Kids and our CrossFit Kid Lifting classes with Coach Ron.
Blake thrives on helping athletes find their true potential, and bringing out the best in the adults and kids he trains. Seeing athletes pushing to work at their 100% and helping them achieve their goals is what Blake loves the most!
Blake is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Gymnastics and CrossFit Weightlifting trainer, and is a very active recreational hockey coach in his community.
Marcel has been a CrossFit Moncton member since 2009. Marcel received his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in October 2013. In 2014 he also obtained his CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer certificate.
Marcel is a third degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. He had the privilege of receiving this under O’Sensei Tsuruoka, known as the Father of Karate in Canada. Marcel came to CrossFit after reading an article on the subject in an MMA magazine. He spotted Kevin’s vehicle with the bumper sticker stating “Try It I Dare You”; decided to try it and since then he’s been hooked.
Marcel is very proud to see all the successes members reach through hard work. He loves seeing the progress members make when they dig deep and push outside their comfort zone. He is motivated to bring new people to CFM because he knows what it can do for everyone!