Tania Vrga - Founder/Head Coach
Favourite workout: Nasty Girls. The first CrossFit video I ever saw was this one (Nasty Girls…[wmv][mov]), of Nicole, Eva and Annie doing the Nasty Girls workout. I remember thinking: Wow! I want to be able to do that… and now I can.
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: The people and the culture, it’s a dream come true.
Certifications: Hon. B.Sc., University of Toronto, CanFitPro Personal Trainer Specialist, CrossFit Level I, CrossFit Gymnastics with Jeff Tucker (2009) and Sean Lind (2013), CrossFit Barbell with Mark Rippetoe, CrossFit Nutrition with Robb Wolf, Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1 with Shawn Mozen, Agatsu Kettlebell Level 2 with Shawn Mozen, Agatsu Barbell Level 1 with Willie Albert & Pierre Augé, Poliquin Biosignature Modulation with Charles Poliquin, Biosignature Lab Analysis with Mark Schauss, OPT CCP Level 1 with James Fitzgerald Assessments, Program Design, and Nutrition with Matt Lalonde, Olympic Weightlifting with Alexander Varbanov, Functional Movement Systems Level 1 with Behnad Honarbakhsh, Agatsu Movement & Mobility Trainer Certification with Sara-Clare Lajeunesse, Russian Kettlebell Challenge Instructor Level 1 with Andrea Du Cane, “Reasonableness” workshop with Dan John, Poliquin International Coaching Certification Level 1 and 2 with Derek Woodske and Mary-Pierre Gaudet, Poliquin Instant Muscle Strengthening & Fascial Abrasion Techniques with André Benoit, Fascial Movement Taping, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Dillon Charest of Source Yoga, Canadian Olympian Christine Girard of Kilophile, Olympic Weightlifting Bulgarian Method Seminar with Ivan Abadjiev and Alexander Varbanov, Adaptive Bodywork Workshop with John Sutherland, CrossFit Kids, Agatsu Masters of Movement 2013 (Toronto) and 2014 (LA), Clare Frank Movement Links Seminar on Janda’s Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes, Multiple Provincial Record Holder in Powerlifting 52Kg class, 2 week Olympic Weightlifting Training Camp in Bulgaria with Alexander Varbanov and Ivan Abadjiev.
What’s surprising/interesting about me? I was an athletic late bloomer… I was that kid who always got picked last for teams in the school yard. My brothers made fun of my lack of coordination. I got laughed at for running like a girl.
Coaching Philosophy: A coach’s role is to facilitate the athlete’s journey toward their goal, whether that means simply getting off the couch or competing at a professional level. I firmly believe that a fit person is a healthy person is a happy person. As a coach, my job is to improve the fitness of everyone that comes through our doors, whether it’s a competitive athlete or a grandmother, and thus, make them happier and help them achieve their goals.
#1 Training Goal for the next 6 to 12 months: compete in a Masters weightlifting competition
#1 Power food: my husband’s roast pastured heritage pork with herbs and garlic.
Rénald Vouriot - Coach
Favourite workout: Something with muscle-ups and maybe hand stand push-up, put in some tire flips too, oh and rope climbs.
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: Definitely the people. I started going to get fit, and I stayed because of the friendly atmosphere.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Agatsu Joint Mobility and Movement, CrossFit Level 1 Gymnastics, Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1
What’s surprising/interesting about me? I used to be very shy. Anyone who knows me now knows how ridiculous that sounds! And I’m heavier than I look, lol!
Coaching Philosophy: Do it right, listen to what the coaches have to say and have fun with it.
#1 Training goal for next 6-12 months: I would love to attain my press to hand stand hold or acquire more cool gymnastics moves.
#1 Power food: Sweet potatoes! The perfect quick energy food.
Ben Dezwart - Head of Personal Training
With over 8 years’ experience Ben de Zwart has been training Personal Trainers how to be their best and helped grow over 100 trainers to become successful. From starting as a brand-new trainer in the industry with zero experience, he quickly became one of the highest-level Personal Trainers in Western Canada and is an award-Winning Fitness Manager. Ben has helped every sort of client, from dramatic weight loss, pre/post injury prevention/rehabilitation, weight-gain/bodybuilding and athletic performance. Ben takes a methodical approach to building the fundamentals in the program and teaching the why behind the movement. He does this, so that the training becomes very practical and the clients can change the way they move on a day to day basis. When clients move better 24 hours a day, success comes much quicker and easier with less chance of relapse. Ben would be very excited to sit down with you to discuss the next year of success and goal setting.
Can-Fit-Pro Personal Training Specialist • Fitness Manager of Excellence Award 2016 • YMCA Personal Trainer • Trigger Point Level 1 & 2 • 6x Winner of Goodlife Top 500 Award • Functional Movement Assessment & Gradual Exercise Methods Level 1 & 2 •Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certificate • DTS Striking Fundamentals Part A Certificate •
Can-Fit-Pro Nutrition and Weight Loss Certificate • DTS Kettle-Bell Fundamentals Certificate •
Advanced Power Training Certificate • TRX R4 Trainer Certificate • TRX RIP Trainer Certificate • My Boot Camp Certification • Body-Fit Certification • Level 5 Personal Trainer (6 levels)
DTS Level 1 • DTS Intro to Olympic Weightlifting Certificate
Jason Paul - Coach
Favourite workout: Sprint intervals – either running or rowing
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: Definitely the people. The camaraderie and respect between everyone that steps into our gym is truly inspiring.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, Agatsu Kettlebell
What’s surprising/interesting about me? I’ve worked at the same company for 28 years. (I’m older than I look ha ha)
Coaching Philosophy: Technique, Consistency, Intensity
#1 Training goal for next 6-12 months: Freestanding handstand hold
#1 Power food: A steaming mug of freshly brewed coffee. Can’t do 6 am without it
Gary McLeod - Coach/Massage Therapist
Scott Fowell - Coach
Favorite workout: Anything with heavy weights or 21-15-9
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: People come in to workout with purpose, not because they like saying they went to the gym today. Results speak for themselves.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Movement & Mobility, CrossFit Olympic weightlifting, Varbanov Olympic Weightlifting, Agatsu Kettlebell, Agatsu Mobility & CrossFit Judge.
What’s surprising/interesting about me? I’ve played competitive rugby for 8 years, my first position was a “hooker”.
Coaching Philosophy: You pass failure on the way to success, keep putting in the work and achieve your goals. Train. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
#1 Training Goal for the next 6 to 12 months: Strength and Power
#1 Power food: Bison
Adrian Théroux - Coach
Favourite workout: Picking heavy stuff up and putting it overhead.
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: Tania shares almost all of my training philosophies. The coaches are smart, strong and friendly. The members want to learn, are enthusiastic, and constantly pushing themselves to new heights.
Certifications: Bachelor of Kinesiology (University of Manitoba), CSEP Certified Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1, NCCP Level 1 Football Coach
What’s surprising/interesting about me? I fractured two vertebrae in my neck when I was 16, and was paralyzed for almost a week.
Coaching Philosophy: Society and technology have made it too easy for us to be sedentary and weak; I seek to undo this damage and help get people strong, healthy, and happy. Also technique, technique, technique!!!
#1 Training goal for next 6-12 months: Squat and Deadlift 500, Bench 300, Press 200, Snatch 200, Clean and Jerk 300.
#1 Power food: Deer jerky/sausage, cherry BCAA drink.
Daniel Billinkoff - Coach
Why I CrossFit: It works (really well), it’s fun and it’s badass. I love it.
Favourite workout: I love conditioning, so probably the Fight Gone Mad benchmark. Heavy clean & jerks are fun, too.
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: I love Tania’s focus on ordinary people achieving extraordinary fitness. Her programming is extremely varied, never boring, and always challenging. Best of all, the CFW community is amazing. All of the coaches and members are kind, helpful and dedicated. Joining a gym can be super intimidating– especially if you’re going to do something “hardcore” like CrossFit – so it makes me proud that anyone and everyone is welcome and appreciated at our gym.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Agatsu Kettlebell L1, Agatsu Indian Clubs and Mace, Brand X Method Kids Trainer and CrossFit Mobility.
What’s surprising/interesting about me? I’m double-jointed, which was very cool in grade 2, but not as cool as an adult.
Coaching Philosophy: To lead by example, inspire new members to keep fighting, and find creative ways to help the CFW community get better, stronger & faster.
#1 Training goal for next 6-12 months: More consistency in advanced gymnastics movements, especially muscle ups. I also want to walk on my hands, which is the ultimate CrossFit party trick.
#1 Power food: Coffee with butter/MCT oil.
Steve Snowdon - Coach
Favourite workout: Picking heavy stuff up and putting it overhead.
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: Beyond the people, who make every 6am workout so worthwhile, it’s the coaches who want to see you moving well for life. They are genuinely invested in you.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1
What’s surprising/interesting about me? I raced mountain bike competitively in my younger years and I spent a lot of time on my bike… to the point that I didn’t get my Driver’s License until I was 28 years old.
Coaching Philosophy: To lead by example, to demonstrate age is just a number and show that consistency is king.
#1 Training goal for next 6-12 months: Handstand walking, the only skill I don’t have. And yes, it will be mine.
#1 Power food: Coffee… seriously, those aren’t BCAAs I’m drinking mid WOD.
Tara Ross - Coach
Favorite Workout: Anything that involves thrusters.
What I love about CrossFit Winnipeg: Definitely all the smiling faces when I walk into the gym; the community is great and you really feel it. I love seeing so many people having fun while working out.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1
Coaching Philosophy: Help others succeed with their goals! If you put in the work you will be amazed at what you can do. I also believe working on weaknesses will have its rewards in the end.
What’s Surprising About Me? I’ve watched The Young and the Restless faithfully since grade one 🙂 and I have an identical twin sister.
#1 Power Foods: Perogies, bacon and coffee.
#1 Training Goal for Next 6-12 Months: Work on my gymnastics-kip, chest to bar pull-ups and I would love to have a muscle up by next year’s CrossFit Open.
Karen Beck - Coach
Terry Hadlow - Weightlifting Coach
Louise Tétrault Asselin - Manager
Alex Paul - Client Services
Robin Webb - Facilities & Maintenance
Josée Deezar - Physiotherapist
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