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Knowledge, Drive, and Support.

We have the best team of CrossFit coaches in the city, and it shows.
You won’t find a more dedicated or passionate squad.

We’re the CrossFit leader in Calgary, and it’s because of the passion and dedication of our coaches. On top of being some of the fittest people in the city, our coaches are wonderful human beings.

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All of our coaches are CrossFit™ instructors.

What this means

Our Coaches and Staff

Bill

Bill
Tillipaugh

Area of Focus:
Nutrition

Bill is our resident nutritionist, currently completing two postgraduate programs in nutritional sciences. As an avid CrossFitter and research sport nutritionist, his goal is to provide a scientific, “food first, supplements second” approach to helping competitive CrossFit athletes reach their potential.

More About Bill

Bill is a successful Calgary businessman.In his free time he is pursuing postgraduate education in nutritional science. A CrossFitter for years, he is especially interested in the nutritional needs of high-intensity athletes, and intends to use his education to help athletes make better food choices and to guide CrossFitters in their dietary needs.
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Brett
Marshall

BPE, CSCS
Co-founded CFC in 2006

Area of Focus:
Founder, Co-owner and Programmer

Brett’s passion for and experience in the sport of CrossFit along with his background as a CrossFit HQ L1 Instructor allows him to ensure that CrossFit Calgary remains a leader through quality coaching and programming. Brett’s hands on approach ensures that CFC’s coaches are of the highest quality as he individually mentors and guides new coaches through CFC’s Coach Mentorship Program.

Credentials

CrossFit L1 Seminar Staff
CrossFit L2
CrossFit Olympic Lifting L1
CrossFit Running L1
CrossFit Barbell
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Rowing

Competitions

2007 CrossFit Games (Individual, 2nd)
2008 CrossFit Games (Individual, 9th)
2009 CrossFit Games (Team, 4th)
2010 CanWest Regionals (Individual Qualifier/Coach)
2011 CanWest Regionals (Individual Qualifier/Team athlete, 3rd)
2012 CanWest Regionals (Individual Qualifier/Team athlete, 8th)
2012 Alberta Weightlifting Association (Provincial Champion 69 kg)
2013 CanWest Regionals (Individual Qualifier/Team athlete, 3rd)
2013 Alberta Weightlifting Association (Provincial Champion 69 kg)
2014 CanWest Regionals (Masters Qualifier/Team athlete, 12th)

More About Brett

Apart from being the runner up in the inaugural CrossFit Games in Aromas in 2007, Brett is better known for being the inventor of the widely used and taught “Butterfly Pull up”. Brett is also a national level Olympic lifter, and programs the daily WODs for CFC. He is currently a Captain with the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) and spent 15 years as a commercial rescue diver with the CFD. His passion for teaching and sharing the empowering movements of CrossFit is what bred the concept of CrossFit Calgary in 2007.
Chantelle

Chantal
Theberge

Area of Focus:
CrossFit Kids program

Chantal’s longtime contributions to CrossFit Calgary’s kids programs has helped make them among the best in the city!

Credentials

CrossFit L1
CrossFit L2
CrossFit Olympic Lifting L1
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Running and Endurance L1
CrossFit Barbell
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Rowing

More About Chantal

Coach Chantal has been with CrossFit Calgary since the beginning. She founded our kids program, making CFC the first affiliate in Canada to offer one. She then helped establish and direct our preschool and teen programs. She continues to help guide CFC’s kids programs – which her own children now attend – while working full-time as an executive at Bell Canada.
Colin

Colin
Hill

BEd, MA

Area of Focus:
CrossFit Kids programs and Masters Athlete program

Colin is a dedicated coach of early-morning classes here at CFC. He brings a sharp sense of humor to every class, and is an esteemed CrossFit Kids coach.

Credentials

CrossFit L1
CrossFit L2
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Running
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Advanced Weight Lifting
Carl Paoli Gymnastics

Competitions

2013 CrossFit Open Canada Masters – 4th
2014 CrossFit Open Canada Masters – 4th
2013 CrossFit Games Masters – 39th
2014 CrossFit Games Masters – 38th
2016 CrossFit Open Masters – 4th
2016 CrossFit Masters – 33rd

More About Colin

The self-described “handsome and modest” Colin is a certified Level 1 rugby coach who has been coaching soccer and rugby for 20 years. He’s also CFC’s unofficial photographer, and can often be found snapping action shots for WOD posts. Colin, despite his nickname “OG” (for “Old Guy”) is one of our most competitive coaches and athletes in the masters category. This elite athlete is also a highly regarded educator who was awarded the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award. Colin is the master of maintaining class flow and high energy with the early-morning crew. Colin has it all – brains, brawn and beauty!
Gord

Gord
MacDonald

BEd, MA

Area of Focus:
Team Training

Gord’s history with team sports and strong leadership qualities provides CFC’s members with exceptional group and team WODs

Credentials

CrossFit L1
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Running and Endurance
Carl Paoli Gymnastics

Competitions

2008 CrossFit Games (Individual)
2009 CanWest Regionals (Individual) – 26th
2010 CrossFit Games (Team) – 3rd

More About Gord

Gord’s background as an educator, school administrator and hockey enthusiast benefits both his CrossFit class participants and fellow coaches. A full-time principal at a Calgary K-9 school, Gord has coached in the Hockey Canada Skills Academy for four years. With 15 years’ experience playing hockey himself, he brings his love of sport and physical activity to his classes at CFC. Gord’s easygoing and friendly disposition is evident when he’s leading his early-morning weekend group The Puff Dragons. This natural leader instills camaraderie and community while guiding the weekend partner and team WODs. Members appreciate the good-natured ribbing Gord provides before and after every WOD!
Josh Sather

Josh
Sather

Credentials

CF L1 Trainer
Josh White

Josh
White

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Katrina
MacKay

RMT, B. Comm

Area of Focus:
Massage Therapy

Katrina is our resident massage therapist who has 10 years’ experience working with CrossFit athletes and has been with CrossFit Calgary since it began in 2007. Katrina also has a vast experience in working with several local professional athletes in Calgary. She also has specific training in pre-natal and post-natal massages. With the focus on physical health through healing, she combines an array of techniques to achieve patient/therapist goals.

Katrina has a huge passion for helping people, and is currently pursuing her medical degree, while continuing to massage at CrossFit Calgary.

Credentials

Foothills College of Massage and Hydrotherapy
Sport Taping & Strapping
Myofacial Release
Reiki Master
Medical Intuitive Lv II
Pre & Post Natal Massage
Fitness Knowledge and Theory

More About Katrina

Katrina is an avid sports lover. She’s a fan of CrossFit and its movements, and is an armchair NFL fan. Her clients trust her deep knowledge of specific lifts and WODs, and she plans to take her Level One certification to further deepen her understanding of CrossFit. She also loves to snowboard, cook, and travel the world with her beautiful son and supportive husband.
Kim LaPlante

Kim
LaPlante

Area of Focus:
Adult classes and Powerlifting

Kim’s passion for competitive powerlifting not only brings a strong knowledge base for this style of lifting but she is also a strong influence and motivator to empower members to be as strong as they can be.

Credentials

CrossFit Level 1

Competitions

2011 – CrossFit Calgary Regionals Team – 3rd place
2013 – CrossFit Calgary Regional Team alternate
2015 -Alberta Provincial Powerlifting Championships – 1st in Masters 1
2015 – Western Canadian Powerlifting Championships – 1st in Masters 1
2016 – World’s Classic Powerlifting Championship –

More About Kim

Kim is a full-time cosmetic nurse and has been a member of CrossFit Calgary since the beginning in 2007. It was only a natural progression that in 2015 she became a coach to share her love and passion of CrossFit and powerlifting to others. Kim is energetic and fun spirited with a competitive drive and she loves to motivate and push new CrossFit Calgary members to new heights. Kim's presence and unique style is an unmistakable staple in the strength portion of CrossFit Calgary's Barbell Club.
Lacy Bradley

Lacy
Bradley

Laura

Laura
MacDonald

BEd, BA

Area of Focus:
Running and Personal Training

Laura is an experienced competitive runner and has long provided the members of CFC with effective and individualized personal training programs.

Credentials

CrossFit L2
CrossFit Barbell
CrossFit Running
CrossFit Kids
Carl Paoli Gymnastics

Competitions

2008 CrossFit Games (Individual)
2009 CF Games (Team) – 4th
2010 CF Games (Team) – 3rd
2012 CanWest Regionals
2013 5 Peaks Race – 2nd in age category
2014 CanWest Regionals
2014 5 Peaks Race – 3rd in age category

More About Laura

Laura is a part-time physical education teacher who leads many of the early morning classes and kids’ classes at CFC. Her comfortable air and contagious laugh make her a favorite with her personal training clients and running club members. Laura has excellent rapport with kids,and was one of the original CrossFit Kids coaches when the program started in 2007.
Michelle

Michelle
Savard

BSW

Area of Focus:
Adult classes and competitive training

Drawing upon her experience in competitive CrossFit, Michelle excels in motivating CFC members in their pursuit of fitness.

Credentials

CrossFit L2
CrossFit Running and Endurance L1
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Barbell
CrossFit Olympic Lifting L1
Olympic Lifting - Dmitry Klokov

Competitions

2009 CrossFit Games – Team 4th
2012 CrossFit Games (45-49 Women’s Masters category) – 14th

More About Michelle

Michelle’s background as a social worker undoubtedly helps her connect with members. She’s exceptionally tuned in to people’s individual energies and motivations, making her a highly effective coach.In addition, her experience as an elite competitive CrossFit athlete allows her to share the “inside edge” of training to members. Her open-minded and perceptive nature helps members discover new paths and possibilities on their CrossFit journeys.
Rhiannon

Rhiannon
Marshall

BEd

Area of Focus:
Co-owner and administrative support

As co-owner of CrossFit Calgary with her husband Brett, Rhiannon helps direct the daily workings of nearly every aspect of CFC. She is often seen attending class or attending to the many small details that make CFC the wonderful place it is!

Credentials

CrossFit L1

More About Rhiannon

Rhiannon helped found CrossFit Calgary in 2007. With a background in education and as a former vice-principal of a K-9 school, Rhiannon’s experience in organizational leadership assists in the daily operations of CFC. She was there to watch and cheer on as her husband Brett competed in the first-ever CrossFit Games, and has since developed her own love affair with CrossFit. She completed her L1 to further enrich her own knowledge and improve the experience of CFC members. She balances her responsibilities inside the gym with ones at home as a mother of two active children – though her kids have become regular visitors to CFC as well!
Tania

Tania
Nash

Area of Focus:
CrossFit Kids program and recreation coordination

Tania delights her classes with her high energy and enthusiasm for CrossFit. An outgoing, sociable character, Tania is also perfectly suited to her role organizing CFC’s recreational events.

Credentials

CrossFit L1
CrossFit Kids

More About Tania

Tania’s altruistic nature makes her an invaluable addition to the coaching team at CFC. Tania’s ability to connect easily with others, and her approachable and enthusiastic energy, make for fun-filled experiences for members. Tania’s love of helping others extends beyond CFC. She is a Special Olympics Swimming Coach, and also recently received a Role Mother Award for her many contributions to charities throughout Calgary. Tania is not only a barrel of laughs, but a kind, caring and generous person.
Todd

Todd
Dyer

BPE, CFA

Area of Focus:
Gymnastics and Mobility

Todd’s personal interest in gymnastics and mobility allows him to effectively lead our Gymnastics Targeted Training program and mobility seminars held throughout the year.

Credentials

CrossFit L2
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Running L1
CrossFit Barbell
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Endurance

More About Todd

Todd is a natural teacher who works full-time as a firefighter and course instructor with the Calgary Fire Department. He’s also an experienced CrossFit coach who has been with CFC since its inception in 2007. Todd is well-liked for bringing a sense of humor and playfulness to his classes. Because of his interest in anything gymnastics-related, he often challenges others to novel physical feats, born only from his creative imagination!

Having been involved with CrossFit for over seven years, Todd understands the importance of mobility in the longevity of one’s fitness. He often begins his classes with a variety of effective mobility exercises while his participants amicably joke about his “torturous” ways.

Coach Mentorship Program

There are few gyms with more coaching experience than CrossFit Calgary.

Owner Brett Marshall completed his first CrossFit L1 course in 2006, CrossFit Calgary became an official affiliate in December 2008, and Brett became a member of the CrossFit HQ L1 staff in 2010.

To ensure the highest quality coaching experience for our members, CrossFit Calgary has developed an intensive mentorship program which may take 3 years or longer to complete. To succeed, coaching candidates must have a strong commitment to learning, volunteering, and becoming part of the CrossFit Calgary community.

Prerequisites for the program include a L1 CrossFit course, 6 months membership at CFC, and a successful interview with coach Brett.

Phase 1: 50 hours of coach shadowing within a 6-month span, including shadowing in kids, teens, and specialized programs; and a thorough observation of the fundamental movements from a coaching perspective, followed by a formal review meeting.

Phase 2: 50 hours of shadowing as a “mentoring coach” within a 6-month span, as a CFC co-coach, a support role to the CFC lead coach. The mentoring coach and lead coach both take notes so that professional development can be compared, guided, and evaluated.

Phase 3: In a series of meetings, coach Brett reviews coaching effectiveness based on the ability to recognize faults in movement and then be able to effectively cue members towards improvement.

Upon successful completion of these meetings, a candidate may be offered a probationary contract with CrossFit Calgary to continue their professional development while working as a CrossFit Calgary co-coach.

It is the responsibility of the co-coach to then gain competence in the lead coach role, by gradually taking over all components of class instruction.

CrossFit Calgary coaches are then supported in their professional development through four levels of coaching designation after the mentorship process. The coaching designations are Coach L1, Coach L2, Coach L3 and finally Head Coach.

For more information regarding coaching designations and opportunities, please contact admin@crossfitcalgary.ca.

CrossFit Calgary

High Standards. Happy Members.

“ My coaches (Laura, Erin, Michelle and Brett) worked with me to make sure I understood the mechanics of each movement and how they could be scaled for me. Their interest in my personal improvement was overwhelming and something I’m thankful for every day. ”

Scott Wilkinson, CFC Member since 2012