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Meet The Team

Frank Wood – Saint City South - Owner/Coach

  • CanFit Pro Personal Training Specialist Diploma
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • Regional Level Competitor – 2016 Team

Frank has been a competitive athlete from a very young age. Playing basketball, football, rugby and soccer paved the way for Frank’s competitive drive. Frank was briefly introduced to CrossFit by his brother but was pursuing amateur boxing at the time. As well all know, once you start CrossFit, it is hard to stop. The bug never left. Amateur boxing was not cutting it. In 2014 he decided to pursue CrossFit full time. He hasn’t looked back since. Frank is now pursuing competitive CrossFit and has competed on a team at the Regional level.

Amanda Sutherland - Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certification
  • AFLCA Certified Resistance Training Specialty Leader
  • Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1
  • Agatsu Mobility Level 1
  • First Aid/CPR
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • 3 Month Personal Trainee in the Ido Portal Method

Amanda loves to help people move better, and has developed a knack for unlocking fitness capacity in her clients by improving their movement patterns. She has been a long-time fitness enthusiast, but her fitness jumped to new levels when she began CrossFit training in 2008 - even while being a mom to four busy kids. Her career highlights include being a 3X competitor at Canada West Regionals, and launching a CrossFit Kids program.

Brad Gerbrandt - Coach

  • Master's in Kinesiology
  • CSEP-CPT (CEP in progress)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Certification
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
  • NCCP Weightlifting Level 2 Certification
  • NCCP Volleyball Level 1 Certification
  • NCCP Theory Level 1 Certification
  • Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1 Certification
  • Agatsu Powerlifting Certification
  • Agatsu Weightlifting Certification

Brad has always been very active in sports growing u. He has played basketball, soccer, track and volleyball in school and continued with volleyball throughout university. Following university, he picked up Ultimate Frisbee and has competed at Nationals 6 times earing spots at Worlds in Prague in 2010 and Italy in 2014. Brad is currently aiming for a 2018 nationals sport as well.
In 2001 Brad became a personal trainer which lead to a Master's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba. His primary area of focus was Biomechanics which refers to how the body moves. This has given Brad a keen eye for nuances in lifting technique that is often overlooked. During his time at the U of M, Brad was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bison’s. Following his degree he worked in a Sport Science lab and was fortunate enough to work with athletes including the Winnipeg Jets and the Blue Bombers.
Brad began CrossFit in 2006 to help his training for Ultimate Frisbee as well as further his education in fitness. Along with a partner, he opened Prairie CrossFit in Winnipeg in 2010. We grew this business from a small, 900 square foot garage to 5500 square foot warehouse in just a few years.
In 2015, with his family, Brad moved to Edmonton to become a Fitness Instructor with the Edmonton Police. He is the coordinator of all the fitness testing and training of the new recruit classes. Brad has always found meaning in working with people who rely on their fitness to help the community and this has allowed him to do it full time.

Amanda Konefal – Coach

  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours - Psychology with a specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certification
  • Personal Training Specialist, Can-Fit-Pro
  • Crossfit Weightlifting Certification

Amanda was first introduced to CrossFit in the spring of 2008 and immediately fell in love with the sport. She completed her CrossFit Level 1 Certification a year later (May 2009) and began her journey as a CrossFit gym owner. Amanda has competed at the regional level, finishing 18th place overall.

“CrossFit challenges me daily to become the best version of myself alongside great people who inspire and push me. I truly enjoy being part of such an amazing CrossFit community and being able to help people achieve fitness goals they never thought possible.”

Elizabeth Cummings - Coach

  • Personal Training Specialist: Can-Fit-Pro
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Running and Endurance Certification
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • Diploma; Paramedic
  • Business Administration Certificate
  • Diploma; General Studies

Elizabeth discovered CrossFit when she was looking for a fitness program that had unparalleled results and was enjoyable at the same time. After stumbling across a CrossFit Journal article at a friend’s house and she was intrigued by the photo of a woman her size overhead-squatting 135 lbs. After her first class, she was hooked. Elizabeth started her coaching career as a wrestling coach in Lethbridge in 2000. After becoming a paramedic, she made it part of her job to ensure that her coworkers had access to a great fitness program. She has led running groups, taught group fitness classes and done occupational health and fitness programs for new employees. Elizabeth has a passion for Olympic lifting and injury rehab. She is always looking for the next opportunity to learn more.

Richard S - Coach

  • Bachelor’s in Physical Education, University of Alberta
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Agatsu Kettlebell

Stacey Bootsman - Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 certification
  • 16+ years of Olympic Weightlifting experience.

Although Stacey has only been coaching Crossfit since February 2017 she is not a stranger to the barbell. She started Olympic Weightlifting in 1992 under coach Larry Mather of Power Plus after her sister first found the sport. She has competed both at a junior and senior level. Has been to Western Canadian Summer Games, Canada Winter Games, multiple provincial and national competitions. And has held provincial records for many years in the junior category until they were more recently broken. Stacey played competitive level rugby for club and provincial teams in Alberta and Munster, Ireland. Now she focuses solely on Crossfit and has been for 6 years (in between having 2 children-you will see them around the gym lifting a kiddie bar, flipping tires and swinging on rings right alongside their parents). She did Crossfit for both healthy pregnancies right up to 8/9 months. Stacey loves the environment of competition and has been an athlete at Fight of the Fittest (2x), Winter Masacre (2x), amongst others and most recently the 2017 Canwest Games finishing 8th in the 35-39 Masters Women's category.
"I believe in the modality of crossfit for our lifelong health and wellness. Through crossfit I believe you can achieve community through relationships and contribution by a competitive spirit."

James Brown - Coach

  • Bio coming soon.

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