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Meet The Team

Brian Carter - Owner/Coach

  • Crossfit Running and Endurance Certification
  • Crossfit Games Regional Competitor – Individual Men
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certification
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certification
  • CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Certification
  • Opex Level 1 Assessment
  • Opex Level 1 Program Design
  • Opex Level 1 Nutrition
  • Opex Level 1 Life Coaching
  • AFLCA Fitness Theory Certificate
  • Online Fitness Mentor
  • Agatsu Level 1 Kettle Bell Certificate

Brian discovered the Sport of Fitness in 2009 and was instantly hooked. Having roots as a competitive hockey player, Brian found himself drawn to the camaraderie and competitive aspect of Crossfit. Brian has been both a competitor and judge at the regional level. Since 2004, Brian has coached athletes of all abilities including competitive CrossFit athletes, Powerlifters and Olympic Weightlifting Athletes. Brian has trained over 10,000 athletes using various methods of interval training and Crossfit. Brian has taken his program to another level using an online fitness mentoring system. This has given Brian the ability to coach a large number of individuals North American wide. Brian’s goal is to help individuals achieve their true potential in fitness. Brian is also the co-founder of Western Canada’s elite fitness competition, Fight of the Fittest.

Morgan Chaulk – Owner/Holistic Nutritionist

  • Certified Nutritionist
  • Precision Nutrition Level One
  • Precision Nutrition Level Two
  • CrossFit Level One Certification
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification

Growing up as a competitive athlete, nutrition was always a primary focus in Morgan’s life. She spent extensive time researching nutrition, experimenting with recipes and learning about proper ways to fuel the body for a variety of different circumstances; general health, sports nutrition, nutrition for injury recovery & children’s health. After many years of helping people as a hobby, Morgan decided to make it a career. Morgan has experience working with individuals with various disease and illness, recovering from eating disorders, all levels of athletes and those looking for general health. Combined with her experience as an athlete herself, Morgan has the knowledge to help you achieve your nutrition and lifestyle goals. Morgan has two very busy little children who help her in the kitchen and behind the scenes. Family, nutrition and fitness are the most important priorities in her life. She is so excited to help you on your journey. Morgan is also the co-founder of Western Canada’s elite fitness competition, Fight of the Fittest.

Brent Miller - Coach

  • Opex Level 1 Assessment
  • Opex Level 1 Program Design
  • NAIT Professional Sales Certificate
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Online Judging/Scaling Course
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Certification
  • National Life guard

While training as an amateur boxer in 2012, Brent was introduced to a CrossFit workout as part of his conditioning program. Within a week, Brent became hooked. The sport of fitness was an exciting new challenge and it’s been a big part of his life ever since. Brent started weight training in high school to compliment his training as a cross country runner. After high school, he continued weight training regularly and trained for a few years as a bodybuilder, participating in local competitions from 2006 - 2008. This experience brought an awareness of how important nutrition and recovery are for optimum training results. Having this knowledge was an asset when Brent shifted gears to start boxing and has influenced how he approaches CrossFit training. Over the past couple of years Brent has spent some time focusing on Olympic weightlifting, qualifying as a provincial level lifter. His passion for fitness has led to him enrol as a part time student at NAIT to learn more about exercise, nutrition and obtain the training required to help others on their fitness journey.

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.”

Auty Brooks – Coach

  • NAIT PFT Diploma
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology CPT
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certification
  • CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification
  • Military Tactical Athlete Training Program
  • National Life gaurd

Auty Brooks has been teaching fitness programs for over 10 years. In 2005 he discovered CrossFit. He became fully immersed in the CrossFit community and training methods. In 2006 he opened the 6th CrossFit affiliate in Canada and began developing a community of passionate fitness enthusiasts. In 2008 Auty had the opportunity to work for the Canadian Military’s Personal Supports Programs as a consultant and instructor. For over 6 years he has worked with hundreds of military personnel advising the exercise prescription for high intensity, functional style regimes. In that time, Auty also organized and delivered several larger scale CrossFit style events, 2010 Central Canadian Sectionals, 2009 - 2015 Strong Contender Combat Fitness Challenge and Fight Gone Bad 2008-2015. Auty has spent years overseeing the participation of hundreds of individuals on his program and he draws on the thousands of hours of coaching to help him appropriately introduce the training methods to people of all levels. Auty hopes his design in program and approach to coaching will help those enticed with the CrossFit methods to reach optimal results.

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

Amanda’s belief is that CrossFit is what gives balance to her ambitious health and fitness goals within the chaos of being a Mom to four young kids. Since finding CrossFit in 2008, her fitness has been launched to levels that were previously unimaginable. Amanda has found the results she was struggling so hard to find before. Working with kids is a passion of hers. Amanda’s intention is to inspire kids to become the best they possible can be by leading by example.

Adam Richard - Coach

  • Bachelor of Science Kinesiology
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certification
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise & Sport Science Australia
  • Fitness Institute Australia
  • Australian Weightlifting Federation
  • Australian Institute of Kettlebells

Sports and fitness have always been a major part of Adam’s life. He has been a competitive athlete for many years excelling at Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Rugby and Taekwondo. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2003 and eventually went on become a strength and conditioning specialist for a world class facility in Australia. Adam discovered Crossfit in 2006. His first workout was 35 Manmakers for time and once he recovered, he returned for more. Adam has significant experience training clients with specific fitness goals. After discovering CrossFit, he began implementing different variations of CrossFit training into clients programs. He enjoys the multidimensional aspect of Crossfit including Olympic lifting, Gymnastics and Kettlebells – dynamic workouts that push your body to its limits. Adam is excited to share his passion for fitness with you!

Amy Speed-Andrews - Coach

  • PhD Physical Activity and Health Behavior
  • MS Kinesiology
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certification
  • Agatsu Joint Mobility
  • +300hrs Yoga Teacher Training
  • Classical Pilates Mat Instructor
  • Fletcher Mat Pilates Licensed Provider
  • CrossFit Games Regional Competitor – Individual Women 2014
  • Canadian National Weightlifting Championships Competitor (63kg class; 2015)
  • Canadian National Weightlifting Championships Qualifier, 2016
  • CrossFit Games Regional Competitor – Team, West Region 2016
  • CrossFit Games Masters Invitational – 2016

Amy has been involved in the exercise field for over 10 years working with both clinical and non-clinical populations. She loves helping people achieve their fitness goals at any level. Amy discovered CrossFit in 2011 through a Groupon deal and was immediately drawn both to the community and to the physical challenges CrossFit provides. Amy has qualified and competed as an individual in the CrossFit Games Canada West Region, and also as part of a team in the West Region. In 2016, she was invited to compete in the CrossFit Games Masters Qualifiers after finishing in the top 200 in her age group. Along with CrossFit, Amy also enjoys weightlifting and has qualified and competed in the Canadian Senior Weightlifting Championships in Toronto in 2015, and qualified again in 2016. Amy has taken the last year off competing to rehabilitate from shoulder surgery. She hopes to be able to return to competing in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting in the coming year with a goal of competing in the CrossFit Games as a Masters Athlete, but with the ultimate goal of enjoying the process regardless of the outcome.

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 Coordinator 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.

Cara Quist - Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology; Sport Performance Major from the University of Alberta

After Cara finished her last year playing Junior A hockey in Sherwood Park, she was looking for something different to fill the void. She tried her first CrossFit class in 2013 and instantly fell in love with the sport. Cara enjoyed how the workouts constantly varied, were challenging, and most of all the awesome community of people and support you have working alongside you through the workouts.
Cara competed in her first Olympic weightlifting competition in January of 2015 and Is extremely passionate about it. Within a year of dedicated Olympic lifting training, she has reached a National ranked weightlifting total and has competed at the Canadian Senior National Championships. Cara is also the #1 ranked female weightlifter in Alberta and has completed her NCCP weightlifting certification.

Nikolaj Jacobsen - Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • Agatsu Level 1 Kettlebell Certification
  • Agatsu Level 1 Olympic Barbell Certification
  • Former Commando Krav Maga Instructor
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Bujinkan Ninjutsu

Nikolaj has been a CrossFit athlete since 2010. He has always had a passion for fitness. After many years training and instructing Krav Maga – a form of martial arts – Nikolaj shifted his training to Crossfit. Nikolaj is passionate about fitness, testing limits and helping athletes crush their goals.

Yvonne Sanche - Coach

  • Owner of Yvonne Sanche, RMT
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Fascial Stretch Therapy
  • Active Isolated Stretching – Basic
  • Crossfit Level 1 Certification
  • Crossfit Basic Barbell
  • NCCP Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting – Technical
  • Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1 Certification
  • Agatsu Mobility Certification
  • National Powerlifting Competitor

Yvonne has been a Crossfit athlete for 9 years. In 2012, she became a CrossFit coach. In this time she has discovered a dominant strength focus and believes this is the strongest foundation to build from. Yvonne has shifted a large amount of her focus to powerlifting and has dominated her weight class with many first place finished and awards.
Yvonne also runs her own business as a registered massage therapist. This knowledge has complimented her coaching by providing a different perspective to athletes. She believes that proper movement is medicine and that it teaches athletes better body awareness and positioning. She also stresses the importance of adequate recovery and self-care.
Her therapeutic treatment specialties focus on joint mobilizations, stretch therapies, myofascial cupping and Gua Sha. Periodically, she teaches mobility workshops for athletes to allow them better positioning through their lifts and gymnastics movements.

Elizabeth Cumming - 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

Skyla Bradley - Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • 2008 Birthing From Within Level 1 Doula and Prenatal Instructor Course
  • 2014 Gordon Kay Memorial, Bronze Medal, 69kg Female Category

The first time Skyla heard of Crossfit, her husband was training for a triathlon and looking for new, innovative ways to gain strength and endurance. After watching videos on YouTube and she was instantly convinced that it was dangerous, but she was intrigued any way. She wanted to be able to do what the people in the videos were doing; pull-ups, hand stand push ups, and movements involving a barbell.
After some due diligence, Skyla and her husband decided to give Crossfit Lazarus a shot. During the first class, she was terrified but it left her with such a strong feeling of accomplishment that she kept returning. No other workout was quite like it. Not only did she enjoy the personal instruction and attention, Skyla met new lifelong friends.
In 2013 Skyla completed her Level 1 Crossfit Certification, determined to make her passion for fitness into a career. Over the next year and a half she worked through an extensive internship program, completing over 50 hours of shadowing. At the same time, developing a love for Olympic Weightlifting and competing in multiple competitions. Unfortunately, Crossfit Lazarus closed shortly after her internship was completed. As the saying goes, when a door closes a window opens. When Crossfit Lazarus closed, Skyla began training at Saint City Crossfit, and a year later the opportunity to begin coaching presented itself. She is thrilled to finally put her passion and love for Crossfit into action. Being a mom of 2 boys, she has a soft place in her heart for any new mom that walks in the doors. Skyla know firsthand how important it is to take care of yourself in order to be the best mom/friend/partner you can be.

Lelia Lawson – Yoga Instructor

  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
  • Inversion Foundation Basics (course)
  • Physiology of Exercise/Directed Study in Exercise Physiology
  • MSc in Textiles & Clothing
  • Crossfit Level 1 Certification

Lelia is a certified yoga instructor who enjoys sharing her knowledge of yoga practices. Lelia specializes in teaching Hatha, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. She also has training in meditation sequences, breathwork techniques, and inversion foundation. In addition to her knowledge of yoga practices, Lelia has experience with GXT and VO2 Max Tests in relation to physiological demands required to maintain an activity (impact and involvement of anaerobic and aerobic energy systems, pulmonary system, nutrition, thermal regulation, thermal stress, and fatigue).
In her classes, she concentrates on teaching proper stretching and myofascial release techniques, utilizing commonly available props, in order to reduce injury and improve flexibility. Lelia is also a Crossfit athlete so she knows firsthand the importance of recovery and mobility when training.

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