Head Coach & Owner
Head Coach & Owner
Head Barbell & Sport Coach
Trainer & Movement Specialist
CrossFit Level One Certified
10+ Years of Coaching
Outlaw Way CrossFit Camp
2012 Western Canada Regionals Team Competitor (147th individually in the region)
CFG Regionals Competitor 2013 (Team)
176 Fittest in Western Canada (2014)
2013 CrossFit Open Competitor
Three-Time Taranis Winter Challenge competitor
2nd degree black belt, Shotokan Karate
YouTube fitness video junkie
Athletic training and competition have been an integral part of Alexi’s life since age 11. His early years were shaped by cross-country running and Shotokan Karate. Since then he has been active in a number of sports and movement disciplines: crew, rugby, baseball, Aikido, and yoga. Alexi began consistently training his strength and conditioning while attending UBC. Though motivated to keep fit, his workout regimen always left him searching for something more. The community and discipline of Karate were absent and he could not shake the feeling that there was a certain emptiness to the endless, repetitive sets and reps.
CrossFit changed everything.
“I can still clearly remember the first time I saw a CrossFit workout in person. My training partner and I were in the gym working hard, or so we thought. In came a barrel-chested guy whom we had seen before. He started a workout with what I would later learn are cleans and burpees. It was the most impressive display of strength and fitness I had ever seen first hand! As soon as he was done I went up to him to ask him what he was doing. ‘CrossFit,’ he said, panting. I was hooked. That was more than four years ago.”
It was CrossFit that brought meaning and purpose back to Alexi’s pursuit of fitness via goal-focused programming, competitive drive, and a community-based approach.
Alexi’s coaching career began shortly after taking up Karate when his instructor made him teacher of a class of six and seven year old white belt students. Since then he has worked with clients and athletes of all ages and abilities to improve their fitness across a broad spectrum of movement modalities.
Important influences in Alexi’s coaching and training: Mark Rippetoe, James FitzGerald, Greg Glassman, Moshe Feldenkrais, Ido Portal, Gichin Funakoshi, Steve Flores, Rudolph Nielsen and Jackie Chan.
CrossFit Level One Certified
CrossFit Level 2 Coaches Prep Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified
Bachelor of Kinesiology
Westside Barbell Certified CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer
NCCP Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach
BC Weightlifting Certified Club Coach
Standard First Aid/CPR/AED Level C
Occupational First Aid level II
2016 Western Canadian Weightlifting Championships – 2nd Place (63kg)
2016 Icebreaker Challenge – 2nd Place (Individual)
2015 BC Provincial Weightlifting Championships – 1st Place (63kg)
2015 Senior Canadian Weightlifting Championships – 16th Place (63kg)
2015 Western Canadian Weightlifting Championships – 3rd Place (63kg)
2014 BC Provincial Weightlifting Championships – 3rd Place (63kg)
2014 Canada West Regionals – 19th Place (Individual)
2014 Canadian Western Championships – 3rd Place (63kg)
2013 BC Provincial Championships – 2nd Place (63kg)
2012 BC Provincial Championships – 2nd Place (63kg)
Writing & blogging at www.gohardgetstrong.com
I grew up in a pretty outdoorsy family, and have always loved being active. I got my first taste of being competitive in sports during middle school, and have been hooked ever since. Over the years I’ve competed in Gymnastics, Ultimate Frisbee, Running, Cheerleading and now CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. I have a bachelors degree in Kinesiology, and since graduating in 2012 I have been working in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, coach and contract writer. Sports have played a huge role in my life, and have shaped the person I am today. I hope that through my work as a Personal Trainer/Coach I can have as positive an impact on the lives of others as my coaches have had on me.
More about Taryn
Growing up Taryn spent a lot of time kayaking, hiking and camping with her family but never considered herself to be a ‘natural athlete’. She did a couple of sports for fun, but was never serious enough about any of them to be play competitively.
Over the years however Taryn’s view of sports and herself as an athlete changed and although still doesn’t consider herself a ‘natural athlete’ she firmly believes that when it comes down to it (almost) anything is possible.
“There are no limits other than the ones we impose on ourselves, and what we can achieve depends on how much it means to us and what we’re willing to sacrifice for it. ”
When Taryn was 14 she qualified to compete at the Canadian National Championships for Ultimate Frisbee and since that she can’t remember not having at least one sport she was “mildly” obsessed with.
Taryn has competed at 2 World Championships & 5 National Championships for Ultimate Frisbee, 3 National Level Cheerleading Competitions and is currently competitive CrossFitter and Olympic Weightlifter.
Taryn first started CrossFit in summer of 2011 but it wasn’t until the following year that she really got ‘hooked’ and started training to compete. In the summer of 2012 she also picked up Olympic weightlifting and 6months later was competing at a Provincial level (she is currently ranked 12th in BC).
Taryn is a certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Powerlifting trainer and NCCP Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach and when she isn’t training or coaching she can usually be found thinking, reading or writing about CrossFit (www.gohardgetstrong.com)
S&C Coach and Private Trainer