Crossfit St. Catharines
  • Phone: (905) 325-0309
  • Location: 50 Niagara St., Unit C01, St. Catharines, ON (MAP)
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At CrossFit St. Catharines we pride ourselves on having the region's best, most qualified and highly experienced coaches you could ask for! You can expect professional, enthusiastic, entertaining and always approachable demeanours, leaving you feeling energized and ready to fight a bear when you leave the gym!



ASHLEY SMITH
Owner, Manager & Coach 


  

Ashley is one of the Owners here at CrossFit St. Catharines and loves every second she gets to spend influencing, coaching and helping people change their life for the better every single day! 

Ashley:

I started CrossFit in May 2012 and immediately fell in love with the crazy workouts! I thought I had been working out at a high level, until CrossFit proved me to be wrong, very wrong. As most people figure out - its very humbling. 

Not only did I fall in love with the level of training, I fell in love with the community that I was welcomed into from the very first day. My first CrossFit workout was alongside an amazing lady named Wendy, a grandmother in her early 50’s, and to my other side was a Brock University student in her early 20’s - and we were all slugging away at the same things. Sweating, swearing and laughing every step of the way. Just another amazing thing I love about CrossFit - anyone can do it! Right away I knew this was something I wanted to engulf myself in, in every aspect.

Shortly after starting CrossFit, I started training competitively in hopes of making the Canada East Regionals.  Again, taking my training to another level, I fell deeper into the 'Kool-Aid' bucket.
Within 2012, I started coaching CrossFit as an intern and obtained my Level 1 CrossFit Certification. I also qualified for CrossFit Games Canada East Regionals and placed 18th overall in my first year (2013). Since then I have done several competitions and managed to qualify for the East Regionals in both 2015 and 2016. 

Opening CrossFit St. Catharines and building our amazing team was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Being able to bring together an incredible community unlike any other, helping people on a daily basis to realize their potential in ways they never thought possible and being able to do it while dancing, laughing and having a blast is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. Every single day I get to come to "work"... but its never work, its my passion and I love every second. 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Scaling Course 
  • CrossFit Judges Certification (2014/2015/2016/2017)
  • Functional Medicine/Nutrition for Personal Trainers Certified
  • CrossFit Games - East Regional 2016 Individual - 27th 
  • CrossFit Games - East Regional 2015 Individual - 35th 
  • Element OverDose Team 2015 - 1st
  • Granite Games 2014 RX Individual- 12th 
  • CompWod TagTeam 2014 - 1st 
  • CompWOD Best of the Best 2013 - 13th place
  • CrossFit Games - Canada East Regionals 2013 - 18th place overall
  • FitAid Sponsored Athlete
  • These Fists Fly Sponsored Athlete 

JUSTIN PARRO
Owner/Coach

                    

Justin is part owner here at CrossFit St. Catharines and takes superior pride in every opportunity to change someones life when they walk through our doors. 

Justin: 

During my undergraduate degree at Brock University I played for the varsity baseball team. I was a part of the 2010 OUA gold medal and CIBA silver medal team. Although finishing on a high note with the team, I needed to undergo reconstructive surgery on my shoulder from baseball injuries. Since the surgery in June 2011 I have recovered well and couldn't have done it so successfully and quickly without CrossFit. I am now able to compete in CrossFit competition and most importantly have fun training for it.

Having a background in Kinesiology and having to recover from injuries and surgery myself, I am happy to program for those with injuries, in need of rehab, physiotherapy and recovery.

I am a Level 1 Certified CrossFit trainer and have completed the CrossFit Judges course to benefit my training skills and to apply this knowledge to judge competition athletes. I love training others as much as I love training myself and I will always bring energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge to anyone I train at CrossFit St. Catharines or anywhere else. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing someone realize their potential and achieving their goals that are geared towards health, fitness, and quality of life.

My coaching and leadership background through my coaching experience in minor hockey, and amateur baseball instruction with the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy allows me to further educate our off season team training.

  • M.Sc. Applied Health Sciences (Kinesiology)
  • B.Sc. Kinesiology (honours)
  • Level 1 CrossFit Certified
  • Level 2 CrossFit Certified 
  • CrossFit Scaling Course
  • CrossFit Judges Certification (2014/15/16/17) 
  • Strongman CrossFit Certification
  • NCCP Multisport Modules: Make Ethical Decisions, Practice Planning, Nutrition, Teaching & Learning, Design a Basic Sport Program, Basic Mental Skills
  • Licensed by the Professional Coaching Department of the Coaching Association of Canada

TIM "Melman" BOERSMA

       


Tim is our Senior Coach and has been an avid part of our crew at CFSTC. Tim has shown us admirable commitment and training during his years with us. He is a gentle giraffe, but will whip you into shape in no time!

Tim:
I was introduced to CrossFit in high school by one of my teachers. I went to St. Clair College in Windsor for 1 year where I played baseball until arm injuries forced me to stop playing competitively. I started my degree in Kinesiology at Brock University in 2012, but still had not decided what I wanted to do. But when I had my first official CrossFit class in January 2013, I knew this would be a new passion of mine.


My first workout was coached by Justin, and it left me lying on the floor. Originally my plan was only to try CrossFit for a month, then return to a traditional gym with some new skills. However, after that first workout I knew I was hooked, and I haven't looked back since.
The competitive atmosphere gave me back something I had been missing and definitely needed since baseball. This, along with the amazing community that is CrossFit, kept me coming back for more. In the fall of 2013 I joined the Crossfit St. Catharines Competitive team, and a few months later I began interning with the trainers.

My athletic background revolves mostly around baseball and other high school sports. In high school I played for the basketball and baseball teams, and was also a part of the track team for my junior years. My main sport has always been baseball in which I started playing when I was five years old and still play on a senior team. I was fortunate enough to be a part of two OBA championship teams, OFSSA finalists, and played at the Junior A level for three years, before going off to college. My passion for baseball gave me the opportunity to help coach for younger teams as well. I've used this experience to assist in my ability to be an effective coach at this box. I hope to use my passion for crossfit to help everyone grow theirs as well!

  • Level 1 Crossfit Trainer
  • Current student, Bachelor of Kinesiology

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KATELYN MIELE

    

Katelyn is an incredibly passionate, bubbly and determined lady. She brings so much energy and laughter to our team and every class she coaches! 

Katelyn: 

After graduating Brock University in 2012, and Niagara College in 2013, like most 23 year olds, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I filled the void of no longer being a student with working out. My brother was the first to introduce me to CrossFit. Growing up I was always an active individual. Focusing mainly on soccer, but I began to lose interest as I started getting older. I decided to give muay thai a try, but felt the team aspect was missing. I needed something to fill the missing aspect of sport in my life. In April 2014, when I joined Crossfit St.Catharines it did just that.

The day I walked in to Crossfit St.Catharines for my first fundamentals class, I was so excited to see everyone working out together, and knew right away that this is where I belonged! I quickly immersed myself into the community; joining the competitive team, and a year later in 2015 I wrote my CrossFit Level 1.
 Crossfit has also taught me to consistently set goals, and work hard to achieve those goals. This is something I am passionate about, and want to help our members with, figuring out their own goals and achieving them!

I am very thankful and excited to be joining an already stacked team of coaches here at Crossfit St.Catharines. As a self proclaimed big kid, I am looking forward to helping develop the new generation of CrossFitters, through our little lifters program!


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SHANNON DONNELLY

    


Shannon is a gentle soul that will always make you feel welcomed and ready to take on the world!

Shannon:

After graduating from high school in 2012, I felt I wasn’t prepared for the test of university quite yet. As it turned out, it was one of the most influential years of my life. I was introduced to CrossFit. A teacher of mine had recently become hooked on the sport and decided to incorporate the programming into a fitness class I was taking; I could not be more thankful he did. From the very first WOD we did as a class, a scaled version of the Filthy Fifty, I was hooked on both the intensity and the camaraderie/competition. After less than a year since diving head first into the sport of CrossFit, I knew I needed more. In August 2013, I travelled from my small town of 6,000 to the big city of Toronto to receive my Level 1 Certification.

Growing up I was always relatively athletic, playing almost every sport at one point or another, yet never really excelling to a point of making them a career. Since graduating high school and starting at Brock University, I had been searching for a replacement for those sports that I had played competitively, and once CrossFit was introduced to my life, I knew I had found it.

I joined CrossFit St. Catharines February 2014 after spending my first year of university creating workouts for myself, and being relatively lost without my home gym. Since joining, I have undoubtedly found a home gym here in CrossFit St. Catharines and could not be more grateful for the professional yet energetic and entertaining atmosphere that I have been so graciously welcomed into. I hope to continue advancing my knowledge and skills of CrossFit to pursue my own fitness goals and to help those around me achieve theirs.


  • CrossFit Level One Trainer
  • Current student, Bachelor of Sport Management, Brock University