Glenn Sorokan – Coach, Co-Owner
Education/Certifications: CF L1 & L2, CF Sport Specific Application Cert, B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (UofA ’98)
I have been doing CrossFit officially for over 6 years. Unofficially, for over 9 years with a mix of metcons and workouts I stole from Crossfit.com. Initially, I thought CrossFit was dumb. My wife introduced me and now I am hooked. Call me a CrossFit snob. CrossFit is a huge part of my life.
My athletic background is all-rounded. Mainly playing baseball, hockey and tennis growing up. I love mountain biking. I like to live a healthy, pain free life. I am an L2 trainer and am constantly on the hunt for more knowledge and to help out the athletes in the gym. Knowledge about CrossFit, Olympic lifting, running, gymnastics, nutrition and recovery. You have a question – ask – if I do not know, I will do my best to find out the answer. The key is consistency and you will see results.
I became a coach because I believe in CrossFit; I believe in the people; I believe in the strong community it creates. And because I have knowledge and skills that can help.
My CrossFit goals are to maintain my strength and fitness as I age. I want to keep ahead of our young members as long as I can! My other, longer term goal is to make it to the Games as a Masters Competitor.
I am passionate about CrossFit and I want to help anyone in my realm of influence to become passionate too. Let’s embark on this journey together.
I hope to meet you soon.
Favourite movement? Anything on the rings. Heavy weightlifting.
Least Favourite movement? Box jumps. Burpees!
Shannon Horricks – Coach, Co-Owner
Education/Certifications: CF L1 & L2, B.Ed. (UofA ’00), Precision Nutrition L2,
I began CrossFitting in May 2012. I came to CrossFit from ultra and marathon running, teaching group fitness classes and the typical five-day split strength training program. Growing up, I played basketball, volleyball and competitive fastball. Currently, my husband and I enjoy spending time on the trails mountain biking.
My favorite thing about CrossFit is how it constantly challenges me. When I first began CrossFit my goal was to do an unassisted pull up. I remember my first WOD doing pull ups RX’ed – Helen! My goals keep adapting and changing as I reach my goals. However, I’m not sure I will ever truly “enjoy” wall balls.
Coaching gives me the opportunity to help people do things they never thought they could do, to reach goals and to improve their quality of life. I see each of you as athletes, capable of great things.
Favourite movement: Power cleans
Least favourite movement: Heavy back squats
Favourite “treat” meal: Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
Karlee McRae – Coach
Education/Certifications: Crossfit Level 1, Crossfit Level 2, Agatsu mobility, Agatsu kettlebell, Bachelor of Arts in music, Bachelor of Education.
Employment: Elementary teacher (grade 3 and music)
How long have you been crossfitting?: 8 years
What brought you to CrossFit?: I was looking for something to do in University to stay active. My mom enrolled me in a bootcamp that evolved into CrossFit. She actually had to convince me to start… I thought it was too intense.
Athletic Background: Figure skating/synchronized skating
Favourite movement: double unders and snatches
Least favourite movement: thrusters and wall balls
Why I love coaching: I love helping people reach their goals and seeing “aha” moments.
Other ways I stay active: hiking, wake surfing, riding my bike, occasional slo pitch games.
Favourite “treat” meal: pasta and chocolate
Other: There was a point in time my Mom outlifted me in all movements.
How long have you been CrossFitting? 10 years
What brought you to CrossFit? used it in fireschool and loved the competition part
Athletic Background: team sports
Why I love coaching….. I coach for the people I love the people. Love to see them smile and laugh and enjoy fitness. If it isn’t fun you’re doing it wrong
Most Favourite Movement: strict pull-up
Least Favourite Movement: pistol
Other activities: running, biking, baseball, hockey
Education/Certifications: BPE, DC, Certified Graston Provider, CF L1 Trainer
Employment: Baseline Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
How long have you been CrossFitting? 5 years
What brought you to CrossFit? A friend joined CFSP. I was looking to get into a class that would challenge me and not get boring. At the time I was enjoying kettlebell classes and was told that I would like Olympic lifting.
Athletic Background: Competitive swimming, Rugby
Favorite movement? Strict Press
Least Favorite movement? Front Rack Lunges
Why I love coaching…. I love watching our athletes work toward a goal and achieve it! I look forward to seeing people improve their ability to live their daily life easier and become healthier at any age. I enjoy watching the mechanics of the movements and how to help members improve their technique.
Other ways I stay active…I enjoy riding my bike with my family, swimming, and walking with my dog.
Favorite “treat” meal… Tacos!
Anything else?? I really really love the community of CrossFit. It has definitely changed my life for the better!
Education/Certifications: BSc Kinesiology, CF-L2
Employment: Bartender at Local South Common
How long have you been Crossfitting? 6 Years
What brought you to CrossFit? The community and how real the people are. I also love seeing how far I can push myself with the sport.
Athletic Background: Figure Skating
Favourite movement: anything handstands and burpees
Least favourite movement: deadlifts and rowing which ‘coincidentally’ are always paired up 🤨
Why I love coaching….I love coaching because giving someone the ability to move better, fix their aches & pains and give them the energy to keep up with their families is extremely rewarding.
Other ways I stay active…trying not to drown when Pearce makes me go swimming and on average 6 hot yoga classes a year.
Favourite treat meal: Cheeseburger with an obscene amount of pickles with sweet potato fries and a double Moscow Mule with a bendy straw.
Education/Certifications: CF-L2, Journeyman Electrician
How long have you been CrossFitting? 3.5 years
What brought you to CrossFit? I had never heard of CrossFit until a friend from high school told me to come to her gyms bring a friend day. I spent that Saturday out in the hot sun flipping tires and pushing sleds across the parking lot and was hooked before I even touched a barbell.
Athletic Background: As a kid I took gymnastics during summer vacations and growing up in B.C. I was always either biking the trails or playing soccer and winter was spent snowboarding.
My favourite movement: the Snatch
My least favourite movement: the strict press
Why I love coaching…. I love coaching because I am obsessed with movement. Coaching gives me a lot of time to observe the differences in the way all athletes feel and move and relate that to how I move so that I can learn how to teach each individual in a way best suited for them. Having an member message you that they added 10lbs to one of their lifts, or they felt like they had more control in a movement because of something you helped them with is extremely rewarding. I love working out myself but when I’m at the gym I am a coach first and always bring my best self there and put our members ahead of myself.
Other ways I stay active…I stay active outside the gym by hitting the pool, slowly getting back into biking since moving here. Entering a CrossFit competition or two during the year and have ran four tough mudders and a Spartan race.
Favourite treat meal would be a medium rare steak and a big pile of buttery mashed potatoes.
Education/Certifications: CF-L1, CF-L2, AFLCA Aquafit
How long have you been CrossFitting? 5 years
What brought you to CrossFit? My Mum!
Athletic Background: Rugby, Swimming, Baseball
Favourite movement? Heavy Lifting
Least Favourite movement? Running
Why I love coaching…. I love seeing someone achieve something that they never thought they were capable of. That moment of “Aha” when a movement finally clicks!
Other ways I stay active… Hiking, camping, Anything to do with the outdoors
Favourite “treat” meal… CARBS and anything sweet!
Education/Certifications: CF L1, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Fighter, Home Inspector
Employment: Full time career FireFighter EMT with Strathcona County for the Past 7 years. In the process of business start up of for a residential Home Inspection Business.
How long have you been CrossFitting? I have been apart of CrossFit for just over 7 years.
What brought you to CrossFit? I have always been into fitness and athletics, CrossFit seemed to be a new challenge to become a more well rounded athlete. It’s functional fitness aspect was appealing with staying in shape for my employment.
Athletic Background: Team orientated, big fan of team sports in my youth. I enjoy mountain biking and running as much as possible in free time. Newest challenges I enjoy pushing myself to improve swimming to participate in off road triathlons.
Favourite movement? Running and Bench Press
Least Favourite movement? HSPU
Why I love coaching…. I enjoy interacting with others and seeing their success. Watching the results of a good workout always bring me happiness. Other ways I stay active… I like to stay active in any way possible, huge fan of always staying busy I like to get outside as much as possible. On the weekends if I’m not working I’ll be gone camping or hunting if it is the season.
Favourite “treat” meal… Beer !!
Education/Certifications: CF L1, NAIT grad (Materials Engineering Technology) 2007
Employment: Sergeant at 3 Canadian Division HQ.
How long have you been crossfitting? Off and on since 2012.
What brought you to CrossFit?
I was looking for a change. I really enjoy team sports and I loved the physical results I got while doing bodybuilding workouts at the “globo” gym and fitness centre. CrossFit is a nice blend of both.
Athletic Background: Competitive / Club soccer since I was 16. Played AMSL for a few years. Senior “A” hockey. Coached youth soccer but stopped because some Soccer parents are cray.
Favourite movement? Anything on the rings. Anything bodyweight, really. And coffee with the 930 squad.
Least Favourite movement? Air Assault bike and BACK SQUATS!!
Why I love coaching….
I love the energy the athletes bring when they come to the gym. I can see that for many of them, this is the highlight of their day.
I love watching the slow, steady, measurable progress our athletes make; it’s not about the physical “first” HSPU or bodyweight clean and jerk- it’s the change in mindset. That shift in thinking “no, I can’t because (insert excuse here) to “yes, I CAN if I (insert measurable action plan and follow through) is contagious and worth catching. This is why I coach. And if I’m lucky, I get to come along for the ride J
Other ways I stay active…
I still play soccer in the old ladies’ league and play co-ed ice hockey when I can. I like to pretend that I’m a weightlifter and sometimes I accidently enter contests.
Favorite “treat” meal…
Gotta be McD’s. Go on and judge me lol
I may not remember your first name the first time, but deep down, aren’t we all “Sandra”?
Education/Certifications: CF L1, B.Sc. CIS, Certified Cat Trainer
Employment: IT Manager
How long have you been CrossFitting? 10 years off and on.
What brought you to CrossFit? Forced into it by one of my superiors, had to do Cindy, got 6 rounds. Heavily addicted ever since.
Athletic Background: Morning workouts while in the military for 7 years which included: lots of cardio (which is lost), some weightlifting, lots of bro sesh’s with dumbbells and bench press.
Favourite movement? Bear Complex (technically a series of unbroken movements but….too bad)
Least Favourite movement? Burpees – any more than 1 single burpee is my least favorite movement.
Why I love coaching…. As a coach, I am grateful to witness how CrossFit empowers, inspires and motivates the athletes who come CFSP’s doors. It’s my goal to be the best coach I can be, inspire others to challenge their physical limits and feel accomplished, proud and wanting more! It gives me great satisfaction when I see people get results and reach their goals.
Other ways I stay active… Chasing after cats, mountain biking, watching CrossFit YouTube videos (totally makes you more fit doing this).
Favourite “treat” meal… My 4 cats get treats every night at 8pm – this is definitely my favourite treat meal. If we are talking “people food” then one dozed donuts, assorted.
Anything else?? Meow?
Education/Certifications: Rehabilitation Practitioner Diploma 2007 Grant CF-L1, Brand-X Method – Kids Fitness
Employment: Rehabilitation Practitioner, inpatient rehabilitation Medicine, Grey nuns hospital areas of expertise: Stroke/Neuro/Geritaric/vascular Surgery
How long have you been CrossFitting? Been Crossfitting for 6 years? Maybe? a blur it is.
What brought you to CrossFit? Started because of a Groupon. Wanted to try something new and to get away from my Jillian Michaels workouts in my parents basement. Loved it. Ed Martin was actually my first coach, FLASHBACK!
Athletic Background: Gymnastics as a youngster, Competitive Swimming throughout High school, fitness/sports performance but was never actually ‘sporty’ at any age. Dabbled in bodybuilding in 2012.
Why I love coaching…..To influence younger generations, to keep active and be strong! Also to encourage physical literacy and continue my own learning!
Most Favourite Movement: I love the challenge of an OHS, I also actually adore LUNGES!
Least Favourite Movement: Hate Cleans…….. #worst #truthbomb
Other activities: Walking/hiking/dog walking, bike riding, toddler chasing, the occasional strollersize/bootcamp, rollerblading!
Treat: Ice Cream, always Ice Cream