" A good coach will help others see what they can become rather than what they are."
Owner / Coach
Michelle is the proud owner at CrossFit Bench. After finding CrossFit in 2015, she has never looked back, embarking on a journey that changed her life. Michelle ALWAYS has to move; an active individual from a young age, she enjoys lots of outdoor activities- preferably ones in the summer months. Before CrossFit she was very rigid in her exercise routine (CARDIO!!) and strict with her nutrition (Broccoli and Chicken anyone??!); letting the number on the scale dictate her life and happiness. What she didn’t know then, was how her first day at Crossfit would exposed her to true fitness, some STRONG women, and would start her journey to a healthier lifestyle. These days we run a little less and lift a LOT more, fuelling her body to help it perform, as opposed to meeting a number on a scale.
You can be sure to find Michelle around the gym 24/7, with her sidekick Bella following closely behind (...nothing better after a workout than a CrossFit Therapy Dog).
She aspires to help others find their balance, accompanied with the supportive environment of this community to a life full of health and wellness.
Heidi is a new mother to Harper, come by the gym and you’ll be sure to meet her too. Heidi started CrossFit over 7 years ago as she felt that her normal gym routine just wasn’t keeping her motivated or getting her the lifestyle that applied to her existing goals. Through CrossFit she found the sense of community and accountability she was missing. Heidi was a competitive gymnast and coached at the provincial level while she was attending college. She joins the team with a Level 2 Mens/Womens gymnastics coaching background and now CF-L1.
Erin began CrossFit over ten years ago with a personal goal to improve her fitness and become as strong as she could be. Being very active earlier in life with soccer, swimming, and snowboarding, she was looking for a new challenge and longed for the sense of community that CrossFit offered. Erin has competed in many local CrossFit competitions over the years including Regionals as part of a team. Through CrossFit, Erin was introduced to Olympic Weightlifting in which she competes currently at the National level. Outside of CrossFit, she loves to hike, paddleboard and spend time outdoors with her dog Stella. Nutrition plays a large role in Erin’s life as she eats to optimize performance while living a balanced life. Her main passion is helping others which is evident both inside the gym and out as she works as a Special Education teacher.
Catrina started CrossFit on a recommendation from a friend in 2013. She was concerned that she was going to get bulky from weight training. Although she will admit to this day that she struggled to maintain her commitment to it for a long period of time, she loved every moment she had. Back then she would never believe you if you told her the impact CrossFit would have on her life and how invested she would be in her own personal journey but also the opportunity to motivate others. Catrina has a background in competitive dance, rugby and volleyball. She enjoys other activities such as long boarding, hiking with her dog Thunder and snowboarding. Nutrition plays a big role in her life and strongly believes that it is important to fuel your body for your focus.
Mike found CrossFit over 10 years ago while looking for a better way to train for his lifestyle and the sports he enjoyed which included football, volleyball, mountain biking, running, and rowing. Upon realizing that traditional gym programming was doing little to improve his fitness, he did his first CrossFit workout and was hooked. After spending the last several years training alone in his garage gym, Mike joined our CrossFit community when it opened because he missed the sense of camaraderie and atmosphere. He then noticed the huge support in the community and push towards improving their health. Coaching represents a new challenge but Mike is looking forward to sharing his passion for CrossFit and helping the members achieve their own fitness goals.