Our Staff

Grant Ostrander

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2014

Why did you get into fitness?

I had been attending CrossFit classes for over three years before I started to coach. Before I was a CrossFit coach, I worked as a supervisor overseeing therapy for children on the autism spectrum. During this time I could see the daily impact of the coaches at my CrossFit gym made on their members’ lives and how much they loved their job. When it came time for me to leave the education field, I knew that I had to still have a career where I was improving the lives of those in my community. After some time reflecting I decided to take my CF-L1. Upon taking the level 1 seminar and shadowing my first class I immediately knew that I wanted to coach CrossFit.

Why did you become a trainer?

 

I became a trainer because I want to make a direct difference in my community. Through my classes, I impact the fitness experience of our members and help to grow their sense of belonging and connection to the greater Vancouver community.  

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Squat clean

What is your favorite cheat food?

Lemon Meringue pie

What do you do in your free time?

I can be found at the dog park with my two corgis Leila and Vader. I also spend my free time with my wife Meg playing board games and visiting wineries.

Qualifications:

Crossfit Online Judges Course
CrossFit Speciality Course: Gymnastics
CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Training
CrossFit Specialty Course Aerobic Capacity
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Online Anatomy Course
CrossFit Online Lesson Planning Course
CrossFit Online Running Course
CrossFit Online Spot the Flaw Course
Crossfit Online Scaling Course
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
BLS CPR Certification (Adult/Child/Infant)

CrossFit Online Programming Course

CrossFit Online Dumbell Course

Nicholas Tefs

CrossFit Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always loved working with people and helping. Fitness has always played a part in my life, so the decision was easy.

Why did you become a trainer?

Loved training CrossFit and the transition from training and competing to coaching felt so natural that I knew I had to follow it. Training with others I was already helping and coaching during I wanted to be able to do more.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Overhead Squats and Strict Hand Stand Push Ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Burgers and Crown Royal

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

The Hulk he is a gentle guy but when it’s time he is ready to go!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Sydnee Stoyles

CrossFit Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?
I’ve been active my whole life. I was on the swim and water polo teams in high school, taught Pilates for a while in college, and started running marathons my senior year of college. I started CrossFit when I was new in town and needed to find a way to exercise consistently. I’ve always been more likely to stick to a group exercise class than trying to do my own thing alone.

Why did you become a Trainer?
I love the community aspect of CrossFit. You just can’t find that in any other type of program. I want to be able to help others find the joy of exercise and find their place in our community.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
Snatches and overhead squats

What is your favorite cheat food?
Dark chocolate. And gluten free cookies.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?
Hermione Granger. I’m not big into Marvel or DC comics and never have been, but the Harry Potter books and movies hold a special place in my heart. My family read the first three books aloud during a long camping trip when I was in junior high. I love how Hermione is intelligent, brave, hard working, full of compassion for others, and not afraid to tell Harry and Ron when they are being idiots. Plus, I’ve been compared to her with my curly (and often frizzy) brown hair and know-it-all tendency.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • CPR/First Aid