Our Team

These are our hand picked, community grown coaches that will help you at CrossFit Ashlar. Our talented trainers have years of CrossFit experience, plus the knowledge, insight and compassion they need to help you reach your goals. They are dedicated to helping every member achieve their personal best in fitness, performance and improved overall quality of life. Meet the team that will take you there!

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Tarra Hall

Bio Coming Soon...

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Glendon Hall

Bio Coming soon...

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Kim Cooper

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself? I am also an elementary school teacher and most recently a certified doula!

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? La Bamba

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? My grandparents, they were the best storytellers and the most amazing, influential people in my life.

4. Favorite WOD? Murph…or Cindy, or Cindy during Murph

5. Favourite CrossFit movement? Power cleans and pull-ups!

6. What is your go to work out song? Anything DJ T. Hall plays

7. Favorite super hero and why? I’m not a fan of super hero movies at all! We are more of a Disney family at this point… so I’m gonna go with Mulan. She’s a boss.

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? I coach kids classes, my number one goal is for athletes to feel welcome, comfortable and to have fun!

 

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar? Ashlar is my second family… I would not be the person I am today without it. I have grown so much confidence, I have found amazing friends, and I am proud to bring my daughters there to show them how strong all the Ashlar moms are! One of my biggest achievements is maintaining my fitness throughout two pregnancies. And a fond memory is baby Maisie pooping straight out of her diaper onto the gym floor while jolly-jumping at old Brio South. :)

 

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? My two daughters Maisie and Robin, we love our family time spent outdoors gardening or at the dog park!

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Ari Leask

Hometown: Calgary, AB

1. Something interesting about yourself?

I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 15 years and worked across much of Canada, but before getting into fitness I taught horseback riding and was a professional actor.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant?

Two way tie - Happy Lamb Hotpot or Sushi Raku

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be?

Alan Alda - Listen, my M*A*S*H crush aside, he’s written some phenomenal books that most of my tattoos are based off of, he’s a six time Emmy and Golden globe winner with an amazing acting background, and he hosted Scientific American Frontiers so you know he’s got some great stories - the man has a fascinating mind, and getting to deep dive into how he teaches communication skills would be a dream.

4. Favorite WOD? DT

5. Favorite CrossFit movement? Deadlifts

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6. What is your go to work out song?

Almost anything by The Seige, Eminem has some greats too, or Here We Go by Chris Classic

 

7. Favorite super hero and why? Rouge from the X-men. Because why choose one power when you can have them all.

 

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? 

My glorious singing over the mic, a whole lotta “let’s go Team!”, and a good sweaty workout. I’m a huge fan of feedback, so expect to see me pop up next to your square asking if you’d be open to it. I also love geeking out about WOD strategies, and helping with finding the right options for each person, so if you have questions or something you want to work on, never be afraid to ask!

 

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?

I’ve loved all the competitions I’ve got to do with the Ashlar crew - there isn’t a more supportive group to surround yourself with!!

 

10.  What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?

Exploring Saskatchewan with my doggo has been an great part of the last few months, I’ve also been working on starting a business, and investing in taking a few new courses. I swear by 2025 I’ll be able to speak French.

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Kelsey Thompson

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself?

I have a brother born on the same day as me, but we aren’t twins! He is 5 years younger and my son’s name is my brothers middle name!

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Fuddruckers

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? 

David Goggins, I read his book and he is fascinating/intense and I would want to know how he got so mentally tough!

4. Favorite WOD?Filthy Fifty5. Favorite CrossFit movement?Power or hang cleans

6. What is your go to work out song?Oh gosh.. any song you would use in a spin class! 

7. Favorite super hero and why?Iron Man - his humour and his iron man suits!

 

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?

Expect to be under 16 years old because I coach kid/youth classes! I love getting to know the kids and we keep it fun!

 

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?

I was able to keep working out throughout my entire pregnancy which was so great to keep moving and healthy!

 

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?

My little 3 month old keeps me busy! I also love rock climbing, biking, reading, and making quilts 👵🏼

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Adam Solie

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself?

I love music! I have been playing the fiddle/violin since I was 5 years old, and also play a bit of guitar.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant?

Either Keo’s Kitchen or Bon Temps Cafe

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be?

My Grandpa. He worked for years as a sales rep for Molsons, as well as a statistician for the Roughriders and met so many interesting people through his work. The two of us shared a deep connection through sports and I always loved hearing stories about his work and the people he met. It would be great to be able to sit down and hear them again!

4. Favorite WOD?

My favourite WODs are either long chippers with a variety of movements, or WODs with a moderate barbell mixed with some bodyweight movements. So if I had to choose I'd say The Chief, Holleyman, or Filthy 50.

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5. Favorite CrossFit movement?
Power Cleans or Toes-to-Bar

6. What is your go to work out song?
Doesn't matter to me! Whatever is playing works!

7. Favorite super hero and why? Not really a super hero person...but if I had to choose one it would be Superman because flying would be a great way to get around.

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?
I try to have fun and connect with all the athletes in each class! When I coach I try and always make sure the athletes in my class get what they need from the workout that day. Sometimes we feel 100% and are ready to set a new PR, some days just making it to the gym is a victory. Regardless of how an athlete is feeling, I'm always willing to work with them to either push them, or tailor the WOD to something that gets them moving and leaving the gym feeling good!

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I have lots of personal experience scaling and modifying workouts as well, so I will always find a way to help navigate injuries and keep our members working out. I know how it can feel to look at the daily WOD knowing you might not be able to do any of the movements that day. If you get yourself to the gym, we'll find a workout that you can do!

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?
Aside from the health and happiness it has brought me, and continues to bring me as a regular part of my everyday life, it is the community that has created so many memories for me! I have met so many great people through Ashlar and created some amazing friendships as well!

I think my biggest personal achievement in my time with Ashlar has been the work I’ve put in to make my movements as technically proficient as I can.

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10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?
When I’m not at the gym I’m usually hanging out with Alyssa and our families. I also love sports so I can usually be found doing something active, or watching as many live sporting events as possible, in person or on TV.

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Jesse Dziad

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

1. Something interesting about yourself? I love learning and education as such I have spent many years in school. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Masters in Occupational Therapy and an Advanced Diploma in Gerontology.

 

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Odd Couple

 

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? RuPaul because “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

4. Favorite WOD? Filthy Fifty, I love long gritty workouts

 

5. Favorite CrossFit Movement? Double Unders6. What is your go-to work out song? We Got Love – Sigala & Ella Henderson

7. Favorite Superhero and why?

My superheros are all of the healthcare workers who came to work every day during this pandemic. We would not be where we are today if it were not for them. Every single person played a critical role and I am proud to call many of those people friends and colleagues.

 

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?

My classes are all about high energy and the music to match. The hardest part of working out is getting to the gym; once you’re there it’s my job to make sure you have some fun or at least motivate you to get through the workouts that we throw at you!

 

9. Special memories/achievements?

I've been doing CrossFit longer than I would like to admit and I have very fond memories of coaching bootcamps. Many of my bootcampers transitioned into the regular CrossFit Program and many of them are still working out at Ashlar. This is a testament to the amazing community and environment that we have at Ashlar.

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10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?

As my Instagram will tell you I am a traveler, fitness enthusiast and coffee fanatic, as such I am someone who is always on the go. I am an occupational therapist by training. I have an amazing partner, Josh, and the cutest French bulldog, Victor, who are on this journey with me whether that is weekends at the lake, sipping wine on a patio, running down along the river or jet setting to a warm tropical destination.

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Rayelle Duzan

Hometown: Kindersley, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself?

My hubby and I are high school sweet hearts (yet I still haven’t convince him to join CrossFit ;) We’ve been together for almost 13 years and I used to sing the national anthem at his hockey games when he played in the SJHL.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Hometown diner

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? One of my grandparents because they are great storytellers and I love hearing how life used to be compared to how it is now and seeing their eyes light up talking about their past.

4. Favorite WOD? Annie, Cindy and the filthy 50

5. Favorite CrossFit movement? Pull ups and squats but I have grown to respect burpees even though they never get easier ;)

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6. What is your go to work out song? Anything upbeat is good with me, but lately I’ve noticed some great remixes hittin’ the speakers.

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7. Favorite super hero and why? I don’t watch super hero movies but someone who I will always look up to is my sister because her persistence and dedication motivates me every day. Does that count? ;)

 

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? I coach Cubs classes (3-5yrs) and my main goal is for everyone to have FUN!

 

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?So many! Ashlar is like a second home to me! I’ve developed so many amazing friendships, competed in a few competitions, had several PRs, staying fit and moving while pregnant/postpartum and the list just keeps going. I love it here and it’s what I look forward to everyday!

 

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? Working as a nurse on labour and delivery, hanging out with my little guy Rory, and lately we’ve been doing tons of camping and fishing!

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Jilene Cowden


Hometown: Aberdeen, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself:
My husband and I love to travel. We took 40 days and travelled down the coast from Vancouver to Tijuana, Mexico sleeping in the vehicle or tent along the way. We stayed in Tofino for just over a month, sleeping in our boler with our 9 month old child. We got the chance to go to Churchill, MB to see the polar bears. We spent a month in Nepal hiking around the Everest Region and into Everest base camp. We spent time in Thailand, Panama and the Cooke Islands exploring and soaking up the sun. The most intense trip was taking a 3 year old and 8 month old to Australia for a month. Taking an 8 month old on a trip that takes 27 hours to get to the destination is no joke ha.

 

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Una! They have delicious pizza and flights of wine!

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3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be?

Jillian Harris. She is awesome. She does so much for her community and for Canadian Businesses. She is an entrepreneur and a boss babe. Sort of reminds me of Tarra Hall!

 

4. Favorite WOD?

DT!

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5. Favorite Crossfit movement?

The snatch and fast hang power cleans

 

6. What is your go-to work out song?

Kind of depends on my mood...sometimes I love hip hop/rap to get me going ooooorrrrrr sometimes I just need some Britney Spears.

 

7. Favorite superhero and why?I had to ask my sons as I am not really a superhero gal. Kain said Spiderman. When asked why he responded "I don't know". Max said his favorite superhero was Kain (his brother lol). I asked Max why and he responded "because me love him”

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8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?
I like to try and push people out of their comfort zones while making sure movements are safe. I LOVE seeing people do things they never thought they could do. It is awesome to see and is amazing to be even a small part of. I like to try and help tweek movements or attempt to give different cues for members, to try and get people to their 'ah ha' moment where the lift or movements start to click! Expect a lot of encouragement, hollering and me laughing at my own bad jokes when coming to my classes!


9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?
Growing up I didn't have a great relationship with exercise.....like as in, I just never did it. I didn't enjoy it, and thought people who were working out were just trying to 'be skinny'. When I started at Crossfit, I saw all of these kick ass women working out to be healthy, strong and doing it for fun. It changed my mindset with exercise and nutrition. I started to want to lift heavier, do all the gymnastics and get the shoulders, traps and lats that I was seeing all around the gym and envious of. Nowadays I come to Ashlar for my mental health, getting a sweat on, and to socialize.

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?
My husband and I have two very busy boys (3 and 5 years old) that seem to never stop moving, so they keep me on my toes! We recently adopted a very sweet 4 year old dog Noka. Our family enjoys time at the lake, spending time with family, travelling and hiking. When I'm not with family or at Ashlar I am working as a Registered Nurse in the MRI/vascular department at RUH or in the ER at City Hospital.

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Shane Carriere

Hometown: Sweet ol’ PA (Prince Albert), SK

1. Something interesting about yourself? I’ve bungee jumped 3 times (1 of which was the 3rd worlds longest free fall), swung on the worlds highest swing, swam with sharks twice, skydived and ate street meat in Mexico.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Lavva or Las Palapas

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? Maybe Robin Williams or Dave Chappelle just to have a good laugh.

4. Favorite WOD? I’d have to say wods like Holleyman, Ship or wods that have ladders(not real ones).

5. Favorite CrossFit movement? The clean along with things like yolk carries, parrellette HSPU and Overhead squats.

6. What is your go to work out song? Stadium Pow wow or Beast

7. Favorite super hero and why? Other than Graham Blue, The Hulk because Hulk.

 

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?

I usually have 3 agendas in class, 1st is make the environment as comfortable as possible. 2nd is to help people move better, I find the better they move, the more they enjoy the experience. 3rd is to push people out of their comfort zones. I believe that you will build more confidence when you can prove to yourself that you are able to do something you weren’t sure you could, even if it is just getting one more burpee.

 

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?

My wife and I used to bring our now 3-1/2 year old to the 6am class, back when we used to sit around the whiteboard “listening” to Coach Glendon go over the workout. Our son, Chance, was just learning how to walk but had not taken more then a step or two. He then decided to leave mom and walk a fair distance towards the middle of the circle before falling. Everyone cheered as this was the first time they all had seen him walk at all. This story comes to mind because it goes to show that Ashlar has created a place where the community is more like family.

 

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? When not coaching, I’m busy alongside my wife(Tami) raising our 2 boys, Chance and Zeke.

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Treana Tuchscherer

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself? I like being creative,  building and making things….usually out of concrete.  I have taken up pottery recently which I really enjoy.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Its hard to pick a favorite since YXE has so many great places to eat. For something quick, Lebanese Kitchen.  The spinach pies are great!

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? My grandma, because she always had the answers and the best advice.

4. Favorite WOD? SHIP

5. Favorite CrossFit movement? Squat Clean

6. What is your go to work out song? Any music is fine, but I'm going to say Ride the Lightning -- Metallica really gets me going.

 

7. Favorite super hero and why?

I'm not really a superhero person-- but my mother is pretty much a superhero, she can do anything!!!

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?

I enjoy interacting with the athletes.  You can expect to work hard and have fun!

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?

Ashlar has been part of my life for so many years and I have so many great memories!
Aside from the health and fitness, I have met so many awesome people and developed great friendships. I'm very proud to be part of this community!

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?

I enjoy hanging out with family and friends.  Enjoying the great outdoors!!!

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Vince Morgan

Hometown: Clavet SK

1. Something interesting about yourself? I love the outdoors. Camping, fishing, quading and snowmobiling.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Ace Burger

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? My grandmother. Aka Mugga. She was related to Florence Nightingale. Love to talk to her about that!

4. Favorite WOD? Grace and Cindy

5. Favorite CrossFit movement? Cleans & Jerks.

6. What is your go to work out song? Any hard rock

7. Favorite super hero and why? Captain America because he is not iron man.

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?I like to keep it fun and help build confidence, It is such a rewarding experience.

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar? I think my biggest achievement is becoming a youth weightlifting coach and seeing them all achieve so much!

 

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? My dog keeps me busy and playing ball. Any other free time I’m at the lake.

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Brittany Gursky

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

 

Something interesting: I played hockey for 15 years plus volleyball & basketball throughout high school. I also have 3 dogs but one has retired to grandma and grandpas and the other two are rescue pups!

YXE restaurant: Chardon’s 🍦😂.

If you could talk to anyone alive or dead who would it be: My Grandma. She was the best and I miss her.

Favourite WOD: Grace or Isobel. Or anything with a barbell.

Favourite CrossFit movement: hmm tough one. Squat Cleans.

Go to workout song: I really like the classics. AC/DC etc. Throwback to my hockey days.

Favorite super hero and why: Wonder Woman. She’s bad ass.

What can someone expect: I want to give people the best hour of their day. I want everyone to feel safe, welcome and part of the community.

Special memories or achievements: Starting. Seriously, it was the hardest, scariest, best decision of my life. There is no feeling better than accomplishing something you never thought you’d be able to do and having the support of an entire community behind you!

What keeps me busy: My two girls Ava and Zoe.

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Graham Blue

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself: I was a beekeeper in New Zealand and on a pacific island called Niue when I took a year off of University.

2. Favourite YXE Restaurant: LasPalapas is kind of the go to. It used to be Mr. Rizo's but since they closed we haven't found a suitable replacement yet.

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? Ben Bergeron immediately comes to mind... however he posed an interesting thought recently on one of his own podcasts- imagine what you could learn from yourself 5 to 10 years from now? So it would be pretty cool I think to interview a 50 year old myself.

4. Favourite WOD: any grinder-type wod greater than 20 minutes. I love to challenge my mental capacity in this time domain.

5. Favourite Crossfit movement: I could list many, but heavy thrusters are fun.

6. What is your go to workout song? Any kind of heavy metal. The heavier the better!

 

7. Favourite super hero and why? I

'm not really a superhero guy but when I think of people I look up to it would be my wife and kids- they teach me SO much! They teach me to love life and enjoy the moment.

 

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? I really enjoy refining movement. I do my best to connect with each athlete in every class to refine something in their movement and body awareness. It could be a really small tweak, but every little tweak helps!

 

9. Do you have any special memories/ achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?

I've been around for a while, so there are many celebrations of other athlete's PRs, my PRs, but the best memories are from when we can get together as a broad community. Be it an Open workout, a gingerbread house competition or any other event where we get to hang out with members from the entire community.

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What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?

My kids Ian and Emeryn (who many members in the evening know) with my wife Megan and our two dogs. Whether it's just hanging out with them at the park, going to the lake or the mountains to hike or just being outside as a family. Monday to Friday I keep busy as the Executive Director of Acute Care in the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

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Alyssa Solie

Hometown: Southey, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself?

While I was completing my Kinesiology degree, I volunteered as a student trainer for the U of S Huskie Athletics Women’s Basketball team! I was able to travel across the country with them - most memorably to Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2016 for the National Championship, which they won for the first time in team history! I was even lucky enough to receive a team championship ring!

2. Favourite YXE Restaurant? Las Palapas!

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? JonBenét Ramsey so I could solve the mystery of who murdered her!

4. Favourite WOD? Annie, Cindy, The Chief, and Loredo!

5. Favourite CrossFit movement? How can anyone pick just one?! Pull ups, push ups, and box jumps are just a few of my favourites!

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6. What is your go to work out song? I love anything with some hard-hitting bass - I’m a hip-hop/rap kinda girl! I usually default to searching for a 2000s or 2010s hip-hop playlist for my workouts.

7. Favorite super hero and why? All of the moms and dads who are part of our Ashlar community are superheroes in my mind! Prioritizing your health and being such a great role model for your kids is an incredible feat! ❤️

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? I coach the kids classes and I try to have a new, wacky “Would you rather” question every class! I want every person in my class to feel welcome, have fun, and get sweaty!

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9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar? While achieving milestones like getting my first pull up or hitting a certain weight on a lift is super rewarding, I think what I’m most proud of is the work I’ve put into shifting my mindset! If you knew me when I first started bootcamps 5 years ago, you would likely know that I was incredibly hard on myself and often had a negative mindset. It’s a lot of work to reverse the negative self-talk we have in our heads, but I’m proud to say that I’ve come a long way with my self-compassion and CrossFit and the Ashlar community have played a huge part in that!

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? I work as an Occupational Therapist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority! In my spare time you can find me hanging out with Adam and our family and friends, watching Rider and Raptor games, spending time outside, and listening to podcasts!

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Kristi Jorgenson

Hometown: Saskatoon, Sk

1. Something interesting about yourself? I love hiking, biking, snowshoeing,etc. up mountains but coming down is not so fun. I’m usually riding my brakes hard to whole way or crawling down😳😂.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? It’s a toss up between Odd Couple and October.

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? Gil Hedley - He is an anatomist, dedicated to exploring the inner space of human form. He has an awesome perspective of the human body.

4. Favorite WOD? AMRAPs coupled with an ascending ladder rep scheme.

5. Favorite movement? Power snatch

6. What is your go to work out song? Anything from the Beastie Boys!

7. Favorite super hero and why? Dominio from Deadpool 2 - Always lucky! 😁 In real life: My girls!😻

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? I like to empower people to make the choices that best fits them in the moment while still honouring their fitness goals.

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar? I have loved watching all of the expectant moms crush their workouts and then seeing them back in the gym with their newborn! I love seeing the members signing Ashlar’s achievement board!

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? My family!

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Katy Bloski

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

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(also known as Coach Kim when people don’t know we are identical twins, sometimes I’ll correct you, sometimes I’ll go along with it)

1. Something interesting about yourself?

I studied abroad at Oxford University (I’m the smart twin 😏) and played for the Oxford University football team while finishing a degree in Classical Medieval and Renaissance Studies with a certificate in Latin. I also played the oboe in band…. Yep it’s official, I’m a nerd.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Una , the house made ricotta is dangerous 🤤

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? My grandma! She taught in a one room school house at age 16 and fought the patriarchy by rarely wearing a bra or shaving her legs

4. Favorite WOD?
Same as Kim of course! Cindy and murph!

5. Favorite CrossFit movement?
Power cleans and toes to bar!

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6. What is your go to work out song?

All of J Biebs 

 

7. Favorite super hero and why?

Tarra Hall is a super hero, she runs a business and takes care of her kids while changing lives, staying strong and fit, connecting with everyone she meets and being an overall boss 💪🏻

 

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes?

I coach Grizzlies and take song requests! So if Jace and Caleb are there you can expect some T Swift

 

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar?

I have never gone to CrossFit to lose weight, gain muscle, etc. I go to improve my mental health, the physical things that come along with it are just extra bonuses! Since joining, I have become so much more confident and mentally strong. My biggest achievement since joining Ashlar is gaining control and acceptance over my anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. 🙌🏻

 

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit?

I continue my nerd lifestyle as a proud elementary school teacher! I just got a position teaching grade 2/3 in the city after driving out to teach grade 1 in Biggar every day! I also am a helicopter auntie to Kim’s perfect children!

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Tara Bryant

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

1. Something interesting about yourself? I love to read. I sometimes read 2-3 books a week!

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? Leyda’s! 100% gluten free!

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? My grandma! I miss her so much!

4. Favorite WOD? Murph

5. Favorite CrossFit movement? Hang clean

6. What is your go to work out song? Sandstorm: gets me pumped up!

7. Favorite super hero and why? The Hulk. I love that he isn’t afraid to smash stuff 😂.

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? I coach the Cubs class so lots of laughs and lots of stickers!

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar? I feel like every workout is an achievement! My favourite memory is my first time doing Murph. I was so clueless :)

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? Family time, reading, and being creative!

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Julius Villanueva

Hometown: Saskatoon

1. Something interesting about yourself? I’ve travelled to 26 countries.

2. Favorite YXE Restaurant? KoLab kitchen

3. If you could interview anyone alive or dead for a podcast or talk show, who would it be? Brene Brown, one of my favorite authors and speakers. Her research on shame, vulnerability, and courage in today's world can help communities that suffer from mental health issues and/or individuals whom search for wholeheartedness compassion.

4. Favorite WOD? Amanda

5. Favorite CrossFit movement? Snatches and Muscle Ups

6. What is your go to work out song? Anything 90s-00s Hip-Hop

7. Favorite super hero and why? Spider-Man. He’s my earliest encounter with comic books. Down to earth and relatable.

8. What can someone expect when they come to one of your classes? The basics. Never underestimate 2.5# plates, resistance bands and tempo work.

9. Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time so far with Ashlar? Being humbled by seemingly simple movements, most recently the distanced front rack carries. Those are tough!!

10. What keeps you busy when you are not coaching CrossFit? You can find me with my 2 dogs exploring all the different trails around Saskatoon and area or on my bicycle.