Meet the Coaches

Our coaching staff is composed of a group of individuals that are truly passionate about helping others succeed. With a trained eye for spotting and correcting technique, their determination is driven by passion not ego. When an athlete has progressed, avoided injury, or acheived any capacity of heightened performance, a coach's programming and cues are at the root of these successes.

  • Steve Nesrallah

    Description

    CrossFit is community, and as the owner of CrossFit Wolvish, it is my number one priority to make sure our community is successful in it's pursuit of health, wellness, and physical excellence. I am approaching the 10,000 hour mark of coaching groups through constantly varied, high intensity workouts. Progressively refining my craft, I strive to bring the highest level of coaching to our members. Everyone is considered and no one is over looked.

    Education / Designations

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • Coaches Prep Course / Level 2
    • Agatsu Kettbell Trainer
    • Varbonov School of Weightlifting Level 1
    • OWA - Intro to Competition Weightlifting
    • Underground Strength Coach
    • CrossFit Kids Trainer
    • Standard First Aid / CPR C + AED
  • Anjali Benimadhu

    Description

    Discovering CrossFit has made me feel strong, powerful, independent and confident. I am passionate about having my athletes experience similar benefits from the CrossFit programming and community. I am experienced in barbell & circuit training, kettle bell work (Certified Agatsu Ketllebell), kickboxing, mobility, and CrossFit-1 Certified, bringing a well-rounded base to the coaching family at CrossFit Wolvish. I encourage all our athletes to find a balance of power and mobility through their movement and establish determined minds, creating a strong foundation in all they do, in and out of the gym. As co-owner at CrossFit Wolvish, I strive to give our athletes the best possible training facility equipped with passionate and knowledgeable coaches. Our community consists of like-minded individuals who work together, pushing themselves beyond what they imagined possible; and they do it together as a team in every WOD. Wolvish is not a gym, it is a family, and we welcome you to the pack.

    Education / Designations

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • Agatsu Kettlebell Trainer
    • B.A. Honours Major Psychology and Minor Philosophy
    • Graduate Studies in Counselling Psychology
  • Sam Rivest

    Description

    My fitness routine used to consist of distance running and light free weight work. Since discovering CrossFit, I have surprised myself with my own abilities and improvements. I now value my strength, and as a woman it’s important to know what you're physically capable of. Belief in yourself and in fitness are fundamental of CrossFit. Physical strength, mental toughness and positivity, and a rock solid community of great friends and family are the pillars of fitness! As a coach, I am constantly learning. I believe that continued education is crucial in becoming the best coach I can be. With a positive and encouraging attitude, I aim to help others find their strengths and assist them in reaching their fitness goals. Through this community we push each other to work hard and achieve what we never thought was possible. CrossFit Wolvish is a family that I am incredibly happy to be a part of. I look forward to sharing my passion for fitness and wellness with everyone who joins our pack!

    Education / Designations

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • OWA - Intro to Competition Weightlifting
    • Standard First Aid / CPR C + AED
    • Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa
  • Victoria Turpin

    Description

    When I came to Crossfit Wolvish over 3 years ago, I had never touched a barbell and couldn't do a single push up. I had never worked out consistently in my life and was extremely unhappy with my level of fitness. Thanks to an amazing coaching staff, a motivating community and innovative programming, I have reached a level of athleticism I had previously not thought possible. I gained self confidence and motivation which led me to pursue a life long ambition of competing in track and field. While it was an incredible experience and I learned a lot, I realized my true passion lies in Crossfit and in coaching. I am immensely proud and excited to have joined the coaching staff, a dream of mine ever since I joined the gym, and I hope I can help members achieve their fitness goals just as Wolvish helped me achieve mine.

    Education / Designations

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Kids
    • Standard First Aid and CPR-C
  • June Athlete of the Month - David MacLennan

    Description

    This guy is solid. I usually have a good sense of people and when this dude walked into the gym, I knew he was gold. Especially when I started calling him "Dave" and he corrected me and stated "It's David"....let's go.

     

    Please state your name, age, and occupation. Feel free to include anything else to let these fine folks know you is!

    "ahem"David Andrew MacLennan, 38 years of age, I work a day job in personal wealth management, and I'm an army brat hailing mostly from the mean cul de sacs and boulevards of Orleans.

    An army brat hailing from the mean cul de sacs of Orleans...brilliant. Where else do you minimally hail from?
    I've called Toronto, Petawawa, Pembroke, Kingston (twice), Brussels and Antigonish home.

    What attracted you to CrossFit?

    Mostly the hour or so of YouTube Crossfit videos loaded with babes I watched for six months or so before starting ... Seriously though, I saw that regular people were doing this thing in my neighbourhood that makes people really fit and I wanted in.

     

    What’s your fave thing about CrossFit?

    Honestly my favourite thing about CrossFit is new people in the class. I enjoy supporting, encouraging, high fiving, and welcoming those people. I was there and I remember the people who reached out to me and let me know that I belonged. That encouraged me to keep coming back. #realtalk

     

    And that’s why your AOTM man; it’s truly about an environment that people feel welcome, safe, and supported in. And the community at Wolvish upholds that super well.

    #realtalk..you like R Kelly?

    I don't see nothing wrong with it....... A little bump'n'grind, that is.

    Ya lost me bro..

    Dude that's like R Kelly's first hit. Do the knowledge…

     

    Dave 1 

    Me 0

     

    All I know is I caught the L at Wodktoberfest '17

     

    Caught the L ?

     

    Loss. We were in the same heat.

     

    Dave 2

    Me 0

    Okay enough hood talk....you a clean eater? Or do you eat cleans?

    Could be cleaner in the kitchen, but I've been known to cycle a barbell.

     

    Boss response. What about dat' snatch doh' ? You even Isabel ?

    I love snatching, but took about a year off of Olympic lifting before I started training at Wolvish. If we're talking girls, Grace has been mine since day 1.

     

    *WARNING : DRASTIC TANGENT AND WU-TANG REFERENCE*

     

    Dude on Saturday ... I wore my Wu-Tang hoodie to the gym ... A little concerned if a 38 year old man should be seen in public like that ... Then you walked through the door sporting the Wu-Tang cut-off - my people 

     

    That’s awesome David...let’s be honest...I bomb atomically...

    Did you just lyrically perform armed robbery?

     

    *DRASTIC TANGENT CONCLUDED*

     

    What do you do outside the gym, and work ?

    Extra-curriculars include: I play in the National Capital Baseball League, I am a bit of a geek for movies - sci-fi and anything that speaks to the teenage experience, and I spend an inordinate amount of time at the Nike Store.

     

    You looked into NA?

     *GOOGLES FRANTICALLY*

    Nerds Anonymous? Narcotics Anonymous? Man I don't do hard drugs.

     

    Nike Anonymous. Should be a thing.

    What’s your dream whip ?

    I'd really like to own a Jeep Wrangler, no doors, no top. All black everything. I sunburn though.

     

    I see it.....and the sunburn.

    Shocker

     

    Favourite Games Athlete?

    Fikowski on the men's side ... Such a goofball and an absolute monster. A lesser known team athlete named Kelsey Kiel on the women's side - she's the best part of my IG feed aside from Wolvish 4:30 IG stories

     

    Fikowoski hundopee.

    Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?

    Dark chocolate and red wine ... Because antioxidants

     

    You drink Coke Zero?

    Man I was having this Coke Zero chat just last night. Yes to Coke Zero - it's R.P. (Renaissance Periodization) approved, but is probably also the new smoking.

     

    Do you smoke ?

    Negative, Ghost Rider

     

    Imagine though?

    I get winded during general mobility. Can't be out here hacking darts.

     

    You're a champ David. Always a positive attitude, always smiling, throwing around high fives  like they're going outta style, and you work your ass off in the gym. Thanks for being our June Athlete of the Month..any last words? Shout outs? Kanye?

    I moved to Little Italy started training at Wolvish in February and was pretty heartbroken to leave my old gym after five years. I knew it would be challenging to make new friends in a new Crossfit community. But, being outgoing and positive is way more fun than being a dick.

    Thanks to you and everyone who has made me feel at home at Wolvish. 

    One day when I grow up, I plan to have an engine like Joel Richards, beat Anjali Benimadhu in a foot race, and grow a beard as fierce and powerful as Raza Anwar.

    Everyone have a great month of training in June.

    Out.

    Education / Designations