Coach Boss

ADAM BOISSIERE - OWNER & HEAD COACH, Group Class Programmer, Community & Events Coordinator

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  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
  • Crossfit Endurance Trainer
  • NCCP Club Coach Course - Olympic Lifting
  • Honours BA Kinesiology - York University

For as long as I can remember, sport, athletics and fitness have been an integral part of my life. From competing in track and field and soccer at an early age in Trinidad, and then moving onto baseball when I moved to Canada. In high school I joined the football and rugby teams,I remember and to this day still love the feeling that comes with competing. The validation of the practice, and hours alone spent training. The camaraderie amongst you and your teammates after a tough win, and tough losses.

People often say that sports are a great tool for teaching life lessons. In my case they were a tool that i used to develop confidence, self awareness, and build life long friendships. It also taught me discipline, commitment, and accountability. My first year at York University, I decided I would try out for the rugby team. I ended up starting for the team until injuries derailed my season. This would be an ongoing theme to my athletic career when i began playing club rugby for the Oakville Crusaders. I learned a lot playing in those days and was fortunate to have great coaches and lucky enough to train with and play against former and current National Team members for Canada Men’s Rugby.

With the knowledge I had gained I decided to  use it and go back to my high school where my rugby career began and help to coach the senior boys team. Being around the team made me realize how much i enjoyed teaching and coaching, but it also made me realize that I missed competing.

I had always been a dedicated gym rat from early on in high school until now, but had begun to feel unmotivated and disinterested with my workouts. It became harder and harder to take myself to the gym. And then one day just over two years ago in the summer of 2010 I found Crossfit. All the things I’ve mentioned above, Crossfit brought into my life again. I had that fire back, the drive to train, to compete, and to make myself better. The most eye opening thing to me was that at 26 and thinking I was in great shape, I was getting faster and stronger than I had ever been. The most rewarding part about this community is that I see that realization in everyone, whether its the 20 year old hockey player training with us, or the 50 something to 60 something moms and dads and grandparents in our box realizing the same thing.

Crossfit is my sport now, its my passion, it brought back the feeling I got from competing, be it against myself, others, or the clock on the wall. Most of all it is the people who are a part of this community that keep me coming back again and again and will continue to do so. If you’re willing to find the time and do the work I guarantee that you will find success in Crossfit, and along the way become part of a community that will support and push you to a healthier and happier life.

Coach Ferri

Paul Ferri - Owner, COAch & Head of Business Development

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  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer and Program Coordinator
  • CrossFit Teens Trainer and Program Coordinator
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • NCCP Club Coach Course - Olympic Lifting
  • NHL and AHL Strength and Conditioning Experience
  • Hockey Canada - Respect In Sport Certification
  • General BA - Business Wilfrid Laurier University

Growing up, I spent most of my time on the ice or on the soccer field, following my love of sport. There was never a moment where the thoughts of being a professional athlete left my mind until I suffered an injury when I was 16. I spent almost six months with my ankle in a cast, doing rehab, and trying to get back my level of fitness; unfortunately I never did. I caught a glimpse of what high school was like outside of sports, and what it seemed like having fun was all about. I lost track of my goals and before I knew it, I was in university, I weighed 272 pounds and had completely lost track of my passion in life. I spent 7 years in school chasing what I believed to be my new passion in life and that was Architecture. After spending 2 years in the industry and having the support from my family and friends, I decided to quit my job and try and get as close to the dreams I once set for myself when I was young.

My new found path to fitness truly started in my 3rd year of Architecture school when I began doing Triathlons and Duathlons. In the middle of training for a Half-Ironman, I was hit by a car while I was cycling. The first thing that crossed my mind was that I would follow the same path I did when I was young. This time, I focused on my rehab and was back on the bike training 7 weeks later.

I started doing CrossFit in September of 2011 when a friend of mine brought me into a box to support him in trying to get in shape. I did my first WOD and instantly fell in love with the sport. It gave me the rush that I used to get in the middle of a game and allowed me the possibility to compete again. Within 6 months I was looking to somehow get certified, own my own box and spread my knowledge of health and wellness to the people in my community. I have found my passion for sport and competition again.

My regained and refocused passion for fitness has opened up doors for me over the last couple years that I never thought were possible. I have gained so much knowledge and experience through the courses I have taken, the coaches I have worked with and the environments I have been fortunate to be surrounded by. This journey has lead me to working with the NHL's Florida Panthers, various NHL and AHL Hockey Players as well as some great young athletes from various sports.  

What I love about CrossFit is it's ability to help transform the lives of the most competitive athletes as well as those who have never had a passion for health and fitness. For a trainer, the rewards of these transformations are amazing!

Coach Holly

HOLLY MCILROY - COACH

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

  • Baron Baptiste Level 1 Certified Yoga Instructor

  • 2013 CrossFit Games Competitor - Team CrossFit Select

I have been CrossFitting for just over 4 years. I started as a newbie, using two thick green bands to do my pullups, deadlifting with 10lbs on either side and being terrified of burpess (but lets admit it, I am still terrified of burpees). I have come along way and I have been so lucky to have worked with some of the best coaches and athletes in Ontario. It wasn't until 2012 that I realized I had a strong passion for working with others. I realized that I wanted to make my own impact on our community and help others grow and accomplish their goals.

I completed my Level 1 Power Yoga Certification with Baron Baptiste in the summer of 2011 in New York and continued to pursue my passion of teaching for helping other by taking my CrossFit Level 1 Certification in September of 2012. Over the last year, I have learned so much about myself that now helps me to communicate and teach others.

I love working one on one with athletes and watching them set goals and hit new PR's, simply doing things that they never though were possible. I am always striving for good form and proper technique in my movements as well as when I am teaching others. I believe that our health is in our hands and taking the step towards CrossFit has helped me become stronger, more confident, healthier and happier in my day to day life! Through this journey I have also seen those changes in others after they walk through the door and as a result, I will always strive to make the 1 hour at the box, the best hour in your day!!

Coach Kass

KASSANDRA EMPEY - COACH

      Coach Kass at the UG Series Beach WOD 

      Coach Kass at the UG Series Beach WOD 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Growing up I was always active, I was a competitive dancer until age 18 as well as a competitive synchronized swimmer in my early teens. I also played various sports at the high school level.

I continued my passion for active living throughout post secondary where I completed my diploma in fitness and health and began a bachelors degree in applied health sciences in athletic therapy.

During this process I gained my certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology as a Personal Trainer and began my almost 9 year journey in the fitness industry.

Since then I have been certified in many types of training and was introduced to the sport of CrossFit in 2008. CrossFit was a fairly "new" type of training and was not well known in the area; I started my coaching after leaving the big box style gym in June of 2008 at the first CrossFit Box in Oakville. Unfortunately the gym did not succeed and with it my CrossFit faded out.

Early 2012 I moved my business to Transition CrossFit, and immediately was reunited with my old passion for the sport. I began coaching and training out of another gym in the area where I was also competing individually and as a team member.

Why I do CrossFit... CrossFit embodies all the elements of fitness that I find important. It requires a drive but also balance. It can make you feel like a beast but also humbles you. Why i coach... I have been training for quite some time and coaching makes me happy. I get excited when i see someone achieve something that they never dreamed they could; no matter how big or small the accomplishment.

 "Fitness is not about being the best its about being better than before."

Coach Jenn

JENNIFER LYMBURNER - COACH & MARKETING CONSULTANT

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Marketing Consultant (J2N)
  • Strongnastics Coach
  • Bachelor of Science, Advertising and Public Relations (Creative Track) - Hawaii Pacific University

Jenn Lymburner joins the Transition CrossFit team as a Marketing Consultant and Coach, specializing in gymnastics and body weight movements. As someone who has been involved in sports since she could walk, Jenn keeps her health a top priority in her life and loves helping others excel on their fitness journeys as well.

Her athletic background includes being a Provincial Gymnast, a Team Canada National Power Tumbler, an NCAA Cheerleader at Hawai'i Pacific University, a two time Canada East CrossFit Regionals athlete (Top 10 Female in 2014) and is currently pursuing National Olympic Weightlifting in the 53kg weight class.

Through her company, J2N, Jenn's goal is to combine her passion of health and fitness with her desire to help businesses grow through design, marketing, and customer service and leadership training.

Jenn brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and will be working closely with Coach Boss to incorporate and development a strong gymnastics program at Transition CrossFit.

Coach Butter

Ian Miersch - COACH

Coach Bitter working through a team chipper with kettle bell swings at the Element CrossFit Team Challenge

Coach Bitter working through a team chipper with kettle bell swings at the Element CrossFit Team Challenge

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Having played competitive baseball growing up and through university, I had always known sport to be a big part of my life; not only for the competitive aspect, but primarily for the camaraderie and relationships forged during those years. Once finishing school, I decided to fill that competitive void that was created through running, completing two half-marathons and one full that first year. While it felt great to challenge myself beyond what I thought possible (both physically and mentally), I knew there was a certain element missing from the experience, namely that of sharing both the challenges and triumphs with teammates.

When my brother asked me to join him to try something called 'CrossFit' two years ago, I did so primarily with the intention of quickly getting into better shape. What I did not realize at the time was how easily I would find the missing pieces of the puzzle in my life through the TCF COMMUNITY. While I have to admit that there was initially a hesitance to jump into the humbling world of CrossFit, that quickly washed away once I saw that my steep learning curve was greeted not with judgement, but with genuine support and encouragement from the other members and coaches. It was love at first WOD.

No matter how long someone has been CrossFitting, I love the feeling that there is always something to improve on or something new to learn….fitness imitating life, so to speak. Going on that journey with such a close-knit group is what has kept me coming back for the past two years and what I am most looking forward to. Seeing a member accomplish their ‘first’ of any movement that they would never have thought was possible before is what has motivated me to become a coach and pushes me to keep growing myself. It always amazes me to see what we can accomplish when we stop telling ourselves that something can't be done.

“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things!!!”

Coach Andrew

ANDREW HODGES - COACH 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Program Coordinator
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

I joined Transition on a part-time basis when it first opened, training for the better part of the week at a big box gym and once or twice a week at CrossFit. At this time, I had been dealing with ongoing hip and lower back issues and figured that CrossFit was too intense and that I would only make things worse. I decided to leave Transition and continue to train exclusively out of the traditional gym. Fast forward a year and many arm curls, lat pulldowns and hours spent on the elliptical, my aches and pains still persisted. Frustrated by my injuries and looking to mix things up a little, I decided to give CrossFit another chance. I reinstated my part-time Transition membership and continued to train primarily out of a conventional gym. I described my persisting issues to one of the Transition coaches who put me on a mobility program to target my problem areas. Within a few weeks, the mobility work coupled with the proper strength movements and physiotherapy and my hip and back issues vanished. I began to crave the variety and intensity of the WOD's, eventually leading to the cancellation of my big box gym membership.

I've now been at Transition for almost 3 years and am training 5 days a week on a consistent basis. Although (like most) personal time is limited as a result of having a young family and a busy career, I have no issues staying motivated to get to the box and to challenge myself during every workout. The environment, the coaches, and fellow Transition team members all keep me coming back and wanting more. Changes in my diet, fitness level, and overall state of well being have resulted in me leading a better life.

As a teenager, I spent many summers instructing hockey and other outdoor sports to kids. My overall passion for sport and fitness combined with my background in coaching children is what lead to my interest in Transition's CrossFit's Kids program. Kids need exposure to fitness, nutrition and overall healthy living, which are foundational elements of CrossFit. The conditioning, discipline, friendships and resulting confidence kids will derive from the program will support them not only in other sports but in their daily lives as well. Most importantly, I look forward to the fun factor that inherently appears anytime kids are involved. 

"Adults call it working out, kids call it playing."

Coach Al

ALISTAIR INGRAM - TRAINER

Coach Al alongside Coach Kass at Beach WOD 2013

Coach Al alongside Coach Kass at Beach WOD 2013

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

My whole life I have always loved to try new sports. My father being an avid Soccer (or football as he calls it in a thick Scottish accent) fan got me into soccer at an early age. I then transitioned into Lacrosse as a teen. All through high school I played high level water polo as I was an avid swimmer and life guard. My final year of High School I played both Basketball and Volleyball (simply due to my height). I came to realize that my true passion was outdoor sports. I mountain biked extensively through my teens and early 20's, taught white water kayaking and still downhill ski often.

I stumbled into CrossFit after being a distance runner but was bored of spending 3 hours on long runs. CrossFit grabbed my attention as it was variable every day and I could be in and out in an hour.I have been CrossFitting since May 2010, I am a father of two and have grown up in the Burlington area, where I still live today. I am an avid music fan and in a previous life played in a band that gigged regularly.

CrossFit is a big part of my life and will continue to be. I look forward to coaching and working with you as well as training along side you with the rest of the Transition Crew.

Coach Derek

DEREK GODDARD - COACH 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kid's Trainer
  • CrossFit Kid's Program Coordinator
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

I was lucky to have discovered CrossFit a couple of years ago when a friend came to me with a new exercise program. Fast forward two years…70 pounds are gone and I have experienced life changing results. CrossFit has brought something to my life that I didn't know was missing - competition, passion for my well-being and a general happiness in who I am. 

I have always loved playing all team sports, enjoyed being part of a team and the thrill of competition. Yet, my baseball and hockey leagues were coming up short in delivering the level of activity and fitness required to keep me in shape. As a husband and father of an active five year old – I needed to be healthy for the well-being of myself and more importantly my family. The thought of working out while being a part of a team or community may seem weird, however somehow CrossFit pulls it off. I truly enjoy going every morning, seeing my crew and try to set the bar higher every time I go. 

I am by far in the best shape of my life, happy to be me and excited to tell people about my transformation. I am also excited about bringing CrossFit to others and hope it brings them as much joy, pride and exhilaration as CrossFit has brought into my life. Having a five year old son, I see the importance of instilling the idea of fitness and healthy living and want to encourage this to become a part of his life. The CrossFit Kids program is the perfect opportunity to “plant the fitness seed”, and then watch it grow. By teaching our kids these good habits now, we are guiding them down the right path for their future. What better way to accomplish this then through the CrossFit Kids program and of course having some fun along the way!

To anyone considering CrossFit, I would say give it a try, and with hard work and dedication anything is truly possible. You will not be disappointed and I hope to see you at Transition soon!

Coach George

 GEORGE YAMINE - COACH IN TRAINING

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  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

As a high school and university student I was always interested in playing sports and physical fitness; and lets face it, how I looked. Although my fitness level was good, I had areas that required improvement. At that time, I didn't know that one could train the whole body, to me fitness was about alternating Chest day with Chest & Back day.

After marriage and children I regained an interest in fitness, feeling as though my competitive spirit had not been satisfied for some time. I started doing Power Yoga on a regular basis while mixing in my traditional workouts. I loved what yoga did for my balance and flexibility...but felt like I still was not where I wanted to be.

At a family function a few years ago, my cousin mentioned to me I should look into CrossFit. She had been doing it with great results and told me to give it a try. I started looking into various locations, and discovered Transition Crossfit. Crossfit encompassed the entire body; strength, flexibility, agility, competitive spirit, team and self.

I started CrossFitting over 2 years ago, and have never looked back. Being in the best shape of my life is only part of it. Yes..I dropped about 20 lbs since I started at Transition, but CrossFit has become a way of life for me; I can use its lessons in everything that I do. It's taught me dedication, grittiness and perseverance, commitment to myself and my team and how to support and encourage others. It's taught me that for me, anything is possible! All these teachings I take with me into my work, friend & family relationships. Life is that much better!

Over the last few months I have really begun to consider bringing CrossFit into the lives of other people. Yes I want people to exercise, but it's more than that. I want them to understand that with CrossFit they increase not just strength but flexibility, mobility, and overall health while making some amazing friendships along the way. I encourage anyone looking for a lifetime sport to take up CrossFit, challenge yourself and be pleasantly surprised....