Andrew Perklin »

Head Coach, Owner

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Advanced Weightlifting
  • CFSC (Certified Functional Strength Coach)
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
  • CrossFit Judges Course

Andrew Perklin

Head Coach, Owner

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always played sports my whole life and when my competitive playing ended I was always looking for the next thing I could pursue which lead me to CrossFit. I knew CrossFit was good but like most I was afraid to try it but after that first workout that kicked my ass I was hooked!

Why did you become a Coach?

I have always been into fitness and sports and it lead me to coaching and later training as I love being able to help people no matter how small that help is, I love coaching and sharing what I love with others.

What’s your favourite movement?

Pull ups and most gymnastics movements

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and Oreos(not really a cheat when you eat them all the time!)

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

None

Babis Aronis »

Director of Operations, Coach

Qualifications:

  • University of Athens, Specializing in Physical Education
  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Crossfit Level 2

Babis Aronis

Director of Operations, Coach

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Since I was a kid I was into sports and loved everything about it.  Choosing to study physical education and learning more about the human body and movement made me more excited about fitness.  Mental & Physical Health is a priority for me, exercise will help you get there and Crossfit is definitely a fun way to do it.

Why did you become a Coach?

To be around people and help them achieve their goals with any way I can.

What’s your favourite movement?

Clean and Jerks and Muscle Ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Souvlaki!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Spiderman (Strength, flexibility, and he flies! just so cool)

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit Kids

Simcoe Carmichael

Coach

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I played Soccer growing up but fell out of the rhythm of going to the gym after finishing school.  After a number of unsuccessful attempts of trying to start a fitness regimen on my own, I was introduced to Crossfit L5.  My first class was the challenge I was looking for, I was impressed by the constantly varied programming in an incredible welcoming social environment-I was hooked!

Why did you become a Coach?

I became a coach because I wanted to be a part of our member’s fitness journey’s.  Everyone has a diverse set of motives and goals when they come to Crossfit L5 and I think it is exciting to help people realize those goals.  I find great joy in helping improve the lives, health and happiness of our members!

What’s your favourite movement?

Back squats, squat cleans and pistols

What is your favorite cheat food?

Chocolate! Mini eggs, creme eggs, kinder eggs….

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Hands down, Xena the Warrior Princess.  She kicked ass unapologetically, empowering and inspiring a generation of strong girls and women everywhere.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2

Julia Tompkins

Coach

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was out of shape and needed to change my lifestyle for the better.  CrossFit put me on the path to being a stronger, healthier, happier version of myself.

Why did you become a coach?

My love for CrossFit started the day I walked through the doors.  It was out of my comfort zone but knew early on that I wanted to tap into this passion and take on a leadership role in the gym.  I love helping others and seeing them push their bodies and minds to the limit and achieve things they never imagines possible.

What’s your favourite movement?

Gymnastic movements like handstand walks, pull ups, and muscle ups.

What is your favourite cheat meal?

Pizza!

What’s your favourite Superhero and why?

Domino from Deadpool 2. She’s extremely lucky and things just work out perfectly for her in every situation.

 

Jason Hermosa

Coach

Why did I get into fitness?

I got into fitness in high school at the age of 16 as a way to lose weight and get stronger.  I was overweight in highschool, so I decided to join a strength training class to learn how to lift weights, learn about nutrition and the human body, and establish fitness goals.

I didn’t know I would become so passionate about it at the timeout when I saw the affect it was having on me I couldn’t go back to the same lifestyle.  Now a decade later I’m still keeping up with my fitness as it continues to crush me.

Why did I become a Coach?

I’ve always enjoyed teaching and helping others.  I’ve been a teacher of different activities since I was 14. When I joined L5 as a member I remember seeing the impact the programming and coaching had on the members and how it changed their overall fitness completely.  I wanted to be a part of that.  Seeing the members make the progress they have, whether it’s finally being able to do a pull-up or hitting those double under, is an incredibly satisfying feeling.

Favourite Movements/exercise?

Handstand walks, Snatches

Favourite Cheat meal?

Lots and lots of chicken wings!

Favourite Superhero and why?

Captain America-not a big superhero fan, but I watched one of his movies and liked how he lead by example, had integrity and was an athletic monster.

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1

Natasha Meikle

Coach

Why did you get into Fitness (CrossFit)?

I played competitive sports my whole life, but despite being regular at a big box gym, I still craved intensity and competition.  After seeing videos in Crossfit I decided to try it out and was instantly hooked!

Why did you become a Coach?

I love fitness and I love people!  I am always inspired by seeing members crush their goals and I want to help people achieve their goals.  I’ve learned so much through our members and I want to share that knowledge with others.

Favourite movement/exercise?

Double unders, Handstands, push ups, thrusters, Hang Cleans

Favourite Cheat Meal?

Chocolate and Pasta!

Favourite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman! Not only is she a badass but she’s smart, wise, and compassionate.

Ian Bala »

Coach

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit L1
  • Kettlebell

Ian Bala

Coach

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into it for the results I’ve seen and felt.  I stayed for the community you inevitably become a part of.  I love that we don’t specialize in anything, but instead try to be really good at all things fitness.  And who doesn’t like a good high five or a fist bump after a tough WOD.

Why did you become a Coach?

I’ve been a Personal Trainer and I also coach elite baseball.  While you don’t always get through to everyone, there are enough moments where you do see the light bulb or the switch come on in an athlete.  And to be a small part of an “A-ha” moment or a PR for an athlete, hear about all the positives going on because of fitness is great!

What’s your favourite movement?

Probably the Turkish Get Up.  It tests strength, mobility, stability, and takes you through all planes of movement.

What is your favorite cheat food?

I’d say a burger, but I have that pretty often.  So I’ll go with Dim Sum.  No particular dish, but the sum of all of it. I can for sure do some damage at a Dim Sum.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman because he can do everything.  But if I could have one superpower I’d choose teleportation.

Qualifications:

  • ISSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Honours B.A.S in Kinesiology
  • Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion

Kaitlyn Pitek

Coach

Why I got into Fitness? (CrossFit)

Growing up I played a lot of competitive sports and became very interested in the training side of things as I wanted to be the best athlete I could be!  After studying Kinesiology my passion for health and fitness continued to grow.  My competitive sports journey had come to an end and I needed something to keep me motivated.  Initially, I thought CrossFit was ridiculous-injuries waiting to happen, however, after a friend eased me into it, I fell in love!  With so many movements to work on and challenges my competitive nature took over and to this day I continuously strive to challenge myself in new ways!

Why did I become a Coach?

I became a coach because I love sharing my knowledge and personal fitness journey with others to educate and motivate them towards their own fitness goals. Changing lifelong habits can be very difficult, but we are here to help you stay on track and reach your goals!

Favourite movement?

Rowing, wall balls, and double-unders.

Favourite Cheat Food?

Chocolate covered almonds

Favourite Superhero?

My #1 supporter and fan, my Dad! Growing up he dedicated a lot of his time and money to my sports, ensuring I made it to every practice, game and tournament. I never realized how financially and physically demanding these teams were until I was older and doing it on my own. I will be forever grateful as it has made me the person I am today.