Marta Blaze: Principal Coach and Owner, Crossfit Pickering and Pilates Pickering
Fun Marta Trivia:
- I was born in Poland and lived in Casablanca for 4 years before moving to Toronto
- I speak French, English and Polish ( although I sound like i’m 8 years old in Polish)
- I have been a gym rat since I was 14 – first membership was at Super Fitness! I would do their 7 am aerobic classes before school. Leotards ruled!
- I only learned how to drive in 2004 – Rode my Bike everywhere before that. and I mean Everywhere! Pickering to Yonge and Eglinton was totally normal for me, when I taught at Stott Pilates
- I am a total bookworm – I have loved books ever since I learned to read. I try to read at least 25 books year. My favourite book when I was 10 years old was Anne of Green Gables.
- If you don’t see me working away at my computer plotting Crossfit fun stuff, you will find me in my kitchen. I love to cook. A lot. I may have a slight addiction to cookbooks… but only slight 🙂
- I love to grow my own vegetables
- My relaxation is – CRAFTING – I’m an advanced Crocheter, polymer clay miniatures are my jam, so is decoupage and painting.
- I had a child at a mature age ( 39) – while in our second year of Crossfit – I’ve blocked out that entire year!
- My first crossfit workout was 300 – still one of my favourites!
- I get completely and insanely happy when our members, especially the ones who have never before worked out, do something they never thought was possible…. talk about job satisfaction!
First and foremost, I have a passion for transforming the lives of my clients, physically and mentally. I am committed to the success and vitality of my clients and I proudly call my clients friends and even family.I fell in love with Crossfit in the early spring of 2007 and by October of 2007, I was certified as a Level 1 trainer. I have been working out from an early age but nothing kicked my butt like Crossfit. I know now, why they say, “there is fit and then there is Crossfit”. I’ve always been strong and fit, biking everywhere from the time I was 13 years old, playing tennis, volleyball, handball, running and lifting weights. But I hit a wall. Bored. Not getting any new results…Then I did my first workout of the Day (WOD). It was Love!I am also trained in rehab exercises that address a broad range of physical challenges.I am able to customize a client’s workout to address particular weaknesses, conditions, postural problems or injuries (shoulder problems, neck and shoulder tension, hip, knee and ankle issues, back care, fibromyalgia, arthritis, pre natal and post natal.)
I love what I do, I love that I am able to help people feel better, be stronger, and feel like they are getting so much more than just a workout. I feel blessed to be where I am; loving life and having a blast!
2015 – Certified Level 2 trainer
2010 – Olympic Weighlifting – “Competition Introduction” workshop, member of OWA
2009 – Crossfit Kids certified
2008 – Barbell Certified
2007 – Certified Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
2002 – Injuries, Special Populations and Functional Anatomy Training
2002 – Stott Certified Pilates Instructor
I have been involved in Sports and Fitness since I was a child. Competitive swimming, football, hockey, Aussie rules football and waterpolo. I have been going to the gym since high school doing weight routines of various kinds. After seeing the movie “The 300″ I looked into Crossfit, as it was the style of training they used to get in such phenomenal shape. The more I trained with Crossfit, the more I was blown away by how efficient the training was, workouts taking less than 30 mins and by how STRONG you can get. I wasn’t this strong when I was 20!! Now I enjoy teaching others this training style so they also can see the results I have.
2010 – Certified Crossfit Level I Trainer
2011 – Crossfit Mobility Seminar
2011 – Robb Wolf Paleo Diet Seminar
2012 – Olympic Weighlifting – NCCP “Competition Introduction” workshop, member of OWA
2017 – Standard First Aid with CPR A + AED
2015 – Re-Certified Crossfit Level I Trainer
2016 – Certified Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
Crossfit found me in the winter of 2010 (Febuary). We desperately needed each other and it’s been true love ever since.I came to Crossfit severely overweight and under fit, but with a lot of hard work; I came out the other side with dramatically improved strength, endurance, cardio, power, balance, and have never been fitter in my life. I truly believe in the power of this fitness system. YOU CAN TOO!!!I am committed to becoming a truly fit individual and helping others to bring fitness and balance into their lives. I will compliment you, befriend you, motivate you, coach you, punish you, yell at you, and do anything else that you may need to get yourself into shape.As a trainer, I seek to teach Crossfit and all its components to anyone who is willing, but also to help build our community of like-minded individuals who are also on that path to finding their peak physical fitness.
Danielle Dillon Pirrie: Crossfit Coach 2012
2016 – Certified Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
Olympic Weighlifting – “Competition Introduction” workshop, member of OWA
2011 – Certified L1 Crossfit trainer
1999 – BSc York University Kinesiology – Diploma of Athletic Therapy
I have always been involved in some sort of organized sport; rowing, volleyball, rugby, and thrived on the team aspect of those sports. When I “retired” from competitive rugby, I continued to go to the big box gyms to train because I still enjoyed the workouts, but I really missed the team training. One day in 2009, I stumbled upon Crossfit and attended a free class. I was hooked.I love coaching Crossfit because I am inspired by the athletes who come in to train. They make me want to be a better coach. I enjoy the technicality of the Oly lifts, the shear power of the deadlift, and the grace of the gymnastic moves.
2015 – Certified Level 2 trainer
Glen Young is a Level 2 CrossFit instructor and Certified Running Technique Specialist. Glen developed his passion for weight-training as an undersized 13-year-old, lifting weights in the attic of his child-hood home in Kakabeka Falls, Ontario and he hasn’t stopped ever since. Glen began coaching because he passionately believes in helping others strive to achieve his favourite motto of “Better Every Year”. Highly motivated by the measurable aspects of fitness that CrossFit has professed, he is very goal-driven and especially enjoys helping others knock goals off their bucket lists.
Glen played football at Queen’s University and thinks of every member of the gym as an athlete. Sometimes they don’t like this but bad luck for them. He also really enjoys working with local hockey teams to provide strength and conditioning programs.
Throughout his life, Glen has enjoyed running and is CrossFit Endurance certified as well as being qualified to teach running technique. He operates running clinics multiple times per year to teach others to run faster and injury-free.
Finally, with a background in football and an early CrossFit career centred on the no-pain, no-gain philosophy, Glen has learned from experience the dangers of injury and the importance of improving mobility and stability by performing regular maintenance on himself. He is a certified CrossFit Mobility Trainer and has completed numerous mobility seminars and workshops to improve his effectiveness in helping others train injury-free.
Mark Willis, Age – Middle,
Level 1 Trainer – April 2014
Pose Running Certification – June 2014
NCCP, Level 2 Theory
CHA Coaching Cert, Previously NCCP. Level 3 Advanced-Hockey
Compared to most athletes, either serious competitors or those looking for a great daily workout, I am just one of you. I’m part of your community. A group of individuals that get up at 5am, or wait after work until 7:30 to come in day after day to challenge themselves on a scale of fitness which can be measured, tracked, and improved on.
Like many who come to Crossfit, I drink the Kool-Aid (by the gallon), I love the culture, I love the competition whether intrinsic or extrinsic, I love the swag (boy I love the swag), I love the people that CF attracts. There are no quitters here. No one who says I’m taking a free pass today. After each workout, Crossfitters talk about their aches, their pains…but more importantly their gains. Crossfitters don’t let a tight quad, or a tender psoas slow them down…they ask how they can fix that ache so they can make more gains. I love the profile of people CF attracts…they’re tough, committed, and resilient beyond compare
So why coach? “ Why not?” is my answer. I spent 30+ years coaching minor hockey. My teams always did pretty well, and players I coached not only went on to be better players, but better citizens. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, my passion. That passion is now Crossfit. I’m a darned good communicator. I understand how to break down movements and concepts into manageable pieces for my athletes, and I know that motivating people and engaging them to be resilient, committed, and tough is in my skill set. I love helping people do what they believed to be impossible.
For me, Crossfit, and more importantly coaching Crossfit, is bigger than any one thing. It’s community, camaraderie, support, struggle, accomplishment, testing, measuring, challenging, winning, losing, gaining, and fun. I am so humbled to be able to coach… I can’t see this passion ending for me. I coach with my brain, but my heart truly loves this shit!
- Multiple marathons including a 3:08 finish at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon which qualified me for Boston Marathon the following year
- Multiple Olympic distance Triathlons finishing in the top 5 percentile of my age group.
- Two Half Ironman’s ( Peterborough and Muskoka) with times of 5:06 and 5:33
- 2016 – Finished in 8th Place in Canada East CrossFit games OPEN
- 2015 – Finished in 7th Place in Canada East CrossFit games OPEN
In high school I was into sports but was more likely to warm up the bench than see any action on the field. By the time I got married the spare tire started to show so I got into running which stopped as soon as the kids arrived. I became good at sleep deprivation but was in horrible shape. As soon as the kids started sleeping in a little I started to run again, turns out I was decent at it and completed a few marathons. Running is a pretty repetitive sport so I picked up triathlons, which added cycling and swimming and that too was rewarding and eventually finished a couple of half Ironmans. But these sports demand long repetitive hours of running swimming and cycling and eventually all the hours of weekly training had a detrimental tool on my body, so being injured I looked around and discovered Crossfit. Crossfit gives your whole body a workout, as well as maximum intensity at a level that I never achieved in all my years of running swimming and cycling. When I first arrived at crossfit Pickering my form was horrible but by constant attention from the excellent coaches I slowly improved. Now I hope to repay all those hours of coaching by trying to be one myself. So if I ever have the pleasure of coaching you, rest assured that at one point my form was probably worse but with good coaching I’ll do my best to help you improve and grow.
2016 – Certified Crossfit Level I Trainer
2019 – Certified CrossFit Level I Trainer
2019 – Standard First Aid with CPR A + AED
2019 – Judges Course 2019 English Certificate
I played competitive hockey from age 6 right through to my late teens, then men’s league into my 40’s and I have always been able to pick any ball, racquet, stick, whatever and been pretty good at that sport. Around 2014 I took a look in the mirror and realized I was “soft”. Too often the younger guys were making me look bad at hockey, it was time to take up CrossFit. My wife and kids had already been doing it for the last few years and I signed up for the Boot Camp. It did not take long for me to get hooked; CrossFit changed my life. I fell in love with the Open, the Games everything! I started devouring as much as I could on CrossFit, videos, books, everything.
In 2018 my Wife and I went to Madison to watch the Games live, and for the second time, CrossFit changed my life. The seed was planted on running my own event. In the fall of 2018, I went to watch a local competition and without question, I thought, “I can do this”, and The BEAST In The East competition was born. I organized CrossFit Pickering’s first open competition in 2019 and it was a success. From there I realized I needed to become a CF Level I Trainer. Being a Trainer helps feed the CrossFit Beast inside of me, but more importantly I love watching our athletes learn, train and improve.
2019 Certified Crossfit Level I Trainer
Raquel Shaw Moxam