James is the father of 3 active boys and is married to CrossFit Bowmanville co-founder Laura. He has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and loves going to work everyday to help others improve their lives through physical activity. He states “the thing I love most about CrossFit is the accessibility of it to everyone of all fitness levels and the accountability that it brings towards achieving your goals and improving yourself with every workout”. His favorite way to spend an afternoon is hanging out with his family watching a movie or of course doing something active.
CFL1 Trainer, PCIP Level 1, PCIP Level 2, CHEK Exercise Coach
Laura became involved in health and fitness at a young age. She has always loved gymnastics, seeing what her body is capable of and pushing her limits. A foodie at heart, she loves cooking up healthy tasty meals for her friends and family. After becoming certified in 2009 she became involved in endurance sports. After many 10k’s, half marathons a 30K and her first marathon, she became a mom… the ultimate test of endurance!
She has incorporated CrossFit into her own fitness and that of her personal training clients for many years. When asked what she likes most about training and teaching, “We are very privileged to be able to spend our days doing what we do…I love the feeling of getting a P.R., and the way my clients react when they realize they are able to do something they never thought they were capable of”.
CFL1 Trainer, CanFit Pro PTS, CrossFit Mobility Trainer, CrossFit Gymnastics, Precision Nutrition PN1
April graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Fitness & Health Promotion. She has been a Personal Trainer for 4+ years working with many different clientele. April has helped her clients rehabilitate an injury, increase strength, lose weight, increase their endurance and more. On top of being a qualified personal trainer, she also has a passion for soccer and crossfit. Growing up, April played with a variety of soccer clubs such as the Ottawa Fury and while attending Algonquin College she had the privilege of playing for the women’s varsity soccer team.
CSEP Certified Personal Trainer & Qualified Fascial Stretch Therapist
n 2015, Mark started CrossFit in his garage as a way of getting more fit for rugby and hockey.
3 years later, Mark is now a competitive CrossFit athlete. In July 2018, Mark was named the U20 Canadian Functional Fitness Champion, which earned him a spot as an individual athlete on Team Canada to compete at the International Functional Fitness Championship in London, England. In January 2018, Mark also qualified for the Wodapolooza International Functional Fitness Festival in Miami, Florida.
When asked about why he enjoys coaching, Mark says “I love helping people lead a healthier lifestyle. CrossFit has created one of the strongest platforms for people to be proud of what they can do, and I love being a part of the process.”
Samantha has been doing CrossFit since 2016. Over the course of 3 years she became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a mom to two boys. She has always been very active and involved in sports such as gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer, volleyball and baseball. During the warmer months you can find her outside a lot of the time going for walks to the park with her husband and young boys, or doing handstands just about anywhere. She is a graduate of Durham college from the pre service firefighter program. With a passion for health and fitness, Samantha believes that anyone can find a place in the community of CrossFit and loves coaching all different levels of athletes.
Kevin competed in power lifting for a number of years, eventually holding 3 of possible 4 Jr. Canadian records in the 81.5 kg weight division. He has also coached other powerlifters to provincial and national record holders.
Mark is known to our community as Grandpa Mark – Grandfather of 5
Father of 5 daughters – Husband of 28 years.
Mark is a founding member of Crossfit Bowmanville and is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
When Mark is not at the gym he spends his time learning new skills in photo and video editing.
During the winter season you can find him at Brimacombe skiing in the evenings.
Mark is currently studying ways to improve the overall everyday health of our aging community through a thought project call #BWA – Better With Age