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
Ryan is a competitive CrossFit athlete. Originally from the East Coast Ryan relocated to Ontario 2 years ago. His great ability to teach and execute Olympic lifts is equally matched by his humble nature. It is a pleasure to watch Ryan teach and to learn from him.
B.Science Dalhousie University, CF Level 1
With a background in competitive gymnastics and trampoline, Katherine naturally pursued a career in the Fitness industry. Her plans to volunteer in South Africa for 4 weeks in 2010 quickly turned into 4 years, during which she studied Exercise Science through H.F.P.A. Katherine went on to co-create and host the Eastern Cape Boot Camp Challenge which ran successfully two years in a row. When she wasn’t volunteering at a local orphanage, she was kicking ass at boot camp and training locals on the beach. After returning to Canada in 2014, Katherine joined our Optimum Bodies Team. She has continued to educate herself by attending a number of seminars and through the completion of multiple certifications which include CanFitPro Personal Training Specialist, Fitness Kickboxing and CrossFit Level 1. Katherine has experience training a large demographic of clients, from athletes to expectant mothers. Her training approach is tough, yet manageable. Her highest expectation of her clients is a strong mind – so get ready to do a few rope climbs if you say the word “can’t”. That being said, she strives to work with her clients to design programs that are exciting, effective and will push you to your personal limits.
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
With a background in Health Promotion Kelly became a certified personal trainer is 2013 and joined the Optimum Bodies team shortly after.
She is an active mother of 3 children and enjoys running and playing soccer.
Kelly is very hands on when coaching clients both individually and in groups and brings a very motivating energy to her sessions.
Health Promoter. Canfit Pro PTS, Resist-a-Ball Levels 1 &2, Boot Camp Instructor
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.