Robbie Cote – Owner/Head Coach
I grew up here in Slave Lake. I was born here, went through all my years of school here and the majority of my family lives here. I’d like to have a family of my own in Slave Lake. It gives me pride to call Slave Lake my home town and it feels good to be living here again.
Three years ago a friend of mine and I made a “who’s going to get abs first” bet. After a month of at home workout videos and doing the same thing every day I was getting a little bored, that’s when my friend approached me with a Groupon for CrossFit. Neither of us had any idea what CrossFit was but being a guy of adventure and curiosity I agreed. I have always liked to think of myself as an athletic, fit guy. Well…after attending my first class of CrossFit I realized I had some work to do! It was tough and intense yet fun and intriguing. The people were amazing! It had a real community feel to it, I knew I had to go back. The next day the WOD (workout) was completely different and left me sweating on the floor with a huge smile on my face. I looked around and there were eleven other people doing the same. It was great! Who knew that it would set a fire within me that’s continued to grow since that day.
CrossFit was unlike anything I tried previously. It’s forever challenging and the encouragement and support you get from fellow athletes is like no other. I knew that this was something I wanted to continue and it eventually became a dream of mine to open my own Box (CrossFit gym). What better place to do this than my home town, a community of strong resilient individuals.
When this dream got a solid footing in my mind, I set out and did what I needed to do to have the skills and knowledge it would take to teach, instruct, and coach others. I drove down to Salt Lake City, Utah to acquire my CrossFit level 1 certificate and then moved to Vancouver for three months where I spent each day shadowing and learning from other CrossFit coaches. I was even more certain after all of this that I was on the right path. I enjoy the energy, community, and atmosphere of a CrossFit gym as much as I enjoy the WODS and the results of the WODS.
Now here I am with my own Box in my home town. I’m excited and so looking forward to showing future CrossFit Slave Lake athletes what so many people have become passionate about. Who’s an athlete you ask? Anyone willing to try it out and become a part of it! It’s an amazing feeling to watch people better themselves and to see the pride in their faces when they achieve personal goals. CrossFit has changed my life!
Xavier “Mr Gainz” Thomison – Coach
Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. One of my earliest childhood memories is doing push-ups on the living room floor with my dad. I must have been about 6 or 7 years old at the time and my goal was to get 100 done in the day. I did it and from then on I’ve been thirsty for the “Gainz.” In junior and senior high school my friends and I worked out religiously. You might recognize our old routine: “Chest day Monday, Cardio Tuesday, Three sets of ten to infinity Bicep curls in front of the mirror and, ‘Leg day’ maybe once a month.” I enjoyed it at the time but it got boring and I wasn’t satisfied with the results. I wanted to lift heavy weights, run fast, jump high and be agile and flexible. I wanted a more complete and balanced strength and conditioning program. I found that and more at CrossFit Slave Lake. The welcoming team atmosphere at CrossFit Slave Lake is incredible. During your workout you’re surrounded by like-minded, hardworking people going through the same discomfort that you are. Everybody’s motivating and helping each other get through the intense challenge of the day. It’s a lot of fun. At CrossFit there is also a seemingly never-ending supply of new skills to learn and improve on making it really hard to get bored. I fell in love with the feeling of learning new skills, hitting heavy “PRs” and finishing workouts that look impossible at first glance. I’m addicted to crushing fitness goals. I started coaching because I want to help others crush their goals and get all the healthy benefits and “Gainz” that CrossFit has to offer.
Breanna Sinclair – Coach
My hometown is a small Hamlet named Fiske in Saskatchewan. I attended College at Vermilion, Alberta (Lakeland College) and am currently a Regional Coordinator for the Alberta Energy Regulator. I have been involved with Crossfit for around 5-6 years, first being introduced to it by a friend when living in High Level. I can clearly remember the first WOD I did. 5×5 deadlifts. I didn’t know what I was doing, let alone what a WOD was. However, something “clicked” in my brain and since then I never looked back.
Throughout my school years I was always involved in sports; indoor track, cross country running, badminton, baseball, swimming and rowing. I participated in anything active and always had a love for movement. However, in college I was coping with a traumatic event. Over the course of a few years my idea of a “healthy lifestyle” became twisted and obsessive. As a result I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Regardless to say when I was diagnosed, I was in a severe state of health. Thankfully, I received the treatment I needed. When I was released from formal treatment, it was back into “normal” living, but I was definitely still recovering. It was during this time that I was introduced to Crossfit. Everyone, including myself was nervous about how this would affect my recovery.
Fast forward back to the first WOD.
So my mind “clicked”. I missed movement, being active and feeling energized and strong. Crossfit helped me re-frame my perspective of a “healthy lifestyle”. Instead of focusing on the scale, I began focusing on performance, strength and longevity. Don’t get me wrong. We all know dealing with physical changes can be difficult and there are still days that I struggle.
Prior to moving to Slave Lake, I was completing WODs on my own off of the main Crossfit.com website. I started by using equipment at the fire hall in High Level, but eventually ended up purchasing a majority of the equipment needed to complete the workouts posted. In 2011 I decided to take the CrossFit Level 1 Certification course in order to learn more about the culture and skills of Crossfit. I wasn’t planning on coaching, but it’s funny how life works….
In March 2014 we moved to Slave Lake, approx a month after CFSL opened. An incredible coincidence and opportunity! Since joining CFSL, my skills as an athlete and coach have considerably improved. But the greatest benefit for myself is that I have met amazing people at CFSL who are now very close friends :).
Having the opportunity to coach others has been and will continue to be a great experience. Seeing individuals try and succeed in movements they never thought possible is so inspiring. It’s also awesome to see how people grow from Crossfit, by gaining mental and physical strength and endurance that they can apply outside of the gym when life gets tough.
I love attending class as well as coaching them. We are all in the same boat when a WOD is thrown down. It doesn’t matter what happened that day, how much you lift, or how fast you are, everyone respects the fact that YOU CAME and you GAVE YOUR ALL.
It’s exciting knowing that when I am coaching others or participating in a class, we are all working towards a goal of some sort, whether it be to compete, for longevity and/or to have fun!
All and all, it’s so powerful to be part of a supportive community that is behind each and every person that walks into the box.
See you at or in class!!
Leanne Masur – Coach
I am originally from Hudson Bay, Sk. I moved to Slave Lake in March of 1992. Slave Lake is where I met my husband and we have raised the 3 pride and joys of my life, my sons. Matt and I married young and almost immediately started our family. When I was in high school I played almost every sport I could. I loved fastball, track and field, volleyball and curling. But once I started having my babies my focus shifted to them and they have happily been my main focus since 1996. My very active and competitive boys kept us very busy and on the road.
Around 4 years ago or so I heard about this “Crossfit”. Many people I knew were trying it out. I had currently joined Boxing with my middle son and was quite enjoying that so I thought I would give Crossfit a try. After attending my second Fundamental Class I left coughing up a lung and coughed for hours after as well. I left scared and thought I clearly am not cut out for this level of fitness. A girlfriend that was in Crossfit constantly hounded me to come back and get my third Fundamental class. I laughed at her and just kept shrugging her off. My husband and I tried the Crossfit Light class that was offered for a short time and I did enjoy that. In this class there was no bar work and I enjoyed that part the most because lifting weights intimidated the heck out of me. Well summer came and the class dwindled off. So that fall I was looking for something to do and in October of 2015 I finally mustered up the courage to come back and complete my 3rd Fundamental Class. I then started attending more regularly and committed to a “ONE” years membership at the end of December in 2015. Promising to myself that with my membership I would have to attend classes at least 3 times a week to get my moneys worth.
Well I am proud to say 2 1/2 years later I have not attended less than 3 classes per week unless we were gone on holidays. When I first started my goal was to have my toes touch that bar, just once. My toes can now touch that bar more than a few times. Some days I reap small rewards for my consistency. Some days I see massive gains and some days just plain ol suck but I honestly can’t imagine my life without Crossfit in it.
With a gentle nudge from my Coach Robbie I completed my Crossfit Level 1 Coaching Course in January 2018. Since then I have been loving coaching row classes and have been enjoying coaching some Crossfit Classes as well. Coaching Crossfit has brought a whole new level of learning for me and I continue to be a work in progress.
Crossfit is continually teaching me to be “Comfortable Being Uncomfortable”. I have had the pleasure of working out with all walks of life in the gym. Everyone is on their own journey and has their own goals in mind. And often these goals change. Everyone roots for one another and we all have each others backs. There is an evident sense of a Community within the gyms 4 walls.
I look forward to what the next chapter shall bring. I really hope to be able to be a part of someone else’s success story and believing in that athlete the same way my coach believed and continues to believe in me.