JEFF FOTTIOwner & Certified Level 2 Trainer
We teach people with a wide range of athletic ability; complete beginners to professional athletes. If you’re physically gifted, almost any kind of training works. For most of us however, details matter. As a coach, training non-experts is more challenging, more rewarding, and a lot more needed. Elite athletes, I’m not going to change their life. But helping somebody regain the ability to run or lift their kids or garden, or be able to ski again? That’s a big deal.
The thing I’m proudest of is the positive learning environment we’ve created here. Encouragement matters. Coaching matters. And being surrounded by examples you can relate to matters.
CYNTHIA FOTTIOwner, Level 1 Trainer and CrossFit Kids Trainer
“Tiny yet Mighty”, a common reference made towards me growing up. Being of petite stature saw lots of stereotyping challenges for me. Ones which I loved to overcome. Whether I was hard at work on a farm or pursuing excellence in gymnastics and equestrian sports, I managed to keep up to my “bigger and stronger” peers.
I was introduced to CrossFit in 2012, and instantly hooked. I had found an inclusive programming that leaves no room for boredom and ignites the technician in me. One in which “Tiny and Mighty” is a common and achievable goal.
As a coach I seek to transfer my skills to every athlete and watch them crush their goals while having fun in the process.
Joey GourHead Coach- Certified Level 1 Trainer, CSCS
My first exposure to CrossFit was in 2013 when I saw the CrossFit games on TV. I saw this style of training as a way to improve my athletic capabilities. At the time, I was in my first year of studies at UOttawa.
I obtained my bachelor’s degree of Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in 2016. Shortly after, I became a certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and started my coaching endeavours here at Rush. In February 2017, I obtained my CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). My thirst for continued education has put me on the path to broaden my knowledge of weightlifting and have added Level 1 certified Catalyst Athletics Weightlifting coach to my certifications.
Regardless of my education, one thing that has always resonated with me is; you can have all the fancy certification you want, but the best coach will be the one who cares the most.
Being a coach and helping people reach their goals is what I love to do. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. When members walk into the gym, my priorities are to make it the best hour of their day and teach them something new. The best feeling in the world is that moment when something clicks for them. It’s great to see that excitement in their eyes and know that I helped them achieve what was once perceived as unachievable, do what was once undoable.
I conclude this bio with my favorite quote:”The goal is just to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam. So remember that. Relax. Have fun. Work out.”
Brad DowntonCertified Level 1 Trainer
I’ve been a “gym-rat” for as long as I’ve been allowed to pick up a weight. Always being the smallest kid in the class motivated me to find a way to catch up to the bigger kids. As an avid athlete my entire life I needed a way to level the playing field. Whether playing hockey, competitive softball, competitive tennis, shredding the slopes on a snowboard or shredding the streets on a skateboard, I’ve always tried to find a way to get ahead. This same principle applies to my passion for helping athletes achieve their goals, whether it’s to get off the couch, lose a little weight, get into the best shape of their life, or someday compete at a high level.
I discovered Crossfit while training at a big box gym in the spring of 2009 and haven’t looked back. The prescription of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity was exactly what I’d been searching for, and what other programs were lacking. I was instantly hooked and have spent the last 7 years absorbing as much as possible about everything that is Crossfit. After spending the majority of 6 years in my garage gym, in July 2016 I walked into Crossfit Rush. It didn’t take long to know that I was home.
Coaching athletes at Crossfit Rush has provided me with the outlet to share my passion for the community and programming that are Crossfit . I would love the opportunity help any athlete work towards overcoming their limitations and reaching beyond their goals.
Marie-PierCertified Level 1 Trainer and CrossFit Kids Trainer
I have been fortunate to grow up in a family who valued an active lifestyle. From the age of 7, I played in organised sports such as hockey, soccer and volleyball. When I was 14 yrs old, I joined a conventional gym. My passion for CrossFit started 2 yrs ago, when I was first introduced to the Rush community. I loved every aspect if it. Fitness is an important part of my life and therefor influenced my decision to pursue studies in this field. I’m currently a student at the University of Ottawa in the Kinesiology program and completed the Level 1 CrossFit Trainer certification
as well as the CrossFit Kids Trainer certification.
Since 2017, I’ve been a part of the CrossFit Kids coaching apprenticeship program. I really enjoy working with the children because they inspire me. Seeing them improve in various ways throughout the sessions is very rewarding. My goal is to help them be the best version of themselves and have fun in the process just as I do.
I am very happy to be working with the children in the kid’s program because we all want the same thing; build a generation that is self confident and who have the knowledge to live a strong and healthy lifestyle.
I have been a member at CrossFit Rush since early 2016. I am also a student currently enrolled in the “Fitness and Health Promotions” program at Algonquin college. It was during my first coop where I assisted with the CrossFit Kids program at Rush that I discovered how much I enjoyed teaching fitness to children. I decided to pursue my new found passion and get my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer as well as my CrossFit Kids Trainer certifications over the summer of 2018. Since then I’m happy to be the head of the CrossFit After School program as well as instructing CFK classes during the week.
In the future, I plan to deepen my knowledge of fitness and exercise science and take on personal training as well as to help develop programs for Rockland’s community.