JEFF FOTTIOwner & CrossFit 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 & CrossFit 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.”
Marie-PierCrossFit Level 1 Trainer & 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.
Brad DowntonCrossFit 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.
Ian WhiteCrossFit Level 1 Trainer
My CrossFit journey started in late 2013 where I was searching for a new outlet for regular fitness. I had always been involved in competitive sports from a young age, from tennis, to soccer, to football and then golf. I always loved playing and competing and pushing myself in new ways. So when I dipped my toe into the CrossFIt world, it didn’t take long to realize I had found a new home inside this community. This home not only provided me with a competitive and physical outlet (that I so enjoyed), it also increased my mental toughness as well.
So gradually, overtime, I built my strength, my conditioning, then added olympic lifting and gymnastic skills to my athlete resume. Trust me, if you asked my a few years ago, if I though I’d be doing ring muscle-ups and handstand walks. I would have told you, you were crazy. But here I am, in the best shape of my life, doing some crazy things and loving every second of it.
As my passion grew, I began sharing that knowledge and experience (informally) inside and outside the gym. Basically to anyone who would listen to me. So, I decided to make it official. So in April 2019 I obtained my Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certificate. Now I could really step-up my game and help people by combining the foundational training provided by CrossFit with my experience and passion for this method of fitness.
Ultimately As a Life Coach and now a CF-L1 Trainer, I want to help people to be and become the best version of themselves. And now I have the tools and support through CrossFit Rush to do it.
Looking forward to seeing you at the box.
Dominique SeguinCrossFit Level 1 Trainer
My childhood hero was Pippi Longstocking. She was strong, confident and full of gumption. Whenever I arrive at a junction in my life, I ask myself: what would Pippi do?
So in 2016, when I first became aware of Crossfit – thru Youtube videos- there was no doubt in my bones: Pippi would join a Crossfit gym.
Like my hero, I would learn new tricks, like doing a pull-up (check), I would lift heavy stuff (check), I would climb a rope (check), stand on my hands (check) and walk on the ceiling (not yet!).
Simply put, Crossfit is fun. You meet and train with people who are challenging themselves and celebrating when they achieve their goal.
Becoming a coach is my new challenge. Helping someone perform a movement demands that you dive deeper into your own knowledge and skills. Fitness is never static, we have to work at it, but lets enjoy that process. My hope is that I can share some insights with the clients and that at any stage of life we can always improve our wellbeing.
Moe St.AmourGroup Fitness Trainer & Certified MADD Dog Spinning Instructor
“I am an agent of wellness and positive change. Through my classes I like to focus on wellness and mindfulness. I lead with education, experience, and example. I hope to help individuals believe in themselves. Because if you put the effort and mind to it…you can do anything.”
Moe is a coach and motivator in health, wellness, and fitness. He believes in achieving a harmony of the body, mind, and spirit, relative to life’s goals and priorities. As a multi-certified coach in group fitness and spinning, he is well known for his grit, intensity, and diversity.
He has been teaching fitness with both the Rockland YMCA and the Department of National Defense for the past 15 years.
He believes in giving back to the community. He’s been a volunteer for organizations within the community like the YMCA, Coureur des Bois, flood relief efforts and assisting with fitness efforts the Clarence Rockland Fire Department
Moe endorses 3 outlooks: 1. Believing in oneself “self-acceptance”; 2. Adaptability “you can do it if you want it”, and 3. Positive thinking “mind over matter”.
“I am so grateful to be able to coach, run, bike, lift, yoga, climb, and dance all in one day with the widest range of people and environments is truly a gift”.
I hope that I can teach wellness and mindfulness through the vessel of fitness resonates with my community, and echoes as an example for years to come.”