ABOUT OUR COACHES
Everett Sloan - Owner
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” are the wise words of Confucius that Everett has held close to him. Growing up, he was an active individual wielding his father’s concrete-filled Weider weights in his basement growing up. Once he hit college, he demonstrated a keen interest in bodybuilding and pursued that avenue for a couple of years and it led to a great modeling carrer. wHen he abandoned bodybuilding and moved on to compete in local power lifting and strongman competitions, but that was short-lived as he didn't like the toll it took on his body. for years after that he trained without real direction or purpose in globo gyms.
In 2005 Everett was involved in a severe motorcycle accident and was told he would not be able to walk again. Refusing to quit, he started moving around in his wheelchair in the hospital corridors for exercise. He defied the odds and would soon be back in the gym after finishing up with his physiotherapy.
One of the major challenges that Everett faced was limitation with his body movement. While relearning movements and finding ways to adapt he turned to the web where he discovered CrossFit. Starting by incorporating some of the CrossFit methodologies in his workout at the local Globo Gym, it then escalated to turning his garage into a gym where he and several friends trained. Everett finally bit the bullet in 2010 and joined a box; it was there he had the opportunity to compete in the CrossFit Canada East Regionals, which further inspired him. From that moment he discovered CrossFit, it has evolved into a passion, one that he has decided to share with his members.
- Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
- Crossfit Judges Course
- Crossfit Strongman
- Crossfit Gymnastics
- Crossfit Kettlebell
- Crossfit Mobility (No longer offered)
- Crossfit Coaches Prep Course (No longer offered)
- Crossfit Defence
- Crossfit Olympic Lifting
- Crossfit Rowing
- Crossfit Competitors Course
- Crossfit Kids
- Crossfit Endurance (No longer offered)
- Crossfit Aerobic Capacity
- Crossfit Nutrtion (No longer offered)
- Gymnastic Bodies level 1
- Agatsu Movement & Mobility
- Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1
- RockTape Powertaping
- Part of CrossFit Strongman Seminar Staff
- Give'm Cold Steel Training Seminar
- Outlaw Olympic Lifting Seminar
- Matt Lalonde Nutriononal Seminar
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer (since 1998)
- Standard First Aid/CPR/AED
- Ben Bergeron Regional ready training camp
- Deflying Fitness Aerial Strength workshop
- Ben Bergeron The Business of Excellence Seminar
- Again Faster Business Seminar
- Box To Business Seminar
- StrongFit Principles and Philosophy of Training
- Movement flow seminar by Tyler Touchette of Caveman Strong
- Strongman / Strength seminar by Paul Vaillancourt of UF Gyms
- Wim Hof Breathing Method 10 week course
- Heart Rate Variability 3 week course from HRVTraining
- OPEX Flywheel bike course
- OPEX Science of Nutrition
- 2011 Brockville HUA (4th)
- 2011 Reebok Firebreather Trail
- 2012 CompWOD Team Cordis (4th)
- 2012 SweatRx Championship Team (3rd)
- 2012 Canada East Regionals Team (16th)
- 2012 Underground team Series (2nd)
- 2012 CompWOD Best of the Best invitational (11th)
- 2012 Fortis Halloween Competition
- 2012 WOD4TOYS (2nd)
- 2013 Reebok Firebreather Trail (15th)
- 2013 Canada East Regionals Team (25th)
- 2014 Reebok Firebreather Trail (17th)
- 2014 Canada East Regionals Team (21st)
- 2014 Master of functional fitness (16th overall, 1st Canada)
- 2015 Masters of Functional Fitness (1st)
- 2015 Carp Fair Strongman (8th lightweight)
- 2015 Rowd Royalty (9th)
- 2015 Reebok Firebreather trail (12th)
- 2015 Frenze Series - new years revolution (2nd)
- 2015 Activ8 Grit CUP (1st)
- 2015 Frenze Summer Shakedown (4th)
- 2015 CAASA Strongman (1st lightweight)
- 2015 OPA GNC CLassic (5th short mens physique)
- 2016 Masters weightlifting championship (2nd 85kg)
- 2016 Wally Classic strongman (1st 80kg)
- 2017 Survivor Strong (1st <90kg)
- 2017 RibFest Strongman (2nd <90kg)
- 2017 Canada Strongest Man Under 200 (9th)
- 2017 Ontario Middleweight Champion Strongman
Dan Shrum - Head Coach
Dan has always had a passion for exercise. Years of competitive hockey helped him realize the importance of health and fitness and his passion for helping others led him to a career in personal training. Dan has been working as a personal trainer for four years and has had the opportunity to work with clients of various backgrounds and understands that individuals have different needs, goals, and interests. There is no obstacle Dan is not ready to overcome and he has helped many clients reach their potential. He is committed to educating, inspiring, and helping people reach their health and fitness goals.
Dan first learned about CrossFit from a co-worker at a globo gym and immediately fell in love with it! CrossFit’s emphasis on all-around athleticism (strength, flexibility, endurance, focus, etc.) was directly in line with his pre-existing health and fitness values and the community was extremely welcoming. He found the conditioning to be challenging and the workouts were not only strenuous, but they required significant mental focus. CrossFit makes it very easy to track improvement; whether it is by big leaps or small increments, which helps keep motivation high. The variety in the workouts ensures that it is always fun and keeps the body guessing! These aspects are all related to what Dan was already doing with his personal training clients and transitioning into CrossFit was seamless. Dan is now actively competing in CrossFit competitions and is always working on beating himself (and Everett!).
- Can Fit Pro Certified
- Preparatory Health Certificate – Canadore College
- CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
- Olympic Weightlifting Lv1
(Varbanov School of Weightlifting)
- Managing Lower Back Problems 2.0 (Human Kinetics)
- Agatsu Kettlebell Level 1
- Mastering the Art of New Client Assessment (Ottawa Osteopathy and Sports Therapy Clinic)
- NCCP Lv-1 Weightlifting Coach - In Training
- First Aid, CPR with AED Level C
- Deadlift 465lbs
- Back Squat- 365lbs
- Front Squat 330lbs
- Clean & Jerk 245lbs
- Snatch 185lbs
- Fran 3:08
- Helen 7:35
- Unbroken Double-unders - started in July 2012 and still going...
Erin Vanasse - Part Time Coach
Erin is one of 3 triplets from Western Quebec. Growing up with 2 identical sisters, she became very competitive. She competed in figure skating until the age of 16. Always interested in fitness yet never quite able to find her niche, she jumped around between running, yoga, snowboarding and mountain biking.
In the summer of 2012 her powerlifting sister Gracie and brother in-law AJ Roberts, former Westside Barbell World Record Holder, were invited to present at the CrossFit Games in Carson, California. They came back with a new view of fitness and convinced Erin to give CrossFit a try. Since picking up her first Barbell in July 2012, she has competed in numerous CrossFit competitions at an Rx level and has ran a half marathon. 6 months into CrossFit she competed in her first Sanctioned Olympic Weightlifting meet, lifting a 128kg (281 lbs) total, which qualified her for the Ontario Senior Weightlifting Championships!
She attended the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar later that year. This was a major eye-opening experience for her, she then realized this would not just be another fitness fad for her but rather a lifestyle change. Erin has fallen in love with every aspect of the sport, from the camaraderie between the athletes to the importance of functional movement. She has had the opportunity to work with expert coaches such as Laura Phelps (Current All-Time Powerlifting World Record Holder), Shane Sweatt, AJ Roberts and Daniel Robitaille (Former National Olympic Weightlifting Coach).
Erin works full-time with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada supporting the Deputy Minister. She understands the importance of finding balance between training and everyday life yet knows how challenging this can sometimes be. She is very excited to be a part of CrossFit Bytown!
She is very excited to be a part of CrossFit Bytown!
- CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
- Deadlift 285lbs
- Back Squat- 215lbs
- Front Squat 185lbs
- Clean & Jerk 160lbs
- Snatch 140lbs
- Fran 4:58
- Isabel 3:46
Heath Graham - Yoga Instructor
Heath's first memory's of having an interest in Yoga happened approximately at the age of 4. He was watching tv when he witnessed a yogi preforming Asanas and Kriyas . He would then attempt to duplicate these postures. At that time it was much easier having the natural suppleness of a child. Today he is not so supple. But continues to work on it.
He grew up playing hockey, rugby and almost every other sport going , also dabbled with various martial arts along the way.
Heath attended his first Hatha 200 hrs yoga teacher training in 2003 with Yogi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji) and Chétana Panwar at the Upward Dog yoga center. After this he followed up his yoga practice with different workshops. Heath most recently completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Upward Dog yoga center with Roxanne Jolly and Mike Dyne. He attended this training after his return from the Dagobah system. Where he trained with Master Yoda for many years.
Yoga has been the prefect compliment for his life. It has helped to balance out the everyday stresses of life and allowed him to lead an active adventurous life.
JF Proulx - General Manager & Part Owner
"If you have a question a proper squat is probably the answer "
JF discovered crossfit in 2012 at crossfit Trois-Rivieres and it was a life changing experience . JF is always up to date on the comings and goings of the crossfit community as he has travelled through different countries experiencing all that the community has to offer, as well as getting ideas on how to improve the member experience at Bytown . As a kid he was always involved in many sports playing high school basketball and hockey as well as participating in martial arts . Since arriving at Bytown, JF has passed his level 1 and spent time learning to coach from Everett and Dan, focusing his attention on new members. Through continuous improvement from the crossfit.com website he has continued to acquire the skills to coach, and you can always count on him to ensure the basic movements of crossfit are taught in an encouraging manner.
Crossfit level 1
Karine Shrum - Foundations Coach
Her athletic background has been cultivated from childhood where she was involved in hockey and competitive soccer; with the latter had her playing at the provincial, national and international levels ultimately being scouted for Team Ontario at the age of 18. A back injury changed the course of her athletic career; Karine turned to the bodybuilding world to fulfill her athletic drive. Having been mentored by the best in that field, Karine gained unparalleled insight and experience in the sport from physique to training to diets. Again, her athletic career was sidetracked, this time by her brother Dan, who introduced her to CrossFit. All it took was her first WOD for her to fall in love with the competitiveness, the skill and the community that is so heavily associated with CrossFit. Her introduction to CrossFit began at Bytown, where she is now both part of the competitive team and a coach.
Her competitive team background along with her love for the active lifestyle has fueled her in sparking that level of passion from her clients when she was a trainer at Goodlife Fitness and now from the athletes at Bytown. As a Shrum she is often found at the gym, patiently coaching, suffering thorough Dan’s workouts or even worse his monologues and making gnarly workouts look good.
Taylor Stewart - Part time Coach
A family outing to the cinema ended in tragedy for young Taylor Stewart. Walking homeward, Bruce, his father, Thomas, and mother, Martha, accidentally ventured into Gotham City's notorious "Crime Alley" and were accosted by a mugger. Not content merely to rob the wealthy family, the hoodlum - whose identity was "never determined" - shot Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne dead before fleeing into the darkness. As he knelt beside his parent's bodies, Taylor swore to avenge them. After the police arrived, Taylor was comforted by Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Dr. Thompkins and Alfred Pennyworth helped arrange matters so that Gotham's Social Services would not take Taylor into care. In this way, both Dr. Thompkins and Alfred enabled Taylor to realize his dream of becoming a crusader against crime.
Livia Pellerin - Fascia Therapist
This ain't no candles and soft music. I love fixing joint and mobility problems! If you've messed yourself up and things just aren't like they used to be, there's nothing better than some deep and painful, elbow deeper than you think it can go, fascia work.
I've been dancing since I was 3 and worked as an international professional dancer for over 10 years. I even danced in corporate shows with Cirque du Soleil. While I have experience with aerial silks, break dancing and capoeira, I wasn't crazy enough to join their team, but I do know that when you push your body that hard, some upkeep is a must.
Injury, mobility and joint problems were a fact of life for me. I did everything I could to keep my body going, but when I found myself waking up in pain on such a regular basis, I knew I had to find a way to make things right. Fortunately I found Structural Integration and after my first treatment my hips felt like they were in the right place for the first time. My cardio increased and my movements became less painful. After 7 sessions I was amazed to know what it was finally like to be pain free. I knew I had to do this. So I packed up my daughter and we moved to Hawaii and then Colorado so I could complete the certification.
Knees and ankles have been my thing but I'm developing a new fetish for hips! If you're blowing your WOD cuz your mobility sucks and your coach says your snatch is nasty, I'm your girl!
But seriously, check out this link for information on Structural Integration, better known as Rolfing, developed by Ida Rolf, a biochemist from New York, in the 1930s. It's a discipline that uses movement re-patterning and deep tissue work to restore proper functional mobility in the body.
Whether you're looking for a quick fix on a particular joint or you want to get your body back in balance to pre-injury status (and I'm talking ALL your injuries), Structural Integration can help you.
Martial Arts Expert - Ninjutsu
Hayabusa Ninjutsu's Owner & Instructor, Marc Cooper, has been studying Ninjutsu consistently for ten uninterrupted years.
Marc provides specialized tactical combat training in a high-intensity, effective and ego free setting.
Marc caters his expertise to a wide spectrum clientele ranging from military operators, private security, embassy staff, police services, Federal officers, private sector & executives clients.
Marc brings to the table a 900 year old skillset with proven military grade tactics and historical facts that are researched at the university level.
The training is implemented progressively to increase the combat efficiency of each student as well as to increase the ability to remain operational at all times.
Hayabusa Ninjutsu is your primary source for learning fundamental and unconventional combat tactics.
Ninjutsu combat provides the best line of defence to counter hostile scenarios and survive in unstable environments on a global scale.
In an uncertain world, an unconventional combat system gives you a reliable
and adaptable arsenal at your disposal to assure your survival and that of
your loved ones.
Hayabusa's Owner & Instructor Marc Cooper:
. 10 years of uninterrupted Ninjutsu experience/studies
. Member of the Canadian Army
. First-Aid Certified
. Specialist in close quarter combat, edged weapons, firearms,
. Counter-custody & close protection
Steph, also known as Red, is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) with a passion for food and fitness. Red’s approach to nutrition is simple and sustainable, she believes in real food first: eating fresh, whole foods, and cooking with real ingredients. She believes that food is a fundamental key to our health and wellness, and that you can’t outwork (or out-WOD) a good diet. Red works through her blog, www.kaynutrition.com, her group programs and with her individual clients, to help teach people how to make better food choices, fuel our bodies and learn to love real food. Her intention is to help individuals find balance in their diets and create a sustainable healthy lifestyle they can feel good about, while still having a little fun. Steph is a regular guest presenter on CTV Morning Live and works in partnership with many fitness studios, food organizations in the city of Ottawa. In her spare time, she lives a very active lifestyle working out at CrossFit Bytown, running, spinning and (sometimes) practicing yoga, and on weekends you can find her hanging out at the local farmer’s market or enjoying dinner out at her favourite restaurants. Certifications: Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, 2013 CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach Certification, 2016 CAN-Fit Pro Certified Personal Trainer, 2010