Gregory Thaczuk – Owner
B.Sc. in Computer Science
NSCA – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
NCCP Olympic Lifting
CrossFit L2, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CSIA L2 CSCF L1
TRX Group Suspension Training
Functional Movement Screening (under Tim Takahashi)
Throughout my life I have played and coached various competitive sports including baseball, basketball, volleyball, hockey, badminton, soccer, and track & field. Twelve years ago, alpine climbing became my main passion. In 2005, I discovered CrossFit. The workouts I did gave me an extra gear and dramatically decreased my recovery time from long alpine climbs. Since then, my climbing has improved dramatically, and I credit CrossFit for enhancing my core strength, and resolving muscular imbalances and chronic injuries. The program has efficiently and effectively increased my preparedness for both endurance and high-intensity activities. Most importantly, CrossFit is super fun!
In the spring of 2010, I decided to open CrossFit Canmore. Since the gym opened it has attracted a strong contingent of committed CrossFitters training up to six days per week. It’s incredibly rewarding to watch members push themselves and strive toward their potential. My wife Kate followed the CrossFit Mom program when she became pregnant and since the birth of our daughter, Kate has been committed to a structured CrossFit program. The obvious benefits inspired me to start a “CrossFit Mums” program to encourage pregnant and postnatal woman to maintain and/or regain core strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology
Majored in Exercise & Sport Studies
Respect In Sport Certified
Movement Fix Seminar
Football was the only thing that mattered when I was growing up. After high school, I attended the University of Regina on a Football Scholarship. This path was what led me to CrossFit. In the off season I was looking for something to keep me in shape and CrossFit was recommended by a friend. I thought it was an overrated boot camp when I first entered into the gym, but after getting crushed by people 3 times my age, I was hooked. I started doing CrossFit instead of my football strength program, and eventually found myself stepping away from football and doing CrossFit full time. The community, the competitiveness, I literally fell in love with every aspect of the gym/sport. I began coaching when I was 19 years old and decided that this is what I want to do with my life. I haven’t looked back since. CrossFit Canmore is my new home and can’t wait to see you at the gym!
NCCP Olympic Lifting
Growing up in Edmonton I couldn’t wait to get out of the city and explore the
Rocky Mountains. After attending the College of the Rockies for Adventure Tourism I quickly began looking for opportunities that would keep me active in the mountains. I eventually settled in Canmore with my amazing wife Kendra and our dog Max, and am thankful to call this place home. Staying active in the outdoors continues to be my passion. I enjoy kayaking, back country skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing. When I’m not exploring the outdoors I stay busy running my own business as a Certified Arborist (I climb trees for a living).
I started doing CrossFit in 2010 at Greg’s garage, and I was quickly captivated by the improvements and results I was seeing. I instantly knew that this was something I could stick with. CrossFit has allowed me to perform better at my outdoor pursuits and has played a big part in an overall lifestyle change. Working out at the CrossFit Canmore gym is enjoyable and something I look forward to. There is a culture and a group of people there that push me to be better at what I do and are just fun to hang out with. I look forward to seeing you down at the gym one day!
B.Ed in French Language
MA in Leadership
“Do one thing a day that scares you.” This quote, taken from the Lululemon Manifesto, speaks volumes about how I have approached the past year in regards to my Crossfit journey. I started Crossfit in June 2012, 8 months after having our beautiful son, Hudson, who is a “future Crossfitter”. I instantly fell in love with it! But it scared the sh*t out of me! As a former gymnast, I feel there are many aspects of the sport of fitness that really speak to me and so when Greg started introducing the Olympic lifting in the on-ramp sessions, I was intrigued but definitely apprehensive. Now, some of my favourite wods include clean & jerk and overhead squats. My most favourite sport is mountain biking. I find that since starting Crossfit, my riding has improved immensely. I am stronger, faster and generally more fit and I credit all of this to Greg and my Crossfit family, we hold each other accountable and the community aspect is like none other I’ve experienced.
In April 2013, I completed the Level 1 Trainer Certification and have been coaching for a short period of time but really feel as though I’m fulfilling a lifelong dream and I really love the energy that I get from the athletes at Crossfit Canmore.
My coaching approach is all about having fun while providing clear, concise instructions to my athletes in a safe, inclusive environment.
Come on out and throw down with some of the most committed, down-to-earth, healthy athletes I have the pleasure of coaching!
NCCP Olympic Lifting
My brother introduced me to CrossFit late in 2011, after one workout and one harsh reality check, I was hooked. Several hundred days and workouts later the journey has been amazing.
I look forward to every workout, something I never thought I’d say about going to the gym. CrossFit is continually challenging, the group environment is constantly motivating and when you truly give it your all, the payoff is absolutely rewarding.
I moved to Canmore in 2010, my professional background is as a member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association. If I can convince you that golf is a sport, then I can preach to you about how the increased strength, mobility and endurance CrossFit will give you will increase your athletic capacity no matter what you do outside the gym.
I CrossFit to be healthier, to be a better dad, to live longer and stronger and because it’s truly inspiring to be apart of everyone’s fitness goals.
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach
CrossFit Mobility Coach
NCCP Level 1 Olympic Lifting Coach
Freestyle Movement Seminar
Jon North Olympic Lifting Seminar
Why Crossfit? Because it works! Because it is amazingly simple at it’s core, yet produces exceedingly complex results.
Why coach? My way of giving back. I really enjoy helping people move better, lift heavier, be faster. It’s awesome and rewarding to see the athletes around us improve. It’s both motivating and contagious.
What’s the best thing about Crossfit? Being able to move better. Being able to achieve PRs at any level. Being able to run around with my kids. Crossfit helps you do, whatever it is you do, better.
What’s the hardest thing about doing Crossfit? Learning to become comfortable being really uncomfortable – it’s as much (or more) of a mental game than a physical one.
Favourite quote? Several, but here’s a couple: “If you really want something, you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse.” and “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that matters, but how many times you decide to get back up.”
Thoughts on diet? Hate the word and the connotations it carries. Keep it simple – Eat real food and don’t eat too much. My must have is espresso, 2-4 a day is about right for me.
Beer or scotch? You bet!
Other interests? Yep, several but family comes first, which is one of the beauties to CF – get in, get’er done, and get on with your life. When time allows, I like to get lost in the mountains – climb, run, bike, ski, etc…
What does Crossfit prepare you for? A better life. Now go out and have some fun with it!