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THE 1827 TEAM

As your coaches, we are here to guide you every step of the way – all while being energetic and thoughtful in our approach. We look to develop your trust through adapting how we teach to meet your needs and ensuring you feel welcomed, safe and motivated throughout a class. We can’t wait to meet you!

Curtis Rattray

Head Coach

[He/Him]

After years of minimal results and growing frustration with traditional training methodologies, I was introduced to CrossFit by my brother who had had almost immediate success with advancing his athletic career by switching to CrossFit. Even after an extremely humbling beginning, I knew I had found something truly transformative and the challenge I had been looking for. After over 10 years of coaching football, CrossFit presented a new avenue to help others and I was immediately motivated to pursue my Level 1. Since then my passion for it has only grown, and has taken me places I never imagined. Having coached internationally, what always impresses me is the tangible sense of community you feel every time you step foot inside a CrossFit gym.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Aerobic Capacity Certificate
  • Gymnastics Certificate
  • Judges Course
  • Mobility Certificate
  • Running Certificate
  • Scaling Certificate
  • Weightlifting Certificate
  • Freestyle Movement with Carl Paoli

What Curtis Loves About Coaching:

Being able to be a part of providing a welcoming, safe, and fun environment every day is something I take great pride in.  

Favourite WOD: Hulk Hogan or Horton

Least Favourite WOD: Karen

Favourite Treats:

All of them. Seriously. It’s a problem.

Greg Cox

Coach

[He/Him]

I have played all sports, competitive hockey and fell in love with CrossFit from the beginning. I enjoy the mental challenges as much as the physical.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certificate
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

What Greg loves about coaching:

Seeing people come in to a class stressed from work or life and leaving having accomplished a tough workout, hung out with friends or just enjoyed an hour “offline”.

Favourite WOD/Movement: Squats and cleans.

Least Favourite WOD/Movement: I’m built for rowing but hate it.

Favourite Treats: Fudge.

Carly Burt

Coach // Graphic Designer

[She/Her]

I’ve always been tied up in athletics, from years of competitive soccer to amateur boxing to everything in between; I’ve always needed an outlet. After “retiring” from boxing, I was working with a personal trainer who began introducing me to different CrossFit elements. My friend + coworker then brought me to a “Wine + WOD” event at a CrossFit gym, and that was kind of it. I was hooked. I started transitioning out of working with my personal trainer, and the little bit of boxing I continued to do, and jumped into CrossFit “full time.” It was definitely how humbling CrossFit was that drew me in, and the continuous challenge of the sport/movements since. There’s nothing like it.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

What Carly Loves About Coaching:

I’ve always had aspirations to be a coach, whether that was in Soccer or Boxing. So, when this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it. I’ll argue that there isn’t a more fulfilling ‘job’ than coaching; developing relationships, having people trust in you, your insight and your abilities, and watching people progress from one day to the next. It’s easy to preach the positive outcomes of CrossFit and its functionality for overall wellbeing and longevity, especially when I’ve witnessed them first hand. Seeing someone achieve something they otherwise thought they couldn’t is pretty incredible.

I also enjoy the challenge and the adaptability that CrossFit coaching demands, knowing that every. single. class. is going to bring something new to the table. And I’m inspired every day by the community at 1827; the energy, the positivity and connecting with people on a meaningful level.

Favourite WOD: I’m a big fan of gymnastics or anything with barbell cycling.

Least Favourite WOD: I will say ‘snatches’, because they are THE most humbling/complex movement to me. But, I’m also not the biggest fan of dumbbell workouts or rowing. There’s not much I don’t “enjoy” though, I like working on weaknesses.

Favourite Treats:

Sign me up for cookies – salted caramel brownie from the Breadbar – or some good ol’ fashion nachooooooos.

Stef Atkinson

Coach // Olympic Lifting Coach

[She/Her]

I spent fifteen years dancing while growing up, and started dancing competitively at a fairly young age. I dipped my toe in competitive body building during the later years of my university degree, experimented with powerlifting, and settled into a passion for Olympic weightlifting in 2017. Weightlifting satisfied my desire for discipline, attention to detail, and love for being strong. In the fall of 2019, I was invited to partake in the Intramural CrossFit Open at 1827. I agreed with minimal resistance even though I had no real concept of what I was signing up for. Almost instantly my competitive nature set in and I became hooked on everything CrossFit. I love the endless source of movements to work on, and the mental toughness required to grit through a workout. CrossFit keeps me in touch with my love for Weightlifting, but challenges me (and rewards me) in so many ways. It’s certainly not easy, but I love the work. 

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition L1, Certificate in Exercise Nutrition 
  • NCCP Weightlifting Competition Coach, Trained 
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Klokov Weightlifting Seminar

What Stef Loves About Coaching:

Being part of the process. It is so fulfilling to see an athlete “get it”. I really love coaching athletes who are willing to do the work and who understand that success and progress don’t come easily. I’m also very intrigued by the difference in people’s sports mentality and how they approach work in the gym.

Favourite WOD: I love dballs, hspus, power cleans, pistols, and burpee box jump overs. I like wods that you have to grind, and control your pace so you can win in the back half when others have gone out too hot.

Least Favourite WOD: Pull ups of all varieties… least favourite WOD is probably Cindy.

Favourite Treats:

Cookies or ice cream with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and sprinkles

Stephen Borghese

Coach

[He/Him]

Like most of us, I was never an exceptional athlete – painfully average some might say.  Mediocrity in youth sports continued into “remaining active as an adult” through recreational sports, running, lifting weights, and DVD workouts.  I tried Crossfit to ‘shake things up’ and – following a seriously humbling WOD – have experienced continued measurable improvement in my overall fitness ever since.  My enjoyment for Crossfit has grown over the years and has morphed from purely personal improvement to genuine interest and passion in seeing growth in the abilities of all members at the gym.  

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • First Aid/CPR certified – lots of practical experience (as well as annual re-certification)

What Steve Loves About Coaching:

I love watching people become more aware of their bodies’ potential, exploring their physical abilities, and then in a relatively short time, far exceeding their formerly perceived limits.

Favourite WOD: Amanda

Least Favourite WOD: Fran

Favourite Treats: Salty/Savoury anything…followed by doughnuts.

Sammy Drost

Coach

[She/Her]

Movement has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always found peace in working out and challenging myself through things I’m not comfortable with. For years I worked out in commercial gyms and got to the point where my passion and drive to workout was starting to decrease. As someone who has dealt with a lot of injuries affecting me both mentally and physically I was looking for something to distract my brain and keep me active. I decided to give CrossFit another go and immediately fell in love. It was the perfect combination of strength and conditioning I needed to fall back in love with movement. With my BAS in psychology and years of personal training, I understand that importance of balancing both your mental and physical health and CrossFit does just that.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • B.A.S in Psychology 
  • PT Certification
  • ISSA Nutritionist 

What Sammy Loves About Coaching:

the lightbulb moments, I love being able to give cues that help people correct their form right away and make a huge difference to their workout experience.

Favourite WOD: Deadlifts are my jam, but power cleans are slowly starting to top that.

Least Favourite WOD: ski erg and I have a love hate relationship.

Favourite Treats:

chips, specifically salt and vinegar for sure.

Maggie Armstrong

Coach

[She/Her]

Movement has and always will be part of my life in some capacity… with an active family, playing competitive and intramural volleyball and hockey, the gym bro split to pursuing a career as a personal trainer. I love exploring new ways to move & challenge
my body, which is why I not only admire but gravitate towards calisthenics, Olympic lifting, and CrossFit style training. Coaching and working out of a commercial gym, I used to experiment with WOD formats making them my own, with what I had access to and whatever skill I was fixated on. I believe movement and community go hand in hand and some of my greatest friendships have been found in gyms, which is how I found myself cheering for friends at the Open, to eventually being so warmly welcomed into the 1827 CrossFit Family as both a coach and a member.

  • ​BASc Applied Human Nutrition – University of Guelph
  • Certified CanFit Pro Personal Trainer [with 6 years of practical experience]
  • Foundational Movements & Barbell Strength and Conditioning – Darby Training
    Systems (DTS)
  • Olympic Weightlifting Certificate – Trevor Cottrell
  • External Approaches to Pelvic Health Certification

What Maggie Loves About Coaching:

In essence, connecting with others. Being invited into people lives, to guide, educate, encourage, and have them share their stories with me is an incredibly special role and something that I do not take for granted. I know how incredibly overwhelming the fitness
and health industry can be to navigate and how impactful it is to have a supportive coach or community by your side.

I’ve had to opportunity to work with many people of different ages, skill levels and walks
of life – finding ways to make exercise functional, personal, and FUN is what I’m all about. Helping someone build confidence and explore their potential through a positive relationship with their body and movement, is what truly LIGHTS ME UP.

Favourite WOD: Olympic Lifts & handstands. They are truly technical and complex but can be so rewarding and graceful when you are patient with your practice.

Least Favourite WOD: Not to be dramatic but I would not be mad if I never touched an assault bike ever again
in my lifetime.

Favourite Treats:

Iced lattes (even in the winter). Anything Reese’s. PANOOKIES (if you know, YOU
KNOW).

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