Ben is a quiet yet fierce coach. Took him awhile to find his "Big Ben Voice" but once he found it, he wasn't too shy anymore!
I started CrossFit in August of 2016 right here at Fit Collective St. Catharines. I had only recently heard about the sport before I decided that it was something that I wanted to try for myself. Only, once I had begun, I realized it was much more than a sport; it is a very friendly community filled with individuals who have common goals and love a tough workout.
After my first intro class, I was hooked! I got through the fundamentals program as soon as I could and began a new journey that I will never regret. It took a while, but after many regressions and a few minor setbacks, I found a routine that lets me be healthy, and lets me be in the place that makes me feel just like at home.
In high school, I was always unsure of what I wanted to do as a career. I hopped from wanting to do woodworking, to teaching music, to becoming a paramedic. But I later found that I would go a route that would help improve my own skills as well as help other people.
I went to Niagara College for Fitness & Health Promotion to learn the standards to becoming a Personal Trainer. The program was very informational, and I enjoyed learning about leadership, anatomy, programming, and working with clients. However, I could not see myself training someone in a conventional gym.
While in college, I spent most of my days at Fit Collective St. Catharines; morning, noon, and evening! Many individuals would think I was somewhat of a gym rat, but rather, I would be observing and learning as much as I could from the other coaches. In my second (and final) year of college, I brought up to coach Justin that I would be interested in possibly completing my last field placement at Fit Collective St. Catharines, and once I was given that opportunity, I strived to show everyone that I wanted to be there and would be more than willing to assist where I could.
Nearing the end of my co-op with Justin and Ashley, I was informed that I would be going through coach preparation and I could not have been more excited. The opportunity to work for the place that has made so many positive changes in my life was outstanding.
I can’t wait to motivate, teach, and help overcome goals of the members at Fit Collective St. Catharines as it has done the same for me!
• CrossFit Level 1 Certified
• Health and Fitness Promotions - Niagara College