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MEET THE CROSSFIT COACHES

MEET THE TEAM

Carol and Joe are dedicated to providing a training experience that is focused on you as an individual – one that improves not only your fitness but your overall wellness and quality of life. In founding and opening the doors of CrossFit Cochrane, their ultimate mission is to deliver an effective, sustainable fitness program in a fun and supportive environment.
Meet your coaches.

Joe Cowie

OWNER & FOUNDER

“I’m driven to make my athletes the best version of themselves and have a ton of fun along the way.”

Joe found CrossFit in 2012 and it quickly became a passion for both him. Over the years, he has developed a love for gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting, and enjoyed competing in many local competitions. Joe is grateful that he’s had the chance to turn his dream into reality, and make a living out of his passion for fitness. As a coach, he loves introducing new people to CrossFit, watching them mature as athletes, and witnessing the positive impact it has on their lives. Joe and his wife Carol share a love of health and fitness and had a dream of bringing CrossFit to Cochrane. They opened their first “box,” aka. CrossFit gym, out of their home garage. Together with their 6 children, they’re proud to have CrossFit Cochrane as a place to bring health and fitness to the Cochrane community.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Kids

Carol Cowie

OWNER & FOUNDER

Carol has a passion for teaching people that it’s never too late to embark on their fitness journey. Carol is not a typical fitness coach, as she didn’t begin her personal fitness journey until her late twenties. Originally from Ireland, she struggled with the sedentary nature of life here compared to back home, and so started running at 27. She went on to run competitively for a number of years, and knows what it’s like to overcome self doubt and insecurities, surprising herself by qualifying for the Boston marathon 5 times and winning many local races. She discovered CrossFit in 2012, and was drawn to the community aspect of it, and the versatility of the athletes. Carol also has a passion for nutrition and helping members learn how to eat well and develop a balanced and healthy relationship with food.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 (in progress)

Mack Gregoraschuk

GENERAL MANAGER & HEAD COACH

After a brief stint working as a clinical kinesiologist, Coach Mack decided his education in human movement and recovery served better in combination with his passion for CrossFit. In addition to a Bachelors of Kinesiology, he holds CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 designation and is currently working towards Level 3 certification. Specializing in mobility and injury recovery, Coach Mack has a holistic view of health and fitness. A born and raised Calgarian, he is proud to be pursuing his passion back in his home province. Coach Mack loves his dog, coffee, squats and ice cream. Especially ice cream.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE), Certified Personal Trainer
  • St.John Ambulance “Emergency First Aig Level A w/ AED Cert

Christina Schmalz

COACH

Christina Schmalz has recently relocated from Calgary with her husband and four kids. Her background in sports developed from a passion for sport-specific strength and conditioning while training for the B.C. downhill snowboarding team. She raced for several years before deciding to pursue an education at Trinity Western University in the field of Kinesiology. She later received a Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University. Currently, Christina brings over 10 years of strength and conditioning experience to CrossFit Cochrane. Her experience ranges from recreational athletes to international level professionals in sports such as hockey, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, and basketball to name a few. In 2012 Christina completed her level 1 CrossFit certification and has since rounded out her knowledge with seminars held by The Outlaw Way, Chris Hinshaw and has completed certifications in USA weightlifting and Sports Nutrition. Christina is excited to join the CrossFit Cochrane community and help members with achieving their health and fitness goals.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • B.Kin in Kinesiology
  • CAT (Certified Athletic Therapist) in Athletic Therapy
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • USAW Level 1
  • Chris Hinshaw aerobic capacity course
  • Stott Pilates Instructor
  • Brand X Method Kids Course
  • Outlaw Barbell
  • Standard First Aid and CPR

Tristan Kennedy

COACH

Tristan has been involved in many different sports and activities throughout his life, primarily hockey and martial arts, which have taught him hard work and dedication. When Tristan was introduced to CrossFit he was immediately hooked. Tristan has extensive experience in coaching and training people of all ages and walks of life. He has a passion for health and fitness and seeks to share his knowledge with others, and he has worked with thousands of individuals and supported them in reaching their goals. Tristan’s intention is to help people cultivate a positive outlook on health and wellness and find joy as they accomplish their goals and strive to better themselves. His compassionate and loving nature helps create a supportive and accepting atmosphere where everyone can feel safe.

 

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • AFLCA Resistance Training Specialty Leader
  • CPR/First Aid/AED

Petr Konecny

COACH

Petr was raised in central Europe in the Czech Republic. Started playing sports at a young age and tried his hand at many sports including gymnastics, swimming, floorball, soccer, and track & field. In high school his athletic focus was track & field, he specialized in 200m & 400m sprints, high jump, long jump and 1600m run. I placed 4th at the national level for the 400m sprint in junior age category.Throughout his time at high school he was able to try many sports as their curriculum required 8 hours per week of physical activity, including jiu-jitsu, judo and karate style martial arts. Being able to participate in multiple sports grew his passion for physical activity which I carried forward into University where Petr completed his Masters Degree in Kinesiology at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Once Petr completed his master’s degree he knew he wanted to move to Canada, where he discovered CrossFit in 2016 and fell in love with it immediately. Up until that point Petr was spending time as a “gym rat” but it got so boring over time. Finding CrossFit and community that comes with it brought huge light into Petr’s life. Petr realized that CrossFit was something he loved to participate in at coaching, so he got his CrossFit trainers certification. Petr loves to help people become a better version of themselves and improve their quality of life.

 

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Master Degree in Kinesiology

Marina McIntyre

COACH

Marina McIntyre has recently relocated from Ontario where she grew up playing sports. She has always been active, participating in soccer, rugby and football throughout her school years. Being an athlete came with some unfortunate injuries which sparked her interest in Athletic Therapy. Marina pursued her degree in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College and became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 2016. Currently, Marina brings in a wide range of knowledge from strength and conditioning to overall rehabilitation. Her experience ranges from high school athletes to professional athletes in sports such as hockey, football, rugby and wrestling. In 2016, Marina started CrossFit and enjoyed the constant variety and daily challenges each workout gave. Several months later she decided to get her Level 1 CrossFit certification and has continued building her knowledge with her Level 2, Gymnastics and Weightlifting certifications. Marina is excited to join the Cochrane community and share her knowledge with all the members.

 

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors Degree in Athletic Therapy (CAT)
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • First Responder

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