Coach Andy Quick Facts

Meet Anthony Wilkinson — or Coach Andy as he is more commonly referred to. Here's his story...

 

In the spring of 2007 I was inspired by the physical fortitude seen in the movie “300,” which prompted me to research the actor’s training regimen. This was my introduction to CrossFit.

During this time, I was working as an Information Technology Manager and freelance consultant, meaning 16-20 hours a day in front of a computer. With my weight at an all time high and overwhelming disinterest towards the one and a half hour gym “routine”, I had reached a decision.

As somebody who was very active as a child and played rugby in college, I felt that CrossFit was a program that would not only challenge me, but produce results.

After getting my hands on a weight set, I tried my first CrossFit inspired workout — 21/15/9 of 75 pound push press and a run to the neighbours farm and back. It was awful, and after one year of infrequent workouts and some big changes in my personal life, CrossFit was shelved.

Fast forward to 2010, where I was introduced to James, a new friend who was a chiropractor with strong interest in fitness and athletic performance. We immediately hit it off and enjoyed chatting about various training regimens and modalities. It became clear to us that there was a huge demand for a fitness program that would be unique, challenging and effective.

So, in 2011, the doors to Goderich’s first Crossfit affiliate was opened and people were amazed at how this group of people had somehow transformed into super humans. As the affiliate grew I started thinking about becoming a trainer as I had assisted the coaches many times and enjoyed it. The transition from veteran to coach was made in the summer of 2013 and was long overdue.

Coaching is an incredible opportunity and is very rewarding. As an entrepreneur, a coach and a CrossFit athlete, there is so much more that can be done and can be offered to those who have yet to try the CrossFit program or to those who have the commitment to work out by themselves but lack the support of fellow athletes. This is why I created No Drama Fitness, to introduce new people to the sport of fitness in a safe, supportive, engaging and challenging atmosphere free of judgement and discrimination.

Coach Sabrina Quick Facts

I've had a passion for health and fitness since a young age. A competitive dancer and soccer player for nearly a decade, I love a good sweat sesh. I will admit, however, that it wasn’t until the last few years that I discovered how many years were wasted believing that cardio and crunches were how you get a fit body.

After University I became interested in the idea of doing a bikini fitness competition. I began working out 2-3 hours 6 days a week, following the fitness and diet plan offered by a coach that had been referred by a friend. Long story short, his one-size-fits all “health regimen” wreaked havoc on my body. It was then that I learned the hard way that just because someone is certified, does not make them a good trainer.

Somewhat disenchanted with the industry after that, it wasn’t until I moved to Southeast Asia in 2013 that I rediscovered my love for fitness.

In the smoky mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand, I was peer pressured into trying out CrossFit and instantly fell in love. Thanks to the amazing coaches and community, I was inspired to complete a course for the American College of Sports Medicine Personal Training certification.

At this time I also earned my Level 1 in Olympic Lift Corrections under the leadership of trainer to the Olympians, Mark Cannella and competed in my first ever Olympic Lifting competition.

Earning my CrossFit Level 1 was the logical next step. As a coach and fellow athlete, I'm a big believer in leaving your ego at the door, focusing on form above all else, and being a student as much as a teacher. I also like to add a touch of tough love and sass to each class, but swear it’s for your own good!

Coach Sam Quick Facts

I’m a 42 year old mom of 3 boys who has come into the fitness industry later in my life. I am in education as a profession and have been a teacher since 1997.

After having my 3 sons, I felt that I needed something to get myself into shape and was also interested in a more healthy lifestyle. I found that between mothering and work, whatever spare time I had was used to sleep. I also did not make the healthiest food choices and used to smoke and drink a lot of diet soda. With that picture in your mind, imagine how my friends and family worried about my health!

I decided to take up running to at least do something positive for my heart. This quickly became an addiction…..I ran 5km, then 10km, then a half marathon, followed by a 30km road race in Hamilton and finally 2 full marathons. Throughout this running journey, I also managed to kick the smoking and diet soda habits.

After having completed the marathons, I was hungry for more fitness. At this time, I took up cycling and proceeded to do a 200km ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls on my bike. In all honesty, the cardio just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore….I wanted to be strong.

 

This brings me to the fall 2013. Anthony Wilkinson was opening a Crossfit Box (No Drama) and this is when my current fitness journey began. With each work out and skill, I was hungry for more. Now I work out 6 days a week and participate in any competition opportunities that present themselves to me, such as Beach WOD, Winterfest, Love the Snatch Masters competition, The Crossfit Open. My entire family — husband and 3 sons — are members at the gym as well and it has become a true family affair for me.

 

I recently became a coach in June 2016 and am loving the learning and the opportunity to help others achieve their own fitness goals. I am excited for what the future holds for me in the fitness industry and continue to learn and thrive with the help of my coaches Anthony, Tiffany and Sabrina, not to mention all of the coaches I encounter in other gyms as I drop in during my travels!

Coach Tiffany Quick Facts

My journey to Crossfit all started in 2009,when my family and I moved to Kincardine to pursue a new job opportunity for my husband. This new job offered me the chance to “retire” at the ripe old age of 29! I now had time on my hands to explore new hobbies and spend loads of time with my child (now children!).

After our second child was born, I decided that I needed to improve my conditioning. I had been walking and curling, but I was still searching for something more. I found No Drama Fitness in the autumn of 2014 and haven't looked back.

CrossFit has given me the confidence to explore new adventures. I completed (well almost, we won't talk about the shortened run portion...) a 100ish KM multi-sport race, rode in long distance charity bike rides, and completed a duathlon.

I love being able to in this journey to fitness with all the athletes at No Drama Fitness.

Sounds cliche, but starting CrossFit at No Drama Fitness was like finding the missing puzzle piece in my life.  It has awakened me into a whole new lifestyle.  I now make daily choices based on my fabulous 5am workout.  My morning starts with spending time with like minded souls and the rest of my day seems to follow suit with flowing positivity.  

- AJ V.

After 9 months of being told about how awesome No Drama was, I finally took the plunge and went to a Wine & WOD night.  Best. Decision. I. Made (regarding my health & wellness journey).  I cannot say enough good things about No Drama, I have drank the Kool-Aid.  

I love that it has such an inclusive and body positive atmosphere, at no point have I ever felt like I didn’t belong; everyone is so positive and supportive.  They definitely make getting my butt out of bed at 5am totally worth it.  

- Christina W.