Get to know the CrossFit FYP coaches
Renée-Claude Rioux: Owner/Head Coach
Renée graduated from University Laval in Quebec with her Kinesiology degree in 2009. Since then she has dedicated her life to working in the fitness industry. She worked for the Canadian Forces as a fitness instructor for over five years, training military for special unit task and fitness test.
At the time, she was playing elite level soccer and training for several races (5K-10K- 21.1K).
Renée officially started coaching CrossFit in 2014, after practicing the sport for over 2 years. She completely fell in love and started to train hard to be able to compete at a high level. Renée qualified as an individual for the 2016 & 2017 Western Canada Regionals and finished in 18th place in Canada after the 2019 CrossFit Open.
She has her CrossFit Level 1 Certification and CrossFit Gymnastics course.
With 10 years of personal and group coaching experience, a running and gymnastics background, she has a deep desire to inspire and help everyone that is ready to get after their goals.
David Coulombe: Owner/Coach
David has always been a very talented athlete. He started really young training for speed skating before switching to soccer, which turned out to be very successful for him.
He played at a very high level (D1 under 15) in France, then with the most elite club of the region of Quebec for over 8 years. He also coached young talented athletes for over 7 years.
Later, he needed a bigger challenge and started to get into running and took part in several races in the province. Since then, he completed 11 marathons (42.2K) and has discovered a real passion for endurance sports.
He now competes in triathlons and started training for his first IronMan next year. David is a very motivated hard worker with a powerful mindset.
No one can take him away from his goal.
Dr. Christine Col: Coach
Dr. Chris graduated from New York Chiropractic College in December 2016 and relocated from Ontario to BC.
Along with being a Doctor of Chiropractic, Chris has always been an athlete; playing university soccer at Queen’s University, she qualified and lifted at Canadian Weightlifting Nationals in 2016 and now continues to train and compete in weightlifting while slowly finding her way back to CrossFit.
Dr. Chris also obtained her Bachelors of Kinesiology and has her NCCP Weightlifting Club Coach certification.
She has a passion for the Olympic lifts. The skill, speed, strength, and dedication required to master them sent her down endless rabbit holes trying to learn everything she can about them, and she loves helping and educating others about these complex lifts.
Though she is still learning her way through the advanced gymnastic movements of CrossFit, Dr. Chris loves it when classes have any barbell or dumbbell movements, rowing and has even grown to like the bike! Shocker - for a weightlifter to actually enjoy cardio! Haha!
Chiropractic and coaching go hand in hand. Dr. Chris coaches her patients every day, teaching them how to move out of pain and feel better. In the gym, she coaches and helps people get to that next level when it comes to their performance.
Kayla Bauche: Coach
Kayla can’t remember a time she was not playing on a sports team. She particularly liked Basketball, playing throughout high school and college, until she found Rugby. Kayla represented Manitoba at the U19 National Championships and continued to play Rugby after her schooling with the Brandon Barbarians in her home town of Brandon, MB. She started CrossFit in 2013 to prepare for the upcoming season with her club.
She instantly fell in love with the high intensity workouts and the community in which she was a part of. She loved that every day was different and that there was always a new skill to try and tackle and perfect. Kayla dedicated her free time to training in the sport which resulted in her CrossFit Open scores helping qualify a team for the 2017 Western Canada Regionals.
Kayla also started competing in the sport of weightlifting that year, qualifying for her first Sr. Canadian Weightlifting Championship. After moving to Kelowna, she trained solely weightlifting for the next 2 years competing in the sport with multiple podium finishes within BC and Western Canada. Kayla possesses several string to her bow; she has her NCCP Weightlifting Club Coach certification, CrossFit Level 1 course and L1 Precision Nutrition.
Like many, CrossFit was truly life changing for Kayla. She hopes to share what she has learned over the years about the CrossFit lifestyle to create a positive impact in others’ lives to help them live healthier and happier. Kayla’s wish for all CrossFit FYP members is to fall in love with moving their bodies and develop a positive mindset in everything they do. Trust the process. Work hard. and most importantly, have fun!
Tori Fiissel: Coach
Tori graduated from the University of Alberta in 2021 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Majoring in Sports Performance.
She was first introduced to CrossFit by joining her dad for workouts. Tori quickly fell in love with the training methodology, and aspired to train more with goals to compete in the sport. In 2015, she joined a CrossFit gym in Edmonton where she began coaching Youth and regular group classes in 2017.
Tori has obtained her CrossFit Level 2 Certification and completed the CrossFit Kids course. Tori found CrossFit at a pivotal point in her life; playing a big role in shaping her mindset, goals, values, career path, and person she is today.
Growing up Tori was involved in multiple sports. Her main sport for 10 years was competitive All-Star Cheerleading. In 2015 and 2016 she competed at the World Championships with her team. Tori also started coaching All-Star Cheerleading at a young age. Over her eight years of coaching experience, she has worked with beginner to advanced athletes from ages 3-17 years old, taking teams to National and International competitions. Cheerleading has provided Tori with a solid foundation in the gymnastics movements for CrossFit both as an athlete and especially as a coach.
Tori loves CrossFit because there is always something to continuously improve on and set challenging goals for yourself. Her favourite movements are handstand walks and handstand push-ups. Her favourite part about coaching is helping the people she works with pursue a healthier, happier and fulfilling life.