Ben grew up skiing and playing hockey at a competitive level. When he finished he began looking for something else to push himself physically and keep his competitive spirit alive! Ben found CrossFit in 2012 and was hooked on its constantly varied framework and strong community! Having a passion for fitness and healthy living has led Ben to becoming a CrossFit Coach and continually sharing his excitement about it with others!
Viktor has been a Crossfit athlete going on 9 years now and became part of Overdrive’s coaching staff 7 years ago. Growing up, he split his time between playing high level basketball, soccer and competing in Judo. With his competitive days behind he is able to direct that energy into living an active lifestyle and helping achieve the same.
Nelson has been part of elite sports since 2013. He was a student athletic therapist with the University of Alberta Golden Bears Hockey and Soccer programs from 2013-2016. After completing his BSc. In Kinesiology, Nelson pursued a career as a personal trainer and a certified strength & conditioning specialist working with programs including the Okanagan Hockey Academy (Edmonton), Basketball Alberta and numerous college and professional athletes. Nelson also has clinical experience both as an intern and a kinesiologist focusing on helping clients return-to-sport and fitness after injury. Nelson competed in Olympic weightlifting for 2 years back in Alberta and was originally introduced to weightlifting through CrossFit. He is also a certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms) – a mobility training system used by a variety of professional sports organizations. With a passion for continued education and scientific approaches, Nelson will bring his experience and knowledge to guide you towards living a high-performance lifestyle.
Ryan grew up doing Kyokushin karate from a little kid to teen. He loved playing and competing in volleyball and basketball through school. He then got back into martial arts and tried out some new things. He spent many years practicing Yoga, Reiki, Capoeira, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. During those years he wanted to get big and strong so he lifted a lot of weights. Power lifting regularly combined with lots of time doing martial arts was a nice transition to CrossFit.
Alfonso first started on his gymnastics team in high school. Years later, he started Olympic lifting, and realized this was a sport where he stood out. He was a national champion in his division from 2013 to 2015. Then he started his career as an Olympic lifting coach and took the Level 1 CrossFit course to teach CrossFit classes. For this reason, I started training and competing in CrossFit. He participated in the 2015 Open and after months of training, he was able to finish third in Peru. He went on to get several kettlebells, functional training, CrossFit levels 1 and 2 and gymnastics certifications.
He has been coaching for the last 6 years now as a CrossFit trainer. He moved to Vancouver to continue growing as a coach and athlete.
Cole has been a personal trainer for 8 years, specializing in functional movement patterns, injury correction/prevention and strength and conditioning. At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with disc degenerative disease and was forced out of playing hockey. With the inspiration to get his health back, he learned from a Back Specialist how to not only get better but perform at a high level without pain. With this knowledge, it has been his motivation to help others with pain or movement restrictions and have them being the best version of themselves!
Marco naturally gravitated towards sports and fitness in his younger years, choosing athletics over academics. Even though he was an honour roll student, attended UBC, and played the classical violin for 15 years, he would rather pursue playing football on the field and weightlifting in the gym. Now a masters athlete, Marco has honed his 10+ years of coaching experience and expertise to continue helping others achieve their best life while personally pursuing athletic excellence in CrossFit and Weightlifting, building a professional and premier gym business and community, and being a busy father of two amazing children.