In addition to being a Crossfit-L1 trainer, a spin instructor, and a life coach, Michelle is a management consultant / change management professional who runs operational projects for technology companies. Through her work, she helps individuals and organizations turn imagination into action. Through her own life experiences, Michelle has become a strong believer in pursuing a personal life mandate and aligning goals to that mandate. She enjoys personal fitness and fully embraces the connection between mind, body, and soul.
One of Forge’s founding partners, Kelly is committed to working with the other Forge partners and the incredible Forge Coaches to achieve our potential as Centre Wellington’s premier athletic training facility. A community leader himself, Kelly is passionate about Forge becoming an even more positive contributor to making our Town the best place to live and play. He supports Mitch in continuously improving Forge facility and equipment, pursues new strategic business opportunities and initiates new community partnerships.
Although Mitch is used to putting out fires in his job as a firefighter, he sure knows how to build a fire inside our members, helping them fan their inner sparks of determination to better themselves. He applies his love for sports and experience playing competitive hockey towards building a supportive, safe environment that builds you up and challenges you to take your fitness to the next level. Mitch leads by example by continually improving himself through taking courses such as Crossfit L1, Crossfit Weightlifting L1, multiple advanced first aid, CPR, and numerous certifications in the EMR and rescue field. Mitch enjoys playing golf, is an avid fisherman, and is also a self-taught bagpiper.
Fitness and athletics are her passion, and Karen has excelled at many sports over the years, including competitive figure skating, field hockey, baseball and volleyball. She has an education background in therapeutic recreation, and currently works for the Upper Grand District School Board. She brings organizational skills, budget/financial experience and a “getting things done” attitude to our management team! In addition to her role as chief organizer, Karen also models the best attributes of our other dedicated members – she always works hard to get stronger and faster!
Travis grew up in the Centre Wellington area and then attended the State University of New York at Cortland on an athletic scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Fitness Development/ Exercise Science. He then went on to work at a top level facility in New York State and worked with a range of clients from adult group classes to professional athletes. In the past he has passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine personal training exam, and he is currently pursuing additional training and certifications. Travis is responsible for our ongoing coach development and workout programming.
She has been a member of a gym since university but joining Forge completely changed her motivation for working out. It used to always be about losing weight or regaining her body after pregnancies. Now it’s about becoming stronger, pushing herself to new limits, and learning new skills. Maria loves the sense of community and the support network at Forge. As a coach (Crossfit L1 Trainer), she wants to help new members build that same connection — to feel like they are a part of this amazing community and to set new/different goals for themselves — and to help them to achieve those goals. It’s not about comparison! It’s about seeing where you are today and building on that to be even better!
Having been a member at various gyms since she was 16 years old, Wendy’s passion is exercise, from high school sports to university intramurals, from years of triathlon racing to teaching various different adult fitness classes. Wendy’s drive to try new things and improve her fitness led to Forge. Having been a member since it opened, Forge is Wendy’s home away from home. There are many parts of Forge that she loves but one of the things she loves the most is seeing others realize their passion for fitness and achieve their goals. As a CrossFit L1 trainer, Wendy’s mission is to make fitness fun and accessible no matter what age or fitness level. Wendy’s primary focus will be on coaching Kickstart Bootcamp classes . “We are a team at Forge and teams work together to achieve their goals, so let’s get started”!
One of our original junior members, Kayla has transitioned from an Assistant Coach to a Crossfit-L1 trainer dedicated to helping both our members and our sports/youth teams become stronger and faster.
Dawson grew up playing lacrosse and hockey in the Centre Wellington area since he was a novice. His love of lacrosse and passion for the game provided him the opportunities to learn from the best, playing for Team Ontario in both box and field while growing up.
Dawson’s dedication eventually led him to be recruited to Culver Military Academy, the number 1 ranked high school lacrosse program in the U.S. During his time there, Dawson continued to play box during the summers, playing Junior B for the Elora Mohawks and Junior A for the Kitchener Braves, where he was his team’s leading scorer and MVP his final year. Dawson’s experience at Culver also provided him the opportunity to be recruited to play Division 1 lacrosse at Princeton University. There, he was able to learn from some of the best coaches who also coach at the Professional Level. Dawson has always loved the game of lacrosse and looks for every opportunity to give back to the game that provided him so many opportunities.