As you might already know my name is Kevin Morrison and I’m your newest coach. Hopefully I’ll have already had the pleasure of meeting you but if not, Ill quickly take you through the basics:
Now that that’s out of the way I’d like to tell you a little bit about the origin of my coaching practice and my philosophy around training.
Growing up I was never very athletic. I could be best described as sleepy! Sports was never my thing. I was a typical bookworm and wanted nothing to do with any physical activity. During my teens I dabbled in some sports at the insistence of my parents, but it never stuck; soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming, you name it, i tried them all AND I gained quite a bit of weight along the way. Once I got into university, the weight kept piling on but with classes, assignments and exams, my health and fitness took a back seat. Then in 2003 I had an epiphany.
Athletics has always been a part of my life. My real memories of it started when I was 7 and decided I wanted to figure skate. I loved the twirling and pretty costumes and quickly started to learn what hard work was with two-a-day practices and getting on the ice at 5:30AM. From an early age my parents made it known to me that if I wanted to do something I was going to be the one responsible for that push. They wouldn’t wake me up for morning practice, my alarm would. If I slept in and didn’t want to go, they didn’t make me. I credit this to why I am such a morning person now.
Athletics has been in my life since I could walk. Being the daughter of an OHL hockey player and a professional figure skater, naturally, I was meant to be on the ice. Growing up in a small northern Ontario town, I spent more time in an arena then I did at home. Since my mother was a skating coach, as soon as I could walk, I was in skates. My baby sitting wasn’t done in front of a TV or games, it was done on the ice learning how to skate or in the area seats waiting for my mom to finish coaching. I started skating around the age of 3, and started competing at the age of 6. I was naturally gifted and put in about 2 hours a day, 5 days a week with the other days training in dance and gymnastics to supplement my skating.
Growing up in a household where both of my parents were very involved in the kitchen, I developed a love of food from a young age. My interest in nutrition peaked during high school, when I was experiencing the typical downsides of adolescence: acne, mood swings, and insecurities.
Growing up, I found myself frequently in the kitchen, intrigued by food and how it made people feel. However, I was not aware of the world of nutrition and health promotion until I encountered my own health problems in high school...
My journey into strength training and the healthcare profession started with a bicycle. During my undergrad at Ryerson University I was heavily involved in the school's cycling club; I did long distance road rides, cross-country mountain bike racing, even raced my track bike in a velodrome. Over time my body began to accumulate injuries from long hours in the saddle along and the occasional crash, I realized that I needed to be stronger and more resilient in order to continue racing.
I’m a CrossFit coach and I have done some form of physical activity my whole life - I adore fitness, which I will use as an umbrella term for everything!
I was not born with natural athletic ability! Fortunately I was blessed with single minded determination and that has helped me greatly both in life and the joy that is Competitive Exercising aka CrossFit.
I was born in Wuhan, Hubei province of the People’s Republic of China in 1990 as an only child. As a kid, I never thought that I would be athletic. Growing up, as the stereotype of the Chinese tiger parents goes, my folks always pushed me towards academic achievements, even when they came at the cost of athleticism and physical fitness. The results were bittersweet: on the one hand, I excelled at school and skipped a grade; on the other hand, I was the smallest and scrawniest kid among older kids. But luckily for me, I come from a long line of fighters. My paternal grandfather fought as a guerrilla against the invading Japanese army during the Second World War when he was only fourteen years old. Meanwhile, on my paternal grandparents’ side, they were part of the few intellectuals that had survived the purges of Maoist Red China. While one side of my family were poor peasants, and the other educated elites, the common ground was one of resilience and fighting spirit: never go down without a fight.
I was born on October 27th, 1990 in Kitchener, Ontario. I have three younger siblings; two sisters, and a brother, Naomi, Hannah and Isaac. We grew up with great neighbours in downtown Kitchener playing outside constantly. As kids, we were involved in as much as we could be; playing piano, swimming lessons, soccer etc.
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