Meet Our Coaches

ABOUT US

Discover your true potential with professional coaching. All of our coaches specialize in human movement, ready to guide you through all of the movements that you will encounter in the gym, and in life.

  • Heather Gillespie

    Owner/Coach

    Heather Gillespie has been CrossFitting for nearly a decade and specializes in running our group classes while building the daily programming. She is passionate about movement in general. “I like to help people learn how the body can move and how they can apply that in everyday life both to get more fit and have fun,” she says. “The best thing about coaching anyone is seeing them grow more confident in themselves through movement. To have the members embrace their body and appreciate what it can do is very rewarding.”

    As a child, Heather dabbled in a lot of individual sports, including recreational gymnastics. In university, she did track and field (mainly pole vaulting). “Up until two years ago, I focused on competitive CrossFit,” she says. “I went to the Games as an individual in 2012 (second in Can West) and 2013 (first in Can West), and I now enjoy CrossFit as a way to stay healthy and fit without the competitive training.”

    Her favorite quote: “Be. Here. Now.” – Ram Dass

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • CrossFit Kids
    • Weightlifting
    • Football
  • Brandon Bufton

    Owner/Coach

    Brandon Bufton has been CrossFitting for five years and focuses on perfecting barbell movements while helping our members see their true potential. “I love helping them achieve something that they thought they might never be able to do,” he says.

    Brandon played college baseball at Lewis-Clark State College and Louisiana State University of Shreveport, followed by two seasons with the Lethbridge Bulls, where his team won the 2015 WMBL Championship and he was awarded the 2015 WMBL MVP. After the first time he tried CrossFit, he instantly knew that he wanted to be a part of it and help change people’s lives through it. “After my college baseball career was over, I transitioned into coaching CrossFit as quickly as I could,” he says. “I achieved my CF-L1, and got the opportunity to coach here at FUEL Lifestyle and Performance.”

    His favorite quote: “There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.” – Beverly Sills

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • Bachelor of Science in Community Health with emphasis in Physical Activity
  • Travis Steinke

    Owner/Coach

    Travis Steinke has been training athletically for nearly a decade, and concentrates his energy in athletic development. He’s passionate about helping our athletes prepare for their next level of competition. “The best part of coaching is watching our athletes out work their goals, and seeing all the hard work they put in pay off when they make teams, receive awards, receive scholarships and win championships,” he says.

    Travis played many sports in high school, but narrowed his focus to baseball in Grade 12 when he joined The Prospects Academy and began training at Athletes Nation. “From there, I went on to be an all-conference player both years at PBA, winning championships both years,” he says. He played five years for the Lethbridge Bulls, winning a championship in 2015, as well as three years at The University of Arkansas at Monticello. He was an all-conference selection once, all-tournament team selection twice, and an all-regional tournament selection once. “I love sports and competition,” he says. “Helping athletes work towards a rewarding athletic career has always been my goal. When the opportunity to do so came around with the awesome FUEL Lifestyle and Performance group, it was a no brainer. It has been the best fit I could ask for.”

    Certifications:

    • Diploma in Exercise Science
    • Bachelor Degree in Political Science (Pre-Law)
    • CSCS
  • Ian Bennett

    Coach

    Ian Bennett is our resident “Old Bald Dude,” but away from the gym, he’s known as Instructor in Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Lethbridge. Ian specializes in developing durable performance athletes with a minimal investment of their time. He loves optimizing human performance. “Everything health and wellness related is a great thing in my mind,” he says. “I really enjoy facilitating change in our members’ lives, as well as witnessing growth in their independence towards improving their own bodies.”

    Primarily active in volleyball and fastball, Ian enjoys delving into many other athletic pursuits and has a tremendous amount of respect for the knowledge and leadership style of our Heather Gillespie. His favorite inspirational saying is: “If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.”

    Certifications:

    • Master in Exercise Science (Specialization in Coaching and Athletic Administration)
    • CSCS
    • NCCP III - Volleyball, FMS
    • Precision Nutrition I
  • Carter Shimbashi

    Coach

    Carter Shimbashi is a generalist who specializes in the art of not specializing. “That’s what I find so great about CrossFit,” he says. “If there is a new skill to learn, I learn it.” That being said, Carter does confess a deeper interest in Olympic Lifting and gymnastics.

    Passionate about his family and friends, spirituality, education and fitness, Carter loves getting to know our members and celebrating their many victories on their path to increased fitness. He started CrossFit in 2012, and after two years completed his Level 1 training. He grew up playing baseball and football, dabbling in martial arts before playing high school football and baseball. “During grade 12, I was one of the four football captains, and most outstanding defensive back for the B-league.” Carter played American legion baseball with the Vauxhall Spurs (2006-2008): 2007, 2008 district champions; 2008 Montana State champions.

    His favorite quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Exercise Science Diploma
  • Hattie Kanyo

    Coach

    Coach Hattie Kanyo is 3 years into their CrossFit journey, and found her love for the sport through her passion for helping people navigate through their healthy lifestyle. “I always knew I wanted to help/inspire people and when I found fitness I knew that was how. Exercise Science was the path I took to do so but when I found CrossFit that is where my heart was,” she says. “CrossFit saved my life in such a positive way and I can’t help but to share everything and anything I know about staying healthy, happy and active to everyone.”

    Hattie’s favorite part of coaching is the members.”I love their good humor, positive energy and hard workers; they are all of that and so much more,” she says. “I specialize in a few things, but especially anything having to do with handstands, coaching kids, almost never running out of energy.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Exercise Science Diploma
  • Sean Wutzke

    Coach

    Coach Sean Wutzke has been a CrossFitter since 2013 and specializes in Olympic Weightlifting and working with kids. (He humorously mentions, “I also specialize in binge eating.”) He says, “My favorite thing about coaching is when a person has the realization that they just did or have the ability to do something they never thought they would be able to do,” he says. “Having a hand in assisting them grow is a really special feeling.”

    An avid swimmer with nearly 12 years of experience teaching swimming lessons and aquafit classes, he brings a level of expertise in coaching to Fuel. In addition to his background coaching different types of athletes, he has additionally achieved medals in Olympic Weightlifting competition and prides himself on his ability to coach that skill at Fuel.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1,
    • Elieko Strength and Conditioning Coach
    • NCCP Weightlifting (In Training)
  • Amanda Jeffrey

    Coach

    Amanda Jeffrey has been doing CrossFit since 2017, but she has been training in the gym for the past 10 years. She specializes in quality of movement, mobility, and motivation. She is passionate about fitness and nutrition.  She believes your body wants to move and be fueled correctly, and she enjoys expanding her knowledge to the next level in both areas.  Amanda loves building the trust relationship with her athletes, and she is most proud when she is able to push them out of their comfort zones and reach their goals!

    Amanda did equestrian riding from the age of six.  She still owns a horse and rides occasionally.  She has also done five bodybuilding shows–placing 1st and 3rd at NPAA Novice Figure, 3rd at ABBA Southerns in Figure, and most recently 6th in figure at Provincials.

    Certifications:

    • CanFitPro Certification
    • Exercise Science Diploma

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