Our Coaches

One Team. Multiple Strengths.

Ironstone is privileged to have the best coaches and staff around. Among them you will find national level athletes, health professionals, and career coaches – but most importantly you’ll find caring, passionate, approachable individuals that can help you reach your fitness goals. Read more about our coaching team below to find out more.

 

Jenn Belong

Jenn Belong

  • CF-L1
  • CF Kids
  • CF Olympic Lifting
  • CF Gymnastics

Jenn Belong

Jenn Belong

Jenn spent the past 5 years in Vancouver BC as a Personal Trainer and a Gymnastics Coach as well as Apprenticing at Studeo 55 CrossFit. She is a big part of the CrossFit community and always encourages people to not take themselves too seriously and to have fun. Since moving back to Nova Scotia Jenn has continued Personal Training and coaching CrossFit classes at a local gym. Jenn has always been an avid exercise enthusiast with a passion for health and wellness and was introduced to CrossFit in 2008 and has not looked back since. What Jenn likes best about CrossFit is its ability to improve both mental and physical strength and that it can programmed for all ages and fitness levels. When Jenn isn’t at the gym she can be found hanging out with her daughter, experimenting in the kitchen or being active outside.

Nate Edwardson

Nate Edwardson

  • CF-L2

Nate Edwardson

Nate Edwardson

Nathan is a life long athlete experienced in a wide variety of sports, but most notably Rugby. Over the off-season from rugby back in 2013 Nathan began searching for the perfect training program to give him the general physical preparedness he needed for the field. Nathan is a full time student at Saint Mary’s University where he studies Global Business Management, he spends just about every other second of his days in the gym, coaching, training or kicking it with all the incredible people of Ironstone on a Friday night! He is known for being extra-gymnasty, his long flowing hair, and his love of cooking.

Lisa McNeil, RMT

Lisa McNeil, RMT

  • CF-L1
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • CF Olympic Lifting

Lisa McNeil, RMT

Lisa McNeil, RMT

Lisa is one of the best Registered Massage Therapists in Halifax with specialty certifications in sports massage, cupping massage, and Graston. Lisa has a long athletic history in track, volleyball, equestrian and Rugby, now playing for Halifax Rugby Football Club in Div 1 Senior Women and the Nova Scotia Keltics. Lisa found CrossFit through Rugby off-season training and quickly realized huge improvements in her speed, power and endurance on the field. Lisa is our resident mobility expert and certified through Rocktape to do fascial movement taping for performance and injury. She is currently in training to become a paramedic!

Brandon Blenkarn, BA

Brandon Blenkarn, BA

  • CF-L2
  • NCCP Weightlifting - Comp Dev
  • Catalyst Weightlifting Level 1
  • CF Olympic Lifting
  • CF Endurance
  • CF Sport Specific Applications

Brandon Blenkarn, BA

Brandon Blenkarn, BA

Brandon is a former Military Police Officer who has seen different sides of fitness, coming from losing over 100 pounds as a young adult to joining the military. Brandon is currently completing a Master of Arts in Leisure Studies at Dalhousie University. You can usually find Brandon toying with a barbell or anything involving squatting. He has also competed locally and internationally in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but is now retired from the mat. When not training, Brandon is most likely spending time with his cat Gretchen.

Kat Elvidge, BSc

Kat Elvidge, BSc

  • CF-L1
  • ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition

Kat Elvidge, BSc

Kat Elvidge, BSc

Kat is a former varsity hockey and rugby player and is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. Kat was introduced to the sport of CrossFit in 2013 as a way to supplement her athletic training and dove in head first to the world of functional fitness. Kat enjoys photography, adventuring outdoors, and taking her cat Piper for walks.

Eric Richard, BSc Kin

Eric Richard, BSc Kin

  • CF-L1

Eric Richard, BSc Kin

Eric Richard, BSc Kin

Eric is a well-rounded athlete with 12+ years of experience in competitive hockey, most notably for the Cole Harbour Cavaliers in the Metro High School Hockey League, as well as coaching youth hockey for four years. Following his years of hockey, running in three half marathons and strength training, Eric’s love for training, movement, and squatting brought him to CrossFit. Eric is a graduate of the Kinesiology program at Dalhousie University and hopes to go into Athletic Therapy. He has worked as a Student Trainer for the Saint Mary’s Huskies Women’s and Men’s hockey teams, currently in his third year on the bench. When he’s not training and hanging out with Ironstone crew or on the SMU bench, Eric is hanging out with his dog Jersey, and simply adventuring around Halifax.

Tiffany Dicks, MScPT

Tiffany Dicks, MScPT

  • CF-L1
  • CF Olympic Lifting

Tiffany Dicks, MScPT

Tiffany Dicks, MScPT

Tiffany Dicks is a full-time orthopedic physiotherapist and part-time Coach at CFIS. In the past Tiffany played various sports such as soccer, volleyball and downhill skiing but more recently focused on long distance running while attending Dalhousie University.  Tiffany believes that the communal aspect of CrossFit is why it’s so effective because it allows us to play, work hard, achieve goals and alleviate stress in a supportive community.  All workouts are modifiable to be safe, fun and challenging for any individual regardless of their fitness or skill level.  Tiffany takes pride in being a four-time Canada East Regional athlete and always looks forward to competitions around the Maritime Provinces.  When not training she can be found enjoying weekends home in Cape Breton or spending quality time with friends here in Halifax.

Nelson Samson

Nelson Samson

  • CF-L1

Nelson Samson

Nelson Samson
Patrick A Horsman, CD, MSc

Patrick A Horsman, CD, MSc

  • CF-L2
  • CF Endurance
  • OKC Kettlebell
  • NCCP Weightlifting - In Training

Patrick A Horsman, CD, MSc

Patrick A Horsman, CD, MSc

Patrick is a Personnel Selection Officer in the Canadian Forces and member of the part-time faculty at Saint Mary’s University. Patrick is also an experienced athlete as a long-time competitive basketball player, swimmer, and runner. Patrick realized the value of CrossFit after starting and seeing rapid regeneration of strength and function in joints injured during his long history of sports and military service. He loves putting his fitness to work outside the gym, adventuring, and trying new things. Patrick is also an avid golfer, hobby carpenter, and geek. Don’t get him started talking about science.

Jens Knudsen, MSc

Jens Knudsen, MSc

  • CF-L1

Jens Knudsen, MSc

Jens Knudsen, MSc

Jens was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, but recently moved to Halifax in November 2013. He holds a B.A in Business Computing & Business Administration and MSc in Finance and Strategic Management. Jens has worked in the field of financial and performance management for 7 years, living in Denmark, Brazil and the United States. He is currently employed as a private consulting Financial Officer. Jens is a former elite tennis player and swimmer in Denmark, and is a Obstacle Course Racing (e.g. Spartan Race) addict.  You don’t want to challenge him to a race (or maybe you do).

The Right Coach for You

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