About CrossFit Versa

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a world-renowned strength and conditioning program. The definition of CrossFit is "constantly varied, functional movements performed at high-intensity". CrossFit is a broad, general and inclusive fitness that was developed to prepare people for any physical demands we may encounter - including the unknown and unknowable.

We specialize in not being specialists. Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim and row. We also train our athletes in gymnastics and Olympic Weightlifting. Endless combinations of these elements performed at high intensity yields a well-rounded, elite athlete! CrossFit programming is developed to optimize physical competence in each of the ten recognized fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

Our Philosophy

Should You try CrossFit?

Some people want to lose weight; other people want to be more fit; some people want to participate in a CrossFit competition; and others want to win the CrossFit Games!

CrossFit serves EVERYONE! The needs of an Olympic athlete and a grandmother differ by degree, not kind. Weights, reps, times and distances can all be scaled down to make this fitness program inclusive for everyone. Our community is diverse; it includes first responders, mothers, teachers, business executives, elite athletes, grandparents and everyone in between!

What does CrossFit Versa mean?

Versa is derived from the Latin "vertere" which means "to change" or "to turn". Here at CrossFit Versa, we are changing bodies, changing minds and changing lives.

CrossFit Versa Kettlebell

Getting Started

The Fundamental Sessions

The Fundamentals Sessions (4) are a series of mandatory classes that introduce athletes to the lifts, movements and skills of CrossFit. We consider technique, mechanics and skill acquisition to be of utmost importance. This ensures safety and efficiency of movements. The Fundamentals Sessions scheduled at your convenience - contact us today to book your sessions!

What Should You Expect?

Here at CrossFit Versa, you will see pull-up bars, barbells, weights, kettlebells, ropes, gymnastics rings, rowers, and sleds. There will not be any treadmills or weight machines! We use our large open space to squat, run, jump, climb, lift and throw. We do not do any movements in isolation (bicep curl, leg extension) because they are not functional for real life. We focus on developing movements that are necessary for our daily activities. CrossFit Versa places skill acquisition and technique at utmost importance! We need to properly learn and practice the movements and lifts in order to be safe and efficient.

Our workouts change every single day. CrossFit emphasizes variety in workouts meaning you will rarely do the same workout twice. Your body will never have time to adapt and you will continue to get stronger, faster and better. Variety does not mean random - the programming is calculated and deliberate. Every workout is programmed for you and can be scaled to suit your fitness level. Training sessions will last approximately 1 hour, comprising of strength and/or skill components and a daily WOD (workout of the day). You will join a positive and supportive community of like-minded individuals working hard to reach their fitness goals.

CrossFit Versa Coach

Coach

Chris Parillo

Chris is the head coach at CrossFit Versa and a competitive CrossFit athlete. He has a strong passion to help others achieve their fitness goals. His athletic background is diverse and he has experienced great success in his athletic endeavours. As a semi-professional soccer player and competitive martial artist, Chris understands what is required to be a competitive athlete. He holds a Master of Teaching degree and has experience teaching scuba-diving as a PADI Divemaster. Chris uses his teaching experience and abilities in the gym to create a professional, fun and positive learning environment for everyone.

  • CrossFit L2 Trainer
  • NCCP Trained in Competitive Olympic Weightlifting
  • Former semi-professional soccer player (St. Catharine's Roma Wolves)
  • 2nd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu
  • Competed at the World Martial Arts Championships (2004)