Coach Corey Lapell (aka WOD Father)

Christmas 2002. In the grips of terrible back pain, I lay face down on the carpet unable to rise, unable to lift my 4-month old son. It was perhaps my darkest moment. I was 30 years old. It was the day that I decided I would no longer be a victim to my body, that I must take responsibility for learning what I needed to learn and doing what I needed to do so that I would not spend the rest of my adult life in pain and suffering. It was a long road from there to discovering CrossFit in 2005 but from that moment there was no looking back. Not only did I rehab with CrossFit I quickly exceeded the fitness levels of my youth. In 2008 CrossFit Empower was born with the dream of bringing the same level of fitness breakthroughs to others struggling to reach their health and performance goals. In 2009 I was among the first group of CrossFit coaches to enter the CrossFit Vancouver School of Fitness’s Apprenticeship Program developing my coaching skills under the excellent mentorship of Canada’s most experienced CrossFit coaching team and in 2011 I became the first coach to graduate the program. After a dream trip around the world with my family I returned to open CrossFit Empower’s Dunbar location. There is no greater joy for me than working with people whose bodies and spirits are as broken and fragile as mine once was and watching them soar to heights they hadn’t dared hope for. Don’t give up on yourself and I won’t give up on you! Able-bodied is less important than able-minded!

My Certifications and Training

  • CrossFit Level I Certification Golden, Colorado, June 1 2008
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate, CrossFit Belltown, Seattle, August 2014
  • Crossfit Running Certification, CrossFit Vancouver, Brian MacKenzie August 2009
  • Crossfit Gymnastics Certification, CrossFit Vancouver, Jeff Tucker Oct 24-25 2009
  • Crossfit Barbell Certification, Redmond, Washington, Mark Rippetoe Nov 7-8 2009
  • CrossFit Kids Certification, Bellevue Washington, June 2010
  • Sprinting, CrossFit Empower, Michaela Colluney 2014
  • Power Lifting, CrossFit Empower, Joel Klassen 2014
  • Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Empower, Christine Gerard 2016
  • Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Empower, Christine Gerard 2015
  • Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Vancouver, Christine Gerard 2012
  • Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Vancouver, Charles Staley 2010
  • Olympic Lifting – Clean & Jerk, CrossFit Vancouver, Kelly Frankson, 2009
  • Olympic Lifting – Snatch, CrossFit Vancouver, Kelly Frankson,2009
  • Gymnastics, CrossFit Empower, Jennifer Dober 2016
  • Gymnastics, CrossFit Empower, Jennifer Dober 2015
  • Gymnastics, CrossFit Empower, Jennifer Dober 2014
  • Gymnastics, Phoenix Gymnastics, 2011
  • Gymnastics, Hand Balancing, CrossFit Vancouver 2011
  • Rowing, Patti Lawson, CrossFit Empower 2015
  • Rowing, CrossFit Vancouver, Emily Beers 2011
  • Competitive Swimming, Vancouver, Lucien Zucchi 2016
  • Skipping, CrossFit Empower, Jen Dillinger 2015
  • Sport Science, CrossFit Vancouver, Tony Leyland 2010
  • Paleo Solution Seminar, Robb Wolf 2011
  • Nutrition, CrossFit Vancouver, Kelly Frankson, Winter 2009
  • CrossFit Judges Course 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017
  • 2014 CrossFit Open competitor 58th in Western Canada (Masters 40-44)
  • 2015 CrossFit Open competitor 56th in Western Canada (Masters 40-44)
  • 2016 CrossFit Open competitor 31st in B.C. (Masters 40-44)
  • 2017 CrossFit Open competitor 9th in B.C. (Masters 45-49)
  • 2016 CanWest Qualifier 15th (Masters 40-49)
  • 2016 CanWest Games 10th (Masters 40-49)
  • 2nd Degree Black belt Kodokan Judo
  • National Coaching Certification Program Level 1 & 2 (Judo) 2001
  • BCRPA Theory and Weight Training Modules 2003
  • AKC certified Kettlebell Coach Apr 2008
  • Blauer Tactical PDR Coach Certification Apr 2008
  • Blauer Advanced Multiple Assailants Certification Oct 2008
  • Blauer Advanced Weapons Defense Certification Apr 2009
  • Bachelor of Education (elementary), UBC, 1998 current teaching certificate holder
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, UBC, 1997