Dave discovered a passion for CrossFit in 2007, while teaching Krav Maga and training in mixed martial arts. The studio he coached at decided to add CrossFit to their schedule as a way to supplement their training and Dave soon recognized that coaching CrossFit was his calling. In 2009, Dave became the head coach of CrossFit BC’s North Vancouver location. Shortly after, he was presented with the opportunity to buy out the business. He jumped at the chance and created Pure Athletics/CrossFit North Vancouver on April 1st, 2010.
He has shaped and grown the gym from 8 members to over 200 hundred, while maintaining the view of community driven fitness. From moving locations, to starting a family, Dave has always found a way to connect with his clientele and remain an integral part of the CFNV family.
Just the Facts
Name: Dave Kitchen
Age: 37 years young
Profession: Business Owner / CrossFit Coach
Family status: Married to Christina with two beautiful daughters Grace and Annalise! And two fur children. Lily and Blue!!
How long have you been doing CrossFit? 10 Years!
When did you start? Early 2007!
Do any other members of your family do CrossFit? Yes – My wife Christina and Grace has had a crack at CrossFit Kids.
What were your goals in starting CrossFit? To get strong and be fit!
Have they changed? Not particularly. I was driven to compete when younger and now I am more focused on general health and stress relief.
What changes have occurred in your health, fitness and general athletic performance since you started CrossFit? I’ve lost weight and gained strength. I’ve become a more complete athlete. CrossFit has improved my all around fitness and kept me internally healthy.
How often do you train? 3-4 times per week
What time do you normally train at? Mid day
Have you ever entered a CrossFit Competition? Yes!
Would you like to? I would do it again with newer members of the gym to have fun and help them have a positive experience.
What type of workout do you enjoy the most? Mid length workouts that allow you to go at 80-90% and have multiple movements.
What type of workout do you least enjoy? Short and Fast! Fran! Gets me every time! (Visit pukey)
Is there anything you’d like to see added to the CrossFit program? No – It’s perfect at CFNV. 😉
Do you follow any particular approach to your regular diet? I’ve dabbled with everything and after years know that dairy is not good for me. I try to eat lots of veggies and meat. I think we all know what we should eat. It’s limiting the bad stuff.
What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit? Spending time with my children and wife. I’ve become particularly fond of spending time at our trailer.
What has been your best CrossFit moment? My best CrossFit moment was a coaching / friendship moment. I will never forget standing on the competition floor of the Tennis Stadium at the Stub Hub Center in California watching Terry “Bull” Peters win the final Event of the Games!! Never. So proud of him.
What inspires you the most? Watching everyone show up each and every day to take on whatever is in front of them.
Who do you look for inspiration from? My wife and children. Some close friends, but, mostly my family. Without them I am nothing, so, I do what I do for them.
What sports have you played in the past? Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, Bowling (if you call it a sport)
What other sports do you currently play? I don’t. Currently family and biz keep me busy! Darts? 😉
Is there something that people will be surprised to discover about you? Despite looking like a total extrovert I scored quite high as an introvert on the Myers-Briggs personality test. I’ve won a national championship in Bowling and had a perfect game! LOL
How long have you been coaching CrossFit? For 9 years! Yikes!
What other coaching have you done? Martial Arts, Self Defense, Bowling, and life!
What do you enjoy the most about coaching? It sounds cliche, but, helping others reach their goals and then create new goals that they continue to crush. It’s amazing what people can do once they are on a roll!
Why did you want to coach CrossFit? To pass on my love for personal improvement.
Do you have any pet peeves about coaching? The list is too long!
If there were one message you would like to give as a coach, what would it be? “No matter whether you think you can’t or you can’t, you are right” and “how you do anything, is how you do everything”
How do you balance your time coaching, your own training, your career and your personal life? I’ve only just started to master this recently. Otherwise something has always suffered. I’ve had to create realistic goals. I can’t train 6 times a week anymore, but, I need to make sure I get 3-4 in! Give yourself realistic goals!!
What are your favourite things about CFNV? The people. Each and every person makes the place what it is.
What are your favourite things about CrossFit? It’s difficult and every time you compete a workout you have truly achieved something. This is turn snowballs and creates belief that you can do anything.
Do you have an inspirational quote or words of motivation?
“Motivation is temporary, Inspiration is permanent”
“Hard Work beats Talent when Talent doesn’t work hard”