Chris DeSousa Costa

Coach

Chris has been physically active since he was beating up his older cousins (he loves them) who stole his toys as a little baby. Naturally, the need to defend himself at a young age led Chris to enrol in karate, which he has been practicing for 25 years. During this time, Chris had a successful career as a competitive karate athlete: being on the Canadian national team for over 10 years, winning multiple medals at the international level, competing at the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games, as well as being an ambassador for the sport within Canada and beyond.
Because of the intense nature of Chris’s training, he became interested in how to train not only himself, but others as well which led him to enrol in the Fitness & Lifestyle Management Program at George Brown College. Upon graduating, Chris worked at a private club in Toronto where he was first introduced to CrossFit in 2010 by his boss, Joe DiMarino. Chris thought CrossFit was a joke and gladly took on the WOD that Joe programmed – For time: 500m Row, then 3 rounds of 10 thrusters at 95lbs, 10 box jumps at 24”, 10 Kettlebell swings at 24kg, 10 burpees. Like many high level athletes who take on a CrossFit workout for the first time, ego got the best of Chris, resulting in him laying on the floor, wanting to throw up, and feeling a little bit pathetic.
From that moment on, Chris was hooked and soon after he got his CrossFit certification. Chris has been coaching at CrossFit AIO since the doors first opened. Through CrossFit, Chris gravitated and grew a passionate interest in the barbell movements derived from Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. You can find Chris posting his lifts on his social media channels in between teaching CrossFit classes as well as Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting classes.
Since retiring from the national karate team, Chris continues to train using the CrossFit methodology. Chris recently completed his Honours B.A. in Communication Studies at York University, trying to understand why he is addicted to his phone. Outside of the hustle and bustle of CrossFit and school, Chris is always down for scoping out new spots around the city for food (recommendations welcomed). Chris is a bit of a coffee snob (that’s an understatement), and loves hearing stories of AIO members improving their CrossFit game and how it benefits their lives outside of the box.
You can follow Chris on all things social @athleticmotion (he follows back!).

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Education

  • Graduate, Fitness & Lifestyle Management Program (FLMP), George Brown College
  • Hons. BA Communication Studies, York University
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
  • CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 (HLC 1)
  • CrossFit Speciality Certifications: Powerlifting, Strongman, Movement & Mobility
  • NCCP Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 In-Training

Fitness Seminars & Training

  • Carl Paoli, Freestyle Connection Gymnastics Seminar
  • Sean Lind, Gymnastics Seminar
  • Dr. Mark Scappaticci, Kinesiology Taping Seminar
  • Shane Sweatt & Laura Phelps-Sweatt, Powerlifting Conjugate Method

CrossFit Competition

  • CrossFit Toronto Threshold Team Challenge, 3rd place, Scaled
  • Element Team Challenge, 1st place, Scaled
  • Sweat Rx Championships, 1st place, Scaled
  • Tidal CrossFit Head to Head, 1st place, Scaled

Athletic Career (Karate)

  • Karate Canada National Team Member 2004-2015
  • Jr. National Team Captain 2005-2007
  • Sr. National Team Captain: Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games Team
  • 5th place, Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games
  • 11x Karate Canada National Champion
  • 3x Karate Canada Athlete of the Year
  • 2x Karate Canada Sportsmanship Award Winner
  • 2x Commonwealth Champion
  • 3x North American Champion
  • 2x Jr. Pan-American Champion
  • Jr. Pan-American Silver Medalist
  • Sr. Pan-American Silver Medalist
  • Sr. Pan-American Bronze Medalist
  • US Open Champion
  • US Open Silver Medalist
  • Mexico Open Champion
  • Mexico Open Silver Medalist
  • Ibero-American Bronze Medalist
  • 5th place, Jr. World Championships
  • Top 8, World University Championships
  • 2x Top 5, French Open
  • Highest World Ranking: 8th Men’s Heavyweight
  • Current Athlete Representative: Karate Canada Board of Directors & High Performance Committee
  • Karate Canada National Development Coach
  • NCCP Karate Instructor Certified

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Chris DeSousa Costa

Coach

Chris has been physically active since he was beating up his older cousins (he loves them) who stole his toys as a little baby. Naturally, the need to defend himself at a young age led Chris to enrol in karate, which he has been practicing for 25 years. During this time, Chris had a successful career as a competitive karate athlete: being on the Canadian national team for over 10 years, winning multiple medals at the international level, competing at the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games, as well as being an ambassador for the sport within Canada and beyond.
Because of the intense nature of Chris’s training, he became interested in how to train not only himself, but others as well which led him to enrol in the Fitness & Lifestyle Management Program at George Brown College. Upon graduating, Chris worked at a private club in Toronto where he was first introduced to CrossFit in 2010 by his boss, Joe DiMarino. Chris thought CrossFit was a joke and gladly took on the WOD that Joe programmed – For time: 500m Row, then 3 rounds of 10 thrusters at 95lbs, 10 box jumps at 24”, 10 Kettlebell swings at 24kg, 10 burpees. Like many high level athletes who take on a CrossFit workout for the first time, ego got the best of Chris, resulting in him laying on the floor, wanting to throw up, and feeling a little bit pathetic.
From that moment on, Chris was hooked and soon after he got his CrossFit certification. Chris has been coaching at CrossFit AIO since the doors first opened. Through CrossFit, Chris gravitated and grew a passionate interest in the barbell movements derived from Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. You can find Chris posting his lifts on his social media channels in between teaching CrossFit classes as well as Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting classes.
Since retiring from the national karate team, Chris continues to train using the CrossFit methodology. Chris recently completed his Honours B.A. in Communication Studies at York University, trying to understand why he is addicted to his phone. Outside of the hustle and bustle of CrossFit and school, Chris is always down for scoping out new spots around the city for food (recommendations welcomed). Chris is a bit of a coffee snob (that’s an understatement), and loves hearing stories of AIO members improving their CrossFit game and how it benefits their lives outside of the box.
You can follow Chris on all things social @athleticmotion (he follows back!).

View Chris' Education, Certifications & Experience

Education

  • Graduate, Fitness & Lifestyle Management Program (FLMP), George Brown College
  • Hons. BA Communication Studies, York University
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
  • CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 (HLC 1)
  • CrossFit Speciality Certifications: Powerlifting, Strongman, Movement & Mobility
  • NCCP Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 In-Training

Fitness Seminars & Training

  • Carl Paoli, Freestyle Connection Gymnastics Seminar
  • Sean Lind, Gymnastics Seminar
  • Dr. Mark Scappaticci, Kinesiology Taping Seminar
  • Shane Sweatt & Laura Phelps-Sweatt, Powerlifting Conjugate Method

CrossFit Competition

  • CrossFit Toronto Threshold Team Challenge, 3rd place, Scaled
  • Element Team Challenge, 1st place, Scaled
  • Sweat Rx Championships, 1st place, Scaled
  • Tidal CrossFit Head to Head, 1st place, Scaled

Athletic Career (Karate)

  • Karate Canada National Team Member 2004-2015
  • Jr. National Team Captain 2005-2007
  • Sr. National Team Captain: Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games Team
  • 5th place, Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games
  • 11x Karate Canada National Champion
  • 3x Karate Canada Athlete of the Year
  • 2x Karate Canada Sportsmanship Award Winner
  • 2x Commonwealth Champion
  • 3x North American Champion
  • 2x Jr. Pan-American Champion
  • Jr. Pan-American Silver Medalist
  • Sr. Pan-American Silver Medalist
  • Sr. Pan-American Bronze Medalist
  • US Open Champion
  • US Open Silver Medalist
  • Mexico Open Champion
  • Mexico Open Silver Medalist
  • Ibero-American Bronze Medalist
  • 5th place, Jr. World Championships
  • Top 8, World University Championships
  • 2x Top 5, French Open
  • Highest World Ranking: 8th Men’s Heavyweight
  • Current Athlete Representative: Karate Canada Board of Directors & High Performance Committee
  • Karate Canada National Development Coach
  • NCCP Karate Instructor Certified

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