Pursuit OCR is the first fully indoor obstacle course training center fusing education, recreation, and recovery therapy into one fitness-based playground.
Test your speed, your strength and fun climbing and crawling. Don’t worry if you bail on the rings, you’ll land right in our giant ball pit.
Accessible year-round, rain or shine to everyone of all fitness levels, Pursuit OCR is for the hardcore racer or group of friends looking for a new way to work up a sweat before beer and wings.
With over 16 years in the fitness industry, I've been trying to find new and interesting ways to educate and challenge people to have fun while getting fit. As a massage therapist, trainer and educator, I'm constantly looking for ways to make a healthy lifestyle a natural and sustainable thing, not something to be dragged into. Focusing on body positivity over beach body bootcamps and supporting the LGBTQ community, educating people how their body functions so they can pick and choose their goals to suit their needs is key. Feeling good about yourself should never mean sacrificing the things you love, and a healthy body doesn't take one form. I'm thankful for the forum I've been granted to meet amazing people. I can't wait to bring my enthusiasm and ideas to a wider audience.
Eddie Chan is a community-minded person who loves to have fun and be active. Always exploring different ways of bringing people together, his recent ventures at The Mascot Cafe and Bolt Fresh Bar have been successful communal hubs. He hopes to continue this with his current endeavour, Pursuit OCR. This training facility will be a place where everybody can have fun and feel alive, while getting fit at the same time. Always eager to learn and contribute, he feels very blessed and is super stoked to be working with such amazing people on this project. Eddie has a degree in being silly and is also studying impromptu dance. He strives to inspire and to be inspired. Eddie is proud to call Toronto, Ontario, his home.
Learn, train, play. Having been in the health/fitness field for the past six years, it has always been important for me to live by this code. A POSE Method Running Technique Specialist by trade, I teach the importance of movement skills so my students can run injury-free, faster and farther while having more fun. I have traveled to seek out different teachers who have mastered their trade, from running, dancing, climbing, parkour, and gymnastics. They all have one thing in common, which is they are and will always be a student. My goal at Pursuit OCR is to provide a variety of programs/classes for people to learn and develop new skills so they can have a better understanding of their bodies capabilities and hope to perform at optimal levels. I also hope to provide a platform for teachers to showcase their unique skills, where they can encourage others to step outside of the box a little and learn, train, play.
Certified personal trainer Raphael Charles has 10 years of experience, coaching in Olympic and powerlifting and specializing in strength and conditioning, as well as weight loss, building muscle, and optimizing body mechanics. He came into personal training through an appreciation for the human body and its ability/potential to improve, learning that even the most physically inept person could acquire strength, flexibility, etc. with the proper guidance. Raphael has also spent several years gaining experience in areas such as parkour, gymnastics and rock climbing. With functionality follow the aesthetics; look good, feel good, be better in every aspect of your health. Acquire the knowledge and tools to be accountable for your own well-being!
Aerial Circus Coach/Personal Trainer
Joanne is a Toronto-based aerial circus coach and personal trainer. Always active and looking for a challenge, she came upon the Toronto School of Circus Arts in 2005. Here her passion for movement and training peaked. For three years she trained in trapeze, silks and acrobatics before starting as a trapeze instructor in 2010. Joanne has travelled across Canada, teaching and training athletes, actors and dancers. She currently coaches aerial circus at the Toronto School of Circus Arts and at Hercinia Arts Collective. This past year her desire to learn and to help others reach their full potential brought her to Canfitpro, where she become a certified personal trainer.
Athletic Therapist/Movement Coach
Mugabi has been an active participant in the fitness industry since 2008 and is well-versed in exercise prescription to cultivate a healthy being. He has taught individuals and groups his movement philosophy, which combines aspects of minimalist/bodyweight conditioning, yoga, and traditional strength and conditioning. As a certified athletic therapist and movement coach, Mugabi has had the opportunity to work with various levels of athletes in football, basketball, hockey, dance, and martial arts, in order to prevent injuries and create more resilient and explorative movers.
Katie started training aerial arts in 2008 simply to appease a friend. Thinking there was no way she could do it, she was proven wrong and got addicted after just one class. Katie's style of coaching is very similar to her style of learning - technical, methodical and broken down step by step when necessary. Learning aerials has taught her that anything is possible, so long as you have the will, determination, and time to dedicate. Katie loves to share her knowledge with others and watch them reach great heights.
With almost 8 years of circus training and performing, Mary-Margaret Scrimger is excited to be part of the Pursuit OCR team. Mary-Margaret is known for her strength and is looking forward to making others strong in novice muscle conditioning. And if you want to expand your muscle range, try her stretch class.
Since the age of 14, I have been training my body through various physical disciplines. I was a provincial level champion at gymnastics, and I have studied ballet, jazz and modern dance. I have performed around the world as an aerial circus artist, as well as a ground acrobat, a hand-to-hand flyer, a juggler and a stunt man. I have been coaching all levels of gymnastics since 1987 and have worked as an acrobatic coach on Cirque Du Soleil's Bananspheel show during its Toronto run. I am currently one of the competitive team coaches for University of Toronto Gymnastics, and I teach handstands out of my Toronto School Inverted Equilibrium.
Growing up in rural northwestern Ontario, Zach Kieri found his childhood consisting of the type of movements that people see now as functional: barefoot running, rock climbing, lifting odd objects and various leverage activities that were a part of the work and entertainment of everyday life. These life experiences, as well as time in traditional martial arts, organized sports, barbell and dumbbell training, helped him to rediscover implements and training modalities in kettlebells, weighted clubs and the mace. With 15 years of kettlebell training, Zach has always aimed to help others build a solid foundation to build strength and learn a new skill. Come learn how “training outside the machine” can be beneficial to your everyday life.
Anya found her passion for athletics through community who helped turn homework into recess. She found power in numbers when she started running with a crew and turned her casual 5km runs into a thirst for racing long distances. The support and inspiration that are welcome byproducts of group strength training ignited her desire to compete as an amateur crossfit athlete and she is constantly looking for the next challenge to push herself to further limits. As an avid traveller and adventurer, Anya continues to explore new ways of moving by observing and learning from the people around her from all walks of life: crossfit, circus performers, dancers, martial arts, yoga, calisthenics and gymnastics. She is thrilled to be part of the incredible team of coaches at Pursuit, a great platform where everybody can learn from each other and keep movement playful and exciting. She hopes to help others find their ardor for training by exploring unconventional methods of working out and connecting athletes with different skills and interests.
David Ung is a full time yoga and acroyoga teacher in Toronto. He loves movement of all forms and takes particular interest in partner and group movements. He founded Acroyoga360, the first acroyoga teacher training in Toronto, in 2016. When he's not teaching he performs duo acrobatics and takes long naps.
The Pursuit OCR Team is comprised of health advocates who believe your workout shouldn’t be work.
Our goal is to bring sustainable fitness back into daily life by focusing on uniting the concepts of play & education.