Photo: Ron Turner
“Okanagan Inspired” is a weekly series of profiles offering insight into the stories and inspirations of South Okanagan residents who take on creative roles in the community.
New Pentictonite Ron Turner loves to fuel his creativity through fitness, using workouts to build confidence and growth in his clients.
Turner arrived from Grand Prairie, Alberta. in the summer, and his family joined him for good in December, so they’re just settling in. The choice of Penticton was made in an unconventional way.
“We’ve vacationed here for over a decade,” says Turner. “I spent the summer camping all over and happened to be in Penticton and heard that Beach City CrossFit might be looking for help and it worked. It was just good timing.”
“The lakes are amazing and the climate is such an asset to living here. When the sun is out, it completely changes the mood. It’s a nicer environment all around and we all like the warmth. A door opened and one thing led to another and we are so happy to be here,” adds Turner.
Turner now coaches and coaches at Beach City CrossFit on Skaha Lake and loves it.
“I used to own a gym in Grand Prairie, but when everything closed in March 2020, we didn’t reopen. I missed it because I’ve been training full time for over a decade,” he said.
“My experience is quite extensive. I had completed a certificate in fitness leadership which led to my obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physical education. I coached basketball and then opened a CrossFit gym in Grand Prairie and they were looking for coaches to teach boot camp lessons, and I thought that might be a fun side for me. I ended up being known as “Jillian Michaels of Grand Prairie “, because I would do boot camps to lose weight and help people achieve great results.
Turner’s diverse training background makes him comfortable training people with all kinds of varied fitness goals, with experience in everything from high-level weightlifting to CrossFit competitions.
“Beach City is a really inclusive place where people can do calisthenics, cardio and weightlifting and learn a mixed skill set,” Turner says.
With a long history of coaching, helping people stands out for Turner as the most rewarding aspect.
“I love watching people struggle,” Turner laughs, “but then seeing progress and growth, where it’s not a fight. Most people don’t understand what they are physically capable of and it’s really rewarding to help show them that. I really appreciate the energy of people improving and giving them a place to sweat and work it all out.”
Turner flexes her creative muscles when crafting a specific and unique plan for her clients.
“CrossFit is universally scalable for everyone. You can explore such a wide range of things so you can target all different goals and it’s completely adaptable to meet different physical limitations. I had a Division 1 swimmer who trained in the gym, and next to her is a 62-year-old lady doing the exact same exercises. Expectations are just different. CrossFit is the same way as basketball. It’s fun for everyone, but not everyone wants to be a professional basketball player,” says Turner.
With gyms set to reopen on Tuesday, barring new provincial health orders, Turner thinks now is the time to start your journey or step it up.
“Health and wellness is everything right now, it’s gold. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, but I think we should start now. We want people who are there to s “training is hard to hide in a CrossFit class. We get people who want to do meaningful training. No matter what motivates you to get in shape, if you commit, you will lose weight and you will get fitter, and that’s just part of it,” says Turner.
CrossFit beginners start with other newcomers, while Turner does an assessment.
People familiar with working out can also benefit from using a trainer, he says.
“You maximize your results at the gym. If you just opened your car and started pulling things out, you wouldn’t expect to fix it. The squat can take you months to learn, or I can teach you in five minutes, and especially now there’s a lot of different information online and it’s hard to know what the right advice to follow is.
As you train with Turner, you can expect to hear him perform Bring the Pain, from Method Man, to prepare you for some big lifts.
Check out more from Turner @coachr_ron_t on social media or in Beach City.