Why Tactic

Bringing functional nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to athletes of all kinds through scientific principles and authentic communication.

Mission

We come from a background of sports and sports performance. We both learned early on the positive impact nutrition can have on performance. We have over 10 years of coaching experience within the sport of CrossFit. Not only has this experience helped develop our communication style, but it also allowed us to see the very large impact nutrition and lifestyle can have on the every day exerciser and the performance athlete alike.

As with CrossFit, the needs of the beginner and professional athlete vary by degree, not kind. We have seen the same principles that work for elite athletes also work for a recreational exerciser. We want to bring this practice to anyone looking to better themselves in fitness and in health.

Our Training Approach

With Tactic, our goal is to educate our clients on the proper way to fuel and improve their lifestyle through good nutrition and sustainable habits in a way that allows for long term success. We do this by combining scientifically proven methods and genuine, authentic communication.

We focus on the fundamentals of nutrition, not the fads.

Support and guidance yields success. It is the relationships that we build with our clients that make us different. Having a true understanding of someone’s goals, desires, and habits allow us to serve our athletes in a unique and personalized way.

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Meet the Team

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Meredith Root

  • 2018 CrossFit Games Individual Athlete
  • 2015, ’16, ’17, ’18 CrossFit Regionals Athlete
  • 5 years experience CrossFit Coach
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Biological Engineer

With a background in engineering, I take a scientific approach to performance and nutrition which I combine with my experience as an athlete and coach to help people achieve their fitness goals.

A scientist and engineer by trade, I spent six years working in research and development within the biopharmaceutical industry. This experience taught me to think and observe objectively and cultured my keen attention to detail. In addition to being a lifelong student, I am a lifelong athlete as well! The combination of these two passions has led me to where I am as an athlete and coach. I have competed at The CrossFit Games and many times at Regionals. I was ranked top 10 as a USAW Olympic weightlifter (53 & 58kg) with multiple appearances in the American Open and Nationals. I have a particular interest in the performance impact of sports nutrition as well as the mental component of coaching and training.

I have seen first hand the benefits that a practical and appropriate diet can have on performance. It is my goal to share my knowledge and experience in a way that helps people fuel their bodies and rebuild their relationship with food.

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Alex Parker

  • 2015 CrossFit Games Individual Athlete
  • 2013, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18 CrossFit Regionals Athlete
  • 5 years experience CrossFit Coach
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
  • Lawyer

I have always had an interest in sport performance and a strong desire to learn about performance nutrition and health to apply to my own life. As a nutrition and lifestyle coach, I use my knowledge to help others reach their own health and fitness goals.

I have always been interested in human behaviour. The fact that there are many facets involved in a person’s relationship with food, makes nutrition coaching a gratifying and desirable field.

I am a lifelong athlete, having competed in a variety of high level sports including alpine ski racing, golf and soccer. I am now dedicated to the sport of CrossFit. I have competed at The Crossfit Games and many times at Regionals.

My own experience in sport and life has helped me realize how important it is to fuel your body properly. I have experienced significant benefits from eating basic, healthy food in the right amount to support my lifestyle. I was able to greatly improve my sport performance, health, daily wellbeing and relationship with food. It’s true, you are what you eat.

It is incredibly rewarding to help others experience the positive effects of eating right and eating the right amount, while also maintaining balance and flexibility in doing so.

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Lynsey Martin

  • Competitive CrossFit Athlete
  • 6 Years’ Personal Training Experience
  • 2 Years’ Coaching Adolescent Athletes
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 (In Progress)
  • B.S. Biological Sciences

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for physical activity and healthy nutrition. I grew up playing any sport my parents would allow me to play. Once I graduated high school, I ran track at the University of Guelph where I completed a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

I ran track until recurring injuries caused me to explore other activities. I was introduced to the sport of competitive body building and pursued that for 3 years until I heard about CrossFit. I have now been competing in CrossFit for a little over 3 years and I’ve never enjoyed training for and competing in a sport more.

Through my personal journey and through coaching clients for over 6 years, I’ve been exposed to, tried, and learned about a variety of nutritional strategies. The one that works best for me and the one I find usually works best for my clients whether they’re a high performing athlete or a recreational exerciser is a flexible approach. I love teaching people how to fuel their activity optimally while also teaching them how this doesn’t mean cutting out the foods they love completely.

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Meg Perdew

  • Competitive CrossFit Athlete
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • BSc. Degree in Nutrition Applied Sciences
  • MSc. Degree in Kinesiology
  • Published Public Health Researcher

Physical activity has always been apart of my life. I played various sports throughout my childhood and found my competitive edge as an Equestrian, competing at the university level. I grew up in a nutrition-centred household as my parents have their Masters and PhD in Food Science and Toxicology.

After a few years of long-distance running and road cycling, I was lucky enough to find the sport of CrossFit in 2016 as a “happy medium” combining my love for fitness with my desire to find a like-minded community. I enjoy the methodology and the physical and mental challenges that come with the sport of CrossFit and I am always seeking to improve my performance as an
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I truly found my thirst for nutrition knowledge when I was faced with my own health problems as a teenager. This is when I began to dial in my own healthy habits to find a balance with physical activity and nutrition. This also led me to pursue undergrad degree in Nutrition Applied Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Then, I continued my education at the University of Victoria where I earned my Master’s degree in Kinesiology and studied childhood obesity management; during this time, I helped implement and evaluate a family healthy living program. Now, I am able to take behavioural theories, behaviour change techniques and use evidence-based research to guide my nutrition and lifestyle coaching approach.

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Jill Kerslake

  • CrossFit Athlete
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Working Against Gravity Coaching Certification
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist – Alberta Health

I was always active growing up. I did ballet, Martial arts and kickboxing before transitioning to a globo gym around age 18. I was very small and had no muscle and despite doing some weight training for a few years never got much stronger or bigger. So I started looking into my nutrition more and started tracking my food. I realized that I was under eating and was very low in protein, especially for my goals of muscle building and fitness. Despite eating healthy foods, loads of vegetables and never feeling hungry, I was eating only around 1500 calories per day. This is where my love for nutrition began. I started learning everything I could about macros and proper nutrition for performance. Once I started CrossFit, my focus became getting as fit and strong as possible. I became very passionate about properly fuelling your body to be able to train hard and become your best self. Through lots of hard work and proper nutrition I have gone from weak and skinny to lifting heavy weights and have competed at various local competitions as well as the CanWest games three times. I believe nutrition and fitness can have a transformative effect on people’s lives and I want to help others discover what they are capable of.

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Kat Elvidge

  • Competitive CrossFit Athlete
  • 4 Years’ experience CrossFit Coach
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • MSc. Applied Human Nutrition
  • BSc. Biology

Growing up, I was very actively involved in athletics and played as many sports as possible, with hockey and rugby becoming my passions. For both sports, I was never the most talented, but I was able to stand out by having the hardest work ethic and the best fitness. These traits eventually enabled me to attend Dalhousie University to play varsity hockey and later the University of Ottawa to play varsity rugby.

After graduating with a BSc in Biology, I took a year off to travel and hike in New Zealand. This was the first time in my life when I was not in complete control of the amount of exercise that I was doing or the food that I was eating. After only a few short weeks, I began to notice a huge change in myself both physically and mentally. It was then that I truly understood the impact that fitness and nutrition can have on not only a person’s performance but on their everyday life.

This realization and deeper understanding of the importance of nutrition led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition. Over the past four years working as a CrossFit and Nutrition Coach, I have seen firsthand how good nutrition and sustainable eating can positively impact athletic performance and overall quality of life. It is now my goal to help educate others about the importance of a healthy lifestyle through both nutrition and fitness.

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Kendra Dutton

  • Competitive CrossFit Athlete
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • Critical Care RN

For as long as I can remember, my life has revolved around sport and physical activity. Though I played & participated in many different sports throughout my life, gymnastics was my passion.

Despite my active lifestyle and love of sports, I fell into the hole of disordered eating and body image issues after my gymnastics career ended in my late teens and lasted into my early 20’s. I found CrossFit in the midst of those years and it changed everything about what I currently believed – not only about performance and nutrition but also how I defined health and how I viewed my body. Through a flexible, holistic approach to nutrition it has allowed freedom and enjoyment that I never thought would be possible.

Additionally, I have spent the last 5+ years in the medical world, seeing firsthand the impact that a lack of well balanced nutrition and exercise can do to the human body. After watching these scenarios unfold time after time, it has further solidified my passion for wanting to help others learn about proper nutrition and physical activity in order to improve performance in all areas of their life.

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