About Us


Esther Stien


Tim Geiman

Tim Geiman

Natalie Guarnery

Natalie Guarnery

JD Stien

Owner & Head Coach

of Notch 8 Barbell Club

Jake Sharp

Jake Sharp

Tallis Jordan

Danielle Witlock

Talia Ross

Talia Ross

Chris Brock

Chris Brock

Jake Powers



There are many elements that go into making a world-class facility. From the training components like having enough space and equipment to practical components like free parking and showers, our facility has all the necessary components to help you get fit and stay fit for life.

Imagine having to fork out an extra six dollars every time you park your car for a workout. Or having to park a kilometer away from the facility. This is the case for many downtown locations.

Inconveniences like parking are enough to deter you from going to the gym at all. Things like having plenty of natural light and big bay doors might seem like small peanuts, but when they’re taken away, people notice.

In short, everything runs more smoothly when things are convenient.

We have been around for a while and we have learned through trial and error what people need and want from their training facility.

We are very proud of the world-class facility we have created. Through trial and error, we learned through the years there are 10 necessary keys to logistically allow for a smooth-functionally facility.

1. Adequate Square Footage: Our 9,000 square foot facility easily handles classes of up to 25 students, all the while leaving enough space for two or three apprentice coaches to run one-on-one personal training sessions on the other side of the facility.

2. High Ceilings: Our 20-foot-plus ceilings give our facility a more spacious look, and they also accommodate a very important CrossFit movement – Rope Climbs.

3. Drop Weights: With wall-to-wall rubber flooring, you can drop weights absolutely anywhere.

4. Bay Doors: Our bay doors allow for all-important air circulation keeping our venue cool and smelling clean. Bay doors also make running WODs, where athletes have to enter and exit the building multiple times, much safer and more manageable.

5. Natural Light: Nobody wants to train in a facility that feels like a dungeon. We have tons of windows and natural light, which keeps our facility bright.

6. Free Parking: We have endless parking on both the North and South sides of our building.

7. Run on the street: The area around our facility has streets are relatively empty and flat. We have marked courses for our 400 m, , 600 m, 800 m, and 1,600 m routes, which begin and end at our bay doors.

8. Lounge: We’re just as much a social house as we are a training facility and school. We have a lounge upstairs where we watch hockey games, football games, and other social gatherings. Our social events are the glue that holds our community together.

9. Functional, clean, classy shower facilities: Nice washrooms are especially important for our morning CrossFitters, who usually have to head straight to work after their morning workout and don’t have time to head home again for a shower.

10. Treatment Area: We have a treatment room for prehab and rehabilitation. We have partnerships with an athletic trainer (Myofit) and a Chiropractor (Dr. Brian Jackson @ Plainfield Family Chiropractic) for your convenience to help you aches and pains, recovery and prevention.



Why do I have to do the free 1 on 1 session? And why is it free?

We want you to understand what you are getting into when you join our team. We want to make sure we are a good fit for you and you for us. We work hard and are committed to helping each person on our team achieve their best so that you can live larger and with a greater ability to do the things you want to do.


How long will this process take before I see results?

You will start to see and feel results right away, however, there is no magic pill; we don’t have a secret recipe for sale or any “get results by tomorrow” methods. You will get results, but you will work hard for them. This may require an open mind or paradigm shift but you will learn new skills for life. In return, you’ll be more likely to retain your results by living a healthy, positive lifestyle as opposed to “yo-yoing”.


Will I get "six-pack abs"?

HAHA! Yeah! Great question! With hard work and proper nutrition, you may get a six pack, or even better, an eight pack! Say what!? Yeah, that’s right! We are so advanced; we can uncover two more abs!!!

All kidding aside, a well fed, well trained, healthy person may or may not have visible “abs.” That’s based on one’s body fat percentage and where one’s body fat deposits. But nice sexy looking abs is a normal result for most of our team. Even if that wasn’t the goal.


What are your prices? Are you expensive?

No, we are not expensive. Ask yourself this. What is the price for not being sick, weak or hindered? How much would you pay to feel more energetic? To be healthy and free of medications? How much are you willing to spend on copayments and “sickcare”.

We are not a typical gym, so prices are not comparable. We are not even a typical CrossFit affiliate gym, so any comparison without meeting them first and then us is unfair and based on completely different levels of service and expertise. You don’t pay for a gym membership at Notch 8. At Notch 8 you are buying coaching. You pay for a personal fitness coach who coaches you on movement, nutrition, lifestyle practices, and finding balance to enjoy a lifetime journey in fitness.

When we understand what program style is best for your we will go over all of our fees in detail. No fancy tricks or switcharoo schemes here! We’d like you to come meet us and then decide. If you don’t see the value, or find we aren’t for you, that’s fine.

A basic outline of our prices can be found here.

Do you offer any discounts for contracts?

We do not believe in discounts or contracts.

The closest thing we have to a contract is a 30-day notification policy.  If at any point you choose to end your monthly membership, you can request a membership cancellation form and we will stop billing 30 days after that form is completed and returned.

We are here for us all to win. Our clients stay with us because they get results. We stay with our clients because they put in the effort to make positive change.

Don't I need to get in shape first before I join?

No way! Just get in here a.s.a.p.! Your time is precious so use it wisely. We will meet you where you are and recommend the best path forward which may be one of our group programs an individualized program or a combination of both.


I've got a bad back, knee, shoulder, excuse, etc...

Yes! You can still do this! We treat you as an individual. You will be given specific movements that you are able to do safely and which are effective for your goals. If you are an individual program design client, you will follow your own program, custom designed for you, your needs and your history. We strengthen your weaknesses and reduce your physical limitations. We use normal movements demanded in real life and sports situations. By focusing on proper movement patterns, posture and technique we can reverse years of nagging injuries and replace it with some vigor to attack life.

Can I build muscle?

Yes, real-world functional, useful muscle that will serve you well. Nothing fake here. No “display model only”.

Am I too old?

If you never see yourself needing to get up from a seated position (get off the toilet maybe?), stand up if you fall down, lift the groceries from the car, or get the fertilizer down from the top shelf in the garage, then you may not need what we teach.  If you think you might need to do one of those things, or anything else to enjoy the rest of your years, you are not too old!  How you feel is the real indicator of age. The demands of an Olympic athlete and a grandparent differ only in degree, not in kind. We all desire to maintain our independence for as long as possible.

Remote Coaching

Some of our clients aren’t close enough to workout at our facility. In these cases we will provide service virtually through the use of digital content platforms and video used in assessment and consultation scenarios. Remote coaching can be based upon existing group programming or individualized programming.

Are you a CrossFit gym?

Yes, we are a CrossFit affiliate. And we are very different from the “norm”. CrossFit is not who we are, but it is a part of what we do in many ways. Although we are affiliated with CrossFit HQ, we are independently owned and operated. We are an affiliate because we agree with Coach Greg Glassman’s original tenets and idea’s and we agree with CrossFit’s charter to remove sugar and other health conflicting industries from nutrition sciences and to help improve people’s lives.

Over time, we have honed our practices and tried to develop the best process for the long term. Short-term results are just that, short, unsustainable and irresponsible from a professional coach. We are interested in your long-term health and condition. Our coaches are professional coaches and we have been in business for over 5 years.

We show you what to do, how to do it, and why you are doing it. We will constantly challenge you with learning new skills and improve yourself in all facets of life. And we can continue to help you with your results for many years.



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