An afternoon that can change your life and many others too.




The Academy Of Lions prides itself on having the best coaching staff, with the most knowledge, skills and passion. We nurture our community by developing great people for leadership roles. 

We have a system that provides mentorship to young & emerging coaches to help them excel in their professional and athletic practices. 

The COMBINE is our way to build relationships with Coaching & Internship candidates. Opportunities will be given to successful candidates. 

If you are looking to develop your skills, contribute to the community and learn under the one of the best staffs in the country, please check out the criteria below:


  • Completed CrossFIt Level 1 Certification or registered
  • Completed CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Hold at least 2 other fitness, health or nutrition certifications
  • We strongly value Agatsu Fitness & Varbanov Weightlifting Certifications 
  • We also prioritize anyone with a Post-secondary level accreditation in a related field such as Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Health, Fitness, Nutrition, RMT, Health Club Management etc.
  • Candidates should have a lifestyle that will allow them to afford time to train at the Academy on a regular basis, attend social events, coach or assists on sessions. 
  • Be willing to spend at least 10 hours a week at the Academy in exchange for access to our programs, services & mentorship


Successful candidates will fall into 2 categories:


  • Tested High in all 3 sections of the Combine
  • Would be eligible to coach classes at the Academy within 2-6 months
  • Has a long term vision that includes being part of the Academy Of Lions


  • Tested well in at least 2 sections of the Combine
  • Shows promise, desire and commitment to becoming an Academy Coach or member of our organization in some other capacity
  • Has other skills that could contribute to the Academy Mission & Culture
  • Has potential to be an Academy coach in 6-12+ months
  • Has a long term vision that includes being part of the Academy Of Lions



  • Upon completion of Apprenticeship/Internship term, a certificate of achievement will be granted and potential for future opportunities at the Academy will be assessed and/or given.
  • Scholarships for Agatsu Certifications may be awarded based on performance, evaluations and commitment to further opportunities within Academy. These are valued between $500-$1500.
  • Opportunities for relevant and meaningful courses, seminars and enrichment opportunities within Academy
  • Full access to gym for training, classes, mentorship, coaching and other appropriate events
  • Opportunities for Coaching Employment after Apprenticeship term is successfully completed.


PART ONE: Physical Benchmarks (90 minutes)

We are looking for potential coaches who know how to perform foundational movements and also have the physical potential to represent the Academy in demos, events and possible competitions. 

Candidates will be tested on 6 movements/exercises that are the basis of our M17 Level System. Results will be factored into the 3 part evaluation and determine candidates readiness for Apprenticeship or Internship.

The Benchmarks are:

  • Front Squat 1-Rep-Max
  • Barbell Snatch 1-Rep-Max
  • Deadlift 1-Rep-Max
  • Pull-Up, Max Unbroken Set
  • Ring Dips,  Max Unbroken Set
  • CrossFit Open WOD 12.3
    • 15 Box Jumps (24/20 inch)
    • 12 Push Press (115/75 lbs)
    • 9 Toes To Bar
    • As many rounds as possible in 18 minutes.

For more about our M17 Level System, click here. 


PART TWO: Discussion of Goals, Values & Culture  (45 minutes)

Academy Coaches are cultural ambassadors, and the first point of contact for our members. The role is an important one, as we feel that our coaches can make real, lasting and meaningful changes in the lives of our member. We want our Coaches, Staff & Interns to be great people first, and driven professionals second. 

In this discussion, we will ask you about your short & long term goals, time frames, vision and how being part of the Academy helps you achieve your goals. We are also looking for a good understanding of our culture and what it represents to you and the community at large. 


PART THREE: Knowledge Test  (75 minutes)

The Academy Test will asses your current level of knowledge in the areas listed below. We also use this as a roadmap of future study for successful candidates for our Apprenticeships & Internships. No one has passed this test on the first try, but Apprentices and Interns have to demonstrate some working understanding of these principals & concepts. We will work with all successful candidates on preparing to re-take the test and pass a mark of 85% or higher. 

The test consists of 117 questions on the following areas:

  • Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • CrossFit Benchmark Workouts & Best Practices
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Power Lifting
  • KettleBells
  • Running
  • Academy Of Lions Programming 
  • Nutrition


If you feel you the Academy is something you'd like to be a part of and have the necessary skills, attitude and passion to contribute to our mission, please fill out the intake for below.

If you don't think you fully qualify, but meet a significant amount of the standards, we invite you to complete the form and let us review your eligibility. 


If you qualify for the Combine we will contact you to find a date that works for our coaches and you. 



Be accurate and honest. It's okay if you don't have something there, just let us know in detail why and how you plan on getting it. 

Once you've submitted your form, we'll review and contact you to let you know if you qualified for the next Combine. 


Name *
Phone *
Do you have have a CrossFit Level 1 Cert? *
Are you First Aid trained? *
15 Box Jumps (24/20 inch) 12 Push Press (115/75 lbs) 9 Toes To Bar As many rounds as possible in 18 minutes. Scored in total reps.
500-800 word essay. Please tell us why the Academy and why you? We want to get a sense of what kind of person you are and what vision you have for yourself and how you are going to help people.

Please press SUBMIT above to get the process started.

If you have any questions, please email