​How It All Started

​​In early 2020, Kim and I were coaching at a local CrossFit affiliate, while guiding some remote clients with online training on the side. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, in-gym training came to an abrupt halt, and the demand for online training exploded.

 

We saw this as an opportunity to share our passion for functional fitness and reach more people with individualized attention. We were eager to leverage the experience we had gained over years of competing as amateurs and professionals, however we quickly realized that we lacked the platform and tools to deliver quality, 1-on-1 programming at an affordable price.

 

We wanted to offer a full spectrum of complementary services, so we assembled a team of professionals in the health and fitness field who share our passion for athletic excellence. With this step, we were all in, and Polar Bear Programming was born.

PBP Team

Cédric Lapointe

PBP Remote Coach

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Cédric Lapointe

Certs & Experience

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1, 2015.

Pierre Roy weightlifting seminar, 2016.

Atlas project seminar (body evaluation and weightlifting) with Roch Proteau and Pascal Plamondon, 2017.

TTT classroom student, 2020. 

Achievements: 

2016 - Atlas Games, 3rd place
2017 - Indi. Regional Qualification, went team with Pro1 MTL, 7th place
2018 - Indi. Regional Qualification, went team with Pro1 MTL, 4th place
2018 - CrossFit Games with team Pro1 MTL, 14th place
2018 - Atlas Games, 2nd place
2019 - CrossFit Lowland Throwdown (Amsterdam), 2nd place
2019 - CrossFit French Throwdown (France), DNF
2019 - CrossFit Filthy150 (Ireland), 4th place
2020 - Individual CrossFit Games, TBD

Education:

BS in communication, in progress

Coaching Specialities

Periodization and competition preparation

Efficiency in CrossFit movements

Athlete/Coach communication.

I  believe that the personalized one on one coaching is the best way to achieve your goal because my programming is going to be made for YOU and based on YOUR feedback and my knowledge/expertise. My philosophy is that you're the one handling the wheel and I'm here beside to guide you to your athletic destination.

Training philosophy:

PBP Remote Coach

Kim Chartrand

PBP Remote Coach

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Kim Chartrand

Cert. & Experience

Certifications:

 

2008: NCCP level 1 gymnastics coach

2010: NCCP level 2 gymnastics coach

2013: Certified personal trainer by CANFIT

2014: Fitness competition coach for over 10 athletes

2015: Certified level 1 CrossFit coach

2016: Atlas Projet cert. with Roch Proteau (body evaluation) and Pascal Plamondon (Weightlifting)

2015-2020: CrossFit coach in an affiliate and online

Achievements:


1993-2009: Gymastics athlete
2012: IDFA pro championship, 1st place
2012: SAF championship, 1st place
2012: Physique Canada Championship, 1st place
2016: Qualified Indi. Regional athlete
2019: Wodapalooza (Miami, FL), individual RX division, 3rd place
2020: CrossFit Wodapalooza (Miami, FL), Sanctionnal event, Elite Team competitor.

Education:

Honours degree in social science, with specialization in psychology, 2012. 

Coaching Specialties:


Gymnastics
Abs development

 believe that motivation is the key to success and I'm here to guide you throughout your athletic journey to make sure you develop your full genetic potential. 

​Training philosophy:

PBP Remote Coach

Mike Blanchard

Weightlifting Coach

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Mike Blanchard

Education:

B. HK, CSCS,
CSEP,
C. SPORTS SCIENCE

Michael started being involved in Crossfit in 2012 and transitioned to Olympic Weightlifting after developing interests in the sport. Being a perfectionist while trying to apply the best methodology and movement, he surrounded himself with the best in the field. He has been mentored for many years by one of the most accomplished Olympic Weightlifting coaches in Canada, Pierre Roy. Michael also coached at the National level and has his NCCP Olympic weightlifting competition development certification. In the past years he’s been involved in professional sports including the San Francisco Deltas in the NASL, Professional hockey players (NHL, AHL, OHL) and more recently as a sports performance coach for the Edmonton Eskimos.

About Mike:

Weightlifting Coach

Nikolas Bibic

Physiotherapist

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Nikolas Bibic

Certs & Education

MSc. Pht : Masters in Physiotherapy- Laval University, Quebec, Canada· 
 

 Cert-CMFA : Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete- Institute of Clinical Excellence·
 

Cert. C-PS : Champion Performance Specialist

Experiences:

In terms of CrossFit and functional training, in addition to his athletic background, Nikolas is the first Canadian and the only physiotherapist in Quebec to hold the Cert-CMFA certification from the Institute of Clinical Excellence (Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete), specializing in the care of the functional training athlete. This allows him to integrate his knowledge of biomechanics of the human body and training with athletic performance, which led him to establish his own physiotherapy practice.

#1 Restore
#2 Optimize
#3 Enhance
#4 Maintain

Physiotherapy Philosophy: 

Physiotherapist

Alexandra Pepin

Registered Dietitian

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Alexandra Pepin

Education:

2017- … Ph.D. candidate in exercise physiology, University of Ottawa.


2016 - Honours Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences (Summa Cum Laude), University of Ottawa.


2012 - Diploma of College Studies in Dietetics, Collège Montmorency.

I am a Registered Dietitian specializing in sports nutrition and a PhD candidate in exercise physiology at the University of Ottawa. My research interests focus on the effects of sugar consumption on human health. Avid foodie, I believe that healthy eating should also be tasty! Through publications, conferences and active contributions in the media, my goal is to make the science of nutrition accessible to all!

alexefoodie.com

About Alexandra

Registered Dietitian

​Polar Bear Programming is a young brand in the industry, but we are spurred on by the number of passionate athletes that agree with our approach.