Pat
Vellner

I am finish chiropractic school and have a Kinesiology degree from McGill University, I am a 3 times crossfit games athlete, I finished second last year.

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Joe
Bauer

I have 20 years as a coach/personal trainer, a Kinesiology degree with emphasis in fitness, nutrition, and heath from San Diego State University, my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist cert), CrossFit Level 1, 2 full Ironman's, 7 (and counting) ultra marathons, and am a CrossFit Regionals athlete. Oh, and I live in a van :-)

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Karla
Illicic

Yoga Teacher, nutritionist and an overall wellness coach who worked with all sorts of athletes, from dancers to pro NFL players.

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Dr. Karla
Wolford

I am a perpetual learner and love to educate my patients and athletes I coach on how to improve themselves day in and day out.

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Paulina
Klimkiewicz

I’m a full-time engineer and part-time travel+lifestyle blogger. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering but I’m surprisingly not a big nerd. I have been to 35 countries so far and recently did a 5-month long trip round the world.

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Tyler
Ray

My name is Tyler Ray aka. The Jump Guy and I'm the CEO and Vertical Jump Expert here at Project Pure Athlete Inc. I specialize in the area of Vertical Jump Training and was recently voted #1 Jump Coach on Instagram. I am famous in the jump world for being able to add inches to athlete's jumps in just minutes through the use of PPA Vertical Jump Technique methodology.

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Pat Vellner

  • Sport: CrossFit
Background

I am finish chiropractic school and have a Kinesiology degree from McGill University, I am a 3 times crossfit games athlete, I finished second last year.

Why do you love Metta?

I love that it is all natural and easier on your body than caffeine. I have alot of stress from school and training and not adding another one via diet is key.

What is your passion?

To help people feel and live better.

What is your favourite way to sweat?

CrossFit

“Work smarter not harder.”
What are your health/fitness goals?

To win the 2019 crossfit games

What helps you get a good night’s sleep?

Reading

What is your favourite time to work out?

I really like to workout in the evening when I get the gym to myself

What do you listen to when you exercise?

Deadmau5

How do you Drink Metta?

I drink it usually in the afternoon when I need to get some more work/studying done

How do you #Elevate yourself and others?

By spreading positivity and having a good work ethic/attitude.

What is a goal that lights you up?

To be the fittest on earth.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Work smarter not harder.

Joe Bauer

Background

I have 20 years as a coach/personal trainer, a Kinesiology degree with emphasis in fitness, nutrition, and heath from San Diego State University, my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist cert), CrossFit Level 1, 2 full Ironman's, 7 (and counting) ultra marathons, and am a CrossFit Regionals athlete. Oh, and I live in a van :-)

Why do you love Metta?

Adaptogenic herbs are something that I need in my hard charging life, and I really connected with the Metta team and things the company wants to accomplish.

What is your passion?

To inspire people to live an amazing fitness filled life full of passion and accomplishments!

Who/what inspires you?

People who overcome what we think of as limits, and do more than anyone ever thought they/we could. People like Dean Karnazes, David Goggins, Tony Robbins, Sally McRae, and I could go on!

“And that was when I learned that we don't have to live by social norms.”
What is your favourite way to sweat?

CrossFit and trail running

Have you ever had an epiphany - a light bulb moment - that changed your life?

Kind of... it was more of a slow glow that kept getting brighter. Haha! And that was when I learned that we don't have to live by social norms. I figured out that I could have my own business and not work a normal existence.

What are your health/fitness goals?

To make it to the CrossFit Games in the 40+ and to run a 100 mile marathon in under 24 hours.

What helps you get a good night’s sleep?

CBD oil, and listening to a fictional audiobook.

What is your favourite time to work out?

Anytime! I really like to workout 2-3 times a day when I have the time.

What do you listen to when you exercise?

Country, and everyone gives me all kinds of shit for it! The truth is... once the clock starts, I can't hear anything.

How do you Drink Metta?

Lately, I drink it while I'm driving the van from one city to the next, or when I need a mental jump start!

How do you #Elevate yourself and others?

By working as hard as I can at everything that I do, and trying to do my best to show others that I'm doing that, or leading by example.

What is a goal that lights you up?

So many! Having a massive membership at my online coaching program (The Get Better Project). Going to all of the National Parks on The Vantastic Life. Simply working out each day!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Live life with passion! Tony Robbins.

Karla Illicic

Background

Yoga Teacher, nutritionist and an overall wellness coach who worked with all sorts of athletes, from dancers to pro NFL players.

Why do you love Metta?

Because it gives me that boost of energy without the crash and lowers my stress levels :)

What is your passion?

Teaching, traveling & inspiring others to live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives.

Who/what inspires you?

Anyone who lives their life 100% all the time.

“BE yourself, everyone else is already taken :)”
What is your favourite way to sweat?

Hot yoga, functional training, HIIT.

Have you ever had an epiphany - a light bulb moment - that changed your life?

Yes, when I found out I had celiac disease. I had to start healing from within.

What are your health/fitness goals?

Be as healthy as possible without compromising on life :) It's all about that balance!

What helps you get a good night’s sleep?

Trying to finish all my work for the day and leave what's left for tomorrow. It's a work in progress :)

What is your favourite time to work out?

In the morning.

What do you listen to when you exercise?

I used to listen to a lot of rnb, but nowadays I don't really use music in the gym that often :)

How do you Drink Metta?

As an afternoon pick-me up!

How do you #Elevate yourself and others?

By teaching them how every day is a new chance to do better, get stronger, live happier, make healthier choices.

What is a goal that lights you up?

Being 90 and laughing with my husband.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Not an advice, but a quote - BE yourself, everyone else is already taken :)

Dr. Karla Wolford

  • Sport: CrossFit
Background

Doctor, Athlete, Coach, Wife, Daughter, Friend. I love CrossFit and Human Movement.

Why do you love Metta?

I love the lasting effects of it without it harming my sleep or recovery. I track my heart rate with a Whoop and Apple watch and my recovery can be hindered by caffeine and isn't with Metta. I would rather use a natural product to improve my performance without inhibiting my recovery.]

What is your passion?

Doctor, Athlete, Coach, Wife, Daughter, Friend. I love CrossFit and Human Movement.

Who/what inspires you?

Surpassing what I previously thought was not possible is completely inspiring for me. Elevating my Human Potential.

“Surpassing what I previously thought was not possible is completely inspiring for me.”
What is your favourite way to sweat?

Anything really! All things CrossFit, outdoor sports, water sports, snow sports, you name it!

Have you ever had an epiphany - a light bulb moment - that changed your life?

I read the book the Only Way to Win and it changed the trajectory of my life and my career.

What are your health/fitness goals?

I want to defy age. Age is just a number that is assigned to us, but it is up to us what we do with that age. I just turned 35 and took 6th at an International Sanctioned CrossFit Event, The Fittest In Capetown. I am still hitting personal bests as I age!

What helps you get a good night’s sleep?

I like writing down all my things to do on my task list, reading from a good book and diffusing some good oils next to my bed!

What is your favourite time to work out?

Not 5:30am, but that is when it usually happens! I would prefer 9am if I didn't have to work!

What do you listen to when you exercise?

Whatever the CrossFit Coach picks to play, but sometimes country if I want a lower key training session.

How do you Drink Metta?

After my workouts!

How do you #Elevate yourself and others?

My business is called Elevate Human Potential, so I do this through treating patients as a sports chiropractor and guiding athletes as a coach

What is a goal that lights you up?

The possibility of making it to the CrossFit Games as a Masters Athlete some day!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

I never lose- I win or I learn.

Paulina Klimkiewicz

Background

I’m a full-time engineer and part-time travel+lifestyle blogger. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering but I’m surprisingly not a big nerd. I have been to 35 countries so far and recently did a 5-month long trip round the world.

Why do you love Metta?

I love the energy and focus it gives me. I have genetically high blood pressure so it’s a perfect alternative for me to get an energy boost without any stimulants.

What is your passion?

Traveling – I love trying new food, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.

Who/what inspires you?

The possibility that anything is possible inspires me daily.

“Through my own fitness journey, I’ve learned that anything is possible.”
What is your favourite way to sweat?

I used to be team Cardio all the way especially with spin classes, but I’ve really been enjoying lifting more and more. I do love getting outside and running whenever possible.

Have you ever had an epiphany - a light bulb moment - that changed your life?

Haha I’m still waiting for this one!

What are your health/fitness goals?

Healthy and fit. I’ve struggled with my weight since I was little and a couple of years ago, I made a conscious decision to put my health and fitness as my priority. My ultimate goal is to be comfortable in my body and never let it be a limiting factor in what I’m doing – hiking, biking, running, adventuring…

What helps you get a good night’s sleep?

To be quite honest, I’m a great sleeper. If I could put ‘professional sleeper’ on my resume, I would! I can ‘flip the switch’ and fall asleep within seconds essentially anywhere – I call it my superpower.

What is your favourite time to work out?

Mornings! I love starting the day with a good workout. I’ve noticed that if I train in the morning, I’m way more productive during the day.

What do you listen to when you exercise?

Mostly Electro/EDM. I need something upbeat to keep me going.

How do you Drink Metta?

Sometimes I grab one out of the fridge on my way to the gym in the morning and drink it while I drive. Sometimes I have one mid afternoon for a pick me up at my desk if I need to focus and get stuff done.

How do you #Elevate yourself and others?

Through my own fitness journey, I’ve learned that anything is possible. I know that if I push myself, it’s going to be hard but at the end, I will succeed. I go back to those moments for motivation to conquer the next goal.

What is a goal that lights you up?

My goal is to visit 50 countries before I’m 50.. I’m at 35 countries now so I think it’s doable!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Anything is possible.

Tyler Ray

  • Home Town: Canada
  • Sport: Jumping
  • Website:
Background

I work with a variety of athletes from in the sport performance space including Team Canada Volleyball and Basketball players as well as current Professional Dunkers. I am a graduate of the University of Windsor's Human Kinetics program shortly after followed by a Bachelor of Education. I competed as a multi-event track athlete (Pentathlon) and was part of 4 National Championship Teams with the Windsor Lancers. Following track and field I competed for 8-years as a professional show dunker (yes, I dunked basketballs and got paid!). At the peak of my jumping career I possessed a 48" vertical leap. I have been featured on ESPN, TSN and Ballislife.

Why do you love Metta?

Both my wife and I are big proponents of the health and wellness industry and preach eating a whole food diet. Metta was a great substitute for my pre-workout supplements that often left me shaky and nauseous. I'm a huge fan of how the company promotes, how the product tastes and performs. I have a great deal of influence over many up and coming athletes and I'm very comfortable promoting Metta as a PPA approved pre-workout for jumpers aka. Jump Juice!

What is your passion?

Jumping has been my passion from an early age and still holds strong!

Who/what inspires you?

My wife Kelly Ray of The Healthier Self inspires me daily. Her care and work ethic keep me in check and I'm proud to call her my wife!

“Sometimes we must SLOW DOWN, in order to SPEED UP.”
What is your favourite way to sweat?

Nothing feels better than a dunk session for sweating, feeling athletic and letting off steam!

Have you ever had an epiphany - a light bulb moment - that changed your life?

After meeting my wife in 2015 it became very clear to me that I could no longer be one foot in, one foot out with my business. She supported me 100% and after hearing that all she wanted was for me to be fulfilled, I dove into PPA full force. Fast forward 4-years and I am a globally recognized brand within the area of vertical jump training and sport performance.

What are your health/fitness goals?

Currently, I am working to remain a strong advocate for my brand. I have re-introduced dunking back into my training after a 4-year hiatus following my retirement from the game. I recently tested my vertical jump at 40.5" at near 35-years old.

What helps you get a good night’s sleep?

Being off of my phone for at least 1hr before closing my eyes helps me to down regulate and have a more restful sleep.

What is your favourite time to work out?

Late Morning is my preferred time.

What do you listen to when you exercise?

I'm a HUGE fan of Lyrical Rap. Eminem, Logic, Token, Locksmith to name a few!

How do you Drink Metta?

I drink Metta about 30mins prior to working out OR before coaching. I like the clarity I feel after consuming it!

How do you #Elevate yourself and others?

I both literally and figuratively elevate people daily. As an athletic performance coach my job is to both help an athlete physically improve and elevate the confidence alongside of it. I get such a high off of seeing someone perform something that was once difficult with absolute confidence.

What is a goal that lights you up?

The fact that I have worked tirelessly to a point where 1) I rarely have to introduce myself at events and 2) people are seeking me out from all over the world gives me an incredibly powerful sense of accomplishment.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

This is both advice AND the entire basis to PPA Training. "Sometimes we must SLOW DOWN, in order to SPEED UP." I have these words tattooed on my leg in Spanish (that's another story lol).