Meet THE ACF TEAM

Coaches Broder McNeill and Duncan McNeill have owned and operated Alchemy Community Fitness since 2009. You can meet the brothers—and the rest of the ACF coaches—in Hamilton, Brantford, and online.

Craig Latendresse, Head Coach

Alchemy CrossFit was suggested to me by a friend. I was only going to try for a month max. Years later, I am head coaching.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

Seeing the reaction of someone who just got a PR. Helping people reach their goals and see them be happy with their achievements. Meeting someone who comes in extremely eager to jump right in (a sponge for learning!).

Craig Latendresse…

  • Competed with Team Alchemy twice in the CrossFit Games Regionals
  • Has medaled at provincial Powerlifting meets
  • Runs an awesome charity event each year that has raised thousands
  • Wishes he could grow more (but this is simply wishful thinking)
  • Has a mighty ginger beard


Favorite quote:
“Never give up, never surrender.” AND “Have a good time, all the time, always eat the worm.”—Coconut Pete

Broder McNeill, Co-owner / Coach

I thought I was excelling at fitness doing my regular beach body workouts, I could not have been more wrong! Joining CrossFit allowed me to push my level of fitness in every aspect. I have become stronger, more athletic, and increased my endurance. After losing my competitive fire from sports after school, CrossFit has brought it back and I love coming into the gym every day and competing with all our great athletes.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

Nothing makes me more happy with seeing people accomplish something they would not have thought possible only months before. Everything from getting a benchmark PR, or being able to do a pushup without their knees. Seeing our Alchemists getting better is the best part of my day!!

Broder McNeill…

  • Hate to run long distances
  • Enjoys the competitive side to CrossFit
  • Loves the social aspect of Alchemy and chatting with all the members

Kasey Maguire, Coach

My CrossFit story is, sadly, not the least bit exciting. I’d been having a hard time getting back into a movement routine after my daughter was born. I couldn’t find anything that was at a time that worked for me as a mother and was consistent. Randomly, my brother-in-law mentioned a CrossFit gym that he was a member at held 5:30am classes every week day. I emailed Alchemy the next day, did my first CrossFit workout (Baseline) the day after that and the rest, as they say, is history.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

Getting people moving just for the love the of moving and feeling good in their own bodies. PRs are great but they aren’t the every day. I want people to relish in the every day movement.

Kasey Macguire…

  • I lived in the Canadian Arctic for six months.
  • The initials of my first and middle name (K and C) make up my actual first name, Kasey.
  • I have a PhD (ABD) in Science and Technology Studies.

Maryam Marashi, Coach

I’ve been doing CrossFit for roughly 7 years. I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to it at the age of 16. Inspired by the strength and stature of the female athletes in the sport, I immediately began training CrossFit-style at my conventional gym until my membership expired. I then began training at my local box and never looked back! I trained competitively for about 4 years. During that period, I sat among the top 100 fittest women in the Canada East Region 2 years in a row and earned a handful of qualified spots at international events. Coming from a strong background in sports from a young age, the athletic and competitive nature of CrossFit training has kept me excited and inspired to better myself every day that I walk through the gym doors. These days I train more as a “casual exerciser” than a competitive athlete and am grateful to have the opportunity to extend my passion for exercise and training to the awesome members at Alchemy.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

I love meeting new people and hearing the stories that inspired them to begin their fitness journey. I also love being a part of the victories and battles faced by our members each week as they grow and develop as athletes. My number one favourite part about coaching is watching a person’s confidence inside (and outside) the gym increase over time.

Maryam Marashi…

  • I eat at least one dessert food every day of my life (Cookies and cupcakes are my fav!)

  • My favourite exercise to practice is the snatch

  • I was a competitive Irish Dancer for 10 years (6 years old – 16 years old)

Anita Bliss, Coach & Nutrition Specialist

Growing up not playing sports or interested in fitness, it wasn’t until after I had my kids that I realized how out of shape I really was. After a few months of weekly personal training sessions, I was introduced to CrossFit. As nervous and scared as I was I decided to give it a try. Today, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. CrossFit truly changed my life.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

I love being part of a class where people of different backgrounds, abilities and ages are all working the hardest they can toward their health and fitness goals at the same time encouraging and supporting each other.

Anita Bliss…

  • Could not do 1 burpee when she started training (“I laid on the floor and couldn’t get back up”)
  • Loves Overhead Squats
  • Is still searching for her “love of running”

Mia Harris, Coach

  • Was a competitive dancer and soccer player
  • Amatuer weightlifter
  • Been doing crossfit for about a year


What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

Seeing someone accomplish something that they think they cant do… Someone lifting more weight then they did last time.

Mia Harris…

  • More flexible and bendy than your average person
  • Cat mom
  • I hold my pen weird but still have the neatest writing

Duncan McNeill, Co-owner / Coach

I was training for obstacle races and realized my workouts shouldn’t be about looking good but rather should focus on getting more work done in less time. I found CrossFit and dove deep into YouTube videos. The next day I spent about 40 minutes going through the benchmark WOD Angie (100 pull ups 100 push ups 100 sit ups and 100 squats) and never looked back.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

Helping people get to the next level. Whether it is gaining a new skill, lifting more than they ever have, or getting through a full day without their back hurting I love being part of little (or big) wins.

Duncan McNeill…

  • Loves to sound like a scientist as often as he can
  • Frequently binge eats
  • Super happy to be here 100% of the time

Janet Ratcliff, Coach

I have been active all my life, I started CrossFit in 2007 and it changed my life. I joined Alchemy crossfit as one of the original members in 2009 and started coaching in 2011. I used to love the competitive aspect of CrossFit and was lucky enough to participate twice as part of the Alchemy team at the CrossFit regionals. Now I just love that I am healthy and happy and functional in all aspects of life.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

I love seeing people accomplish goals and activities that they never thought possible. I love that people can enjoy life just that much more because they feel healthier and happier.

Janet Ratcliff…

  • I went to australia 32 years ago and brought home my aussie souvenir david, who I have been married to for 30 years.
  • I competed twice for team Alchemy and the CrossFit regionals.
  • Don’t mind my battle cry when I work out I really am a kind person.

Andrew Wilhelm, Coach

Former varsity football player for University of Guelph. After leaving football focused my energy on triathlons working up to completing a half iron man I started to look for the next challenge and found CrossFit and have never looked back.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

Seeing people achieve new things and improve themselves.

Andrew Wilhelm…

  • I love to cook, especially for my fiance.
  • I have a dog named cooper
  • I created a podcast called “The just thinking podcast”

Matt Taylor, Coach

Played sports in school and then got into running after becoming a parent. With three kids it was all I could make time for. 3 years ago I cam to Alchemy to use crossfit to help my running out, now I consider myself a crossfitter.

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

The joy on peoples faces when their bodies work as they should. When they’re able to jump or squat or lift overhead the way the body was designed.

Matt Taylor…

  • Married my highschool sweetheart
  • Adopted three children
  • My oldest just got her driver’s license and my heart rate has never been higher!

Anthony Morden, Coach

I was going to a big box gym for years and was looking for a change, I did some research and decided to give CrossFit a try. I went to highschool with Broder so I decided to try Alchemy. After the first couple of workouts I was hooked and drank the crossfit “Kool-aid” by the gallon!

What gets me ‘jacked up’ about coaching:

I love when members tell me stories of how CrossFit has improved their lives. I feel extremely satisfied my members increase their self confidence.

Anthony Morden…

  • I love to cook. Pizza is my specialty!

  • I am a major nerd; video games, super heroes, star wars, DnD, I do it all

  • I enjoy travelling with my wife and we took 3 months to travel all over Asia and Europe.