Our Team

Meet Ernie

Ernie was born in Ghana and moved to the United States at the age of 11. After completion of secondary school, he enlisted for services in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman and completed 2 combat tours in Afghanistan. He was honourably discharged, leaving with the Presidential Unit Citation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, and Combat Action Ribbon.

During his military service, Ernie was inspired by one of his military leadership to try CrossFit. Since then, he is helping people reach any fitness goal they present to him. After the military he received his certification as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consulting from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He was subsequently offered an instructor position affiliated with NASM. Eventually, Ernie started owned and operated an Olympic Weightlifting gym for 4 years. During this time, he took 11 people to the national stage with 5 individuals of the becoming medalists.

Ernie embarked on the journey to be a life coach while running a gym and coaching individuals. After his first class at Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching(iPEC), his vision was clear on what he wanted to do on this journey to help people live a more fulfilling life. He created Self Awaken Mental Expedition (S.A.M.E) to help teach people about “self” and how they can more present and conscious.

Ernie prides himself on bring out the best in everyone he has the chance to coach and will never let you leave a session without some form of clarity. He believes with patience’s every goal will be accomplished and inspires people every day. His contagious humble demeanour always makes sure everyone gets praised for their hard work and effort.

Ernie is excited and eager to help people navigate their obstacles, goals, and anything that can help people live a fulfilling life no matter how difficult and pleasant it may be.

Meet Clarissa

Clarissa a multicultural (French/Irish/Scottish) filmmaking graduate turned fitness trainer. She is a firm believer in the power of improving one’s self as an ingredient for happiness, I strive to find the balance between work and play. A passion of hers is being able to travel the world, explore new cultures and meet new people, this has led her with a strong desire to help improve the world in any way she can.

With her experience in production and administrative field, she learned how to run projects and social media platforms while maintaining business standards and making the process enjoyable for any party involved. She could not be happier to join the team and bring her best work ensuring you get the best experience imageable. Your first warm welcome begins with her so be prepared to walk away with a genuine and authentic smile.