Meet our amazing team of certified trainers, coaches, and yogis.


Sean Kearney

Sean Kearney
Coach & Co-founder

Sean is a certified personal trainer, lifelong athlete, long-time North Shore resident, and co-founder of Functional Athletics Inc.

Over the years Sean’s competitive sports participation included soccer, track and field, swimming, and martial arts. In 2004 he represented Canada at a world championship karate tournament in Germany.

Sean spent several years with a large multi-location fitness company, where he had a loyal client following. While he learned a lot, he struggled with the pressure to sell unnecessary training packages and nutritional supplements to clients, who weren’t getting a proper return on their investment. When looking for alternatives, he discovered that high-intensity workouts using functional movements in a fun, community environment, a training approach known as CrossFit, was more effective for his clients. He subsequently founded a business based on a combination of CrossFit, high-intensity interval workouts on indoor rowers, and bodyweight exercises, all in a social and lively environment.

Sean’s daily workouts include a healthy regimen of boot-camp style workouts, bodyweight circuit training, rowing, and Olympic lifting. He has competed in Tough Mudder events and plans to tackle CrossFit competitions in the near future. In his spare time, Sean can be found trekking the North Shore trails with his wife, Atessa, and his 120-lb dog, Bow.

Certifications & Specialities

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • NCCP Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • CrossFit Power Lifting
  • ACE Certified
  • CPR/First Aid Certified

Michael Kearney

Michael Kearney
Coach & Co-founder

Michael is a certified personal trainer and long-time North Shore resident.
Michael’s competitive sports background includes soccer, gymnastics, track and field, rugby, and alpine skiing. From 2000 to 2007, ski racing dominated Michael’s athletic activity. He spent 140 days per year on snow, travelled extensively, and competed in regional, national, and international competitions. During this period he had the opportunity to learn from past stars of the sport who had been World Cup winners, World Champions, and Olympic Medallists.

Although his ski racing career is behind him, Michael’s passion for health, fitness, and competition continues. In his perpetual quest to find the most effective, efficient form of exercise, he became a CrossFit practitioner and an advocate of the rowing machine as a full-body, low-impact way to achieve great results. As a constant source of exercise advice for friends and family, Michael knew he could create a fun, effective way for others to train and prepare for competitions, events, or just the physical stresses of everyday life.

To stay in shape now, Michael’s fitness regimen includes a healthy mix of bodyweight circuits, Olympic lifting, rowing, yoga, trail running in our beautiful North Shore mountains, and chasing after his rambunctious toddler, Jacob. In 2014 he began competing in CrossFit competitions, finishing 6th in his first competition, 5th in his second, and 3rd in his third. Michael plans to continuously improve his performance and qualify for the CrossFit Games.

In his coaching, Michael focuses on the individual, helping them find their motivation and drawing up a program to specifically fit their needs and goals.

Certifications & Specialities

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • NCCP Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • CrossFit Power Lifting
  • BCRPA Certified
  • CPR/First Aid Certified

Sarah Kearney

Sarah Kearney
Yoga Instructor

Sarah is a certified coach in multiple fitness disciplines: yoga; gymnastics; trampoline; Taekwondo.

A resident of West Vancouver, Sarah is a lifelong athlete and competitor. She competed locally, provincially and nationally in both gymnastics and Taekwondo. Sarah holds black belts in Taekwondo and mixed martial arts. She was three time provincial Taekwondo champion and represented BC at the Canadian Nationals. In addition, Sarah coached martial arts for 4 years.

Sarah has been coaching gymnastics for 12 years at a local North Vancouver club, Flicka Gymnastics.

Yoga has always been part of Sarah’s personal training regime. It has helped her relax, focus, become more flexible and stronger. Sarah earned her 250 hour yoga certification with a view to working with her brothers at Functional Athletics. Her programming compliments the “whole-body, healthy lifestyle” approach to fitness embraced by her brothers.

Sarah promotes confidence in her students by creating a safe, relaxed environment and by offering modifications in postures to ensure each individual gets the most out of their practice.

Certifications & Specialities

  • Certified Yoga Instructor-250 hrs (CYT-250)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • Human Kinetics Diploma
    National Certified Coach Program (NCCP)
  • Level 2- Multisport Coach
    NCCP
  • Level 2- Gymnastics Coach
    NCCP
  • Level 1- Trampoline coach
  • Level 1 Cardio Kickboxing Instructor
  • CPR/First Aid Certified