Athletic Ambassadors

Gabriel Varga

Kickboxer

Organization: Glory Kickboxing 
Titles: Glory Featherweight Champion, WKN World Champion, WKF World Champion
Record: 26-2 
Weight: 65kg 
Home: Victoria, Canada 

Popeyes Supplements Victoria has very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Their supplement selection is very extensive so I can find everything I want to help keep me in great shape during training camps. 

My favourite products are Progressive WheyEssential All in One, Progressive Organic Coconut Oil and OmegEssential Fish Oil.

Kyla Gagnon

Personal Trainer

I moved to Victoria from up island almost 11 years ago and my first step was finding a gym, in which I found immediately and my second,  and equally important step was to find my supplement store.

I can't remember if Popeyes was recommended to me or if I just happened to drive by, but regardless Chris was working, and if any of you have had the pleasure of meeting Chris I won't NEED to say it but I will anyway...His friendliness and insane knowledge pulls you in and you don't want to leave.

First Popeyes experience and I was hooked. I  had found someone I trusted 100% with my supplement coaching.

Now 11 years later as a full time personal trainer and competitor I don't dare send my clients anywhere other than Popeyes.

If Chris isn't working, I never worry that my clients will be getting a lack of knowledge or help with their purchases, as He does an INCREDIBLE job of educating and hiring extremely supplement and nutrition savy employees, who I trust as if they were Chris.

Not only does the staff have the knowledge they are kind and welcoming to EVERYONE, which as a woman walking into a supplement store for sometimes the first time, can be intimidating, and everyone in store makes you feel at home.

I am sponsored with my favorite supplement brand ( and I am not just saying that, I actually used them prior to sponsorship lol) and so my favorite products from Popeyes are typically MAGNUM NUTRACEUTICALS.

I can't go without my QUATTRO ( 4 stage Whey isolate)

Acid, which is an incredibly powerful CLA and a third must buy is QUEST PROTEIN BARS in Double Chocolat Chunk ( although those B UP bars are pretty dynamite too)

~Inhale, Smile, Exhale and Love~

 www.bodyripped.net

 www.insideoutfitnessvictoria.com

Georgia Cameron

Olympic Weightlifter

Weight Class: 53kg

Georgia has been involved in sports her whole life. She was a competitive swimmer, track and field athlete and competed in CrossFit. Through CrossFit, she developed a passion for Olympic Weightlifting, and has now been competing for 3 years. Georgia is coached by Rachel Siemens out of Vic City Weightlifting, and attends the Canadian Sport School. At age15, Georgia hopes to one day compete at Junior Worlds, Senior Worlds, and eventually one day the Olympics. Georgia frequently stops by Popeye’s Supplements Victoria store to restock on her favourite products. She enjoys consulting with the owner Chris and the other knowledgeable staff members, to develop a better understanding on what supplements will help her perform at her highest level.

Some of Georgia’s achievements include:

  • 3rd at the 2015 Western Canadian Championships in the 48kg class
  • 1st place at the 2015 High School Championships in the 48kg class
  • 2nd place at the 2016 Junior Provincial Championships in the 53kg class
  • Best junior lifter at the 2016 Island Invitational
  • 4th place at 2017 Canadian Junior National Championships and 3rd place for the BC girls team

Some of Georgia’s favourite Popeye’s products include:

  • Rival Whey by Rivalus 
  • Aminocore BCAAs by Allmax
  • OmegEssential Fish Oil by Progessive Nutritional Therapies

*All 3 of these products are independently tested by either Informed Choice or IFOS to guarantee they are free of banned impurities and have accurate label claims.  

This is very important for all elite athletes looking to use supplements to enhance their performance without running the risk to testing positive for a banned substance

Aaron Bold

Lacrosse Player

Business Organization:

  • Bold Athletics – Owner / Professional Trainer

Current Athletic Organizations:

  • Saskatchewan Rush (National Lacrosse League – NLL)
  • Victoria Shamrocks (Western Lacrosse Association – WLA)
  • Team Canada (World Indoor Lacrosse Championships – WILC)

Titles Won:

  • Minto Cup (2006)
  • NLL Champions Cup (2015)
  • WLA Mann Cup (2015)
  • World Championship (2015)

Home Town: Victoria, BC CANADA

www.boldathletics.com
info@boldathletics.com

In Victoria, lacrosse is second nature to any young man growing up. I’ve been very fortunate to have many combined successes over my 16+ years of lacrosse experience. I have to thank family, friends, and former teammates. Chris (Popeyes owner) being a former teammate of mine has been involved with the Shamrocks Lacrosse organization for many years now. It’s very honourable to see him still giving back to various athletic programs all over Vancouver Island with his nutrition consultations. Lets face it, as an elite athlete it’s hard to get all your daily requirements by just eating whole foods. With the expertise and comfortable environment Chris and his entire staff at Popeye’s provide, they’ll always supply you the best quality supplements you need for health & performance and nothing you don’t. Now running my personal training business I only refer my clients to Popeye’s Supplements. They can give proper insight and requirements for a new trainee just starting out at the gym or the veteran athlete just needing to maximize their recovery I’ve been taking supplements from Popeye’s Supplements Victoria for more than 10 years now to keep optimal health. More importantly these supplements help me train & perform at the most elite levels of sport

Thanks again Chris for all your help of the years!

Aaron Bold

FAVOURITE PRODUCTS:

  • VITARGO S2
  • Progressive VegeGreens
  • Nutrabolics ANABOLIC STATE (BCAA)

Lauren Babineau

Triathlete / Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor

It is difficult for Lauren Babineau to remember a day in which she has not been active in some way… Her eagerness and enthusiasm have often earned her the nickname energizer bunny or Babs bunny.

Growing up I was constantly rushing from sport to sport – I was the student who easily got an ‘A’ in gym class

From a young age, Lauren naturally adapted to a fast-paced and active lifestyle. Triathlon being not one – but three sports – fits Lauren like a glove. However you can also find her doing anything physical and exciting – trail running, riding, hiking, rock climbing, paddleboarding, and dirt biking, are just a few examples.

“As a passionately driven (tri)athlete my goal is to always be my best. When I enter a race, my goal is to be on the podium – anything less is a shortfall in my mind. Nutrition is often considered the fifth discipline triathlon. I take my nutrition seriously, as I believe it has a direct relation to my performance. Working with Popeye’s Victoria is an essential part of my training program; Chris and his knowledgeable staff give me peace of mind every time I line up on a start line".

Favourite Products: IronVegan (Sprouted Vegan Protein), OmegEssential Fish Oil + D, AllMax L-Glutamine Pwd, Progressive VegeGreens Superfood Pwd.

http://www.laurenbabineau.com

Bryan Colwell

Boxer / Kickboxer

Age:25
Birthday: October 31
Height: 6’3
Weight: 195lbs
Boxing Stance: Orthodox
Record: 9-2-1 (6-2-1 boxing, 3-0 kickboxing) 0 TKO’s
Sign: Scorpio

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

 My entire life I have been the most competitive person I have ever met, and was drawn to the competition of sports from a young age. Growing up in Fort st. John I played every sport I could be registered in through elementary and middle school before focusing on soccer in highschool and playing Div 1-3 on as many teams as I could year round. When I graduated highschool my family moved to Victoria so I could pursue post secondary education and UVIC with my plans of earning a scholarship playing on UVIC’s soccer team. Upon arrival and entry into the Victorian soccer scene I was informed by several different coaches that while my soccer skills were adequate enough play for UVIC, my conditioning needed to be improved. Taking a suggestion from a family friend, I registered at a local MMA facility to train in its martials arts conditioning program under Jason Heit. At the end of my very first day and boxing class I knew I never wanted to play soccer again.

Now, seven years and twelve fights later, under the tutelage of my manager Jason Heit and coach Nate Olson, I have proven myself to be the best Cruiserweight and Heavyweight amateur boxer in the province under Boxing BC, winning the 2015 British Columbia Heavyweight Golden Gloves title, the 2015 Provincial title and qualifying for Team BC. 

Following my first amateur match 3 years ago, Chris Kinnear from Popeye's Supplements approached me to discuss the idea of a supplement sponsorship, without hesitation I agreed. Ever since then, Chris and his staff have built, modified and maintained a deeply personalized supplement and nutrition regimen tailored specifically to my training and lifestyle needs.

As I continue my quest for a spot on Canada’s national team and a world title, my workouts are always powered by Popeye's Supplements Victoria

My 3 favourite products are:

  1. VegeGreens by Progressive Nutritional Therapies
  2. VegEssentials VEGAN All in One Protein Powder
  3. C4 by Cellucore  Pre-Workout

Mike "Knock Em" Downey

I was raised and currently live within the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia where for decades I've been a care giver for individuals with special needs, a nanny, a fundraiser for sick kids, supporter of the homeless, as well as a security guard at local events & clubs. After retiring from my international travels as the Canadian kickboxing / Muay Thai champion and international D.J the highs in my life had abruptly switched from a peak to an all time low thus leaving me depressed and lonely. This was the turning point in my life when I had decided to get the most intelligent pets available, so rather than getting a dolphin, monkey, or an elephant … I got the next smartest animals on the planet, potbelly pigs. This is the point when I began my mission as a warrior for animal rights after making my true connection to all animals through my love for my little swine friends. I allowed my newfound love for all animals to drive me towards following a plant based diet aka. Veganism which I'm honored to share with everyone.

During my dietary switch to Veganism to ensure i was getting in all my nutrients I starting using a product I would recommend to everyone. VEGEGREENS by Progressive Nutritional Therapies. Anyone, on any diet can help boost their energy levels significantly by using this nutrient dense product , especially if their not already consuming enough plant based nutrients within their own diet. I think we can all agree that almost no one truly does anymore.


After switching to Veganism I began working out again, and what I noticed is that I had far more energy as my cardio limits blasted through the roof and my blood pressure dropped significantly (from such a low amount of cholesterol in my diet) Believe it or not I actually had an easier time than ever before building lean muscle, which is something i really didn’t expect. During my diet plan I was originally taking Sun Warrior Classic Vegan protein immediately after all my work outs. More recently Chris at Popeyes had me switch to using the Iron Vegan Athlete’s Blend because of its enhanced amino profile and the fact it’s Canadian made, just like myself and I must say it is fantastic. I just had to try this Vegan diet out for myself in order to find out the truth and now that I have, I've become more motivated than ever to share my journey. To achieve that goal I’ve commiting myself to competing in my first ever bodybuilding competition in 2017/2018. I also plan to be making a come back inside the martial arts ring in order to win myself back the World Muay Thai Championship, which I felt I was once robbed of many years ago.


So stay tuned ... because this is about to get as real and as inspirational as it can get. I have now gained more inspiration than ever before as I learned how to become a fighter for others, rather than for my own self. If you wish to know more about my succesful diet plan, as well as my supplements of choice then please feel free to contact me through my website www.woce.ca and I will reply to you ASAP. Guided by my newfound knowledge I try to provide everyone with updates during my mission and together we will help heal the planet!

People might wonder why I've always stuck with Popeye’s Supplements Victoria. That is because of their unwavering support in my mission of winning my kickboxing belts, long before I had ever won any titles. Chris the owner from Popeye's Victoria always has the most accurate up to date information to share with me, which has helped guide me on a much more accurate path towards optimal athletic health. The incredible knowledge he has shared with me over the many years has proven invaluable. I’ve been able to use this knowledge to help guide others towards living a more optimal life as well.

Currently the most ideal protein supplement I always purchase from Popeye’s Supplements Victoria is the Iron Vegan Athlete’s Blend powder. Each serving provides 30 grams of organic, non-GMO plant based protein which supplies a complete range of essential amino acids that helps to build and repair my body tissues.

Along with that I love my Progressive brand Veggie Greens. This product is a huge factor in my health as there are over 60 different quality nutrients included from both land & sea and they actually taste great in just water!

I also use the NOW Brand liquid calcium. It is unreal in comparison with other calcium supplements because when I take it, I notice that my bodies hair and nails grow far more rapidly when I consume this. It’s a highly utilized form of liquid calcium. Did you know that calcium is also a great beneficial
beneficial supplement for muscle contractions, and our hearts?

Thanks for taking the time to read my profile and if you have any questions, please don’t hestitate to ask. Together we can make a difference.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step LAO TZU


Cheers,

Mike Downey
Warriors of Compassion Enterprise
250.857.5292

Lisa Giesbrecht

Pro Female Bodybuilder / Trainer

LISA GIESBRECHT IRONWORKS
IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
2 Time Ms. Olympia Athlete
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach

Lisa started training for her first bodybuilding show in 2004. For the next few years she competed in bodybuilding and figure, eventually making it to the 2008 figure nationals.  In 2009 she found her passion in bodybuilding.  She competed in the provincial and national levels until 2011 when she won her pro card. She went on to compete in a professional physique show in early 2012. Nine weeks later, she won the Toronto Pro Supershow in bodybuilding. This win qualified her to compete at the 2012 Ms. Olympia.  This was a great accomplishment and honor.  In 2014, she competed in three pro shows: Toronto, Chicago, and Tampa. She qualified to compete at the 2014 Ms. Olympia after placing 5th in Toronto and 2nd in Chicago.

With over 10 years of contest training and 20 shows under her belt, Lisa is well qualified to helping people achieve any fitness or nutrition goal. In addition, Lisa is an ISSA certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. Lisa prides herself in paying attention to your individual goals and realizes everyone has different needs, body types, and lifestyles. She will create your custom program designed for maximum results.  

“I’ve been going to Popeye’s since I started training in Victoria – almost ten years ago.  They always have what I need to maximize my training.  Not only do they have great prices but a superlative staff that’s incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.   I like Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey for my post workout shake. In the morning and intra-workout I drink Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy and Allmax Glutamine. Mt Post workout carbs consist of Allmax Carbion. I finish the day with my Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein protein. Having proper supplements at the right times greatly enhance performance in the gym and aids muscle recovery and growth”