Ian Lawson
Ian Lawson Owner/Coach
Ian Lawson holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, University of Western Ontario, London Canada.  With over 30 years of diverse experience in the health care industry, Ian was World Wide President Johnson & Johnson Surgical Sports Medicine Business.  There he developed innovative technologies for the repair of athletic injuries including,  ACL, meniscus, focal cartilage, shoulder instability, rotator cuff and many more sports related soft tissue pathologies.

Ian also was the Vice President of Marketing Ethicon Endo Surgery, VP Business Development Obesity Pathologies where he was responsible for the development of minimally invasive surgical and non surgical solutions for the management of morbid obesity and other metabolic disorders.

Certifications and Experience

  • USA Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Certified
  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer and Fitness Consultant, Fitness Forum London Ontario,Canada
  • Fitness Trainer, Nautilus Fitness, London Ontario, Canada
  • Volunteer Strength and Conditioning Coach St Thomas Aquinas Football, London Canada
  • Volunteer Olympic Weightlifting Coach, multiple athletes across diverse athletic disciplines
Athletic Background

  • Competitive CrossFit Competitor
  • Olympic Weightlifting Competitor 1980-1987
  • 1987 silver medalist Ontario Provincial Championships
  • 1986 gold medalist Woodstock Open
  • 1985 silver medalist Sarnia Bluewater Weightlifting Championship
  • 1986 gold medalist St Catherine’s Classic
  • Competitive Hockey Player
  • Avid Skiier
Chad Sowersby
Chad Sowersby Owner/Coach
Chad has been training in the fitness industry for over 20 years and he has a broad athletic background highlighted with baseball at the collegiate level.

Chad has a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering and worked for 18 years in Boston.  He is married with 2 young daughters who are active in multiple sports and fully understands the challenges of balancing work, family, and exercise.  Chad started CrossFit in 2012 and what ended up happening was a life changing experience.

“I started CrossFit to improve my fitness level and to compete in local mud races.  What I discovered was my place in life.  I found the fitness program that works.  I was in the best shape of my life for the mud run and performed better than I expected.  I immediately wanted to learn everything I could about CrossFit and coach.  I decided it was time to leave my full time career and pursue my passion of opening a CrossFit facility to help others get fit.”

Chad is able to relate to every athlete that walks through the front door of The Shack.  His passion will not only keep you motivated, but also having you accomplish things you’d never think were possible.  He cares tremendously about your health and well-being and he will do whatever it takes to guide you through your fitness journey!

Certifications and Experience

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer
  • CF Gymnastics
  • CPR/AED Certified
Athletic Background

  • CrossFit competitions
  • Ski, Paddleboard, Mountain Biking
  • Collegiate Baseball – WPI
  • Football, Basketball
Pat Claflin
Pat ClaflinCoach
Pat is 23 years old and has dedicated his life to athletics and elite fitness.  He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Bridgewater State University.  He attended Pembroke High School where he was a State Champion wrestler and both a scholastic football and lacrosse player. Pat is currently in the U.S. Army Reserves and very active in his unit, especially with their physical fitness training.

Pat started CrossFit in November of 2014 and hasn’t looked back. He fell in love with CrossFit and went on to get his Level 1 four months after he started. Pat has a background in coaching where he has been the Assistant Head Coach at Pembroke High School for the varsity wrestling team for the past five years. Pat has transitioned from coaching high school sports to CrossFit classes very smoothly. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and energy is very present when coaching, he loves pushing everyone to limits they thought was never possible!


-CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

-CPR/AED Certified

Athletic Background

Competitive CrossFit Athlete

-Wrestling, Football, Lacrosse, Hockey

-Boston Marathon 2014