I am very enthusiastic about fitness, starting very young I tried to mimic my childhood hero, Mary Lou Retton while participating in gymnastics for 10 years. I have always stayed active, but in college I got into running trail and road for varied distances. This love for running turned into longer competitive runs after I moved to Colorado, competing in multiple half marathons and finishing my first full marathon last year. I have coupled my love for running into cross training in swimming and biking to compete in multiple triathlons in recent years. This cross training and variety in training led me to explore how CrossFit could benefit me in other competitive arenas, like obstacle races. Cross training has given me the complete fitness to compete at a higher level and do things I couldn’t have done before. I wanted to share this experience with young people which led me to get my CFL1 in September 2015 and help develop the KidFit program at CrossFit DNR. After the first class I felt that I was showing the kids what functional movements and motivation can do in their hearts and lives. Bringing them to be better people and appreciate fitness for the health and mental benefits it can bring them as they grow.
When you hear Kale you think of lettuce. Well in our Box Kale is that weirdo white boy trotting around pretending to be an athlete. Kidding! He’s actually pretty great. Loves to have fun and make others laugh. As someone who hasn’t been the most active, athletic, and hardly involved in competitive sports growing up I still knew that proper health and fitness was essential to a long and happy lifestyle. So after high school I pledged to change my lazy ways. I knew it would be my everyday battle and was ready to face and conquer it. Over the next few years it would be school, work, and multiple “Globo Gyms” until a co-worker by the name of Kody Knapp talked up this thing called Crossfit and invited me to his garage for a WOD to see what it’s all about. Showed up, met my new Dude-Bro Kyle Knapp and failed to finish my first workout! Completely down and NEARLY out I couldn’t understand how something that made me feel so bad could feel so right.. At first I told Kody I might come back but inside I felt a new fire telling me this was not over. Like most I was intimidated by high intensity and complex movements but quickly learned that with consistent hard work, NOTHING is out of reach. It is this confident and positive attitude I can apply in everyday life both in and outside the Box. I completed my Crossfit Level 1 Training May of 2014 to dig even deeper into the methodology of this new passion and now am proud to be a member of the DNR crew. Fall of 2014 will make it five years of staying atop the never ending battle and feel like I’m ready for anything.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
When I found CrossFit DNR in June of 2013, I knew this could become more
than just a gym for me. The coaches I work with, and the clients I train have
become a family. I take pride as a coach getting to know the athletes in this gym
on a client/trainer basis, along with getting to know them on a personal level.
I am a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and have been a trainer here for over 2 years.
Along with a CrossFit trainer, I am a CSU Ram Alumni. I have been actively
involved in sports and other physical activity my entire life. After starting CrossFit,
I have seen improvement in every aspect of my life, both physically and mentally,
and it has changed the way I view myself and what I am capable of. I’ve learned
through CrossFit that you have to go into anything you do with the mindset that
you can push a little harder than what you thought possible. The only thing
holding you back is fear of the unknown.
“If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?” – Ray Lewis