KRIS MARCELLI | OWNER/HEAD TRAINER

The idea of weight lifting was first introduced to me as a 145lb high school freshman. My high school football coach coached me when I was “accidentally” placed in a PE weightlifting class that was supposed to be filled with just upperclassman jocks (also a new thing to me). Needless to say I was extremely intimidated by the huge men (I say huge and men because they all had beards and walked around with authority, and I had a peach fuze mustache). I could never compete with their back squats, cleans, and dead’s so I stayed away and stuck to the cable machine. As the high school years progressed I started to get stronger and began getting more involved with sports; specifically swimming was my strong suit. Upon graduation in 2002 I was an earth shattering 165lbs, and with the amount of competition level swimming I was doing, I was in the best shape of my life.

I continued to lift weights throughout college, ensuring to hit my chest, back, legs, etc. days. After college I joined the Army and was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and was lucky enough to attend a few special schools to include Sapper Leader Coarse (similar to Ranger School but for Engineers). I eventually deployed to Iraq, and while deployed I used the gym to stay busy and started to gain some muscle. After my re-deployment I was weighing around 215lbs. I met my wife, Lindsey, while in the Army and she first introduced me to my first WOD and I was hooked! None of previous workouts or sports had compared to the feeling I had after completing Fran and laying on the floor in a pool of sweat.

My wife and I were fortunate enough to open an affiliate in early 2011. My “job” now consists of training and educating our community; helping change them in the same great ways CrossFit has changed our lives. I get to show them how to be better not only in the gym, but in life. Looking back on my previous experiences, I could not imagine doing anything else.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Football
USAW Club Coach
Strength Specific Seminar – Bronze Level

Seminars:
Power Monkey Training Camp
Outlaw Para Bellum Training Camp
Coach Hinshaw’s Aerobic Capacity Seminar
i99 Clinic
Whole9

Favorite WOD: “Amanda”
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Least Favorite WOD: Murph
Least Favorite Lift: Deadlift

LINDSEY MARCELLI | OWNER/HEAD TRAINER

I grew up in a small town, Ashland, WI where I was an active kid. I played volleyball, basketball, and track. Fitness and exercise have always been important parts of my life. Throughout High School and College I regularly lifted weights and played at least one sport every semester and/or season. After college I commissioned into the Army, in which while deployed from 2007-2008, I got more involved with CrossFit. While in the Army I taught aerobic classes, boot camps, and cross training at the post gym. I continued on as a Personal Trainer for over one year at a globo gym after I got out of the military. There I taught boot camps, spin classes, personal training, and conducted small group training sessions.

None of my previous athletic experiences could even begin to compare to CrossFit. I was immediately hooked! It is the best fitness program that I have been involved with. Ever since I started, I haven’t thought about doing anything else. I got Level 1 certified in September 2009 at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. From there I continued to train on my own until I moved out to Colorado in May 2010 and joined an affiliate. After joining an affiliate, my progress (strength, health, & mental toughness) grew exponentially. After seeing how it changed my life, I want to share the same experience with my community, which brought me to today.

“You can have results or excuses…not both.”

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Movement and Mobility
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Football
CrossFit Kids
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Strength Specific Seminars – Bronze Level

Seminars:
Strength Specific Seminar
Outlaw Para Bellum Training Camp
i99 Clinic
Whole9
Coach Hinshaw’s Aerobic Capacity Seminar

Favorite WOD: Annie (4:34)
Favorite Lift: Squat Clean
Least Fav WOD: “Hammer”
Least Fav Lift: Shoulder to Overhead

BRIT THORN | CSM

I was born and raised on Big Island, Hi. Growing up in a smaller town there wasn’t much city life to experience. Having four brothers and sisters sitting inside watching TV was never an option. We had a big yard surrounded with rainforests, we spent our days on our trampoline, riding bikes and always night games of hide n seek. Playing outside, camping and going to the beach was our way of life. Active was a lifestyle, being in sports wasn’t really the focus but we were never allowed to play video games or watch crazy amounts of TV. Growing up next to the beach introduced me to surfing and body boarding at a young age and the beach and ocean has always been my passion. When I was in the 8th grade we moved to Oahu. In high school I dabbled in sports playing softball and paddling (canoe). During my junior year I found diving. All my friends were divers (free divers); spear fishing/diving became my new hobby.

After high school I began to live a semi unhealthy life, I was still active but not enough. I started going back to my high school gym to workout. I have always enjoyed circuit training and trying new movements. The traditional leg/arm/back day was never my style. My high school athletic coach started giving me circuits to challenge myself. One day he said, here’s a list of girls, today you’re gonna do Cindy, or Barbara or Kelly. I asked no questions just assumed it was one of the many terrible circuits he had made up. He’d show me certain movements and then modify and I’d say ok and do them.

In 2010 I decided to I decided to move and start school. My mom and little siblings had moved to Pueblo, CO back when I was in the 10th grade. It was hard and for a while I left any form of fitness, with the occasional hike I was the unhealthiest I had ever been. After 3 months I moved back home. I returned to my old healthier ways but after about 6 months I was done again (this happened for about 3 years) and I moved back to Colorado. I met my boyfriend, Wes, at a funeral of all places. He was into hiking and outdoor, active things, all things I love. I told him about how I enjoy circuit style training and he said I should check out CrossFit, which one of his coworkers taught at his gym. I was amazed. These were the girls I had been doing the whole time! I started attempting the Olympic weightlifting and gymnastic side. I’d watch hours of tutorial videos of movements being broken down, the progressions and then practice. I was hooked, I wanted to get better. I wanted to be stronger and more efficient. This was my style and I was in love with every painful WOD. Finally I registered for school and moved up to Denver. There at my college gym I continued to do as much CrossFit as I could. Daily I looked at the main site for the WOD then YouTube how to do the WOD. I still only considered myself to like circuit training style. I didn’t feel qualified to say I did CrossFit without being a liar. A worker at my school gym asked me if I was doing the main sites WOD one day. He had been doing CrossFit for a few years and was actually working at a box. I finally asked a girl I had noticed doing snatches and butterfly pull-ups (among many other movements) if she did CrossFit, with their help I started practicing Olympic movements even more. My friend told me about Eminence, he told me check out their free week. Feb 14 2013 was what I consider my first official WOD. I loved the community and support and encouragement, something I had never experienced anywhere before. I had found an amazing box. I still had to go to a Globo Gym due to working fulltime and school fulltime but would look at Eminences WOD and do my best to make it work and try to make any class I could. I have never looked back. I enjoy any type of active outdoor activity, but I know CrossFit is something I will never give up. There is always something to improve on and some new skill to learn and be more efficient, I love the challenges and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment after finishing a difficult WOD. The community is priceless and never ending support to be better and improve yourself as a complete athlete.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1

Favorite WOD: Anything with rope climbs, tire flips, thrusters, cleans and deadlifts.
Favorite Movement: See above list
Least favorite WOD: Don’t really have one
Least favorite Movement: Snatches and Kipping pull-ups will be the death of me.

ADRIAN GRODZKI | TRAINER

I grew up in the Northwest Chicago Suburb of Arlington Heights, IL. My athletic career began at the age of 4 spending 13 years perfecting Tae Kwon Do where I learned a solid foundation of patience, hard work and focus that later helped me accel in my gymnastics career. Completing 3-4 hour of training 5 days a week for 7 years on top of my varied martial arts training became the normal lifestyle. My coaching career began at the age of 15 working under Natalya Kuchinskaya, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist. This is where my foundation for excellent coaching and keen attention to detail was developed. After a few years of learning, I was given the Head Coach position training a Junior Olympic Men’s team. Being given the opportunity to travel to the Olympic Training Center many times with my team caught the attention of a local CrossFit affiliate in Illinois. They reached out to me to run gymnastics seminars at their gym year around which lead me teaching seminars at various CrossFit affiliates in the Midwest for 2 years. It is during this time toward the end of 2010 that I had started CrossFit training. I saw the large benefits CrossFit has brought into my life and have kept at it since.

My whole life the only “job” I’ve had was being a coach, since the age of 15 there has been an attraction to helping people in any way that I can make a positive difference for them. This means in the gym, at home, for their sports team or help them become mentally stronger to overcome life’s challenges. I have had the great opportunity to train with many professional athletes in different sports and I have taken the best traits from each one of them and I try to pass them onto the students and athletes I work with today.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
USAG
ASEP: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

Seminars:
Freestyle Connection
Myofascial Release

Favorite WOD: Anything 21-15-9
Favorite Lift: Power Clean
Least Fav WOD: Thruster Ladder
Least Fav Movement: Sled Pull

SCOTT BRAYSHAW | TRAINER

I’ve come into the coaching circle a bit different than most. I wasn’t into sports growing up. I was always more into the creative side of things like art and music, though I did play little league baseball, which I always really dreaded. When I got to high school the coaches couldn’t wait to get my 6’4″ height out on to the basketball court, that was until they saw me literally trip over myself dribbling down the court. Coordination was not my friend. Although I never made the team, I always excelled in the pre-season conditioning. The coaches often urged me get into cross-country and track but that would interfere with my rockstar dreams. I spent most of my free time playing guitar in a variety of bands in high school and throughout college. While I wasn’t active in sports, I could be found running around campus or riding my mountain bike around town.

At the end of college I married my wonderful wife, Sara, and we moved to Colorado. Mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding became the norm. Sara’s a runner and she’d get me to run along with her now and again and even enter a 5k occasionally but physically I was destined to be the tall, skinny guy. ‘Stretch’ and ‘Long, Tall, Young, Fella’ were the nicknames I was given. I tried to ”bulk up” by joining a globo-gym or getting a home weight set. I was pretty solid for a week or two with those and that was it. As my graphic design career grew, my days were spent in front of the computer designing everything from logos and brochures to video game interfaces. Unfortunately, that lifestyle got to me and I was living on health nuts (peanut M&Ms) and soda. I was pretty unhealthy but had no clue how bad it was.

Jump forward a few years, Sara and I have two wonderful boys, and I find myself frustrated that I’m getting winded trying to keep up with them. I never gained any weight but inactivity had gotten to me. We joined a nearby gym and I got into a pretty good rhythm and a year later I felt I was doing pretty good. That’s about the time some friends talked me into trying CrossFit. Sure, why not, they seemed to enjoy it and I was in great shape, or so I thought. The rest of the story is probably just like about everyone else’s. That first workout opened my eyes (after I was actually able to peel myself off the ground and breathe again). I’ve been hooked ever since.

My background of graphic design always had me looking for precise balance and alignment throughout all the visual elements I was working with. I find that coaching is very similar; find what’s working and what’s not and make those minor adjustments for balance and harmony. It’s just now I’m dealing with the human body and its power and efficiency. I’m 40 and I’m in the best shape of my life. The kids have a hard time keeping up with me and Sara is hooked as well. Helping my friends and family find this same energy, confidence and community is truly a joy. There’s not much better than seeing an individual achieve a movement or lift they never dreamed they’d be capable off. The enthusiasm spills over into all aspects of their life and you really see them thrive. I encourage you to come in and give CrossFit a try. Regardless of your current life obstacles, whether they be fitness related or not, I firmly believe CrossFit will help you overcome them and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Football
CrossFit Gymnastics
Strength Specific Seminars – Bronze Level
Strength Specific Seminars – Silver Level
Certified Kettlebell Instructor (USAKL)
Personal Trainer Certification (AFAA)

Seminars:
i99 Clinic
Coach Hinshaw’s Aerobic Capacityatch

Favorite WOD: Anything with rope climbs
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Least Fav WOD: 5k
Least Fav Lift: Jerk

DEMETRIA MARTINEZ | TRAINER

Born and raised in Denver Colorado I grew up playing softball and basketball in elementary school. In high school I played basketball for a year and ran cross country for two. I’m pretty sure that my cross country coach hated me because he knew I had the potential to do well. Because in practice I always ran with him and the fastest girls on the team. However every Saturday when the meets would come around I always had the worst time on the team. So I was very frustrating to coach.

After high school I would occasionally go to 24hour fitness and run on the treadmill and do the elliptical. I never saw any changes on my body, I also never touched weights of any kind. This was my idea of working out for years. Going to the gym and running for a week or two then taking weeks or months off at a time.

Then I heard about CrossFit. It sounded kinda fun but also scary and intimidating. After my first couple of WODs I was sore like I’d never been before. I had to use 5 bands to even get a pull up and it would be a year and a half of doing CrossFit before I got the first pull up of my life without a band. I was doing things that I had never done before and pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and I was having a great time! Thanks to a lot of hard work and CFE believing in me I finally believe in myself. I look forward to continuing to gain more skills and strength. I’m so excited to be a part of CFE and I hope that I can help encourage and push others to believe in themselves to accomplish their goals and to do things they didn’t know were possible. CrossFit has changed my life and I’m so grateful to belong to such a great community. I can’t imagine my life without CrossFit!

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
USAW Sports Performance
CrossFit Gymnastics

Seminars:
Coach Hinshaw’s Aerobic Capacity
i99 Seminar

Favorite WOD: Diane
Favorite lift: back squat
Least favorite WOD: anything with wallballs
Least favorite lift: shoulder press

BREA HAPKEN | TRAINER

I’ve been playing sports for as long as I can remember with my three main sports in high school being volleyball, basketball, and softball. My favorite is basketball and it has consumed my life since the 6th grade, taking me all over the country for different club tournaments and camps.

I graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BS in Health & Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching. I became a personal trainer at Bally Total Fitness in 2007 where I worked until 2009 when I joined the Marine Corps. While personal training and in the Marine Corps I dabbled in CrossFit, creating workouts, combining workouts, doing the best I could at the time but mainly sticking with the one muscle group per day workout. After completing my four years of active duty I returned back to Colorado where I really learned what CrossFit is all about and I can’t get enough!

There is something powerful in those moments after completing a WOD, the feeling of accomplishing something that seemed unimaginable and a little bit crazy. The camaraderie you find at the right CrossFit gym is beyond compare. And in our society today with obesity running rampant and the many other physical and mental problems created by poor diets and lack of exercise, I believe that CrossFit can change this downward slope that we are on.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics

Seminars:
Coach Hinshaw’s Aerobic Capacity
i99 Clinic

Favorite WOD: Hero WOD’s
Favorite Lift: Cleans
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with pistols
Least Favorite Movements: Pistols

WES HARRISON | TRAINER

Hi my name is Wes, and simply put, I believe in health and fitness. I was originally introduced to Crossfit a few years ago by a coworker of mine, while incidentally, I was working as a glorified front desk receptionist while he was coaching his class. As I watched intently, I remember absorbing the movements, counting all the reps done, and “mimicking” the same WOD’s and movements during my own free time. I did this for months and months before Crossfit, or my own version of Crossfit became the staple of my own program.

I am a Colorado native, born and raised. Along with long walks on the beach, I enjoy anything that has to do with physical activity or the outdoors. You name it, I’ve done it. I am a soccer player, an avid hiker/14er’er, snowboarder, and climber, and most importantly I believe in functional training.

I am originally from Pueblo, Co, but it wasn’t until I moved to Denver that my life started coming back together, essentially after I finished tearing it apart. For me alcohol was a release. It was my life, it was my friend, but after some time(a lot of time) it became just a part of the past. Now, training for me is the release, and treating my body the way I am suppose to is how I TRY to live. As humans and natural athletes, our bodies are genetically engineered to perform. We want to run fast, we want to jump high, and our bodies want to be nourished the way REAL food was intended to do.

This is what I believe in, and this is what I have a passion for. Showing people, sharing with people, and inspiring people to achieve more is who I am. But the best part, truly, is helping people to feel better!

I look forward to becoming a part of the CFE Team and I look forward to meeting all of you during this journey we all share called Fitness.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics
USAW

Seminars:
i99 Clinic

Favorite WOD: Diane
Favorite Lift: Clean
Least Favorite WOD: anything that involves running
Least Favorite lift: Thruster

ED THOMPSON | TRAINER

I was born and raised in Denver, I grew up playing sports and spent most every day outside… Until I discovered video games. By the time I graduated high school I was overweight and unhealthy. I managed to lose 40 lbs a little while after getting out on my own but was still unhealthy (smoking, eating fast food and binge drinking). I decided to change my lifestyle and seek a career as a fire fighter, I quit smoking, quit eating fast food and limited drinking to being a rarity. I signed up for a gym and with two semesters of high school weight lifting experience and some broscience I was hitting the weights looking to get swole. I lost a bunch of weight, looked better and thought I was in the best shape of my life.

Fast forward to January 2010 and I was in a fire academy and all of those curls and isolation exercises had failed me, my ass was getting kicked and badly. I managed to survive and I made it out of the academy with a new found respect for cardio and functional movements. I switched to a powerlifting routine, full of good deadlifts, squats and presses. I was still offering lifting up my praise in the Iron Temple and doing cardio whenever it was convenient.

I was working one of my first shifts as a fire fighter when I was introduced to “CrossFit”, we did “Karen” my first “WOD” and I spent the next four days hobbled, struggling to walk. Throughout the next few years I do WODs on shift and I pick things up and put them down on my days off. I was lucky enough to work with some folks that coached at affiliates on their days off and I started to enjoy the challenge posed by most WODs. I joined CrossFit Eminence in May 2013 and have been at it ever since.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1
USAW Level 1

Seminars:
i99 Clinic

Favorite WOD: Linda
Favorite Lift: Back Squat
Least Favorite WOD: Karen
Least Favorite Lift: Split Jerk

DEIDRE HELTON | TRAINER

I was born and raised in Northern Colorado where I played volleyball and track in school, but never considered myself a competitive athlete. I moved to Denver to attend the University of Denver, where I received my degree in Journalism Studies. I was mostly inactive during college, and after graduating a friend invited me to a Yoga Sculpt class at a small studio. I immediately fell in love with how sore I was from the strength training movements while utilizing the flow of yoga. I began attending classes regularly and overhauling my health. Before long, I decided to pursue my certification from CorePower Yoga as a Yoga Sculpt Instructor. During training, one of my mentors suggested I join her to a CrossFit class to work on my push ups. I was instantly addicted.

CrossFit has allowed me to push myself beyond physical and mental limits I thought impossible to overcome. I had a fellow athlete ask me if I still got nervous before the WOD one day, and I told her the honest answer – I am nervous every single time. I’m still growing and learning more about my own performance as an athlete every day, and I love inspiring others to learn more about themselves to be able to surpass any limit they have set. I’m excited to be part of the very talented CFE team and grow alongside each one of you.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Movement and Mobility
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
NASM CPT
CorePower Yoga Sculpt Instructor

Seminars:
i99 Clinic
CrossFit Culinary Ninja
Critical Athlete

Favorite WOD: Filthy 50
Favorite lift: Bear Complex
Lease favorite WOD: 100 burpees for time
Least favorite lift: Snatch

LINDSEY GORDON | TRAINER

Born and raised in Houston, TX, I was always active and on the move. My parents put me in gymnastics at the age of 3 and I can honestly say today that I am so thankful they did. I started competing when I was about 7 years old and continued to do so until I was around 13 years old, which is when I had to make the difficult decision to quit. I was going to school and practicing 4+ hours a day for most of my childhood. I even joined the church softball team during this time which usually took up the one day I had off from gymnastics. Needless to say, I was very busy. Strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance are just a few of the things that I took away from gymnastics. I ended up playing volleyball, running track, and even did some Pole Vaulting in middle school. When I began high school, I played one more year of Volleyball before deciding Softball was going to be my main focus. I played for my high school in the spring and traveled with my tournament team during the summer and fall. I was recruited my senior year of high school to go play softball as a catcher for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX, where I also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. We did some weightlifting at our 6am workouts but it was usually your basic curls, lateral raises, bench press, and ab exercises. Our main focus was on conditioning and agility work. Once again though, I went to school full time, practiced/trained 3-4 hours a day, and traveled in the Spring every weekend for games.

Once I graduated in 2011 and got a full time job back in Houston, my active lifestyle was put on hold for a while. I was lucky if I made it to the gym 2-3 times a week. I thought my body just needed the break. Not even one year later did my brother convince me to do the Tough Mudder in October of 2012 with him, so I decided I should find something that would help me train for it. Crossfit it was, and after the first day, I was hooked. Yes I was very out of shape, but so many of the movements came naturally to me, especially on the gymnastics side of things. I can now say that I am in the best shape of my life, even more so than when I was a collegiate athlete.

Fast forward to March of 2013, living in Austin, TX when I was introduced to Jeff Tucker, the Crossfit Gymnastics SME (Subject Matter Expert). He almost immediately asked me to join the staff after working with him for just a few hours. I then went to get my Crossfit Level 1 certification and began traveling the world, not only helping teach the gymnastics courses, but learning from so many other talented coaches. I have been coaching now for 2 years and would not trade it for the world. I truly enjoy being able to help others in there health and fitness journey whether they want to compete, just feel better, or even be a part of the incredible community that Crossfit has created. There is no greater joy in life than to be of service to others.

I just recently moved to Colorado in May 2015 and am so excited to be a part of the Crossfit Eminence family!

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar Staff

Seminars:

ANDY ROBINSON | WEIGHTLIFTING COACH

I was born and raised in Wichita, KS.  I was lucky enough to have parents that enrolled me in multiple sports at a young age.  I think this served as a good general athletic background that I still use today. As I got older I focused on soccer and tennis, playing them both in high school and college.  After college I continued with both sports recreationally, “lifting” at 24 hour fitness and even took up running 5ks and half-marathons in an effort to keep in shape.

Luckily one day while working out in a small gym in Topeka, KS I was introduced to CrossFit.  The owner, who coached the classes in the aerobics area of a YWCA, asked me to come the following week and give it a try.  I was hooked almost instantly and loved learning new movement’s while completely exhausting myself in short durations.  With almost immediate results I wondered why I had never done this type of workout before so I abandoned regular gyms and distance running.  While traveling for work the next few years I was able to continue CrossFit at a few gyms on the east coast before relocating to Denver and discovering CFE.

The natural progression for me was improving my weightlifting technique.  I joined the CFE weightlifting classes a few times a week to improve my CrossFit but soon fell in love with sport of Weightlifting and wanted to do it all the time.  I like the combination of power, speed, strength and agility it requires.  I’ve competed in a few local weightlifting meets so far and hope to hope to continue competing.  I plan on taking the USAW’s Sport Performance Certification in the near future.

Certifications:

Jon North Attitude Nation Level 1

USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Seminars:

Enderton Strength Seminar

Favorite WOD: Cindy
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with T2B
Least Favorite Lift: SDHP

MATT HARPER | TRAINER

It took me a little while to find CrossFit, however once I failed to finish my first CrossFit “workout” I was hooked. I loosely call it a workout because it would barely constitute as a proper warm up by normal standards. Born and raised here in Colorado, like most kids, I was active in sports like soccer and baseball. In high school I narrowed my focus to swimming and football. Being short and light weight wasn’t going to help me be ultra competitive in either sport, so it was a good thing for me I enjoyed being in the weight room -at least a little bit. After graduating high school, I decided that I wanted to keep playing football, and spent my freshman year lifting weights and conditioning to walk on to a college team. I checked off that box, by walking on to play at Western Oregon University. That was short lived, however,  and was back home after 1 year.

Finding a fitness routine wasn’t easy, as I found the typical gym setting rather boring. Truly, what I was looking for was something that would allow for some competition, have a high intensity, be functional to cross over into other activities I enjoy doing, and be measurable so that I could easily track my progress. Cue CrossFit. I started CrossFit in 2011 a couple days a week, as that was all the morning classes the Box offered. Once there was enough interest to be open every morning, I became a staple there. In fact, one other member mentioned to me after I missed a few days (sick or vacation or something silly) that me not being there was like walking in and seeing the whole pull up rig missing. That accountability and culture became something I looked forward to and relied on.Two years ago, I moved to Thornton and started at Eminence. Eminence has a great reputation and that was driving factor for my desire to train here. CrossFit has allowed me to compete on a regular basis, world wide, nation wide, and state wide through the CrossFit Open, on a local level at local 1 or 2 day competitions, at the gym with the other athletes, and ultimately, compete with myself- getting better every day.

I want to continue to share CrossFit with others. I have seen it enrich people’s lives and cause a dramatic shift for the better by getting sedentary people active and moving. Our bodies were created for movement. CrossFit shows people they are stronger, mentally and physically, than they realized, and it lends itself to a community that is unmatched.  With a background in Sports and Exercise Science, and a desire to teach and coach, I am excited to join the Eminence Coaching Staff.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1

Seminars:

ADRIAN NEVAREZ | TRAINER

Born and raised in Denver, CO. As a kid I loved sports. I was either watching, playing or using my imagination of playing in the big leagues. Unfortunately my parents were too busy to put me in organized sports, so I was always  knocking on the neighborhood kids doors demanding they come out and play. I never played video games or stayed indoors.

  Fast forward to my freshman year in high school. I was starting varsity in baseball, I was so focused on becoming a professional baseball player that I didn’t even play other sports my whole high school career. I earned first team all conference my junior and senior years. I played one year for Lamar Community College as a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman. I heard about a pro team tryout in California and knew this was my chance. I flew out there immediately and with a little luck I was offered a contract to play for the Cincinnati Reds organization. After a season and a half, and a bone spur in my throwing shoulder I had to call it a career professionally.    I continued to play baseball here locally in the Latino Baseball League and hosted pitching clinics for little league baseball. I wanted to reach out to kids that had the same passion I had when I was younger.

  After 11 years of Sunday baseball I lost my competitive edge. I wasn’t motivated anymore, I gained a ton of weight,  and with that came lifestyle changes including depression. I felt like I lost a big part of myself. One thing I that kept me interested in sports was watching ESPN. They were covering the 2012 CrossFit Games. I was impressed at all the variations of movements and the barbell lifting looked like so much fun. It took me a handful of times to get motivated and go to a regular gym, I signed the one year contracts and never made it past a month. I ran into a Groupon deal that offered a month of crossfit in Arvada for $20. This was my chance to try it out. I struggled during every workout but the feeling after was awesome, I got better at the movements and began to challenge myself.  After the month was up I didn’t want to stop, I got my competitive edge back, I was hooked! Viviana and I found out about CFE from working next door. We immediately decided that is where we would fitness. We walked through those doors and never looked back. This is our passion, this is our second home.

Since joining CFE in April 2014, I’ve competed in 5 competitions, 3 team and 2 individual.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1

Seminars: