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Director of Personal Training
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Certified Nutrition Consultant
- CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
- Certified Life Coach
Background / Experience
Andrew is a National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association certified personal trainer with over 15 years of fitness and exercise experience. Andrew's desire is to help people at any level of fitness to attain their best overall fitness. Having grown up as an overweight child/teen, Andrew knows the hard work and dedication that it takes to achieve optimal fitness. He also knows the joy and sense of accomplishment that comes from attaining that fitness. Andrew utilizes many different strategies in training and diet to help his clients achieve their fitness goals. He designs programs built around each client individually to insure the success of each of his clients. Andrew is dedicated to the success of each of his clients, and he works diligently to give everyone he works with the tools and drive to meet and exceed their fitness goals.
Life Coach -
What is a "life" coach ?
I believe that your coach is your "life" line to success in all of your fitness goals. As coaches our desire is to teach health and fitness habits that will be forged in to daily "life".
Why do I need a coach?
Like most sports, even the greatest athletes depend on their coach for success. Coaches run practices, motivate their players, and design and implement the plan that leads to victory. The most important part of being your coach is joining your team. By being a part of your team your successes become my goal and your fitness becomes my priority!
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Certified Nutrition Consultant
- Emergency Medical Technician
- CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
I was born in Long Island, N.Y but raised in Colorado. As a youth I was very active to say the least, I played soccer, ran track, wrestled and played tennis, sports that all required both strength and aerobic conditioning. After graduating high school my passion for weight training began to grow. I started training myself in the basement of my home where I taught myself the in's and outs of personal fitness by reading and then implementing a healthy change in lifestyle. After joining my first gym in 1988 both my physique and knowledge of bodybuilding began to grow immensely.
I have been a Denver fire fighter for 14 years and I work in South Denver as a Lieutenant, a position I worked very hard to achieve. I was featured in the July August 2003 edition of Jeff Everson's body building magazine Plant Muscle. In 2008, I was accepted into the Annual Fired up for kids Fire Fighter Calendar as Mr. July.
I am currently certified as a master personal fitness trainer, completed the TRX Suspension Training instructor course and certified as a sports nutrition consultant. I am certified in CPR, first aid, defibrillation and as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). I have worked with and trained many of my friends, co-workers and family members to prepare for competitions of different calibers; including bodybuilding, figure, competitive sports and general functional fitness. My philosophy is to incorporate flexibility, core strength, muscle strength, endurance, proper lifting techniques and nutrition to achieve the body of your dreams.
Remember it isn't how much you can lift it is how you lift it!
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
As someone who grew up in California I naturally have a love of the sunshine and summer! I grew up spending 90% of my time outside hiking, biking, swimming, ridding horses. As I got older my love for fitness grew. I joined a volunteer fire department right out of high school. That is were I really found my love for helping and encouraging people! Being there for my fellow firefighters. Working together as a team to accomplish a goal. As well as being the person who shows up when I was most needed. That along with my love for fitness made the decision to make it more than just a hobby. I went to school at NPTI and got my personal training certificate. I have been training ever since and I love it! There is nothing I would rather do than helping people reach goals and push themselves to do things they never thought were possible is awesome! It is why I have such a passion for training!
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist
Les Mills RPM Certified
Certified CPR / AED
I am a wife, mother, personal trainer, adventure racer, marathon runner, Ironman triathlete, foodie and all-around health and fitness junkie. My own journey started when I lived in Georgia. My son was a year old and I was a stay at home mom then. I decided to join a gym to get out of the house, meet some people and get back in shape. My gym soon became my home away from home and I never looked back!
Getting stronger and fitter opened new doors and I found myself taking on exciting new hobbies. I started running and cycling and along with my husband, entered the world of endurance sports. Together we have completed multiple adventure races, with the longest ones lasting 30+ hours. Adventure racing turned into a gateway that led us to the sport of triathlon and we jumped in head first. Our very first triathlon was a half Ironman distance and we were hooked. After a couple of 70.3 distance triathlons it was time to tackle the Ironman distance. My husband and I crossed the finish line together at the inaugural Ironman in Chattanooga, TN in September 2014.
Along the way I became an avid runner and have also completed several marathons at home in the Southeast and even all the way out in Las Vegas.
Being a gym enthusiast turned into a new career for me when I started out teaching group fitness cycling classes. But I found my true passion when I began personal training 6 years ago. The relationships that I have made while training clients have been some of the most rewarding relationships of my life. Two of my very best friends actually started out as my clients. This journey is a very personal one that the client takes with his or her trainer. Hence the “personal” in “personal trainer”. Everybody has their own reasons for stepping into a gym or fitness center. Part of a trainer’s job is to honor those reasons while coaching their clients on the way to accomplishing their goals.
I take a functional, core-centered approach to training, training bodies from the inside out. I focus on building a strong, solid foundation upon which to create the body that each individual wants to achieve.
I also believe that health and fitness are lifelong endeavors. It is not about being better than someone else, it is about being the very best version of yourself that you can be. In order to make this happen, I coach sustainability. I help my clients implement lifestyle changes that actually fit into their lives. This includes changes in food choices too. Nutrition counseling goes hand in hand with personal training sessions in order to maximize the results of the effort my clients put in to each workout program.
The effort you put into yourself inside the gym enhances the life you have outside of the gym. Being the healthiest, strongest, fittest version of yourself that you can be allows you to really LIVE. Live the most fulfilling life possible. I consider it an honor for me to be able to help my clients enrich their lives.
• Crossfit Level 1 Certification Oct 2008
• Coach Burgener Olympic Weightlifting Lifting Seminar
• North Central Regionals 2010 – Affiliate Team 4th Place
• World Championship’s Carson CA 2010 Affiliate Team - 29th Place
• CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
• Bachelors of Science – Accounting
I was always very athletic as a teen. I played team sports that included field hockey, lacrosse & cheerleading. I was also a gymnast for 10 years. Then life after college began, and I spent the next 15 years, climbing the corporate ladder and starting a family. I have a love of my life husband and 3 small children.I was first introduced to Crossfit in 2007 when I trained in a Circuit class that always ended with “15 minutes of torture.” I now understand that the “15 minutes of torture” was in all actuality ALL CROSSFIT exercises!
As I understand is the case with most people, Crossfit quickly sucked me in and I am not looking back. I am completely blown away by the changes my body has undergone. At 40 years old, I could do what I did at 20! I am dedicated to bring this type of exercise, methodology and body transformation to other ordinary people like myself.
I was a stay at home mom for 3 years who got heavy and out of shape. Since being a part of this “movement” I have become a fit mom of three and an inspiration for others. If I can do it, so can they!
The energy and excitement generated from these classes is unparalleled. I challenge you to TRY IT!
I grew up in Florida and went to college in South Carolina. I was very active in sports throughout my life and playing sports ultimately led to my passion for health, fitness and sports performance. I began my Strength & Conditioning career as a student at the College of Charleston. While pursuing a degree in Exercise Science I worked as a Strength & Conditioning Intern for 3 years. I have worked with over 20 Men’s and Women’s Division 1 College teams. Some of which include Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Sailing, Cheer & Dance, and Track & Field.
I also spent time as a S&C intern at the University of South Alabama where I primarily worked within their Football program. Throughout my experience in College athletics I truly developed as a coach in terms of teaching and programming for all levels of athletes. I was exposed to a wide variety of techniques from Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Speed & Agility, and Mobility.
This experience led to a great transition into Crossfit after moving to Colorado in 2013. I love the diversity of Crossfit and how it can benefit so many different types of individuals with multiple goals. I personally continue to see healthy benefits and performance improvements daily from doing Crossfit. The training allows me to be ready for whatever life has for me –especially those huge powder days up on the mountain.
I consider myself a movement specialist and am a firm believer in teaching proper technique and mechanics as a baseline for any form of training. As Gray Cook says: “Move well, move often.”
I grew up in Texas, and after graduating high school eventually found my way to Castle Rock, Colorado which is now home. Growing up I tried a lot of things but never really found the one thing I truly loved. I would never have considered myself to be athletic, and often considered myself quite uncoordinated. I didn’t like to “workout” or sweat when I was younger. This may come as a shock to most of you that know me now. It wasn’t until after a difficult pregnancy with my third baby that I decided to take better care of my health.I experienced severe hyperemesis (a very uncommon complication from pregnancy) and lost a significant amount of weight during my third pregnancy. My body was pretty much depleted of every essential vitamin and mineral. After seeing many different doctors and specialists, I was told that I needed to start the journey to restore my health. I needed to replenish my body’s nutrients and I need to gain some weight. I quickly began to better understand nutrition and how to properly eat to fuel my body. Not really knowing where to begin with exercise, I eventually gave into peer pressure from some friends to train for a marathon. This was a very daunting thought, since at the time I really hated to run. Yes, I know another shock to those of you who know me well! Over time as I began to run more and more, I grew to love running and it actually became therapeutic to me as a young mom of three small children. It wasn’t long before running was not enough for me. I wanted more and really became fascinated with the human body and the effects of diet and exercise. I started working out more and more. Eventually I started leading small group strength classes and began educating myself through different certifications. I wanted to share all that I learned with others, helping them to become their best self. I have tried a lot of different things, but it wasn’t until I found CrossFit that I knew I found something great! I started CrossFit in the summer of 2015 and I haven’t looked back. I have learned most from experiences and doing. I believe that a good coach will practice what they preach. At the end of 2015 I was given an amazing opportunity to get very far out of my comfort zone. I, along with an amazing team from ‘The Gym’ in Castle Rock were part of team Spartan race TV series. It truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity that helped me to grow and even learn new skills by taking on a challenge I never would have thought to take on my own. It’s through my own journey to a healthier lifestyle that has changed my life for the better! I have found a personal passion and developed a love of coaching to help others on their own journey to becoming the best version of themselves. I love all that CrossFit has to offer. It challenges and pushes me daily. I love the challenge of always trying to improve. I believe in the fundamentals and proper technique. There must be a solid foundation to build upon, which must include proper nutrition. I believe I have found the best job there is! I LOVE getting to coach others and share in their successes. It’s so exciting every time someone gets that “first” whatever it may be! Those are some of the best days! Certifications and Licenses
Crossfit Level I Certification (Oct 2008)
TRX Suspension Training Certification (June 2012)
CPR/First Aid/AED certified
Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science
CrossFit Level 1
USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach
Adam grew up an active person, participating in many sports as kid including martial arts, baseball, football, basketball, and cycling . As a young adult he found himself where many people do after high school, being more than 60lbs over weight and in the worst shape of his life. After seeing the effects of poor health on many friends and family members he committed to getting himself healthy and in shape, for the long haul! He worked hard, lost the weight, and found a passion for fitness that he never realized he had, and set out on a journey to help others like himself who wanted to make a change in their own lives. He eventually found his way to CrossFit and fell in love immediately. Adam developed a passion for the Olympic lifts and has found a niche as a strength and weightlifting coach in addition to helping people find general fitness and learning the ropes of CrossFit. His greatest joy comes from seeing his athletes succeed and reach their goals, whether it be taking weight off their body, or adding weight to the bar! He strives to continue improving his coaching knowledge and experience while spreading the passion for weightlifting and all things strength and fitness to anyone who is interested in improving their own health and happiness.
• Clinical Athlete Weightlifting Coach
• Juggernaut Training Systems Certified Coach
• CrossFit Level 1
• ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Elisa has been involved in sports and fitness as long as she can remember. Sixteen years of gymnastics training led her to the Air Force Academy, where she graduated from in 2009. Through her work in the Air Force, she was first introduced to CrossFit in 2010. She was instantly enthralled by this workout program that seemed to instill life-changing strength & confidence in the people who participated. She began coaching CrossFit while stationed in Monterey, California in 2013. Through CrossFit, she found weightlifting, and started competing in 2013. Helping people discover their strength, confidence, and health under the barbell is what fuels her love for coaching and competing.
Since separating from the Air Force in 2014, she has been coaching gymnastics, CrossFit, and weightlifting. She completed an internship at Juggernaut Training Systems in 2015, and hopes to pursue a degree in Sport Psychology to help take her athletes' performance to the next level.
•Crossfit Level 1
•Crossfit Basic Barbell
•CPR/AED/ First Aid
I’ve always been very passionate about fitness. I grew up playing basketball ever since I was in grade school, and then continued to play throughout high school along with adding in some strength and conditioning. After graduating in 2005 I attended Metro State College of Denver for a couple semesters and then decided to join the Navy in 2006. I still currently serve the in the Navy reserves providing security and acting as the command fitness leader for my unit.
I stumbled across Crossfit in 2008 and immediately fell in love! It not only changed the way I train as an athlete, but it changed the I way look and feel about fitness and what that really means to me now. And I would like to share that with you!
My approach is to teach you how to safely move your body to best and most efficiently produce power. I base my training in science, and in the indisputable laws of physics. I apply these principles to the human body and deliver real results. My number one focus is on technique and fundamentals. I believe that you get out what you put in, and that the harder you work the better the results.
With appropriate diet, proper guidance, hard work, and consistent training, you will transform your body and mind in ways you never thought possible
•ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
•ICrossfit Level 1 Certification
I grew up just outside of Dallas in a town called Frisco, Texas. I started in sports at the young age of 4 starting with flag football, soccer and baseball. I was active and played sports all the way through my senior year of HS. Baseball was the sport i enjoyed the most. I played all over the field in football, but baseball i played catcher for 12 years. My senior year i was captain of the team and we made it to the semifinals for state championships.
My interest in fitness began my freshman year of High school when i took a weightlifting class for my P.E. credit. I was basically just squat, bench, and deadlift with some accessory work thrown in here and there. But that was enough to get me hooked on fitness! I began getting more involved with bodybuilding programming and learning more about the human body.
I did this up until i discovered what crossfit was. I started crossfit about a year ago when taylor and jocelyn got me to workout with them for the first time and ever since then i've been hooked! I furthered my enjoyment for the sport by interning as a coach to start and in september of 2016 obtaining my Crossfit level 1 certification.
I am currently attending college at CU and taking my classes online. I’m majoring in Business and minoring in macro economics. I’m hoping to graduate within the next 2 years and see where the rest of this journey takes me! I hope i can do the best i can as a coach to give the tools everyone needs to be successful in crossfit for as long as i can!
•CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
•CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
•Associates Degree – Business Management/ Golf Complex Operations
•PGA Class A Member
•CPR/AED/ First Aid Certified – American Red Cross
Kirk graduated High School in 2005 where he played varsity golf, lacrosse and wrestled. After high school, he graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2007. After returning home, Kirk worked as a golf professional in the Northern Virginia area where he taught golf lessons, and assisted in the management of a country club. In August 2013, he moved to Colorado to pursue a change in career. Kirk got certified as an L1 Crossfit Trainer in September of 2013 and got his L2 Certification in November 2014.
Kirk believes strongly in the development of technique and fundamentals as the top priority. He understands and teaches that the easiest way to improve fitness and prevent injury is to perform movements as efficiently and technically sound as possible.
Education / Certifications:
• Bachelor of Science
..Health and Human Sciences
..Exercise and Sports Science
• Crossfit Level 1 Certification
• CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified - American Red Cross
Credentials / Areas of Mastery
• Sport and Exercise Prescription
• Nutrition and Diet Expertise
• Aging in Adults- exercise and fall prevention
• Adapted Physical Activity- related to persons with developmental and intellectual Disabilities
Background / Experience
After graduating high school in 2003 as a four year, three sport athlete, Spencer attended Oregon State University to pursue his passion for sports and fitness. As both a collegiate athlete and student, he learned the necessary relation between health and fitness in regards to lifelong wellbeing. As a health and fitness specialist, Spencer has witnessed, experienced, and studied many aspects of the sport and fitness world. In addition, Spencer has also worked with both youth and individuals with disabilities. He believes each individual has specific/specialized/personalized needs. “Mentally, physically, and emotionally we all perform, learn, and obtain skills differently. As a trainer, having the ability to observe, correct, and communicate positive feedback to an individual is critical for success in reaching their personal goal(s).” Spencer has also studied the effects of exercise on older adults, especially with the prevention of falls. “You never know how valuable your health is until you lose it.” More now than ever with the financial and economic time we are in, individuals are learning how valuable there low monthly gym dues are compared to their monthly medical bills. Whether you are self motivated or in need of motivating let, Spencer Marx, a personal trainer and experienced professional help guide you toward your goals and a better, healthier lifestyle.
Julie Sneed has been a passionate advocate for health and fitness all her life. In 2009, she added CrossFit to her already advanced fitness regimen, and soon began competing. Each year she’s qualified for the Southwest Regionals, and has placed as high as 14th among women half her age. She continues to compete each year with a team or as an individual in both local and regional CrossFit events.While she enjoys competition, Julie is more apt to speak of the non-competitive benefits of CrossFit: Better health, improved self-esteem, and a more fit and fun lifestyle. With this is mind, Julie earned her Level 1 Certification in January 2011 and now teaches regularly at Crossfit Castle Rock. Her students know her as a friendly, supportive, and always encouraging instructor who inspires them to push themselves and to be their very best. Julie has prioritized physical fitness throughout her life, swimming competitively in high school, and as an adult running several half-marathons, one marathon, and four long-distance team relay races. She is a competitive triathlete for both Sprint and Olympic distances, finishing in the top 10 in her age group in the Tri for the Cure women’s triathlon in Denver. She’s instilled her passion for fitness in her children, Garrett and Sydney, who both enjoy CrossFit and love to work out with their mom and cheer her on at competitions. Julie grew up in Atlanta. She and her husband Andy, a fellow Crossfitter, have lived in Minneapolis and Kansas City and now make their home in Castle Rock, Colorado. She has worked full time with Sprint Corporation since 1998 in various roles in Information Technology.
-Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
EMT / CPR / BLS
BS Columbia Southern University
Married to my High School sweetheart, Barbara. We have two awesome daughters Kelly and Sarah. Barbara, Sarah and I moved here to Colorado in June of 2015 to join our oldest, Kelly. We love everything this place has to offer!!!!
I have been a Firefighter in Central Florida since 1981. I recently retired as a proud member of the Orange County Fire Rescue Department after a 30 year career. It has been the most rewarding career anyone could ask for. Helping others is in the DNA of Firefighters.
Firefighting is a physically demanding job and staying fit has been very important and has helped me through the years. Fitness is a core value for me and my family, not only professionally but personally.
I love that our CrossFit Community is very similar to the brother/sisterhood of Firefighting. We all go through the same thing together, we leave no one behind, the strong help the ones that need help, and we all celebrate together as a team especially when an individual meets a goal.
CrossFit has changed me for the better. I only wish it had been around 25 years ago. Constantly varied movement…… is the way to go. My new job is to help others realize how important this is.
Favorite CrossFit sayings:
Ready?! 3-2-1 GO! Good Job Everybody!
Education & Certifications
Growing up as a kid I was always involved in sports from Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, and a little Flag Football. My freshman year of High School I ran cross country and quickly decided I didn't like running for that long and ended it with just one season under my belt.
When I got to college I got involved in the outdoor fitness world and started rock climbing just about every day, whether it was indoors or outdoors. I spent a lot of time in the mountains not only climbing but hiking, backpacking, and snowshoeing in the winter. So I stayed fit by exploring the Colorado landscape & mountains.
When I got back from college I pretty much stopped working out! The result of this inactivity was a Michelin tire developing around my waist. I decided at that point it was time to start doing something.
I started learning as much as could about traditional weight lifting, running, and some plyo-metrics. I got results but not totally what I was looking for. Then my sister gave me a call and told me about Crossfit and encouraged me to join her for a trial class. I was hooked after my first WOD, as nothing I had done in the past had ever worked every part of my body that way and I could see how this method of working out would help me to achieve my goals quickly.
It was about 2 years after my first class that I decided to become a coach. I wanted to share the journey because I can't stress enough how much Crossfit has changed my life! I wanted to be able to teach others and coaching has been such a reward in and of itself outside of my full time job!
I was introduced to fitness in my early 20's I started training with a personal trainer who encouraged me to compete in fitness competitions and since then I have never looked back. Staying fit thorough my entire life has been a journey and passion. My true passion is helping others achieve their goals in fitness and living healthy happy lives. I love how I'm inspired by their passion. I love being a fitness instructor it has created not only physical strength but emotional and mental strength and an overall since of well being, I want to share that with each and every person I train.Certifications:
Ballet has been a focal point since I was three years old. I was principal in the ballet company I danced with through high school and loved every minute of it. However, after high school my dancing became less and less a priority. I took ballroom lessons and even taught a little Latin for awhile. I also danced on a semi-professional dance team during that time. I sporadically took adult ballet classes, too. After college I barely danced. I wasn't working out regularly and I fell into very poor eating habits. My overall fitness diminished and I sank into depression. I was interested in fitness, but was frustrated when I wasn't seeing results fast enough. During a visit home, my mom convinced me to take a Zumba class with her, something I was strongly against (it seemed too silly, and I had been, at least for a time, a very serious dancer). To my surprise I actually enjoyed the class and was sore the following day. When I returned to the Castle Rock area I joined a local studio that had Zumba, and from there started taking the Barre and Corebar classes offered. My level of fitness grew exponentially, and my overall sense of happiness and well being increased dramatically. I was encouraged to become a certified instructor, and have since taught a variety of classes and disciplines ranging from Barre, Spin, Zumba, and Corebar, to Boot Camp. Most recently I have added Stretch and Kettlebell classes to my schedule as well. I love helping my clients reach their fitness and health goals. Their determination and energy inspire me to be better, to push harder, to make every moment spent in one of my classes well worth their efforts. I encourage them to strive "to be fit, not skinny," and we work to increase strength and endurance. I strive to create a safe, fun, upbeat and welcoming environment to ensure my clients get the most out of the group fitness experience. This is my world, and it is a beautiful one... Come see me in class!Certifications and Licenses
Zumba and Current ZIN member
I've lived here in Castle Rock for over 10 years with my husband Curt and three boys, Cody,Carson and Wyatt. I love teaching Zumba here at "The Gym". I strive to bring fun and positive energy to every class I teach. It's important to me that everyone leaves class feeling they got a great workout, had a blast doing it and can't wait to come back for more!
When I'm not teaching Zumba or participating in one of the many classes we offer, I enjoy being outside and spending quality time with my friends and family.
I’m a Colorado native that grew up in Parker and I now live in Castle Rock. I grew up very active playing different sports, hiking, snowmobiling and spending my summers out on the lake. I always loved to dance and loved music, but I have never taken a dance class in my life before Zumba. So I guess you can say that I’m “proof” that you don’t have to be professionally trained or have any dance background to do Zumba. Once I tried Zumba I was addicted! I took my first class in 2011 and 6 months later I was teaching! Zumba Fitness has changed my life and it can change yours too. I have a passion promoting good health through fun, energizing, soul inspired movement. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, my classes bring the heat and a smile to your face. Come and dance with me!