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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!
•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.
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.
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
•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
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
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 have been doing CrossFit for 6 years now. My family and I started Crossfit when we were on vacation. We were in Hawaii and my sister said “Mom, you think you are strong, look at her.” After talking to the lady who was stronger than my mom, we dropped into CrossFit Lahina. When we got home from vacation we found a box and started going every day. I have been blessed to receive coaching from national champion gymnasts, American record holding Olympic lifters as CrossFit Games athletes.
I received my Level 1 in January of 2018 and have been coaching at Crossfit Battle Ready in Greeley, Colorado.
I have finished two years at the University of Northern Colorado. I am perusing a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. I hope to one day be a Physicians Assistant or a Physical Therapist.
I had played baseball my whole life, when I started college at the University of Northern Colorado, I did not make the team. My passion for the game has continued though as I am a Undergraduate Manager for the Division 1 baseball team.
I played high level rugby as a teen for Rockwell College in Ireland, before playing Soccer for UCC in the Crowley Cup. I started CrossFit in 2010 and quickly got hooked on the competitive and community aspects of the sport. I moved to Colorado from the East Coast in 2013 and haven’t looked back. I got certified at Crossfit Verve with the Chan’s and have coached Crossfit at Crossfit Greenwood Village most recently and also coached Rugby with Queen City.
I enjoy breaking down movements into their basic components and developing progressions for athletes. I also believe nutrition is key to performance and progress. I live for witnessing the progress in athletes and confidence it builds in the individual.
Crossfit has helped add routine, discipline and perseverance into my life which has undoubtedly helped me in my professional career in IT. Coaching has allowed me to develop at a faster rate as I grow into larger leadership roles.
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!
My decision to become a Personal Fitness Trainer occured when I was working as a Physical Therapy Aid and while in college for a Physical Therapy degree. While working as a PTA I began to notice a common trend in many of the clients that would come into the clinic. A large majority of the injuries people were being seen for could have been prevented if they had been taught to move properly and/or if their muscle imbalances had been addressed earlier on. It was then that I began to realize how many more people I would be able to help avoid injuries and reach their goals as a Personal Trainer rather than a Physical Therapist. I decided to make the switch and began my own Personal Training business!
I have been training clients of all ages and skill sets for several years now and it is truly my passion. I place a heavy emphasis on functional training while still building strength. Each program is personalized to fit YOUR needs. Whether your goal is weight loss, better mobility, stamina and energy, body building, or strength and conditioning I have the knowledge and experience to make those goals a reality!
Being a sand volleyball player since I was 5, I've always loved sports and fitness! Throughout high school and college I was always testing out different dieting techniques, training programs, and researching nutrition in my spare time. I went to college to play sand volleyball, and there my passion grew even more. I started training and competing in Crossfit competitions, and teaching my friends how to workout on the side.
Now, as a NASM accredited personal trainer, I love sharing my passion for health and wellness with everyone I meet. I believe that spiritual, mental, and physical health are all equally important factors in living your best life, which leads me to focus on specific programming that helps you overcome both physical and mental blocks on the road to becoming your best you!
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.
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
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!