COACHES

Our philosophy is to teach people to move better through practice; to use novelty and intensity to create a fun environment of constant progress; to maintain education as our primary goal for both coaches and clients.
(- Chris Spealler… and we agree!)

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Jesse

Jesse started CrossFit in June of 2009. He has been in athletics most of his life, growing up wrestling, playing baseball and basketball along with booking thousands of hours of backyard tackle football and living room Nerf football. He followed baseball into college and played 4 years earning first team All-Conference awards and served as a 3 year team captain. His senior year in college he also played football. After a short run at professional baseball he took an assistant coaching position at the University of Findlay in Ohio where he also served as Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for the baseball team. In 2009 his wife Danielle convinced him to try CrossFit with her; it changed everything he thought about fitness. He earned a Level 1 CrossFit certification and now he loves to share his passion for CrossFit and help anyone who wants to learn how to move better and improve their life.

CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified
Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar with Carl Paoli (Gymnastic)
USAW Olympic Lifting Sports Performance Coach
i99 Gymnastics Level 1 Coaching Certification
Affiliate Competition Team Member – CrossFit Unbroken 2010, 2011, 2012 SouthWest Regional

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Dani

Dani also started CrossFit in June of 2009 after being told by her older brother Jason to “just try it out for one week”. It couldn’t have come at a better time as she was desperately searching for a routine to kick the monotony of the Globo gym grind which had yielded less than impressive results. After their very first workout (“Karen”) at CrossFit Legacy in Barberton OH she was hooked (although she couldn’t walk right for a week). Growing up in an athletic family and playing college basketball at the University of Northern Colorado she was no stranger to hard work and competition. Now as a mother and a wife she loves CrossFit for much more than the hard work and competition but also the community and encouraging atmosphere. With a specific passion for nutrition, endurance sports and helping women and moms reach their goals she is excited to show CrossFit Encounter’s clients that they are capable of so much more than they ever thought possible.

CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified
i99 Gymnastics Level 1 Coaching Certification
Affiliate Competition Team Member – CrossFit Unbroken 2010 SouthWest Regional

Kelli

KelliI started CrossFit in May 2013 after my husband, Casey convinced me I would love it. He was obviously on to something! I had always thought of myself as being fit.  In high school I ran cross country,  participated in track and field and played basketball.  As a grown up my two kids, hiking and flyfishing kept me active but I was in need of something more.  I was instantly addicted to the challenge of the workouts, wall balls, the healthy lifestyle and most of all the community that comes with joining a box.  I came to Encounter July of 2013 and knew I’d found my spot. I received my Level 1 in February of 2014. Being able to help others improve their fitness and reach goals is an awesome feeling.

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics
i99 Gymnastics Level 1 Coaching Certification

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I started CrossFit at CrossFit Stapelton in Jan 2012. I have been in athletics most of my life competing in basketball, volleyball and track and field in high school. I was introduced to the concept of olympic lifting in college during track and field where I competed as a sprinter and long/triple jumper. My best friend kept insisting I try out CrossFit even though I was skeptical that it would actually “get my in shape.” After my first WOD was done I was completely hooked. Nothing else has cut the craving since not just because of the physical challenges but the amazing community and companionship that is also developed. I currently hold a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and coach high school track and field. I have a love and passion for competition and taking care of the human body and find nothing more satisfying then helping others find their true potential in life!

CrossFit Level 1
i99 Gymnastics Level 1 Coaching Certification

 

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I found CrossFit in November of 2010 at CrossFit Unbroken, as I was looking for a way to get stronger and still keep the motor I had from my years of running and mountain biking. I immediately fell in love with the competitive nature and community I had found. I would say CrossFit has become not just something I do but part of mine and my family’s life. I have been able to get my lovely wife, some of my best friends and family members involved in it. I have a good feeling I will be involved in CrossFit the rest of my life either getting stronger myself or by helping other get stronger, do things they have never done and meet their goals.

CrossFit Level 1
Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar with Carl Paoli (Gymnastic)
i99 Gymnastics Level 1 Coaching Certification

Brock

brockI walked into my first CrossFit gym the beginning of 2012 pretty oblivious to what CrossFit even was but very clear on my current physical state.  My wife’s Christmas gift to me that year was a few months of CrossFit because I was so out of shape that I no longer had the stamina to enjoy recreational sports and an active lifestyle (I did enjoy a nice belly shelf for my pint glass, though).

I had every intention that after those first few months of getting in shape with CrossFit were over I would rejoin a globo-gym and “stay in shape myself” after that.  It didn’t take long for me to realize however that working out on my own would not only never give me what CrossFit was giving me physically, but would also never give me the community that CrossFit was giving relationally. A year later, my wife joined CrossFit Encounter and we never looked back.  Health, fitness, and genuine friendship have become an integral part of our lives here at Encounter.  Any day I can help anyone take a step in that direction makes that day that much better.

CrossFit Level 1
i99 Gymnastics Level 1 Coaching Certification

Chris “Captain” McCullen

CrossFit Level 1

LeeAnn

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 8.24.57 PMI found CrossFit after going through a bad breakup in 2012. My friend had been trying to get me to come to her gym for months and it took this momentous change in my life for me to finally agree. Determined to come away stronger (and skinnier), I fell in love with the community and competitive nature of the gym I joined in Tucson, AZ. Fast forward a few years, a new relationship, and a move from Arizona, I found CFE and was reintroduced to the love that I had for CrossFit when I found it. I am looking forward to continuously growing within the CFE family.

CrossFit Level 1

Dean

DeanI’m a Colorado native raised in Lakewood.  I played sports competitively through high school, and then decided to pursue a career in firefighting which I have been doing ever since.  Working at the fire department is where I was first introduced to CrossFit five years ago.  A couple of co-workers started a whiteboard with their bench mark work out times and PR’s, at the time I didn’t know what it was or what it meant and just ignored it.  However, after a few months I finally decided to ask about their new exercise program because for a lack of a better phrase; all the buff kids were doing it.   They educated me on CrossFit and had me start trying out a few of the workouts, and I instantly fell in love with the ideology. From there I never looked back and considered CrossFit my fitness program, however, it wasn’t until my wife convinced me to join CrossFit Encounter that I realized I hadn’t fully invested myself to the program.  Being part of such an amazing community over the last year has inspired me to achieve greater fitness goals, and help others achieve their goals.

CrossFit Level 1