Since high school, fitness has always been an important aspect of my life. I was a three-sport athlete in high school and then continued on to the Marine Corps. After the Marines I pursued various outdoor activities and also put in the obligatory gym time. While I maintained a respectable level of fitness, it was not the model I felt comfortable with. After numerous nagging and debilitating injuries I went back to the hybrid style of working out that had been so successful in the Marines. Having participated in special operations while in the Marine Corps and having careers as a professional ski patroller, firefighter and paramedic, I can truly say that by living the lifestyle taught at Coldsmoke Crossfit I feel better than I have in years. I enjoy taking people that are competitive athletes and those with no fitness experience and empowering them with the benefits of an active lifestyle.
I moved to Bozeman in 2003 to attend Montana State University, and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. After a year as a physical therapy intern, I became more interested in world of strength and conditioning. In 2011 I moved to Jackson Hole where I coached and designed strength training programs for professional skiers, climbers, mountain guides, kayakers, and military personnel. When the lifetime opportunity arose to become co-owner of a training facility in May 2012, I moved back to Bozeman to join Tyson at Coldsmoke Crossfit. In 2013 I joined the CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Seminar Staff and have enjoyed traveling to different places around the country to teach other trainers effective systems to use in their gyms. My coaching background ranges from aspiring beginners to professional athletes, and I bring that variety and experience to Altitude.
I grew up in Salt Lake City, moved to Bozeman in 2003 to attend MSU and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Fitness has always been very important to me. I became a certified Personal Trainer in 2012 and got my CrossFit level 1 certification in 2013. I love rock-climbing, river rafting, hiking, biking, yoga, boxing, volleyball, and running. I have completed 2 half-marathons, competed in rock climbing competitions, and competed in my first Olympic weightlifting meet in April 2014. I found CrossFit and joined Altitude Athletics in June 2012 where the training principles Tyson and John were implementing were the best I had ever seen. I really enjoy coaching and helping people progress in their fitness goals. There is nothing better than helping someone complete their first pull-up.
I am a Crossfit coach, an artist, and an artist in residence. I am motivated to follow my passion and find that both art and being a part of the gym community constantly drive me to be a better version of myself. In turn, through coaching and teaching, I am lucky enough to share what I love with others.
Growing up in Helena, MT I have always loved the outdoors, exercise, and sports. I attended Gonzaga University where I studied Oil Painting, Drawing, and was on the rowing team. I love the satisfaction of testing myself and feel that physical and mental challenges connect to my ability to push my career as an artist and art teacher.
I love being a part of Altitude Athletics. I know that not only am I in the best shape of my life, I am consistently challenged, getting stronger, and I am part of a group of people who support me and who I can in turn support. I believe in the mission of Altitude Athletics and I love coaching others to uncover their own strength and to get better, together.
I grew up on a cattle ranch in Paradise Valley, MT. I’ve lived in various parts of the state but came to Bozeman to finish my degree at Montana State in 2008 and have since made it my home. It took me 2 years to try CrossFit, but it was the best thing I ever did. I was initially drawn to the rawness of the sport, but am also grateful for the strength and speed it’s given me in the mountains. When I came to Altitude Athletics I found one of the best communities yet and have loved being a part of the coaching staff to pass on this lifestyle on to others.
I came to Bozeman from Houston, TX in December 2015. I presently serve as the Chief Relations Officer for the Dog Tag Brewing Foundation where I have the tremendous honor to work with Gold Star Families (those that have lost a loved one in combat) to help build the legacies and celebrate the lives of our nation’s Fallen Warriors.Prior to moving to Montana, I served as a United States Marine Corps AH-1W attack helicopter pilot. After completing four combat deployments – Iraq (2008) and Afghanistan (2009, 2010/11, 2012) – I left active duty and returned to Houston to get my MBA from Rice University.I rediscovered CrossFit in 2012 after coming home from my last combat deployment and have always valued its role in my adjustment to “the civilian life.” I am forever grateful for the great people I have met throughout this journey and sincerely enjoy helping others achieve their life fitness goals.
One of my life mottos is to “live what you love.” For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed sports and being outside from acrobatics and gymnastics to mountain biking, snowboarding, running, and dirt biking. My other passion is to teach and motivate people to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.
I am originally from North Carolina. I was an acrobatic gymnast through high school and college. I decided to become a physical therapist and proceeded to California where I acquired my Bachelors Degree in Health Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. I raced mountain bikes through graduate school to maintain my fitness.
My husband and I moved to Montana in 2009 and I joined my first CrossFit gym. I was immediately hooked and loved the community. We moved to Bozeman in 2012 and joined Coldsmoke CrossFit. I proceeded to get my CrossFit Level 1 certification to enhance my physical therapy practice and be more involved in CrossFit. Currently, I am a physical therapist at Lone Peak Physical Therapy by day and you can find me working out or sharing my knowledge in the evenings at Coldsmoke!
I am born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, where I spent the first eighteen years of my life surfing, diving, spear fishing, and using other ocean based sports as my means of physical activity. I moved to Bozeman in 2006 to attend MSU, and to play in the Rocky Mountains for the first time. I was instantly hooked on snowboarding, and mountain biking, but something else was missing. During school, I occasionally utilized the gym on campus, with no formal gym training whatsoever. I ended up joining two other gyms in town, both of which only lasted around three to four months. I knew I needed something different, something to fill the void of what was lost from no longer surfing on a day to day basis. I needed CrossFit! I’ve been training at Altitude Athletics/Coldsmoke CrossFit for almost four years now, and recently received my level 1 trainer certificate hoping to be more involved and share this passion with others. Now, every time I visit home, I’m stronger, faster, and ultimately safer in the ocean while continuing the sports that I love.