Education is a big part of CrossFit. When you start, you are not expected to have the knowledge you need.
CrossFit is an education about movement, fitness, nutrition and community. All of these things require responsibility, common sense, and work to educate oneself using all the tools available in the community.
Our Coaches strive to provide this knowledge and support.
Ray grew up on the beaches of St. Augustine, Florida. He played football, basketball and baseball in high school. Upon graduation of high school, he joined the U.S. Army. He served six years in the Infantry with two combat deployments to Iraq. The Army is where he found his love for teaching and motivating others. It's also where he was introduced to CrossFit, and he started coaching when he moved back to St. Augustine. He has coached for three and a half years and holds his L1, L2, and Crossfit Football certifications. Ray moved to Colorado to chase down his soon-to-be wife and is humbled by her on a daily basis because she often beats him in workouts. Ray is currently seeking his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. He prides himself on setting a high standard for coaching and hopes to be a big name in the fitness industry. When Ray isn't at the gym, he can be found hiking, surfing (whenever he is near the ocean, or spending time with his fiance and Jake, their golden retriever). One day Ray plans on dropping everything and hunting for treasure in the ocean. If you happen to hear grunting and what sounds like a screaming child in the gym, don't worry, it's probably just Ray working out.
- Lead trainer, Sopris CrossFit
- CrossFit Level 3
- CrossFit Level 2
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Conjugate Methods
- CrossFit Football
- CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1
- Bachelor's Degree, Fitness and Health Promotion
Lari started CrossFitting almost five years ago (but has only recently taken up leader-boarding). She took the Gymnastics Certification shortly after getting into the sport of CrossFit, as she had coached and competed in gymnastics in the past and it seemed like a natural next step. She earned her Level 1 Certification in 2012 to become better at the movements. Along the way, she also took two Olympic lifting courses, as well as jump rope and rowing classes. Even after five years, her love (read: obsession) with CrossFit has not waned. She has met some of her closest friends through the community, the workouts are different every day and she continues to see quantifiable results on a regular basis. What more could a girl ask for?!
Cullen grew up participating in a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, climbing trees, riding horses and more. He played football, hockey and soccer and was always interested in physical endeavors and working out. He moved to California for college and gained a huge appreciation for the outdoors and being able to use the land for recreation. He worked a couple years as a graphic designer, then decided it was time to get serious about fitness. In 2010, he checked running a marathon off his bucket list, and then he looked to something more fun than running hours on end. After Googling, "What workout did the guys in the movie 300 do?" he discovered CrossFit and joined immediately. Cullen fell in love with CrossFit and got his Level 1 Certification. By 2012 he was in the full swing of coaching. Cullen has loved every day he's been able to coach and help athletes and awesome people get better. He's excited to continue doing that right here at Sopris CrossFit!
Jill grew up in Ontario, Canada where she participated in a variety of sports with emphasis on gymnastics, dance and soccer. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Science degree, she headed to Dallas, Texas to attend chiropractic school. In 2014, Jill graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree and started practicing, and her focus was on helping moms to be have safer healthier and happier pregnancies. This is about the time she found CrossFit and has been in love with it ever since. Jill and her husband, Cullen, moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2016 and she started her chiropractic practice at Sopris Chiropractic serving families and CrossFit athletes in the valley. Jill received her CrossFit Level 1 certification in 2017 and has been coaching ever since. Jill is also the BIRTHFIT regional director for the Roaring Fork Valley, and is proud to offer speciality classes for pregnant and postpartum moms. Jill believes that women can be powerful and strong, and her goal is to help her clients achieve that!