August 2017 Athlete of the Month

Congrats to Kiley Hoffmeister our August 2017, Athlete of the Month.  She is sassy, fun, AND is making huge gainzzz in the gym.  We think she’s just awesome, and think you will too!  Read more about Kiley below.

Q:  How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

A:  I think it’s been exactly a year!

Q:  Where were you born and raised?

A:  Right here in G-town.

Q:  What do you do for work?

A:  I sling insurance at GIA.

Q:  What is your “Spirit Animal?”

A:  The purple devil emoji because it’s purple and it’s a good representation of my level of sass.

Q:  What is your favorite food?

A:  Fruit Pizza. Super nutritious. It has fruit on it.

Q:  What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

A:  Quick and awful ones!

Q:  What is your least favorite workout or lift?

A:  Long and awful ones! Also, accessory stuff because I’m too chatty. Also, hard pass on the airdyne.

Q:  What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

A:  I was a sub-par rec volleyball player and I would go on the occasional “yog.”

Q:  What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

A:  Coaching volleyball, four-wheeling, hiking, golf, anything in the mountains with good company.

Q:  How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

A:  It’s amazing what a transformation I’ve had over the last 6 months. Mentally and physically this is the best I’ve ever felt. It’s interesting how the list of things I do outside of the gym has grown since I started at Defiance.  Last winter I went snowboarding for the first time in literally 10 years and it was like no time had passed. I truly believe my quality of life has improved leaps and bounds because of this place.

Q:  How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

A:  Its no joke when you first start, I could barely make it though a workout. But you survive and you meet the most amazing people along the way. I think the best part about joining Defiance is there is no pressure to become a “CrossFitter.” You can join to start making things outside of the gym easier and more enjoyable. You won’t regret it!

May 2017 Athlete of the Month

Congrats to Aide Gonzalez, our May 2017 Athlete of the Month.

Aide is the poster child for consistency.  She has had huge results because she has been committed about coming to class on a regular basis.  So far she’s lost 40 pounds and completely changed her body composition.  We love how hard she works, and her awesome attitude in class.  We can’t wait to see what the next year holds for her.

Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?
A.1 year 
Q. Where were you born and raised?
A. Chihuahua, Mexico
Q. What do you do for work?
A. I take care of an elderly lady and clean her house. 
Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”
A. The wolf 
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. I enjoy Mexican seafood. 
Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?
A.  I like to bench press. 
Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?
A.  Burpees 
Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?
A.  I wasn’t doing any exercise before I started at the DSC.
Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?
A.  I like to hike.
Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?
A.  It has helped my overall health and my body composition.  (Editors note:  To date Aide has lost 40+ lbs, and has gotten SO strong).
Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?
A. They are very good teachers! They help you train properly so you don’t hurt yourself. There are very good vibes throughout the classes and nobody is left behind on the work-outs. 

 

Athlete(s) of the Month: April 2017

They fought us on it, but finally relented… Congrats to our TWO Athletes of the Month: Tara Alibrandi and Deanna Spracher.  Everyone knows them as kick-ass coaches, but they are also STELLAR athletes.  We cannot say enough good things about these two.  We love them, you love them, let’s get to know them a little better…

Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

TA: I started as a baby CrossFitter at Glenwood Springs CrossFit in the old building in November of 2011. Some of our longest standing members were in fundamentals with me. BIG SHOUT OUTS to Janice Morgan, Steve Beckley, Ian Exelbert, and Steve Vanderhoof!

DS: 5.5 years… (Editors note:  Deanna helped us physically build DSC, so technically she has been here since the very beginning).

Q. Where were you born and raised?

TA: Born and raised to “Live Free or Die” in the great state of New Hampshire (side note: this is a state, NEW ENGLAND is an AREA…Patriots Nation!)

DS:  Born and raised in Basalt Colorado.

Q. What do you do for work?

TA: I have the greatest job in the world and the greatest pleasure of collecting sums of money to tell people to go faster, work harder, and be better everyday.  Wouldn’t trade it for anything!

DS: I boss and sass “grown” adults. I usually sarcastically tease them about their movement patterns and teach them how to fix it. Or I jump up and down and praise them when they are moving well and kicking ass.  I also boss teenagers around on the basketball court, in hopes that I am also teaching them how to be upstanding successful individuals in our community, by teaching them the importance and value of integrity, honesty, teamwork and hard work on the court and hoping that it will translate to life and situations off the court.

Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”

TA: While I would love to say “Starlite, the magnificent horse, the glory of the galaxy,” I believe it is more likely a Musk Ox who is known for its’ “thick coat and strong odor.”

DS: Kenzie and Tara will have to answer this one for me. I don’t like animals, and therefore I don’t like to pretend that I actually resemble such a creature.

Q. What is your favorite food?

TA: COFFEE! Blonde Brownies, anything “trail mixy,” sweet potatoes, salmon, any kind of salad with ALL the things.

DS: Crab and shrimp. I have conveniently developed an allergy to shellfish in the last few years, so that is awesome!

Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

TA: Work Capacity tests and Barbell Complexes

DS: I like them short and sweet. Anything less than 10 minutes is right up my alley. I like body weight movements (being a gymnast growing up has many advantages) and I like moderate weight lifting.

Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?

TA: Acts of defying gravity with my own bodyweight.

DS: Super heavy lifts for multiple reps. VOMIT! My least favorite workout in the entire world is “Kalsu” I did it once and I promise you I will NEVER do it again!

Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

TA. Riding Horses, Trail Running, Hiking, Skiing.

DS: Taking granny walks with Kenzie on Boulder creek, and doing classes with names like “Butt and Gut.” I also tried Zumba, and thankfully for everyone around me I found CrossFit weeks later and I never had to go back.

Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

TA: All of the above plus a new obsession of shooting bows, a hopefully to be reclaimed obsession with riding bikes, and hanging with all the amazing “family” I’ve made at Defiance.  Really anything OUTSIDE in the beautiful sunshine….except in the water. I am a human and I love breathing AIR.

DS: Basketball, hiking, snowboarding, rafting (I prefer day or 1 night trips). Although, I must say, I recently did Lasik (or the version of Lasik for REALLY bad eyesight called PRK) and now that I won’t have to take my contacts in and out in the dirt and dust, multiple night trips might not be so bad.

Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

TA: This could be a NOVEL. It has literally changed EVERY single part of my life for the better. My health, my mindset, my career, my tribe! All of my closest people are from friendships I’ve made at the gym. My friends and now “family” from DSC make me better everyday by setting an example that I want to hold myself to. Defiance helped me transform my ability  to see what my body was capable of doing instead seeing of all the things it didn’t look like. It is still a work in progress, but it has been the start to an empowering journey.

DS: Defiance has literally changed who I am.  Believe it or not, I was once a lost, shy little girl with ZERO confidence and no clue what my purpose was in this world.  CrossFit/Defiance has helped me find my purpose and passion in life, it has truly helped me “blossom” into the individual that I am today.  Growing up, the idea of standing in front of a room talking to more than one individual, literally made my palms sweat, my heart pound in my head, and made me trip and stutter over my words.  The fact that I do that every day still shocks me.  I truly believe that finding your love and passion in life, will bring out your true purpose in life, and your best self.

Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

TA:  Defiance can literally be whatever it needs to be for you. Don’t come in with fear or preconceived notions…we are here to help make you YOUR best you.  For some, that’s “CrossFit” for others, simply a workout, and for others it may be a community or a standing appointment to better themselves. Whatever gets you in the door is the reason we are here!

DS:  I would describe Defiance as much more than just a place to achieve your fitness and physical goals.  Defiance is all about the community that has been created by our awesome members, which is something that needs to be experienced to be understood. I am constantly amazed by the individuals that I get to teach and interact with on a daily basis. Yes, I am technically the teacher and the coach, but you guys are constantly teaching me every single day. I am so blessed to be a part of something that is so special.

Athlete of Month: February 2017

Congrats to Anthony Bosse, our February 2017 Athlete of the Month.

Anthony has been with us for just about a year, and during that time he has made a big impact on our gym community.  He constantly pushes himself to get stronger and more fit and this drive rubs off onto everyone around him.  We very much enjoy him being a part of Defiance, and are proud to have him as our February Athlete of the Month.

 

Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

A. 9 months full time but a year total.

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A. Born in Jacksonville, FL but raised in Clarksburg, TN

Q. What do you do for work?

A. I am an ICU nurse.

Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”

A. Buffalo

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. Bacon covered bacon

Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

A. I like long chippers.

Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?

A. Not a fan of AMRAPS, just being honest they are too easy to cheat yourself.

Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

A. I’ve been doing CrossFit for 3 years now but before that if I exercised at all, it would’ve been some light jogging.

Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

A. Since moving to Glenwood I’ve picked up mountain biking and snowboarding along with so many other things that this area has to offer.

Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

A. The community at Defiance has definitely motivated me not only in the gym but also in life. The coaches here are some of the best I’ve seen at getting people to push themselves in a way they never thought they could.

Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

A. It truly is a community, I moved here not knowing a single person and I’ve never felt like a stranger. Is it tough? Yes. Will you regret it? Never once.

Athlete of the Month: Whitney Linman

Congrats to Whitney Linman, our January 2017 Athlete of the Month.

“Whit” has been with us for 5 months, and the changes we have seen in him have been tremendous.  If you haven’t worked out with him at 4:15, we highly recommend it.  This guy is a testament to what simple consistency will do for your health.  We think he is a radical dude, and are so excited to see his progress over the next year.

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Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

A. 5 months

Q. Where were you born and raised?
A. Chicago, Illinois
Q. What do you do for work?
A. I’m the Operations Manager for Balentine Collections
Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”
A. Bear (Editor’s note: this is spot on)
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. Steak 
Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?
A. Weighted sit-ups
Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?
A. Burpees
Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?
A. NOTHING (like ever)!
Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?
A. Riding motorcycles 
Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?
A. I’ve lost weight, I have more energy, and in general I am feeling better. 
Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?
A. Give it 1 month to get used to working out. I really like the format that Defiance does and feel that the instructors really look out for your well being!!!

 

Athlete of the Month: December, 2016

Congrats to FLOR LUJAN, our December 2016 Athlete of the Month.

Flor has been with us for 7 months, and in those 7 months, she has made quite an impression on our coaches because of her strong work ethic, and ever improving fitness.

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Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

A. 7 months.

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A. Chihuahua , México.

Q. What do you do for work?

A. I am a housekeeper.

Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”

A. I have no idea.

**We asked our coaches who answered:  “Flor is an Ox because of her determination, drive, strength, and ability to suffer.”**

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. Mexican food.

Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

A. My favorite exercise are squats. I really like working my legs.

Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?

A. I do not like burpees, nor do I like running.  Both of these activities are hard for me because I have not learned how to control my breathing.

Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

A. When I was in Mexico, I trained by lifting weights, but before starting at Defiance, I had not worked out in 2 years.

Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

A. Because I work a lot, I don’t have time to do many more activities besides the gym, but on Mondays and Wednesdays I go to English classes.

Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

A. It has changed my life completely. I feel happy!  I have changed my eating habits a little and I have lost weight.  Although I still feel like I have  a lot more I would like to achieve.

Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

A. Defiance is the best gym I have ever been to.  It is the only place where I have noticed changes in my body from the workouts we have been doing.  They have excellent coaches and a very good atmosphere.

 

November 2016: Athlete of the Month

Congrats to Andrea Black, our November Athlete of the Month!

She is consistent, works hard, has a great attitude, and gave perhaps one of the funniest Athlete of the Month answers ever.  We adore her… and her cat memes.  Enjoy!

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Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

A. Since January 2014.

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A. Palisade, CO. Where the peaches and wine are! And beer! Try the Dirty Hippy from Palisade Brewery, it’s my favorite!

Q. What do you do for work?

A. Radiologic Technologist is the official title . Otherwise it’s just a fancy way for saying I do X-rays and CT scans.

Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”

A. You wouldn’t think this was a hard question to answer- So I took an online quiz and it said a FOX. Then I remembered that Red Pandas are a thing and they are so freaking adorable! It’s probably neither of those animals. It should probably be a cat because they’re mostly independent, and can be nice, mostly give judgmental stares and are cute little assholes that like to lay where its warm and take naps. Perhaps it’s a mix between all three…

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Look at this guy doing a muscle up!!

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That’s my favorite cat meme 🙂

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. Mexican foods. Seriously, at what point is it appropriate to stop eating chips and salsa? And I’ll eat anything smothered in green chili. OH and Margaritas!

Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

A. Partner workouts, EMOMs, Deadlifts, child’s pose, pigeon stretch, and Savasana.

Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?

A. Wall Balls, Thrusters, Hill sprints, sled pushes and talking myself into getting off the ground half way through a burpee when I’d rather just lay there and give up 🙂 Oh and headcutters..

Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

A. Going to a 5am workout class at EPIC fitness. Then I started dating a CrossFitter who wouldn’t shut the f*** up about it- now here I am, doing CrossFit and loving it! He was right about something I guess.

Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

A. Hiking, Backpacking trips, traveling, crocheting, binge watching Netflix, enjoying wine, and all around shenanigans with friends and laughing.

Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

A. I’ve found a new love for working out and working towards goals and seeing progress. I’ve learned a lot about my own strengths and that it’s okay to fail sometimes as long as I keep working hard because I’ll eventually find success in what I’ve been trying to achieve. It makes me want to challenge myself in all aspects of life. Oh and the Nutrition Challenges are awesome and have helped me learn how to eat better and in a sustainable fashion so that I don’t feel like a slug at the gym or lose energy during the day.

Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

A. The best community that I’ve ever been associated with! I was so nervous when I first joined, but I’m so happy that I did. I enjoy coming to the gym and feeling that I’m among friends that continue to encourage each other and work hard together. The trainers are beyond amazing and are awesome at explaining the movements and learning what I’m capable of and pushing me to be better everyday. I’ve met so many awesome people through Defiance and because of Defiance. I love that we all can celebrate each others hard work and watch everyone’s progress. I have to say that any time spent at Defiance is the best part of my day.

Athlete of the Month: October 2016

Congrats to Cristina Alonso, our October Athlete of the Month!

Cristina came to us in February 2016, and has been a joy to coach.  She works SO hard in the gym, and brings out the best in everyone around her.  She has had a full life change since joining our gym, and we are so proud of her.  We just adore her, and we think you will too.

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Q:  How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

I have been at DSC since February, 2016.

Q:  Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Mexico City.

Q:  What do you do for work?

I work as a housekeeper.

Q:  What is your “Spirit Animal?”

My spirit animal is a Momma Bear.

Q:  What is your favorite food?

Mexican Food is my favorite food.

Q:  What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

I like to run and deadlift.

Q:  What is your least favorite workout or lift?

Burpees!!

Q:  What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

I was a Zumba instructor and I was doing CrossFit in another place, but when I started at Defiance I started taking it seriously.  When I saw how professional they are I quit my Zumba classes because I wanted to do CrossFit every day.

Q:  What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

Running, Sleeping, Hiking and spending time with my granddaughter.

Q:  How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

OMG I do not know where to start!  It has changed my life for good and I am thankful for it.  After doing the Wellness Challenge with Coach Tara my health was very good.  I have Celiac Disease, and through the Wellness Challenge I learned how to eat healthy.  Before the challenge, I was living in severe pain and now because I learned how to eat the best types of food for me, I feel completely amazing!!!! My life has changed completely.

Q:  How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

I think it is the best gym in the whole valley.  It has the best coaches; they are professional and very friendly.  They are people who you can talk to because they are very nice, and they always try to motivate you to do your best.  CrossFit is the best exercise. Although it can be hard, it has a lot of rewards.  All the hard work, and commitment to the gym will be worth it, as your soul, body, and health will thank you for it!

September 2016 Athlete of the Month

Congrats to our September 2016 Athlete of the Month:

Mikey Rice

 

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If you have never gotten to workout with Mikey Rice you are really missing out.  He always has a great attitude, and puts his head down and works hard.  He is genuine and kind, and we are so glad to have him be a part of our gym.

Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

A.  I joined a year ago this November. We went on a “coaches’ retreat” (for GSHS girls’ basketball) in Cabo the first week of November and Deanna put together some workouts. I had been lifting at a gym but was pretty sore after Deanna’s workouts and thought maybe I better go see what this CrossFit was all about.

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A.  I was born in Port Angeles, WA and moved to Colorado when I was nine. I’ve lived in the Valley since the seventh grade.

Q. What do you do for work?

A.  My wife and I own Adventure Auto Sales. Previous to the car business, I was a contractor and built spec homes.

Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”

A.  I’m not sure what my “Spirit Animal” is. I’ll let you choose one for me. Coaches Choice… an OWL!

Q. What is your favorite food?

A.  My favorite food is anything cooked on the grill. And cookies. And Tequila–is that a “food”?

Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

A.  My favorite workouts are bench press, back squat, push-ups, pull-ups, cleans, and snatches.

Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?

A.  My least favorites are the bike and burpees.

Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

A.  I lifted at the Hot Springs Athletic Club and occasionally would hop on the elliptical for a few minutes

Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

A.  I enjoying hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, camping, walking the dog, and drinking beer on my front porch with friends.

Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

A.  DSC has improved my overall fitness level. I believe this past year has greatly increased my cardio and targeted muscles I hadn’t worked previously. Mainly, this gym has been a great environment for me to meet new friends and workout with people who are encouraging and supportive.

Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

A.  DSC is a very welcoming place with the greatest trainers around! I’m not the best at trying new things, but am so glad I joined this gym.

August 2016 Athlete of the Month: Robert Mintz

It is only appropriate that on the month of our 6 year anniversary at DSC, Robert Mintz, is our August Athlete of The Month.  Robert literally has been with us since day 1 (as you will read in his interview), when it wasn’t unusual to have only 1-2 individuals in class. Now as we approach our 6 year mark, it isn’t uncommon to attend a class with more than 15 individuals.  Robert continues to work hard even after 6 years at the gym.  His commitment and dedication continues to pay off as he and his team won the Master’s competition at our Summer Team Challenge this past weekend.  Congrats Robert, and thank you for being such an integral part of our DSC family.

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Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?

A. I have been at DSC since August of 2010.  I was in the first Fundamentals class. I remember Thad was coaching a class one August afternoon and I was the only one to show up, the workout was “Karen” and he did it with me.  It was one of my best memories of the early days of learning CrossFit with new friends.

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I moved here in January 1992.

Q. What do you do for work?

A. I own a Plumbing & Heating company. I’ve been in plumbing most of my adult life and I started in 1982. I also teach an empowering women’s self defense class, I believe violence against woman is crime against society. I’m raising a daughter to carry on that legacy.

Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”

A. My interests would be Greek mythology, how about “Melampus”, a god that accomplish great deeds.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My favorite food is sustenance.

Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?

A. My favorite workouts and lifts are those done with my friends and during competitions.

Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?

A. My least favorite workouts are when the weather changes, my body is a cold/damp weather barometer.

Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?

A. I exercised at the Community Center and that worked for a while, but I was bored and not aware of “Gainz”, PRs, and a sense of community.

Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?

A. The Hot Spring Pool is a large part of my life, I swim and relax, rejuvenate at the pool.

Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?

A. DSC has changed my overall body health and allowed me to reinvent myself into the man I try to be every day. DSC raises the bar for me to be the best athlete I can be and more.

Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?

A. I humbly request all levels, shapes and sizes to step up to reveal their potential.