Amy Poshusta

Athlete of the MonthJune

How old / young are you? 44 years young What is your occupation? I am an independent consultant who works in the (legal!) pharmaceutical industry. I mostly do technical writing and program support for small (eg, virtual) pharma companies. For example, I write/submit drug applications to the FDA (for development and market approval) and clinical study reports, etc. When did you join Widespread CrossFit? December 2017 Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? I was ready for a change from my sad routine of spin class and light-weight back squats and deadlifts… Also, I had heard the best things about Widespread and that I would love it. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit? I have a fairly well-rounded background because I went through a lot of sport/workout phases (crazes?!) in my life. I played sports in high school (soccer, softball and swim team) and went on to play soccer and lacrosse in college. After college I got into long distance running; I loved the easy pace of half- and full marathons. But a disc in my back that I herniated in college didn’t agree and so -after a back surgery to replace the disc- I went back into the pool for several years (masters swim) and got on my road bike more. When I got tired of goggle eyes and inattentive drivers weaving into the bike lane, I moved into the gym and started spin/group fitness classes and lifting weights. What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? I cleaned up my eating and drinking about the same time I started CrossFit, but my body composition immediately started changing. I went from about 20% body fat to less than 15%. I also quickly noticed a change in my core strength/posture and was shocked at some of the weights I was beginning to move (since I pretty much always did the same weight and rep scheme at the gym before). What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? You will not regret it. There is such a wonderful sense of community and camaraderie and you will be amazed and proud of what you can achieve. What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movements? Favorites: front rack lunges, overhead squats and burpees (don’t judge) Least faves: farmer’s carry and double unders What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? Easy! During the 2018 Open, I had only been doing CrossFit for about 2 and a half months. I breezed through 18.2’s dumbbell squats and bar-facing burpees, but I really had no idea what my 1 rep max clean would be. The amazing energy in the box got me from my starting weight of 85 lbs up to attempting 125 lbs… But I tried and failed with about 20 seconds left. With heavy encouragement (ie, Kari screaming), I caught it right at the buzzer. I felt like a champion! What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? I love any time I get to spend with my husband (Joe) and two boys (Matt and Ben): family dinner, hiking, watching movies, baking with my kids or cooking with my husband. What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? Dark beer or peanut butter. Or both together… Anyone tried the Peanut Butter Porter from Liquid Mechanics?! What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I am a super math/science nerd. I have a PhD in chemical engineering and my undergraduate degree is in math and physics. And I still stink at barbell math! Who or what inspires you the most? Every day I am inspired by the people in my life that are honest, have integrity and do their best. This was ingrained in me by my dad, who was a perfect example of these qualities. His work ethic was second to none and he was loyal to a fault with the most solid of moral compasses. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? To keep making progress. I love that there will always be movements I can’t do and weights I can’t lift. But there is nothing like the feeling of ticking off something I have tried and tried and failed at. I don’t even know if it exists (I don’t tweet), but I just think: #GymWin!

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Derek Williams

CrossFit Coach

The questions ‘what does CrossFit mean to me’ and ‘Why do I want to be a coach’ come down to a simple quote that I immediately thought of. “It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Dr. Edward J. Stieglitz
He wrote that in a book on longevity, and I believe that CrossFit has added life to my years and is responsible to adding life to the years of countless people and will continue to do so for many years. I have more life in my years because I’m more physically fit, because I have developed a habit of working out 4 times a week, because I track macros and count calories and because I don’t have to figure out what I’m going to do in my workouts. I feel better, I’m able to be more active with my family and friends, and I’m generally happier than I would be otherwise. And that’s all because of CrossFit. I thought about exploring coaching a while ago because I thought it would be a good way to develop my knowledge of the sport as well as help me develop coaching skills that jobs that I want in the future are looking for. Becoming a coach has given me experience with managing different personalities, meeting people where they are, motivating people in the most effective way and advance my understanding
of this sport and fitness in general. But more importantly, I add different energy, experience, capability, and level of respect to the coaching team.


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Chris Jackson

Fitness Coach

Our wealth is our health…I truly believe there is no better investment any of us can make than in our mental and physical health.   Living an active, healthy lifestyle enables us to get more out of life and live it to the fullest.    As a lifelong runner, I came to Widespread looking to find balance in my fitness by building strength and power.  What I found was a community of people who motivate, encourage and support one another inside and outside the gym.  Coaching at Widespread gives me the opportunity to help our athletes on their journeys toward health and fitness.  Learning new movements, improving technique and hitting PRs motivates athletes of any age, and it’s critical for those of us who want to continue growing.   Life is better together, but life is rich and full when you are healthy and fit.


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Amy Poshusta

Fitness Coach

As I have reached my mid-40s, my desire to find balance in a healthy lifestyle has peaked; balance in how much I train or workout, how much emphasis I place on healthy food choices and how much time I spend socially connecting with my family and friends.  To me, CrossFit is this balance.  It is the overlapping region on my own personal Venn diagram of training, nutrition and lifestyle, and it is providing me the best quality of life and health.  It is about challenging one’s capabilities with new and demanding workouts, nurturing bodies to grow and supporting mental health with a super fun community of like-minded and encouraging people.  CrossFit is challenges and rewards. It is individually competitive and collaborative.  It has pushed me to better how I move and to mentally persevere.  And as a result, I am the strongest, and perhaps the happiest & healthiest, I have ever been in my whole life.


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course

Erica Erickson

Fitness Coach

When I sit down to think about what CrossFit means to me this is what comes to mind…..self-confidence, strength, peaceful mind, supportive tribe, willingness to get out of one’s comfort zone, and not being afraid to show weaknesses.   Growing up playing sports, becoming a mom took a toll on me physically and mentally.  After our first set of twins, I tried to stay active, but after our second set, I found I didn’t have time.  I woke up one day sick of being tired, out of shape, and I knew I wanted to be a better roll model for our children.   After getting the courage to ask a friend about her CrossFit classes, I signed up for a No Sweat Intro.  After meeting with Matt, I just knew it was something I had to try or I would always wonder “What if.”  I quickly fell in love with everything about it.  The variety of the classes, the community that pushes you to step outside your comfort zone, and the incredible coaches who help you believe in yourself when you feel like stopping because you haven’t work out in years.  CrossFit has dramatically changed my life and I LOVE helping others realize the same benefits in their lives.  Knowing that I get to assist others become stronger, both mentally and physically, is the foundation of why I love being a coach.


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course

Ani Monroe

Fitness Coach

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Brand X Method Kids Course
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Kari Kirkendall

Nutrition Coach / Event & Media Director / Youth Fitness Director

CrossFit literally changed my life. Now I know this sounds cliche or a little extreme, but it honestly did. CrossFit not only gave me a self confidence I had no idea I could posses, a self love I didn’t think was possible and an outlet to any challenge life threw my way, but also gave me my husband, my way of living and a discovery into a passion that consumes my life in the best way possible.

What I do every day is incredible. Every day I see something amazing and inspiring happen to people that I truly care so much about. And what I am talking about has nothing to do with being able to deadlift a huge amount of weight (although that IS awesome and I am always pumped when that happens) it’s about athletes coming in with stories about being able to do something they haven’t been comfortable doing in over 2 decades (whether it’s fitness related or just wearing a piece of clothing), or seeing two children under the age of 10 tell their mom and/or dad they want to be strong like them some day, or watching people become comfortable in their own skin in a way that 3 months ago they never thought they would ever be able to do. It gives me a passion and a drive to never stop doing what we are doing.


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course
 CrossFit Kids Course
 Brand X Method Kids Course
 Precision Nutrition

Matthew Kirkendall

Head Coach / Owner

To me CrossFit means opportunity……..

Suffering a stress fracture to my femur, while training for my first 100 miler ultra, I sought out a different outlet to prove my fitness and stay active.  CrossFit gave me this opportunity.  Besides mostly disproving my actual fitness level, it provided me with a incomparable challenge and more accurate way to set physical and mental limits for myself.

Going through heart breaking personal struggles at home and making the life changing decision to move out west alone, away from friends and family, I arrived craving personal connection and sense of belonging.  CrossFit gave me this opportunity.   All it took was suffering side by side through a WOD before it felt like I had been a part of the community for years.

Years of reading, studying, testing everything I could on fitness and what is meant “to be fit” could only be so gratifying, I wanted to share my knowledge, experience and passion with others.  CrossFit gave me this opportunity.  It’s the feeling and joy I get when, I am able to coach a new athlete through a task that seemed impossible minutes before or see their face light up when a movement feels effortless after weeks of struggle, that makes me realize this is what I was meant to do.

Whether it be working for a national corporation or coaching at the local box, I have often questioned their ways of doing business, claiming I could do it better if only it was my business.   CrossFit gave me this opportunity.   Operating a successful fitness facility is a dream come true and proof that I can accomplish anything with the determination, patience, sacrifice and the opportunity.


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 CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course
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