Clint Smith

Athlete of the MonthSeptember

How old / young are you? 43. What is your occupation? Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Anesthesia. I put people to sleep for surgery and other procedures requiring anesthesia. And of course wake them up…..most of the time. My full time job is at Denver Health as well as I do some additional obstetric anesthesia at Rose Medical Center and occasionally Skyridge Medical Center. When did you join Widespread CrossFit? I am proud to say that I am one of Matt and Kari’s first victims when they opened the box. Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? I was excited when I noticed the box opening in this location. (Please don’t move!) It is very convenient for me. I had wanted to try CrossFit for some time but hadn’t gotten up the nerve to actually go into a box. I had been coming close to it though! Once I saw Widespread opening so close to home I no longer had an excuse not to give it a go. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit? I have pretty much always belonged to a gym and have tried a little of most everything at them. In my younger days I played school football and as a kid played soccer, baseball and basketball. Never really excelled at any of them (but didn’t totally suck either). Ten years or so before starting CrossFit I did a few triathlons as well. What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? I wish that I could say that I was posing for CrossFit posters but sadly not yet. I have lost a fair amount of weight since starting and I can’t lie, I struggle to keep it off and still a work in progress. I definitely have more energy and strength and find that I am able to do the activities that I enjoy. What I really notice is when I slack off on coming to the box and/or slip on my diet/partaking in libations. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? I would highly recommend it to anyone. Especially if you do better in a group and/or scheduled setting like I do. I really like how it is an individual sport in a group setting. I would also recommend listening to the coaches and really scale as needed and work up to more intensity. Put it on your calendar and stick with it. Oh, and never look at the WOD ahead of time! What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? Least favorite is a toss up between wall balls and burpees. Even worse, when they are lumped together in a WOD. My favorite is probably cleans and clean and jerks. Really what I like is variety and not doing the same thing every day. What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? I would probably have to say competing in the Festivus Games. I was pretty nervous but it was a pretty cool experience. All of the in-house competitions have been really cool and doing the Leadville Heavy Half and the Spartan race with some of the fine people from the box have been really cool experiences too! What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? I enjoy spending time with my family; my wife Kim, daughter Fiona and son Beckett. We love to travel, boating, wakeboarding, snow skiing and just hanging out at home. What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? Where do I begin? If I had to pick just one it would probably be lasagna. And of course a nice bottle of wine paired with it. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I struggle with this question the most. I cant’ think of any really exciting or interesting things. Many of the folks at the gym already know this but I completed a half ironman (actually 72.3 miles instead of just 70.3) last summer in Bend, Oregon. It was an amazing experience and I never could have done it without the fitness obtained from coming to Widespread. Who or what inspires you the most? My family first and foremost. Secondly all of the other athletes who encourage me and cheer me on as I finish the WODs each and every time here at Widespread. I also enjoy hearing and seeing stories of others who have accomplished amazing physical goals through CrossFit. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? Other than being half naked on a poster my maybe unrealistic goal would be to complete a full Ironman. Gotta have goals right?

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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.


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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.


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Ani Monroe

Fitness Coach

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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.


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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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  • Ironman Lake Placid
  • Bel Monte 50 Mile Endurance Run
  • Leadville Marathon
  • Several other triathlons and running races of various distances


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