Dominic Lopez

Athlete of the MonthJuly

How old / young are you? I am 34 years old but turn 35 in November…. What is your occupation? I am a Senior Project Manager at Veolia Nuclear Solutions When did you join Widespread CrossFit? I believe it was August 2016. Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? I have done CrossFit on and off since 2014. I originally joined CrossFit because it was very similar type of works out I did in the military. I was also getting bored and having stagnant progress in a normal gym setting. The atmosphere of a CrossFit gym is very appealing. Being able to meet new people and being apart of a mini community that promotes a healthy lifestyle is big part of why I like CrossFit. I think it also important to find a Box that a person can feel comfortable in the environment it offers. Widespread CrossFit offers this great environment that helps you feel comfortable and has a “family” feel to it. Widespread has great coaches that help you make all around progress and make sure your form is correct so we do not get injured. Kari and Matt run a great and wonderful gym, I am glad I found Widespread CrossFit to be apart of. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit? I played sports growing up, but mainly I played football from elementary school through high school. My wife and I joined a masters swim team in Pacifica, California before moving to Colorado which we both enjoyed. Luckily, we also lived close to the ocean and I was able to start surfing again. Other than that, I try to stay active as much as possible. What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? My strength is overall more balanced. In a normal gym setting it is common to focus on “Bro” lifts and trying to look like the dudes off Jersey Shore, ha! CrossFit also forced me to focus more on my endurance again, that was one of my weaknesses walking back into CrossFit. Due to trying to be consistently going to the gym 4-5 days a week, it forces me to watch the type of foods I eat each day and what I drink so I do not come into the gym in a poor state of health and mind. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? Do not be intimidated, trust the coaches, and program. When you first start it is going to be tough, but it is tough for everyone. Do no put too much pressure on your self to compete with others because each person has their weakness and was at one point new. Try to enjoy the WODs and do not give up, finishing a tough WOD brings a sense of accomplishment when you leave the gym. Try to be consistent so you see the benefits. What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? This is a good question, I seem to “miss” the days when sled pushes are in the WOD : ). That is my least favorite movement. My 2nd least favorite movement is running with a wall ball, it’s so awkward. There are also the gymnastic movements that I find tough and I need to work on more, specifically muscle ups, hand stand walks, and pistols. What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? It is hard to pick just one. I enjoy the Opens because everyone is so supportive, and it pushes all our limits. All the great party’s/bbq that Kari and Matt hold are always a good time. My first WOD in Widespread was also very memorable, everyone was very welcoming and nice. What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? I like to spend time with my wife, Brynn and our 3 dogs. I am overall simple person. A good home cooked meal and enjoying a summer evening with family and friends is always fun. I have finally been able to find time to go on more hikes and take advantage of the great outdoor activities that you can do here in Colorado. What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? Hmmm, if there are French fries anywhere near me, I am going to eat them! My favorite is to get the super-size McDonald fries and I tend to eat them like I have not ate in weeks. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I was once on ESPN for Rock, Papers, Scissors. One evening I was in a local bar in Kansas when I was back home in my mid-twenties and Bud Light was holding a competition I ended somehow winning. Due to me “winning”, I was invited to the regional championship tournament in Kansas City. I again somehow won that as well, there were probably 50 people in that tournament. I was named the regional champ and won a trip to Vegas with all expenses paid for the national championship which was shown on ESPN. I did not win the national championship, but I gained a great story! Who or what inspires you the most? My wife and family, they are all very supportive and have helped me to be a better person while supporting all my goals in life. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? To do a Muscle -Up! I also want to continue the healthy lifestyle that CrossFit promotes and offers.

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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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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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