Emerik Giorgetti

Athlete of the MonthMarch

How old / young are you? I’m 46 and ½ yo. What is your occupation? I am a business development leader at Cisco — not Sysco the food business, but Cisco the technology company. We build cool tech like Webex Meetings and video conferencing devices that allow people to work wherever they are and have a better work/life balance.  When did you join WSCF? Summer 2015 Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? Back in 2015 I ran a few Spartan races and I noticed these incredibly fit people with real muscles and stamina who would go through obstacles like heavy carries or heavy pulls as if they were nothing, while I was struggling to get my weight to budge a millimeter. They would finish those races way ahead of me despite my semi-decent running abilities. I later realized these people were part of this secret cult called CrossFit, and I decided that if I wanted to be a better athlete I had to try it too. I did my research and tried a few boxes and realized WSCF had the perfect mix: great coaches who care, great community, small classes and supportive environment. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit? I’m a nerd so I mostly played video games my whole life (and yes, you CAN go blind doing it, ask me over a beer). From a nutrition perspective, I would eat a bag of Oreos for lunch and a milkshake for dinner. Never had a vegetable in my life, unless olives or pizza sauce count. When I turned 40 and did my physical, my cholesterol was high and the doctor gave me two options: change my diet and exercise, or take a pill every day for the rest of my life. That year I ran my first half-marathon (Leadville) and my first Spartan races, and I never stopped. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? I am eating much better now (thank you Kari!), and I’m much more conscious about how nutrition impacts our health, well-being and performance. I don’t have sugar crashes in the middle of the day as I used to have. My energy level is higher than ever. I gained almost 20 pounds since I started at WSCF and it’s not all fat. Oh and this year for the first time in 6 years my cholesterol test came back normal. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? CrossFit is not for everyone, just like yoga, running, swimming or working out at PlanetFitness aren’t for everyone. But you won’t know if you’ll like it unless you try it for yourself. My advice is to try it out – start by finding a box that matches your style, with good coaches who inspire and motivate you, that’s the key. Oh and never ever compare yourself to others – everyone is on a different journey. What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? I dread anything that has to do with a barbell, but I specially suck at cleans. I arch my back every single time, maybe it’s genetic. My favorite movement is (wait for it…) burpees. What was your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? I was there when Alyson did her first pull-up and that was a magical moment! Competing in the intramural head-to-head was also a great experience, I couldn’t move afterwards and I thought I was dying but the vibe from the crowd was awesome! What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? I still play video games and read a lot, but now I also run regularly and I pick a couple of events to do every year like Leadville and/or the Spartan races. I also like hiking fourteeners and my wife and kids are now getting me into bouldering. I’m also a sucker for a good movie. What’s your favorite cheat food or meal? A good pizza, hands down. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I was in the labor room when my daughter was born in Florida while there was a CAT 5 hurricane destroying everything outside. That’s why we moved to Colorado – beautiful mountains and no hurricanes, check! Who or what inspires you the most? I know it’s cliché, but I look up to my parents for inspiration every day. My father’s left leg is 5” shorter than his right leg because an infection spread through his knee when he was a toddler, causing him to limp his whole life. He has horrible leg and back pains. Despite all this, he never complained once, never used his condition as an excuse, and worked hard his whole life to put bread on the table. My mother worked two jobs and went to college at night to get a teaching job that paid the rent. They were selfless, loving and dedicated and always put their kids first. They have been together for 49 years and I was very fortunate to spend a week with them to celebrate their 80th and 77th birthdays which are just a few days apart, earlier this month. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? I want to instill fear in the hearts of the boys who dare to look at my 14yo daughter. I may need help though….  🙂

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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.


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course
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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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