Erica Erickson

Athlete of the MonthAugust

Erica Erickson


How old / young are you?
43 years young

What is your occupation?
I was a National Bank Regulator for 14-years, until two years ago when I stepped away to run my own business and come an “Uber Mom” to our four children. Best part of that occupation change, it opened the door for me to becoming a part-time coach at the gym.

When did you join Widespread CrossFit?
I’m coming up on my 2-year Anniversary. It honestly feels like yesterday that I walked through the doors scared out of my mind because I knew how out of shape I was, but it was time to put myself first.

Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try?
Ha, after a few beers in my backyard with Nate and Wendy, I finally had the courage to ask them about the gym. Within seconds of us talking about it, Wendy pulled
out her phone and told me she had messaged Kari and said I will be calling to get more information. I’m pretty sure I drank a few more beers nervous that I was now committed to make a phone call and take the first step of getting outside of my comfort zone.

What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit?
I was very active in high school sports and before kids ran in many different running races.

What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
At 43 I excited to finally have some muscles. No, in all honestly, it feels so good to be a role model for my kiddos and teaching them it’s never too late to chase your dreams. Hearing them tell me how proud they were of me finishing my first marathon, was worth all the blisters, sweat, and pain. Also, as a family we have learned to eat healthier, and my old twins are very quick to point out when something isn’t “Kari approved.”

What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
GO FOR IT and never look back!! Don’t let the barbell or movements scare you. Set a plan, find someone to hold you accountable, and HAVE FUN! Once you get going, you won’t look back. The community will help you push past the hard days and cheer you on each and everyday you walk into the gym.

What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement?
Any workout with running is my jam. I also loves sleds, I know I’m nuts! Least favorite is taking a barbell overhead.

What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far?
Looking at how far I’ve come since my first partner workout. I will never forget the first partner workout I completed with Wendy and Amy. The end of the workout was time remaining max BURPEES! I seriously thought Matt was going to need to call an ambulance because they moved so fast. I’m pretty certain that I asked them to please slow DOWN so I didn’t throw up. I think it’s time for a redo on that workout.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?
Baking is my favorite hobby. I master Key Lime Pie during COVID, and don’t ask me to do anything the day after Thanksgiving, it’s reserved for baking all the goodies. I also LOVE weekends and watching our kiddos play sports.

What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal?
Ice Cream, all the ice cream!!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m a mom of four kiddos….two sets of twins. We have both fraternal and surprise identical twin girls. So, I work out to burn off the crazy!

Who or what inspires you the most?
My dad! Growing up he taught me to work hard, give more than you receive, and while sometimes it won’t feel like you are making big steps towards your goal, patience will get you there at the right moment.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?
To inspire others to step outside their comfort zone. As a mom, I put my family first for over 10-years and didn’t make time for myself. I didn’t realize how much extra stress I carried around and how it impacted my sleep, nutrition, and be being a mom. After doing one good workout in the gym, I leave ready to concur the world, or four year old feisty twins girls.

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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
 CrossFit Kids Course
 Brand X Method Kids 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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  • Leadville Marathon
  • Several other triathlons and running races of various distances


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