Judd Moritz

How old / young are you?
I am 49, turning 50 on 2/12
What is your occupation?
I have worked in Clean Energy for 25 years, mostly in sales. Generally speaking, I am a
salesperson at heart.
When did you join Widespread Fitness?
January 2023
Why did you decide to give Widespread Fitness a try?
12/31/22 I quit my job and decided that I was going to take 6 months off. I had been
hard-charging since I was 24 and was pretty burned out from corporate life. As part of
the decision to meaningfully take time off, I wanted to work on myself and one of my
main focuses was to be present for my family and myself. My plan for myself required
that I take better care of me, and that required really amping up fitness. I had heard
good things about Widespread Fitness, came in to talk to Matt, and the rest is history.
What was your athletic background before starting?
We are a fairly athletic family, we are active hikers, bikers, skiers, etc. Pretty much if
its outdoors, we do it. I played hockey as a kid, so I’ve always been pretty active.
What changes in your health, physique, and overall
performance have you seen since starting?
I am definitely stronger, more limber and I have better athletic stamina. The other
thing that I have noticed is that my max heart rate has dropped significantly while
working out, I used to easily be able to get it up to 175+ bpm (which isn’t really
healthy for someone my age) and now it’s down to 135/140 bpm. It wasn’t a goal
when I started out, but certainly a positive outcome. I have always known that there
is a significant positive impact to mood after workouts, but the intensity of CrossFit
makes that euphoria last even longer.
What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting?
You just have to get in and do it. The support from the coaches and athletes is very
positive, everyone wants you to be successful. I really like the fact that the coaching
staff focuses on form, they push you at the right times, but also make sure that you
are working with the right amounts of weight, and if you are going too big, too fast,
they tell you. The emphasis is not to get hurt. Every exercise has a scale option, so
if you can’t at first do the exercise, there is another movement that you can do. All
things that are worth doing are hard, and getting yourself back shape is no exception,
but the results are worth it. The other thing that I’ve come to understand is that as
we get older, cardio is not enough. We need to be lifting weight and strengthening
our core, once you start you can feel the difference immediately….in a good way 😉
What is your favorite and least favorite exercises / movement?
Favorite – oddly I like rowing. I also really enjoy all of the strength training.
Least favorite (in order) – Wall balls, burpees, and box jumps (although I am getting
better at box jumps and have figured out the trick to make them less horrible).
What is your most memorable moment so far?
3 months after I started CrossFit (late March of 2023), I set out to dig out a back patio
up in the mountains that had 4 ft of snow covering it. A friend started with me, he
lasted 10 minutes and literally was so exhausted that I thought he was going to have to
lie down. I however powered through that snow for 2 ½ hours straight, using my legs
to do the lifting, keeping my back safe. I wasn’t even sore the next day. I would
NEVER have been able to do that without CrossFit.
What do you like to do outside of the gym?
I love being in the mountains, and more than anything I love to ski. I also really enjoy
youth sports, both of my kids play hockey and my daughter also plays softball. I didn’t
think I would enjoy watching them as much as I do, but it’s awesome watching them
work hard and excel at something.
What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal?
Occasionally we have steaks, my daughter is a pure carnivore, and she would eat red
meat most every day if she could. The rest of the family, not so much. So, every
month or so we have steaks, and it’s always a favorite for those of us who eat red
What is something people would be surprised to know about
I love to cook; I find the whole act of preparing food to be calming and satisfying.
It’s like a perfect project that requires planning, inventory management, execution
and at the end, you get to eat it and hopefully delight others.
Who or what inspires you the most?
Famous: The Roosevelts, Teddy and Franklin. Teddy is responsible for the national
parks, which maybe is the greatest generational gift given to our nation. Franklin
led the U.S. through one of the most trying times in our history and left in his wake
the institutions that define the governmental social fabric that we still benefit from
Personal: My grandfather, he gave me a love of nature (and skiing) and was a great
example of how to be strong and work hard for those people that matter most to
Group: Working mothers. I was raised by a single mother who was also a physician.
Having kids of my own, I see how much harder kids are on the mother than the
father (usually). The amount that my kids say, “mom, mom, mom, vs dad,”
astounds me. The patience and caring that my wife shows them even after a hard
day at work never ceases to amaze me. I look back and see how hard my mom’s life
was raising two boys, and I appreciate her deeply.
What is one goal you would like to accomplish?
Retire from corporate life by 55. Not that I don’t want to work, but I’d like to be able
to expend my efforts elsewhere and leave the rat race behind. Likely won’t happen,
but it’s certainly a goal.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Kari Kirkendall

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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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