Athlete of the MonthNovember

Marc Rood


How old / young are you? 41 years old What is your occupation? I am sure I have one of the most interesting yet odd ball occupations out there. I am the head of Strategy for Nuclear Solutions which is part of a large, French-based, global environmental company called Veolia. We cleanup everything from WW2 weapons production sites to disaster recovery sites such as Fukushima in Japan. When did you join Widespread CrossFit? October 2016 – where does the time go?!?! Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? I had been going to big box gyms for years and decided I needed a change. The functional fitness aspect was interesting to me and thought I would give it a shot since Crossfit was getting popular so quickly. The challenge of getting out of one’s comfort zone with a new workout daily was exciting to me. No more of the routine, monotonous workouts that I used to talk myself into regularly at other gyms. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit? I am a former college football athlete that played pretty much every team sport growing up. After college I tried all sorts of things including marathons, triathlons, and road biking. Nowadays I stick to CrossFit, the occasional spin class, and skiing when possible. What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? My overall fitness level has certainly improved. Training for a specific sport like football for so many years created an imbalance in my overall fitness level. Also, I have had a total of 8 orthopedic surgeries since the beginning of college. I limited myself because of the injuries for so long thinking I would never be able to do those things I enjoyed ever again. CrossFit reopened those opportunities, and I am proud to say my injuries do not limit me nearly as much as they used to. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? People join CrossFit for a variety of reasons. Those reasons are personal, and every individual has their own “why”. Breaking down personal barriers and getting out of your comfort zone can be intimidating and challenging which is completely natural! Once you can come to grips with your “why”, you will find so much fulfillment in the personal goals and accomplishments you make for yourself inside or outside the gym. There is truly no better feeling for yourself and the effect it has on the people you are most often around. What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? Any barbell/weightlifting movement is my favorite. Cleans and any kind of press specifically. Least favorite (and its not even close) are sled pushes… Unless of course you count Saturday partner workouts with Chris Jackson that are heavily cardio based. The carnage left and recovery that follows lasts a good 24 hours! What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? All the Open Workouts (some I would rather like to forget) as well as any of the Hero workouts. Every year I love the anticipation and to compete in Murph or some of the other benchmark workouts like the Filthy 50, etc. What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? With my wife, and as a father of two girls, I love to spend time with them either traveling or doing activities such as biking, skiing, or hiking. For me personally, I have found the occasional spin class is a great breakaway from the noise and day- to-day stresses in life. What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? Being almost a full blood Italian, anything pasta related. Nothing beats spaghetti and meatballs from Scalzotto’s or Parma Trattoria for those not currently on Kari’s nutrition program. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I have lived or worked in 7 different countries. Other than living in Colorado, I have spent most of my time in Scotland and Australia. For those needing travel recommendations, Japan should be on the top of your list. The culture and the people are simply amazing. Who or what inspires you the most? Whether it is in the gym or in my personal life, I love to hear about people’s backgrounds and life stories. So many people amaze me with the accomplishments and the things they are most passionate about. It pushes me to be better in all aspects of my life and encourages me to fight for my goals and personal objectives. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? I would really like to finish Murph one year with a vest. In general, continue to see improvements and gains regardless of age.

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


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