Mark Callahan

Athlete of the MonthSeptember

How old / young are you? 43

What is your occupation? I’m a marketing leader at Twitter out of the @TwitterBoulder office

When did you join Widespread CrossFit? I joined Widespread fairly soon after Matt and Kari opened their doors 4 years ago. I saw the name and logo on the signs out front and figured, “If a hippie is running this joint, it has to be a pretty chill gym… sign me up!”

Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? I started CrossFit 5 or 6 years ago at my then-girlfriend Alayna’s suggestion. (Read: not-so-casual urging) My guess was that she didn’t want to date an out-of-shape dude you kept telling her about all the athletic things that he used to do. I fell in love with CrossFit’s mixed routines and being able to attempt movements again I’d not done since I was a kid. (Spoiler: I fell in love with the girl, too!)

What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit I’d tell you that I was a life-long athlete, but Alayna would tell you “only if he was  counting until age 25!!” I played lacrosse and soccer in High School and College and was a ski racer until I blew out my knee (repeatedly) and switched to snowboarding. I lived in Vail for a number of years running a snowboard shop and chasing the “really good kids”. I figured I must still be in decent shape if I could hold my own on the hill, but lost sight of how much weight I gained and my loss of mobility off a snowboard.

What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? Adulting quickly caught up with me in my late 20’s and 30’s, and I focused more on career than my health and fitness. I was a start-up junkie who started a couple of small tech companies over the years, and the more I sat at a computer the more I looked like someone who sat at a computer. A lot. Somewhere along the line I managed to hit almost 270 lbs (!!!) and yet I still managed to woo Alayna with my wit and charm. Since starting Crossfit, I’ve lost 50 of those pounds and have regained a crazy amount of energy and flexibility that I never thought I’d see again. More importantly, though, I’ve gained the right kind of Dad Bod along the way… the kind that means I can keep up with Sage (2yrs) and Harlow (9 weeks) and continue to be an active and healthy father for them both.

What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? Find your own “Hippie Gym” where folks are super friendly and laid back and care about you as a person and your individual goals. CrossFit looks intimidating as all get out from the outside, and I’m sure some gyms purposefully foster that culture. Widespread is none of those bad things (attitude, the-wrong-kind-of-tattoos, bro brah cool guys) and all of the good things (normal people doing awesome things, loads of support, tons of laughs, a brown dog).

What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? My favorite exercise, hands-down, is rowing. It’s just my jam. The ones I don’t necessarily like but respect are the ones I’m just now finally starting to figure out. I’m looking at you, Double-Unders! My least favorite? Burpees make me barf.

What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far Casually knocking out my first, then my second, then my 50th Double-Under after a couple of years of trying. (You see, I was born with no rhythm.) My other one is when Matt told me I just PR’d something and it actually felt like I could do it again better/faster/stronger.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? Snowboard, fly fish, ride bikes, go to Home Depot

What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? Coors Light (Don’t hate, don’t judge)

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I was THIS close to being one of the contestants on the first season of “The Apprentice”… no joke.

Who or what inspires you the most? My wife, Alayna, is hands down the most inspiring person in my life. She challenges me to be a better, fitter person every day and she makes me laugh until that Coors Light is coming out of my nose. (She also happens to be one hell of an amazing mommy!)

What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit Just to keep getting stronger, better, faster and fitter… and to be the most active dad I can be for these crazy new kiddos. Oh, and to keep having fun at CrossFit all the while!

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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

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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

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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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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