Athlete of the MonthOctober

How old / young are you? I’m 41.   What is your occupation?  I test software. When did you join Widespread CrossFit?   I was at a different CF gym where Matt and Kari coached and I loved them.   Things just weren’t the same after they left and I kept waiting and waiting for Matt to open this gym.  I was a member long before WSCF opened its doors, but it’s been worth the wait.  Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try?   I had been hearing about it and I saw a Groupon (to a different gym) and decided to give it a whirl.  I actually thought I was in pretty good shape until I tried my first CrossFit class (Matt was coaching) and realized there was a whole other level of fitness that I was missing. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit?  I’m certainly no athlete, but I’ve always been a bit of a dabbler in all things fitness.  I think I’ve done almost every cardio class offered by a gym – step, body pump, Zumba, kickboxing, I even did that slide thing whose name I can’t seem to remember.  I spent a number of years doing yoga and still think it’s an amazing thing to do and a great complement to CrossFit.  My true love though is being outside, I love camping, hiking, biking and I’m trying to embrace skiing.  Doing those things has been harder since having kids although they are finally getting old enough to go a little further and do a little more. I like that CrossFit allows me to stay in shape and still do those things when I have the opportunity.  What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?   Well, I had my body fat tested at the end of July and then again last Friday and while I’ve only lost 2 pounds, I’m down almost 2% body fat after 2 months of working out at WSCF (and I’ve been doing CrossFit for a few years now – albeit not as consistently, but still) and I haven’t changed my diet at all.  I still have room for improvement and they say abs are made in the kitchen and while I eat fairly well, I’ve never done anything like Paleo for 7 weeks so I’m excited to see what changes occur during this nutritionchallenge.  As far as performance, I certainly have more upper body strength than I’ve ever had in my life.  I never thought I would lift a barbell over my head that was 100 pounds.  I never thought I would climb a rope to the top, I never even did that in grade school.  I’m still working on that *#DKSLD$#@! pull-up though.     What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? 1. Consistency. Keep showing up.  I understand, you are sore, you are tired, it’s hard, but it gets better if you keep going.   Your body will start to adapt and you will be less sore, less tired, some WODs will still suck, but most will be okay. 2. Don’t compare yourself to others.  I know this is tough because CF is meant to be competitive and we have the Whiteboard to look at every day, but I like to view it as a tool to see my own improvements and to celebrate others successes, not to beat myself up if I didn’t perform as well as someone else or gasp, if I was last.  We all have strengths, we all have weaknesses, but ultimately if you keep walking through the door, you will get stronger and faster than you were before. What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? Favorite: well ‘favorite’ is relative, but I don’t mind the power clean (not as fond of the jerk), squatting, toes-to-bar, box jumps or any ab exercise. Least Favorite: Running, anything with a wide grip overhead – OHS and snatches, and rope climbs still give me anxiety What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? At WSCF, I think my most memorable ‘moments’ happened over 2 days – after working out all week, the WOD on Thursday was a mile run (see above for least favorite CF moves) followed by 100 toes to bar.  I ripped up both of my hands, but completed the toes to bar.  I had a goal of coming to WSCF for all 5 days that week so I showed up for FRAN on Friday morning.  I had to really work on my positive self-talk and I did it – I can’t say it was fast, but I showed up and did it. What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? As I mentioned, Lyle (my husband) and I have 2 kiddos that keep us pretty busy outside of work and CrossFit.  We try to get outside with them as much as possible and they are involved in a number of activities, but I also love to read and we recently started painting which has been really fun.  What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? Pizza & bread are my 2 favorite cheat foods (although before the challenge, I just ate them, didn’t think of them as cheating)  What is something people would be surprised to know about you? Lyle and I took a year off and spent a good number of weeks backpacking in South America and then he talked me into biking 3000 miles through SE Asia.  It was the best experience of my life.  He keeps telling me that instead of re-living our glory days through stories that we need to do it again.  Who or what inspires you the most?   Okay so this probably sounds cheesy and isn’t really related to CrossFit necessarily, but Lyle inspires me the most in my life.  He isn’t afraid to do anything and he dreams big – quit our jobs and go to a 3rd world country for a year, why wouldn’t we, backpack for 11 days in S.America over 14,000 passes with no guides or pack animals, of course, bike through SE Asia, better than getting killed riding a bus in S. America, quit a high paying sales job and teach kids with disciplinary issues, better than losing my soul, go on a canoe trip with a 4 and 7 year old with no guide, no problem.  He also believes in me and my abilities – backpacking with girlfriends and no big burley men to protect us, you can do it, climb a 14er, you can do it, ski with no lessons, you can do it (that one didn’t go quite as well).  I could go on and on, but he makes me want to be more and do more with my life. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? A freaking strict pull-up.

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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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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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