Tyler Asselin

Athlete of the MonthMay

How old / young are you? I am 30 years old What is your occupation? I’m a Software Engineer at Knowledge Factor When did you join Widespread CrossFit? I joined 2 years ago. I was lucky enough to be in the first WSCF on-ramp class. Why did you decide to give CrossFit a try? I had initially heard about CrossFit in 2011 and had been wanting to try it ever since then, but never pulled the trigger. When I finally did try it, I was bored with my current programming and was getting frustrated trying to work out at 24hr Fitness and their lack of squat racks and space for barbell movements. What was your athletic background before starting CrossFit? Immediately prior to joining WSCF, I had been doing Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength program at 24hr fitness for about 6 months which really helped my strength, but not my overall fitness. Prior to that, I had made various other attempts at staying in shape and staying active including: running and programs like P90x. In high school, I played football and ran track. What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? My overall fitness is much more well-rounded now, but my strength has continued to develop as well. I feel generally healthier not only because of the workouts and time in the gym, but also attributed to a shift in how I view food and proper nutrition. I had a lot of conversations with Matt early on about nutrition and diet and that was a huge help. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? Just give it a try. You’ll figure out pretty quickly if its for you or not. If you decide to commit, I recommend going to classes consistently. Pick a schedule and try to stick to it as closely as you can. Eventually it’ll be habit. What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit exercises / movement? I like Olympic lifts and wallballs. My least favorite is easily sled pulls. Which is not because I hate the movement itself as much as it is that my legs cramp up every time. What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far? My 4th CrossFit workout ever was Murph and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I scaled with ring rows and did the majority of the pushups on my knees. The final mile run was especially brutal. When I got back, I could barely walk and my knees were bleeding (pro-tip: if you’re doing 200 pushups on your knees, put an abmat under them). I remember being in awe of everyone who completed the workout Rx and Kari expecting me to cancel my membership. What do you like to do outside of CrossFit? I’m a big DIYer so I’m always doing something around the house. I enjoy tinkering on my old Chevy truck that I restored. Toward the end of college, I got into home brewing beer and don’t do that as much as I’d like, but love that whole process. What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? I have a weakness for fast food hamburgers. My go-to is the Dave’s Triple combo from Wendy’s, large, with an iced tea. That’s about 1500 calories so bring your appetite. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I have 2 stainless steel plates and 14 screws holding my left forearm together. Sometimes it impacts my mobility and at least once a year its randomly sore for a few days and I’m convinced that one of the screws is backing out. Who or what inspires you the most? My parents are the hardest working people that I know. Their work ethic is inspiring in my day-to- day life. I think that all of the members of WSCF are inspiring. CrossFit is hard, yet everyday people walk through the front door ready to face whatever challenges lay ahead. What is one goal you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? I think sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day is pretty detrimental to overall health. My goal for CrossFit right now is to use it to help combat that sedentariness (that’s a word – I looked it 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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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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