Our goal at CrossFit 970 is to give you the very best in CrossFit training in Northern Colorado. Therefore, we only hire the best. Each of our coaches offers something unique, and has their own personal training style, but there are a few things they all have in common: extensive experience, fierce dedication to results, and a passion for helping people better themselves. Just sign up for a class that they teach and you can get started in no time. If you have any questions regarding our coaches, or if you would like to sign up, call our local gym now. We are here to help.
Our CrossFit Coaches
Strength Specific Seminar
Brandon Welton has been an outdoor sports and health enthusiast his entire life. He began racing BMX in his youth and raced motorcycles professionally in his twenties. In 2008 after searching for an alternative to the globo gym routine he found CrossFit and never looked back. In 2010 Brandon received his CrossFit Level 1 Certificate. He enjoys the constant challenges and positive results that CrossFit provides. He is dedicated to sharing the CrossFit challenge and healthy lifestyle with everyone he meets. When he isn’t doing CrossFit, Brandon stays busy with his family riding mountain bikes, motocross, jetskis, and snowmobiles.
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Course
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
I started CrossFit in 2011 as one of the founding members of CrossFit 970. Soon after beginning CrossFit, I was intrigued by the thought of obtaining my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate because CrossFit was becoming a passion of mine. The thought of being able to teach and help others was a driving force behind my desire to coach and the reason I obtained my Level 1 in 2015. I have a background as a multiple sport athlete (football, basketball, track) and training has always been a part of my life. Being a “Masters” level athlete, I feel I can relate to my classes and understand the different level of fitness and athleticism each individual member brings to the table. I combine patience, knowledge and just a little bit of humor to each class I coach. There is no better feeling than being a part of the many special moments of achievement in every athlete I am lucky enough to coach.
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certificate Holder
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
I have been doing CrossFit since 2011, and fell in love with the competitive atmosphere of the gym. I had played hockey for the majority of my life on many travel teams at the AA level. It was not until the Summer of 2015 that I started training for competitions and found that I loved the sport of CrossFit. CrossFit has affected my life in many positive ways and I would not be the person I am today without it.
I acquired my Level 1 CrossFit Certification in July of 2016. I continued my education in 2017 with my CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting certificate and taking my L-2 Course in August. Coaching has been a dream of mine since I started CrossFit. As a coach, my mission is to help you determine your goals whether that is to move more weight, dial in your nutrition, or become an overall better athlete.
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certificate Holder
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Lyndsey has been a life-long athlete, and as a cross country skier, she competed in Junior Nationals, and multiple Senior National Competitions. She went on to become a competitive NCAA Division 1 skier at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She’s always loved competing, growing, and pushing herself and others to win.
She’s always had a passion for seeing people reach their full potential, and so coaching has been a natural fit. Lyndsey coached high school skiing, soccer, and track, and was a high school Math teacher locally for 4 years, before she and Jobe started making a basketball team.
Lyndsey found Crossfit in 2010 and was hooked. It combined many of the elements she loved as a collegiate athlete; camaraderie, competition, personal growth, helping others achieve more. She became a Level 1 Crossfit trainer in 2012 and then went on to get her Level 2 certification in 2017. She offers more than 9 years of coaching experience with 5 of those being at a crossfit affiliate. Seeing others exceed their own expectations and pushing beyond their limitations is a huge motivator for her.
Lyndsey also founded and runs a boutique photography studio – LyndseyLew Photography, which is one of the top newborn and family photography studios in Northern Colorado. She’s been married to her husband Jobe for 16 years, and they have 4 rambunctious boys.
Favorite lift – power clean.
Super Hero Power – Elastigirl Arms (from Incredibles) – because I could manage all aspects of life with 4 boys from one spot.
Hi I’m Kallie,
I am married to an amazing man, Bret, and mother to 2 amazing boys. I grew up in Elizabeth, CO. I attended UCCS where I competed in volleyball and basketball an got a degree in Health Sciences. After graduating, I wanted to further my degree and attended UNC where I got a degree in Athletic Training. I am currently employed by OCR as an Athletic Trainer and am contracted out to Poudre High School. I also volunteer with Justin Boots Sports Medicine, helping out with pro rodeo.
I found CrossFit while at UNC. After competing in collegiate sports, I missed the community that went along with it. CrossFit helped fill that for me, and I have never looked back. It gave me the opportunity to be competitive again, as well as getting exercise I actually enjoyed. I have been CrossFitting for 6 years and have loved every minute of it.
Trainer & Physical Therapist
My CrossFit experience began in 2013. A friend encouraged me to check it out after being unable to shake nagging injuries from long distance running. My workouts desperately needed a change. It didn’t take long before I was hooked. I still remember when I first transitioned from the training bar to the 35# bar in a WOD – I was so scared to lift that much!
In the summer of 2018, I decided to pursue the Level 1 training. My goals were primarily to better myself and to gain a greater understanding of the technical components to the gymnastic movements and lifts.
What I love about CrossFit is the infinite ways the workouts can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness, ages, abilities, and of course the people! What would I do without the friends and antics of the 5:30 am class? The ability to improve physical fitness, to push mental boundaries, and to create community all at once is what defines CrossFit for me.
I definitely have a soft spot for us Masters athletes! To be running, rowing, lifting, pulling and pushing more than I could in my 20’s is enormous motivation in my ongoing journey of health, wellness and fitness. In CrossFit, there is never an “end” – we can always become stronger, faster and more efficient.
Outside of CrossFit, I am an avid tennis player and physical therapist/owner of Crossroads Physical Therapy.
Customer Relationship Manager
Hello, I’m Krista. I have been married to my husband Mitch for 7 years. We have a 2 year old son with another baby due February 2020 and a 6 year old black lab. I studied Exercise Science and worked in Cardiac Rehab for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. I started CrossFit back in 2014 after finishing my first half marathon with no direction of what was next. Mitch started CrossFit several months before me and thought I should give it a try once I was done training. Now, I am five years into CrossFit and I am in the best shape I have ever been in. More importantly, my family and I have made lasting friendships and the gym truly is our second home. My favorite CrossFit movements are the Overhead Squat and toes to bar. One of my goals is to be able to do a bar muscle-up some day.
Jeannie Verderaime is a Level 2 CrossFit instructor, Crossfit Kids Instructor and a member of the USAT Triathlon association for 11 years and has competed in over 50 triathlons. She has a BA in Kinesiology and a Master’s Degree in Education. Jeannie originally began coaching in a traditional gym setting over 25 years ago and became a Crossfit Instructor over 5 years ago. Her goal as a fitness coach is to inspire individuals to make long-term lifestyle changes and is especially passionate about coaching kids.
Most men my age and a bit younger go through what Americans call a midlife crisis. Now depending on who you ask, this can manifest itself as youthful acts of independence or stupidity and maybe spontaneous motorsports buying sprees. Well in my case it has taken the form of a healthy addiction to the new and competitive sport of CrossFit.
I started CrossFit 8 years ago at a small Box in the mountains. The ironic fact is that I had no desire to be a part of the CrossFit culture but my wife gave me a push into the sport and after my first few classes I was hooked. Not long after I started at the gym it was into the OPEN season and we all were encouraged to sign up and give it our best shot. Well that’s about all it took for me to get hooked on the competitive side of CrossFit. Years later, after a lot of work and coaching from the CrossFit 970 staff, I had the best competitive season in 2019 with several local podium finishes, a 115 place finish in the worldwide OPEN and a 19th finish in the online regionals – only 9 spots away from the Big Show at the CrossFit games. I have never had as much fun with competition since my school sports days.
With this new found love for the competitive side of the sport I started to spend countless hours in the gym and even built out a full home gym so I would never miss a workout. Some may say healthy, others may say over the top, my wife uses the word “obsessed.” Needless to say, I was all in and loving life. However, it became apparent through my over training that I need some better guidelines and teaching so I looked to the CrossFit Level 1 program for some help. It did just that by helping me better understand the fundamentals of everything about the sport.
I am now equipped with some great teaching tools and a background in everything people oriented. With this knowledge I am committed to helping new athletes be introduced to the sport safely and properly and to help develop our seasoned athletes into better performing athletes.
Hi! I’m Tayler Sykes,
I grew up in the middle of nowhere in Walden, CO. I’ve always been passionate about sports and athletics and grew up playing volleyball and basketball. I earned a half ride scholarship on each sport to play for a college in IL.
When I came back to Colorado in 2015 I discovered CrossFit. I initially joined to “stay in shape” for volleyball season and quickly realized I was in nowhere as good of shape as I thought. Right away I was hooked. I have been an L1 coach since 2017. It was also in 2017 that I discovered there was a whole competitive season behind the sport and I wanted in. I’ve been working to compete at a high level since. After training at 970 for almost a year and working with Steve, I finally qualified for my first sanctioned event as an Individual elite woman.
Outside of CrossFit I have been a career Firefighter/EMT since 2017. I now work for an awesome department, Brighton Fire Rescue, and have been there since August of 2019.
I am a health/fitness/nutrition nerd and love to talk about it all! I’m passionate about my sport and both of my jobs and love to teach about both of them any chance I get. I enjoy being around people; coaching has been one of my favorite things to do since I started and it has become a core piece of my life in many other ways.
I am so excited to be an official part of the 970 squad and can’t wait to see what’s next.