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Neil Allman

Neil ShrugI have spent my childhood years growing up in the Florida sun playing a battery of sports. As a teenager, I taught basketball to youths, and while attending the University of Florida, spent my days as a group exercise instructor at the university recreation center. After obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering, I left for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In Denver, I took a position as a personal trainer and managed a small local gym from start-up.

CrossFit took me by storm and was the obvious exercise style to produce results. I started training, studying, and instructing CrossFit at every chance. I then became CrossFit Level I, USA Weightlifting coach certified, CF gymnastics certified, CF kids certified, and have spent the last few years training groups under the CrossFit model. After nearly a decade in the fitness industry, I have decided to venture out on my own with the ideal of giving the highest quality of training available by opening my own facility in my neighborhood.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Goal Setting
  • CrossFit Competitors
  • CrossFit Endurance

Emily Schromm

Emily MUCrossFit. Paleo. Unleashed Fitness. 21 Day Superhero Challenge. City Park Bootcamp. 1st Place Fittest Games & CrossTown Throwdown. Appearances on MTV, Robb Wolf Podcast, Barbell Shrugged Podcast.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Gymnastics

 

Denise Allman

Denise Snatch PullI was born and raised a farm girl… then at 10 years old, my parents moved me to the city. Gone were the days of playing outside from sun-up to sun-down and in moved the days of eating processed food. I went through a major lifestyle shock, I went from being capable of doing anything and everything physically to diagnoses of health problems related to the American lifestyle. A couple times in my life, I’d even tipped the scales at over 200 pounds.

At 22, I decided that I no longer wanted to live an unhealthy lifestyle, but rather return to my roots of everyday fitness and started modeling a healthier way of living. One day, I walked in to meet up with my husband at his work and he asked, “Have you ever heard of CrossFit.” Then started a great relationship with Neil, I and CrossFit. I love CrossFit because it gave me physical and mental confidence for my everyday life… and it requires a short investment of time for grandiose results, which works well with having 3 kids.

I’ve left my career as a math teacher to help around the gym. My main role is in coaching and running our CrossFit Kid’s Program at the gym and in the neighborhood school. CrossFit has been the greatest influence on my life and I strive to bring it to others, especially at such a young and impressionable age.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids

 

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Clayton Putman

Once I graduated from college I found myself with plenty of extra time to devote to fitness and working out, so I did what any recent graduate would do…got a 24 Hr Fitness membership and started doing bicep curls. After a year of these “workouts”, I realized my fitness level was not much better than when I began and I needed a different plan.

At that point I discovered “Fran”, a WOD that left me curled in the corner of the gym, seeing stars and hoping I didn’t pass out. From then on I was hooked on CrossFit! To me CrossFit is more than just a physical workout, it has become a way of life. Physical growth is only the beginning, CF allows people to step outside their comfort zone and learn more about themselves on a daily basis.

As I learned more about the sport, I wanted to share my experiences with others and became a coach. The past year of coaching has been extremely rewarding, it is awesome to see to see everyone grow and accomplish feats in the gym that they never thought would be possible. The community of CrossFit Park Hill is a fun, welcoming environment perfect for individuals of any skill level, come see for yourself!

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach

Margrette Castro

Coach Margrette

Margrette started at Crossfit Park Hill in December 2010 and fell in love with Crossfit and the CFPH community.  She’s visited several other Crossfit boxes around the country and continues to be amazed by her CFPH family.  Margrette has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in International Relations.  She has visited over 35 countries and lived and worked abroad for 6 years.  Margrette has spent 16 years in the non-profit and education sector.

Margrette is an avid tennis player, and most recently, has become passionate about olympic weightlifting.  She enjoys working out with her CFPH fellow athletes and enjoys even more coaching.  As a coach, she is constantly inspired by CFPH athletes who push themselves at every workout, who seek to improve their skills, and who cheer on their fellow athletes.  Margrette is humbled by the opportunity to be surrounded by individuals who strive to be the best version of themselves in and out of the gym.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • CrossFit Rowing

Clinton Banks

Clint DUA Denver native, Clint Banks has always been involved in athletic endeavors.  Upon concluding his undergraduate studies and collegiate soccer career at the University of New England, Clint returned to Denver and began his journey into the business side of professional sports.  Kicking around in the local adult soccer leagues once or twice a week wasn’t sufficient in offsetting the transition to a desk job.  Heading to the gym to “lift and do some cardio” was less than enticing so there was a large void that needed to be filled.  It took a number of years to find but once Clint discovered CrossFit he was completely hooked.  After a couple of months of training, Clint decided that he’d like to share the great things that CrossFit had brought back into his life with others and signed up for his Level 1 Certification.  “To me CrossFit is about community, camaraderie, friendly competition and helps provide a great outlook on life.  Each day is about discovery and finding something that you didn’t know you had the ability to do”.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1

Norm Reitter

Norm DLNorm played sports in high school; soccer, baseball and basketball.  Norm went to the US Naval Academy, played Judo, was in light weight crew (rowing), tried out for the baseball team (too slow and short without being recruited), and played intramural soccer and field ball (not the kind with a stick). Norm was in the Marines for 10 years, so physical training was required. During this time he coached a “Bootcamp for Women” class for two years.

After taking some time off after the USMC, becoming a fat bastard, and being disgusted with what had happened to his body Norm picked up some P90X and mixed it in with TRX.  P90X was a good transition program for him to get into CrossFit.

Norm loves the outdoors: paddling (kayak or canoe), hiking/snowshoeing, mountain biking (although not for some time), and camping.  He is sort of a technology geek – especially human-machine interface and analytics stuff.  Norm plays chess, backgammon, other board and card games, and plays the trumpet from time-to-time.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer

 

Whitney Blakeslee

Whitney started CrossFit looking for a way to ensure a healthy body for life. Functional movements have led her to feel strong for the first time in her life. Her favorite part of CrossFit is anything gymnastics based but she is learning to love Olympic lifting as well. From Colorado, Whitney spends her days in the sunshine gardening, camping, and cooking.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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