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PodiumScott Olson
CrossFit Director

scottcnjAbout Me

Father of four
Owner investment firm
Football Scholarship, San Diego State University

Certifications
Level 1 CrossFit

Competition
Gold medal 2014 Reebok CrossFit games Masters 60
Gold medal 2013 Reebok CrossFit games Masters 60
Gold medal 2012 Reebok CrossFit games Masters 60
Silver medal 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Masters 55-59
Qualifier/competitor 2010 World CrossFit games top 15
Gold medal 2013 Colorado Masters
Gold medal 2012 Colorado Masters
Gold medal 2011 Colorado Masters
Undisputed “Rocky Mountain Mustache Champion”

Erik Anderson
Coach

erikAbout me

Erik, originally from Michigan, has always been active and previously competed in endurance sports having completed several marathons, triathlons, and adventure races.  He has coached CrossFit since 2012.  He is a 3 time regional competitor and still enjoys competing in local events.  He is a budget analyst during the day and in his free time enjoys Colorado activities such as hiking, camping, and snowboarding.

Certification

Level 1 CrossFit

 

Ethan Rietema
Coach

ethanAbout me

Ethan, a native of Colorado, grew up playing Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and chess. He enjoys coaching early morning classes and overhead squats. When not in the gym he stays busy running his small business and enjoys traveling to Mexico with his wife and four children.

Certification

Level 1 CrossFit

Michael Sevilla
Coach

sevillaAbout me

A few years ago while practicing Krav Maga, Michael started to look for a way to cross condition and improve overall strength, stamina, and flexibility. Starting with MMA inspired workouts he added yoga, bootcamp cardio and body weight workouts to my overall routine. In late 2010 he attended his first CrossFit class. Even though he could barely breath after the 12 minute workout, he was hooked. Based on his love for all things CrossFit he decided to become a CrossFit coach and share that passion with others who want to transform their lives and improve their fitness.

Certification

Level 1 CrossFit
Goal Setting
Olympic Weightlifting
Previous Athletic Experience – Running, Muy Thai, Wrestling, Football, Lacrosse, Swimming, Obstacle Course Racing

 

melbioMelissa “Mel” Wheeler
Coach

About Me

Mel, a Denver native, grew up doing theatre and translated her flare for the dramatic to Crossfit in 2013. She has been coaching since 2015 and has placed in multiple local events in the Denver area. She also enjoys distance running, especially the Colfax marathon events. When not doing crossfit, she teaches middle school and enjoys reading, sewing, playwriting, and sampling fine wines.

 

Certifications

Level 1 Crossfit

 

Andrew Sapoznik
Coach

andrewAbout Me

Andrew, originally from Illinois, moved to Denver with his fiancé to take advantage of the active Colorado lifestyle. He first discovered and used Crossfit as supplemental conditioning work for competitive Brazillion Jiu-jitsu but soon fell in love with the challenges, effectiveness and camaraderie of Crossfit. He eventually made the switch from the corporate world as a Software Auditor to being a full-time Crossfit coach in Chicago for the past three years. He is a strong believer in constantly learning and honing his craft in order to help athletes reach their fullest potential.

Certification and Seminars

Crossfit Level 2
Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Movement and Mobility Trainer Course
USA Weightlifting Level 1
USA Track & Field Level 1
Eleiko Olympic Lifting and Program Design
UCanRow2 Indoor Rowing Certification
Freestyle Movement Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli FuBarbell
Biomechanics of Weightlifting Seminar Attitude Nation Level 1 Seminar with Jon North Juggernaut
Powerlifting Clinic with Brandon Lill

 

 

Gabriel Romero

gabe

About Me

I have always been an athlete – Wrestling, football and track. When those things ended I was just a regular old globo-gym rat.

But in 2010 I discovered CrossFit and it was the perfect fit for me. I fell in love day one! That day one consisted of tabata air squats. I thought, “How hard can this possible be…I mean, air squats? Come on!” Needless to say, I was sore and as a result I was hooked!. Since then I have been an active member and coach.

I was trained by some of the best lifters in U.S. History including Olympians Cheryl Hayworth, Natalie and Cody Bergner, Donovan Ford and Erin Okonik to name a few (doing Crossfit in Colorado Springs has its advantages!) I am USA Weightlifting and Crossfit Level 1 Certified.

This year I went to the 2015 Crossfit Games in the Masters 40-44 age group. It’s was a long road and what I found is very simply, you can always improve and after 5 years I’m better than I ever have been even though I’m 42. Attacking weaknesses is fundamental to this sport because everyday varies from the exercises in the workout to the way those exercises make you feel. Everyone that walks in the door has different abilities and different goals. You must always work hard but recognize your limits and learn from people that have knowledge to share. Trust that I will pass this knowledge along to anyone that wants to learn.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

USA Weight Lifting Level 1 and 2

Competition

CrossFit Games 2015 – 18th place Masters 40-44

CrossFit Regionals Team – 2011, 2012, 2013

 

Jessica Howard

DSCN0721 (2)About Me

Jessica, a Colorado native, wife, and stay at home mother of two, was looking for a new challenge beyond the same old workout videos in her basement.  In 2012, she walked into Bladium Crossfit, convinced it was not for her.  Despite her reluctance, she quickly became addicted to the day to day challenges, rapid body transformation, and amazing community.  In 2015 she took the Level 1 certification and started coaching.  She loves sharing her passion for the sport and helping others reach their fullest potential.  When not at the gym or chasing kids around, she enjoys skiing, golfing, and hiking.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

 

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