Karen Ward

Owner

Certifications:
CF-L1, CF-L2, CF Gymnastics, CF Mobility, CF Endurance, CF Kids

Related experience:
BS Physical Education, PE Teacher, HS Gymnastics & Cross Country Coach, Fitness Center Director, Personal Trainer 30 years, Aerobics Instructor 25 years, Bootcamp Trainer – 10 years, Gymnast, Runner, Step Aerobics Competitor

Recent Seminars & Camps – Power Monkey Camp, Outlaw, William’s Weightlifting, Carl Paoli’s Gymnastics, Power Athlete

Number of years coaching at GoFitness/DFC:
5

Favorite gym activity:
Coaching all my wonderful and unique DFC Peeps, watching my own daughter develop into an awesome coach/athlete, and playing around with gymnastics skills

Interesting fact about your life outside CrossFit or Weightlifting – what you do in your spare time:
Spare time – Not sure what that is;) Honestly, my work is my passion, so I would choose to do fitness activities even in my leisure.  My most recent pastime is watching Snapchats of my adorable new grandson, Henry.  I, also, enjoy spending lake time with my husband, Matthew, and our furry dog child, Stitch. 

Rudy Cortjens

Certifications:
CF-L1, CF Kids, CF Endurance

Related experience:
Currently: Compete in the sport of fitness, coach my 5 year old in sports (tee-ball, lacrosse, and soccer), use my fitness for MTN biking, skiing, hiking and any other activity that comes along. 

Previous: played high school football. Ran and threw the discus in track. Participated in club sports while at GSU. 

Number of years coaching at DFC:
4

Favorite gym activity:
Lifting heavy weights and working on my weaknesses (currently my gymnastics). If it is explosive or heavy I am right there wanting to go!!!

Interesting fact about your life outside CrossFit or Weightlifting – what you do in your spare time:
Own and run a technology company. Crew my wife for crazy long ultra runs around the US. 

Jessica Frizzell

Certifications:
CF-L1

Related experience:
Played soccer since the age of 4, competitively for 20 years, coached youth soccer 5 years

Number of years coaching at DFC:
1 Year.

Favorite gym activity:
Curls. J/k! My favorite activity is attacking a new personal challenge. Right now I am focusing on my mobility, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and gymnastic skills. 

Interesting fact about your life outside CrossFit or Weightlifting – what you do in your spare time:
Most people don’t know I was struck by lighting at the age of 13 and I learned to fly a single engine plane at 19. Outside the gym I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and our 2 dogs, DIY projects for my house, and exploring craft beers. 

Chris Nichols

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, USAW Strength and Performance Coach

Related experience:
Attended seminars/camps:  GWOD Freestyle Connection Seminar w/ Carl Paoli, Lauren Polivka’s Repair and Recovery Workshop, 2015 Masters Training Camp – Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs, CO.

2016 Masters Pan American Weightlifting Competitor – Men’s 85K 40-44 Bronze Medal

Number of years coaching at DFC:
5

Favorite gym activity:
Coaching/helping people who are passionate about self-improvement.

Interesting fact about your life outside CrossFit or Weightlifting – what you do in your spare time:
I am an extremely creative person, and somewhat of an introvert.  I’ve always had an artistic bent, especially toward sculpture.  Being an artist/fabricator is a sort of part-time gig for me, and occasionally I make money at it.

I also like adventures.  I’m not the type of person who can sit and watch things happen, rather, I prefer to go and do things.  I like traveling to new and interesting places and learning new things.  I also enjoy rock climbing and am an open water certified diver.  I am a long-standing member of a historical organization and have 27 years experience in western martial arts (Medieval Armored Combat). 

Kim Duffield

Certifications

CF Level 1, CF Kids, CF Endurance

Related experience:
Danced during all of my school years. 

Number of years coaching at DFC:
2 years

Favorite gym activity:
Burpees and Chipper WODs

Interesting facts about your life outside CrossFit or Weightlifting – what you do in your spare time:
I’m raising five busy children so there isn’t much spare time; just keeping up with their schedules is an all day AMRAP.  I love it when we get to do WODs together. Working out as a family makes CrossFit more fun. Also- love Mexican food, a good nap and helping at church and school. 

We’re ready to help you with your fitness and health goals!