Coach Ray

Coach Ray Martinez has been involved in CrossFit since 2012 and has coached at several CrossFit facilities. He strives to be an excellent coach and connect with every person with which he comes into contact. He has witnessed a countless number of life transformations associated with CrossFit and he says, “it never gets old.”

From Coach Ray:

CrossFit has the capability to expand and improve every aspect of our lives. CrossFit found me at a time when I needed it most. Without a doubt, I’m a better husband, father, friend, brother, son, worker and overall contributor to society because of my experiences with CrossFit. Most importantly, fitness remains a cornerstone in my life as I head into my forties. Perhaps the best part is I’ve established a lifetime of new friendships.

I want to help every single person who walks through our doors. We all face some kind of struggle and our days are a juggling act mixed with home, career, relationships, etc. It’s tough to focus on health and fitness with our busy schedules. Show up for a class, give us an hour of your day a couple days a week and we’ll take care of the rest.

Certifications

  •  CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  •  CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
  •  Goal Certification (CrossFit)

Coach Brynn

NCS has such a great community! I am in love with the coach-ability of so many athletes. You all genuinely want to learn how to move better and be healthier. It’s a really exciting thing to see.

Having a personal background with weight loss, hormone issues, research into nutrition, and learning everything I can about lifting, programming and conditioning. I have a passion for working with a person’s strengths instead of working against weakness. Maybe you have goals toward better movement or form, or you want your first pull-up, or you want to fit into a new size; I love being able to sit down one on one and figuring out how I can help you accomplish this!”

My favorite part coaching is being part of the process that can turn a hard day into an accomplished one or even a less than stellar mindset into something more positive. When an athlete finishes a workout and you can tell they are proud…I get to be a part of that!

CrossFit isn’t just a fad workout routine. It’s a community that inspires people to be better, not just physically, but in every other area of life. Pushing our bodies past comfort, our minds past the limits, and learning what we can really do are things we wouldn’t necessarily learn at a globo-gym. Even the people who finish first can find inspiration from someone finishing last.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1

Adaptive & Inclusive Training

L1 Certified Nutritionist

Coach Abby

Abby’s athletic career started with cross country and track.  She ran competitively throughout her high school and college career.  After being burned out from running in circles for years, she decided to pick up a barbell for the first time in 2013, and she never turned back 🙂
Abby enjoys any CrossFit workout that involves a barbell, unless it’s thrusters.  Her favorite CrossFit workout is “Diane.”  Outside of CrossFit, Abby enjoys hiking Colorado’s beautiful 14er’s, White Claws, all things Harry Potter and spending time with her three dogs (Dobby, Luna & Blythe).
Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1

Coach Rob

Rob has been in the fitness world since 2012 when he started personal training while finishing school. Rob got his CF L1 in 2013 and has been coaching CrossFit ever since. During this time he also got his USAW Level 1 and Crossfit Mobility certifications while also attending multiple weightlifting seminars to learn from the best in the business.

Rob moved to Colorado in 2016 and was a competitive weightlifter and CrossFitter.

Coach Smalls

Smalls is a San Antonio, TX native. During his years in high school, he played football primarily and ran track. Shortly after graduating, he followed the family tradition and joined the world’s greatest Air Force. Stationed here at our very own Air Force Academy for 7 years before honorably discharging to return to his education in 2018. He now attends University Colorado – Colorado Springs, pursuing his degree in Exercise Science and a minor in American Sign Language.

CrossFit and the community involved has been his home away home since 2011. What started as a casual need to work on his general fitness and wellness, turned into love for competition, and evolved into a passion to further be involved in the community. Coaching over 6 years, he has had the special opportunity to work with amazing individuals of all athletic ranges. Working with a brand new individual starting their fitness journey and helping a 5-year member, hold the same level of fulfillment for him.

Go Texans!

Coach Mike

As a kid, Mike was never someone people would call athletic; sports were not exactly his “thing.” He did do fairly well at high school wrestling (at 6’2” and weighing in at 112lbs). Being a scrawny, kid he never really spent any time or energy considering his nutrition or physical fitness.

Life continued and Mike’s 20’s were gone. At 30 years old, he was larger in the middle than he liked, and very much not in shape. Then, he was diagnosed with a medical condition that causes occasional irregular heart rate. He knew that it was time to do something. He found an exciting challenge in doing Obstacle Course Racing, particularly Tough Mudders, including the 24Hour World’s Toughest Mudder. In 2013 Mike discovered CrossFit and it has changed his life. He is now fitter, stronger, and healthier than he’s ever been.

From Coach Mike:

I always knew I should work out, but I never knew how to, or what to do. I’d run and get bored. I’d go to the “gym” and walk from machine to machine. I’d buy a video to do at home and eat a burrito instead. CrossFit is the perfect combination of friends, direction, and results. There are so many milestones to achieve (first Rx workout, first muscle up, new PRs) that I’m also feeling good about myself and constantly challenging myself to be better. With CrossFit, I have become better: better for me, my family, and my career.

Certifications

  •  CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  •  Full-Time Firefighter and Paramedic
  •  Certified CPR/First Aid Instructor

Coach Darla

Hey y’all! I am so excited to be back ‘home’ at NCS! A bit about me, I grew up in God’s country, otherwise known as Dallas, Texas. I love Jesus, my family, all things Chick Fil-A and Texas BBQ! I am a fair weather Dallas Cowboys fan…
My Active Duty Army husband, Paul, and I have been married thirteen years and have four kiddos and a dog named ’Mini’ Pearl (Eva is 12, Garrison is 10, Autri is 8 and our baby Cailyn is 6…Pearl is about 2. I drank the kool-aid and fell in love with CrossFit and the community at Fight Tonight CrossFit in Seoul, South Korea in 2015. That love grew when I got to Colorado and joined CrossFit NCS in 2017… I began coaching in the summer of 2018 and have enjoyed being able to introduce new athletes to this amazing cult called CrossFit. Most recently I have coached at the Military Affiliate CrossFit Aspis, located at SHAPE, Belgium. The NATO Headquarters is here so in any given class I might be the only American and coaching to people from six or seven other countries… talk about growing me as a coach!
Fun fact, I got to do my Level 1 Seminar at the famed CrossFit Ranch in Aromas, California where the first CrossFit Games were held in 2007!
Certifications:
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Kids
Bergener Weightlifting L1

Coach Tim

Tim is coach, owner and GM of Crossfit NCS. A lifelong runner, Tim began his CrossFit journey eight years ago and has had a “healthy addiction” to it ever since.

Tim has his L1 CrossFit certification and is working towards adding more all the time. Of particular interest are USAW, CrossFit Strongman, and CrossFit gymnastics. But, one at a time. 

A father of two, adult-ish humans, he’s also father to two amazing dogs. Tim spends as much time in the mountains as possible (with aforementioned dogs) hiking and climbing to high altitudes.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Squats

Favorite CrossFit Workout: Murph

Favorite Activities Outside of CrossFit: Hiking and beer tasting

 

Anne, Assistant GM

CrossFit??? (Insert record scratch here).  Wait, what? I get to learn something new?  It’s 2020, so no one should be surprised when something new pops up.  The surprise for me is that I really like it, and am kind of addicted to being dang sore and seeing what bruises pop up the next day.

 My background is loving anything outdoors, anything athletic, working with people.  When I was asked to come on staff at NCS, I couldn’t pass up meeting new people and skills and figuring out what all the buzz is about.  I currently spend my athletic time kickboxing and learning all things CrossFit.  I recover by hiking, petting my dogs and getting involved in shenanigans.  I’m an Irish girl at heart!