Our Team

We are proud of our coaching staff. CrossFit Roots is the only affiliate in Boulder with certified CrossFit coaches who possess Level 3 and Level 4 coaching credentials.
Nicole Christensen

Nicole Christensen

Founder, Head Coach

Nicole is a Certified CrossFit Coach (CF-L4), one of a handful worldwide to hold this distinction. She is a wife, Mom of two, and a former flowmaster for the CrossFit Headquarters Level 1 and Level 2 courses. She oversees all aspects of shop operations and teaches group classes. Learn more.

Eric Christensen

Eric Christensen

Owner, Coach

Eric a Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) and opened CrossFit Roots with Nicole in 2008. He has a background in the outdoors, is a husband, and father of two. He is a full-time coach, does private training, and heads up all facility maintenance and development.

Ryan Landis

Ryan Landis

Head Coach, Olympic Weightlifting Club

Ryan is a Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) and C.S.C.S. with a USAW Advanced Coach credential. He has a competitive background in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and Highland Games. He is a full-time coach and the program director for our USAW Roots Weightlifting Club. Learn more.

Shane Upchurch

Shane Upchurch

Head Coach, Massage Therapist

Shane is a Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) and Sports Massage Therapist. His work as a massage therapist and trainer lend to his specialty in athlete rehabilitation. He is a full-time coach at Roots and works behind the scenes with programming and trainer development. Learn more.

Stefanie Christensen

Stefanie Christensen

Business Operations Manager

Stefanie is your first line of communication. She manages membership, events, communications, apparel and product, and ensures a professionally run CrossFit facility. She has a background in outrigger racing and is a CrossFit Trainer (CF-L1). Learn more.

Alison Minton

Alison Minton

Head Coach, Women's Only Program

Ali is a Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology. A true outdoors woman, she chases her passion for the outdoors through biking, skiing, and backpacking. She is a full-time coach and Women’s Only program director. Learn more.

Trevor Gibson

Trevor Gibson

Head Coach, Kids & High School Programs

Trevor is a Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) with a M.A. in Education from Stanford. He works on the CrossFit Headquarters Kids Seminar Staff and was a high school teacher and an officer in the Marines Corps. He is a full-time coach and the CrossFit Kids/High School program director. Learn more.

Dave Lee

Dave Lee

Coach, Ascent Program, Competitors

Dave Lee is a CrossFit Trainer (CF-L2). Dave has an extensive background in climbing – both rock and ice – and has built a solid resume of climbing routes spanning Colorado to California to Alaska. He is program lead for the Ascent and Competitor programs. Learn more.

Kirk Warner

Kirk Warner

Coach, Endurance Program

Kirk is a CrossFit Trainer (CF-L2) with a B.A. in Integrative Physiology. He raced on the Junior Elite circuit for USA Triathlon and the International Triathlon Union. He was an early adopter of CrossFit Endurance. He is a program lead for Endurance. Learn more.

EC Synkowski

EC Synkowski

Coach, Strongman

EC is a Certified CrossFit Coach (CF-L4) who specializes in strongman training and human nutrition and functional medicine. She was a Flowmaster for Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Courses working more than 200 seminars worldwide over 10 years. Learn more.

 

Lisa Covey

Lisa Covey

Coach

Lisa is a CrossFit Trainer (CF-L2). She has an extensive background in athletics – from competitive gymnastics to swimming – and has coached the sports since she was in high school. She is a coach for the Women’s Only Program and also teaches group classes. Learn more.

Greg Castro

Greg Castro

Coach

Greg is a CrossFit Trainer (CF-L2) with a B.S. in Journalism. He was trained by the renowned distance running coach, Mark Wetmore, and ran cross country and track for the University of Colorado Buffaloes. Learn more.

Lauren Rubini

Lauren Rubini

Rowing Coach

Lauren is a CrossFit Trainer (CF-L2) and full-time teacher with a M.A. in Literacy & ESL/Bilingual K-12 Education from the University of Colorado. Lauren had an elite rowing career and rowed for Boston University. She is a full-time teacher and is the program director for Rowing. Learn more.

Charlie Merrill

Charlie Merrill

Physical Therapist

Charlie Merrill has been helping a diverse population of athletes problem solve and treat their physical issues since 1999.  He launched Merrill Performance in 2011 to create a model of injury management that breaks the traditional mold. Learn more.

James Scheurer

James Scheurer

Front Desk

James attends the front desk and shop floor at Roots and is a student at the Unversity of Colorado. He went as far as to write his college application essay on snatching 135 for the first time and the lessons he learned in the process. Learn more. 

 

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