We opened CrossFit Roots with the belief that everyone – young, old, beginner, elite, recreational outdoor enthusiast, stay-at-home parent, artist, doctor, writer, executive, overweight, injured, pregnant, black, white, gay, straight – deserved world-class fitness.
We are the home for fitness misfits – those who believe in the CrossFit methodology, hard work, dedication, responsibility, and the power of community. We turn our heads to gimmicks, quick fixes, and fancy facades.
These are the ties that bind.
We look forward to working out. We embrace challenges knowing that we’re in an environment of people who each face their own challenges every day. We train hard and together. We eat clean because it’s our way of life. We celebrate one another’s accomplishments out of a genuine desire to see everyone succeed. We don’t go to the gym to burn calories but to challenge our bodies, be with our community, and feed our souls.
World Class Coaches
It’s easy to say you have experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable coaches – to deliver on that is what sets CrossFit Roots apart.
At CrossFit Roots, our team is made up of individuals who have made coaching their full-time profession and we hold numerous certifications including CrossFit Level 1, 2, 3, and 4, and USAW. We make up one of the highest credentialed CrossFit coaching staffs in the world.
We believe that every athlete has untapped human potential and world-class coaching is what brings it to life.
Nicole Christensen started CrossFit Roots out of her one-car garage in 2008. Since that time, she and her husband Eric have grown Roots into a 10,000 square foot facility with an accomplished and passionate team of full-time coaches and staff. She got her coaching start as a swim coach in the Northern Virginia Swim League. When she found CrossFit, 10 years later, she knew that CrossFit combined her passion for coaching with her belief in a lifelong pursuit of fitness and health.
In 2009 she was hired to the CrossFit Headquarters traveling Seminar Staff. From 2009-2017 Nicole traveled around the world to teach and coach the CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Courses. In 2017 Nicole retired from her position as a flowmaster to focus on Roots and family (she and Eric have two daughters).
Nicole earned her CrossFit Level 4 Certification in 2014 and is one of only 52 individuals worldwide to hold this distinction.
Nicole has an extensive competitive background and has competed in five regionals (she was pregnant in 2012 and 2015), placing in the top ten four times. Her passion for coaching comes from a deep-seated belief that every individual has the potential to thrive through CrossFit and a love for the art and science of the coaching profession.
Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach (CF-L4)
Flowmaster for the CrossFit Headquarters Seminar Staff for the Level 1 and Level 2 Course
Eric 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.
Dave Lee comes to us from Bedford, New York. He moved from the east coast in 2011 to attend CU Boulder. Coming to CrossFit with a background in climbing, Dave loves all things related to the pull-up bars and rings.
Dave became interested in strength and conditioning in high school, making a commitment to getting stronger and faster in his senior year. Finding CrossFit at the end of high school, he was quickly enthralled with the program, which complemented his climbing well.
Dave’s climbing career began in 2006 at an indoor gym, but his passion quickly progressed to the outdoors. A rock climber in the summer and ice climber in the winter, Dave has built a solid climbing resume: from trad lines such as the Evictor 12+ in Eldorado Canyon, to numerous 5.13 sport routes, and technical alpine ascents such as the Right Couloir on Peak 11,300 in Alaska. He also completed the Never Summer 100K, his first running race ever.
Outside of his athletic pursuits, Dave enjoys thinking about his next athletic endeavor.
Connor was first introduced to CrossFit in May of 2016 by his Dad who had been doing it consistently for years and seeing great results. One of the first workouts Connor can remember doing is the famous CrossFit Hero WOD Murph. From there, after witnessing the power and comradery of the CrossFit community first hand, Connor was all-in.
Originally from Barrington, Illinois, Connor grew up playing football, baseball and competing in just about every backyard sport you could imagine. He was famously known by his family and close friends to walk around swinging an invisible baseball bat imagining he was playing a day game at Wrigley Field. His desire to compete and be a part of a team is a big reason why CrossFit was such a great fit for him.
Connor went on to attend the University of Mississippi where he studied Finance. Towards the end of his Junior year he was introduced to the podcast world, something that would ultimately change the course of his life. Taking his passion for the CrossFit community and his love of storytelling, Connor created his own podcast called Up Before You where he shares the life-changing stories of other CrossFitters from all around the world. Connor began coaching in 2019 and enjoys providing others with the tools they need to achieve their goals and helping them step-by-step along the way.
You can find Connor coaching group classes, private training and hopping in on class WOD’s with the Roots community.
When not at the gym, Connor is working on creating podcasts, chasing the next great story, reading and writing, participating in endurance races and other events or educating himself on the world of CrossFit.
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
University of Mississippi – B.B.A. Managerial Finance
Jenni started dancing at the age of four (ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical) and moved into competitive dance teams as she grew. She continued to pursue dance as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader for two years.
In 2006, Jenni started CrossFit when her brother opened his gym. Shortly thereafter she joined the CrossFit Seminar Staff (2007) and has spent over a decade teaching CrossFit fundamentals and coaching skills to athletes and coaches around the world. She was one of the original CrossFit Games athletes competing in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
In 2019, Jenni moved to Colorado and joined the CrossFit Roots coaching team.
Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach (CF-L4)
University of Central Florida – BS Athletic Training
Lindsay started CrossFit in high school while training in the off-season for ice hockey. In college, she continued to CrossFit while competing in rugby and ice hockey. During her sophomore year of college, she passed the Level 1 Course and started coaching at a local CrossFit gym.
While in college, Lindsay’s love for coaching and the CrossFit environment came into focus. After graduating she earned her CrossFit Level 2 credential and began a full-time coaching position at CrossFit TILT, outside of Boston. At TILT, Lindsay coached group classes, worked in a private training setting with kids and teenage girls, and went on to work as the Head Coach of CrossFit TILT – Waltham. After three years at CrossFit TILT she decided to move to Colorado. During her move, Lindsay passed the Certified CrossFit Trainer examination and began working at CrossFit Roots.
When she’s not in the gym, Lindsay is usually outside longboarding, reading, drinking lots of coffee, and spending time with her friends, sister (and her sister’s two dogs).
Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach (CF-L4)
• University of Massachusetts Lowell – BA in Psychology
Amy started CrossFit in 2016, in the dead of winter in Minnesota, when her husband signed her up for a month-long CrossFit bootcamp without her knowing. With no athletic background besides a short stint on the 7th grade 800m relay team, she begrudgingly attended CrossFit three nights a week for a month.
She’d never touched a barbell, couldn’t do a pull-up, and hadn’t jumped rope since the 3rd grade Jump-a-Thon. In her mind, she was generally bad at everything. Every class was a struggle (there were tears) but at the end of the month she started seeing changes in her body, her mental fortitude, and her internal competitiveness started to reveal itself in new ways as she started to improve little by little every day.
In 2017 she decided to learn more about this thing called CrossFit and traveled to Boulder, CO to attend a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate course at CrossFit Roots. For the next several years she continued to pursue growth in the sport of CrossFit and participated in local competitions.
Several years later, she and her husband had the opportunity to move out of Minnesota and they knew right where they wanted to be: in Colorado, near CrossFit Roots. Amy joined CrossFit Roots as a member in 2019 and General Manager in 2021.
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
Friends University – B.S. Psychology & B.A. Spanish
Capella University – M.B.A. General Business
Cornell University – Executive Leadership Certificate
Trevor Gibson came to CrossFit Roots in 2013. His background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara U, four years active duty as a Marine Officer, a Masters in Education from Stanford U, and three-years teaching math at a public school, Summit Preparatory Charter HS. During his time as a teacher, he led his students to the school’s highest Algebra 2 testing scores in its history and started a CrossFit club for students. Trevor’s official CrossFit qualifications include CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, CrossFit Kids Course, Coaches Prep Course, and Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach (CF-L4). He loves CrossFit’s potential to better the human spirit and, at Roots specifically, the opportunity to work with a professional team of coaches who constantly seek to improve how they support Roots athletes.
Lisa Covey started CrossFit in 2009 in Goodyear, AZ when a co-worker recommended this new sport to her after talking about their athletic backgrounds. At the time, Lisa was filling her sports void (after graduating college/swimming a few year back) with spin classes and weightlifting at Lifetime Fitness. Lisa joined a CrossFit gym that was just starting up and was instantly hooked. She was the first female athlete at her gym to get a muscle up! Her gym grew and Lisa earned a spot to go to the CrossFit Regionals in 2011 on their team.
She has enjoyed competing in CrossFit since she started. Lisa has been a competitive athlete since she was young. She began in gymnastics where she spent 8 years from ages 4-12 competing. She quit gymnastics to try out other sports. She played soccer through her sophomore year in high school, played water polo her junior and senior year in high school and freshman year in college, and swam from the time she was 14 through college. Lisa earned a full ride scholarship to San Jose State University in swimming her sophomore year and swam there for the next 4 years while completing her degrees in physics and math. In high school, Lisa taught swim lessons and coached swimming privately to kids up through junior high. In college, Lisa coached high school and club level swimming and water polo. She loves coaching, helping people excel in their sport, and loves seeing individuals take pride in themselves and what they can do.
Lisa grew up and went to college in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, moved to Phoenix, AZ after college for 5 years for work, and moved to Boulder in 2012 with her husband for their jobs as engineers for Lockheed Martin. She loves Boulder and all that Colorado has to offer for sports and outdoor activities. Lisa began as an athlete at CrossFit Roots immediately after moving to Boulder and began coaching there in September, 2016. She is absolutely honored to be a part of this hard-working, dedicated, and amazing community of athletes and coaches.
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
San Jose State University – B.S. Physics, Minor Math
George Washington University – M.S. Systems Engineering
Megan started coaching gymnastics in college to fuel her love for kids and fostering growth in herself and others.
She started personal training in Santa Barbara, CA where she was introduced to small group training classes. She instantly loved the energy of the group environment and creating workouts that could challenge all ages and abilities in one class. She continued personal training and coaching group fitness classes in Boulder when she moved back to Colorado in 2014.
Megan coached gymnastics next door to CrossFit Roots and although she had been lifting on her own, she found it hard to motivate herself after her daughter was born. In 2018, she tried a class at CrossFit Roots and hasn’t looked back since. She came to Roots already enjoying things like squatting, deadlifting, pull-ups, push ups, box jumps, and such… But has since found that the atmosphere, community and continued athletic growth at Roots has become a huge part of her life and overall happiness!
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)
Competitive USAG (USA Gymnastics) Coach
San Diego, CA
University of Colorado at Boulder (Undergrad – Kinesiology and Psychology)
Competitive Gymnastics Ages 7-15
Volleyball through High School
Basketball through Junior year HS
Track & Field in High School & College at CU (mostly pole vault, but also high jump, long jump, and triple jump)
Growing up in Czech Republic, Lucie competed in sports as far back as she can remember. She spent summers on tennis courts and winters at ski competitions. After some years on the Czech National Ski Team, she earned a full ride on the University of Colorado’s Ski Team. Moving around the world and away from everything she knew, she leaned on her teammates for support on and off the hill. This was a formative experience that made her realize how much more an athlete can do in a positive and supportive environment.
Lucie loves connecting with athletes of all ages and helping them make progress every day. While in college, Lucie coached ski camps every summer, working with promising skiers on getting stronger and faster. Some of these “kids” went on to ski on the US Ski Team and at CU. In 2011, Lucie was introduced to CrossFit at Roots and was quickly hooked. She started coaching after she earned her L1 and CrossFit Kids certificates. After moving away for some time, she is back and excited to be reunited with the Roots community. She still loves connecting with athletes of all ages and helping them get better every day.
At Roots, no one breaks down their equipment until everyone has finished the workout. This is a common courtesy that you too will one day benefit from as everyone is last in the workout someday. You can cheer on others, grab a foam roller, or just sit and enjoy the downtime, but don’t touch your equipment.
Would you drop a baby? We certainly hope not. We use an empty barbell a lot in class. When putting the barbell down, gently place it on the ground with the utmost care and admiration for the fine piece of equipment that it is. And while we’re at it, that also goes for barbells that are loaded with 10 lb. bumpers only.
The shop is not your oyster, it’s many people’s oyster. If you set up on one pull-up bar, don’t take someone else’s spot just because they’re not there. If your wallball is further away from the rest of your equipment than you would like, well then, run to the wallball, don’t use someone else’s just because it’s closer.
You have to clean-up after yourself. It’s your responsibility to get out and put away your equipment, count your own reps (all of them), get your own tissue, and clean off your bars. Plus, by carrying those huge Rogue boxes all the way across the shop, you’ll gain a lot of fitness.
Chalk stays in the chalk bucket. Yes, you’ll have to walk all the way to the chalk bucket to dust your hands. While some people believe that chalk is the magic fairy dust of CrossFit performance, a light dusting of your hands is all you need.
No phones on the shop floor. If you need to keep track of weights and scores, use paper, a post-it, or counter hearts. Additionally, headphones are for the big box gyms and you self-selected out of that, plus it’s rude and standoffish. We suffer together.
Children who can sit quietly while their parents workout are welcome to come to the shop with a parent. They are not allowed at any point to come onto the shop floor or training area. Sure we like kids, we even have a few; however, the safety of the children and quality of the athletes’ training environment demands this arrangement.
Every athlete pushes themselves in a different way. You can scream, cuss, cry, go to your happy place, bleed, or even rest…just don’t quit. The human body is capable of more than you can possibly comprehend; challenge it accordingly.