OUR TEAM:

Orion Tulchin

Growing up in the foothills of Colorado my passion for the outdoors began at an early age. My interest in fitness stemmed from my active childhood which would lead me to starting strength training at the age of 13. At the time I would have never guessed that I was embarking on a life long journey that would eventually lead to owning a gym and helping more then 1000 people regain their health and fitness.

At 27 I started my professional career as a personal trainer at a big-box gym. Working my way through the ranks I grew incredibly disenfranchised with the “churn-and-burn, get no results” corporate gym business model. I desperately needed a change……

Inspired by the underground movement of training programs such as CrossFit and Gym Jones, I was instantly drawn to their minimalist approach to functional fitness. I quickly realized my salvation was to start my own gym and in 2009 I opened CrossFit Lakewood and haven’t looked back since.

Being healthy and fit takes a tremendous amount of hard work. If you believe in yourself and dedicate your time and energy to the program any goal is achievable!

  • Head CrossFit Coach, Nutrition Coach, and Owner
  • 14,000+ Hours CrossFit Classes Coached
  • Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
  • USAW Olympic Weightlifting Certified (Level 1)
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Masters Certified
  • CrossFit Flexibility Certified
  • CrossFit Mobility Certified
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • BS Biology: Metro State 2004

Chrissy Tulchin

I'm a native to Colorado and lover of the outdoors. I love to hike, bike, camp, snowboard and exercise with my dog Oscar!
Coaching fitness has been my career for over a decade now. I've built my life around helping the average Joe/Jane discover their very own "golden mean" (or perfect balance) of how to accomplish goals and "find their fitness," a phrase that is widely relative to every person I've ever spent time with. I been around long enough to have seen a lot of the ups and downs, the rises and falls, the crashes, the fads, the booms and the busts of the fitness industry.

I spent the first 6 years of my career working at and managing globo-gyms and their teams. I saw so many of my clients, members and employees hopping on and off bandwagon after bandwagon, sometimes with good results, many times with bad. It felt impossible to coach someone through the reality of their situation when they were so convinced that their magic pill, their incredible machine, or their video routine was the answer to all their fitness problems. I've been lucky enough to get to call "CrossFit Coach" my job title for a while now, and I have yet to find a program that has combated so many of the challenges and hurdles I used to face in both my own physical endeavors, as well as being a trainer in the fitness industry.

As a coach at CrossFit Lakewood my main goal is to impart knowledge, inspire people, set an example, and keep people's "cant's," "wont's," and "I'll never's" at the door. I look forward to helping you experience it!

  • CrossFit Coach, Nutrition Coach and Co-Owner
  • 10,000+ Hours CrossFit Classes Coached
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
  • BS Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado
  • NASM CPT
  • ACE CPT
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Taylor Nelson

Growing up in Florida in my early years I was always busy. I grew up playing baseball as well as always being outdoors. Whether that was riding dirt bikes, fishing, or just getting dirty. In 2004 my family moved to North Carolina, where I attended high school and college. Graduating in 2012 at Wingate University with a BS in Sport Management, I ended up following a different path after college. From 2012-2018, I spent my days working in a brewery. However, even after 10 hour-shift days, I was always in the gym for a few hours after work. That gym was a CrossFit gym. I fell in love with CrossFit and all the benefits of its programming since day one. Over the years I battled the though of coaching. I enjoy helping and giving back to people. Watching people meet their true potential, and having even just a small part in that, is truly one of the best feelings in the world. Being able to see smiles on people’s faces for accomplishing something that seemed out of reach brings some much joy to my heart. That is why I have changed my career and have become a CrossFit coach.

It doesn’t just stop there. I am continuing my education and knowledge within the fitness and coaching community with nutrition, weightlifting and CrossFit programs and seminars. I enjoy learning, but mostly because I’ll be able to share that information with others.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
  • BS Sports Management
  • CPR/AED Certified

 

Karen Waite

I have been an athlete for the majority of my life participating in soccer, swimming and marathons. In 2013 I was introduced to CrossFit and immediately fell in love with the community and training. Growing up doing competitive sports is one of the biggest reasons CrossFit has stuck with my lifestyle, the challenges of pushing myself in a positive environment and seeing results in balance, strength and overall performance as an athlete. Five years ago I participated in my first nutrition challenge. I have always had an interest in nutrition but this was when I really got hooked. Learning that nutrition is not a diet but rather a lifestyle really changed my approach, I now incorporate nutrition as a life-long habit!
As a Nutrition coach I'm committed to supporting and educating clients on how they can have a healthier lifestyle.
I'm passionate about helping people be the best they can be!

  • Healthy Steps Nutrition Certified Coach

 

Over 80% of people will regain the weight they worked so hard to lose. It doesn’t have to be this way.