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

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

 

Aleidis Medina

Hi, I’m Aleidis (Ali). I was born and raised in Venezuela. From a young age I enjoyed running (sprinting), it became natural for me. I was in track through high school, then college became a priority. I joined a global gym, but after some years I lost motivation. I moved to USA and I found Crossfit. I was hooked from the first workout, and have been doing it since then; 8+years. Crossfit not only changed me physically, but also challenged me mentally. I love coaching at Crossfit Lakewood, we have an amazing community, and seeing all the improvement and excitement in the people’s faces when they accomplish a goal, no matter how big or small they are, is wonderful. Knowing that I have been a part in the process, makes my day.

You can find me outside the gym chasing my beautiful daughter Ana Sofia, skiing (or trying) during winter and golfing and Tennis with Hubby from time to time during summer!

3,500+ Hours CrossFit Classes Coached
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
i99 Fit Coach -L1
i99 Fit Coach -L2
CPR/AED Certified
Mechanical Engineer

 

Andrew Salamun

I grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado. My wife and I moved to the Front Range in 2019. I enjoy traveling, trying new things, and anything outdoors. I have always been interested in fitness and being in shape. I, like most, made many feeble attempts at the traditional gym performing the standard 3 sets of 10, never finding successes. In 2009, I was introduced to CrossFit and never looked back. Always being interested in coaching, I finally received my Level 1 certification in 2018.

I have always believe in what I call “The Last 400 Model.” On a common track, a mile consists of four, 400 meter laps. Imagine a track athlete; it is rare a runner will achieve a personal record by sprinting their first lap leaving them to trudge through the remaining four laps. It is far more common for a runner to set a strong pace for their first 3 laps and maybe not sprint, but finish stronger on their last lap. The last 400 is where the difference is made. A person’s last 400 might look like the last 90 seconds of a workout or 9 reps of Fran. It is in these final moments when your goal is reached.  Everyone comes to CrossFit with fitness goals.  I want to help people get through their first 3 laps so they are ready to fly through their last 400.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

 

German Aguirre

I’m just a good old country boy from Brighton Co. I have grown up in Colorado and feel fortunate to now raise my children here as well.  I found CrossFit almost on a whim 9 years ago and have never looked back.  CrossFit helps me keep healthy physically and mentally so I can show up at my best in the other areas of my life.

I love coaching at CrossFit Lakewood because I truly believe CrossFit is for anyone.  I pride myself on keeping up with the most recent recommendations for scaling options and ensure the safety of my athletes.  When people experience those "light bulb" moments of improving a lift or gaining more efficient technique I feel their same pride and excitement.

When I am not coaching I enjoy spending time with my large family.  We love to explore the public markets around Denver and welcome any excuse to get outside.

 

6,000+ Coaching Hours
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
California Strength Oly WL seminar
i99 Fit Coach -L1
i99 Fit Coach -L2
CPR/AED Certified

 

Anthony Munoz

I was born and raised in New Mexico. My fitness journey began when I started engaging in wrestling. Throughout my athletic career I had always heard about CrossFit but I never knew what it was. It wasn’t until I got a hernia from wrestling in the spring of 2015 and needed surgery that I did internet search on it. The first thing that came up was the highlights of the 2014 CrossFit Games. At that moment I believed that CrossFit could be the fastest way to recover and get back into wrestling shape. I did my very first CrossFit WOD after my surgery recovery and was immediately hooked. Since then I have been working hard every day not just for my health, but to be the fittest that I can possibly be. I love to push my body beyond its limits and I like to help others do the same so they can achieve their health and fitness goals. I love CrossFit for its intensity and because you don’t need to have a fitness or athletic background to do it.

3 Years of Coaching CrossFit Classes
Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/AED Certified
BA Human Performance & Sport
BA Health & Wellness Promotion
MA Sport Administration

 

Lindsay Simmons

I played collegiate rugby at Salisbury University and continued for Chesapeake Women’s Rugby Football Club in Baltimore, Maryland before retiring after 11 years. I found CrossFit through teammates as a way to crosstrain during the off season. I entered my 1st box 11 years ago and began coaching in 2013. I love the team and community atmospheres.
I have been on team sports as long as I can remember. I was captain of my high school swim team, and I have been to Nationals for Ultimate Frisbee, Gaelic Football, and Rugby. I continue distance swim training, swimming the Chesapeake Bay, 4.4 miles again in June 2021. I snowboard, hike with my pup Leroy, white water, road bike, and climb/boulder regularly.
Originally from Reno, Nevada, I moved in Maryland in 2000 and relocated to Denver in March of 2017.
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Kettlebell Certified

 

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