Gabriel “Gabs” Sandoval

Owner of CrossFit MOB
Founder/Owner of NF Barbell
Head Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • International Weightlifting Coach
  • USAW Sports Performance Certification
  • USAW Advanced Sports Performance Certification
  • CrossFit Football/Power Athlete
  • Outlaw Barbell Camp
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Outlaw Way Parabellum Camp
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity

I am a born and raised Colorado native. I love being athletic and being active outdoors. I don’t really remember a time when I haven’t been involved in sports or athletics. When I was six years old, I joined a wrestling league.  From elementary to high school I wrestled and played football and basketball. Around the age of 11 I found skateboarding and snowboarding, and to this day I’m still skateboarding and snowboarding. If you asked me what my favorite activity/hobby is I would say snowboarding without hesitation.

When I was 24, I had been exercising religiously for over two years. I had always been into exercise and weight lifting but not at the dedication level I was when I was 24. I thought I was in “amazing” shape and I wasn’t afraid to tell people so. My sister challenged me to do a CrossFit competition because I thought I was in such good shape. With a month to train for the competition with no prior CrossFit experience, I was quickly humbled. I had never been pushed quite like CrossFit pushed me! It was almost enough to defeat me, but I’m the type of person who loves a challenge.

I dedicated myself to it and soon fell in love with CrossFit. I’ve been a CrossFit participant for almost ten years and love it, but I think I might love coaching it a little more. There is no greater feeling than to help others reach their fitness goals and personal goals. In CrossFit, I love the workouts Grace and Diane. My favorite lift is the snatch. I loathe the workout Fran and Turkish getups.


CJ Lovett

Owner of CrossFit MOB
Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2 (this year)
  • Red Cross CPR
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
  • CrossFit Anatomy Course
  • Game Ready Fitness Owner/ Coach

I am the youngest of three brothers who played sports for as long as I can remember.  Not just organized sports: we played out in any patch of grass or dirt that we could find. Growing up that way gave me an appreciation for physical fitness because I needed basic fitness to be able to compete to the best of my ability. Growing up as an active kid in sports led to me hone my skills enough to eventually pursue a career in football.

During my football career a friend introduced me to CrossFit on one eye opening Saturday morning in 2012. Needless to say, I was destroyed by the workout and was determined to never be that inaccurate about my current fitness level. From that moment on, I almost exclusively trained CrossFit and nothing got me more physically prepared to play football like CrossFit. After becoming more comfortable with CrossFit I found myself helping people in classes with lifting since I had a lot of exposure to strength training through football. That led to me eventually get my CrossFit Level 1 certificate and to start coaching. It’s been an eye-opening experience to help others succeed in the gym and my thirst for helping others is never quenched. 

I’ve now been coaching for more than four years and have over 15 years of experience with the Olympic lifts. There’s nothing like CrossFit, the community, and the results.


Desirae “Des” Hiatt

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Football
  • Outlaw Parabellum Camp
  • BS in Business Management

I have been in the fitness industry for over ten years.  I’ve always felt like I was looking for the next best thing. I was introduced to CrossFit by a fellow trainer at 24 Hour Fitness and I can honestly say I have never looked back. It changed the way I work out, and I incorporated the CrossFit methodology to train my clients at a small gym that I ran on a very remote military installation for three years while stationed there. The need for a permanent facility at this military installation where CrossFit training could continue resulted in creation of a not-for-profit facility.  

I have since moved back to Colorado and was afforded the opportunity to be a part of the CrossFit MOB coaching team. I feel blessed to have been introduced to such an amazing way to work out. It has been my passion ever since and I want to be able to share my passion with others. As a coach here, I take each member’s needs seriously. I enjoy leading the nutrition coaching and I will continue to foster a safe, effective, and FUN atmosphere for every person that walks in the door of CrossFit MOB!!


Mary Decker

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Outlaw
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • CPR/AED
  • CrossFit Level 2 come August 2019
  • ReNew Movement Coach
  • Rock Blades Practitioner
  • USAW Member
  • USAW Level 1 (scheduled for April 27, 2019)
  • Game Ready Fitness Owner/Coach

I played soccer in college and have experience in a myriad of other sports including high school championships in track, basketball and soccer, WSI certification to teach swim and have tried my hand at almost everything else competitive. I know what it takes to perform and compete at a very high level and my ultimate passion is to share that with other young athletes.

I love the MOB community and coach to share my knowledge and help more people on their path to better overall health and wellness. It’s important to me to help the whole person…not just teach them to move well.

My favorite meal is sushi. I love my husband and my beagle Rosie.


Dan Rosenthal

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)/CPR
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale Certification

I am happy to say that I have been a member at CrossFit MOB for over four years and have now been coaching at this great facility for roughly one year.  Before CrossFit, I coached in a variety of settings, but most importantly, ice hockey. I grew up In Colorado and played hockey at a competitive level from the age of seven, all the way through my college years, while being fortunate enough to travel and play all over the world!  During college, I also coached youth hockey for Rocky Mountain Hockey Schools, and local youth teams in Missoula, Montana, including winning two state championships! Fortunately, I am still connected to the sport I love by coaching GameReady Fitness as we conduct the off-ice training programs for the Hyland Hills Hockey Association.

Now, back to Crossfit.  I found Crossfit in 2010 after the Globogym model became mundane and I became short of breath walking up the stairs at home. Although my arms tore through my shirt sleeves like a snake from its shedding layers, I felt as though I needed to find an exercise model that produced more gains. CrossFit was an instant hook. I continue to look for ways to improve as an athlete and coach.  Besides being a hockey player and CrossFit enthusiast, I am the father of two great boys (Grady and Conor) and am married to Tamara, a tough Montana girl! We share many similar passions, including camping, boating, wake boarding, skiing and of course…CrossFit MOB.

Outside of the gym, I work as Associate Nurse Manager of the Cardiac ICU at the University of Colorado Hospital. I have been an ICU nurse for over four years and am part of the Lung Transplant Team at the same hospital.   I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me and I look forward to seeing you soon at Crossfit MOB!


April Haynes

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • The Brand X Method Kids Certification
  • CrossFit Certified Judge

Growing up in Colorado, my siblings and I were always involved with sports and outdoor activities. We weren’t allowed to have video games. I played volleyball and tennis all through high school. In college, I played league volleyball and coached high school volleyball. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance and Sport and a minor in Nutrition.

After having two children and becoming an active runner, I went to a running clinic that was at a friend’s CrossFit location and was convinced to sign up for a fundraiser called “Barbell for Boobs,” which is Helen vs. Grace. At the time, I thought I was in great shape because of running, but quickly became aware of all the muscle groups I was not using. I couldn’t do a pull-up without assistance, didn’t know what a clean and jerk was, and definitely wasn’t sure how to swing a kettlebell. However, I instantly fell in love with the variation of movements and workouts every day.

I became addicted to pushing my body to new limits. Five years later, I am continually learning new ideas, tips and tricks to help guide myself and others to be healthy and have fun doing it. I am forever grateful to share my passion for fitness through coaching. We all have to start somewhere and although at times it can be frustrating, every time you walk through the door for another workout is another step closer to your next achievement.


Jesse Puga

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 – 2014
  • CrossFit Level 2 – 2018
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach – 2014
  • Owner of Puga Athletics and Fitness

I’ve competed in some form of sport or athletics nearly my entire life, be it baseball, football, wrestling, or track/field, (competed in each during high school). I also competed in track as a sprinter for the University of Colorado intermittently as a walk-on and open athlete from 2002-2005. My focus was the 200m, and 400m, but I also competed in the 100m, 60m, long jump, and relays. College track was an exciting, yet injury-filled, frustrating affair due to the amount of work and time put in with little to show for it in terms of accomplishments and never attaining a scholarship. My athletic goals remained unfulfilled. Nevertheless, I graduated in 2006 with a BA in Anthropology and immediately (and a bit unexpectedly) started what would become a rather large family. Later, I earned my MA in Foreign Studies and Intelligence Analytics from AMU.

I found CrossFit in the spring of 2009 when my twin brother recommended it while serving as an Army Infantryman in Afghanistan. He said I absolutely had to try it. For years I had only trained occasionally and was relatively out of shape, claiming I had no time for it. He said that was the thing, the workouts were short and intense. Easy to fit in. Well, long story short I was immediately hooked and used it to get back into shape. I started to compete in sprints again after about four months. In early 2014 I rediscovered CrossFit as my primary sport and program when I ended my career in private security and business counterintelligence, and started my own gym and fitness business.

I’ve never been as strong or fit as I am now. I’m a competitor again. I enjoy academics and attending certifications and seminars, all to advance my knowledge of the sport and perfect my technique. I’ve coached many types of athletes and clients and I love it. My vocation truly has become my vacation.


Jess Allen

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 – 2014
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • CrossFit Adaptive Certification
  • CPR Certified

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and fell in love with athletics at a young age. I was a competitive gymnast into my teenage years, reaching Level 9 in USA Gymnastics. In high school I played a variety of sports, including basketball and soccer. After college, life got crazy busy. In 2007, I married my husband Russ and in 2008 we had our only daughter Daytona, our Leap Year baby. Over the next eight years, I was dedicated to long distance running and various group fitness classes, including lifting weights in the Globo gyms. We moved from St. Louis to Colorado in 2008 to be closer to family. Living here has been helpful to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle.   

Most days, I ran five or more miles and went to Tabata classes at the rec center. I complained to my husband that I didn’t feel like I was getting a good workout because I wasn’t breaking a sweat. I spent six days a week going through this routine for years. I desperately wanted to see changes in my body but they weren’t happening. Then one day in 2017 my friend sent me a documentary called the Fittest on Earth. It was all about CrossFit. My first thought was, THAT is what I’m looking for and IT WAS. Fast-forward two years: I am so blessed to do what I love. CrossFit has changed my body in ways I never thought it would. I can lift weights and move faster than ever before. While CrossFit is challenging, it pushes me to dig deep for that next rep when I want to quit and fight to hang on to the bar when I want to drop it.  

CrossFit has taught me to believe in myself and the processes, through all the difficult physical and mental challenges. In early 2018, I became L1 certified to coach CrossFit and put it into practice later in the year at CrossFit MOB. MOB has quickly become like family to me; the people, the coaches, and the community is a special part of my week. My favorite CrossFit workout is Diane and my least favorite is Fran, by a lot. Lol


Brandi Santala

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1

Four and a half years ago, a friend of mine who knew I had started experimenting with a Paleo diet and was a total gym rat (2 hours on the elliptical every day) invited me to a CrossFit gym. My first warm-up was something like a Death by Burpees…that was the longest 10 minutes of my life.  Then we went into a workout with wall balls, box jumps and sumo dead high pulls. After falling off the box and bleeding all over the gym, the hour ended and I could barely walk. That was Saturday and the following Monday I started On-Ramp classes and never went back to my regular gym.  

Eventually, looking for an activity for my youngest daughter, I brought her to MOB for kids’ class and was so excited that I could work out at the same time she did. Then, I took a class from CJ with my son in tow. CJ recognized that my son was an athlete and recruited him to join the beginnings of Game Ready.  That was when fitness became a family activity. After a couple of years of wanting to take my L1, a friend encouraged me to sign up for the next available session in Colorado. At the same time, I was asked to teach a boot camp class at a yoga studio. I continued various classes at MOB and shadowed the coaches for my own training.  My #1 passion in this journey has been CrossFit. I left the yoga studio to focus on MOB. Currently, I coach the Foundations classes for new members, boot camp and regular classes. I love getting to know new members to introduce them to different elements of CrossFit as they meet our MOB community.

Outside of CrossFit, I am self-employed as an accountant and a mom of three kids, ages 23, 15 and 10.  I grew up in Montana and unlike many others in our community, I was never an athlete. I started at the age of 40 and feel that I am an example of how CrossFit is for everybody. From the age of 10, I developed an eating disorder and spent the next 30 years through various phases of being overweight, underweight and generally depressed about my body. When I found the Paleo diet and then CrossFit, I started to finally feel some peace about food and my body.  I am devoted to learning more about what else I can do, setting physical goals and seeing food as something I need to use to fuel these new ambitions.

In many ways, I feel that CrossFit and the community has turned my health around and helps me to have more confidence than ever in my life. My goal as a coach, in addition to facilitating classes, safety and teaching, is to help our members to find that same peace and confidence.


Bridget Brown

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit L2
  • USAW Weightlifting

I have been doing Crossfit since 2008. I was drawn to this sport due to the fact that it can always be tailored to your ability. There is always something to work on and you can make any workout challenging to the individual. Therefore I never get bored. But even better, it brings people together, of various abilities, that just have a passion for fitness. Almost all of my closest friends, I have met through Crossfit. MOB is such an awesome community that I am proud to be a part of. I have been with MOB since 2014.

Quick history about me. I grew up in Ohio. Went to college in Florida. Spent 6 years in the Air Force. And moved to CO in 2011. My athletic background includes: swimming, soccer, volleyball, track, and triathlons. But for the last 6 years I have enjoyed the “sport” of Crossfit and compete in competitions regularly. Some members say they are intimidated by me because of my abilities, but we all start out as a beginner at one point.

A lot of my early years were spent in a garage, without a coach, trying to figure things out on my own. So I think my passion for coaching comes from not wanting folks to go through the same learning curve I did. I have a lot of ideas for scaling movements because I haven’t always been able to do the movements “as RX”. But I also push my classes pretty hard because that is what I would want from a coach.

Outside of the gym, I’m also a teacher. I teach folks how to day trade options online. Working from home can be a rather lonely existence so MOB is my second home where I get to hang out with all my friends. I look forward to seeing you all at the gym.


Joel Bates

Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • Endurance Trainer
  • Mobility Certificate
  • Powerlifting Certificate
  • Rowing Certificate
  • Strongman Certificate
  • Weightlifting Certificate
  • USAW Leevel 1
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition

My family and I moved from South Carolina (SC) to Colorado in 2018.  We love the mountains and Colorado residents’ focus on fitness.

I’ve been in the CrossFit/Fitness industry for over ten years, owning, coaching and personal training.  I was happy to own my box in SC, but now I have the pleasure of coaching for CrossFit MOB.  I was introduced to CrossFit in 2005 and at the time it was a strange but interesting concept.  It’s nice to see how it’s developed from its inception to where it is now and the impact that it has on society.  I’m very fortunate to be able to continue coaching and I hope in any way big or small I can be a positive influence to someone.