Gabriel “Gabs” Sandoval

Owner of CrossFit MOB
Founder & Owner NF Barbell Club
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 doing things outdoors. I don’t really remember a time when I haven’t been involved in sports or athletics. When I was 6 years old, I joined a wrestling league and then from elementary to high school I wrestled, 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 comp with no prior CrossFit experience, I was quickly humbled. I had never been pushed quite like I was doing CrossFit. It was almost defeating but I’m the type of person who loves a challenge so I dedicated myself to it and soon thereafter fell in love with CrossFit. I’ve been crossfitting for almost 10 years now. I love the sport of fitness but I think I might love coaching it a little more.

There is no greater feeling than contributing to helping others reach their fitness goals or goals in general. 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 grew up the youngest of 3 boys and we all played sports from as early as I can remember. Not even just organized sports, but 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. Playing around a lot as a kid led to me honing my skills enough to eventually pursue a career in football.

While in between places in my football career a friend introduced me to CrossFit 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 a little more when it came to lifting since I had a lot of exposure through football. That led to me eventually getting my CrossFit Level 1 certificate and beginning coaching. It’s been an eye opening experience helping others succeed in the gym and my thirst for helping others is never quenched. I’ve now been coaching for 4+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 10 years and always felt like I was looking for the next best thing. I was then introduced to CrossFit by a fellow trainer at 24 Hour Fitness and I can honestly say I have never looked back. It has given me the ability to not only change the way I work out, but I was also able to train my clients and I ran a small gym on a very remote military installation with the CrossFit methodology for 3 years while we were stationed there. This in turn showed the need to build a facility where they could do CrossFit on this military installation and because of where it was located they were able to make it a non for profit facility.

I 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 around me. Through my coaching here I will take each and every members needs serious. I enjoy heading up the nutrition challenges here, and I will continue to foster a safe, effective, and FUN atmosphere for each and 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
  • NeNew Movement Coach
  • Rock Blades Practitioner
  • USAW Member
  • USAW Level 1 (scheduled for Aptil 27, 2019)
  • Game Ready Fitness Owner/Coach

I played Soccer in College and have experience in a myriad of other sports including HS 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 was introduced to CrossFit by happenstance when cross-training for a Tough Mudder fundraiser. CrossFit has been a major part of my life since then. With undergrad education in exercise science, I have really strong beliefs surrounding human movement and mental and physical capacity which led me to obtaining my L1 certificate. In coming to understand what truly motivates and fulfills me I’m honored to have an opportunity to train others. I feel very fortunate everyday to be with the MOB family and enjoy everything that makes the MOB community great. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your life.

I love the MOB Community and Coach in order 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 lucky 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.  Prior to this, I have 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 my time in college, I also coached youth hockey for Rocky Mountain Hockey Schools, as well as local youth teams in Missoula, Montana, while winning two state championships!  Luckily, I am still able to stay connected to the sport I love through coaching with 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 encompassed more domains to meet my needs.  CrossFit was an instant hook.  I continue to look for avenues of improvement in the athlete arena, or within my coaching responsibilities.

Aside from my history as a hockey player, and my love for our endeavor of Crossfit, I am the father of two amazing boys, Grady and Conor and am married to an amazingly tough Montana girl, Tamara! We are fortunate to share many similar passions, including camping, boating, wake boarding, skiing and of course…CrossFit MOB.  Outside of the gym, my other job is the Associate Nurse Manager of the Cardiac ICU at the University of Colorado Hospital.  I have been an ICU nurse for over 4 years, while also holding a stint with 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. Playing sports carried later into my life when I played volleyball and tennis all through high school. While 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 I was quickly reminded 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.

5 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’ve all had to start somewhere and although at times it can be frustrating, each time walking in the door is a 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, (all of which I did through 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. I would also later get 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 and begin competing in sprints again after about 4 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 in order 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 wide 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 8 years, I was dedicated to long distance running and various other 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 in sustaining a healthy, active lifestyle.   Most of my days were spent running 5 plus miles and going to Tabata classes at the rec center. I would complain to husband about not feeling like I was getting a good workout because I wasn’t breaking a sweat. I spent 6 days a week going thru 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. The immediate thought in my head 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 am capable of lifting weights and moving 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, thru the blood, sweat and tears. 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 – 2014

Four and a half years ago, a friend who knew I had recently started experimenting with a Paleo diet and was a total gym rat (2 hours on the elliptical every day) My first warm-up was something like a Death By with burpees and something else…that was the longest 10 minutes of my life.  Then we went into a workout that I can’t totally remember…there were 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, through a series of events and needing an activity for my youngest daughter, I brought her to MOB for the Kid’s class and was so excited that I could work out at the same time as she was.  Then, I took a class from CJ and with my son watching from the back, he 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, whether the kids always wanted it to or not.

After a couple of years of wanting to take my CrossFit L1, a friend asked why I hadn’t done it yet and I immediately signed 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 and continued various classes at MOB and shadowing the coaches for my own training.  My #1 passion in this whole journey has been CrossFit and circumstances led me to leaving the yoga studio to focus on every opportunity I can at MOB.  Currently, I coach the Foundations classes for new members, boot camp classes when they are in session and regular classes.   I love having new members come in and having the opportunity to get to know them and 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 the 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 now devote a lot of time trying to figure out what else I am capable of doing, 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 saved me 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 any other member in need, who walks in our doors, to find that same peace and confidence.


Bridget

Coach

Certifications:

  • Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!


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 the focus on fitness that people in Colorado seem to have.

I’ve been in the CrossFit/Fitness industry for over 10 years, owning, coaching and doing personal training.  I’ve had the pleasure of owning my own 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 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.