An official CrossFit, Inc. affiliate since 2011, CrossFit Sandstorm is part of a world-wide community of over 11,000 individually owned and operated training facilities. Throughout this community we preach the philosophy of constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity. At CrossFit Sandstorm we specialize in Weightlifting, Raw Powerlifting, Endurance Training and High School / Collegiate Athlete Development.
The Average Joe
By far, ordinary people make up the bulk our CrossFit community. These are the people you may see at work, at the mall or at the grocery store: professionals, mechanics, teachers, artists, programmers, skilled tradesmen, etc. These are the people who have tried every method of weight loss and fitness training available and have not seen the results they hoped for. What makes these athletes unique is their will-power. No matter how difficult the WOD may appear 1) they always show up 2) they leave everything on the floor to improve their health and fitness (usually for the sake of family and loved ones).
The Former Athlete
We all know the former gymnast, track star, baseball, football, soccer, hockey, tennis, (etc) player who has a love for competition. These former athletes turn to CrossFit Sandstorm to re-live the glory days of high intensity training and competition. They come excited every day ready to give 100% in the hopes of having the best time or score for the WOD. They thrive off of blood, sweat and tears and push themselves through every obstacle.
First Responders & Military
Most of us do not count on our fitness to save our lives but that's exactly what those who wear the uniform must do. Each day they must be ready for the unknown and unknowable because their duty demands it. Whether it be a wildalnd fire at 10,000 feet, a foot pursuit of an active shooter, the rescue of a homeless person from a flooded arroyo or hunting down the enemy on foreign soil, these unique individuals must constantly be prepared for life and death situations. They come to CrossFit Sandstorm knowing that the harder they push themselves during a WOD, the better chance they having of helping others in need, and coming home safely.
The Current Athlete
Competitive grapplers, skiers, runners, triathletes, high school and collegiate athletes all in search of the competitive advantage; they walk in our doors knowing that CrossFit provides the training needed for their chosen specialty and commit countless hours per week to strength and conditioning in order to gain the advantage. The results of their hard training and constant perseverance translates directly into higher ranks, scores, times and victories.
Active Adults and Beyond
We all know that as we age we must stay active. CrossFit Sandstorm is home to many adults who are looking to stay active and mobile as the years creep up. These wonderful athletes want to stay healthy, enjoy retirement, enjoy time with grandkids and enjoy the fruits of the labor. They are focused on doing every movement right, slowing down when needed and (typically) don't concern themselves with scores or times. They are in it to live and for that, showing up to the WOD is a victory in and of itself. They are the inspiration for every other athlete at CrossFit Sandstorm as they give hope to those who need it most.
CrossFit Level 1 Certified, CrossFit Endurance Certified, CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified, CrossFit Kids Certified, Yoga Certified Instructor, US Army Master Fitness Instructor, ACE Personal Trainer
Originally from Tampa, FL Shellie is a West Point graduate, former Captain in the US Army and is a Bronze Star recipient (OIF). At West Point, she was a 4 year member of the USMA Crew Team and excelled in distance running, obtaining her marathon PR of 3:07:16 at the US Marine Corps Marathon (VA). She has completed the Vermont 50 (VT), the Jemez Mountain 50 (NM), the Nike Women's Marathon (CA) and she successfully completed the Bataan Death March Marathon in the Military Heavy and Civilian Light Divisions (NM). In 2013 Shellie competed in the IPL World Championships of Powerlifting in Las Vegas, NV and took home the bronze medal in the 132lb. open-raw division with a 307.5 kg total. In 2014 Shellie dropped down to the 123lb. open-raw and set new state records in all 3 lifts and posted her first elite USPA total: 112.5/70/137.5/320kg. In September 2015 Shellie became the first woman in NM to become an IFBB Pro in Women's Physique (WPD) after competing in the IFBB North American Championships.
Favorite WOD: Elizabeth
Dreaded WOD: Karen
Favorite Movement: Deadlift
Dreaded Movement: Wall Balls
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CJ is originally from Santo Domingo Pueblo and is half Navajo. He was raised in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe and attended Santa Fe Indian School; after which he attended Luna Community College in Las Vegas, NM where he played baseball. He honorably served in the U.S. Army carrying out two deployments, one in Iraq and the other in Afghanistan. During his second tour in Afghanistan, CJ received the Purple Heart. CJ now attends CNM and is close to receiving his Associates Degree in Exercise Science.
CrossFit Level 1 Certified, CrossFit Kids Certified
Originally from Somers, New York, Jim was a 5 year member and 2 year captain of the University at Buffalo Men's Soccer Team. In 2009 Jim started pursuing a fitness lifestyle and completed several trail marathons including the Bataan Death March (NM), the Valles Caldera Marathon (NM), the Vermont 50 (VT), the Jemez Mountain 50 (NM) and the Avalon 50 mile ultramarathon (CA). In the winter Jim can be found hiking the ridge at Taos Ski Valley and during the fall, you can find him wondering the NM mountains hunting elk and deer.
Favorite WOD: The Chief
Dreaded WOD: Filthy Fifty
Favorite Movement: Squats
Dreaded Movement: Box Jumps
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
Originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, Angela is an Army brat who has a degree in Elementary Education. She fell in love with CrossFit in 2010 when she was looking for a gym as a stay-at-home mom. Since teaching is her first passion, she became certified to share that love with others.
Favorite WOD: Annie
Dreaded WOD: Fran
Favorite Movement: Double Unders
Dreaded Movement: Thruster
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