The Vantage Movement Team

Meet the Team that is Dedicated to Your Success

our coaches

Vantage Movement Coach

Chris Cooper

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Coach’s Preparatory Course
USAW Sports Performance Coach
NASM Certified Personal Training
Strength Specific Seminar- 2013
CrossFit Competitors Course
The Movement Fix Workshop
CPR & First Aid -2020

Chris has been coaching people in exercise for the last 14 years. He’s trained clients in scenarios ranging from basements to garage gyms and he’s worked with people in large large gyms to small training studios. He has helped hundreds of athletes see the lifestyle changes they desired.

Chris has a passion for working with people to improve their overall fitness and working with them towards specific goals. Chris has helped create an environment of success for any client that is willing to learn. If you’re a competitive athlete, a recreational thrill seeker, an internet surfer or someone searching for something that really works, Vantage has what you need.

Vantage Movement Coach

Amanda Hendren

CO-OWNER AND COACH

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Coach
BirthFit Certified Coach
CO-Active Trained Coach
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Mobility
USAW Sports Performance Coach
CrossFit Gymnastics
Precision Nutrition Certification
The Movement Fix Workshop
CPR & First Aid- 2020

Amanda has a passion for helping people through fitness & Nutrition. Amanda started her fitness career in college while receiving her degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Since graduating, Amanda has gained experience in every facet of the industry, but quickly found her passion in personal training. She has trained athletes in their homes, studios, gyms and in parks. Amanda believes that we are the only ones who can make change in our lives, and she wants to help you take charge! She truly thrives on seeing people achieve things they never thought possible.
Vantage Movement Coach

Xavier

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Strongman
The Movement Fix Workshop
First Aid/CPR Certified

Born and raised in Southern California with a younger brother, I grew up pretty active with both baseball and Tae Kwon Do at a competative level. Only weighing 120lbs by the ending of my senior year of high school I was determined to play baseball at the college level. After many months of training I was told by the head coach of a college team that I was “too small” and needed to gain some weight. Hoping to find a way to gain some weight/muscle to continue playing baseball, is when my old travel baseball coaches introduced me to CrossFit. I was hooked ever since I did my first WOD in the summer of 2009 and decided to end my baseball career to pursue a life of health/fitness.

My goal as a coach is to help others pursue their goals, and to show them that they can achieve anything they want physically and mentally.

Vantage Movement Coach

Ray

Certifications

CF Level 1
CPR and First Aid
CSCS, In progress

I was born and raised in Denver, CO. I have been passionate about sports and fitness since I can remember – playing every sport that I could since I was a child. My favorite past athletic activities include football, baseball, track, wrestling, weight lifting and body building. I started CrossFit in the summer of 2015, when my wife and I decided to change up our gym routine. I was hooked after my first class. I fell in love with the intensity of the workouts and the supportive community that grinds together through every workout. Not only have I participated in sports as an athlete, but also as a coach. My previous coaching experience includes over a decade of coaching high school wrestling programs starting as an assistant and strength/conditioning coach and working my way up to head coach. One of my greatest passions in life is helping others reach their goals in becoming a better version of themselves and achieve feats they never dreamed were possible. By coaching CrossFit I have the privilege and opportunity to pursue this passion everyday.
Vantage Movement Coach

Desmond

Certifications

CF L1

Born in Coco Beach, FL, raised in Rock Hill, NY, I have played soccer, baseball, skied, snowboarded and golfed most of my life. Growing up with twin younger brothers made everything a competition. I played soccer competitively up until my Junior year of high school both in school and travel teams.

I moved out to Colorado in 2009 to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. My sophomore year at CSU was when I discovered Crossfit. A couple of co-workers were talking about it every day we worked together for a couple of months and kept trying to get me to try it out. Finally I gave in and dropped in for a class at Wild Horizons Crossfit. I loved it almost immediately, I had been going to the gym for years prior but never had a workout that was that intense since my days playing soccer. The community was welcoming, and it was a place where everyone was coming to become better versions of themselves.

Vantage Movement Coach

Grant Simmons

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Born in Chicago, IL. I grew up playing every sport I could, getting an opportunity to stay active, and hang with my best friend. I played basketball, roller hockey, football, golf, and BMX. I was so active, I had broken four bones and five surgeries by the time I turned 18.

I moved to Colorado for college and found a fervent love for the outdoors. Although I stayed active and competed in races, I never found a consistent routine for working out: I trained hard for races and ate like Homer Simpson in the offseason.

While training for an Olympic Triathlon in 2016, a friend recommended supplementing my training with CrossFit. I dropped in at a local box pretty confident of my endurance- but I got rocked (wall balls). I was hooked after that and I started going several times a week; finally finding a routine and healthy rhythm in my life. Now, the pursuit of fitness is a value for my whole family (My wife, Lani, and my two girls, Reegan and Myla).

My life’s purpose is to help others realize their full potential through coaching and teaching. Whether I am facilitating for large organizations, teaching Graduate School, or Coaching, I am in my happy place.

ana

Coach

Certifications

CF Level 1

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I first found CrossFit in 2013. Before CrossFit, I found myself bored and unmotivated with exercise. CrossFit instantly had me hooked – from the variety of movements to the community and coaching. I had never touched a barbell before or done a burpee and now those are two of my favorite things! (Yes burpees J) Although I’ve been known to throw down in a competition or two, I really enjoy motivating others to find their hidden potential in the gym!
My journey from the swamp land began in 2015 when I came to Colorado to return to school for dietetics. I recently obtained my Masters in Nutrition at Colorado State University and am currently working in my dietetic internship to obtain my Registered Dietetics License. When I grow up, I hope to pursue a career in public health and food policy. Everyone deserves equal access to healthy food. I hope to engage youth and their families on sustaining healthy lifestyles through real foods and physical activity!
CrossFit has not only been a hobby of mine, but a way to grow physically and mentally and challenge myself as well as others. What I love about CrossFit workouts is that they expose your weakness (in a good way) and push you to do better! I’m not always in the gym though! I love to cook, read, do anything in the sunshine and let’s be honest… watch trashy reality television.

Caryn

Coach

Certifications

CF Level 1

Born and raised in New York City, fitness and sports were dwarfed by the lights of Broadway! When a career in the arts was clearly not in the cards, I got a degree in English, moved to Washington, D.C. and began my career in journalism.

Fast forward 30 years. Overweight and out of shape approaching my 50th birthday, I started going to the local globo gym, began lifting weights and running, lost 70 pounds, and found my passion for fitness. A personal trainer there suggested I watch the first “Fittest on Earth” documentary and I was hooked.

In 2018, the mountains called! My husband and I left our six kids and our Moms back on the east coast and moved to Denver. Within a week of moving I joined Vantage, and it changed my life. I learned first-hand that age truly is just a number. Older athletes can succeed-and thrive-right alongside all the other athletes in the gym.

My passion has grown from simple fitness to striving to create a safe, encouraging environment for older athletes so we can all continue to get healthier together, at any age.

Kids Coach Vantage Movement

Julie

Kids Coach

Hello! I’m Julie!! I am currently a 1st grade teacher in Aurora CO. I graduated from The University of Colorado Denver in 2018 with my degree in Elementary Education. I have always loved being a mentor for kids and now it’s become my passion and a full-time job. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, travelling, eating yummy foods, and most importantly working out at Vantage! I am excited to mix my two favorite things, kids and physical activity, to help your child grow and explore the realm of Fitne in a variety of ways.