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.

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.

Connor

Coach

Certifications

CF Level 1

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, my journey to fitness has gone through many phases and evolved for the best. In my teenage years, I lived a fairly sedentary lifestyle with little desire to be fit and healthy. It wasn’t until one summer where I decided to change my lifestyle for the better, pursuing running and clean eating as my introduction to a healthier life. Running turned to weightlifting, weightlifting turned to more weightlifting, and it wasn’t until one summer in 2014 when I agreed to join a workout with a friend of mine in his basement gym. It was in that basement where I was first introduced to Function Fitness, where I first touched a kettlebell, performed burpees, and learned that you can combine strength and cardio to receive a quicker, more robust workout than just pumping iron for endless hours. From that day I knew this idea of Function Fitness was something special, so shortly after that I joined my first CrossFit gym in late 2014 and the rest is history.
I graduated from The Ohio State University with my B.S. in Finance, and spent 2 years coaching with my L1 at a CrossFit gym in Columbus, OH. Upon graduating I decided the move to Denver, where I landed a career in analytics, became an avid trail runner, high altitude hiker, snowboarder, and about all others cliches applicable to the mountain lifestyle. What keeps me coming back to CrossFit, and Vantage Movement, day after day is the people. There is an energy that you feel in Functional Fitness communities that radiates the desire to be active, remain competitive, and to not only want to better themselves, but to also push one another to be their best versions too.

Jessica

Coach

Certifications

Certified Personal Trainer, CF Level 1

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, you could say I always had a rocky relationship with exercise. I tried every sport in my middle school years but nothing ever “stuck” or really sparked my interest. Throughout high school, I started lifting weights and using the “bro split” approach, but something always felt missing. While in school at Bradley University studying Nutrition, I discovered the sport of Olympic Weightlifting and everything clicked. I realized I loved working towards strength, technique, and performance goals. I have been training and competing in the Oly lifts for the last 3 years until, again, I was feeling something was missing. I hated that I couldn’t run a mile without dying and had absolutely no stamina. I tried out a CrossFit class and immediately realized how much my fitness routine was missing and wanted to become a more rounded athlete. While I love continuing to learn and get better myself, my passion really lies in helping others discover their “why” and to feel confident and strong in the gym (and everywhere else in life!) I recognize that fitness is not a one size fits all approach and also do not believe that fitness has one “look”. I hope to help everyone I work with discover what fitness looks like and means to them as an individual to create a long term, enjoyable, and sustainable fitness routine.

I moved to Colorado in 2019 after completing my Dietetic Internship in Illinois and passing my board exams. Currently, I work full time as a Dietitian specializing in eating disorders and athletes. I am incredibly passionate about helping active individuals learn how to fuel their bodies through a non-restrictive lense to build a healthy relationship with food and their bodies that will last forever. I am hugely passionate about raising awareness around eating disorders and the dangers of under fueling, as well as promoting and fighting for accessibility to health for all individuals.

Outside of Olympic Lifting and Crossfit, I recently gained an interest in rock climbing and spend most of my summer weekends scaling mountain walls. I also love hanging out with my dog, hiking, camping, and finding the best restaurants in Denver!

Jennelle

Coach

Certifications

CF Level 1

I never really settled into a hobby or sport as a kid — gymnastics, swimming, soccer, volleyball, football, even basketball (I’m 5’1″ — clearly not well thought out). As an adult, I discovered running and yoga, and messed around with weights at globo-gyms with no real idea of what I was doing. When I lived in the mountains, winters were long and tough, and I was relieved (and intimidated) when a couple firefighters decided to open a CrossFit gym. Unlike other sports, the variety, mental challenge, and sharing the grind with amazing people kept me engaged.

Despite all the dabbling, I never considered myself an athlete until CrossFit. I love training with others, seeing people push themselves, feeling the pride of accomplishing something they never would have imagined. I’ve learned so much about the human body and met incredible people as a coach. It’s been a lifeline through really hard seasons of life. Nowadays, most of my hours are busy running a local nonprofit and getting outside with my senior dogs, but we make time for what’s important. My goal is to just keep moving, prevent and be smart about injuries, and stay active for the rest of my life.

Trevor

Coach

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

Born on the Bayou, raised in Louisiana, Florida, and New York, I found the camaraderie and structure I needed at a young age in group and individual sports. My favorites were baseball, lacrosse, football and wrestling.
Growing up, I spent all of my free time outdoors. If I wasn’t working, I was playing sports, hiking, fishing, hunting and camping.
The dedication, confidence and team work I learned through organized sports helped me when joining the U.S. Army after highschool. I was stationed in Colorado in 2001, falling in love with the mountains and sunshine, and haven’t left.
After leaving the military I found my fitness routine to be tumultuous at best, ranging from months to years of inactivity, to years of marathon training mixed with programs like P90X, Mountain Tactical Institute, and general body building. My fitness lacked consistency, variety, and the community I needed for it to become a constant in my lifestyle.
In 2017 I found Vantage and was completely hooked on the community, coaching, and constantly varied program: and the occasional soul crushing workouts!!
CrossFit, Vantage, and our community have had a profoundly positive impact in my life and I am honoured to have the privilege and opportunity to be apart of your journey to achieve your goals.

Suzy

Coach

Certifications

Two-Brain Coaching First Degree Coach
Precision Nutrition Level 1 (PN1)

Colorado has been my home most of my life. I grew up playing every team sport I had time for. Once I went to college, I stopped all activity and it caught up with me. I had always loved being active but was missing that team atmosphere. After I graduated from Colorado State University, I moved to San Jose, CA for 7 years. After many failed attempts to sticking with a routine at a gym, I found CrossFit in 2010. I immediately fell in love with the competitive yet supportive atmosphere. Prior to CrossFit, I had never lifted weights before, and it ignited my passion for the sport. In 2011, I began competing on my gym’s regionals team and obtained my Level 1 certification. I was lucky to coach at my gym in San Jose from 2012-2016. When I moved backed to Colorado in 2016, I quickly found Vantage and knew it would be my home.
As a coach and member, I still distinctly remember the first time I walked into a Crossfit gym and the emotions I had. I love meeting new members and being a part of their journey. I believe the best part about being a coach is helping people realize that they can do more than they ever thought they were capable of. My drive for health pushed me to get my Precision Nutrition Certification. I am now the proud owner of Moxie Made Nutrition and am so happy to be partnered with Vantage.

Coach

Certifications

B.S. in Exercise Science
CF Level 1
USAW Certification
Animal Flow Coaching Certification

I like fitness just as much as the next guy, but what really got me into coaching and instructing is the ability to pass knowledge onto others. I started coaching at 15 when I was living on Long Island and giving lacrosse lessons. Those were always extremely rewarding to me and I pursued my career in coaching at college where I would eventually intern with the D1 athletes from High Point University and coach Olympic Lifting classes at one of the local crossfit gyms. From there I have expanded my realm of knowledge to ideologies like animal flow and barefoot training. I hope in my ventures I can dive into any and every fitness topic and expand my mind even more!