November Athlete of the Month (Dudes)

Say Hello to Ryan P.  Ryan has been with us from the start and has seen tremendous gains since he started with us.  He can be found cracking jokes and busting his ass at 6am four days a week, Monday’s just haven’t seemed to agree with him.  Make sure to say Hi, the next time you see him.

November Athlete of the Month (Ladies)

November is going to be a little different for our Athlete of the Month.  This is the first month where we will be featuring TWO people for the month.  So let me introduce you to Betsy.  She can be found in our 5am class during the week and in our 8am class on Saturday.  She is a true inspiration.   When you see her, make sure to say Hi…

October’s Athlete of the Month

Spend the next few minutes and get to know one of our 5am athletes, Marlon. He can always be found with a smile on his face singing along to ALMOST every song we hear during our training session. The changes he has seen over the last 10 months have been monumental. He has come very far since he first started, and is a true inspiration.  We can’t wait to see how much more he accomplishes and I hope we’ve got the camera rolling when he gets his first muscle-up.

Athlete of the MonthDecember

Chris Leoniak

Chris was nominated for his dedication to CrossFit for the past 12 months. We're very proud of the progress he has made and can't wait to see what he does in 2019!

Tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in State College, PA and moved to Colorado around 1995 or so. I’ve been fortunate to live in some great mountain towns in the Rockies and spent 4 years in the Caribbean, but I’m pumped to be back in Denver. I’ve recently started a new job working in Trust and Estate recovery for the State of Colorado. So for those of you that heard me describe myself as a recovering lawyer…well, I’ve relapsed somewhat. Most of all, I’m happily married to my wife of 14 years, Lain. She’s a Colorado native but more importantly recently started working out at Vantage!

 How and when did you get started with CrossFit? 

I started with CrossFit because I wanted to get back in the gym, build some durability, and lift heavy(ish) barbells again.

 What recreational activities/hobbies to you do/have?

The things I don’t seem to have enough time for include: Mountain biking, skiing, saltwater fly-fishing and suboptimal electric guitar playing.

 What is your favorite cheat meal?

I’m going to go ahead and select “Scotch Whisky” as my cheat meal.

 What is your favorite thing about CrossFit?

I enjoy the community at Vantage. Just about everyone likes to have a laugh and work hard.

  What kind of positive affect has CrossFit had on you and your life?

Besides creating some strength and durability for the activities I enjoy, I felt blessed to be strong enough to carry my 80lb doggo home in the August heat when his hips went out in the park. We had to put him down the next day, but he lived for 15 happy and healthy years.

Athlete of the MonthAugust

Athlete of the MonthJuly

Dani Michaud

Dani was nominated for the way she embodies community here at Vantage! Always a friendly welcoming face when people come in the door and always looking to improve her fitness in classes!

Tell us a little about yourself!
Oh hiiii!!! I’m Dani, your friendly neighborhood Canadian! I’m from Calgary, and came to Denver via San Francisco about 6 months ago. I practiced as a Physical Therapist in Canada, but am currently waiting on a US work visa. So I guess you could say that I’m a “professional” CrossFit athlete! ;)

How and when did you get started with CrossFit?
I started my CrossFit journey in January of this year. I have been a distance runner for many years, but had been sidelined by an achilles injury and was unable to run. My sister is a CrossFit badass and she encouraged me to check it out, knowing that it would stoke my competitive spirit and love for training. When I moved to Denver, Vantage 2.0 was just down the street, so I dove right in!

What recreational activities/hobbies to you do/have?
I love to move and to be outside, so basically anything that falls into those 2 categories: trail running, hiking, mountain biking, yoga. I am also a dedicated doggy mom to a rambunctious collie mix, Sudi. My goal most days is to help her live her best life and to tire her out!

What is your favorite cheat meal?
Probably beer. It’s not a meal, but it’s my favorite treat- especially in the summer!

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit? 
Favorite thing about CrossFit: The people! The camaraderie, “shared suffering”, encouragement and genuine care people at Vantage have for each other.
Favorite WOD: the longer endurance ones that require pacing! Anything 20 min and over- that’s my jam!
Favorite CF movement: I don’t know if I have a favorite movement yet, but the ones that make me feel the most badass & powerful are split jerks and deadlifts. I’m also pretending to love the snatch until the love becomes real.

What kind of positive affect has CrossFit had on you and your life?
CrossFit has had such a positive impact on my life in so many ways! Through CrossFit, I’ve become a more well-rounded athlete. Though I am not back to running yet, I am more mobile, stronger and more powerful (and hopefully less injured)! Being new to Denver, Vantage has also been my community & social hub. I have met so many great people, and everyone has made me feel right at home! Lastly, CrossFit is building my character and helping me become braver. Every class is an opportunity to practice being open-minded to what I am capable of, and to avoid setting self-imposed barriers. There is no better feeling than overcoming the little voice of doubt in your head and crushing a workout or getting a PR!