Our Trainers

Chris Dennis »

Owner/Coach

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • CrossFit Powerlift
  • CrossFit Mobility, Movement, and Recovery
  • Outlaw Para Bellum Training Camp
  • Strength Specific Seminars – Olympic Lifting Course

Chris Dennis

Owner/Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was always into cycling and running but I was never truly in good shape. I wanted to make a positive change in my life that would last a lifetime. I never thought about CrossFit until my wife Jamie turned me onto it. As soon as I finished my first workout I was hooked and never looked back.

Why did you become a trainer?

When I first got in to CrossFit I had no idea it would turn into a passion. I began researching and learning everything I could find. Eventually the owners of the gym I was training at noticed my dedication to learning the ins and outs of CrossFit and asked me to become a trainer. They planted the seed and it grew into something I loved doing. Teaching people about fitness and health is who I am now and I’m doing what I love everyday.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatches

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and Chinese Food (anything with soy sauce)

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Starlord because of his sense of humor and he’s just a rebel with a cause.

Jamie Dennis »

Owner/Coach

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • CrossFit Kids Course
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Coures
  • CrossFit Goal Setting Course
  • Strength Specific Seminars – Olympic Lifting Course

Jamie Dennis

Owner/Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I played soccer since my youth all the way up until I graduated high school. I didn’t find CrossFit until just after I graduated college, but I felt like an athlete again and I loved that. Going to CrossFit quickly became the best hour of my day. Even now, several years from when I started, as a wife and Mother of two young children, I am still in the best shape of my life!

Why did you become a trainer?

CrossFit changed the fitness industry, making everyday people feel like athletes and improving their lives beyond the fitness spectrum. Simply put, CrossFit makes us better at life! I wanted others to fall in love with CrossFit as much as I had and see how much their lives could improve as well, building a lifetime love of fitness and making lifelong friends along the way. At CrossFit Helix, it is our mission to make class “the best hour of YOUR day” and it’s a huge privilege to be able to cultivate an environment like that for our athletes.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Squats are life!

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Deadpool because he doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a good sense of humor.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • Outlaw Para Bellum Training Camp
  • Aerobic Capacity Seminar

Lane Ververs

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I had been doing the normal workout routine that was pretty much the same each week for years. After searching for something different and more exciting, I found CrossFit! It was exactly what I was looking for and I loved it! I’ve never looked back since!

Why did you become a trainer?

I loved everything about CrossFit and had a strong desire to learn more and help others. I knew being a trainer would provide me just that and I wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity! Being a trainer here allows me to share my experiences and knowledge with the entire Helix community. By sharing my experiences and knowledge, I’m able to help the members in whatever way I can as they go along their own CrossFit journey. This is what I enjoy most!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Toes-to-bar and ring muscle-ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Panda Express.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Josh Bridges! While he may not be in movies, he might as well be a superhero! His attitude, determination, and work ethic are what I admire most about him.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course

Joel Nedrud

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was a high school athlete, but got out of shape when I went to college. I would try to get back into shape for a few months at a time, but would get sidelined by injuries or busyness and lose my progress. I found CrossFit and was instantly hooked by the diversity and intensity of the workouts, and the awesome and supportive community at the gym. Suddenly I wasn’t trying to get fit on my own, I had people cheering me on and keeping me on track. I finished dead last in every workout for the first month, but now I’m in better shape than I was in high school!

Why did you become a trainer?

I love training and working to improve my fitness and technique in CrossFit, it’s a never ending journey with lots of high highs, and sometimes, some pretty low lows. I became a coach so that I could share that passion, and help others navigate the ups and down on their way to success in their fitness goals, whatever they may be. Were all here to get a little better everyday!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatches.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream and beer, sometimes at the same time… Nitro stout floats anyone?! Try it, you’ll thank me…

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Not a huge superhero geek… but if I could have one super power it would definitely be to fly so I guess we’ll go with Superman!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course

Rachel Ortiz

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I initially started CrossFit because it seemed like a good way to stay in shape. I was looking for something to keep me active since I was used to being a competitive athlete on a daily basis prior to moving to Greeley. Between volleyball and competing in Archery competitions, fitness was always a part of my life. After learning more about CrossFit and experiencing the amazing community of athletes, I was instantly hooked!

Why did you become a trainer?

After a few years of being a CrossFit athlete, I began to see major improvements in my fitness and overall health. I have developed a love for CrossFit, but even more so for the community we have at Helix. My sole purpose for becoming a trainer was centered around my desire to help others achieve their goals and become the best version of themselves in the same way that the coaches at Helix have done for me.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatches

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and Ice Cream.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

My “CrossFit Superhero” is Julie Foucher. Since I am an RN, I look up to her ability to manage being a competitive CrossFit athlete while becoming a doctor in the process. Not to mention she finished regionals with a ruptured Achilles!

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Course
  •  Crossfit Endurance Course
  • Crossfit Gymnastics Course
  •  Crossfit Mobility Course
  •  Crossfit Weightlifting Course
  • USA Weightlifting
  • EXOS Performance Specialist.

Aleks Nehajenko

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Fitness is part of my lifestyle since a very young age. Started gymnastics at around age 6. Since then been trying out different sports, including flat water kayaking, basketball, weightlifting, tennis, soccer, track and field, just to name a few. Well rounded athlete and general fitness was my “to go”. So when i saw CrossFit games on TV i knew it’s something i wanted to do since it has little bit of everything.

Why did you become a trainer?

After honorably separating from the Military (U.S. Navy) I wanted to continue my education and learn more about fitness. Helping people achieve their goals and pass an the importance of exercise is what I wanted to do.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Power Cleans.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Big fat burger with bacon and egg.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman, because first of all he can fly and he’s the most powerful of them all.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • CrossFit Kids

Derek Shoemaker

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was getting bored of routine training and wanted to do everything possible. I was easily distracted by the allure of different sports and did well in training sessions but hated the pressure of competitions. I Was introduced to CrossFit and it was a match made in heaven as one of the core mantras of CrossFit is “training for life” not just “exercising”.

Why did you become a trainer?

I’ve always loved teaching my craft to others and had a knack of spotting potential in people. Coaching was a perfect opportunity for me to apply my own skills and experience with a passion.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

The Olympic lifts and Thrusters… because there is no hope for me 😂

What is your favorite cheat food?

All of the beer.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Batman. He proves that even men with no fantastical abilities can overcome the impossible.

Brandie Mahaffey »

CrossFit Kids Coach

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • CrossFit Kids Course 

Brandie Mahaffey

CrossFit Kids Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was and still am a stay at home mother of 2 and was looking for something just for me. I needed to improve my fitness and have a hour to just focus on myself. I fell in love with CrossFit and the rest is history!

Why did you become a trainer?

Chris and Jamie came to me with an offer that was difficult to pass up. They wanted to bring CrossFit Kids to the gym and wanted me to head it up. I love coaching the kids and seeing the amazing confidence it brings to them.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Clean and Jerk

What is your favorite cheat food?

Beer and pizza!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman