Coaches

We decided to write our bio’s in first person, we want everyone to feel welcome and feel like you know us, because you will when you become part of our gym and family.

Brandon Mericle

Much like Courtney I grew up playing sports and being active from a very young age. Through high school I played football, baseball and ran track. After high school I was fortunate enough to receive a football scholarship to Adams State College where I played and attended college for three years. I transferred and graduated college from Metropolitan State College of Denver, earning a bachelor of arts in Human Performance and Sport along with a minor in Nutrition. During my last semester at Metro I applied for an internship at the University of Colorado to work as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with their athletes. I was the first intern from Metro and the Human Performance and Sport department to be excepted to work at CU and with their athletes. At the conclusion of my internship I was offered a position as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, which allowed me to work with 100+ top level athletes on a daily basis. Following the University of Colorado, I began working at Velocity Sports Performance as a Performance Coach. Velocity was very sport specific driven, however, it gave me new insight to working with kids along with other populations that weren’t strictly athletes. My next stop was the Colorado Athletic Club at Inverness (CAC), an upscale tennis and Athletic Club where I attained the status of Master Trainer. While at CAC I implanted Olympic Lifts, Plyometrics, agility drills and other so called non traditional training methods with my clients. In addition I started a “Kids on the Move “ program for kids 8-12 yrs old. The highlight of working at CAC was being introduced to CrossFit, up to this point I had never even heard of CrossFit. This changed my life, I fully believe that CrossFit found me. It opened my eyes to what fitness truly was. I was using a lot of the movements and training tools which CrossFit is based on, but the methodology behind CrossFit was like nothing I had ever seen or learned before. I began to use and implement the CrossFit methodology into my own training and training programs for my clients. In addition to working at CAC I was working with several AAA youth hockey times throughout Denver as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Most of the places we had to work in had little to no equipment. It was here where I began to utilize my creativity and knowledge as a Coach. I had to come up with workouts that would challenge these high level youth athletes, this is where I found my niche. After CAC I was hired by Mountainside Fitness/Core Concepts as an Assistant Director and Personal Trainer. I continued to use CrossFit as my main method of training, I continued to learn and grow as a coach. I avoided uses machines as much as possible, which allowed me to teach and coach my clients on proper movement and how to engage specific muscles to help fix whatever problems they were having. Machines took away from human movement, they were used by trainers who either lacked the creativity and knowledge to teach proper technique, or were just lazy. After a year and half of planning and a great deal of encouragement from others I decided to start 303 Performance LLC, and soon after followed CrossFit Surge. CrossFit Surge is a place for highly motivated, competitive, capable, dedicated and open minded individuals who strive to make themselves better everyday. Our members push themselves in workouts that are not just taxing physically but mentally as well. They compete in our group sessions, which is actually the true success of our program. The programs are universally scalable or modifiable which allows individuals of all fitness levels to join. I have personally witnessed classes full of people ranging from 16 years old, up to 66 years old. All the movements/exercises are functional and are engrained in you, anyone can benefit from our programming.

CrossFit Level 1 November 2009

CrossFit Rowing Sept 2012

CrossFit Gymnastics November 2013

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I was a competitive soccer player from the age of 4 through college.  After my soccer career ended I was at a bit of a loss for what I wanted to do athletically after that. I was lifting and running a lot but I needed something to compete in. I missed having a reason to train and the feeling of putting it all out there to win.

I decided that I wanted to do a sprint triathlon. I have always been a good runner and a terrible swimmer! So it was a fun challenge. I bought a bike 5 days before my first race and just went for it. As I have gotten older I have adopted the slogan from Grant Cardone of “Commit first and figure it out later”. As I look back on my past I think I have always had that attitude I just never realized it.

My first race was fun. I was WAY toward the back of the pack once the swim was over, but I didn’t drown and I finished the swim so I was happy. However, once I hit the bike and the run I was passing people left and right. It was clear those were my strengths. I ended up finishing in the top 5% of all athletes and I was hooked. I competed for about 5 years doing triathlons. I decided to do a 1/2 Ironman. I am glad I did it, but the training was not good for my body and I had zero interest in swimming, biking or running after that.

Again, I was in need of something new. I had heard about CrossFit but didn’t know much about it and the sport was in it’s infancy. But in 2009 I was lucky enough to Brandon. He was doing CrossFit and started to coach me and explain the methodology of CrossFit to me. It was a HUGE learning curve as I had never done a clean, jerk, snatch. And I really hadn’t ever done much “real” squatting or deadlifting. I instantly feel in love with the challenge and the competitive nature of the training and sport.

My fitness career started in 1998 when I started teaching step aerobics at an all women’s gym. I became a personal trainer and started training in 2005. After 5 years of training I knew that my passion was to help others and CrossFit fell perfectly into that passion.

We opened our gym only a few months later and have been blessed to be gym owner since May of 2010. I can’t express how this decision has changed our lives forever.

When I started CrossFit my relationship with my body and my self image began to change drastically. I started to focus on what my body could do and not what it looked like. Now 7 years later, I am 40, I have two beautiful girls, and I am stronger, leaner, faster and fitter than ever. My goal is to help other women feel comfortable in their skin, no matter where they are in their journey toward health and fitness!

The last 7 years have been an incredible journey. We have been blessed with the most amazing members and friends and have seen so many lives change and blossom within our walls.

What I want everyone to understand is that CrossFit is for everyone, PLEASE don’t be intimidated by it or think that you are not fit enough to do it. Every workout can be scaled down, and if you are a great athlete already, get ready to be pushed and excel!

CrossFit Level 1 June 2010

CrossFit Endurance July 2011