I was born and raised all over the world, while my father was serving in the U.S. Air Force, but I am a Texan at heart. I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Forces member right after high school at the age of 18 following in the footsteps of my father and hell-bent on making a difference and saving lives. I served in several locations overseas in the Pacific, Europe and deployed to the middle-east in support of OIF & OEF.
When I was stationed overseas back in 2012, I was targeted by a local national who was an anti-American radical who had a personal vendetta towards U.S. Military servicemen and women. He shot me with a shotgun and slug shot at point blank range nearly taking my arm off. Without the use of my forearm and hand, I elected for an amputation to utilize a prosthetic arm for a higher quality of life and working out more efficiently.
The reason I am so passionate about CrossFit is because it was the only constant in my life that was not taken away from me that night. I was doing CrossFit before my injury, and now I’m continuing it after. Charlie Mike to Recovery is what it’s all about, Continuing Mission to Recovery. Now I’m a CrossFit Trainer and will continue coaching and acquiring as much knowledge as possible to help others, especially other wounded veterans on their road to recovery as I work for the non-profit organization Wounded Wodders.
Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting
Carlos D. Villalpando
I am originally from El Paso, Texas and moved away at 19 to serve in the United States Marine Corp. At the end of my military enlistment I relocated to Phoenix for a change of scenery. I attended Grand Canyon University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. I was introduced to Crossfit through my wife, Kasey, and immediately fell in love with the functional style of fitness. Shortly after finding crossfit I decided to get my Crossfit Level 1 Certification. With my background in Athletic training, combination of certifications, and continuing education in the healthcare field I hope to coach members to the best of my abilities by showing proper lifting and scaling techniques while still making it an enjoyable environment.
Athletic Trainer BS, LAT, ATC
Crossfit Level 1
Rock Tape Certified
Rock Blades Certified
Cupping Therapist Certified
Garrett has been training and coaching Crossfit since 2011. He has competed at the South West Crossfit Regionals in 2012 on a team as well as Nationally for Olympic Weightlifting. His coaching focus is to help individuals of all levels achieve their goals and realize their potential.
Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Movement and Mobility
OPT CCP Level 1 Assessment
OPT CCP Level 1 Program Design
I was born and raised here in Arizona and love it. I have always been involved in sports my entire life and played softball, volleyball and basketball at many levels. I went on to play 4 years collegiate basketball where I graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2007 with a degree in Sociology in hopes to one-day help people. During this time I married my husband Joe and we have two children with one on the way.
I started Crossfit in June of 2013 with no real background in Olympic lifting or gymnastics. My main motivation at first was to lose the unwanted baby weight. I loved Crossfit from the first day. The concepts in CrossFit and the community grabbed a hold of me and I have never let go. I love seeing people of all ages; levels of fitness come into Crossfit and be successful. It has become a part of my life and I have a great desire to help others find the joy and enthusiasm of living an active life.
Crossfit Level 1
I grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia and lived there most of my life. I found Crossfit in 2013 when I was looking for a group of people to train with after my friends had graduated and left. What I found in crossfit was so much more. I gained such a better understanding of what being truly “fit” is. My first Crossfit workout was the baseline test….I didn’t finish it. It was that bad. Thankfully, my fitness has improved quite a bit since then.
Always feeling compelled to help people, I got my L1 6 months later at Crossfit Mayhem. I have coached in VA, CA, and now AZ! I was able to work as a trainer under an American Open weightlifting and L2 seminar staff intern. While in California I coached 6 months full time and devoted all of my free time to training. I am looking forward to working with both classes and one-on-one clients at Crossfit Leiftime Fitness.
Starting at Crossfit LT completely changed my perspective on being a member at a gym. I was welcomed with open arms by all of the members and especially, the owner, Mike Gordon. I have been a member at 5 different gyms in the past and I have had the opportunity to coach at all of them, Crossfit LT is by far my favorite. What I love most about being a part of Crossfit LT is how much the owners care about the members and their coaches.
I enjoy working with athletes of all calibers from beginners to regional level athletes. My goal is to help Crossfit LT assemble a regionals quality team for the year 2019. Please let Mike Gordon or myself know if this is something that interest you!
Crossfit Level 1
I started my CrossFit journey in August of 2012 at CrossFit Yuma in Yuma, AZ. At the time I was in the Marine Corps stationed at MCAS Yuma. I had heard about CrossFit from one of the Marines I worked with who was coaching at the CFY, who had tried several times to get me to go, but I was very hesitant about it.
Being your typical want to be meathead I was initially put off by the idea. It was only once I became my crews Physical Training NCO I knew that there had to be a better way to train my Marines other than the typical run faster and perform pull-ups until your arms fall off method. That is when I finally decided to give CrossFit a try.
Right off the bat I was hooked! The constantly varied functional movements at high intensity ideology was a no brainer. I took what I was learning at CrossFit back to my Marines and within six months saw everyone on my crews Physical Fitness Tests score rise.
After training in CrossFit for a couple years I decided to switch primarily to weightlifting. Then after several years of training I started to compete in local events and hope to one day compete on a national level.
I love competing in the sports of CrossFit and Weightlifting and love coaching them just as much. I’m always there and more than willing to help with whatever you may need! I’m excited to be apart of the CrossFit Leiftime family and look forward to working with everyone!
Colin has been involved in the sport of Olympic weightlifting for over 10 years. In addition to competing and coaching competitive athletes over this time period, Colin has completed training through USA Weightlifting and has two certifications through the governing body: USAW Club Coach and USAW Sports Performance. He has been involved in competitive athletics for over 2 decades both as a youth, high school, and intercollegiate athlete as well as competing, coaching and teaching the Olympic lifts.
Colin is a Physical Therapist who is currently employed with Rehab Arizona in Mesa, AZ. In addition to being a licensed Physical Therapist, Colin’s resume includes completion of an orthopedic residency through A.T. Still University, an Orthopedic Board Certification in Physical Therapy (OCS) with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) and a Registered Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound Specialist (RMSK) through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medicine (ARDMS). Colin also teaches part-time at A.T. Still University in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy department (Radiology/Imaging lab and lecture as well as Spinal Conditions lab assistant).
USAW Club Coach
USAW Sports Performance
PT, DPT, OCS, RMSK
Joe began practicing Yoga at his local gym to heal a shoulder injury he sustained from playing football. Realizing the many enriching health benefits from Yoga, he dedicated himself to a daily practice and earned his teaching certification through Sumits Yoga Gilbert. Teaching his classes toward the enhancement of athlete performance, lessons focus on restorative stretching, injury prevention, proper alignment, and creating strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
Continuing to train with the Valley’s top instructors, Joe embraces a lifestyle practice that has enabled him to grow as a teacher and a person. Outside of Yoga, Joe is a full-time nursing student at Mesa Community College and works at a rehabilitation center as a Restorative Nursing Assistant. Hoping to combine the healing therapies of Yoga with a clinical practice, Joe is passionate about helping others attain overall health and well-being.
Sumits Yoga Gilbert: 200-Hour Yoga Teaching Certification
I grew up in Mesa, AZ and played football growing up. I am pretty sure that every single bone in my body is competitive. I think it is important to find an avenue that helps to push you to be the best you and Crossfit was just that for me. Crossfit has added so much to my life but not just on a fitness level. The community and sense of camaraderie has been a pleasant surprise. Everyone, regardless of the experience or fitness level is supportive and encouraging of each other. More importantly, to be able to surround yourself with like-minded people just makes sense.
My better half, Angela, is very much a part of the business and helps facilitate behind the scenes logistics of our business. She and I have 6 kids between the two of us and we do our best to be role models to our children. We are very fortunate to be able to show them an active lifestyle is a great way to live and push yourself.
Owning Crossfit LT has been one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. To be able to coach the members, encourage them and see how much dedication and hard work pays off is why I get up every day. I do my best to create a positive environment for our members and our coaches. At the end of the day, if I help one person feel better and become healthier than that is all I can ask for.
CrossFit Level 1