Mark VanderMeer, Owner/Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Lesson Planning Certificate, Spot the Flaw Certificate, Level Method Foundations Certification
Mark competed in Track/Cross Country Grand Valley State University (NCAA Division 2), and after graduation hoped to further his distance running career. But family responsibilities grew and he found himself searching for a way to stay competitive.
“A friend talked me into trying a CrossFit workout (Fran), and after being unable to do a single pull-up, I knew something had to change. I fell in love with CF – not only the methodology and competitive nature, but the community aspect. My goal as a coach is to make CF the best hour of someone’s day. It is incredibly rewarding to see how CF makes us not just better at fitness, but better at life.”
Outside of the CF box, Mark enjoys Men’s Rec League basketball, hanging out with his family, and sharing a leisurely cup of coffee with his wife.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Although she grew up in an active family and participated in high school athletics, Shannon developed chronic pain at a young age. After getting married and having children, her pain worsened to the point where she was totally inactive. Shannon lost so much feeling in her legs that she eventually became dependent on a cane to walk. She was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. In an attempt to help, her husband suggested she try CrossFit. This idea seemed too intense, if not crazy for someone in Shannon’s condition. But one day she saw an older woman scaling pull ups, and realized that she could at least try scaled movements. So she did, and began faithfully working out at the box. Shannon no longer walks with a cane, she is currently in remission, and is a convert to CrossFit’s philosophy that “movement is medicine.”
Shannon loves barbell movements, especially anything associated with squats. Her favorite part about coaching is introducing new members to what CrossFit is, and providing scaled options for those who need them. She is especially enthusiastic about working with anyone who suffers with chronic pain.
Outside of the box, Shannon’s favorite place to be is with her husband. But she also likes to create abstract art, play the piano, binge read, hike, watch her boys play basketball, and hang out with her sweet baby girl.
Chad Davis, Nutrition Coach
Certifications: Certified Precision Pn1 Coach
A lifelong devotee of fitness and nutrition, Chad studied Exercise Science at the University of Kentucky. He regularly competes in ultra-distance running events, a passion which interestingly enough led him down the path of nutrition coaching.
“Just a few years ago, my high volume of training combined with unhealthy food choices left me suffering from poor gut health and severe adrenal fatigue. I was able to restore my health by a more holistic approach to training which included better informed decisions around food. I fully agree with Hippocrates: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Whether the goal is adding lean muscle mass, losing weight, or reducing inflammation, Chad’s expertise in nutrition aids athletes at CrossFit 7070 in fueling their performance and taking their health and fitness to the next level.
John Blase, Coach
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
As he moved into his 50s, John was looking for some variety in his training regimen. He’d observed CrossFit from a distance for a few years, so he decided to give it a three-month trial.
“I was a convert from day one. True, there’s a visible face of CrossFit that’s six-pack abs and booty shorts. But the larger element of the sport of fitness is everyday housewives, school bus drivers, airline pilots, and accountants who enjoy each other’s company and are committed to fitness for a lifetime. I love seeing my own progress, but even more satisfying is witnessing my fellow athletes gain strength and confidence both inside the box and out.”
John loves writing poetry and short stories. And although he’s lived out West for sixteen years now, he’ll always be from the South.
Hannah Miller, Coach
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Level Method Foundations Certification, Lesson Planning
Hannah grew up dancing competitively. Her dance career ended when she graduated from UCCS in 2017. In terms of staying in shape, she had a hard time finding something she loved as much as dance. Then she found CrossFit 7070.
“I immediately fell in love with the sport of fitness. It gave me something to look forward to every day, and helped me shape a more healthy lifestyle. Around my two year CrossFit anniversary, I decided to take the Level One Certificate course to expand my knowledge to be able to help others the way my wonderful coaches helped me. What I love about coaching is being able to be a part of such a wonderful community, and helping athletes of all levels achieve their goals.”
Outside of Crossfit, you can find Hannah hiking and camping in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, or planning someone’s dream wedding or special event.
Chris Arias, Coach
Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2), Lesson Planning, Scaling, Spot The Flaw
While working at WalMart HQ in Bentonville, Arkansas, Chris joined his first CrossFit box in 2013. He has been actively coaching since 2014, and is a founding member of CrossFit 7070.
“I fully believe exercise is key to aging well, and CrossFit’s emphasis on lifelong health and fitness supports that truth. I enjoy helping people meet their fitness goals because that also means they’re becoming better versions of themselves.”
Chris has attended numerous seminars on Olympic weightlifting and brings that expertise to the growing community of CrossFit 7070.
Kerri Summey, Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Lesson Planning, Spot The Flaw
“I started CrossFit in September 2014 and immediately loved the enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere. Since then, I have built strength and a skill set I never thought possible for myself. More importantly, it has given me faith in my abilities and courage to try new things. As a coach, I love empowering people to accomplish goals and see themselves in a new and positive light. I love the inspiration that comes with seeing someone work hard at a goal and finally meet it- whether it is simply being able to kip on the bar or squat a ridiculous amount of weight. When I am not doing CrossFit, I’m probably hanging out with my dogs, crafting, hiking or watching college football.”
Kayce Eller, Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Lesson Planning, Spot The Flaw, Scaling
Kayce moved to Colorado Springs in July of 2014 from Niceville, Florida. She began CrossFit at Lightning CrossFit on Eglin AFB in January of 2012 and received her Level 1 cert in September of 2013. As a lover of all things active and outdoors, she was introduced to CrossFit as a way to stay in shape during the triathlon off-season. She never looked back. With CrossFit , Kayce saw results in her strength and endurance that she never thought possible. The “constantly varied” aspect appealed to her love of trying new sports and the fact that it is infinitely scalable meant she could continue CrossFit for the rest of her life. Kayce truly feels CrossFit is a lifestyle; one that can keep you active and in the best shape of your life no matter what your age. A military spouse, former RN, and mother of two, when Kayce is not in the box you can find her out hiking, running, biking, paddle boarding, skiing, or trying something new in the great outdoors.
Jason Krause, Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Gymnastics, Lesson Planning, Scaling
I started CrossFit at the end of 2013 and quickly fell in love with not only the positive physical changes I saw, but also in the positive mental changes. My goal is to improve people’s lives by helping them understand where they are and where they want to go. When I am not in the gym, you can find me out riding my bike, motorcycle, snowboard, doing a bit of running, Obstacle Course racing, and occasionally climbing. It’s hard not to be outside in Colorado.