BRIAN BENDER

HEAD COACH

Growing up in CO has given me the opportunity to always be active and enjoy a variety of awesome sports. Particularly, since age 7, my main sport was hockey. After high school, I was a little burned out and decided that I wanted to be a ski bum instead of a hockey player. I moved up to Winter Park and worked the grill. Within a month of opening day, I over shot a jump and burst one of my lower vertebrae. I’m actually extremely lucky to even be able to walk today but that’s another story.  At some point during the four months that I was immobilized in a full body brace, I decided that I would enroll in college and play hockey again. I also started coaching for the youth hockey club for which I grew up playing. I started helping out with hockey camps, then some strength and conditioning camps (for all youth sports), and moved on to coach high level youth teams. I started seriously lifting for hockey during college and realized that my back pain disappeared as I got stronger.  This led to experimentation with different programs until I eventually found one that combined them all…CrossFit! Everything at CrossFit just made sense to me and I have been hooked ever since. After coaching hockey for a couple of years, I realized that I enjoyed coaching as much or more than I enjoyed playing. I am finding CrossFit to be exactly the same! I am also extremely passionate about the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. Luckily, Olympic Weightlifting has a significant amount of skill transfer into CrossFit.

Education and Certifications:

  • BA in Economics – University of Colorado
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Football Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer
  • CrossFit Competitors Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Defense Trainer
  • USA Kettlebell Lifting / IKLF Instructor Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach
  • USA Hockey Level IV Coach
  • CPR/AED

Achievements:

  • (Coach) 2016 Master’s Pan American Championships 53KG Class: Gold and World Record in C&J
  • (Coach) 2016 Youth National Championships 53KG Class: Gold in C&J, Silver in Total and Snatch
  • 2015 American Open 85 Kilo Class
  • July 2015 Rocky Mountain State Games Weightlifting 85 Kilo Class: Bronze
  • February 2015 Colorado State Championships 85 Kilo Class: Silver
  • (Coach) 2015 U13 Youth National Championships 44KG Female: Silver
  • November 2014 FRCF Weightlifting Championships 85 Kilo Class: Silver
  • July 2014 Rocky Mountain State Games Weightlifting Meet 85 Kilo Class: Silver
  • November 2013 FRCF Weightlifting Championships 85 kilo class: Bronze
  • July 2013 Rocky Mountain State Games Weightlifting 85 kilo class: Silver
  • July 2013 Rocky Mountain State Games CrossFit (partner div): Bronze
  • June 2013 CrossFit Games Regional Team: 10th Place Southwest Region
  • February 2013 Colorado State and Open Weightlifting Meet 85 Kilo Class: Bronze
  • (Assistant Coach) 2010 Tier II Nationals: Midget Minor AA Hockey

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