Ellen.

My name is Ellen Shinkle. I am the Owner and Head Coach at Evolution Gym, home of CrossFit Cortez. I am very excited to work with you and I hope you choose to become a part of the community we have created.


A little more about me:

I have been an athlete my whole life. I was a Gymnast, Soccer player, Power Lifter, Rock climber, and Downhill Mountain Bike racer. I have worked in the wilderness and school setting with underserved teenagers and young adults my whole life. I am a leader, trainer, mentor, and friend. I am very active in my community and I love the SW Colorado area. I pride myself in my ability to teach anyone and to inspire everyone in the gym to be safe, have fun and stay healthy. I consider myself incredibly lucky to get to work with all the members here.


What are my credentials?

Certified Personal Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
1000 hour trained Massage therapist
Certified First Responder (CPR and very advanced FA)
Yoga teacher


“Ellen comes from a CrossFit, gymnastics, and yoga environment. She has an eye for form and individual needs and is able to scale and push each participant to their greatest ability.”
-Jeanine


Things you might not know about me:

I grew up in the South. I love movies. I love to dance and I used to compete in Hip-Hop battle dance competitions. I love all kinds of music. I was in an all female heavy metal cover band! I have taught survival skills as a job. I love camping. I love fashion and dressing up as much as I love playing in the dirt. I love traveling. 🙂



Toni.

My name is Toni Smith. I am a coach here at Evolution gym/CrossCit Cortez. The environment Ellen has created here is AMAZING! The people are great and I am so thankful to be a part of this great place.


What are my credentials?

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
B.S. in Nutrition from University of Northern Colorado


A little more about me:

I call SW Colorado my home. Other than the years at college, I have been here my whole life. I earned my bachelors degree from UNC in 2015. It was in college that I fell in love with CrossFit and it has inspired me ever since. I love reaching new goals and experiencing the unlimited things our bodies can do. Most importantly I love seeing other people come together as a community to challenge every part of themselves and encourage others. For me CrossFit is so much more than fitness and I hope it is for you too!




Things you might not know about me:

I am a horse freak……..I am attracted to all things about them. I grew up rodeoing and now spend extra time training and barrel racing. I was on a traveling jump rope team for 6 years called the Cortez Whirlwinds. TURQUOISE is my thang and all things leather and western. I like to go new places and do new things. I enjoy learning! And corgi dogs are the best! 🙂


Jeana.

My name is Jeana Echols. I am one of the Coaches and Personal Trainers at CrossFit Cortez/Evolution Gym. I am so excited to be doing what I love! CrossFit Cortez/Evolution Gym is a wonderful place to become healthy and physically fit no matter your fitness level. The wonderful team and its members offer a camaraderie like no other gym. You leave your ego at the door and step into a positive atmosphere where everyone is cheering you on!


What are my credentials?

CF-L1
CF Kids Certification
Certified Personal Trainer
CPR and AED Certification


A little more about me:

I have had a love for health and fitness my whole life, through hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking, snowboarding, soccer and CrossFit. I have seen the decline of physical mobility and stability in the lives of loved ones and friends. Through the years this has deepened my desire to help educate and motivate individuals to a more functional and healthy life that creates longevity, self-confidence and joy without pain. I believe the key to this success is through building a solid foundation. I am passionate about using correct form, proper technique, and injury prevention in a fun environment. I believe that we all, regardless of our current conditioning, can achieve the goals we have for ourselves. With consistency and perseverance, anything is possible!




Things you might not know about me:

I am a mother of two wonderful children and I have the most loving and caring husband. They are my ultimate joy! I love working with Mia (my Labradoodle), who is training to be a therapy dog to assist with the aftermath of traumatic events and to work with children and the elderly. I love to be physically active and I love to be constantly learning and researching anything related to the body and it’s functional movements and limits.


Michelle.

My name is Michelle Harrison, I am a coach at Crossfit Cortez. I have been doing Crossfit since October 2016 and have come to love the fitness culture and community. I have never been the “sporty” type; in my younger years I was the dread headed skater punk with an appetite for rebellion and anything to disrupt the status quo. As a young adult I spent my time growing and fostering my family while working as a medical administrative. Once I became a mother I decided to take myself and my health more seriously. I started at home fitness programs which I was very dedicated and successful at. After seven years of sweating it out solo, I was looking for something more impactful. It was at that time that I started attending CrossFit classes and really enjoyed the style of workouts as well as the much needed camaraderie. The CrossFit methodology, the gym vibe, the energy and compassion of my fellow athletes and coaches, was just what I needed. It has inspired me to pursue becoming a coach myself so I can help other people to become the best version of themselves.


What are my credentials?

CF-L1
First Aid, CPR and AED Certification


A little more about me:

I am motivated by good, positive energy and thrive in environments when I’m able to be my goofy, lighthearted, playful self. I enjoy reading self-empowering literature and am an avid listener of podcasts. I love music and am a huge fan of the reggae genre. I love dance parties, being outdoors and playing sports with my family. I’m blessed with a rock solid dude as my husband of 11 years and together we have a 9 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. My family is my motivation for being the best I can be.




Things you might not know about me:

I am an entrepreneur through and through. I’ve started multiple businesses and have enjoyed creating one of a kind products as well as being involved in my community as a small business owner. I have learned and have grown so much through my successes and failures so I take time to mentor youth and adults who are interested in entrepreneurship. One of my goals is to write a book geared towards encouraging people to question and break those mental blocks and the poverty mindset that I’ve personally had to overcome. I am a lover of people of all kinds and I love to understand what makes people “tick.”