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! 🙂