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