I love my job!

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.

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.”


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.  

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