John San Filippo

Owner/Head Coach

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level-1
  • Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certified Instructor
  • USOC SafeSport Trained

John discovered the sport of CrossFit as a 17-year-old by stumbling across the CrossFit Games on ESPN but wouldn’t step foot into a CrossFit gym for the first time until 5 years later.

After a high-school career that culminated in being named an All-American in wrestling, John attended Wesleyan University, where he played football and wrestled. After his collegiate athletic career was cut short by two shoulder surgeries, he was introduced to CrossFit as a workout regimen by one of his friends.

While recovering from his second surgery, he started CrossFit, and began an individualized program. The physical therapist on staff at his gym worked in conjunction with the coaches to provide him with the proper progressions and rehabilitation from his surgery to ensure that his repaired shoulders would function properly. This experience convinced him that CrossFit can play a vital role in helping overcome injuries and dysfunction to lead a more fulfilling life. It also fostered a passion for helping others experience the liberation of gaining new strength and ability through physical movement. John is excited to share that passion with the Front Range Community.

In addition to coaching responsibilities at Front Range CrossFit, John is responsible for new members and community development. He is especially motivated by helping someone learn the skills necessary to enjoy CrossFit safely. Feel free to reach out to him with feedback, ideas, comments, and questions.

When he’s not at Front Range or working out, John can be found in the mountains, on his motorcycle, or wondering how he managed to spend so much money at his local bookstore on such a short trip. He also is pursuing a competitive career in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting.

 

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Skip Miller

CrossFit Coach

CrossFit

  • CrossFit Level I (July 2006)
  • CrossFit Running certificate (January 2008)
  • CrossFit Barbell certificate (May 2009)
  • CrossFit Nutrition certificate (February 2009)
  • CrossFit Gymnastics certificate (April 2009)
  • CrossFit Football certificate (August 2010)
  • CrossFit Judges course (March, 2013)
  • CrossFit Defense certificate(April, 2016)

United States Weighlifting

  • USAW Club Coach (May 2006)
  • USAW Senior Coach (January, 2011)
  • USAW National Coach (January, 2014)

Kettlebell

  • American Kettlebell Club Coach (October 2007)

Skip is a three-time Ironman finisher, former collegiate swimmer and former Infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division. He currently competes in Weightlifting, Girivoy Sport and the occasional running race. Skip has been CrossFitting since 2003 and competed in the 2008 CrossFit Games as an individual. Skip is the 2010, 105 kg, Master’s Nationals Olympic Weightlifting silver medalist.

He has coached Volleyball, Swimming, Triathlon, Olympic Weightlifting and Girivoy Sport. Skip has been Coaching athletes in a variety of capacities for over 25 years.

All of the above is interesting information and I am happy to share with you my athletic history and qualifications. But what I am most proud of, and the information that matters most to you as a prospective FRCF member, is what I have accomplished as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. What I can do does not matter nearly as much as what my athletes can do.

Jodi Miller

Weightlifting Coach

CrossFit

  • CrossFit Level 1 (November 2006)
  • CrossFit Running certificate (September 2008)
  • CrossFit Barbell certificate (May 2009)
  • CrossFit Nutrition certificate (February 2009)
  • CrossFit Gymnastics certificate (April 2009)
  • CrossFit Kids certificate (April 2010)
  • CrossFit Football certificate (Aug 2010)

United States Weightlifting

  • USAW Club Coach (November 2006)
  • USAW Senior Coach (January, 2011)
  • USAW National Coach (January, 2014)
  • USOC SafeSport Trained (February 2018)

Kettlebell

  • American Kettlebell Club Coach (October 2007)

Jodi competed in Olympic Weightlifting and won the 2007 Colorado State title in her age and weight class. By 2010, Jodi had won the 58 kg, Master’s National Olympic Weightlifting Silver Medal. She was also ranked first nationally in the 53 kg, masters 40-44 in 2010. And Jodi had won the Best Lifter award at the American Masters that year. Jodi competed in the American Open in Dec of 2010 and was one of only 5 Masters lifters to qualify and compete in this National-level open competition.

Jodi is a National Level USA Weightlifting Coach and Assistant Instructor for the USAW coaches courses. Jodi assists Paul Fleschler, USAW Senior International Coach and former Olympian Weightlifter, with Olympic weightlifting workshops and the USAW courses.

Jodi has also competed in triathlon, open-water swimming, 1/2 marathons, and Kettlebell Sport. She enjoys hiking, ski mountaineering and has completed many century road bike rides.

Jodi has been CrossFitting since 2005 and competed in the 2008 CrossFit Games as an individual. She is proud to have made it to the final workout with the top 16 women in the 2008 CrossFit Games.

In addition to Jodi’s fitness background, she has her Masters in Education and 7-years experience teaching art at the public school and college level. Jodi then persued a career in graphic design and was a Marketing Director for 6 years. Jodi now owns a website design company in Denver Colorado.

Kurt Backes

FRCF Coach

  • CrossFit Level I (May, 2009)
  • FRCF Coaching Development Course (June, 2009)

Kurt has been a CrossFitter since June 2008. He was CrossFit certified in May of 2009, and competed in the 2009 Colorado Open as well as the 2009 Rocky Mountain Regional CrossFit Games.

Kurt grew up in a family that focused on the outdoors and fitness.  He spent the summers in the mountains – hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and fly fishing.  He played football and basketball from kindergarten through High School, although football was his passion.  He was fortunate enough in football to only lose a total of 10 games (3 in high school).  He has become addicted to the drive that CrossFit athletes have to re-define themselves, improve and push their own limits.

Kurt’s full time career is in Sales Management within the professional services field.  He has trained, mentored and coached teams of sales people in the fundamentals and processes involved in excelling in the sales profession.  He also started and chairs an annual charity event that raises funds for the American Transplant Association.

Kurt loves to spend time outside of CrossFit and work with his wife and two young kids, hopefully enjoying the outdoors together.

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Dana Deitz

FRCF Coach

  • CrossFit Level I (June 2012)
  • FRCF Coaching Development Course (January 2013)

Dana has been CrossFitting since 2010. He was introduced to CrossFit through rugby, where he played for the Denver Harlequins Rugby Club. Having experienced CrossFit at other locations, a visit to FRCF’s top-notch facility confirmed that the close-knit community, superior coaching staff, and competitive atmosphere made it the place for him.

Dana has spent his entire life playing sports including football, track, wrestling, baseball and rugby. Dana attended Clarion University in Pennsylvania where he played rugby for three years. His current athletic hobbies include trail running, mountain biking, skiing, and triathlons. He has competed in several marathons, Xterra triathlons and a half-ironman triathlon. Dana’s broad athletic background made CrossFit’s ready-for-anything philosophy a natural fit for his athletic endeavors. Dana also appreciates that CrossFit accomplishes multiple goals including an outlet for his competitive nature while improving strength and overall fitness.

As a FRCF Coach, Dana’s goal is to help everyone at FRCF to improve each day and achieve their goals.

Azul Farrera

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (Oct 2016)
  • Crossfit Level 1 (May 2010)
  • ACE Personal Trainer (April 2011)
  • ACT Personal Trainer (Feb 2012)
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (July 2011)
  • US Airforce Certified Fitness Instructor (April 2016)
  • Enderton Strength Diploma (March 2014)

I started doing CrossFit before I even knew what CrossFit was. While personal training at big globo gyms, I always had a preference for CrossFit style workouts. After being told many times I was training CrossFit style, I finally Googled it and was surprised to find a methodology that incorporated all the things I already loved! This intrigued me, and little by little, I drank the Kool-Aid and started focusing on WODs, weightlifting and powerlifting wholeheartedly. I love the competitive spirit and the unique community that define CrossFit, as well as learning from many friends and great coaches. Above all else, I take the most pride in seeing my athletes accomplish their goals and set new personal records; for some, that may involve
getting their first pull-up or muscle up while others simply learn to move in ways that they never thought possible. Aside from CrossFit, I am a music producer, but that’s a whole other story!

 

Notable Accomplishments:

  • 2016 USAPL Rocky Mountain State Games 2nd place 56Kg Weight Class 
  • Fitness Instructor for Airforce, Army, USMC and Navy 2013-2017 (Buckley AFB) 
  • USMC Boot Camp Prep for over 1200 Marines in Colorado 2014-2015 
  • Coached Joel Hunt for Sochi 2015 Paralympics 

Pete Mentz

FRCF Gymnastics Coach

I found my new home at FRCF in April of 2009. Between the competitive environment and the dozens of sets of still rings, it was love at first sight. As any FRCF’er would tell you, with each passing day I grow more and more appreciative that I am able to train at a gym that has Skip and Jodi Miller at the helm.

I grew up in a household where we spent more time swinging on the high bar than playing ball.  Spent much more time with dad doing dips between chairs than sitting in chairs playing board games.  I received formal gymnastic training from Joe Greco, and later the infamous pair of Mr. Andrew Felice and Abraham “Gabe” Gabriel. Mr. Felice accumulated an overall gymnastic team record at Henninger High School of 212-12 with over 100 consecutive CNYCL victories.

Spent several years coaching under George Sabatka at the longstanding Westside Gymnastic School in central NY.  It would be difficult to count the numerous gymnastic scholarships Mr. Sabatka help students to earn. I’m certain it is well over 100.

Along with a deep respect for my former dedicated coaches, I have found that I have a sincere obligation to pass on what other have taught me.  I can usually be found in the gym, after a WOD, willing to help those who show an interest in developing their gymnastic skills.