April DiGiannantonio Gym Owner / Coach

- Gym Owner- CrossFit Coach -

April DiGiannantonio

April has been CrossFitting since 2011 and extremely active outside the gym whether running, biking, skiing, hiking, or golfing. Her love of coaching CrossFit is contagious which sets the tone for high energy and motivating classes. She has a competitive nature and enjoys competing individually and with a team in competitions around Colorado and at the regional level. She graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in New York and has worked in restaurants around the world. April offers Nutritional and Personal Programming to her clients to promote healthy eating and personal growth.

We strive to develop clients who want to improve strength, endurance, athleticism, lifestyle, and competitiveness. Whether you want to workout twice or six times a week, lose weight or gain strength through Olympic lifting we welcome anyone who has the passion to work hard and strive for greatness!

 

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • Opex CCP Level 1 – Program Design
  • Opex CCP Level 1 – Assessment Design
  • Opex CCP Level 1 – Nutrition
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • Think Tank Assessment
  • Think Tank Energy Systems Program Design
  • Think Tank Energy Systems Strength
  • Think Tank Movement
  • Think Tank Exercise Physiology
  • Bachelor's in Finance and Entrepreneurship
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Exercise Science degree in progress 

• 2016 – 28th Place CrossFit Games South Regionals Team

• 2015 – 30th Place CrossFit Games South Regionals Individual

• 2014 – 7th Place The Crush Games Pro Division, Miami FL

• 2014 – 7th Place CrossFit Games South West Regionals Individual

• 2014 – 3rd Place The Fittest Games (Pro Division) Austin, TX

• 2013 – 1st Place Wyoming Open Pro-Division

• 2013 – 17th Place CrossFit Games South West Regional Team

Jake Eustrom CrossFit 720 Coach / Manager

- Head Coach - Manager -

 Jake Eustrom


Jake started coaching in 2012 after receiving his CrossFit Level 1 certification, he has also spent a good amount of time in the medical industry as a field and clinical EMT before becoming a full-time CrossFit coach. Jake's passion for fitness, nutrition, and teaching enables him to offer and extend his knowledge to those that have the desire to make a change in their lives. In Jake's opinion, CrossFit is not only about fitness and health but also a chance to challenge one's mental and emotional boundaries. If you have the desire to overcome physical, mental and emotional limitations then CrossFit 720 is definitely for you!

  • CrossFit Level 1

  • CrossFit Level 2

  • Westside Barbell Special Strengths Certification
  • 2016 28th Place CrossFit Games South Regionals Team

 

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- CrossFit Coach/New Member Coordinator -

Griffin Zigrang

Griffin was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 when she stumbled upon crossfit.com and started doing the WODs at her local globo gym. She was immediately hooked. After moving to CO in 2014 she joined her first affiliate at CrossFit Ken Caryl, and a few months later, found her place at CrossFit 720.

Griffin was a gymnast from the time she could toddle until she was a 14-year old Level 9/10. She was forced to quit due to scoliosis and the inevitable, spinal fusion surgery. After surgery, she moved on to power tumbling, competitive cheerleading, and competitive dance, but gymnastics was a passion that, years later, she still hasn't gotten over. You will see evidence of this in her classes as she focuses on movement, proper body positions, and strict strength.

Pre-CrossFit, Griffin earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Longwood University and Master of Art in Organizational Behavior and Program Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. She did program evaluation work in the public sector, both at the federal and local levels, for six years before acknowledging that the fitness world was where she needed to be.

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Kids
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance
  • Training Think Tank – Movement
  • Training Think Tank – Exercise Physiology
  • Training Think Tank – Assessment
  • Training Think Tank – Strength Systems
  • Training Think Tank – Energy Systems
  • BS in Psychology
  • MA in Organizational Behavior and Program Evaluation
Josie Van Veen Denver | Conifer CrossFit Coach

- CrossFit Coach/New Member Coordinator -

 Josie Van Veen


Josie started her athletic career as a dancer. Having already toured through Europe with a dance company and theatre show by the age of 16, she decided to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with and emphasis in Dance from the University of Amsterdam.

During college, she taught both theatre and dance classes to high school kids all around the country, toured with her own dance company, and taught workshops.

After graduating, Josie got a job dancing for the Southern California based dance company, “Unity Dance Ensemble”. After a year with them, she took a break from the arts and focused upon managing restaurants. During that time, she also picked up another sport; Muay Thai. After training the sport in both USA and the Netherlands, she was introduced to CrossFit.

Three years later, Josie continues to participate in the sport of CrossFit, has coached for two years, and is constantly integrating her knowledge of the body and conditioning with her classes…and loving every minute of it.

  • CF L1
  • CF Adaptive
  • CF kids
  • BA in Fine Arts with minors in Physiotherapy,
    Injury Prevention and Nutrition.
Xavier Rodriguez CrossFit Denver Coach

- CrossFit Coach -

 Xavier Rodriguez

Xavier grew up In Southern California playing baseball and participating in Tae Kwon Do, both at the competitive level. Despite only weighing 120 lbs. by the end of his senior year of high school, Xavier was determined to play baseball at the collegiate level. After a month of training, the head coach of the college team told him he was “too small,” and needed to gain some weight.

Hoping to continue playing baseball despite this setback, Xavier was introduced to CrossFit in the summer of 2009 as a means to both build muscle and improve his overall fitness. His instant love of the sport led him to end his baseball career and pursue a career in the health/fitness industry. Xavier’s goal as both a coach and member of the CrossFit community is to help others pursue their goals both mentally and physically.

Favorite Wod: FRAN!!!
Favorite Lift: Curls (gotta love the pump)

 

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • The Movement Fix Workshop
  • Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • Pursuing B.S. in Athletic Training.
Jeff Schuette CrossFit Denver Coach

- CrossFit Coach -

Jeff Schuette

Jeff’s CrossFit journey started in June 2014 after moving from Minnesota to Denver. Being new to the area, he joined a CrossFit gym to meet people and never looked back. Over the past four years, Jeff competed twice at the CrossFit Games as part of a team in addition to countless local competitions. Through CrossFit, Jeff met hundreds of people along the way, many of which quickly became lifelong friends. Over the years, he truly fell in love with the sport as both an athlete and a coach.

Before finding CrossFit and already interested in promoting wellness, Jeff obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science followed by a Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. This led Jeff to work with individuals suffering from chronic disease.

After being exposed to CrossFit, he realized it could offer endless and scalable benefits to all levels of health/fitness. In Jeff’s career in Cardiac Rehabilitation, he regularly uses CrossFit style workouts. He loves the challenge coaching this sport offers and always strives to perfect his craft and create a positive impact on the community.

 

  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Crossfit Weightlifting
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Bachelors in Exercise Science
  • Master of Science - Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support
  • 2017 - 13th Crossfit Games (Team)
  • 2017- 4th South regional (Team)
  • 2017 - 2nd Pro Battle for Mile High (Individual)
  • 2016 - 27th Crossfit Games (Team)
  • 2016 - 3rd South Regional (Team)
  • 2015 - 2nd Pro division turkey Challenge (Individual)
  • 2015 - 15th Granite games (Community Team)
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- Olympic Lifting Coach -

Emily Smith

Emily began coaching weightlifting in 2011 while teaching high school science in Orlando, Florida. After moving to Colorado in the summer of 2015, she earned her CF-L1 and began coaching CrossFit. As an educator, coaching quickly and naturally became her full time job. In her younger years, Emily was a competitive dancer, with an affinity for tap, but the subjective nature of the sport fueled her involvement in her next athletic interests, weightlifting and distance running. She has always enjoyed the objective measure of success in these sports; the numbers on the clock and the numbers on the bar never lie, and this objective and measurable nature drove her to CrossFit.

Additionally, her experience in coaching youth weightlifting fueled her desire and love for coaching CrossFit. She was always inspired by her athletes’ ever-growing confidence and the effect that the sport had on their lives outside of the gym, and that’s what she loves most about CrossFit. Beyond the numbers measured at the gym, she finds no greater passion than helping individuals of all ages improve their physical, and more importantly, their mental health, through the community of CrossFit.

Favorite WOD: The Seven
Favorite Lift: Split Jerk

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CPR/AED

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