Coaches

Corbin & Dawna Gravley

Co-Owners/Coaches

We found CrossFit Purgatory in the spring of 2011, and life has never been the same! Growing up throughout the Midwest, we both lived and worked in rural areas (farms and ranches), helping to build both strong work ethics and big appetites. Neither of us had ever considered ourselves athletic kids, but we always strove to to find a sport we enjoyed. Corbin tried out soccer, football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, and was involved in competitive martial arts; Dawna participated in track & field, volleyball, basketball, and weightlifting. As we got older and our shapes became more round than fit, we tried to find some sort of workout activity which would keep us interested and help us get back into shape. Nothing stuck for more than a couple months at a time, and we were discouraged to say the least. Dawna had heard through a coworker's wife about this thing called CrossFit, and convinced Corbin to come along for the ride.... after all, there was a place right down the road! Little could we have known the difference walking through that door would make in our lives. Immediately we could see Purgatory was different, something special was going on here, and by the time we had finished our first workout, we were hooked.

Within a year, Corbin had his CrossFit Level 1, and began pursuing coaching as a way of life. For five years he spent his evenings and weekends in the gym, both as athlete and as coach, using every extra minute to learn and improve as much as possible, and to practice and develop what he learned every chance he could get. He now holds a Level 2 CrossFit Certification, as well as certs in CrossFit Strongman, Mobility, Endurance, and USA Weightlifting. All the long hours over the years have paid off, and he is now pursuing his passion full time as co-owner of the place where it all started. Dawna is also a Crossfit Level 1 Certificate holder.

Being a part of the Purgatory community has been a blessing in our lives in every way possible. We've accomplished feats we've never dreamed of, are in the best shape of our lives, and have made lasting friendships in the kind of community setting which neither of us had ever truly experienced before. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share these good things with others! The beauty of this methodology, is that no matter where you start, you can do this, and we believe wholeheartedly that this is the truth. As owners we are inspired every day by our members, and we are committed to making sure the Purgatory community is a place where everyone can feel safe, welcome, and supported in their journey. Not to mention being committed to making you stronger, faster, and better than you ever thought possible! Whether you are working on your first push up or your first muscle up, we're here to help you make it happen!


Mike Blute

I was born and raised just north of Boston, Massachusetts and joined the United States Army after college. After the military I moved to Atlanta, GA, where I began my career as a police officer. In January 2012 I was assigned as a full time police recruit instructor. On my first day I arrived for physical fitness with the recruits and they were doing a CrossFit workout called “Angie.” I had not heard of CrossFit, so I jumped in with both feet thinking I was in decent shape. About 12 minutes into the workout I had to run to the bathroom and made my first introduction with “Mr. Pukey.” I was fascinated with what just happened and I have never looked back.

I have always been an active person between sports and working out in a “globo” gym for many years, so CrossFit was a great fit for me. I got my Level 1 in August 2014 (Was lucky enough to do it at CrossFit Mayhem) and began coaching. I opened a box in October 2014 (CrossFit Buford) and coached there for about a year before moving to Tucson. I am currently an Arizona State Trooper and live in the Catalina foothills with my wife and 10 year old son. (I have two grown daughters who still live in Georgia.) I truly love CrossFit and everything it embodies. I love coaching and watching people grow in the sport and in the community. I try to bring energy and humor to the gym with me every day and I really love walking into the box on a daily basis…….


Hillary Davis

I was born an Air Force brat and have lived all over the United States, spending six years in England. I had been a pretty active kid playing outside 90% of the time, climbing trees and riding bikes. I was on swim teams for almost 10 years, and in high school I was Captain of our dance team my senior year. Once I hit my teens I struggled with my weight, and it wasn't until I was in my 20's that I started paying attention to fitness. I started going to "globo" gyms and doing the typical cardio and weightlifting gig, but I got bored and unmotivated, and was not seeing the results I had hoped.

I heard about CrossFit back in 2008 and did some research on it, but dismissed it after seeing a typical monthly cost thinking, "Yeah, nothing is worth that." Boy, I wish I knew then what I know now! It took me months to get the courage to finally step inside of CrossFit Purgatory in May 2013, and I haven't looked back. The daily changes of workouts, the coaches, and the community is so amazing; I haven't experienced anything like it! I constantly say "Purg" is my second home and "Purgees" are my second family. Purg has changed my life in so many ways: I met my husband here, worked out my entire pregnancy, and now my daughter has grown up in this box and loves to see the fellow coaches and Purgees every day at our workouts.

I got my Level 1 certification in March, 2016, and I am enjoying coaching - motivating and helping others see their full potential - even if they don't. Nothing is more exciting to see athletes push themselves and hit that PR they didn't think was possible.


Keith Duckett

My background in coaching started in 1997 when I started coaching youth soccer. Since that time I coached all age groups, including adults. I also coached at the high school level and played on two soccer teams for several years. I have always been very active in many sports my entire life. In May of 2010 I became very ill and spent 6 months where I was not allowed to do any exercise. It took two years and 5 surgeries to completely recover. In August of 2012, needless to say, my body was a shell of what it used to be. I went to a friend of mines house who coached CrossFit in his garage and began my fitness journey. I also had a friend I met through CrossFit who helped changed my diet and taught me the proper way to eat. In the next 3 years I lost 28 lbs and lowered by body fat to below 13%. I was hooked on CrossFit!!! In August of 2015 I moved to Tucson and started going to Purgatory. In September 2015, I decided I wanted to continue coaching but that it would be CrossFit instead of soccer. I got my Level 1 in September 2015 and have been coaching at Purgatory since then. There were a lot of Crossfit coaches that helped me along my fitness journey. My goal is to help anyone and everyone to achieve their fitness goals as all the great coaches have helped me.


Steve Kanoza, Jr.

Growing up in Michigan I participated in cross country, track and field (pole vaulting), and various other activities.  I also began rock climbing back in 1997 prior to graduating from CMU (Central Michigan University) and have been an avid rock climber ever since. Becky and I moved to AZ in 1999 and have continued to rock climb.  My climbing background includes sport, traditional, aid, and developing new routes. Our entire family has great love of the outdoors and we are not only climbers but we all enjoy swimming, hiking, biking, and camping.

My father got me to go to a CrossFit class back in 2013 and since day one I was hooked.  From the insane terminology (not so different than rock climbing) and the supportive atmosphere I knew this was something to stick with. CrossFit not only has improved my performance in all the things I love, it has developed some wonderful friendships which will last a lifetime, and has a sense of community that is like no other.  I am not only proud to be part of this constantly varied insanity that we all love, but pleased that I may be able to assist people through their own physical improvements.


Sarah Orzel

Sarah graduated from the University of Arizona in 2010 with a Bachelors In Nutritional Sciences.  After earning her degree she went on to pursue her yoga teacher certification where she received her RYT 200 Certificate. Shortly after discovering CrossFit, Sarah went on to get her Level 1 certification.  With a background in CrossFit she is able to adapt classes to help the athlete both mentally and physically.  Her yoga classes empower you try new things as well as focus on strength and mobility.

 


Utimio Trujillo

Hey everyone!! So here's a few things you may not have known about me. I was born in England but have been in Tucson pretty much my whole life. Even though I have been active ever since I started playing soccer in the second grade I've always been the chubby guy...my nick name throughout most of my soccer career was "Chubbs". While going to the U of A for my degree in Environmental Science, I continued to play soccer and did workouts at home and sometimes in globo gyms. I tried a ton of different at home workouts like P90X, Insanity, yoga and then even tried to make up my own workouts. None of that worked, and when I started getting towards the end of my twenties I realized I was still out of shape and was looking for a change.

A friend of mine had been telling me about this thing called CrossFit for a while and so I finally caved and decided to try it out. Well, needless to say, I drank the kool-aid! I started going four days a week and never felt so exhausted in my entire life. Having the ability to just go in and have someone tell me what to do was the easiest thing ever. After half a year at my first box I found CrossFit Purgatory and realized how amazing the CrossFit community could be. I had never felt so at home in my entire life. CrossFit has changed my life - everyday I get to challenge myself and learn something new. I never thought I was capable of so many amazing things, but CrossFit has shown me that with hard work, determination, and a little patience you can achieve anything! I've gotten my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate and plan on taking as many certs in the future as I can. I love to learn and push myself and it's my goal to make sure I help as many people as I can reach their health and fitness goals while making sure we have a ton of fun in the process! So come in, try a WOD and let's get fit!


Kurt Tullar

I am a CrossFit, Kettlebell and Olympic Lifting coach with a passion for teaching movement. After a youth spent as a three-sport runner, I found CrossFit in 2007. After a couple of years of training, I left the practice of law and became a full time trainer at NY’s best CrossFit gym. I have a few CF certifications including: Level 1, Coaches Prep, Kettlebell, Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, Endurance, Mobility, and Gymnastics. I am also a USAW Sports Performance Coach and have had the opportunity to train with our future Olympians at the Olympic Training Center. I hope to give the athletes here the tools to succeed physically so that they can use the confidence they build in the gym to build a happier life outside the gym.


Brandon Wright

Physical fitness has always been a big part of my life. From a young age, I tried nearly every well-known sport I could think of - football, baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, track and field and action sports such as skateboarding and motocross. But none of them really held my attention for long. In high school I was in charge of the J.R.O.T.C Raider team which involved an annual 6 person team fitness competition with events such as tire pulls, obstacle courses, pull-ups, sit-ups with logs, etc. Looking back, this was really my first experience with “constantly varied functional movements at high intensity”. It was challenging and involved a lot of strategy and I loved it. After becoming very involved with J.R.O.T.C, I decided I wanted to join the military and did so right after high school, serving three years in the United States Army. During my time in the Army I discovered Olympic Weightlifting and taught myself the lifts in my living room. I immediately fell in love with the complexity of the movements and the amount of skill and coordination it took to perform them well. The OLY lifts are self limiting in the sense if you don’t do them right, you don’t get to lift a lot of weight no matter who you are and I like that. I’m a very curious person who loves to learn – constantly exploring how things work and wanting to understand the “why”. I believe very much in the long-term and big-picture aspects of training: a single workout does not determine your success or failure, but rather the culmination of consistent  training.

I love the variety that CrossFit has brought to fitness. It is as rewarding as it is physically demanding. The variety keeps it interesting, and the community behind it is encouraging and empowering. As a coach, I love to help people reach their goals, set new PRs and realize their full potential. I obtained my Level 1 certification in July 2015 and I am also a USAW Sport Performance Coach and Eleiko Certified Strength Coach.


Tony & Marcy Brown

Founders/Co-Owners

In Tony’s words:

“Over the years, I have dedicated myself to athletics and fitness in some form or another. Whether it be football, competitive swimming, cycling, or competitive bodybuilding, I have always challenged myself to see what new limits I could achieve. Then, in 2005, during the course of some major life changes, I drastically changed directions, immersed myself in yoga (eventually becoming a teacher) and vowed never to set foot in a gym or lift weights again. But not long after, I had the incredible fortune of meeting a woman, Marcy, that would change my life yet again. As any guy in love does, I changed my life to reflect hers, which meant joining the nearby “globo gym” where she worked out. I definitely felt the bug again once I picked up a heavy bar, but at the age of 35, I not only had no interest in bodybuilding again, I was more interested in seeing if I could actually get in the best shape of my life. Unbeknownst to me, I had been gravitating towards CrossFit-like workouts. I had been doing some sparring with a group of MMA fighters, and also had watched the extras dvd for the movie, “300”, and the term “CrossFit” had been tossed around a few times. That was all it took – I was hooked. I can truly say that because of CrossFit, I am in the best shape of my life, and I know that I have just scratched the surface. But more importantly, as a couple and as busy parents of three very active kids, we have discovered a way to share our experience and passion for CrossFit through CrossFit Purgatory.

My own personal experience with coaching/training goes back more than twenty years. Whether it was coaching kids in swimming, personal training at a large health club, or teaching yoga, I have loved the opportunities I have had to teach others to excel physically. Marcy’s background as an athlete and fitness competitor has served her well as a former owner of a successful personal training studio, as well as a physical fitness training coach in law enforcement, where she has been employed as a law enforcement officer for 18 years. Marcy has implemented a CrossFit wellness program within her department and is dedicated to keeping our Arizona police officers safe, strong and well using the CrossFit methods. Between us, we have over 40 years of personal training and coaching experience.

We both feel that we have been handed an incredible gift in CrossFit, and that now we owe it to others to introduce this amazing methodology that not only represents the perfect tool to achieve strength, fitness, and longevity, but also is a way for people to connect as a community. Our vision for CrossFit Purgatory is to offer an inspirational family-friendly environment where people of any ability can receive top-level instruction to bring them to their ultimate level of health, as well as experience the CrossFit community.”

Tony is CrossFit Level 1 certified, USA Weightlifting coach, CrossFit Endurance certified

Marcy is CrossFit Level 1, ACE personal trainer and AzPOST personal trainer with over 18 years of training and coaching experience.