Corbin & Dawna Gravley
Corbin: CrossFit Level 2, Crossfit Strongman, Crossfit Endurance, Crossfit Mobility, USAW Sport Performance Coach
Dawna: CrossFit Level 1, USA Powerlifting Club Coach
We were introduced to CrossFit and Crossfit Purgatory in the spring of 2011, and life has never been the same since! Growing up in the Midwest, we both lived (and worked) on farms and ranches in rural areas, helping to build both strong work ethics and big appetites. Neither of considered ourselves athletic kids, but we always strove to to find a sport or activity 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, we struggled to find a routine which would help us get back to a healthier place and which would keep us interested. Nothing stuck for more than a couple months at a time, and we were discouraged to say the least. Dawna heard through a coworker's wife about this thing called CrossFit, and convinced Corbin to come along.... after all, there was a place right down the road! By the time we finished our first workout, we were hooked. And although we couldn't have possibly realized the full extent of the difference CrossFit and Purgatory would mean to us then, walking through that door was undoubtedly one of the best decisions we've ever made in our lives.
Within a year, Corbin had his CrossFit Level 1, and began pursuing coaching as a way of life, dedicating his evenings and weekends to the gym, both as athlete and as coach, using every extra minute to learn 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. He is now pursuing his passion full time as owner of the place where it all started, and loving every minute of it. Dawna is also a Crossfit Level 1 Certificate holder, and still enjoys CrossFit, especially CrossFit Strongman workouts, but is more often found lifting heavy things in the weight room.
Being a part of the Purgatory community has been a blessing in our lives in every way possible, and our mission is to share that experience with every person who walks through our door. We've accomplished feats we've never dreamed of, are in the best shape of our lives, and have made lasting friendships. It is a privilege to help others grow, learn and blossom into the best versions of themselves possible, and this is what drives us every single day. There's a lot of fitness programs out there, but we believe in CrossFit and it's potential to help each individual become more fit, more healthy, more confident. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced athlete, the scalability of CrossFit means anyone and everyone will benefit from this programming. We know, we've been there. 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 no matter where you are in your own journey. We're here to help you become stronger, faster, and better than you ever thought possible, whether you are working on your first push up or preparing for your toughest competition!
CrossFit Level 1, CF Rowing
Hey all! My name is Stephanie Brodeur, I’m a sister, wife, mom and aunty. I also have my CrossFit Level 1 trainer certificate and I am CrossFit Rowing certified. I started my athletic career way back when I was about 5 years old playing softball, which I did all the way up through high school. Being a catcher and playing second base for 10 years kept me active but after high school I wasn’t sure what to do to stay in shape. I tried mainstream gyms but never had fun or any idea what to do. So I started a boxing class (which I loved), but was still missed that team atmosphere. My coach introduced me to CrossFit. And I’ve been ‘drinking the kool-aid’ (as they say) ever since!! After that I started thinking about becoming a coach; to be able to help athletes exceed in their athletic journey, and help push them to their max sounded so awesome. I started my coaching journey assistant coaching as an intern, shadowing and learning from the best right here at Purgatory, and now officially have the chance to help people be their best. I have loved being a coach ever since!
CrossFit Level 1
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.
CrossFit Level 1
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.
CrossFit Level 1, USAW Sport Performance Coach
My exposure to fitness began like many of my peers’: within the sporting world. I started playing baseball and soccer at the age of 5, and those sports would continue to be my major activities until I graduated high school. Lacking the competitive motivation that sports gave me following high school, I began experimenting with different workout regimens to stay in shape, including dabbling in *gasp* DVD guided routines. As I got more involved in working out, I stumbled across the Crossfit mainsite programming in 2010. I consider this a major turning point in my fitness journey, because much of what I have learned stemmed from the interest I developed in the early days of doing Crossfit in my garage (literally). I stuck with Crossfit until 2012 when a friend introduced me to Crossfit Football as a vehicle for building size and strength. For all those who have asked me over the years what program I follow, Crossfit Football is usually the simplest way of describing what I do without trying to sound more sophisticated than I am! Crossfit Football was a nice dovetail experience for me to get back in the sporting arena, and I dabbled in low level collegiate rugby in 2014 and 2015. I continually exposed myself to different methods of training over the years in an effort to work on any number of health goals, with the chief motivation in my mind to make myself bulletproof when I stepped on the rugby pitch.
I acquired my Crossfit Level One Cert and my USAW Sport Performance Coach Certification in the summer of 2013. These two things were powerful influencers on my desire to be involved in training others. I am a major proponent of what Crossfit has helped to accomplish in the fitness world with regard to motivating people to explore weightlifting and deviating from traditional gym routines people assume will get them fit. I revel in being able to guide people toward quality movement patterns and frequently utilize as much current meaningful fitness research to promote injury-free training. I am always open to discuss fitness with anyone who’s willing to ask, and rest assured that if I don’t have a thorough answer, I’ll work on finding one!
Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Lifestyle Coach for Diabetes Prevention
Anisa is an Employee Wellness Program Manager and Health Coach for the Wellness Council of Arizona. She was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Commerce, and spending a few years working long hours in a cubicle, gaining weight and losing time, she began her own journey to health, and found her passion for health and wellness. She joined CrossFit Purgatory in 2013, and began experimenting with her own nutritional journey. With Paleo, Whole 30, detoxes, and macro counting under her belt, she repaired her own relationship with food. She lost 30 pounds between April 2016 and February 2017, and has relied on balanced nutrition to maintain a healthy body composition since, even through surgery, and recovery of an injury.
Anisa is a Lifestyle Coach for Diabetes Prevention, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. She truly enjoys coaching and supporting people in reaching their personal health and wellness goals. She has supported many individuals in health and wellness education, weight loss, nutrition journeys, and overall lifestyle balance. She is excited to join the CrossFit Purgatory team as their in-house Nutrition Coach!
CrossFit Level 1, USAW Sport Performance Coach, Eleiko Certified Strength Coach
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.
E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, inspired by ashtanga, power, and vinyasa teachings
The Yoga Space at Purgatory
Brandy found yoga by accident - 11 years ago, she joined a friend for a class and fell in love with the practice! A light came on which just continued to grow brighter every time she came to the mat. What began as solely a physical practice has now blossomed into a deeper awareness of body, mind and spirit.
Student first, teacher second: expect to be challenged mentally and physically in Brandy's classes. She believes strongly in the power of "possibility" - we don't know until we try! "Only by passing through resistance so we become stronger", a quote by Sri Swami Satchidanada which Brandy often shares and teaches from. Her classes offer strong breath connection with powerful flows to tap into our internal strength.