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 12 years. Marcy has single handedly 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 30 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
Hey everyone!! So here's a few things you may not haveknown about me. I was born in England but have been in Tucson pretty muchmy whole life. Even though I have been active ever since I started playingsoccer in the second grade I've always been the chubby guy...my nicknamethroughout most of my soccer career was "Chubbs". While going to the U ofA for my degree in Environmental Science I continued to play soccer and didworkouts at home and sometimes in globo gyms. I tried a ton of differentat home workouts like, P90X, Insanity, yoga and then even tried to make upmy own workouts. Well none of that worked and when I started gettingtowards the end of my twenties I realized I was still out of shape and waslooking for a change.
A friend of mine had been telling me about this thing called CrossFit forawhile and so I finally caved and decided to try it out. Well needless tosay, I drank the kool-aid! I started going four days a week and never feltso exhausted in my entire life. Having the ability to just go in and havesomeone tell me what to do was the easiest thing ever. After half a yearat my first box I found CrossFit Purgatory and realized how amazing theCrossFit community could be. I had never felt so at home in my entirelife. CrossFit has changed my life, everyday I get to challenge myself andlearn something new. I never thought I was capable of so many amazingthings, but CrossFit has shown me that with hard work, determination, and alittle patience you can achieve anything! I've gotten my CrossFit Level 1Certificate and plan on taking as many certs in the future as I can. Ilove to learn and push myself and it's my goal to make sure I help as manypeople as I can reach their health and fitness goals while making sure wehave a ton of fun in the process! So come in, try a WOD and let's get fit!?
I was born in Oakland, CA. My father was a commander in the Navy
and after he died we moved around a lot. Growing up throughout the Midwest I lived and worked on farms and ranches (helping to build my work ethic and appetite). I was never the most athletic kid, but I thought sports might be something fun to get into so throughout the years I played soccer, football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, and was involved in some competitive martial arts. As I got older and my shape became more round than fit I tried to find some sort of workout activity (running, swimming, lifting) that would keep me interested and help me get into shape. Nothing seemed to catch my interest and truly I was unimpressed with my overall results. Until one day my wife (Dawna) mentioned something about a gym and workout regime she would like to go check out. For me the jury was still out, but I decided to go along for the ride and see what this CrossFit thing was all about. From the moment I walked into Purgatory I felt there was something different going on here, and by the time I had finished my first workout I knew. The short time and high intensity of the workouts stunned me. I was hooked. In less than a year CrossFit has become a very big part of my life and the people at Purgatory a part of my family.
I grew up in Peoria, Arizona and was very active at an early age. My firstofficial venture into sports was at the age of 3 and I haven't looked backsince. I have participated in several sports competitively: soccer,tennis, swimming, softball, dance, track, gymnastics, cheer, and finallydiving. In high school I focused my attention on diving and was able tocompete nationally and internationally. I was recruited to divespringboard and platform for the University of Arizona in 2005. During mytime there, we won 3 PAC 10 titles and a NCAA Division 1 National title.It was an amazing experience to be able to compete at the highest level ofcollegiate athletics and succeed. After college I had reconstructiveshoulder surgery that ended my diving career and what I thought was myathletic career all together.
In 2010 I was introduced to CrossFit and it honestly changed my life.After being away from intense physical activity for over a year it was astruggle to get back into shape. It was incredible to see how quickly mybody changed and how strong I have become. I am in better shape now thanwhen I was a collegiate athlete! CrossFit has also giving me anopportunity to compete again and that has been huge for me. I live for thethrill of competition, and having a global community that pushescompetitors to train harder and better themselves has been awesome to be apart of!
I am a coach by trade and have been the head coach of the Tucson DivingTeam since 2009. I have trained athletes from ages 4-75 in the sport ofdiving, with over 10 athletes going to Division 1 universities, 30 nationalqualifiers and a three time national champion on platform. I am currentlypart of USA Diving's Future Olympic Force coaching roster and USA Diving'sJunior Elite coaching roster, as well as participating with the FINA WorldCommittee and USA Olympic Diving Committee. Coaching CrossFit seemed likea natural fit, and learning more and developing in a sport I love so muchhas been awesome! I was so lucky to find my way to CrossFit Purgatory andlove everyone here like family. I look forward to getting to know everyoneat this box more and participating in your CrossFit adventure :) Welcometo Purgatory!!!!
I was born and raised in Santa Fe New Mexico. I started my athletic career
as a rower for the University of Washington women’s crew team, from 1989 to
1993. When I graduated I started cycling on both track and road teams.
Work and school brought me to Tucson in 1997 where I started working as a Paramedic.
I graduated from The Desert Institute of The Healing Arts in 1999 as a massage therapist. I have been working full time as a Paramedic since 1997 and currently as a ?ight paramedic on Arizona Lifeline helicopter since 2004. I have always stayed active, cycling, lifting weights, rowing on the ergometer and all that other “gym” fare! However, school, life, marriage, and three children eventually caught up to me, and I found myself 30lbs overweight and very far from my ?tness goals. All of my previous attempts through local gyms had failed to regain my previous athletic ?tness.
In March of 2009 at the age of 40 I found Cross?t NorthWest Tucson. I had learned of Cross?t through my husbands ?re department co workers. It was love at ?rst WOD! Since starting CrossFit NorthWest Tucson, I have dropped 30 lbs and can con?dently say that I’m ?tter now than I ever have been. I am CrossFit Level 1 certi?ed and a Cross?t rowing instructor.
My love of competition has taken me to every CrossFit event that I can get my hands on. I represented Cross?t NorthWest Tucson at the regional quali?er for the 2010 Cross?t games. I competed in The Winter Open 2009 - 2012, winning the masters division in 2011. I have competed on a team, and as a masters at the Sic?t Sicest of The Southwest in 2012 and 2013. I won the Womens Masters in 2012. I have participated in multiple local charity events, and online competitions including The Cross?t Games Open in 2011 - 2014. I have competed on the Concept 2 online world ranking for years consistently placing in the top 5 world wide for masters women in multiple distances including the marathon distance of 42,195 meters twice. I won the Arizona Indoor rowing championship in 2010. My goal is to continue competing at the highest level that I can achieve.
I am constantly amazed how people consistently underestimate what they are capable of. Cross?t’s greatest strength is as a tool to show them how much stronger and faster they are, and how much more they can achieve. I believe that CrossFit has given me a quality of life that no other ?tness program could, and that I will be active and healthy for the rest of my days.
I will do everything I can to help others ?nd that same quality of life.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. While I was in grade school we moved to the U.S. and had the opportunity to live in different places
throughout the country do to my father’s job. I played several sports growing up but my artsy ways took over my leisure time. As an adult, I have always looked for ways to stay active and healthy. While in the military I had friends who took the time to show me proper form with free weights, I was never afraid of the “weight room”. Fast forward to college and there I found myself very sedentary, a friend told me to check out CrossFit in 2009. I instantly fell in love with the fact that workouts were short, intense and efficient. I spent about 6 months at my first affiliate and then moved to sunny Tucson and pursued CrossFit on my own. I learned a lot during that year and a half while following the mainsite on my own. Thankfully I was able to use my mother as a “guinea pig” and coach her through the workouts, which was a rewarding experience. While visiting Purgatory one day a light bulb went off and I realized how important being coached was to my training. The mental and physical gains I have made here are countless. I love my full time job but I also love the opportunity to coach others and be part of their journey!
I was raised in Tucson and, except for a few years away for college and law school, have been here most of my life. Fitness has always been an important part of my life in one form or another. I played lacrosse in college, and then club lacrosse and rugby while in law school. After finishing my education and joining the "real world," I maintained a healthy lifestyle by incorporating weight training, "cardio" training, and trying new sports such as distance running, yoga and mountaineering. I have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Ixta and Orizaba (Mexico), Mt. Shasta (California), and go on regular hikes around Tucson. My fitness has always had a "constantly varied" element, which is probably what made my transition to CrossFit so easy and fun! I began CrossFitting in January 2009 after finally getting bored with the standard weight and cardio training that is done at most large corporate gyms. My fitness level had clearly plateaued, and I noticed that the time spent in the gym was not making me feel stronger or perform better at real life activities or sports. I had always thought of myself as being "fit" or "in shape," until I did my first CrossFit Workout…"Fran." That workout's simple, but effective, combination of Thrusters and Pullups left me gasping for air, aching all over, and completely changed my view of what it means to be "fit." From that day forward I completely embraced the CrossFit philosophy, both the methodology behind the workouts, as well as CrossFit's approach to nutrition. The results have been astounding. I no longer feel like my fitness has plateaued. In fact, because of CrossFit's emphasis on recording workouts and improving on personal bests, it is clear that my fitness level has dramatically improved and continues to improve on a consistent basis. Today, I am definitely in the best shape of my life. CrossFit continually challenges me, both mentally and physically, and leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment each day. As a CrossFit trainer, I love doing my part to pass that feeling on to others who want to improve their fitness, nutrition, health, and overall quality of life. I look forward to welcoming you into the CrossFit Purgatory community!
I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and was fortunate to have an extremely active and healthy family. My parents let us try out different sports until we finally
found our niche, which for me was swimming. I began racing at age 7 and continued through high school and as much as I could as an adult. In my early teens, my swim coach encouraged me to start racing triathlons and I actually did quite well. Even as a young teenager, if I started a sport that I loved, I would train my hardest to succeed. It wasn't until a military deployment in 2009, that a friend asked me to do a Crossfit workout with her. I remember she just "whipped up" the workout and it included wall balls, push ups, and deadlifts. I had lifted weights throughout my life but never had I deadlifted. Somewhere in the third or fourth round I remember getting dizzy and extremely frustrated. I thought, "But I am in good shape. Why is this so hard!?!" I continued to Crossfit on my own for almost a year when I finally was introduced to Crossfit Purgatory and I have not looked back since. Crossfit has helped me get into the best shape of my life and I know that I am no where near my peak. I am stronger inside and out and feel more comfortable in my skin then ever before. I hope as a coach I can help my peers reach the same levels of confidence!