Pagosa Springs, CO lies in the shadow of Wolf Creek Pass at 7,126 feet above sea level - high altitude training at its best. Hosting everything from skiing, snowboarding, trail running, mountain biking, and river rafting, to the world-renowned hot springs, Pagosa is a center for outdoor activities and now has a center for athletic training: CrossFit Pagosa. From our 30+ classes a week to meet your schedule, to our weight training, endurance, and yoga classes, to our nutrition challenges and counseling CrossFit Pagosa has set itself apart. Come and see what CrossFit is all about and how we can work towards your goals.



Trainers

Jacob Miskimens

Co-Owner - CrossFit Pagosa Trainer - CrossFit Level 1 Trainer - NASM CPT - NASM PES - CHSAA Registered Coach - NFHS Coach

Growing up I was not athletic and did not play school sports. Looking for an outlet for my competitive desire, I started lifting weights as a teenager. Within several years I set world records in the deadlift at the WABDL federation. I was then fortunate to meet and train with the then 2nd Strongest Man in the World for 3 years, which helped me for the next 7 years reach the rank of number 1 Amateur in the US. Something was missing though as I struggled with injuries, proper movement, and nutrition. Moving to Pagosa Springs in 2010 was a life changer for me. I found a community that I wanted to be a part of, a team of Derby girls that inspired me to train others and be a better coach, and a town that I wanted to create something in. Since moving here I have obtained several certifications for training and coaching, as well as switching sports from Strongman to CrossFit. I love the challenge and huge variety of movements that CrossFit demands. I am excited when I see someone learn a new movement, gain new confidence, and take a step closer to their goal - that is why I wanted to be a part of bringing CrossFit, its training and its community, to Pagosa.

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Sariah Ellsmore

Co-Owner - CrossFit Pagosa Trainer - CrossFit Level 1 Trainer - Certified Yoga Instructor

I have been involved in the fitness industry for over 13 years. It first started with running on my own for the freedom and escape - the runner's high. The feeling of exercising led me to Yoga and the inward connection. I became certified in Yoga and traveled the world learning about yoga and helping others by teaching classes and providing a connection. Soon I reached a point where I needed something more aggressive. This aggression happened the same time i moved to Pagosa, which I fell in love with instantly. I started participating in roller derby and found a natural back for it. I have used CrossFit to help bring my performance up on the roller derby track as well as keep myself in shape and challenged. CrossFit reminds me very much of the team aspect that the sport of roller derby brings - we are all doing CrossFit for the same reason of health but we all have our unique challenges and talents while doing CrossFit. Despite that we all cheer each other on and help each other succeed.

Jaime deGraaf

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


At a very young age training and athleticism was etched into my bones as a competitive gymnast. Being short, quick, and strong for my size, I excelled as a gymnast. What gymnastics really taught me, though, was the importance of a team and that it takes a group to develop true strength and power. After years of dedication to the sport I walked away from my gymnastics career to obtain balance in other areas of my life that needed attention. My dabbling in other areas of fitness throughout my early adult years always left me feeling empty handed, or just plain bored after a few months of “training” in either this or that. Then, in my mid-30’s, I found CrossFit. I’m very fortunate my timing with Crossfit matched Jacob’s desire to open a gym in Pagosa and I’m proud to be one of Crossfit Pagosa’s “OG’s”  (original garage) members like a few others who felt it’s benefits from day one.  After 2 WOD’s I was all in and haven’t looked back. After 2 years of reaching personal achievements it felt time to give back and in May 2015 I obtained my Crossfit Level 1 cert. My passion for CrossFit grows as I discover that whatever I set my mind to in the gym I can accomplish and this mindset rubs off into all areas of my life. CrossFit has become a lifestyle and an outlet for developing the type of person I always knew I could be. As a coach I strive to share my enthusiasm with others in the gym.  I also bring a formal background in herbalism and nutrition to support well rounded and complete fitness.

Carlie Sweet

CrossFit L1 Trainer

When I was in high school I took a weight training class and that was the first time I’d encountered weight lifting. I weighed 113 lbs. and could bench press 140 lbs. Apparently this was pretty impressive and ever since then I knew I wanted more. I tried the good old fashioned ‘gym’ several times and I just wasn’t fulfilled from that. I even tried to take up marathon running but that didn’t do it for me either. A few years ago I met some friends in the park to try this thing they called “crossfit.” All I can remember is that I was so sore and absolutely addicted. I started attending regular classes in Coach Terry’s garage until we grew and moved into the space we’re in now.

My love and appreciation for the community of CrossFit Pagosa is what actually kept me in Pagosa Springs instead of moving away. These are my people! As I gained confidence and knowledge in the fundamentals of crossfit I realized I wanted to give back to my people by learning how to coach them and help them. I now coach Intro classes and I love to help these new people learn how to be fit and gain strength. One of my favorite things about CrossFit Pagosa is that my six year old son gets to be part of this amazing community. He learns and witnesses many valuable things on a daily basis. There’s no place I’d rather have me or my son spend our time everyday than at CrossFit Pagosa.     

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Sarah Howell

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Fitness has been a part of my life since I was a young girl. Whether I was rollerblading with my dad, watching him lift weights in our garage, playing softball or doing competitive gymnastics- I was always on the move. As an adult I had gym memberships and did the occasional “fun” run but I had never found anything that really fueled my fire until I found CrossFit. I had my son in 2013 and found myself in the worst shape of my life, unmotivated and frankly a little unhappy. In 2014 I took the leap and joined our local CrossFit gym and haven’t looked back since. It has recharged my competitive spirit and has helped me find an inner strength I never knew I had. Being in healthcare I have a passion for helping others and maintaining a healthy lifestyle which lead me to become a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. I find so much joy watching people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels working to improve their health. I feel fortunate to be a part of CrossFit Pagosa and the continued support it provides to the community.

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Savannah Disbrow

CrossFit L1 Trainer

I got talked into my first CrossFit work out with a couple of friends in an outside gym set up. I was hooked! After joining in classes at college I finally joined a real box while living in South Africa. I fell in love with the community and personal results. I wanted to start coaching and the opportunity came up while I was living in New Zealand. When I was coming back to the country I knew I wanted to pursue coaching even more and ended up here at CrossFit Pagosa!

Roger Sheets

USA Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach

I grew up on a northwestern Missouri farming with my family. I learned early on that I have a physical ability different from most people, but never developed that ability.  My primary aptitude was for science and the biological world and through study and graduate school I became a research chemist. During graduate and Post-Doctoral study one of my students was a class 1 Olympic weightlifter at the university. My introduction to weightlifting began at Portland State University and the Oregon Weightlifting Club.  During this time I became friends with the head coach/athlete, Paul Thomas. Through his mentoring and friendship we started writing weightlifting programs for all the other lifters in the club using computer spreadsheets to record workouts, chart athlete's progress, and forecast performance.  During this time I was surrounded and trained with numerous track and field athletes from discus, high jump, pole vault, hammer throw and other power sports.  Watching and learning for these national class athletes provided me with a broader understanding of the needs and requirements of the other performance sports.   After leaving the Oregon area for work I continued weightlifting and became a training partner with several Olympian and National champions. During this time I became the coach for an American National contender  and one Senior National champion, whom I was able to help them achieve World Weightlifting qualifications.  After this time period I retired from weightlifting due to life changes and a persistent back injury.  After retirement from my official job as  a research chemist I was approached to begin teaching weightlifting again here at CrossFit Pagosa.  I have successfully completed the USA Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach certification with the US Olympic Committee.  I believe that anyone can enjoy weightlifting at any age, myself include at 60+.  Seeing people learn and achieved these exercises is in itself a  joy.