Our Bios

Gary Berg
Owner/Head Coach
Boulder CrossFit

From the time I can remember, I have always enjoyed sports and physical activities. I played on my High School and College Basketball teams and later went on to coach High School Basketball. While in college, I studied anatomy and nutrition and I knew early on that I wanted to teach or coach in something related to health and fitness. So in l996 while working as a regional manager for a large Reprographics company, I got my ACE certification in Personal Training and worked part time at a health club.

When I moved to Boulder in 2008, I was getting bored from doing the same routine in the gym and was seeking out something new and different. Luckily enough, one of the first people I met here in Boulder told me I had to check out this thing called CrossFit. Two weeks after trying my first class, I was hooked! The constantly varied, high intensity workouts drew me in, but the sense of community and camaraderie is second to none.

With a strong passion for teaching and coaching CrossFit methodologies, I opened Boulder CrossFit in 2012. I am very proud to be a part of a growing CrossFit community here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Helping coach and teach people of all ages and abilities to achieve their personal fitness goals is incredibly rewarding to me. I love being a coach and I’m especially proud of all the athletes who work out at Boulder CrossFit. “Work Hard, Have Fun, Make Friends”

 Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • CrossFit Endurance Certification
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting Trainer

 

Laurie Normandeau

I’ve been in the Health and Fitness Industry for almost 30 years and I couldn’t have found a career that I am more passionate about.  I work for the City of Lakewood as an Outdoor Recreation Specialist, programming outdoor adventures and managing two indoor climbing walls.  I have been in a number of fitness arenas, teaching and instructing beginners to elite athletes.  I’ve had the pleasure of being a fitness/wellness manager for the US Air Force, conducting fitness tests and designing fitness protocol, like the Fitness Blast program, which was featured in Men’s Health, in 2000. I competed professionally with the WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) for 9 years, earning two international titles, the World and Universe.  I am an avid outdoor enthusiast and my favorite activities (besides CrossFit, of course) are climbing, hiking, running, biking and Yoga. I am also a volunteer climber for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, climbing BIG mountains to raise funds for cancer research. Since 2004, I have been working on a project called the Power of Seven, climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. I’ve completed five of them and have two of the most difficult yet to go.  My goal is to use CrossFit training, along with my mountaineering to prepare for the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. CrossFit gives me the challenge I need to accept the unknown and tackle it with confidence.   I love the friendships built and the encouragement and motivation found at Boulder CrossFit.  The members have become my second family and I look forward to working out with each participant and to offer my fitness training and experience to enhance their own personal fitness/wellness goals. I currently teach CrossFit and Yoga/Flexible Strength at Boulder CrossFit. See you at the next WOD!

 Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AFAA Group Instructor
  • AFAA Personal Trainer
  • Yogafit Level 1 Trainer

 

Steve Parsoneault
Steve started crossfit in ’08 near Santa Cruz, CA and competed at the Norcal Regionals held in Aromas at “The Ranch” – site of the original Crossfit Games – before there were any age groups or even requirements to enter (you just had to sign up) He has also competed as an individual at several Sectional and Regional Qualifiers and went to the ’09 Games in Aromas as part of a team. This was the year Mikko Salo won the Games and Annie Thorisdottir got her first muscle-up AT THE GAMES.  In 2010, his Boulder based team qualified again but in June he tore his bicep tendon attempting a 1 armed kipping pull-up (never to be attempted again) In 2011, he narrowly missed a Games spot coming in 22nd in the Crossfit Open competing near the top of his age class (only top 20 in Masters go to Games).   In 2012 and 2013 he placed 5th in the Crossfit Open and then 4th and 2nd respectively  at the Games in Carson, CA.  A life long athlete, Steve wrestled in high school, raced mountain bikes competitively, and enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, and splitboarding.

 

Devyn Parnes