Steve Hartle- Owner and Head Coach
CF-L1-CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Kettlebell Certified
CrossFit Coaches Prep Cedrtified
USA Weighlifting Level 1 Trainer
Since my early childhood in Iowa, I have always been involved in athletics. No matter what time of year, I was busy training and competing. Through hard work and dedication, I was able to become a 2-Time Division I All-American in a sport regarded by many as one of the ultimate tests of endurance and strength…wrestling. After college, I continued to be involved in the sport by coaching a variety of levels of athletes until I moved to Colorado from Iowa.
Over the years that followed, my physical conditioning began to deteriorate due to starting a family, work and unavoidable aging. I fell into the trap of thinking that I could run a couple times a week, lift a few weights, eat what I thought was healthy and in my mind I felt that I was doing the things necessary to stay fit. The only problem was that it was not effective! My 30-40 minute runs where not helping me lose any weight, no matter how hard I thought I was running. I was constantly sore due to repetitive motions and a loss of flexibility. I soon became bored, which made my workouts less frequent. My diet was full of carbohydrates with not enough proteins and I tried to avoid fats at all costs. This lifestyle did not produce the positive outcomes that I was looking for in a fitness program. Also, I was never able to satisfy the competitive side of my personality. This was mostly accomplished in golf, not in anything athletic.
My world was turned upside down several years ago when Ashley introduced me to CrossFit. She had just attended her level 1 certification and the first thing she told me when she returned is that I needed to give CrossFit a try…it was exactly what I was looking for! For me, all it took was a couple workouts and I was a believer. I began by doing WOD’s from the mainsite at the recreation center and it soon turned into going to a CrossFit Box (gym). I discovered a workout method that was first and foremost a lot of fun. Every day it was something new and challenging, both mentally and physically. I have yet to be bored with working out after consistently training for 3 ½ years. My body composition has completely changed as I have gotten both stronger and leaner at the same time due to the nature of the workouts (Constantly varied workouts, using functional or compound movements, high intensity training, across different time domains), as well as regaining my flexibility. I truly feel like I have found my fountain of youth! Lastly, there is element of competition that CrossFit provides that I had been missing. Competing against a clock or other individuals adds another dimension to my workouts….lately my biggest challenge is trying to keep up with Ashley! She is amazing!
There is nothing more gratifying to me then being able to share my love of CrossFit and Fitness with others to positively impact their lives. I look forward to welcoming you to our CrossFit Community at BackCountry CrossFit!