Our Trainers and Certifications:
Kier Boyea has his Level 1 CrossFit, and is Owner of CrossFit Helena. I spent my youth skiing, rock climbing and playing in the water, as I got older I took those fun things and got paid to do them in the Navy. In 2004 after 13 years of playing in the waves at SEAL Team One, Paiger (my better half) and I moved to Montana. A motorcycle buddy, the godfather of CrossFit in Helena, Scott Boyles, talked us into trying CrossFit . He tried and tried for months finally wearing us down Jan 2010. Now I can not imagine my life without the athletes here at CrossFit Helena. Paiger and I liked it so much, when the business became available we bought in. If one gets the chance, come play with us.
Paige Tabor has her Level 1 CrossFit, Owner (and better half) of CrossFit Helena. Paige has had the daunting task of putting up with Kier all these years. Now she has the pleasure of working side-by-side on this adventure called life. When you need a laugh or a good friend, she will always be by your side. She knows the ropes and is not afraid to use them!
Mark Olson has his Level 1 CrossFit, USAW olympic weight lifting. Mark is a strong man from way back, as the bulls he was riding in his youth will attest. He still holds a few state records for bench press and some other superhuman tricks. Mark got pulled into CrossFit because some pushy skiing buddy of his kept telling him how great it was (your welcome Mark). He worked hard for took 32nd in his age group for the 2015 CF Open. That is 32nd on the planet by the way. Mark stood up our Tenacity program 3 years ago, is our head coach and business partner.
Jin Nelson has his Level 1 CrossFit, CrossFit Kids. Jin discovered CrossFit late in 2009 when looking for something different than the normal gym routine. He quickly became a regular, and at times the only face in the morning class. Over the years, the morning class has grown in size and so has Jin’s passion for CrossFit. He got his CF LV1 in 2012 and followed that up with a CrossFit Kids certification. If you ask Jin why he started CrossFit? It would be to get in better shape and improve health. Why he has stuck it out so long? For the community and the fun!
Jason Harlow has his Level 1 CrossFit. Harlow Rock (HR) is a solid cat who came to us wanting to best his larger brother who was already CrossFitting. Though in the picture above he looks like a monkey, he’ll sometimes act like one too. When he gets moving it all happens fast, he is a great coach and has a passion for the oly stuffs.
Erin Brekstad has her Level 1 CrossFit. This hot young thing is a beast. Her socks even say thick chick. To see her lift, one will know why. Her abilities only get better and she loves the olympic stuffs too. She juggles chain saws for the forest circus when the hills are on fire, the rest of the time she rescues animals and is amazing with color pencil drawings. If one is lucky enough to be around when she’s coaching she’ll kick your ass, with a smile on her face.
Chad Anderson grew up in Helena and was a four sport athlete. Upon graduating college and returning to Helena, Chad coached kids co-ed soccer, girl’s fastpitch softball, and boy’s competitive soccer over the next 10 years. Chad is the Enforcement Program Manager at the MT Department of Environmental Quality, is a First Sergeant for the MT Air National Guard, and has a wife, three children, and one grandchild. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and long walks on the beach (because running on the beach sucks!) Chad has always enjoyed working out (aka lifting weights) but was tired of the treadmill, spin bike, and cross-trainers (aka torture devices) for winter cardio. After a bit of online research about CrossFit, he grabbed his wife and headed down to CF Helena in November 2012. Chad became CrossFit Certified in Power Lifting (Aug 2012) and has 2013 PL meet records of Squat 475, Bench 350, Deadlift 535. Surviving the Spartan Race three weeks after that PL meet was the icing on the cake! Chad enjoys helping people achieve their goals, whether it’s increasing foundational strength or improving a core lift. If it’s heavy, let’s lift it!
Genevieve Anderson born and raised in Helena, ran around the neighborhood and parks like orangutan who drank an energy shot; climbing trees, swing-set frames, and occasional nearby buildings. Not thinking of ankle or vest weights to slow her down and unable to afford gymnastic lessons, her parents allowed her to train in the yard with self-made tumbling apparatuses, hang out on the rooftops of houses,and explore the great outdoors to her content while they hoped for the best. As dumb luck would have it, she never broke a bone, signed up for every free sport offered throughout school, and went on to compete with real athletes in college for indoor track, outdoor track and cross-country. Apparently living under a rock, unaware of the contagious workout fun-in-a-box, years flew by like time at a theme park. Eventually, she stumbled upon CrossFit thanks to her thoughtful husband, and it was a perfect fit, like peanut butter and jelly, like Calvin and Hobbes…like bacon and Crossfitters! And she has been consistently attending since November of 2012. But what keeps her coming back is primarily the encouraging positive atmosphere and the friendships that develop over a great cup of athletic kicka**. Her hero is her husband, a power lifter and a genuinely nice, considerate guy, not to mention handsome. She looks up to her 3 kids who tackle their own personal challenges without giving up. Mountains find her hiking, biking and painting them while rivers carry her, her boats and her camera gear often. Teenagers flock to her class to listen, text, or daydream while she awes them with one-of-a-kind art lessons. Presented with a Level 1 Certificate in July of 2013, her passion for sports coupled with a huge love for coaching is official – a 25 year old bucket list item that had been waiting for the right place and people to come along.