Christi Bartels

Christi Bartels

Coach, CrossFit Level 2


CrossFit Level 2

About Coach

Swimming, basketball, dance, volleyball, cheerleading, you name it and I have probably played it. Athleticism has always come easy for me, but it wasn’t until CrossFit that I believe I knew my true potential. Through CrossFit, I have learned the power of my physical and also my mental capabilities. One of my favorite sayings is, “You can do FAR more than you think you can.” In fact, it is what motivates me as a coach. It is my goal to help every single person that I coach to do more than they ever thought possible with their mental and physical strength. Fitness is more than just looks it is a lifestyle and I thrive on coaching individuals on what it means to live your healthiest and strongest life each and every day.

Turning Point

Sports come easy for me, but I never pushed myself to a place that physically hurt or challenged me. However, in 2017 I was pregnant with our fourth child when I learned she may not survive birth and if she did she would not live long. Over the next six months of doctor visits and preparing for so many unknowns I found myself defeated emotionally and desperate to be in control of something. I couldn’t control my daughter’s diagnosis. I couldn’t control how everything would turn out. But I learned quickly in the gym I could control my mind and my physical strength. Those months of working out while pregnant with our daughter taught me that I can do hard things. I can fight. I can push through when everything seems so hopeless. The strength I found in the gym empowered me to fight for my daughter after birth when we spent 50 days in the NICU, and it continues to remind me to continue to fight for her 5 years later so that she can thrive in her beautiful life. Hardships and struggles weigh on each and every one of us, but they cannot hold us down. When I walk in the gym I try my best to defeat all the pressures this life throws at me and give it my all.

Motivation & Passion

In everything I do in my life, it is to make each person know they matter. I am specifically drawn to the outsiders, the awkward individuals, the physically impaired, and/or the ones who are emotionally broken because I want them to know they matter and that they can be more than they believe they can. I live for the moments when a client says, “I couldn’t have done that without you pushing me!” My motivation as a coach is to bring out the power and strength an individual never thought they had inside of them.

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