Tuesday 140325

3 rounds for time:

10 Pistols (each leg alternating)
10 Deficit handstand push ups
10 Power snatch 155#(105#)

Post time to BTWB and to your 14.4 score sheet for team consideration.


One of our two new full time trainers!


We alluded to it yesterday, we hired not one but two new full time trainers. You had the opportunity to read a little about Colby yesterday and today we bring our second new full time trainer, Anna Mattson.  

Here’s a little something something from Anna:

Until I found Crossfit Verve, I never would have thought it would be a possibility to sustain myself doing what I love, BUT NOW I AM!! I cannot express how excited I am to be part of the Verve team.  I have been with Verve for a year and have grown exponentially, not only as an athlete, but a coach and I have everyone in the Verve family to thank for that.  I am pumped to continue to learn from some of the best 24hrs/day 7 days/week.  I am also excited to be part of and see the growth of the Verve athletes.  If you have ever seen my excitement when an athlete gets a first or a PR, that is true unfiltered joy and what I love about coaching.
Much like Clancy, I am constantly seeking new information about anything Crossfit.  I am hoping to be a vessel of useful knowledge and energy that you can draw from, and definitely some useless knowledge such as…. Yaks Milk is Pink  (You WILL see that on Trivia Pursuit and you’re welcome.) 
Lastly, I look forward to my many posts that will get torn apart by James O.G.
Here is the Q and A from a while back to give you some more color into the world of Anna:
How did you get started in CrossFit? 
I was learning how to protect myself for the inevitable zombie apocalypse at Colorado Krav Maga a little over 5 years ago when they started a rudimentary Crossfit program.  They talked about handstands and pull ups and workouts that were only 6 minutes long.  I was SOLD!!
What made you want to become a trainer? 
It is SO AWESOME giving people a cue or feedback that clicks and makes them realize their potential.  It is also pretty neat being present or part of an athletes successes and seeing the excitement on their faces.
What brought you to Verve? 
First, H to the IZZO (my boo) sparked my interest.  Second, the caliber of athletes and coaching here.  Being around awesome people HAS to make you awesomer, and it has!!
What is your athletic background prior to CrossFit?  
When I was young enough to be bendy, I was a gymnast for about 10 years.  Once my bendyness started to fade, I went into dance.  I ended with cheerleading through high school and college.
You have competed on Verve teams several times as well as competed individually. What is your favorite part about competing? What is your least favorite part?  
My favorite part about competing is pushing myself to levels I normally wouldn’t push myself.  I LOVE being part of team because I will push myself much harder for another than I would individually (weird, I know).  My least favorite part of competing is the feeling that I am never prepared enough, but that is what is great about Crossfit, you’re prepared without even knowing it!!
How was it being Clancy’s partner at the 2013 regionals? It’s okay to be honest, it was probably pretty rough.  
Wait, that was a partner workout??? Kidding.  I think we complemented each other really well.  I will say it was rough giving him a boost up to the pull up bar for those toes to bar though:)
In your opinion where can one find the best cup of coffee in Denver?  
100% it would have to be Cole Craft coffee.  They roast their own beans so it smells amazing, and they serve beer too!! SOLD! Plus you get a random drunk homeless man walking in to make things interesting.
Have you had the same laugh since childhood?  
I am pretty sure that loud bellow started when I started cheerleading and learned to yell from my belly.  Before that, I was really shy and quiet and would cover my mouth when I laughed.  Now, I just let it out.
You seem to be very happy most of the time, what drives your chronic enthusiasm? What’s the secret to eternal happiness? Seriously, we must know.  
My chronic enthusiasm comes from  a random schmattering of ideas including: we all have crap going on in our lives and I don’t want to contribute to someone else’s crap, so put on a happy face;  You choose your mood every day, so why not be happy (although some days it is definitely harder than others); “Your thoughts become things, so make them positive”
What is your greatest CrossFit achievement?  
I would say qualifying for Regionals as an individual 3 years in a row………..at my age.
What is currently tops on your CrossFit goals list? 
#1 – Keep the same level of passion and enthusiasm for Crossfit that I had when I started 5 years ago.  #2 – Deadlift like Joylyn #3 Muscle-up like Emmalee.

I know I speak for everyone when I say it’s great to have you here full time!



  1. emily :

    Congratulations, you just made my day!!!! Good choice Verve!

  2. Danni :

    Congratulations Anna! Stoked to have you here full time 🙂

  3. Ali :

    YAY!! This is great news! Congrats Anna! Can’t wait to see you more in the mornings:)

    So does this mean that Clancy and Colby are going to move their “office” to above the bathrooms?! You guys could just hang a rope next to the bathrooms and then you have to climb it to get up there! Its a brilliant idea.

    • Colby Knepp :

      Ali that is a fantastic idea. For the first week or two I wouldn’t be able to access my office via rope climb, but that’s alright because my rope climbs need some serious focus.

  4. Heather :

    You are an amazing coach Anna!! Verve made an excellent choice 🙂

  5. Izzo :

    Congratulations, within days of switching to Verve I knew this was the best place for you to have a quality of life you deserve. and a place to thrive. I have bounced around many cf gyms in many different states and you get the best of the best of all the aspects a crossfit gym could have.. Verve is always making the gym better. Whether it be trainers, programming, equipment, facilities/space, business ops., cleanliness. And on top of all that, which you would think would be a given which it is def NOT, there’s a top of the line trainer program which constantly makes the coaches better and better which make the athletes better. When people go to a small local comp. or regionals or the games or different types of throwdowns in different states and they see Crossfit Verve on the roster, they know what’s up. And coaching is the reason why. I just want to thank Verve for taking a chance with someone they did not know, Except from me sitting there everyday talking bout her at 3p.m. politicking for some early open gym. time 🙂 So THANK YOU!!!
    P.S.. Clancy just make sure the rope up to your office has those knots tied in them, so i have something to stand on. We’ll get those lil lats nice and jacked. Because if you thought pulling a sled worked well, wait til you have me on there with a neck brace, shoulder sling and my 175# that has put on 20+ of BW

  6. James (O.G.) :

    Welcome aboard full-time, Anna! Worry more if I don’t rip on your posts – I never prey on the weak.

  7. Izzo :

    James (O.G). you’ve shed a whole new light on how i view your posts.. Now that i understand your intent properly, i might even laugh at some of them now. 🙂 Well, except your posts about Clancy, cuz now this means you don’t consider him weak. lol

  8. Izzo :

    Colby obviously i haven’t met you yet, but congratulations. And if you’re not familiar with Clancy and his fondness of the Attitude Nation and Shankle vids, he might just be pulling up the rope after he gets up there anyways. lol

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