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December Athlete of the Month: Cody Ullestad


Congratulations Cody, you are our NoCoast Athlete of the month!


Cody joined our community earlier this year and has been a constant presence in our evening classes, primarily! He has even made some early morning appearances, when needed, to be sure to get his workout in! Cody’s hard work and dedication has been paying off as we see his conditioning continuously improving each month, catching up to his enormous strength numbers!


Congratulations Cody, we are so proud of your progress and we love having you in our community! We look forward to being a part of the constant and continued gains!



Quotes from Cody:

“I love how the community continually pushes each other to get the most we can of each workout. Mentally it has unlocked a lot as well, including finding new places to thrive before/after I go into my work. I am very grateful for everything CrossFit has given me.”


“The willingness to help each other succeed is contagious at the gym. I was able to do my first handstand ever on the wall due to several members of the gym helping me through the progression. Now it seems second nature.”


Age/Weight:

26/230


Athletic/Sports history/highlights:

3 X RMAC Champion Offensive Lineman on the Colorado School of Mines Football Team; Spartan Race Trifecta Athlete


How long have you been CrossFitting?

1.5 years


How did you get into CrossFit?

My friend introduced me to a club in Houston, and when I moved to Colorado, I had several friends who were members of NoCoast.


What is your favorite WOD/CrossFit movement?

Front Squat


What is your least favorite WOD/CrossFit movement?

Double Unders


What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?

Some of the most difficult workouts have been the most memorable for me. Whenever I am able to push through and lay down exhausted after overcoming a workout that l knew would be tough, I feel super rewarded. I remember doing one really hard workout on a hot Friday afternoon this summer, where we alternated between hang cleans and running, and there were only four people who pushed each other to finish together. It was awesome to see how we all pushed each other to keep the same pace.


How does nutrition play a role in your fitness and recovery?

I definitely feel like I am able to get the most out of my workout when I hydrate and eat good meals leading up to the WOD. My recovery is better and I am able to have energy in the later rounds when things get tough.


How has CrossFit improved your overall wellness?

CrossFit has pushed me for the first time since football to challenge what I believe I can accomplish. Each day is unique in the challenges that it has provided to me, and I love how the community continually pushes each other to get the most we can of each workout. Mentally it has unlocked a lot as well, including finding new places to thrive before/after I go into my work. I am very grateful for everything CrossFit has given me.


How has CrossFit changed your family?

My girlfriend and I have always seen a benefit to me coming to class. It improves my mood and makes each day feel like an accomplishment regardless of how work goes. Keeping my workout affects all aspects of my life.


Advice to new people:

Ask anyone for help. Not only the coaches, but everyone at the gym is willing to give you the tips and tricks it takes to accomplish even the most difficult movements. The willingness to help each other succeed is contagious at the gym. I was able to do my first handstand ever on the wall due to several members of the gym helping me through the progression. Now it seems second nature.


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