THE CrossFit Fixx STORY

Brice Helms - OWNER

I started my first gym job at the NAU Rec Center as a Weight Room Attendant back in 1997. Not too long after, I realized that I wanted to have a career in fitness. I got certified as a Personal Trainer in 2002, and became a full time trainer in 2003, and finally started my own business, Framework Fitness Training, in 2014. I then became the new owner of CrossFit FIXX in April of 2017.

I got my first taste of CrossFit back in 2005. I was working in a personal training studio, and one of the trainers came across the HQ website, crossfit.com.

I found that I started incorporating a lot of what CrossFit was doing into my own programs for clients. I was seeing great results in both my clients’, and my own, fitness.

My favorite thing about being a gym owner is watching people reach fitness levels that they didn’t think was ever possible. It makes it worthwhile knowing that I played a small part in helping someone live a happier and healthier life!

My first bright spot at FIXX, when I became owner, was that the entire coaching staff stayed on. Even the previous owners stuck around to help coach, continue working on their fitness, and help ensure a smooth transition at FIXX. That’s when I knew that FIXX was a special place for a lot of people.

My personal fitness mantra has always been “workout to feel good”. When your body feels good and healthy, so will your attitude and outlook on life. It helps make everything else better!

OUR coaches

Anna Smith


My journey into CF started with bootcamps at Fixx. With my youngest child in preschool, I had time to get back into a fitness routine. 6 months later, I transitioned to the CF classes and here I am, 5 years later.

About a year after I started CF, another coach suggested I would make a good coach as well. I have always been obsessed with learning technique, good form and trying to get it “right.” I found out another friend at the gym was going to take her L1 soon, so I decided to sign up as well. Right after the L1, all of us coaches then got our Concept2 Rowing Certs as well. I have been coaching for 3 1/2 years at FIXX.

Seeing an athlete finally click with their technique, or with a particular cue that I have given, is always satisfying. Everyone is always so supportive and encouraging of each other.

I am a Tucson native. I come from a big family. My husband and I have 3 amazing kids. I am a proud military spouse and mother!

Ruth Adamson


My CrossFit journey began in 2015. I was asked to teach yoga at a box in Houston and after attending my first class, I knew I’d found my thing.

Coaching was a harder sell, but I love learning more about the movements and sharing that with the athletes. Helping others become more efficient (and working on that myself) is very rewarding.

Rhett Taylor


I started CrossFit around the same time I became a firefighter. I quickly found that this exercise style is the most beneficial to what I do for a living.

I love that every day is different, but we always work towards a goal. Like a typical millennial, I love the gratification of accomplishment, like getting double-unders or a muscle-up for the first time. As a coach, I enjoy seeing someone’s healthy development, which proves that hard work and determination pay off.

A fun fact about me is that I received an award for Ironman All-World Athlete in 2017.

Nathalie Guenther


My name is Nathalie (the h is silent) and my CrossFit journey began in February of 2019. After having tried several different training modalities, a close friend of mine invited me to try out CrossFit with her.

After taking that class (and a 5-hour nap right after), I was hooked. It was fun and the people were welcoming.

A few months into training at this gym, the owners asked if I would be interested in coaching. At this point, I had been training/coaching various sports and classes for 7 years and athletics had always been a passion of mine. I realized early that I love helping people, and with time it became clearer that it is because I love watching people grow into better versions of themselves. I found that I can better help with this by coaching mindset in my athletes in addition to physical movement.

With bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology, Dietetics, and Psychology, I have learned a lot about the body and how it works, but the soul is the most important part of each of us. When I coach, I am not only coaching movement, but I am also coaching mental clarity as well as healing of the soul and body.

As someone that has benefitted from this, it is an important part of health. If you can truly be happy with yourself, love yourself, and accept yourself, then you have won the Game of Life.

Fun Fact: Coaching CrossFit was the best decision I have ever made because it led to meeting and marrying my wife.

Ben Bachman


My CrossFit journey began my senior year of high school when I was bored with my current training program and wanted to try something new. I instantly fell in love with the competitive side of CrossFit and never looked back.

In 2020 some amazing people gave me the opportunity to start coaching at CrossFit 309 in Peoria, Illinois. Soon after that I knew that is what I wanted to do full time. My favorite part about coaching is having the opportunity to love and serve so many different people throughout my day.

Jazlyn Guenther


My CrossFit journey began in 2020 when I decided to walk into a box in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I've been doing graphic design since high school, so applying those skills for marketing and social media for the gym came naturally. I enjoy being able to showcase athletes doing what they love. Fun Fact: I met my best friend thanks to CrossFit, and then I married her.

Vanessa Helms


My fitness journey began in 2005 when I became a certified group fitness instructor. While I have always been interested in fitness and health, group exercise instruction was my "side gig." My full time career was focused in the helping professions.

I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling and whether in case management, counseling or crisis intervention, my focus was on working with individuals to identify their biggest concerns and to empower them to make positive changes in their lives.

During the pandemic, when my stress, eating and drinking had gotten the best (or should I say worst) of me, I decided enough is enough! Through trial and error and lots of soul searching, I found ways to establish positive eating habits and revamp my relationship with food. Because of my personal experiences, I found a passion for positive nutritional health and became a certified nutrition coach.

I now get to transfer the same ideas and techniques of behavior change with which I’ve worked for over 20 years in Social Services, to work with clients to make positive changes in their nutrition habits.

Helping people find even better versions of themselves is one of my favorite things about nutrition coaching.

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