Coaches

Dylan McGuire: Head Coach

   

Certifications: 
CrossFit Level 1
Crossfit Level 2
CrossFit Gymnastics
USA Weightlifting Level 1
USA Weightlifting
Level 2-Sports Performance Coach Certification


Dylan is from Albuquerque, born and raised. His favorite cheat meal is pizza and Oreos or doughnuts. He competes in GRID and hopes to join a pro-team for the NPGL. Dylan got introduced into CrossFit while training for the NAVY. He started off doing SEALfit, then when returning home used it to push himself and to see how far he can take his mind and body.

What Dylan has learned about CrossFit
CrossFit has taught Dylan that his body and mind can do whatever it wants if you are willing to put in the work to get there.

What Dylan wants people to know about CrossFit
CrossFit is for everyone, professional athletes to the never exercised before. Anyone can do it, and it can change your life.

Favorite lift in CrossFit
Heavy Thruster

Least favorite lift in CrossFit
Bench Press

Favorite WOD movement
Muscle Ups

Least favorite WOD movement
L-Sits

Rob Tapia


Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

Crossfit Level 1

Crossfit Level 2

Crossfit:Movement in Mobility

Crossfit Weightlifting

Crossfit Gymnastics

Crossfit Football

FMS

USAW-L1


Rob was born and raised in El Paso, Texas but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has lived here for the majority part of his life with the exception of the five years he served in the United States Navy.

Intro to Cross Fit: I was introduced to Cross Fit in 2008. I had just moved to my first command duty station in Virginia. I went to a local Air Force Base gym, Langley Air Force Base and would always go to their functional fitness room. In this room they had all of the makings of a Cross Fit box including a whiteboard with WOD’s and people’s times. I had no idea what to make of the information. I later was introduced to a local Fighter Attack pilot who told me what Cross Fit was. I immediately looked up Cross Fit Main site and started learning more about what Cross Fit was. I later joined a local affiliate, “Cross Fit Hampton Roads,” and the rest is history.

I have learned that Cross Fit is a lot like life. Staying disciplined, dedicated, and motivated to train everyday has helped my Cross Fit and physical capacity. Life is the same way if you maintain these same rules you can develop your capacities in everything else.

I want to help people improve their general health and wellbeing using the Cross Fit methodologies.

Favorite Lift in Cross Fit: The Snatch.

Least Favorite Lift in Cross Fit: I like all of them…

Favorite WOD movement: HSPU’s.

Least Favorite WOD movement: Thrusters.

Favorite Cheat: Hamburgers.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Reading

Dominic Serna

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Performance/Kinesiology

Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

CF-L1

CF-L2

Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM Dominic grew up playing all sports as a child, and continued to play baseball all the way through college. His extracurricular activities include anything outdoors, anything with family! Dominic has a passion for all things fitness and hope to further his education as an athlete but more importantly as a coach.

Intro to Crossfit: A friend of mine invited me to his gym after we met through a mutual friend.  I had just finished with my last year of playing baseball so I felt I was in great shape. I was mistaken.

What Dominic has learned about CrossFit: I have learned the body is capable of many things it adapts and does what it needs based off the stress you put it under.  

What Dominic wants people to know about CrossFit: Crossfit is a lot of fun and doesn’t deserve the rep it gets.  When you have quality coaching you get quality results.  

Favorite lift in CrossFit: Thrusters

Least favorite lift in CrossFit: Sumo high pulls

Favorite WOD movement: Anything gymnastics based

Least favorite WOD movement: Running

Coach Eric



Why CrossFit?:

After having tried (and failed) at a traditional gym many times, it was time to try something new. I was going to a gym in Tulsa and they had a class that was CrossFit-ish. I gave that a shot, and then joined a box there...that pretty much changed everything for me.

Tell us about your fitness background:

For those of you who have seen old photos of me know, fitness for me was watching sports on tv.

What’s your favorite CrossFit workout or exercise?:

I have to say assault bike and Karen

Least Favorite?:

Devil press

Where can we find you when you’re not at BCCF?:

I’m a homebody, so normally relaxing or at work.

Very important questions: favorite food, movie and band/music?:

Food: pizza, Movie: Lucky Number Slevin, Band/Music: 90s hip-hop/ Wu Tang Clan

Let’s hear three random facts about you:

I’m addicted to pretty much anything Harry Potter.My favorite sports teams are the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Red Sox, the Utah Jazz.I would love to write a book someday.

What can BCCF athletes expect from you as a coach?:

I always try to be as supportive as possible while still pushing athletes to get out of their comfort zone. I think I have a good perspective, being that I was never involved in sports when I was younger, so I understand the struggle it takes to grow. I’ll always be there to help and to continue to grow to become better and better everyday.

Damian Jay Ferguson

Certifications: 

Crossfit Level One 

Crossfit Strongman

Crossfit Conjugate

Damian is California bred and New Mexico raised. He’s currently attending the University of New Mexico where he’s majoring in Operations Management. Damian has travelled around a lot as an Air Force veteran, but came back to New Mexico to be with family and concentrate on his degree. He was introduced to Crossfit in 2013 at Animas Crossfit in Farmington and has had his level one certification since 2015. Damian loves hip-hop, pizza, and the occasional glass of whiskey. He loves Crossfit because of the positive effect it’s had on his life by helping him to quit smoking, and the family-type environment that it fosters. Damian became a coach to help spread the love of fitness to those who need fitness and positivity in their lives.


What Damian has learned about Crossfit: I’ve learned that fitness outweighs ego. It’s okay to lift less and concentrate on form. You’re not going to perfect every movement the first time you do it, it takes practice. Olympic lifts are a great example since those lifts are just that: Olympic level movements. Oly lifts take time, practice, and patience and won’t happen overnight, but, if you come in, do the work, practice, and train hard; you can get better at anything!

What Damian wants people to know about Crossfit: That it’s only expensive if you don’t understand what you’re getting. Sure, the bro gym is thirty bucks a month, but you’ll spend three hours there taking selfies and you’ll have no idea how to do more than half the exercises you’re attempting. At Crossfit, not only are you coached through every movement, but you are told why it’s great for your overall fitness, and most importantly you’re taught how to do it safely to prolong your overall health and fitness. The cost here, NEVER outweighs the benefit. 

Favorite lift in Crossfit: Cleans

Least favorite lift in Crossfit: Kettlebell Snatches

Favorite WOD movement: Hand Stand Pushups

Least favorite WOD movement: Pull-Ups and Double-Unders

Carly Newlands

CARLY NEWLANDS

Certifications: 

CrossFit Level 1


Carly was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado- Boulder, where she was a student-athlete as a thrower for the track and field team. She qualified for Nationals in shot put in 2006. She now has lived in Albuquerque for over six years. Carly loves the Broncos, rap music, high heels, Monster Zeros and wine. Carly has been doing CrossFit since 2013. She started attending free weekend classes at Duke City CrossFit, where she fell in love with metcons, CrossFit competitions and the overall atmosphere and community. According to Carly, Crossfit has genuinely changed her life. She started coaching because there is something very special about the community and atmosphere that she is every proud to be a part of and wanted to share with others.

What Carly has learned about CrossFit
CrossFit has taught Carly many things including; to respect others, humility, how to dig deep and that a short 5-minute workout can make you drop to the ground when it’s over. Additionally, it has given Carly confidence and fulfillment.

What Carly wants people to know about CrossFit
Anyone can do CrossFit! It truly is meant for all walks of life and people are able to scale any workout to fit a persons’ needs/levels. It can take people out of their comfort zone in a positive way and you do not need to work out for a solid hour to see results. More than anything, the CrossFit community is so supportive, compassionate and enthusiastic. CrossFit is empowering
and special!

Favorite lift in CrossFit
Snatch

Least favorite lift in CrossFit
Heavy dead lifts

Favorite WOD movement
Ring Muscle Ups

Least favorite WOD movement
Legless rope climbs

 

Reuben Bravo


Qualifications:

Crossfit Level 1

Crossfit Strongman

INTRO TO CROSSFIT

6 years ago, Reuben was dealing with some major issues in his life. A friend introduced him to Crossfit. Reuben did his first workout, almost died and was sore for 3 weeks. Reuben kept coming back, and  fell in love with the community! Reuben fitness background mostly revolves around baseball. He played in High School (El Dorado High), College (NM Highlands & UNM), and semi professionally (Atlanta Braves). Reuben had coached many different levels of baseball teams( Little League, Travel, High School and College Summer teams). He’s been very involved in Strongman both coaching and competing both locally and soon to be Nationally! 

What can BCCF athletes expect from you as a coach?

Fun! I love to have fun no matter what I'm doing. I also think it helps  to ease the anxiety we feel right before a tough WOD! 

What’s your favorite CrossFit workout or exercise? 

Linda (aka 3 Bars of Death)

Least Favorite?

Gymnastics! #bignastics

Nick Paquin

Certifications:  CrossFit L1

CrossFit L2

CrossFit Strongman 

USAW-L1

Nick is a New Hampshire native who moved to New Jersey, then made his way to the Land of Enchantment. CrossFit was always an interest for him and once he finished college he had some extra time to dedicate to CrossFit. After attending a few boxes in NJ, he finally took the next step and started his journey in becoming a coach. Several certifications later, and several years in the sport, he has found a home within the CrossFit Community. He might be a little competitive but, always has time to dance and crack a joke. 

What Nick has learned about CrossFit: CrossFit has brought back a strong competitive experience I used to get in sports as well as one of the best ways to find likeminded people who are into the same activities. For someone who travels a lot and constantly moves, finding a community of driven and athletic people is a huge plus. 

What Nick wants people to know about CrossFit: CrossFit is a perfect opportunity for any level of athlete to come in and try to better themselves. It doesn’t take a college level athlete to attend or to have years spent in the gym doing bro reps in front of the mirror. CrossFit is an infinitely scalable program and with the amount of knowledge our coaches have at Bear Canyon CrossFit makes for a welcoming experience for anyone.  

Favorite lift in Crossfit: Overhead squat are #1! 

Least favorite lift in Crossfit: Bench-press

Favorite WOD movement: Power Cleans 

Least favorite WOD movement: Burpees are the devil 

MARK TRAVIS Co-Owner


Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, XY Body Weight and XY Kettlebell


Mark was born and raised in Albuquerque. He has one sister and two nephews. Pizza is his cheat meal. He loves to play ice hockey when not working out at BCCF. He has been doing CrossFit since 2012.

What Mark has learned about CrossFit:
CrossFit has taught him failure, dedication, and support

What Mark wants people to know about CrossFit
CrossFit helps in all areas of life.

Favorite lift in CrossFit
Deadlift

Least favorite lift in CrossFit: Overhead Squat

Favorite WOD movement
Muscle Ups

Least favorite WOD movement
Thrusters

Why Mark Invested Into Bear Canyon CrossFit
Because CrossFit is a passion of mine and I want to share it with the community.

Rebekah FitzPatrick Co-owner


Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer, XY Body Weight and XY Kettlebell


Rebekah was born and raised in Albuquerque. A wannabe athlete all her life, She has been doing CrossFit since 2014 and Crossfit certified since 2015. In addition to CrossFit, she loves to wakeboard, kayak and snowboard. Rebekah is the middle of 7 kids and loves playing music and singing with her fam. She loves the the CF community, and most of her social life is CF events and Marble beers with the rest of the community. Any chance she gets, she drives to Lake Powell. 

What Rebekah has learned about CrossFit
There will always be something that she needs to work on. Ego kills.

What Rebekah wants people to know about Crossfit
ANYONE can do it- its true. As a former "non-athlete", Im proof of it. 

Favorite lift in CrossFit
Cleans

Least favorite lift in CrossFit
Snatch

Favorite WOD movement
Double Unders and Pullups. 

Least favorite WOD movement?
Burpees- isn't this everyone?

Why Rebekah Invested Into Bear Canyon CrossFit
I invested in this gym because CrossFit is my favorite. It taught me humility and made me feel like Superwoman. I wanted to be a part of a community that loved it just as much as I did. I love our place, our people. Best decision ever.

 

Amy Patton Co-Owner

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer, XY Body Weight and XY Kettlebell


Amy was born in Connecticut, raised in Maine. In addition to CrossFit she loves to run, ski, swim, road bike and back country ski. She always has bone broth in her fridge. She has been doing CrossFit since 2012 and got into it because she needed a challenge beyond triathlons.

What Amy has learned about CrossFit
CrossFit has taught her that there will always be something that she needs to work on. Good results take time!

What Amy wants people to know about Crossfit
There is no other sport that will challenge you enough both physically and mentally like CrossFit will.

Favorite lift in CrossFit
Power Cleans

Least favorite lift in CrossFit
Snatch

Favorite WOD movement
Wall Balls

Least favorite WOD movement
Burpees

Why Amy Invested Into Bear Canyon CrossFit
I invested in this gym because I love CrossFit. I wanted to help people become healthier and believe in themselves. How we care for our bodies is the key to living a healthy, happy, enriched life.It has given me confidence, strength, and determination, I now know I can achieve anything. I want to help people see and believe that for themselves. 

Justin Mesch

 

Certifications: Crossfit level 1, USAW level 1

Justin was born in Scottsdale AZ, raised in Albuquerque. His favorite cheat meal is Pizza and beer. Favorite sport to play is soccer and loves to watch football and Crossfit. Crossfit has been his only hobby recently and he has been doing it for 4 plus years now.

What Justin has learned about Crossfit? He has learned no matter how good he thinks he's getting it's constantly evolving and making me feel brand new all over again.

Favorite lift: Snatch

Least Favorite lift: Jerk

Favorite movement: Wall balls/rowing

Least favorite movementHSPU/burpees