BLACK CANYON STAFF
Melissa Spencer - Owner - Coach
Hometown: Born in Delta, UT, lived all over the western US. Sanpete County has been my home for the last 15 years.
Family: My husband and I have been happily married for 19 years. We have 4 great kids, 2 boys(ages 10 & 14) and
2 girls (both age 14). We love having a tight-knit extended family.
How long doing CrossFit: 5 years
How long as a CrossFit Coach: A little over 4 years
Degrees/Certification: Forever a student at American Military University. CrossFit Level 1 Certification.
Anything else that makes you extra qualified: I am a former EMT and Foster Care Provider. I avoid the PTA, but love
all teachers and administrators. I'm a lifetime member of the NRA and Front Sight.
Why you Crossfit: CrossFit is the one and only discipline I have ever stuck with. It's unlike anything I have ever done
before. CrossFit cultivates functional fitness and encourages every athlete to be adaptable. The workouts help me be
better, in every area, outside of the gym. It's almost like having a personal trainer with a huge supportive community.
The accountability that comes with the health challenges have been a game changer.
Favorite WOD: I enjoy so many Hero WODs. As a military wife and patriot, I honor our fallen Servicemen and women
and their families. Some gave all.
Favorite movements: Rope climbs, 100%, are my favorite movement. The rope kicks my trash and keeps me humble.
Other sports & hobbies: Outside of CrossFit, I love to swim, bike and run all the miles. I enjoy the outdoor with my family and friends.
Something we don’t know about you: I am left handed, but cut with my right hand. I have a huge love and respect for meditation, crafting, scrapbooking, and service.
Katie Lynn Cox - Coach
Hometown: Fairview, Utah
Family: Together my husband and I have
5 amazing children. I have 2 sons, and he has 2 sons and 1 daughter. In November 2019 we will have
our first grandchild. My husband Jeff and I share a love for fitnessand enjoy triathlon and CrossFit
How long at CrossFit: Back in 2013 I was invited to do CrossFit with a friend out of his garage gym.
I immediately fell in love with it. My husband and I did our own version of CrossFit at the local high
school gym for a year. In 2014 I became certified as a CrossFit coach and opened my own CrossFit
gym, CrossFit Wakara. I owned Wakara for 5 years when I decided to sell it to one of my amazing
coaches. Wakara later became Black Canyon CrossFit.
How long as a CrossFit Coach: I have been coaching CrossFit (adults, teens, and kids) since 2014
when I opened CrossFit Wakara. I’m excited for the opportunity to coach at Black Canyon CrossFit and
continue my passion for helping others reach their health and fitness goals.
Degrees/Certification: *CrossFit Level 1 Certification *CrossFit Level 2 Certification *USA Weightlifting
Level 1 Certification
*Associates Degree of Science from Snow College *Bachelors Degree of Science & Human
Development from Utah State University.
Anything else that makes you extra qualified: I have been active in competitive sports and weight
training for the last 25 years. I’ve also had the opportunity to coach many youth sports teams in the
last 20 years.
Why you CrossFit: From the first time I tried CrossFit I immediately fell in love with the energy, positivity, and community that CrossFit embodies. The CrossFit methodology, functionality and variety have added a much greater purpose to my training and have been a catalyst for reaching many of my health and fitness related goals. I hope to continue to do CrossFit as long as I’m alive, and plan on being the little 80 year old woman hitting squat and deadlift records
Favorite WOD: Fran. Yes really! It hurts so good!
Favorite movements: Any squatting movements, and pull-ups.
Other sports & hobbies: Ironman’s & Triathlons, CrossFit competitions, traveling,hiking, riding my Harley, going to concerts with hubby and friends.
Something we don’t know about you: I’m an adrenaline junky. I love heights and anything that moves fast!
Lori Watson - Coach - Nutrition Coach PN1
Hometown: Kanab, UT
Family: Mother of 10 kids, husband owns an engineering firm. We've lived in Mount Pleasant since October
2010, and it is home to us.
How long at CrossFit: I started CrossFit in January 2016
How long as a CrossFit Coach: Worked as assistant coach since May 2017, became L1 certified in June 2019
Degrees/Certification: Certified nutrition coach (PN1)
Anything else that makes you extra qualified: I am passionate about helping others become their best
selves in every area of life.
Why you CrossFit: It has helped me become stronger, both physically and mentally. I love the philosophy,
and the workouts are fun and challenging.
Favorite WOD: "Annie"
Favorite movements: Barbell lifts (except thrusters!)
Other sports & hobbies: Running, swimming, cycling, hiking, fiber arts, spending time with family
Something we don’t know about you: I have been musical for my whole life. I love to sing, and I also play piano and clarinet.
Megan Andersen - Gym Manager - Sports Nutrition
- Nutrition Coach PN1
Hometown: Kennewick, WA
Family: I have an amazing husband and 3 kids, 2 boys and 1 girl.
How long at CrossFit: I started CrossFit in August 2017
Degrees/Certification: Certified Sports Nutritionist, Nutrition Coach PN1
Anything else that makes you extra qualified: Been a runner for 7 years pushing the boundaries every
year to see how much further I can go.
Why you CrossFit: I started to become a stronger runner and tone up.
Favorite WOD: Anything with running
Favorite movements: Snatch because it's so dang hard. But never a burpee.
Other sports & hobbies: Running all the miles, swimming, cycling, building things with wood and I love cooking and baking.
Something we don’t know about you: I am an Ultra Marathoner (wait everyone knows that about me because I
always try to figure out how to fit it into every conversation!). My first Ultra was 100 miler!
August of 2019 I completed my first Ironman 70.3.