Member of the Month – Katelin Anderson

Congrats to our latest Member of the Month, Katelin!! She has been super consistent and is always getting after it and having some fun in class. Since joining she has broken out of her previous fitness routine that was a cycle of starting and stopping and never seeing real results. She has been crushing it and has the results to show: down 10lbs, stronger than she has ever been, ran a full mile for the 1st time in 10 years, and positive shifts in her mood and attitude. Not too shabby for someone who didn’t think she would be able to do “The CrossFit”. Check out her story below and keep up the awesome work Katelin!!! Big shout out to Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our member of the month!


Member of the Month – Sarah Bissett!

Congrats Sarah!! Sarah has been crushing it since she joined 5 Valleys CrossFit earlier this year. She has been super consistent and steadily gaining strength and fitness. Big thanks to Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our Member of the Month.

Here is what Sarah had to say:


Member of the Month – Steve Kemple

Big Congrats to Steve Kemple!!! Long time member Steve is continually trying to improve physically and mentally and most importantly has fun doing it. Way to go Steve! Big thanks to the Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our Member of the Month!

Here is what Steve had to say:


Member of the Month – Nate Aschliman

What was your biggest challenge prior to joining?

– My biggest challenge prior to joining 5 Valleys was that I was new to town and wanted to not only find the right gym, but the right people to surround myself with. I had a hard time finding what type of gym I wanted to commit to that would better myself for not only my day to day life, but also help make me stronger out on the trails.

How did that challenge make you feel? (more…)

Member of the Month – Joseph Bailey

Tell us a little bit about yourself (work, family, etc.)

I recently graduated from school with a BS in Geography and I love not being in school anymore! I have been married for seven years, two kids (1 and 6 years old), I live a little less than a mile from the gym.


Member of the Month – Jill Graniero

What were you doing for fitness before you joined?

I stayed active most of my life by playing sports. I payed basketball through high school and  softball all the way through college. Once I graduated from college, I stayed active by doing a ton of endurance races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan Race (I have more participation medals then I can count). Those races are usually a combination of strength and endurance, so I decided to join CrossFit in order to better prepare myself. I joined a local CrossFit gym back in my hometown of Staten Island, NY, and I have been doing CrossFit pretty consistently for about 7 years now.


Member of the Month – Erin Peterson!

What were you doing for fitness before you joined?

I’ve always been pretty active! I was a competitive swimmer growing up and on the rowing team when I was in college. Before joining 5 Valleys, I had been doing CrossFit for about a year at two different gyms in New Orleans (I moved to Missoula for grad school in Fall 2017). I maybe went 2 or 3 times a week but at the time, was mainly focused on running. I wasn’t very consistent and didn’t fall in love with CrossFit until joining 5 Valleys!


Member Highlight – Sara


Massive shout out to member Sara Markuson who took 2nd place in the MT Women’s Triathlon in Helena! A competitive triathlete when she came to 5 Valleys she had been forced to reduce her normal training due to some ongoing IT band problems. She has been working hard at the gym while being smart about her triathlon training so as not to overdo it. It looks like it is paying off!

Here is what she had to say:

“While you guys were crushing it at your hosted comp, I was competing in Helena. I just wanted to let you know that I believe the overall fitness I’ve gained from CrossFit assisted me in taking 2nd place overall at the MT Women’s Triathlon in Helena over the weekend. As you know, the issues I’ve had with my IT bands has limited my ability to train at the level of intensity I usually would. I wasn’t sure how my race would go because of the reduction in my regular training. I executed a solid race, and attribute much of my success this weekend to the strength gains I’ve made in the gym. You have a stellar team of coaches and I have learned an immense amount from my time at 5 Valleys.”

Way to go Sara!!!

We love hearing stories from members about how their training at 5 Valleys helps them outside the gym. If you are out there using your fitness let us know so we can share your story and inspire others to go get after it! Just email me at [email protected]

Meet a Member – Kristen

Hi Kristen, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

I’m from Colorado, second oldest of four and have been in the state since 2003. I’m a UM graduate in German/Arabic, currently applying to grad schools in Germany, and can often be overheard talking to myself in a different language. Free time is usually spent in movement in some way. I have the pleasure to commute year-round by bike, I train at a judo/jujitsu dojo, and my roommate recently discovered the joys of tabatas. I now have a tabata buddy!

Where do you work, how’d you get into that field, and what’s your favorite and least favorite thing about it?

I work in the cheese department at the Good Food Store. I have always loved cheese and to be able to talk cheese, eat cheese, and learn about all things cheese for my job is quite sublime.

Are you a Missoula native? If not what brought you here, and if you are, what keeps you here?

I am originally from Colorado. I’ll give myself ten more years then I’ll say I’m from Missoula. The University of Montana was the primary draw to move to here and, wherever my linguistic travels take me, I’ll always consider Missoula home base.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

My first intro to CrossFit was in Bozeman, Montana at True Spirit CrossFit and Yoga in 2014. The atmosphere was crazy encouraging and enthusiastic and I left with the necessity of finding a similar gym in Missoula. Enter 5 Valleys CrossFit.

What Crossfit class do you normally attend?

My schedule normally allows for me to hit the open gym time in the afternoons.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit?

Since introduction to the Hero WODS, I’ve wanted to do a fully Rx’d Murph. In the past, I’ve been able to do portions of the WOD with the weight vest but not the whole thing just yet. So my continuing goals are to improve proficiency at push ups (and get them weighted) and improve rhythm in my kipping pull-ups (and start adding weight!). Calisthenics and running are my jam, I love that stuff.

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?

In my natural environment, I’ll usually be found eating cheese, trail running or training at my judo/jujitsu dojo. I’m prepping for a second-degree black belt test and most of my free time is spent training for that, in one way or another. I will absolutely (and proudly!) include ‘eating cheese’ into my training regimen. Import Parmigiano-Reggiano and Beemster’s Vlaskaas gouda is where it’s at.

What’s your biggest CrossFit weakness that you’re working on right now?

Snatches! It’s a fantastic lift and it’s mostly a mental game for me right now.

What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?

No matter what the workout is, I’m doing it because I can and I want to. I’m very happy when I train. When I need to dig deep to keep going, in addition to keeping myself smiling on the inside, I remind myself that there will always be something else after the workout is nominally “over”. There could be orcs outside and I need to be ready for that or someone has a birthday that day and birthday burpees are in order too! It changes my horizons appropriately. While I’m still in the moment and know I need to give it my all, my vision adjusts. I think of it very much in terms of a judo match: the game may not be over when you throw your opponent, you need to be ready to follow-up with ground work. And it still may not be over then! It isn’t over for me when I drop for that 50th burpee or 30th pull up, it’s a continuation. Besides, there could be orcs.

If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?

I love calisthenics and am a big fan of Murph. I would definitely include some sprint repeats in there for warm-up before hitting the body of that WOD.