- Justin BiaysDirector of Programs and Head Coach
- James MerchantOwner, Director of Operations
- Tori AlemanyAssistant Manager, Lead Coach
- Chandelle StoneTrainer
- Tanya MerchantTrainer
- Taryn BrennanDietitian
Director of Programs and Head Coach
- B.S. Exercise Science
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Conjugate Method
- USAW-SP L1
- CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
- TSAC-F (Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator)
- OPEX CCP L1 Program Design
- OPEX CCP L1 Assessment
- OPEX CCP L1 Nutrition
- OPEX CCP L1 Life Coaching
Justin brings a passion for fitness rooted in years of athletics and military service. A native of Castle Rock, Colorado, Justin played three years of varsity football at Douglas County High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted with the United States Army as an 11B (Infantry) and served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Realizing quickly that standard gym routines did not sufficiently prepare him for the duties he was expected to perform, he found his love for functional fitness and began learning how to incorporate it into his own training. When he returned from Afghanistan, he decided it was time to try CrossFit, which led to him competing in the 2016 CrossFit Regionals (South Region) in the team division.
After separating from the US Army in 2012, Justin attended Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. Justin is also the founder of Dark Horse Performance, an online remote coaching/programming company.
2016 South Regional (team) 28th place
2015 Turkey Challenge Pro Division 10th place
2016 Turkey Challenge Pro Division 10th place
2015 Alpine Legends 2nd place
2015 Triple Threat 2nd place
2016 Triple Threat 3rd place
Owner, Director of Operations
- B.S. in Accounting, Virginia Tech
- CrossFit Level 1
A B.S. in Accounting probably isn’t the first thing most people put in their bio! My case is a little different though. When you see me in class I won’t be in front training, I will be in the class participating. As Director of Operations, its my job to make sure “the doors stay open.” We’ve set some pretty high standards for the trainers at CrossFit Barkada, and I’m not up to par! I love CrossFit and am excited to be able to help bring a new box to Aurora, but that doesn’t qualify me to be training new athletes. Look for me sweating beside you in class or in the back office!
Aside from my love of CrossFit, I’m an avid outdoorsman. Hiking, biking, camping…You name it, I love it! I feel its important to stay in shape so we can truly enjoy ourselves when we do the things we love. I enjoy putting my fitness to the test by participating in mud runs and half marathons. CrossFit hasn’t just made me a better outdoorsman, but its made me a better father and husband too. Testing my resolve, my strength, and my dedication. Those are lessons that apply to all aspects of my life.
Assistant Manager, Lead Coach
- CrossFit Level 1
- Power Monkey Certificate, Gymnastics and Oly
Tori is originally from Temecula, CA and was first introduced to CrossFit when she moved to Denver, CO in 2013. Her first CrossFit workout was “Fran” (13:45 w/ 35#), and nowhere near completing it as Rx!
Tori graduated form Chaparral High School in 2013; during her time in high school she was a member of the Varsity Sprint Team, 3-year MVP and broke (still holds) schools records in the individual 200m & 400m sprints, and 4x100m, 4x200m & sprint medley relays. She has accumulated over 500 hours of community service, all dedicated to sport activities with younger sports teams and the Special Olympics. She also worked as a volunteer Athletic Trainer for the football team.
In her spare time she loves being outdoors; playing with her dog, biking, hiking, swimming and trying new activities!
“After a month of CrossFit I knew I was hooked. All I wanted to do from that point on was grow with the CrossFit community and develop myself to be the best athlete I could be and figure out how to become a CrossFit Coach.”
2016 Southwest Throwdown – 1st place, women’s Rx division
2016 Denver Pound 4 Pound – 2nd place, team Rx division with Brett Wertman
- Associates in Business Administration – American Military University
- Bachelors in General Studies – American Military University
- CrossFit Level 1
- Outlaw Barbell Training Camp
- Master Resiliency Trainer – United States Army
After five years of practicing a regiment in weightlifting and endurance running, I found CrossFit while deployed overseas in Afghanistan in 2013. I found unique challenges that mimicked the mental toughness required to complete long distance runs with an intensity that challenged me to grow as an athlete. My passion quickly grew into coaching, as I returned home later that year. I love helping people develop a level of fitness they never thought possible and the mental transformation that accompanies physical achievements.
I want my lifestyle involving health and wellness to inspire others to becoming the best version of themselves both inside and outside the gym. This year, I look forward to furthering my education in the pursuit of a Masters in Sports Psychology. I believe we can learn a lot from ourselves through the challenges we face inside the gym and implement how we overcome them in everyday life. I have most recently began studying practices such as meditation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness. Aside from studying in my free time, I look forward to rekindling my hobbies of road cycling and indoor rock climbing.
Hometown Denver, CO
2016 Colorado State Weightlifting Championships – 3rd Place in 58 kg weight class
- BA Economics with Finance concentration, University of Virginia
- CF-L1 Trainer
Although Tanya spends her days helping others get their financial plans in order, she has always had a passion for fitness. In college, she received her group fitness instructor certification through the University’s recreation program. She later received her personal trainer certification through NASM and trained athletes who wanted to make gains without feeling intimidated by their trainer.
Don’t let her small size fool you, though – Tanya may be only 5 feet tall, but she has been known to lift almost twice her weight on the barbell! She was first introduced to CrossFit by a personal trainer in a globo-gym, and after her first real WOD, she knew she had found something great.
Outside of the box, Tanya enjoys hiking, camping, biking, obstacle course races, fun runs, and exploring Colorado (and the world!) with her husband and two sons. Bonus fun fact: Tanya was the youngest of seven Directors at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, where she worked for three years and planned the opening of their 30,000 square foot facility in Portsmouth, VA.
Read about some of Tanya’s adventures in camping here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/travel/camping-escap
2015 Denver Pound-4-Pound – 3rd place, Individual Women
2016 Denver Pound-4-Pound – 3rd place, Team
Taryn Brennan is a Registered Dietitian with a background in Exercise and Sport Science and Pediatric nutrition. Taryn specializes in food allergies, food intolerances, celiac disease and gastrointestinal disease. She has worked with infants, children, athletes of all ages up through aging adults. Taryn is a native Coloradoan with a distinguished collegiate basketball resume who now pursues her love of sport and competition as a player on the nationally ranked Glendale Raptors Women’s Premier Rugby Club. She is active in the CrossFit community while enjoying all of the athletic activities that Colorado has to offer. Taryn knows that eating is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
Everyone is told “eat this, eat that, not too much of this, need more of that.” Figuring out what you need to eat is more specific to who you are and what you do. Making sense of it all is the hardest part! My mission is to find out who you are, what your goals are and how I can help you overcome your struggles. By using creative and individual approaches, I will help you make sense of the world of nutrition.
Services & Pricing
1. Diet Analysis ($65)- can be done by email
· 3 day diet record provided and analyzed
· Detailed report explaining results
· Breakdown of calories, protein, carbohydrate and fat
· Vitamin, mineral and supplement review
· Strength areas and areas of improvement in current diet
2. Nutrition Coaching- ($250)- 1 initial (60-90 minutes) and 2 follow up (30 min each) meetings included
· Diet analysis package included
· Specific goal setting
· Analysis in relation to current health and wellness goals
· Learn how to meal plan and build grocery store list
· Nutrition coaching + Grocery Workshop package – $325
3. Grocery Workshop- 90 minutes- ($125/person)
· 60+ minute tour around grocery store of your choice with discussion during and a 30 minute sit down after
· Learn how to navigate, read labels, avoid hidden ingredients
· Topic specific: diabetes, paleo, allergies, celiac, obesity, feeding your kids, or topic of your choice
· Provide sample meal plan and recipes at the end
· *Group workshops available- max of 5 people per group
4. On the Run- 30 minutes – ($30)
· Phone or in person
· Q&A with dietitian about topic of choice