We believe to be  human is to be athletic. Whether your athletisism is expressed in your long days pounding nails, miles on your bike or vertical on your skis, we are here to support your endeavors and maximize your potential.  We believe there is an athlete mindset in all of us wanting to be nourished and cultivated.  Let our qualified staff help take you there.

Synergy Athlete is the first CrossFit affiliate in the Gunnison Valley.  It was founded on the premise that life is too short to wish you could do more of what you love.  

We train one-on-one and in groups of up to 8-12 individuals at a time.  We teach and employ olympic lifts, gymnastic moves, kettlebells, balls, boxes, and whatever “heavy stuff” we find in our lives. We train indoors and out, while giving our athletes benchmarks and quantifiable results to test and retest, allowing you to track your progress!  The goal: Be better than you were yesterday.  

We believe in giving back to this unique community.  Ask about our local sponsorships. 


SYNERGY ATHLETE is owned and operated by Carrie Jo Chernoff-Hicks. Our coaches and community will, without a doubt, help you elevate your game whether you're simply seeking to trim a few pounds or trim a few minutes off a personal record.

OWNER / HEAD COACH              
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certficate
CrossFit Endurance Certificate
Crossfit Adaptive athlete certification
CrossFit Competitor Certificate
CrossFit Mobility Certificate
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity certificate
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA)  
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
Attitude Nation Level 1 Olympic Lifting
TRX Instructor
Certified Massage Therapist

Fueled by having an Olympic boxing coach for a father, Carrie Jo Chernoff-Hicks started her fitness quest and passion at the age of 6 with martial arts, received her black belt at 12, was teaching classes by age 13 and later became a certified fitness instructor in college.  Moving to the Gunnison Valley in 1992, she transferred her athletic discipline from martial arts to the mountains where she began competing in both skiing and mountain biking.  In 2006, she claimed the title of US Freeskiing Champion and finished 3rd on the World Tour.

Carrie Jo’s fitness background moved her into teaching conditioning classes in both Gunnison and Crested Butte.  She has been the fitness director at Rocky’s Gym in Gunnison, Performance Director for the Crested Butte’s elite Ski and Snowboard Academy, Director of the Crested Butte Winter Conditioning Program, and has taught classes at many other venues in the valley across a wide range of fitness disciplines.

Curious about CrossFit for many years, working out from the main website and visiting other gyms, Carrie Jo knew she’d be involved as soon as a CrossFit gym opened in Crested Butte.  She loves the range of benefits that CrossFit has to offer clients from the workouts to lifestyle and nutrition. 

Carrie Jo is passionate about sharing her love for the outdoors, fitness and healthy lifestyle with her 2 little girls, watching people connect with their bodies and push themselves outside their comfort zones and find capabilities that they once thought impossible. 

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Judge Certificate

Lauret has a long history in the fitness industry.  She majored in Exercise Physiology at Mississippi State University and began teaching aerobics in 1985, continuing to teach for 17 years.  She trained with a number of leaders in the industry, primarily focusing on kick-boxing.  Additionally, she was a personal trainer for over 10 years.  

In the summer of 2013, anxious for something new and challenging, she tried CrossFit and fell in love.  She found that it combined all the aspects of fitness she always loved into a vigorous workout that combined weight training, cardio and gymnastics all in one.  She's realized that she can become a functionally fitter version of herself so that she can remain healthy, strong and in shape for anything that life throws at her at age 50. In addition to being crazy about the sport of CrossFit, Lauret is an avid mountain biker, road biker, dirt biker, alpine and nordic skier.  You'll catch her hiking or fly-fishing on occasion, but prefers activities that require a helmet. 

When she is not CrossFitting, Lauret works as the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of LAND Magazines. She is a graphic designer by trade and loves all things creative. She does a lot of freelance design work in the Gunnison Valley, as well. Additionally, she serves as the Media Director at Oh Be Joyful Church.

Lauret was born and raised in Mississippi, but has been a part of the Crested Butte community for 12 years.  In mid-2014, she decided to make Crested Butte her permanent home with her husband, Bobby, and their little dog, Bode. Most importantly, she is a proud Boopie to her granddaughter, Camden!

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Judge Certificate
Registered Nurse

Shawn has been involved in competitive athletic sports and training since childhood. A competitive swimmer at the age of six, she became a nationally ranked athlete at 12 and qualified for the 1992 Olympic trials. Her swimming career lead her into triathlons when she became a member of the National and World Championship Triathlon teams. 

Fueled by her competitive nature, she eventually transitioned from athlete to trainer and began working as a personal trainer and spinning instructor. After the birth of her third child she found that training for countless hours on a daily was no longer possible. Shawn soon found CrossFit and fell in love with not only the challenging workouts but with the community as a whole. She soon became a Level 1 CrossFit instructor and began her coaching career under the close eye of both a CrossFit and Olympic lifting coach in California.  Between working as a nurse as well as a wife and mother of three boys, she has enjoyed both competing at local competitions as well as coaching for the past six years. She has also judged for several regional level competitions. 

As an outdoor enthusiast, Shawn lives for fitness and enjoys working with others. “Helping people accomplish their personal goals and ambitions is one of the most rewarding feelings."

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Ryan is new to Crested Butte, moving his family from South Carolina to enjoy the good life. Ryan, a proud Canadian, grew up skiing and snowboarding and was very active in organized team sports.  He started playing hockey and baseball at a very young age and moved into semi-pro rugby as an adult, competing all over the US. 

Ryan discovered his love for fitness at 20 years old, focusing on body building and physique sculpting. At 29, Ryan was tempted to try CrossFit. Upon attending his first class and getting embarrassed by nearly every athlete that day, he promptly quit.  Three weeks later, Ryan sucked his ego up, returned to CrossFit and hasn't turned back since. Six months after starting CrossFit, he broke his neck, fracturing his C6 and C7.  He has used CrossFit to rehabilitate and surpass his previous fitness levels.

When Ryan is not coaching, he is busy playing town league hockey or softball. He has his degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and has worked as State Sales Manager for RNDC and Brand Manager for Red Bull North America. He is calling this portion of his life his "semi-retirement" after being successful in the bar business, owning multiple establishments in Columbia, SC.

Ryan has his Level 1 CrossFit certification.  He is married to his wonderful wife, Katy, and the proud father to his son, Rivers.  His motto is "No brains, no headache!"

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Inspired by a love for sports and the outdoors, Whitney first discovered CrossFit during her years as an undergraduate at Pepperdine University. Not only did she find that CrossFit immensely aided her sports and outdoor performance, but she found the CrossFit community inspired and motivated her. 

Whitney began CrossFit as a means to improve her performance in everything from ultimate frisbee to rock climbing to mountaineering. She was soon hooked. Her own experience beginning CrossFit motivated her to share this passion with others. She then got her Level 1 CrossFit training certificate and began coaching at CrossFit Malibu. 

Throughout her time at Pepperdine University, Whitney was studying Sports Medicine and found that her studies of human physiology and exercise closely lined up with the foundation and purpose of CrossFit. This inspired her to start a CrossFit affiliate at Pepperdine! Whitney owned Pepperdine CrossFit for a year before graduating and beginning mountaineering school. 

 She now thrives by sharing this passion for CrossFit and the amazing benefits and community it brings!