Joe Vigil

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, and have lived here my entire life. I attended Valley high School, and hold a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from UNM. I come from a more average fitness background that included weight training as a teenager and a job for my big brother doing door installation and construction. Which I believe has prepared me for “functional fitness training” more so than weight training ever did. Still, when I began college I became lazy and hadn’t consistently stuck to anything specific. Through some Internet browsing of parkour and functional fitness I came across Crossfit. The videos of workouts left me in awe, and it just looked so fun… I came to CFABQ and my first workout gassed me in less than 6 min. I thought I was fit but I had never felt anything like that workout, and I loved it. I’ve been doing Crossfit since 2009 and purchased CrossFit Albuquerque in 2014. I hold a Crossfit Level 1 and Level 2 Certification, CrossFit Gymnastics Certification and the USAW Weightlifting Course. This gym has literally changed my life and given me a new perspective on pushing past a comfort zone and working towards specific goals. It has also given me raw fitness and avenues to try other sports, and more importantly given me the most awesome community of people to be around and coach. So to see others nail that first clean, first pull up, and finish that workout that they never thought they could, makes my day. I love being here, and helping people move better and more efficient is my passion, because becoming a stronger, faster and more functional human being carries over to all aspects of our lives. Plus, just having other amazing athletes around you who can continually humble you, and make you believe that they are somehow robots is really good motivation to step it up and push yourself. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Whitney Cappellucci

I was born and raised in a small town called Raton, New Mexico and moved to Albuquerque in 2006 to attend the University of New Mexico and earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree. I played collegiate rugby and was introduced to CrossFit by a teammate. I used CrossFit to supplement rugby but after two ACL tears in rugby games, I decided to retire completely from rugby and submerge myself into CrossFit. In addition to my degree, I became an ACE certified personal trainer and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. I also earned certificates in Catalyst Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Movement and Mobility and CrossFit Powerlifting. I have been doing CrossFit since 2007 and coaching since 2008. I have competed at Regionals every year from 2010-2016, the CrossFit Games on a team in 2010 and as an individual in 2016. I am currently a medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and am an M.D. candidate for the class of 2020. Medical school is demanding but I still make time to train most days of the week with the class because it is important to me and I LOVE this gym!

Matt BoothMatt Booth

Being a CrossFit coach is something I wanted since my very first WOD (workout of the day). I immediately fell in love with the variety of CrossFit and the camaraderie that is central to its tenets. I truly believe the work we do in the gym will make you better in every aspect of your life. CrossFit has taught me how to deal with adversity, how to learn from failure, and constantly keeps me humble. It has also brought me more joy than any other activity I have ever been a part of. I have been doing CrossFit since June 2010 and coaching since October 2011. It has been one of the greatest journeys of my life and one that will continue for a lifetime. I know CrossFit can impact your life in much the same way as it has mine, and I look forward to standing beside you and guiding you through your journey. I am a Certified Level 2 CrossFit Trainer, with certificates in CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Gymnastics, the USAW Weightlifting Course, and I earned a baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2005. Be great today and finish well!

Emily Jaramillo

I grew up in a small town in New Mexico. I left for a short time to attend Luther College in Iowa where I played basketball and ran the 5K and 10K in track. After returning to New Mexico I taught high school and coached track for a while before becoming an Albuquerque firefighter. I discovered CrossFit Albuquerque through another firefighter and it changed my life. I started out at CFABQ with a strong endurance background, but I was very weak in my upper body strength (it took me months to get my first pull up). I started training with the team from CFABQ for the games, changed my way of eating to paleo, and have never been stronger or felt healthier. I believe that what we are doing at CFABQ works from my own personal experiences and love having the ability to work with all of our members so that they too can have positive, life changing experiences at CFABQ! I have obtained my CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 and attended the Catalyst Olympic weight lifting seminar.


I am originally from Raton, NM, lived in Socorro, NM to attend college, and moved to Albuquerque after graduation for work. Throughout my life I have played sports in some capacity from varsity to club. And I have always been involved in some fitness program from cardio queen to bro lifting. I was introduced to CrossFit via Whitney (following her through her sports endeavors). I thought it was interesting but didn’t get involved until I moved to Albuquerque. Like most, I was hooked immediately. CrossFit gave me what every sport I have ever loved gave me; a sense of achievement, a challenge, and a hunger to want to be better. But then CrossFit took it one step further and gave me a community. These are the things that I want to share with everyone that walks through the doors at CFABQ.  Helping people grow into the athletes they want to be, to take a challenge head on, and to have a good laugh at the end of the day is what makes me love being here.  I have been doing CrossFit since 2012 and I plan to do it for the rest of my life. I am CrossFit Level 1 Certified, I hold a couple of engineering degrees, and am currently in the application process for the Physicians Assistant program at UNM.


I was born and raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey (I know, I know, it all makes sense now). I grew up a huge sports fan, but mostly played baseball. I played baseball as early as I can remember all the way through High School. I also ran winter track to stay in shape for the off-season. In high school I was recruited to play baseball in college, but realized I wasn’t too heavy on the books and signed up for the United States Air Force instead. I was stationed in Albuquerque, NM at Kirtland AFB where I worked on aircraft engines. It wasn’t until I joined the Air Force that I really started lifting weights, but the “broski” gym just wasn’t cutting it for me. I heard of CrossFit, but decided to do my research, and shortly after ended up at CrossFit Albuquerque in my first class. There was no turning back from there. I fell in love with the workouts, the challenge of new movements, the competition, and the great community. Suffering through workouts really brings you together with the members and it becomes more than just a gym, it’s a family. The one thing I have taken away from CrossFit is mental toughness. I have less self-doubt inside and outside of the gym and it drives me to do things I would have never wanted to do in the past. I am happy to say I now have my CrossFit Level 1 Certification, and am currently enrolled in Central New Mexico Community College where I’m pursuing Physical Therapy. “I’ve been busy acknowledging the largest room in the world, the room for growth.”


The first time I tried CrossFit was at an introductory CrossFit Park WOD while working for Lululemon. It was nerve wracking and an absolute rush… until I became sick and threw up. Convincing me to try it again, Joe invited me to CrossFit Albuquerque for another WOD. I showed up willing to give it another shot and ended up falling in love with the intensity, the challenge mentally and physically, and the community. I’ve always been into fitness, but could never find anything that would “scratch the itch” until I started CrossFit. I was born and raised here in b-e-a-utiful Albuquerque, NM (and never left). My sports background is in Rodeo, where I grew up participating in barrel racing, pole bending, and other horse events. In middle school I also played volleyball and then started diving in 8th and 9th grade until I hurt my back. I dabbled in cardio at “globo-gyms” during college, getting into yoga after college. While I still enjoy yoga, CrossFit is where my heart is at. I’ve always enjoyed helping people and CrossFit has given me a way to make an impact in others lives, whether it’s with fitness or life in general. I started CrossFit the summer of 2013, received my CrossFit Level I Certification September 2014 and have a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in International Management from UNM. If CrossFit has taught me anything it is to do your best and be your best in and outside the gym. It’s just you against you.


Before I found CrossFit I didn’t have an athletic bone in my body. I never played sports, had little to no body awareness and very low self confidence. A friend invited my husband and I to try out a CrossFit class in December of 2011.  I took my first CrossFit class at CrossFit Durango at 6am. Despite not being an early morning person, the community, the coaching, and the sense of accomplishment had me instantly hooked. My coaches took time to meet me where I was in my fitness journey and really facilitate growth through patience and perseverance. Along the way, I developed a desire to help guide others in taking control of their fitness. I got my personal trainers certification through ISSA and my CrossFit Level 1. I’ve been coaching CrossFit classes and individuals since the Spring of 2013. I am registered to complete my CrossFit Level 2 certification in July of 2017. Being a student and a teacher of CrossFit has brought so much joy to my life.
Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

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