Introducing the CrossFit Billings Team
Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.
MEET THE OWNERS
Yurii and Kerry Hanson are the owners of CrossFit Billings. They have been a CrossFit Affiliate since October of 2008. They started CrossFit out in their home garage and from there moved to Yurii’s dad’s garage, and then finally into a commercial setting in March of 2009. Working out has always been a passion of both of the Hanson’s and that passion turned into a reality.
If you spend any amount of time with me, you will soon discover that I am a very passionate person. For sure, exercise has been a passion of mine and I have been involved with it my entire life through sports. Being a gym rat also helped prepare me for my career as a professional firefighter. However, there is a deeper passion that drives me. That passion is people. Relationships with people are the driving force behind what I do. More specifically, my desire to provide hope and joy in peoples’ lives. This was the driving force behind Kerry’s and my decision to start CrossFit Billings in 2008. It is the perfect combination of my passion for exercise and people. I use my love for health and fitness to educate and inspire people to have a life they never thought possible.
A life where they have the freedom to pursue their passions rather than being road blocked with lack of energy and resources, high stress, or being sick and tired all the time.
I had spent years as a personal trainer in various health clubs prior to opening our gym, but I knew there was something missing. While I was working with my passions to help give people hope and their lives back, I sensed that there was a missing element. There was something more available to help empower people. That element finally came when Kerry and I opened CrossFit Billings and witnessed the forming of a community unlike anything ever experienced in a regular gym setting. A place where people come together and genuinely care about each other. A gym where they encourage one another through challenging workouts and challenges in life. A fitness center where people authentically celebrate goals being achieved in the gym but also in life. A health club where you are more than just a name and a face, you are a person who is cared about and known. The real transformations seen in our members’ lives and the strength of our community ultimately helped lead me to a major step of faith. In 2013, I left an 11 year career as a professional firefighter to go “ALL IN” with our gym. My decision to leave the Billings Fire Department was one of the best decisions I have ever made. While I enjoyed my job and loved the brotherhood and sisterhood of the job, I have been able to focus all of my efforts on impacting peoples’ lives through health and community. I heard someone say once that you can do a lot of good things or a few great things. I chose the few great things.
In the past 25 years fitness has been a ride for me to say the least. Going from, sports in high school (Baskeball is MY LIFE), to being a collegiate athlete (Basketball is STILL MY LIFE), then working in a globo gym (what am I doing with MY LIFE?), to owning a CrossFit gym (ahhhh, I finally understanding what I am supposed to be doing with MY LIFE). Being in a community of like minded people, helping one another become the best version of themselves, has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. It’s not normal to walk into a regular gym and plug in to people’s lives and genuinely care about what is going on in each persons life and offer a prayer or a bent ear to listen to a personal need. However, that is exactly what happens at CrossFit Billings.
Daily, I get to witness people doing things they never thought possible, and I have the opportunity to instill hope into people’s lives. That is what makes going to this gym like no other. I love being part of a community where people push each other beyond their limits, encourage each other, and simply enjoy life together inside and outside of the gym. CrossFit Billings is an extension of my immediate family and my favorite part is seeing people doing things they never thought possible!
Our Professional Coaches
Certifications: BS Health and Human Performance, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Weightlifting
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, Crossfit Movement & Mobility, USA Weightlifting Level 1
Jenny began participating in CrossFit in 2009, and coaching in 2012 first in Nevada, Ohio, and now Montana. She is proud to call CrossFit Billings her home. Jenny is especially passionate about helping others intimidated by the world of CrossFit to achieve goals they didn’t think possible and helping members mitigate injury and improve joint health through mobility. When she’s not coaching, you can find her teaching at Rocky Mountain College in Billings as an Assistant Professor of Psychology.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Nutrition, and CrossFit Kids.
Other Training: Olympic Lifting Clinic, and Pose Running Clinic.
Certifications - CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Nutrition, CrossFit Movement & Mobility.
Coach Kelsey joined CrossFit Billings three years ago excited to receive awesome coaching, commiserate about workouts with her Mom and Dad in the Master’s classes and get her three boys involved in CrossFit Kids. She also joined knowing this was the place she could learn to be a better coach from Coach Yurii and the other coaches at the gym! Kelsey says she is so proud to be a part of the team! When she isn’t at home in Billings, she’s headed to Lake Inez for some wakesurfing, snowmobiling, or drinking coffee on the screened porch looking at the Swan Mountains!
Jessica’s life mission is to help people be the healthiest versions of themselves. As a wife and homeschool mom, staying fit is important so she can continue to fulfill those roles. Jessica never did athletics growing up, and hopes to be able to coach those who might feel intimidated by the gym. Personal training and nutrition are also passions of hers because she loves building relationships with people and being a part of their transformations, inside and out. The process of becoming 1% better every day is what draws her back to the gym again and again!
I am a wife and mother to 5 amazing children who motivate me on a daily basis to be the best version of myself possible. I started my fitness journey at a young age. I played competitive sports throughout high school and college. After college I began coaching high school athletes in a variety of sports along with teaching in the classroom. Both of these endeavors feed an intrinsic desire I have to build relationships with people and help them achieve their goals whether in the classroom or on the court/field.
I found crossfit in 2013, I fell in love with the coaching aspect of helping others strive to be their best. I had coached kids sports in the past, but this was a whole new level. I see it as not just showing someone the movements and yelling at them to go faster and lift that heavy stuff. It is helping them face their fears, becoming more flexible, improving their quality of life, developing better eating habits and building a discipline. I love to see people overcome mental roadblocks, crush a WOD, do a WOD RX for the first time and hit a PR.
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas