Family Owned by Steve and Ashley Hartle


We first discovered CrossFit in 2007 while owning and operating another fitness facility.  We received our CrossFit Level 1 certifications and also purchased our Affiliate early in 2008.  CrossFit was the perfect fit to match our backgrounds.

  • Steve was a 2x Division 1 All-American Wrestler from Iowa and has over 20 years of coaching experience.  With his experience in training and coaching, it made a natural fit for him to be the Head Coach at BackCountry.
  • Ashley was a competitive Gymnast, Runner and Cheerleader.  While Ashley enjoyed athletics, it is school and business where she excels.  She has a double major in Marketing and International Business, a Master’s in Business (MBA) and 18 years business experience at a top 5 Private company.  This experience allows her to oversee the business aspects at BackCountry.

How we started:

One thing that we feel is extremely important to be successful coaches is that you need to put the time into your trade.  Getting a Level 1 Certification is only the start…anyone can get the cert, not everyone can coach.  We spent the next couple years training, learning and coaching.  Also, due to our travel we have visited well over 100 other CrossFit Boxes across the country to gain knowledge, experience and best practices.  Six months before we opened our doors to the community, we trained a small group of individuals at no cost in our garage to practice our programming and further sharpen our coaching skills.  After 3 1/2 years of coaching CrossFit for other boxes and training out of our garage; we decided that it was time to open our own facility in 2011.

It takes time and experience to become a great CrossFit Coach.  You have to know the proper ways to get people to move correctly, when to scale or modify a move/weight, how to read athletes and most importantly keep everyone safe.

We are a 13,500 Square Foot dedicated CrossFit Facility in the Heart of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  We are located at 8990 Barrons Blvd #102. Our facility offers:  Showers, multiple restrooms, dedicated children area, full inventory of SFH and Progenex proteins, supplements, coffee bar/lounge area, and a full selection of Inov-8 CrossFit & Olympic lifting Shoes.

We have 4 large Rogue pull-up stations, 19 Concept II Rowers, 50 olympic bars, 70 kettlebells, 80 medicine balls, 63 slam balls, 45 plyo boxes, 40 sets of rings, 6000 pounds of bumper plates, 9 Climbing Ropes and much more!  Our goal is to make sure an athlete always has their own equipment and enough space to be able to do the WODs at the same time with no waits and plenty of room for safety.