My name is Rachel Gunn Carr
and I am the owner and head coach at CrossFit Laramie. I have a passion for working with people who doubt their ability to do CrossFit based on prior injuries, age, weight, or fitness level. I will help you understand the importance of proper movement and change your perspective of fitness while helping you to achieve your health and fitness goals.
I moved to Laramie in March 2013 from Austin, Texas with my husband Brad, 2 dogs and 6 cats. I owned and operated CrossFit Four Points in Austin and was the head coach at TexFit CrossFit before that.
What brought us to Laramie? Brad took a job with the University after doing his Ph.D. in Geophysics here in the 90’s. I grew up in Virginia, went to college in Florida and graduate school in Massachusetts. Before moving to Texas I lived in North Carolina for 12 years.
I enjoy being active and am open to trying anything…except maybe skydiving or bungee jumping. I’ve played, competed and/or tried just about every sport and activity from disc golf to ice hockey. I competed on the U.S. National Team for Sprint Kayaking competing on both the national and international levels. I have competed in the U.S. Olympic Festival five times, Pan American Championships, numerous U.S. National Championships and many other events. I was the Junior National Champion as well as being a member of the U.S. National Team. I am a Category 2 bicycle racer and am on the Rolland Cycling Team here in Laramie. I completed Ironman Arizona in 2013. I have competed in the Eco-Challenge adventure race, played water polo, run full and half marathon’s, swam on master’s swim teams, been an avid rock climber, competed in numerous CrossFit events, etc. In October 2014 I ran the Marine Corps Marathon.
EDUCATION: B.A. from Eckerd College in Human Development; M.Ed. from Springfield College in Health Promotion/Wellness Management with a concentration in Sports Management.
CERTIFICATIONS: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach, US Powerlifting Association Coach, nutrition certification with Precision Nutrition.
After finishing a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Wyoming in 1995, I left Laramie and did an academic and professional “loop” tour of the United States and Canada. Since an early age, I’ve always been active in outdoor recreational sports and sport training. Over the years, my sports typically range between hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, road cycling, canoeing and whitewater kayaking with the primary sport depending on where I lived at that point in my life/career. Yet, since 1994, I’ve mostly been involved with Canoe & Kayak sport as an athlete, coach and administrator.
I started CrossFit in 2009, been a Level 1 coach since 2014, and a CrossFit affiliate co-owner with my wife, Rachel, since 2012. CrossFit has been the best way to stay in shape for both the summer fieldwork season as well as my recreational interests in competitive kayaking (i.e. Canoe/Kayak Polo) and bicycling (both mountain and road). Since starting CrossFit, I’ve found a higher state of “baseline” fitness keeps me better prepared for the numerous physical challenges that I deal with in my current position as a Research Scientist/Facility Manager in the Dept. of Geology & Geophysics at UW.
USA Men’s Canoe (Kayak) Polo Team Athlete/Coaching: 1997 – 2006
1998-2002: U.S. Canoe/Kayak Polo National Championships (Organized inaugural Championship)
1998: World Championships – Portugal
2000: Pan-American Championships – USA
2000: World Championships – Brazil
2004: U.S. National Championships – California
2006: U.S. National Championships - Colorado
2006: Pan-American Championships – Brazil
2006: Head Coach-USA Men’s U21 Team at World Championships – Netherlands
Canoe/Kayak Polo National Administration:
President of USA Canoe/Kayak Polo – 1996-2006
At Large Board Member (for non-Olympic disciplines) - USA Canoe/Kayak (2002-2006)
Certifications: USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach