About

Together We Will Endure

Mission

Offering and extending a higher quality of life to our members through exceptional fitness coaching, nutritional expertise, and personal development.

Values

Together

We will foster and develop a sense of community within our clientele, knowing that we achieve immeasurably more when we work with and for each other.

Honor

We believe our character is significantly more important than our fitness. Therefore, we will be decent, honorable and trustworthy in all we do.

Relentless

We will be relentless in our efforts to meet and support the needs of our members.

Crossfit

So what is CrossFit? Is it a place...is it a type of gym...is it a style of fitness? The short answer is that CrossFit is a fitness methodology. It can be defined as constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. This means that each CrossFit workout is unique, they all utilize full body movements, and they are done with maximum intensity.

CrossFit uses any combination of gymnastic (pull ups, rings, handstand push ups, etc), cardiovascular (rowing, running, etc), and weightlifting (power, olympic, kettle bell, etc) movements to form workouts. This provides an incredibly holistic fitness program.

When attending a CrossFit Dūrātus class you can expect a thorough warm-up, quality fitness instruction and coaching, and a challenging workout. Each class is designed to be 1 hour in length.

Because every workout can be scaled to different individuals' abilities--CrossFit really is for anyone and everyone.

People

Kevin Longmeier - Owner/Head Coach

Opening a gym has been a dream of mine since my "heavy bench" days in high school. In between that time and now, I married the woman of my dreams, fathered 3 incredible boys (all with that woman), and have grown a deep passion for the outdoors. 5 years ago a trusted friend (and fellow affiliate owner-CrossFit Spokane Valley) introduced me to CrossFit's methodology of fitness. I was immediately drawn in.

What I love most about CrossFit is that it is more than just fitness. It's a community. It's functional movement. It's whole life change. I have experienced each of these and hope that I can help others have the same experience.

Anna Denham

Throughout my high school career, I had never gotten into the sports atmosphere. After a torn ACL my 8th grade year, my mom drug me to a crossfit workout that she had been doing for about a year. I instantly fell in love, despite my noodle arms and incapability to lift the empty barbell over my head. At age 17, I obtained my L1 certification, while recovering after my second ACL and MCL surgery, and started co-coaching the beginners class at CVCF, and graduated from Chelan High School in 2014. Currently, I am working towards my business degree at Eastern Washington University, and am so blessed that I joined the wonderful community and staff at Crossfit Duratus. Coaching has been a dream of mine since I fell in love with the sport, and am incredibly thankful I get to do it with this amazing group of people here in Spokane. 

Julie Jones

I am a wife to a wonderful man and we have three fun little girls together. I was a collegiate volleyball player, worked for an organization called Young Life and am now a stay at home mom.  I have experienced competing at the highest level of intensity and fitness (dedicating hours upon hours to strength and conditioning).  On the other side, I’ve been on bed rest with all three of my pregnancies and know what it’s like to try to get back in shape with little ones running around.

I love that CrossFit is for anyone.  You can take any workout and make it hard enough to challenge the fittest person in the gym and scale it back for someone who has never attempted a pull-up or push-up.  As a coach, I love watching someone realize that they can do something they didn’t think they could do. I truly believe in the core values and mission of CrossFit Dūrātus and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Cole Holman

My introduction to Crossfit started 4 years ago with everyones favorite workout, Fran, after just barely surviving I was hooked. Coming from a competitive sporting background I naturally had a desire to compete at something, I found that outlet in the sport of Crossfit. After learning more about what the sport actually means I became an even firmer believer, while being competitive and succeeding is a main goal general fitness and health is at the base of what Crossfit is. Being healthy, active and mobile are things that I plan to carry throughout my life and hope to instill in those who I coach. I share my fitness with my wife and would like to contribute a healthy portion of the relationship we are able maintain to being in the gym and this sport.

Being a coach is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, seeing the members of the gym change in all aspects of their life is huge. More than anything I love the community that is associated with a gym, we all share each others failures and successes, every member allows each coach to be an agent of change in their life. 

Jake Motzny

I have always looked for ways to challenge myself both mentally and physically. Whether the challenge came from high school sports like lacrosse, or ultra-marathons I made it my goal to push my limits. I first heard about CrossFit in 2011. As I watched a rerun of the 2010 CrossFit Games on TV I knew I had found the challenge that I was looking for. After a 3 year stint of trying to do CrossFit on my own I found myself 2000 miles away from my hometown of Troy, Michigan and as luck would have I found CrossFit Duratus. I received my CF-L1 in October of 2014, after about a year of working out at Duratus, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community. It is my goal to help others realize their optimal physical fitness through CrossFit. 

Zach Bilbrey

Born and raised in West Texas, I have spent the majority of my life in a weight room. Playing football and being in competitive sports, I decided to make a career out of athletics and go to school to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2012 by a good friend, I fell in love with olympic lifting and enjoy the community that CrossFit embodies. The relationships that have come from a shared interest in fitness have been those that I cherish most, especially my wife Justice. I love seeing people hit new personal bests and am anxious to help Dūrātus athletes fulfill their training goals!

Cody Denham

I started weight training in high school originally to try and get huge and impress the ladies. After 4 years of trying to get huge and impressing no ladies I joined the military, where I was introduced to a much different fitness demand. Over my time in the military I learned so much about fitness from so many different people and was introduced to CrossFit sometime in 2012. After about a year and a half of training in my garage and learning how to squat, I got my CFL1 to start accruing certificates and material to build my resume to train people in the future. 

What I love about CrossFit is the idea of General Preparedness. The idea that every human being has the same basic physical needs but merely differ in degree depending on age or fitness level is beautiful. Preparing your body for any physical demand and teaching coordinated movements that connect every part of the body to move this or that, is truly incredible. I love everything about CrossFit but this to me is coolest part.

Greg Conley

My introduction to CrossFit came with the first workout at Duratus. Combining traditional conditioning with traditional strength training, with a sprinkle of gymnastics produced something interesting and novel, that totally peaked my interest. The community nature of it reminded me of my time training for and playing team sports, pushing for a common goal together. The competitive aspect of it allowed me to express a part of my personality that I rarely got to as an adult. It was the perfect blend of some of my favorite things, and a brand new challenge. I have been a member at Dūrātus ever since, and have come to love CrossFit both as a fitness methodology and as a sport. More than three years later, my wife Brittany and I now consider the Dūrātus community family. Some of our most valued friendships have begun and been grown at the gym, and it’s hard to consider life without it. We recently got our L1 to take on a new aspect of CrossFit, coaching. It has created a new challenge and offered the opportunity to engage even more with the CrossFit Dūrātus community, which we are very grateful for.

Brittany Conley

I stepped into CrossFit Dūrātus in 2013 and haven’t looked back since. I was a competitive cheerleader in high school and college, ran races, and have always enjoyed cooking healthy whole foods. However, post college I realized I needed something to still push my competitive nature and be sustainable for the rest of my life, and the answer was… CrossFit.

CrossFit Dūrātus has been a part of my husband and I's community where we now both coach. The combination of community, accountability, and excellent programming is what sets Dūrātus apart. I've obtained my CrossFit Level 1 Certification, work in education, enjoy whole healthy cooking, and giving back to our Spokane community. Being a coach, the thing I love most is seeing people improve their quality of life through fitness and nutrition, and accomplish goals they never thought possible. 

Sam Nicholson - Kids Head Coach

As a retired high school athlete and father of two great little girls, I am constantly looking to push the age curve further down the “line.” As well, I am very active in the back country of our great outdoors. Early in 2015, I walked into CF Dūrātus looking for a methodology that would help me maintain and even improve my physical fitness and mental toughness. I found that and so much more.

CrossFit is known for result of physical and mental fitness, but along with these two benefits, I found true social fitness as well. The community at CF Dūrātus is like no other group of people I’ve ever been around. Their positive attitude and supportive approach to all things, cultivate such a welcoming environment; I knew I belonged.

After getting my wonderful wife involved and as the months rolled on, our kids began to show curiosity towards all we were experiencing. As our Gym had no Kids Program, with Kevin’s blessing, I seized the opportunity. I got my CFL1 certification and then my CF Kids certificate in the spring of 2017.

Having the opportunity to introduce kids to CrossFit is such a rewarding endeavor. It’s tireless, exciting and essential in keeping our kids active and engaging. Letting them discover their physical and mental capabilities with my support and guidance is truly magical.

David FauntLeRoy

I first walked into Dūrātus about 4 years ago, pretty nervous to try my first CrossFit workout. I had years of experience at a more traditional gym, hitting upper body workouts regularly and always "saving" my legs for pick up basketball. Yes, I ALWAYS skipped leg day. 

Needless to say, the first workout really whooped me. And as I was laying on the ground in a pool of my own sweat and embarrassment, a fellow, more seasoned classmate came over and helped me up, congratulating me on my first workout completed. And that's when it hit me, the people at Dūrātus are something special. 

So I spent the next 4 years leading up to now dedicating hours a day in the gym, learning the movements and methodology, slowly progressing in my abilities (yes even squatting!) eventually securing my L1 CrossFit cert and a spot on the coaching staff! 

A little bit about my life outside of the gym (what little time I have) consists of weekly game nights, monthly Dungeons and Dragons sessions, Lord of the Rings trivia and staying in touch with my emotions by writing poetry. 

See you in the gym!

Duran Paasch

Fitness has been a passion of mine since high school. I got obsessed with lifting weights. I spent most of my time bench pressing and back squatting, or on accessories to beef up those lifts. Once I got to college I added dead-lift to my regimen and researched power lifting programming. It was in college that I first started giving health and fitness pointers to people. I helped teach my friends how to properly bench, squat, and dead-lift. 

After almost eight years of power lifting a close friend convinced me to try CrossFit. I spent the first few months trying to catch my breath, but I loved it. CrossFit gave me workout structure, it gave me an endless list of things to improve on, and it gave me a reason to live healthier outside the gym. As I learned more I knew that I wanted to share what I’ve learned with others. I became a coach to inspire the same desire and love I have for CrossFit in everyone I work with. I am lucky to be able to coach at CrossFit Dūrātus and give back to this outstanding community of people.