We are the largest CrossFit Affiliate in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with over 9,000 square feet of space built to provide the highest quality fitness experience. CrossFit Eden Prairie is an exercise facility founded on two equally important values:
1. Foster a community that enhances each members' exercise experience every time they step foot in the gym.
2. Offer fitness coaching with high-level standards that yield great results for all levels of skill and ability.
Emphasis on these two values has helped create the inviting and effective atmosphere that exists at CFEP!
Meet the Owners
Curt, Anna, their daughter Hadley, and dog Luey love their CrossFit Eden Prairie & Prior Lake family. It has been amazing to see the support that this community has given them, both professionally and personally. As cliche as it may seem, their love of CrossFit has cemented Curt and Anna's relationship even further, but is also going to foster an amazing environment of support, fun, and happiness for their daughter to grow up in. This is a family that has a love for health and fitness, a desire to grow something special, and a goal of surrounding themselves with great people. CFEP/CFPL is where all of those things come together!
Meet The Coaches
Curt Follman, Owner and Coach
The health and wellness industry is where I have spent my entire career. This has taken me to personal training, fitness management, group exercise instruction, health and wellness coaching, and wellness service sales. When I first started CrossFit, I immediately knew that I was hooked for life. To be honest, it frustrated me knowing how I had trained clients (and myself) for all of these years. It's a great feeling when you are actually excited to go workout, even when you know it's going to be very hard. That's directly related to the addictive nature of CrossFit and the personal relationships you have with your coaches and fellow members.
As a coach, my objective is to get the best out of each and every member. Each person who steps through our door is going to be at a different fitness level, strength level, flexibility level, confidence level, etc. This excites me as a coach because it allows me to constantly need to adapt. My years of coaching and training have instilled the understanding that no two people are alike, and it truly is a skill to be able to peel back the layers to get an individual ready and motivated to make changes. Those changes do not happen over night either, so having a relationship deeper than just a casual "Hi" and "Bye" is important to navigate each members' path to better fitness.
A high standard of coaching is very important in CrossFit. Due to the complex and intense nature of our workouts, it's key to have the proper technique and form to decrease the likelihood of injury. Our motto says it all, "Higher Standards, Greater Results." I will not allow you to put your safety or health at risk, because after all, what's more important than our health?! I know I don't want to take any time off from my workouts, so I know my members don't either!
CrossFit L1 Certified Trainer; CrossFit L2 Certified Trainer; B.S. in Exercise Physiology; CPR & AED Certified.
Anna Follman, Owner and Coach
I grew up participating in both individual and team sports but my true passion was in gymnastics and track and field. I went on to compete for the Blugolds as a gymnast and sprinter/jumper at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After retiring from collegiate athletics and receiving my degree in Kinesiology, my professional experience has ranged from personal training, coaching gymnastics, sports performance training, and corporate wellness. Although I believe my calling is in the health and fitness industry, I continued my search for something that truly brought me more excitement in my day-to-day life.
In January of 2011 I started CrossFit and I have been addicted ever since! Members of CrossFit appreciate it for different reasons; my most important reasons are the strong sense of community, technical-based coaching, constant exercise variety, and of course it's effectiveness in my overall strength, endurance, and physical appearance. I can honestly say that I have never left a CrossFit workout feeling like I didn't get the most out of the class.
Given how much I have fallen in love with CrossFit, it is extremely fulfilling for me to get to share this experience with every member of CrossFit Eden Prairie! As an owner and coach it is my priority to make sure each individual feels supported wherever they are at in their CrossFit journey. Having an extensive background in coaching all ages and skill abilities it allows me to be very effective at personalizing workouts, even within the group class setting.
CrossFit L1 Certified Trainer; CrossFit L2 Certified Trainer; B.S. in Kinesiology - Human Performance, Sport Performance; CPR & AED Certified.
Julie Maines, Coach
CrossFit changed my perception of fitness and perception of myself. I'm passionate about helping people find similar results.
I remember coming in early for my introductory CrossFit class while the previous class was just finishing up. I was blown away by what I saw. Here was a group of people of all different ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels working out together, encouraging each other, and pushing themselves like I've never seen before! It was love at first sight.
I joined CrossFit in the fall of 2012. That CrossFit class challenged me in a way that I've never been challenged before. I couldn't wait for my next class to learn new movements so I could work on them and get better. The rest is history. I found my home at CrossFit Eden Prairie/Prior Lake. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing group of people. While working hard on all the different aspects of CrossFIt and growing as a CrossFIt athlete myself, I find joy in working with others and helping them achieve their goals.
CrossFit L1 Trainer; CPR & AED Certified.
Ryan Petersen, Coach & Strength Manager
While deployed to Basra, Iraq in 2009, a Special Forces ARMY buddy started talking about this amazing workout routine called CrossFit. He bet me that I could not do this workout called “Fran” in less than 10 minutes. I looked up the workout 21-15-9 of pull-ups and “thrusters” I had no idea what a thruster was so got on the internet and searched for it. While deployed you don’t have much to do in your off time so I spent a majority of it at the gym, I said sure I take your bet. Then 6:14 seconds later I was Dry heaving over garbage can gasping for air. The workout was amazing and terrible at the same time. Both movements were scaled, mostly because I was ignorant of the range of motion CrossFit asks you to do. That night I talked my workout partner into giving CrossFit a 30 day trial. We did mainsite workouts for the next 30 days. I was hooked and never looked back.
CrossFit training has never ending potential for improvement, therefore it never gets old. When you start to burn out you just change directions. The gym is one of my happy places and CrossFit allows me to spend lots of time in my happy place.
I coach because helping people change bad habits or find out who they are athletically is fun. As a coach the look on someone’s face when they just did something they never thought was possible in a million years is indescribable. So powerful!
Certifications: CrossFit L1 Trainer; CrossFit L2 Certified Trainer; CrossFit Mobility Certified. CrossFit Weightlifting Certified. CPR & AED Certified.
Jesse Cole, Coach
I grew up wrestling so when I found CrossFit it was an easy transition. I like to push myself and see what I'm capable of. What gets me the most excited about being a coach is showing people who are new to CrossFit that it can be for everyone. It's also extremely rewarding to help members accomplish their goals, whether that be their first HSPU, Muscle Up, or just getting a full depth squat for the first time. The motto "Work Hard Be Nice" that CFEP/CFPL encompasses is what I truly try to live by. I believe with hard work you can accomplish pretty much anything, and being nice...well, why be anything different?
Certifications: CrossFit L1 Trainer.
Nicholas Gillen, Coach
CrossFit has changed my life. My health and overall life style was headed nowhere fast when I was introduced to this community and style of fitness in 2014. My fitness wasn’t terrible as I was a successful Marathon runner having completed nearly 10 Marathons at that time. However it wasn’t until I was introduced to CrossFit that I realized what I was missing in my life.
When attending my first class in March of 2014 I thought this doesn’t look that bad. Meanwhile 8 minutes later I was on the ground wondering where has this been in my life. I had always had a goal of completing an Iron Man and after six months of CrossFit a fellow athlete convinced me to sign up for Madison Ironman in 2015. I came in every day thanks to the encouragement and support of the community. Twelve months later I heard the words – “You are an Iron Man!” I have the CrossFit community to thank for that and I have not looked back.
I have loved seeing friends and family join the CrossFit community and watching those around me improve overall lifestyles and achieve new levels of fitness! We are all athletes achieving new successes every day. Now in the last year I have found a passion in playing a more significant role in seeing others learn and develop their skills in CrossFit and I am very excited to work more closely with individuals and classes as it will only help me develop as an athlete and coach.
Certifications: CrossFit L1 Trainer.
Annie Shand, Coach & CrossFit Prior Lake Manager
My sport background is pretty diverse. I was in diving, gymnastics, pole vault, co-ed cheerleading and rugby. All throughout high school and college I loved the weight room. I took every athletics class that I could in high school to get into that room throughout the day. Also, having almost all of my classes in the same building as the weight room in college I was able to sneak in between classes as well. If I had only known of CrossFit back then.
In 2009 I was really in a fitness rut. I was still hitting the weight room but not as frequently and it just wasn’t as fun anymore. The only competitive thing I had was bar league volleyball. Which is serious fun but overall not the challenge I was looking for. A girl I played rugby with had recently started CrossFit and I kept seeing pictures posted of her doing the WODs. I looked for a box that was by my house, did my first WOD and I was instantly hooked.
CrossFit combines so many things that I love into one sport. The fact that one of the most important principles of it is that it is constantly varied means that it never gets old. How someone was able to create a sport where you can hit they gym, get your butt kicked and people actually describe it as fun when they are done is beyond me but that is what keeps me coming back each day.
Showing people that they truly can do whatever they set their minds to is what motivates me as a coach. My goal is to teach proper form and technique so that members will be able to find their true potential. There is nothing quite like the way a members face lights up that first time when they get a new skill. That moment right there is why I coach.
Certifications: B.S. in Sports Management, Masters of Business Administration, CrossFit L1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting L1 Sport Performance Coach, CPR, AED & First Aid Certified.
Christopher Dean, Coach & Mobility Coach
I was introduced to CrossFit while attending a RockTape seminar and our instructor was super excited to be working with CrossFitters. He expressed how the sport was getting people, of all shapes and sizes, off their couch and into the gym, moving, working out and most importantly living a healthier life. Working in sports medicine as a chiropractor, I had to learn more about it. After talking with some local boxes and then volunteering with the medical team at the Granite Games, I had to try it for myself.
I grew up a multi-sport athlete, participating in soccer, basketball and baseball in high school and continued playing soccer in college at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. After starting on-ramp at CFEP, I quickly became hooked and I had something to challenge me physically and fulfill my competitive nature.
In October 2014 I was able to incorporate CrossFit with my career by coaching mobility at CFEP. Besides reaching my own personal goals, I find no better joy than helping people move and feel better. The intensity and constant variation of CrossFit demands the athlete pay attention to their body. It’s my goal to asses, treat and educate my athletes thereby empowering you to help yourself.
Certifications: ACBSP - Sports Chiropractic Physician; B.S. in Biology; NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; Rock Tape: Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) - Level I and II Certified; Mobility WOD Practitioner; CrossFit L1 Trainer.
Jessie Koepplin, Coach
Sports and athletics has always been a big part of my life, and growing up I was involved with a variety of sports starting at an early age and continuing through my College years. As a young athlete involved in team and individual sports before finding CrossFit, gymnastics was my passion for over fifteen years and I thrived on the energy of the competitions, the intensity of training, the smell of the chalk at the meets – and, most importantly, the social community that became like a second family to me. During and after college my exercise routine shifted a bit, moving away from gymnastics and community-based fitness that I loved so much. I worked out at a big box globo-gym chain, or did exercise videos at home, but was getting bored and needed something more.
In 2014 I discovered CrossFit, and my world has never been the same. Like many who come to CrossFit, I was skeptical at first – but the constantly varied workouts re-engaged my passion for fitness, and the intensity of the training showed me that I was stronger and more mentally tough than I’d ever imagined. Beyond the individual fitness benefits, though, the CrossFit community has been so much more: I have found a community of people who have truly become lifelong friends, and who push me every day to be the best that I can be – for myself, and for all those in my life.
As an athlete, I have always loved being part of the CrossFit Eden Prairie community. As a coach, I am honored to help show others that true meaning of community that builds the foundation for success in their fitness journey, helps them feel comfortable taking healthy risks to achieve what they never thought was possible, and provide them the tools and guidance to crush their goals and become better than they were before.
Certifications: Bachelor of Accountancy, Minor in Fraud Examination. CrossFit L1 Trainer; CPR & AED Certified; CPA.