My name is Chris Carter. I am the owner and head coach of Devil Dogg CrossFit and the founder of Veterans Overcoming Obstacles (VO2). VO2 is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to help Veterans battle PTSD and prevent suicide through exercise, yoga, and massage therapy while practicing mindfulness and meditation. I started this group to give back to those who have served our country and to help me in my recovery as well.
I was raised in a severely dysfunctional family which is the root of my PTSD. I eventually turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to escape my reality. This went on for about 20 years until I decided to become sober March 14th 2014. Though sobriety I have learned a lot about myself. One thing that I have learned is that I have PTSD and am highly stressed. I have always used exercise as a way to deal with stress, but it was just not quite enough. Because of CrossFit and being able to open my mind to new options I have found that including yoga, meditation, and massage therapy to my training regimen, I have become a calmer person. I look at things differently now, am slower to react to situations, and I try to live in the moment. I am a big believer in leadership by example. I believe that if I can incorporate these elements into my life to help me, then they just may help others as well.
Last but not least, I believe that one of the biggest keys to my success is a positive community that supports me. Without them, this would not be possible. I would like to encourage anyone that struggles with PTSD, having thoughts of suicide, or is having trouble finding their sense of purpose to join us. We have a very welcoming Community that will not only hold you accountable but will also be there to pick you up when you fall down. Life is hard and there is no way around that, but we want you to know that there is hope. You just have to persevere. Do not give up! Join us and become a Veteran Overcoming Obstacles and let nothing stand in your way!
Cora Hughes Hofmann:
My name is Cora Hofmann, I have a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology/Women’s Studies and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My first semester of college I took an introduction to psychology class and I knew I wanted to study humans as individuals. After moving to Colorado I started running and again much like yoga running opened up so much more for me. I started to fall in love with the mountains and when I met my husband I not only fell in love with him but rock climbing, snowboarding and backpacking. I found psychotherapy, meditation and yoga before I found CrossFit. Discovering each has changed my life in different ways. When I needed yet another change of routine in my life I went looking for something that would challenge me physically. I started hearing about CrossFit, so when I looked up affiliates in Pueblo and I discovered Devil Dogg CrossFit. After the excitement of doing something new wore off, I still find myself focused on CrossFit. One reason being DDC is an encouraging family of great athletes. The second reason seems to be due to the part of the CrossFit definition that states “constantly varied.”