Our Staff

Brooks Lindquist

Coach, Owner

Brooks Lindquist

Coach, Owner

Brooks has always been active; whether it was basketball or snowboarding, you could always count on him being outside and moving. After years of playing sports, he wanted to learn about strength and conditioning methodologies. A friend introduced him to CrossFit, and he began researching their philosophies regarding fitness and nutrition. Finally, he found a program that embodied community, competitiveness and proven results.

The CrossFit philosophies struck a chord, and he was hooked. He picked up quickly on the CrossFit WODs (Workout Of the Day), and was soon training friends and family in his parents’ garage. Although there was no local CrossFit affiliate, he entered the Bridger CrossFit Showdown in 2010, hoping to meet fellow CrossFitters from across Montana. He had no plans of being a competitor, but at the end of the day, he was awarded 2nd place overall.

Brooks decided to open a CrossFit gym in his hometown of Great Falls, MT. In January of 2011, he started a 5 month internship under Jenna Dodge at Bridger CrossFit in Bozeman, MT where He honed his coaching skills under their great staff. He returned home with a passion for fitness and coaching others to help them achieve their goals.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Mobility, Human Movement, and Performance
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

James Hardin

Coach

James Hardin

Coach

Hometown?

Alamogordo, NM

Educational background?

Systems Engineering Mechanical BS degree from USAFA

Day job?

Missileer in the USAF

Favorite thing to do in Montana?

Kayaking with the Lindquist clan.

Why you’re CrossFitting?  

The movie 300 sparked my interest to get more into fitness – mostly for aesthetic purposes – but it was the functionality of CrossFit that turned that interest into a passion. CrossFit gives me a measurable way to track my progress, have fun, and be competitive all at once.

Favorite thing about coaching at 406?

My favorite thing about coaching is the moment when someone finally gets the mechanics of a movement, especially Olympic lifting

Favorite WOD/Movement?  

Filthy Fifty/Olympic lifting/rowing

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Connor Nelson

Coach

Hometown?

Great Falls, MT

Educational background?

I went to FCCS, 3 semesters at Liberty University, and 2 at MSU in Bozeman.

Day job?

I work for Rocky Mountain Hardscapes.

Favorite thing to do in Montana?  

Turns out I like to FISH.

Why you’re CrossFitting?  

I was drawn to CrossFit because I saw my cousin, Brooks, doing it and began to notice the results that came along with it and decided to try it and have loved it ever since.

Favorite thing about coaching at 406?  

I love coaching the people, from my experience at 406 everyone is very open to coaching and wants to learn how to be a better CrossFitter. The community is amazing as well, it is unlike any other I have seen.

Favorite WOD/Movement?

Either Grace or Grindy/Clean and jerk.

Anything else?

My least favorite WOD is Brian Spencer’s 21 Birthday WOD— This is pure brutality.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1

Tory Brown

Coach

Tory Brown

Coach

Hometown?

Portland, OR (yes, I have seen Portlandia)

Educational background?

Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Bachelor in Business Management and minor in Japanese.

Day job?

I am a Missilier in the USAF.

Favorite thing to do in Montana?

Anything and everything outside. Hiking, spelunking, fishing, skiing, and exploring everything that this state has to offer!

Why you’re crossfitting/how did you get into CrossFit?

I was a competitive gymnast for nearly 15 years and finished my athletic career after four years of competing in NCAA Division I collegiate gymnastics. Soon after retiring from the sport I realized I missed everything about competing and dedicating myself towards becoming a better athlete. Once I started Crossfit in August of 2014, I soon found a new passion that continues to challenge and motivate me to become the best I can be on a daily basis.

Favorite thing about coaching at 406?

My favorite thing about coaching at 406 is experiencing the constant progression of all of our members due to their effort and hard work day in and day out. Witnessing how Crossfit has positively affected varies aspects of the lives of our athletes is a truly rewarding experience. Sharing their challenges as well as their successes is what motivates me to coach and help create a more fit community.

Favorite wod/movement?

My favorite movement is the muscle-up. The muscle-up is a full body movement and is seen as one of the hardest skills to achieve in the sport but also the most rewarding.

Least favorite?

My least favorite movement is the deadlift. Enough said.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1

Kari Bird

Coach

Kari Bird

Coach

Hometown?

Washburn, ND

Educational background?

Masters in Occupational Therapy

Day job?

Home Health Occupational Therapist, Volleyball Coach

Favorite thing to do in Montana?

Anything to be outside!

Why you’re CrossFitting?  

Everyday in my job I see people of all ages who are essentially unable to successfully function in their environment because of weakness, pain, and/or chronic health conditions. I quickly realized this was not a life I wanted, but that it can be prevented. I started in the Globo-gym with some good initial results. Then I found CrossFit. I absolutely love the overall intensity of workouts with the daily variety and the sense of community that CrossFit brings.

Favorite thing about coaching at 406?

We have an incredible group of individuals at 406 who are constantly amazing me with their accomplishments and drive. I love watching people succeed, especially that moment when it just clicks.

Favorite WOD/Movement?

Oly-lifts or most of the body weight movements.

Least favorite?

Sled pushes and (no suprise) thrusters.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1

Darrin Dixon

Coach

Darrin Dixon

Coach

Hometown?  

Monroe, Iowa

Educational background?  

Master’s in Nursing – emphasis in anesthesia

Day job?  

Certified Registerd Nurse Anesthetist (Advanced Practice Nurse) at Benefis Medical Group

Favorite thing to do in Montana?

Backcountry hiking

Why you’re CrossFitting?

Overall health and wellness

Favorite thing about coaching at 406?

Watching someone’s eyes light up when they accomplish a goal

Favorite WOD/Movement?

SNATCH!

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1

Shawn Derby

Coach

Shawn Derby

Coach

Hometown?

I’ve lived in many places, but I’ve spent the most time in the Flathead, Colorado, California, and Washington DC.

Educational background?

I’ve been through 2 rounds of university schooling. The first was at a small school in southern California where I earned a degree in English, with minors in biology and chemistry. My most recent schooling was through MSU where I received a BS in nursing.

Day job?  

I work as a nurse in the ICU at Benefis.

Favorite thing to do in Montana?

I love so many things about Montana. In summer, my first loves are fishing, hiking, kayaking. In winter, snowboarding holds captivates my attention. Regardless of the time of year, however, I love getting together with friends for good food and great drinks.

Why you’re Crossfitting?

At first, it was that my CrossFit gym was different in so many ways from a traditional gym. Then it was the daily variation in workouts. Now it is the community of folks that I meet.

Favorite thing about coaching at 406?  

I love coaching movement. This is something I’ve done for over a decade now, whether it be snowboarding, skiing, rowing, or CrossFit. The variety of the members keeps it interesting for me. There is an enjoyable challenge in coming up all the different ways I can teach, Sweep the bar back off the ground. The other thing I love about coaching is getting to know so many different people in the community. Our community here in Great Falls in filled with great diversity in terms of people’s backgrounds, interests, and strengths.

Favorite WOD/Movement?

Favorite movement is easy: I love the O-lifts, especially the snatch. Least favorite movement is also easy: thrusters (and other variations on it, like wall balls). Favorite workout is not quite as easy as this seems to change over time. In general though, I enjoy workouts that mix a barbell movement with a technical gymnastics movement, such as Amanda (snatches and muscle ups).

Anything else?  

I bring a varied background to my coaching. I blend experience from collegiate varsity rowing, from marathon training, all of the great CrossFit coaches I’ve been associated with, teaching/coaching snowsports, teaching high school, and rafting and backcountry guiding. I don’t believe any one method fits all. If it works for you (and it’s efficient and not dangerous), then go for it! I am a coach not a cheerleader. My philosophy is better movement equals increased performance.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Football
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • Snowboarding: AASI Level 3
  • Skiing: PSIA Level 3