Member of the Month – Jon Velotta

Congrats to Jon who is our latest 5VCF Member of the Month!

He has been crushing the at home workouts lately and has seen fantastic improvements since coming into the gym two and half years ago. Read his story below:)

Keep up the awesome work Jon! We are grateful to have you as part of the community

Big thanks to Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our Member of the Month!! The Cafe side is doing doing take out and some delivery and the Market side is open. Please show your support and stop in there:)

Check out what Jon had to say…


Member of the Month – Alli Metz

Congrats to Alli our latest member of the month! She has been crushing it since joining last year. She gets after the workouts, keeps getting better, and always has a big smile on her face. It’s awesome having you at the gym Alli!

Big thanks to Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our member of the month!

Here is what Alli had to say:


Member of the Month – Angela Bridegam

Angela is our latest member of the month! She is finishing up grad school, working, and is the mother of 3 kiddos! Despite balancing all these priorities she makes time to come 5 Valleys each week and knock out her workouts. She is is constantly looking for ways to continually improve while enjoying the process and having fun.

Way to go Angela! It’s always fantastic having you in class!

Take find out more about Angela below:)

Big thanks to Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our member of the month!


Member of the Month – Rob Truax

Mega props to our latest Member of the Month Rob Truax! He has been getting after it at 5 Valleys for about a year and a half now. Super consistent with his workouts he rarely misses a workout and is continually working to improve and have some fun. Recently he added some focus to his nutrition and was a top finisher in our Fit Challenge. Rob droped almost 12lbs and lost 3.75 inches during that 6 week Challenge!

Awesome work Rob!! It is fantastic having you at the gym. (Find out more about Rob below)

Big thanks to Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our member of the month!


Your 3 day guide to enjoying Thanksgiving without derailing your fitness.

Let’s face it we are going to overeat on Thanksgiving. 

If you are like me, this can lead to several days or (worse yet to weeks) of gaining weight, feeling like crap, and writing it off as okay because it is the “holiday season”.

Well I decided that this year I needed a actual plan to make sure I can enjoy Thanksgiving and still feel great. Here is a plan for you and me to navigate the next few days and come out feeling awesome. (more…)

Member of the Month – Donovan Power

Shout out to Donovan Power, our latest Member of the Month!! He’s been training at 5 Valleys since it’s inception. A dedicated MontanaFitter he gets after it in the gym so he can get after it in all of his outdoor pursuits. He takes challenging himself and having fun seriously and isn’t afraid to combine the two. If you’ve met Donovan he likely has tried to recruit you to go skiing, go mountain biking, work out, watch sports, or grab a beer. Keep up the awesome work D it is great having you at the gym!!


5 Valleys Fit Challenge!!

We are kicking off our first 5 Valleys Fit Challenge on Monday, September 16th. This 6 week Fitness and Nutrition Program will give you tools, accountability, and support to have you feeling fantastic and performing your best.

Watch the video for details and get yourself registered below:)

Early Bird Pricing until August 31st!
Click Here to Register!

Not a member yet but want to join in the challenge? Click Here!

Workout Program Tracks

Starting the week of June 10th we will be offering two different workout tracks for members to follow.  We are really excited to be rolling this out as we believe by having these two options we will be able to better serve all of our members and help them reach their goals. Currently we have helped members adjust workouts individually on a case by case basis. This will still be the case but everyone will have a better starting point based on where they are at and what their goals are.  One track will be called Fitness and the other Performance. Below are the focuses of those tracks.

To see the best results from your training you will need to follow one track continuously (not jump back and forth between them).

If you have any questions please reach out to one of the coaches:)

Check out the video above for more details.

Fitness Track:

Your primary goal is to feel good as well as long term health and longevity.

You want to improve overall strength, mobility, fitness, and training consistency so you can enjoy pursuits/activities outside the gym.

Performance Track:

Your primary goal is to develop skills, strength, and fitness more specific to CrossFit.

You have a solid strength, movement, and fitness foundation. You want to test yourself inside the gym and potentially participate in CrossFit style competition.

Member of the Month – Erin Peterson!

What were you doing for fitness before you joined?

I’ve always been pretty active! I was a competitive swimmer growing up and on the rowing team when I was in college. Before joining 5 Valleys, I had been doing CrossFit for about a year at two different gyms in New Orleans (I moved to Missoula for grad school in Fall 2017). I maybe went 2 or 3 times a week but at the time, was mainly focused on running. I wasn’t very consistent and didn’t fall in love with CrossFit until joining 5 Valleys!


So you want to be able to do pull-ups…

Pull-ups are consistently one of the most sought after feats of strength we see at 5 Valleys CrossFit. As they should be. It looks really badass when someone is ripping out pull-ups with ease. They take time and dedication to master though so if you want the reward you’ve got to be willing to put in the work.

We’ve put together a progression to help you reach that goal of getting a strict pull-up. Below are the different exercises you will use to build up to the pull-up. Below that are the phases as well as sets and reps of each exercise to get you there. Make sure and master each phase before moving on. If you get stuck or don’t seem to be progressing anymore be sure and hit me up ( We can figure out what we need to do to break through that plateau and get you smashing pull-ups! Remember consistency is key so commit to spending 10-15 minutes 2 to 3 days per week.

Ring Rows/Inverted Rows

These are great start to developing the pulling power necessary for a pull-up. You can also easily adjust your foot placement to make them easier or harder. Because you are pulling in a horizontal rather than vertical plane you can’t rely on these alone to get you to that pull-up. To build necessary strength every rep should use full range of motion and be controlled.

Hang from the bar

A big part of being able to perform a solid pull-up is grip strength. Simply grab the bar in an overhand grip and hang. The goal is to get to a 45 sec hang but start with 4 or 5 sets of 5 to 10 seconds with little rest until you can go longer. You can also use a band when first doing these to give some assistance. Once you build up to 45 seconds with the band move to a lighter band or go to full body weight hanging.


Chin Over Bar Hold

This is the finish position of the pull-up. Use a box or bench to help get yourself in position. You want to focus on squeezing your shoulder blades back and down, keeping your elbows by your side, and your abs and butt tight. Build up to a 20 sec Chin Over Bar Hold and again use a band to assist at first.

Controlled Lowering/Negatives

Again use a box or bench and start with a chin over bar hold. Take about 5 seconds to lower yourself under control from chin over the bar position to fully hanging position. Rest 5 to 10 seconds and repeat for between 3 to 5 reps. If you find you can’t control the lowering anymore stop there.

Self/Partner Assisted

Have a partner assist you through the movement or put one foot on a box or bench to assist yourself. Use only enough assistance that you can do 3 or 4 quality controlled reps in a row before needing to rest.


Full Pull-ups

Hang from the bar with arms starting totally straight. Pull yourself up until your chin is completely over the bar. Control yourself back down to hanging with straight arms.

How to get there:

Here is the progression to work towards those full pull-ups. Spend as much time at each phase as you need until you have mastered it before moving to the next one.

Phase 1 – 2 to 3 days per week

Ring Rows 3 sets 5 to 10 reps

Hang from Bar 4 or 5 sets of 10 to 20 seconds

Before moving onto the next phase you should be able to:

  • Do 5 ring rows starting with shoulders under the rings and touching the rings to the chest each rep.
  • Hang from the Bar for 45 seconds

Phase 2 – 2 to 3 days per week

Chin over bar hold 3 sets of 10 sec hold rest about 90 seconds between each set (start with a band to assist)

Ring Rows 4 sets of 5 reps at hardest level you can do with good form for all reps

Before moving onto the next phase you should be able to:

  • Hold Chin Over Bar for 30 seconds

Phase 3 – 2 to 3 days per week

Controlled lowering/Negative Pull-ups 3 sets of 3 to 5 reps taking 5 full seconds to lower (rest 2 minutes between sets)

Self/Partner Assist 3 sets of 3 to 5 reps (rest 2 minutes between sets)

Before moving onto the next phase you should be able to:

  • Do 5 controlled Negative pull-ups taking 5 seconds to lower

Phase 4 – Do a Pull-up!!