Ironworks Performance was founded with one simple goal in mind; provide the highest level of performance training to athletes in the Denver Area and beyond with the goal of developing each and every athlete to take their game to the highest level possible.
Our Mission is to elevate the game of every athlete through world class leadership, and a passion to teach the fundamentals needed to succeed on and off the field.
Iron Sharpens Iron
Director of Strength & Conditioning
Josh Collins attended Colorado State University, where he played rugby and studied Health and Exercise Science. Eventually having to leave the sport he loved due to injury, Josh pursued his passion of helping others get healthier and happier through proper exercise and nutrition. Earning certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach, Josh uses science based principles to bring your game to the next level.
Having spent the majority of his life competing, Josh understands what it means to live the life of a student athlete. He strives to meet the athlete where they are at and treats the athlete as a whole person, instead of just a number on the field. Josh prioritizes quality movement, training with the intent to keep the athlete healthy over the course of their athletic career.
Recently moving down to Denver from Fort Collins where he worked as a Performance Coach and was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Colorado State Men’s Rugby Team. Josh is excited to join Ironworks Performance and contribute to an environment that builds the entire athlete.
Founder & Director of Athlete Development
Christian Backes founded Ironworks Performance with the goal to provide the highest level of strength and performance training to the Denver area developing the top athletes in the state of Colorado.
Christian grew up in Aurora attending Grandview High School where he played football and basketball, ultimately deciding to play Division One football and Lacrosse at The University of Northern Colorado, after two short seasons, Christian moved on to play at the University of Wyoming but his career was cut short by concussions. This is when the love of giving back to the athletes became a reality.
Christian has become one of the top names in the state, developing a number of Division 1, 2, & 3 level athletes as well as a few JUCO prospects. Additionally, Christian has spent time working with MLB, MiLB, and NFL athletes. Currently Christian is the head of Strength and Conditioning For Mountain Range HS Lacrosse, Northside Hustle LC, and works closley with Erie HS Lacrosse, Dawson Lacrosse, and Colorado State Mens Lacrosse.
Each athlete that walks through the doors has the chance to play at the next level and will not only be prepared to compete, but be prepared to compete at the highest level, competing with the upper class-men in their respective sports.
Taylor Knestis is a Colorado born and raised offensive lineman. Graduating from Lakewood High School, he played football at the University of Wyoming. He finished his Bachelor's of Exercise Science at MSU Denver in 2019. Taylor experienced first hand why training and injury prevention is so important. He wants to bring the focus back to strength in the weight room, so people can perform better in all aspects of life.
Certified through the NSCA, and with years of experience coaching the main barbell lifts, Taylor uses his coaching to sharpen the mind of his athletes for what is to come. The value of voluntary hardship goes unnoticed in this industry. Whatever level of competition you play at, this concept is what separates the athletes that thrive from the ones that just survive. At Ironworks, Taylor hopes to teach this to all people willing to get out of their comfort zone, and better themselves physically and mentally.