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Christian Backes

Founder & Director of Athlete Development | B.S.; CSCS; COnjugate tactical

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 & Ironworks have become one of the top names in the state, developing a number of Division 1, 2, & 3 level athletes as well as quite a few JUCO prospects. Christian has also spent time working with MLB, MiLB, and NFL athletes. Currently Christian is the head of Strength and Conditioning For Mountain Range HS Lacrosse, Team 91 Northside Lacrosse, and works closely with Erie HS Lacrosse, Dawson Lacrosse, and Colorado State Mens Lacrosse and Otero Junior College Baseball. 

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. 

Athletes Coached

Jess Amadee - Pittsburgh Pirates
Carl Stajduhar - New York Mets
Weston Siefken - Colorado School Of Mines
Izaak Siefken - University of Illinois
Collin Kringlen - Colorado School of Mines
Jared Hodell - Bucknell University
Noah Wehrman - Lindenwood University
Dawson Santangelo - University of Tampa
Tyler Gardner - Colorado State Pueblo
Leyton Bamesberger - Eastern University
Garrett Martin - Oklahoma State
Harris Williams - University of San Fransisco
Dakota Key - Dakota State
Bryce Mayemura - Whittier College
Trey Adams - Washburn university
Ryan Overboe - Metro State
Ryan Depew - Metro State
Noah McCandless - Garden City
LIam Spaw - McPherson College
Robbie Brazanskas - Cleveland State
Thomas Pittenger - University of Jamestown
AJ Tennessen - Northern Colorado
Dylan Graham - University of Puget Sound
Hunter O'Connor - Chadron State
Ty Brache - West Point
Luke McGahey - Colorado MEsa
Trenton O'Connor - Benedict College
Trevyn Heil - Colorado State
Brycen Heil - Colorado State
Jacob Nasalroad - Chadron State
Jayden Rea - Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Taryn Rea - Northern Colorado
Karson Evens - Limestone University
Charlie O'Brien - University of Vermont


Darius Miller - Colorado State Pueblo
Dalton Vande Lune - Colorado State Pueblo
Andrew Frey - Carthage College
JAck Brooker - Queens University
Alyssa Barela - Regis University
Connor Cooney - Holy Cross
Sam Riecken - Yale
Holden Pantier - Witchita State

Kris Levensteins - University of South Carolina - Union
Isaac Mercurio - Oregon
Caleb Schreiber - Colorado Mesa
Zach Price - North Park University
Sam Stem - Gonzaga
Dillon Aclouffe - Colorado School Of Mines
Anna Hodell - Washington University
Alex Austin - Colorado State
Braeden Wimer - Hobart College
Trey Hahn - Colorado State Pueblo
George Albrecht - Monterey
Nicholas Brainerd - Indian Hills
Raul Villarreal - Otero
Diego Villarreal - Otero
Jaeden Graham - Atlanta Falcons
Max George - Colorado Rockies
Dave Peterson - New York Mets
Isaac Schley - Sam Houston State
Savannah Martin - Western Colorado
Jacob Syverson - Missouri State

Julia Hodell - Boston College
Xander Katz - Colorado State Pueblo
Ashton Ross - Iowa Western
Liam Connors - Denver

Leo Willet - Colorado Mesa


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