I discovered CrossFit during a deployment in 2007 in a Men’s Health magazine article. When I returned home to Las Cruces, New Mexico, I talked my wife Juliet into trying the workouts with me. We were so impressed by the way these simple workouts, performed at high intensity, could produce incredible results.

I have competed in local, Las Cruces competitions as well as in Olympic lifting. I placed and set the record in New Mexico Masters division in the Snatch and overall total in the 105 class.

Through all of this, I’ve found a passion for helping others discover an inner-strength they didn’t know they had, how to work smarter not harder, and how to develop weaknesses into strengths.

Here’s a little bit more about my fitness background:

  • 22 year Air Force veteran
  • 27 years of weight-lifting experience
  • CrossFit level 1 2012
  • CrossFit Gymnastics 2013
  • USAW level 1 Sports Performance 2014
  • CrossFit level 2 2015

Juliet Ricci Co-owner/CrossFit LEVEL 2 Trainer


I was never an athletic person. When my husband came back from a deployment eager to try this new CrossFit workout, it was a rude awakening and a surprising challenge.

The diversity of the workouts is what kept me coming back. Doing things I never dreamed of, like Olympic lifting and pull ups, I developed the desire to help others who likewise never thought they could do such things. Nurturing and training my Las Cruces clients who never believe they could be an athlete, is what drives me to be the best it coach and teacher I can be.

With a background in massage therapy, I’ve learned the importance of developing good recovery habits and maintaining a balanced outlook on health and wellness. I do my best to maintain a positive, yet productive atmosphere for all who walk into our Las Cruces gym.

  • Licensed Massage Therapist 2004
  • CrossFit Nutrition 2009
  • CrossFit Mobility 2011
  • CrossFit Level 1 2012
  • CrossFit Level 2 2015
  • Facial Stretch Therapy Level 1
  • LifeStretch Level 1

Kelsey Wright CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and CrossFit Kids Trainer


Growing up, soccer was my sport. The competitive nature, the intensity, and the mental focus. I started playing when I was 4 and continued until I graduated college. Exercise has never been a problem for me, I have trained and been active my whole life. But when my soccer career ended I struggled with finding that motivation to push myself inside a regular gym. Dumbbell curls in front of a mirror just wasn’t for me.

My brother in law introduced me to CrossFit and the Desert Devil CrossFit family in August of 2015. Within the first workout, I knew I had fallen in love with a new sport. The fact that I wasn’t good at it made me want to do it even more. Finding CrossFit has not only given me the opportunity to push myself physically but mentally as well. It’s also provided me with friendships, competition, and a place to call home.

Because CrossFit changed my life for the better I couldn’t wait to start coaching and help others do the same. I hold my CrossFit Level 1 certificate and am honored and excited to continue this journey with Desert Devil CrossFit and hopefully you!

Jessica Lazare CrossFit Level 2 Trainer


I joined the Desert Devil Crossfit family in August 2016 as a recent transplant to Las Cruces from the Pacific Northwest. Julie and Jeremy must have noticed how much I hung around the gym because they asked if I would consider coaching, to which I immediately said “Yes!”

I found CrossFit through my brother, who started doing Crossfit.com workouts in 2011. I tried a few workouts and was blown away (I also had my first box jump wipeout.) As a former competitive swimmer and lacrosse player, I was itching for more than my gym routine– especially throwing around 5 pound dumbbells. But it took me 3 more years (and a friendly nudge) to join a box. My first workout was some burpees, situps, and running and it ROCKED. Since then, CrossFit has become my passion– I love the intensity, supportive community, and constant variation. There will never be a day that I master everything, which motivates me to keep coming back.

As a coach, I hold my Crossfit Level 1 certificate and find great joy in helping athletes achieve their fitness goals. With my background in athletics, I’ve learned that both a longevity mindset and having fun are paramount to wellness. I am honored to be a part of Desert Devil Crossfit coaching team.

  • CrossFit Level 1 2016
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