Denise Barnhouse

Co-Owner of CrossFit Philia, and Co Director of “Just Tri” Youth Triathlon 

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that wont last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27


Denise was introduced to CrossFit by her husband and co-owner Ian Barnhouse after a hip compartment injury from triathlon training in 2011.  Upon introduction into CrossFit Denise’s physician recommended discontinuing the competitive side of racing, as well as squatting below 90 degrees. Although the news was devastating to hear at the time, Ian was determined to change her mind through the amazing sport of CrossFit.  Through the recovery stages Denise began to learn more and more about the sport and the importance of functional movements and core to extremity strength.  She has been able to redirect her priorities from her personal race calendar to the priorities of other athletes from adolescents to adults who are interested in getting better, stronger, and faster within any functional movement.  Denise’s 9 year competitive experience with triathlons led to her hunger for coaching other triathletes, and her injury experience led to her passion for giving the gift of movement for the entire population. Denise and Ian opened CrossFit Philia in 2012 with the hopes to change lives not only physically but spiritually. And if you are wondering…. yes Denise is now able to squat below 90 degrees successfully and often. This renewed health and strength also allows her to again enjoy racing in another form, in the sport of Cyclocross.  





  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH
  • ITCA-Certified Triathlon Training Coach
  • Food Psychology Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Kids Certified


Ian Barnhouse

Co-owner of CrossFit Philia

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Matthew 23:12  


Athletics have always played a large role in Ian’s life. Ian was a division 1 athlete in swimming and also played rugby at the University of Northern Iowa. Upon graduating from the undergraduate program at the University of Northern Iowa, Ian began to pursue his passion for learning and coaching health and human performance. Ian entered the exercise science graduate program while working as a graduate assistant to the Men’s and Woman’s swimming and diving teams and personal training at the University’s wellness center.

Following graduate school Ian began working as a strength and conditioning coach in professional football. First with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an assistant, then as a head S&C coach for NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire and the XFL’s Orlando Rage. With the desire to work with other populations and need for a more stable environment than that of professional sports Ian continued to coach, manage and personal train at several health clubs in the Florida area. It was at this time that Ian began to pursue his other passion as a Firefighter/EMT and was introduced to CrossFit. Ian continued to train using CrossFit principles and methodology and finally became a certified Level 1 instructor in 2008. Ian loves the combined gratification of helping those in need from an emergency side with firefighting full-time with the City of Bettendorf Fire Department, as well as the prevention side with health risk reduction through CrossFit.

Ian and his family are thankful every day for the community they have come to love.



  • Exercise Science Masters Program, University of Northern Iowa, 1998-1999
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • Firefighter / EMT































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