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Francisco Rivera

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Name:  Francisco Rivera

Hometown: Richardson, TX

Age: 40

Occupation: IT/Telecom Services

When did you first start CrossFitting? July 2016

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? July 2016

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 6 AM

Favorite WOD: Back Squat, less frequent exercises like Farmers Carry

Least Favorite WOD: Anything that resembles a front squat or lunges

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Pretty typical, I played sports through high school, tried every type of workout with various levels of success over the years.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I was aware of Crossfit for a several years and when we moved out to Katy, Crossfit Katy was nearby. As I approached forty the aches and pains were stacking up, and my little kids constantly exhausted me, I realized that I needed to work on my health so I could not only be active with them now but hopefully see them well into adulthood. Ultimately, I decided to give Crossfit a try and before I knew it, I was sweating in the middle of a workout (the warm up actually), but I knew that the fact I was struggling so much was all the more reason for me to be there.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Probably lost in the ballpark of 40-50lbs but I’m much more fit, much stronger, and I’ve been able to resurrect smaller clothes.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Overall my stress level is reduced and I feel like I deal with everyday stressors much better. General physical fitness and exercise really was a missing part of my overall health.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): Across the board there are numerous exercises where I didn’t expect much progress but I repeatedly find days where make a big increase. But as ridiculous as it sounds, the best goal I’ve reached is that on a regular basis I am no longer just trying to get through a workout but I find that I want to push the intensity or weight or speed.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: It’s really a recurring one, at the end of a workout and the last person(s) are trying to push through to finish and the rest of the class cheers them on.

Any advice for people just getting started? Pace yourself, create a routine and stay with it, and don’t be too proud to modify down an exercise.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I have three little kids so most of my time is spent with the family but when I find time, I play a little guitar, woodworking and of course watching my Texas Aggies and Dallas Cowboys.

Keith Garvin

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Name:  Keith Garvin

Hometown: Bryan, TX

Age: 46

Occupation: Television News Anchor/Reporter

When did you first start CrossFitting?  June 2015

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  June 2015
What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  Morning, 9:30 a.m.

Favorite WOD/Exercises:  Ball over shoulder, deadlifts, & sit ups

Least Favorite WOD:  Anything above the shoulders, especially thrusters (they were invented by the devil himself I’m sure).
Tell us about your sports & fitness background:  I played football in college at the University of Nevada & I was a runner for about 7 years before starting CrossFit.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  My first day was June 9, 2015.  We did bench press, then a WOD with a 1000 meter row, kettlebell swings, & burpees.  Leah was my coach and she was super helpful and encouraging so I made it through that day in decent shape.  It was the next three months that almost killed me.  After I started attending on a regular basis I found myself looking for the manliest way to quit…everyday.  I just couldn’t see putting myself through that much pain for the long haul.  But a few months down the line we did almost the exact same WOD as that first one on 6/9/15 and I actually saw a good amount of progress.  After that day something clicked and I was hooked.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?   I’ve gained about 12 pounds of muscle while cutting my body fat percentage to 10.3% at last check.  The 46 year old Keith isn’t faster or stronger than the 20 year old Keith in college but CrossFit has made 46 year old Keith a better version than 20 year old Keith.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  For one, my faith is very important to me and I see a lot of parallels/applications in CrossFit.  Also, for the seven years I was a runner I always trained & competed by myself.  I learned a lot of valuable lessons about myself during that period but until I started CrossFit I didn’t realize how much I missed being part of a team.  You obviously have to get through a WOD on your own, but to have coaches pulling for you and your classmates pulling for you & celebrating your gains is awesome.  Life has its tough moments but we were designed to get through it together and CrossFit is a perfect reminder of that.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):   I can finally do double unders on a pretty consistent basis, including 40-50 in a row sometimes in a WOD.  But as I’ve learned with everything else in CrossFit, you have to stay sharp and practice all your skills on a regular basis or you get rusty.  I still have a ton of goals but one that sticks out is proper butterfly pullups.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:  There were a couple of WODs in the Fall of 2016 where I looked on the board and I had some of the top times/reps of the day!  I don’t know how that happened and there may have been a lot of people absent on those particular days but nevertheless I was happy to be close to the top!

Any advice for people just getting started?   Stick with it.  There will be times when you feel embarrassed, inadequate, weak, & extremely frustrated but realize you are improving, even if it doesn’t feel like it.  Believe in yourself & your coaches and you will see progress.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?   Serving at church, reading, Game of Thrones, chupacabra hunting

 

Jennifer Cervantez

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Name:  Jennifer Cervantez

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Age: 33

Occupation: Teacher

When did you first start CrossFitting?   July 2016

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? July 2016

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?   9:30 a.m.  on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Favorite WOD:   Anything with pull ups.

Least Favorite WOD:  Anything with deadlifts.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I ran track and I was on the drill team in high school.   I didn’t play sports in college.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  I was doing a workout video at home but was getting very bored and unmotivated.  I wanted to join a group type class for the community and also wanted to find a facility that had childcare.  I have a sister in law who does CrossFit so I knew a little about it.  I googled and CrossFit Katy popped up.  My first class was a Burn class and everyone was so welcoming.  I thought I was going to die after the first workout but I was hooked!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?   At first I just was working out 3 times a week at the gym and I was getting stronger and it felt great.  In January of this year I joined the New Year, New You Challenge at CrossFit Katy and attended a nutritional seminar that they were offering.  I started CrossFitting every day and changed my eating and then I really saw a difference in my body and the way I felt.  I used to diet and think being skinny is what I wanted but I now view my body so differently and love my muscles.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
The community and family that I have found in CrossFit Katy was unexpected and I made some amazing friends and actually hate to miss class!

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):  I was so excited to do a toe to bar but I’m still hoping to improve my cleans.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:  My first CrossFit Open and people who don’t even know me cheering me on.  I lifted weights I never thought I could!

Any advice for people just getting started?  Don’t give up.  Push yourself and be proud of your yourself.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  Playing with my 2 kids and reading!

The Allens

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Name:
Doug Allen
Marla Allen

Hometown:
Lived in Katy 19 years

Age:
Doug: 52
Marla: 49

Occupation:
Doug: Software Industry Executive
Marla: CPA/Homemaker

When did you first start CrossFitting?:
Doug: 6 months after Marla
Marla: June 2011

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?:
We both started at CrossFit Katy, but have visited several other boxes during travels

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?
9:30 am or 8:30 am

Favorite WOD:
Doug: Annual WODs like Murph, 12 Days of Christmas and Fight Gone Bad to see progress. Lately I have enjoyed hang cleans, push press and running
Marla: anything with deadlifts

Least Favorite WOD:
Doug: Overhead squats
Marla: Snatch

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
Doug: played baseball & basketball through High School
Marla: nothing until college where I swam and did aerobics

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
A friend introduced us to CrossFit.
Doug: first workout was front squats for 1 rep max and then in the WOD. I thought the warm up was the workout.
Marla’s first workout was Angie. I came in the next day to tell Leah that something was wrong because I could not move anything it even hurt to laugh.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
Doug: lost weight and body fat. Best shape of my life
Marla: lost weight, body fat and gained muscles. Best shape of my life

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Both: We didn’t expect fitness to impact other aspects of our life, like how we eat, how we recover, and the choices we make. We didn’t expect the impact of the community and how blessed we have been by the people we have met and the friendships we have made – not just in CrossFit Katy (which is awesome), but across the country.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):
Doug: reached – bar muscle ups and double unders; goal – faster 400s in a wod (under 1:45) and overhead squats, and get to Rx weights in a WOD
Marla: reached – rope climb, pulls ups; goal – double unders

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
Doug: getting a bar muscle up in 2016 Open and cheering the CFK team at the games in 2014
Marla: when Leah encouraged me to try the rope climb and I didn’t think I could, but I made it all the way to the top on the first try.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Doug: commit to consistently coming for three months
Marla: do your own weights, don’t worry about what others are doing; STRETCH

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Doug: Travel, golf, family
Marla: bible study, scrapbooking/crafting, Faith Rx’d

Sally Ratcliff

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Name: Sally Ratcliffsally
Hometown: Fulshear, TX
Age: 27
Occupation: IT Project Manager

When did you first start CrossFitting? July 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? July 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 5:30PM

Favorite WOD: Any WOD with hang cleans, HSPU, running, or pistols!

Least Favorite WOD: Any WOD with double unders, thrusters or rowing! Especially Open workout 15.5.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:
I played softball and tennis throughout high school and I also competed in horse competitions growing up. In college, I heavily got into running and ran half marathons as a way to stay in shape. When, I graduated college I continued to run but I slowly became very bored with it. I started attending a lot of group classes (Body Pump, Zumba, etc.) at 24 Hour Fitness but quickly got sick of the same routines.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I kept seeing a friend on Facebook post about Crossfit and I was sick of running so I decided to give it a shot. I will tell you I thought I was in somewhat shape and that Crossfit wouldn’t be that difficult. I don’t remember the exact WOD but it was an AMRAP (I think 15-20 minutes) that included KB swings and wallballs. I remember at the half way mark, I must have looked like I was dying because Mike came over and told me I could stop and be done for the day. I remember thinking that I was in good shape and of course I could finish the entire AMRAP so I continued to die for the full time. That’s when I knew I was hooked, even though the next day I could barely walk.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I thought I was in shape before starting CF but now I laugh at what I thought the definition of being fit was. I am in the best shape of my life and I even have abs! My overall health mentality has also changed since starting CF. I now see a nutritionist not only to help with my diet but also to help my performance in CF. I use to think being skinny was the goal but now I tell my nutritionist I want to gain weight…..gain muscle to be exact! Crossfit has also shown me that’s it’s not about dieting or doing this for a few months, it’s an overall lifestyle.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I would have to say gaining mental strength and learning to push myself again stemmed from starting CF. I have the coaches to thank for this because every day I’m pushed to do something I probably either don’t think I can do or wouldn’t do. It takes me back to playing sports and brings out my competitiveness.
I also have to say the community at Crossfit Katy was something I never expected. I look forward to going to the gym every day and spending free time with friends from the gym. Never would have imagined working out could be so much more than just the hour a day you spend at the gym.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ¬¬¬___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):
Goals I have reached:
So many to count…I would probably say being able to do double unders in WODs (even though I’m still the WORST at double unders), 200#+Back Squat, C2B for the first time in the 2015 Open

Goals I want to achieve:
Bar muscle up, handstand walk the gym, 200#+ Front Squat, butterfly pullups, the list goes on….

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
I have so many! I would probably say watching the team at regionals when they made it to the games is my favorite. Just to see all the hard work and excitement was amazing. But I also have made so many great friendships and there are countless memories from social events, every day classes, and competitions that I have CFK to thank for.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Keep going back. It’s very intimidating at first. It took two weeks of constantly forcing myself to go back…now they can’t get rid of me! 😉

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love riding my horse when I have the time. I also enjoy traveling and I’m a huge football/sports fan. GO TEXANS!

The Reeves

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Name: Lezlie ReevesLezlie Final Final Collage

Hometown: Grew up in Magee, Mississippi & have lived in the Katy area for 13 years

Age: 37

Occupation: Co-Owner of Crossfit Katy, Owner of Family Table

When did you first start CrossFitting? June of 2009

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  Besides a few travel wods here and there, I have trained at Crossfit Katy

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  8:30/9:30am

Favorite WOD:
I love a heavy EMOM of cleans or deadlifts and tall box jumps.  Throw in Chest to bar pull-ups or Handstand Push-ups and I’m a happy camper.

Least Favorite WOD:
Either 13.3 > 150 wallballs, 90 double unders, 30 muscle ups or 15.5 > 27-21-15-19 Thrusters, Row for Cals

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:
I cheered in high school and played some bad tennis.  As an adult, I rode the fitness roller coaster.  I’d get excited about a program but couldn’t stick with anything longer than 3 months.  Then I would pay some big box gym my membership for 6 more months before I tried something new which would only last a few months.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
My husband, Drew, started at Crossfit Katy in the park with Neal in March.  I was skeptical (I don’t like fads) so it took me a while to buy in.  I don’t remember my first workout.  I do remember my stomach being in knots before I pulled into the gym on Provencial (back when we didn’t know what the wod would be) and being very sore from all the movements that were new to me.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
My body has gone through a lot of change over 7 years. My goal shifted from wanting to be skinny to focusing on being strong and performing well.  I’ve gained a good amount of lean muscle mass (10-15 pounds) and lost fat.  I had not touched a barbell before meeting Neal at CFK. I now love lifting and while I’ve learned a lot of new skills my strength gains are what I’m most proud of.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Crossfit Katy has changed my life.  I learned about whole foods and the concept of food as fuel.    While I am physically much stronger than I was 7 years ago, I am also mentally stronger and more confident than I was before.  Fitness has become a non negotiable part of our lives.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):
I didn’t really have performance goals before Crossfit…everything was about the scale.  My most impressive accomplishment was hitting 300# on my deadlift.  I always want to be stronger so my next big (lifetime) goal is to complete a bodyweight snatch which means I need to add 20# to my current max.  I’m also chasing a ring muscle up.  I’m aware that both of these take consistent practice and work outside of class time.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
7 years at Crossfit Katy…I can’t come up with a favorite moment. My favorite is the people….traveling to competitions, Regionals, the Games…everyone cheering one another to be better during the Open…the marriage proposals…the babies…rallying around the Sausers…We aren’t perfect. There are times we are all a little too “me” centered. But allowing people to be people and encouraging one another to be the best they can be…that’s my favorite.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Everyday bring your best.  Stop looking around at what everyone else is doing and simply give what you have to give that day.  Some days you’ll come in ready to take on the world.  Some days your success will just be that you showed up.  Be consistent, work hard, ask for feedback when you need it, get your nutrition in line.  Set small goals and big goals, but don’t take yourself too seriously.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love spending time with my family – Drew and our 3 kids – and friends.  We are active in church at Second Baptist’s 1463 campus.  I also recently launched a new business – the Family Table – where my goal is to help others get healthy meals to their busy families.

 

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Name: Drew ReevesDrew Profile Collage

Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana

Age: 38

Occupation: Landman, co-owner of CrossFit Katy

When did you first start CrossFitting? March of 2009

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? March of 2009

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 5:00 a.m., #earlyriser.

Favorite WOD:
Anything short with moderate weight (Grace) or longer grinders with a body weight component (Murph). I like cleans and pressing better than squatting.

Least Favorite WOD:
Anything with heavy squatting or lots of wallballs. I’m not a fan of Kelly or Karen.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:
I played recreational soccer growing up. In junior high I wasn’t overly athletic and enjoyed playing video games. When I started high school my mom told me I wasn’t going home every day while she was at work to sit on the couch so I had to pick a sport. I tried football my freshman year, I was short, stocky and slow so they stuck me on the offensive line. I think I ran the 40 in 6.7 seconds. I hated it so I did baseball in the spring, and kept playing rec soccer in the fall and spring. The running and a growth spurt changed me into a skinny kid going into my sophomore year. I played soccer the next year and then that spring went out for football again. Being tall, skinny, a soccer player and the brother of the varsity kicker they said go be a kicker. I played one season of Division III football as the kicker at Rhodes College in Memphis and then transferred to Southern Miss. I sporadically attended the rec center and played every intramural sport a frat boy could play. After getting married my wife and I dabbled in running and we had on-again-off-again relationships with big box gyms, with little to no real goals or motivation.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I was jogging regularly with a buddy, about 2-3 miles in the mornings a few times a week. He started talking to a group of us about this new workout stuff he had seen online and wanted some of us to try it out. He and I went out to Cinco high one day and he brought some dumbbells and we did some version of a 400 meter run with push-ups and dumbbell presses. A few weeks later he told me he and his wife had won an auction for free one month memberships to a guy running these workouts in a park and I should come check it out. My wife had just finished doing a bootcamp and enjoyed it so I figured I would give something new a try to keep up with her. Turned out it was Neal running CrossFit Katy out of the back of his Tahoe in our neighborhood park. I can’t remember the first workout other than it had four or five rounds and each one had 200 single jump ropes. I couldn’t string together very many singles and when I did I was taxed. I quit after three rounds and I was worn out.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I have seen a ton of changes over the 7 years. Initially I didn’t change anything about my diet and weight just dropped off of me. I went from a soft 185-190 pounds to a very lean 150 lbs. In the early years diet was not much of a focus for me. I soon realized I needed to dial in my diet if I wanted to perform better and increase strength. I tried various diets and have settled in on a modified diet plan that works for me incorporating clean eating, little to no gluten and trying to stay within certain macro levels. I have put back on the 30-35 pounds I lost and now stay between 180-190 pounds which is a good weight for me to perform well in longer workouts but also be able to move fairly heavy weight. My strength numbers have all increased substantially since I started and I am consistently improving my workout times. I am in the best shape of my life. I look forward to working out, pushing my limits and improving where I can when I can.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I love the workouts and what it has done for my overall health, but more than that it is the people that you meet and the shared experiences with those people that I never expected to gain when I joined. I never expected to like working out in a group class, moreover I never expected to make lifelong friendships in a gym. CrossFit has been a place for me to meet and get to know people I would have never had an opportunity to meet had I not joined. It has also changed the way Lezlie and I look at health and fitness for us and our children. It has been an activity we enjoy doing together and sharing (most of the time, ). So I guess overall, I didn’t expect it to have such a big impact on relationships the way it has for me.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and goals you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):
The biggest achievements/goals I can remember are:
– have been getting double unders down, it took me three years to be able to actually string more than a few together and successfully do them in a workout.
– Muscle ups in an Open workout two years ago. .
– I just recently did Fran in under 5 minutes which was a long time goal as well.
– Hitting 430# on a deadlift and power cleaning 250#.

Goals I would like to achieve . . . .
– Continuing to CrossFit 4-5 times a week as long as I can and continuing to improve strength and endurance;
– Mastering butterfly pull-ups;
– 200 lb overhead squat;
– 250 lb clean & jerk;

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
There are a ton, some of the most memorable are watching:
– Sectionals at Camp Mabry, the early days of the CrossFit Games when we were watching everyday people come out and compete to make it to the Games.
– Attending Regionals 2014 when CrossFit Katy made it to the Games in 2014;
– Going to the CrossFit Games to watch CrossFit Katy, knowing how much time and effort they had put in to get there.
– Most of all I enjoy seeing everyday people in the gym at any given moment just pushing themselves beyond limits they thought possible while others support and cheer them on.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Keep the big picture in mind every day you walk in the gym. Don’t get too high and don’t get too low. Celebrate your successes and learn from your mistakes. Listen to the coaches and those that have been there for a long time. Constantly set new goals and work towards them. Diet matters. Record your workouts and lifts. Get more out of it than just a workout, take time to meet who you are working out with each day.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love spending time with my wife and our three kids. We enjoy traveling, exploring the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, biking, kayaking, etc. We enjoy attending our church Second Baptist where we volunteer in the children’s ministry and I serve as a deacon. I also enjoy watching football and baseball. Specifically the New Orleans Saints, Southern Miss Golden Eagles, the LSU Tigers and Houston Astros.

The Matthews

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Name: Alyssa Matthews

Hometown: Seminole, Oklahoma

Age: 31

Occupation: Operations Manager at Ram Jack Foundation Solutions/ Hairstylist

When did you first start CrossFitting? November 2015

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? November 2015

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 6:30 p.m. Strength and Conditioning

Favorite WOD: Anything with Hang cleans, deadlifts, and I actually have grown to like some burpees!

Least Favorite WOD: Wall balls and Rowing!! I am NOT a fan!

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Never really played any sports, I did some little league softball at one time and played some tennis while in High school but that’s pretty much the extent of my sports background. Before I started CrossFit I was running and going to the gym occasionally.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
My first exposure to CrossFit, we were visiting family in Oklahoma during Christmas time and I had gone with my sis-n-law to her box, she had been doing CrossFit for about a year, it was very hard and all I could think was I can’t believe I let her talk me into this! I remember doing some strict press and worked on jerks.
About a year later after running and going to the gym and not getting the results I wanted I decided to give CrossFit another try and that’s when I found CrossFit Katy. As challenging as it was and still is, I knew that’s exactly what I wanted. I don’t remember much about my first WOD at CF Katy but I was pretty much worn out after the warm up!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Since joining CrossFit Katy I’ve lost 25 lbs. I can actually see muscle I never even thought I had. My nutrition plays a big role in all of this I feel like. I have been eating a lot cleaner and trying to make healthier choices. Don’t get me wrong I do still like to occasionally indulge in a donut ( cause they are my fave ) but for the most part I try to make good choices. I feel so much stronger and have so much more energy!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I never thought I would be able to do all the lifting. It is so challenging but so rewarding all at the same time.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): One of my main goals was getting my weight down and getting in better shape. I feel like I am reaching that goal every day. I just completed my first partner Girls of Summer Competition and that was so awesome! I can’t wait to do another one! I also had Pr’d my deadlift at 245# and that is something I am very proud of! Some goals I want to achieve for the year of 2016 is Toe 2 Bar, pull ups without a band and Double unders. My toes are about an inch from that bar so I will be achieving this goal very soon!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
One of my favorite moments was partnering up with my husband to do the Memorial Day “Murph”!

Any advice for people just getting started? Yes it’s going to be hard and very challenging, but that’s what makes it fun. Never give up and always record your lifts!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love spending time with my family and friends. Weekends are my favorite! Being a hairstylist is what I would call one of my talents, and I am so excited to get my career started back up in that!

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Name: Walker Matthews

Hometown: Durant, OK

Age: 33

Occupation: Sr. Project Manager for Ram Jack

When did you first start CrossFitting? Jan. 21, 2016

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? Jan. 21, 2016

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 6 a.m.

Favorite WOD: I honestly like when I can feel sore for a day or two, constant reminder of the good I’m doing for myself.

Least Favorite WOD: When I was in 5th grade I had the meanest teacher named Mrs. Thurman. She was known throughout my elementary school as “The Thurmanator.” When my dad questioned me about my first report card being so poor, I gave him every excuse about why it was her fault, she was so mean, etc. Dad quickly corrected me, helped me understand that it was on me and not her. I was stuck with her for the rest of 5th, I needed to “figure out how to like her.” I finished 5th grade with great success, and Mrs. Thurman is one of my favorite teachers.
This is the same approach I use with hard or unfamiliar exercises, I figure out how to like it. I look for the benefit to me and attack it.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: In grade school I played any sport I could. Through middle school and high school I stayed with football and basketball. In college I trained in the weight room.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
3 rounds of:

1 minute max push press (95#/65#)
1 minute max russian kettlebell swings (53#/35#)
1 minute max box jumps (24″/20″)
1 minute rest

The first WOD being a “station” WOD left my impression of CrossFit to be something I could do. Little did I know that this was considered an “easy” WOD. At that point, I was motivated by my weight. It was the largest I had ever become. The scariest part for me was walking in the door. After seeing how friendly and non-judgmental everyone was, it was easy to come back. The classroom aspect of working out completely sold me. I wasn’t alone in the fight.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? After 5 ½ months, I’ve trimmed 3 pants sizes and lost 52lbs. My lifestyle has changed drastically in the food I eat; I eat to live… not live to eat. Before CrossFit, I planned everything around food. Fast food was always on the menu. Being in tune with my body helps me make good decisions. I’ve found that it’s actually pretty easy to stay healthy in my diet even away from home.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I knew getting physical activity would help me feel better, but I am completely surprised by the mental effect CrossFit has had on my psychological state. I work harder and more efficiently. I generally have a good attitude throughout the day. I’ve even noticed many differences in the ways I interact with my children. My relationships seem to be much more positive.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):
I did my very first Toe to Bar a few weeks ago and just completed WOD’s with pull-ups and no band. When I first started, I saw some guys practicing muscle ups on the rings. I told myself I would be able to do one within a year of my start.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
Beating Coach Mike at cornhole and watching him do 50 burpees. Felt like some kind of pay back for the pain he’s put me through. CrossFit Katy’s annual crawfish boil… good times.

Any advice for people just getting started?
KEEP GOING!! Many times in my first 2 months I wanted to stop. I constantly had to remind myself why I was doing this. The hardest battle I faced was in my head, just keep going!!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
My beautiful wife and 2 wonderful children. Grilling meat, Drums, and Disc Golf

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Moni Collins

ATHLETE PROFILE:

Name: Moni Collins

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Age: 39

Occupation: Senior Vice President & Relationship Manager, Energy Lending at IBERIABANK

When did you first start CrossFitting?: 2014

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: April 2014

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 5:00 AM Early Risers (early bird gets the worm, you know)

Favorite WOD: Anything with RUNNING!!! Also don’t mind deadlifts or back squats.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with Thrusters or rowing or burpee box jumps…oh, and recently learned in 16.1 that I do not enjoy OH walking lunges (thanks, Dave Castro).

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I wasn’t active really until college, when I started running – for fun. I ran consistently almost every day from about 20 until I was 30, when I met my husband. After that I worked out – running, biking, yoga, but I lacked the drive, intensity, and consistency I had when I was younger. While I was pregnant in 2010, I maybe went to the gym twice. After my son was born, I didn’t step foot in a gym for about three years.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? After not working out for almost three years after my son was born, I was ready to get back into a routine and get healthy. A few friends at work knew I was looking to sweat, so after some coaxing and reassurance from them that I would not actually die, I took my first class at CrossFit Eado (sidebar – Jenn Jones was my instructor. It was COMPLETELY lost on me at the time how seriously COOL that was. Now I know.) That was my first time doing burpees, so you can imagine how I felt. I tried a few gyms in Katy and came to CrossFit Katy to try it out because one of my clients is one of the owners. My first WOD at CrossFit Katy was in Leah’s 8:30 AM class, and I believe it was Push Press. I don’t recall how I felt physically, probably like most people do after their first WOD, but I do remember feeling SO welcome by everyone and not like the new girl that no one wants to talk to. That is honestly what sold me! Oh, and the AC.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I wasn’t fit at all when I started CrossFit. I was thin, but I had little muscle tone, minimal strength, and after three years of no consistent workout routine, my endurance had faded. For the first time in my life, I can see definition all over my body, and at my age, I am pretty proud of that. The last time I did a body fat test I was 13%!! I am much more thoughtful about what I am eating (most of the time – football season presents some obstacles), and I’ve learned how I need to fuel my body to prime it for workouts. The days of obsessing over the scale and letting that number define me are few and far between. Instead I work towards building strength – mentally and physically.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? My confidence outside of the gym has certainly benefited from my time actually in the gym. When you are able to push beyond the voices in your head while completing a hard workout or finally hit an elusive PR on a difficult lift – that confidence of knowing you can do more than you initially think you can begins to permeate the other parts of your life. Self-doubt can ruin your chance at your greatness! I still have those days, but knowing I have fought through many physically grueling workouts or hit a movement or lift I didn’t think I could remind me that I can overcome what my mind tells me I cannot.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): During the 2015 CrossFit Open, I was barely able to do 3 pull-ups without a band. Trust me, it was comical. So I made it a goal to get those down. Not only did I meet my goal (hit 10 unbroken), but I got my first Chest To Bar pullups during the 2016 CrossFit Open!! I have many things to work toward, but I’d say 20 double unders unbroken is right up there!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: Competing in the Open is nerve-wracking, but so fun! That moment when your gym comes together and people you have never met are cheering you on and lifting you up…it’s incredible and defines CrossFit for me. A highlight of last year was placing third in the scaled division in one of our in-house partner competitions and competing in my first real competition! And pretty much any time I am the last person in my class finishing up a WOD, and my fellow Early Risers are pushing me to finish…that’s pretty great.

Any advice for people just getting started? Don’t listen to the voices in your head telling you that you can’t do it or giving you reasons why you shouldn’t. You will be amazed by what your body can actually do. You only have one life…live it.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love me some Aggie football (Gig ‘em), the Steelers (I married a yinzer), hanging with friends, and spending time with my family.

Moni Collins

The Padillas
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Padillas Before Pic

ATHLETE PROFILE:

Name:  Luis Padilla    

Hometown:  San Juan, PR

Age:  34

Occupation:  Engineer

When did you first start CrossFitting?:  2  years ago

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?:  2 years

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  4:30 pm

Favorite WOD:  Anything with shoulder to overhead and pullups

Least Favorite WOD:  Anything with Burpees or step ups

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I always liked to try different sports in high school, I did everything from Taekwondo, swimming, baseball, track & basketball.  Once I started college I mostly played basketball to stay in shape until I suffered a knee injury while playing in an intramural game.  After the surgery and subsequent rehab I tried the traditional gyms but doing 3 sets of 10 and the lack of variety made me quit within a couple of months every time.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  Some friends of Giselle and I started doing CrossFit in 2013 and talked to us about it.  I was really intrigued with the concept of a WOD and tracking your score and progress, but with work and our daughter (only had one at the time) I did not feel I had the time for it.  A couple of weeks later Giselle signed me up to do the trial class and I have been hooked ever since.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I always have been able to manage my weigh but once I hit my 30’s I started being pre-hypertensive, my percentage body fat had increased significantly, my knee started bothering me again and felt unstable from time to time.  I have been doing CrossFit for about 2 years now, my knee feels great, my blood pressure is back to normal and I have a lot more energy.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  My diet and activity level, I never paid too much attention to what I eat.  But after I started CrossFit it did not take long to understand that if I wanted to finish the workouts and improve over time I had to improve my diet.  Both Giselle and I have improved our diet significantly.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.).  One thing that was big for me was being able to do the muscle ups during the 2015 open the work out.  Before the open I had only been able to do about two muscle up in my life.  During that work out I was able to do 14.  One goal I would like to achieve in 2016 is handstand walk.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments.  Winning the Holiday partner competition.  It was great to be able to finish the competition considering that when I first started CrossFit my main goal was to be able to finish all the workouts.

Any advice for people just getting started?  Stick with it!!  When I started I could only do it two times a week.  I slowly worked my way up to 3 times a week.  So what I am trying to say is it gets better.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  Giselle and I travel quite a bit for work.  Between that our daughter activities, church and friends we don’t have time for much else.

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ATHLETE PROFILE:

Name:  Giselle Padilla

Hometown:  San Juan, PR 

Age:  34

Occupation:  Account Manager

When did you first start CrossFitting?:  1 ½ years ago

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?:  1 ½ years

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  4:30 pm

Favorite WOD/Lift:  Power Clean, Deadlift

Least Favorite WOD/Lift:  Thrusters

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I always had been active, running, volleyball.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  My initial thought was that I was not able and capable to do this. Starting with the warm up I never thought I would be able to do a bear crawl.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  Crossfit has change my lifestyle in a good way eating habits, energy and flexibility.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.).  I want to be able to do pushups not on my knees, pull ups and bear crawl.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments.  The moment that I did a double under.

Any advice for people just getting started?  I recommend to anyone to challenge their self and don’t be afraid.  You don’t need to be in shape to start off, but if you do your part with diet and workout the right amount of times per week you will achieve your goals and more than you expected.

Miriam Vera

ATHLETE PROFILE:

Name: Miriam Vera

Hometown: Cypress

Age: 28

Occupation: Medical Assistant

When did you first start CrossFitting?: September 2014

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: September 2014

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? Afternoon

Favorite WOD: 12 Days of Crossfit, even though I almost passed out. It’s fun because it has so many movements in one workout.12

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with burpees and thrusters, I hate them lol.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I didn’t really play sports in school, I was the dancer/cheerleader girl. Not very athletic at all.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I was first made aware of Crossfit in 2012 by one of my co-workers back in California. I was too scared/intimated to try it, so I stayed away. Then finally in September 2014 I decided it was time to actually start working out like I kept saying I was going to. I get bored easily and like most need to be pushed for something to get done, yes I am a procrastinator haha. I searched for a Crossfit gym close to work so I can head over after work. I am definitely not a morning person. I found Crossfit Katy and decided to just do it. I can’t even remember what my first WOD was, I started with the Burn classes. I do remember that halfway through the 400 meter warm up run I had to stop and walk. I also remember how out of shape I felt after the warm up and being told I still had the actual WOD to go. Definitely an eye opener at how out of shape I was.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I have lost about 25 lbs, I have muscle definition, I make better choices as far as eating (not always lol), I have more energy, and just feel happy.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? The weight lifting part, just like every girl out there. I thought “oh no I can’t lift weights, I will look like a man!” Well I was completely wrong, Crossfit opened up my eyes and completely changed my perspective when it comes to weightlifting. I now love it!

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ¬¬¬___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): The goal I was most proud of was running 800 meters non-stop, that for me was huge. I hate running, I have never been good at it. My next goal that I want to achieve is being able to do a pull-up without a band, once I get that I will be able to work on bigger goals like a muscle up!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: My favorite moment was during the open in 2015, it was the last open workout. It had thrusters of course, well I was really struggling. All I remember was some of the girls from the gym formed a circle around me and started cheering me on, pushing me. If it wasn’t for that, I think I would have definitely quit in the middle of that WOD. That’s my most favorite thing about Crossfit, everyone is cheering for everyone.

Any advice for people just getting started? Don’t give up, keep moving. Doesn’t matter if you’re moving slow, just keep moving. Also don’t ever say you can’t because once you do, you’re right, you can’t.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I spend most of my time at work and at the gym haha, I definitely love art. I haven’t picked up a brushed and painted until recently so hopefully I keep it up. I also love movies, so being at home on my couch watching a movie is definitely a favorite for me.

Hunter Sonnen

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Name: Hunter Sonnen

Hometown: Houston, TX

Age: 35

Occupation: Sales

When did you first start CrossFitting?:  October 2010

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?:  August 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  5:00 a.m. Early Risers

Favorite WOD: Any MetCon but of the benchmark WOD’s I’d say I like Cindy.

Least Favorite WOD: I don’t have a single workout that I dislike, more movements that I’d prefer not to do. I’d say I dislike overhead WOD’s or anything Leah says “should be fun”.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Before CrossFit I had no regular physical fitness regiment. I played sports early on in my life but never progressed past pee-wee leagues. I spent the majority of my life after that dedicated to being a doughboy doppelgänger.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My wife Maria was the reason I started CrossFit. She was interested in CrossFit and getting us healthier and was happy to make me the guinea pig to give it a try. I don’t remember the exact WOD (probably blacked out somewhere in there) but I do remember hitting the time cap. There were a few folks and a coach who helped motivate me to finish despite hitting the time cap. This support, which I’ve learned to be universal in CrossFit, and the desire to compete and measure myself against other athletes had an appeal which kept me going back for more.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Before CrossFit I lived an unhealthy lifestyle. I didn’t pay any attention to my body and how it felt with regards to how I was treating it. This didn’t necessarily change after starting CrossFit in 2010. The first few years were spent lifting and not focusing on health as a whole. It wasn’t until I started at CrossFit Katy and hearing about Whole 30 that I took the next step. Early in 2014 I started Whole 30 and truly realized that a clean diet was essential to training. This is something I’ve realized time and time again as I splurge and neglect my diet. After completing Whole 30 and remaining committed to Paleo I went from 200 lbs To 160 lbs while maintaining the majority of my strength. The changes I’ve seen in my body, my energy, and spirit are amazing. I’ve never felt better and it truly has me approaching each day differently than I did before CrossFit.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? First and foremost it’s brought focus to being sure my kids stay healthy. They’re already familiar with Burpees (which they do on their own and not as punishment I promise) and learn from both my wife and I active and healthy habits. Personally I’m more inclined to take on physical challenges and any kind. Through the camaraderie and relationships created at CrossFit I’ve completed Obstacle Course Races (Spartan and Tough Mudder) as well as a charity runs.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ¬¬¬___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): Initially it was to complete RX WOD’s and being able to complete all lifts and movements. My personal goal now is to complete Murph RX in under 60 minutes.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: One of my favorite moments was this past year completing the 15.3 Open WOD. It started off with muscle-ups which I’d never been able to do. Both Leah and Drew gave me some helpful tips before starting which helped me not only complete the entire first round but also 3 additional MU in round two (10 total). This past year was my second time competing in Open and 15.3 is by far the most fulfilling WOD I’ve completed, both in the Open and in my everyday WOD’s. What I remember most were those around me willing to coach me to be successful and who cheered me on during the WOD to help motivate me.

Any advice for people just getting started? Stick with it and don’t be intimidated. You’ll be working out with athletes of all skill levels, all of which started somewhere other than where they are now. CrossFit is a lifestyle and the benefits you’ll receive from dedicating your time to this sport will be endless is your everyday life. Don’t quit and give it your all everyday.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Family, fishing, hunting, golf, and TAMU…Gig’em Ags!

Jordan Smith

Name:  Jordan SmithJordan Smith Success Story Photo

Hometown: Mombasa, Kenya

Age: 24

Occupation: entrepreneur/personal business owner 

When did you first start CrossFitting? August 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy? August 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? I’m a 4:30 pm girl!

Favorite WOD:

I love the gymnastics side of crossfit, so anything with pull-ups, toe to bars, handstand pushups, and chest to bars! On the lifting side, I love hang cleans and overhead squats. I also discovered I have a hidden talent for fast burpees (the most random talent ever), and everyone tends to enjoy what they’re good at! It’s a love/hate relationship!

Least Favorite WOD:

My least favorite wods include front squats, thrusters or snatch! Those are three moves I mentally and physically struggle with the most in crossfit!

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:

I was a swimmer in high school, but that’s as far as my athletic career went. My parents always taught me that exercise was a part of daily life, but until crossfit, fitness felt like an uphill battle that wasn’t fun and was the only way to ‘get skinny’. I have always struggled with being heavy or overweight, so fitness for me used to be connected to an unattainable goal and guilt when my body wouldn’t change.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  

My parents were the first to expose me to crossfit. They started and got all their kids involved in it. I did my first wod at their box in San Antonio. It was a base wod of 500 m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit ups, 20 pushups, and 10 pull-ups. For the pull-ups, I had to stand on a box and jump up to the bar and back down each time. I couldn’t even do one pull-up and could barely do pushups on my knees. I could hardly breathe after the rowing. I remember thinking there was no way my body could handle such intense workouts every day! I’ve learned that I could handle that and so much more!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?

In the 2 years that I’ve been doing crossfit I have lost close to 25 pounds of fat while gaining quite a bit of muscle. My legs and arms are defined and strong! I look in the mirror and flex and bam! Muscle! For someone who used to look in the mirror and hate how I looked, this is such a major accomplishment for me! My eating habits have changed. I try to eat what is going to enhance and fuel my body for my workouts. I’ve learned that my body is tougher than I thought. I went from forcing myself to try to exercise to being excited for every wod and working very hard through them. I can now RX most workouts now too!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? 

I’ve learned to how to work hard. Crossfit is the area in my life that I push myself the most. If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it well. I’ve really seen how hard work pays off. One of the biggest changes is with my husband, Matt. Until crossfit we were too competitive with each other or ended up getting frustrated trying to exercise together.  With crossfit, we can work out and be competitive with each other but we both enjoy it and it has become a hobby that we share in common.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): 

Getting my weight down has been a major goal for me since I started. I have lost 20 pounds this year and am proud of it! I also just competed in my first partner crossfit competition which was intimidating to me and was so fun to accomplish. Next on the list, individual competition!

My goals right now are butterfly pull-ups and chest to bar and handstand walks!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
The Open at CrossFit Katy is probably one of my favorites. There is so much encouragement and the camaraderie level is high! I also really love the endurance class swim wods!

Any advice for people just getting started?

My biggest advice would be to work through the soreness, give it some time and don’t compare! It feels so hard when you first start, but it’s worth it and remember it takes time to see results. Changes don’t happen overnight, and it’s not fair to yourself to compare your ability when you start to someone else’s ability who has been there. Leave your ego at the door and work hard and have fun!  

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

Outside of crossfit I love to travel spontaneously, fly, spend hours on the beach and create things. I love all things international and I am passionate about fighting human trafficking!

Chris Blate

Name:  Chris Blate

Hometown:  Houston, TX

Age:  30

Occupation:  Law Enforcement

Chris Blate Before & After Pictures

Chris Blate Before & After Pictures

When did you first start CrossFitting?  I started CrossFit January 2015

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  I started training at CrossFit Katy January 2015

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  I attend the Burn Class 3 days a week a 6 a.m.

Favorite WOD:  Anything dealing with pull ups

Least Favorite WOD:  Anything dealing with front squats but that’s only because I’m not good at them yet!

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I always played sports.  I played basketball in high school and for fun.  I also ran 300m and 110m hurdles in high school track.  I’ve also have been in the military (ARMY) for 13 years so I am no stranger to hard training.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  
I was first introduced to Crossfit years ago when I was watching ESPN.  I saw the Crossfit games and I thought I could do that but it was not very popular back then so I never tired looking for a gym to get started.  Fast forward many years and about 30 pounds later I was going through some picture my wife had and notice a large guy in it and asked her who is that big guy?  She said “That’s you!”  It hit me like a ton of bricks, I had never been big at all and I knew I needed to get the weight off fast!   I started searching for work out plans on the internet but I needed someone to help with the right workouts to get the results I wanted.  That’s when I looked up Crossfit gyms in my area and CFK popped up in the results. The next day I started on my road to getting back to a lean mean fighting machine. 

I don’t remember what my first WOD was but I do remember that I sore the next day lol… but I liked it and returned day after day for more.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I have seen lots of changes in my body, the big difference is from January to August I dropped from 220lbs to 197lbs.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Since joining the Crossfit Katy Family I’ve started running for fun which I never use to do even when I was younger.  I’ve also started running Spartan races for fun which would never thought I would enjoy doing if was not for Crossfit.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): 
One goal I have reached since joining CFK is being able to do 10 pull ups straight.

One goal I want to achieve is to do a 225 pound front squat.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
All my moments at the gym are my favorites, it just fun to come to a gym that everyone is excited to see you and work out together.

Any advice for people just getting started?
My advice for first timers is give it a chance.  Don’t give up because it hard or something you’re not use to.  It will get easier with time!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Spending time with my kids, playing any sports.

The Parkers
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Name: Jonathan Parker

Hometown: Carol Stream, IL

Age: 31

Occupation: Controls Engineer

When did you first start CrossFitting?: August 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: August 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?
5:30AM Crossfit, 6:00 AM Burn, 6:30PM Crossfit

Favorite WOD: Anything Squats, except Overhead, and a lot of people will not believe me, but I like Burpees, now.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything Running and/or Pullups

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:
I was a geek in High School, tried out for the Tennis Team, didn’t get in. In college, I gained the Freshman 30, started biking and running, lost 60lbs by the end of Sophomore Year. Being a boy scout, I started a minor in Kinesiology, just in case engineering didn’t pan out. Although I never finished it, I’ve always wanted to get my personal trainer license, as that was my area of study. After college, I just fell off from working out and eating right.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I have my brother to thank for that. After my 30th birthday, I saw a picture of me, and I looked huge, I never thought I was that big, until I weighed myself, 265 lbs, the heaviest I had ever been. I had heard of CrossFit from around the web, the bad stuff, and was iffy about it. My brother told me I should just try it. Emailed Neal, and came in around late August 2013. All I remember from that first WOD is that it had running and how slow and tired I felt after the first 400m warm-up run.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
Since joining CrossFit, I have lost 63lbs, I see muscle where I didn’t have, mainly my Quads. Although, I didn’t have a baseline of blood pressure, Heartrate, & body fat before I started, I do know now my blood pressure is typically around 100/70, resting HR is around 55-70, body fat is now down to 23.8%

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I didn’t think I would find a sport that I really love, next to Football, and want to participate as much as I could. Also, the family environment at our box and other boxes I have visited on my travels, just goes to show you, how much people care about you and your health.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):
Goal I have reached, is getting down to my Wedding Weight. Goal I want to achieve, so many to pick from, but I want to get my Front Squat in the 300 club.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
The in house competitions, even though, I do not place well, it is always a fun day. Also, the Christmas parties and gift exchanges, always a blast.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Leave your ego at the door, and if you hesitant to join, believe me, it may seem hard at first, but you will get the hang of it, and your body will thank you for doing it.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I said I was a geek, so I am a big table top game enthusiast like Cards Against Humanity, Bananagrams, Ticket to Ride to name a few. And I am a huge movie buff, old and new. I also like Football and Fantasy Football, GO TEXANS! And I love to cook and bake, I have been known to make candy out of beer and ice cream, which may or may not be made with beer.

 

AFTER

AFTER

Name: Frances Parker

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Age: 34

Occupation: Systems Analyst

When did you first start CrossFitting?: August 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: October 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 6:00AM Burn, 5:30 AM Crossfit

Favorite WOD: Deadlifts, front squats, and I actually don’t mind burpees.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with pull-ups and running

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:
In high school I was into racket sports and played on the varsity tennis team my junior and senior year as a doubles player. I continued to play tennis for leisure in college and would visit my college recreation center on to work out, but not regularly.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I gained 33 pounds over the course of five years after my wedding in 2008 and continually felt lethargic on top of feeling unhappy with all the weight I put on. I looked at holiday photos one year and couldn’t recognize myself. I knew I had to change something. My husband heard about Crossfit from his brother, and I searched online to see what it was about, and honestly it seemed intimidating. However, I do get bored running on treadmills and we did try a bootcamp with a workout regime that didn’t stick, so I was willing to give Crossfit a try. My husband emailed Neal and we showed up for our first WOD. All I remember is that I felt so slow and out of breath while running and that was only after the warm-up run. There was something else with box jumps and I used a 12” box. I barely got through that WOD.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
Since joining CrossFit, I have lost 20lbs, and I have increased my endurance. I’ve also cleaned up my eating habits, and I like that CrossFit Katy provides information sessions on nutrition. I don’t feel so out of breath while running. From my first 5k in March 2014 to last Thanksgiving’s 5k I shaved off 5 minutes from my running time. I can actually do sets of toes to bars when I could barely do scaled leg lifts when I started.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
When I have to travel carrying luggage doesn’t seem as difficult as it did a couple years back before starting Crossfit. Carrying groceries, moving around heavy objects at home, and climbing stairs doesn’t make me feel out-of-breath like it did before. I had a theatre outing with friends and parked the car with 8 minutes before the show started. I ran all the flights of stairs including the ones from the parking garage and made it to my seat on time. Nowadays I feel like I have more energy during the day, and I generally don’t have to rely on caffeine or sugar to keep me going.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):
I was surprised to be able to deadlift 205 lbs (3 rep max). I PR’d my push press recently at 95 lbs. I’d like to do a strict pull up and learn how to kip. My favorite class is burn class and to eventually do a WOD Rx’d in that class would be an accomplishment for me.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:
It was a strength and training class with front squats. It was an increasing EMOM, and I was the last one standing and everyone cheered me to keep going. It was a good feeling to do better than I expected and have my 5:30am-ers cheer me on.

Any advice for people just getting started?
You’ll want to quit and probably feel terrible after the first WOD, but keep at it. What I mean by “terrible” is that you’ll ache, have soreness, and feel in over your head, but that’s just an obstacle you can overcome. Don’t worry about the number on the weight scale. It’s frustrating to see the number not move for weeks or months. Keep track of the number that goes up with your PR’s and measure your progress with that. You will make gains if you keep at it.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Photography, arts and crafts, board games, and yoga.

Dana Heiman

Dana before picsName:  Dana Heiman

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Age: 30

Occupation: Hair Stylist

When did you first start CrossFitting?: January 2012

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: January 2012

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? Afternoon

Favorite WOD: Right now, anything with rope climbs or double-unders!

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with deadlift!Dana After Pic

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:

I ran track, cross country, and swam in high school. From high school until I started CrossFit, I was in and out of the globo gym and did boot camp.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

Adam introduced me to CrossFit! I don’t remember my first WOD, but I do remember the strength portion of class being strict press and Leah was coaching. I remember how heavy that 45lb bar felt and how proud I was to put those 2.5lb plates on! 😉 I remember absolutely loving it but being scared to death! I think I had butterflies before class for about 2 months!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?

The changes that I have seen have been incredible since I started CrossFit. When I started at CrossFit Katy, I weighed about 124lbs. As you can see from my before picture, it was all skin and bones. I was pretty scrawny, but it was mostly fat. I had no muscle! Since then, I have gradually gained weight and I now weigh 15lbs more. I have made it a goal to gain lean mass and although I have done well so far, I am still trying to gain more. I never thought I’d be so happy to get on the scale and see bigger numbers! A lot of this has to do with CrossFit classes, training hard, and showing up every day. The rest of it has to do with the nutrition side. Luckily, we have such knowledgeable trainers when it comes to nutrition. I have learned so much and I’d say I’ve made a big change in my diet over the last year. However, in the last 4 months I have gotten strict and not allowed myself the usual excuses, and now I have seen amazing results by counting my macronutrients. This method has really worked for me. I feel so much better, healthier, and stronger! As far as the change in fitness, I have gained so much strength on all my lifts! In three years, I have become stronger, faster, more coordinated, and found the intensity that I feared when I started. During that time, improving my attitude contributed to the positive outcomes in CrossFit as a whole!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

One of the two biggest changes is my attitude!  I am more confident overall, and my work ethic in CrossFit has transferred to all aspects of my life. The other is how I’ve prioritized my health! I’d always cared about it, but I had never made the conscious effort to make the necessary adjustments. I love talking about health and fitness and sharing it!

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): 

Goals I have reached are getting a muscle-up, strict handstand pushups, legless rope climbs, hand stand walking, snatched 115lb, won a competition(Adam, Britt, Chad were my teammates lol), and got my L1.

Goals I would still like to achieve are doing unbroken muscle-ups, butterfly pull-ups, butterfly chest to bar, hand stand walk the length of the gym, and learn to love deadlift!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:

Some of my favorite moments at CrossFit Katy have more to do with Adam and the CFKaty team than myself! Day three of Regionals last year wins most memorable! The adrenaline and excitement of cheering for the regional team was unbelievable. They were incredible all weekend, and that final day was unforgettable. Every single fan that the team brought was on their feet cheering and screaming, and Neal was going crazy! I will never forget the feeling of the CrossFit Katy community’s support! The moment we all realized they were going to the games was so surreal! The next most memorable was at the CrossFit Games. The entirety of that week, and seeing that level of CrossFit, was the most motivated I have ever been!

Any advice for people just getting started?

Stick with it! Each day gets better and better! At first, CrossFit can be so intimidating, but now, it’s just simply addicting! Record everything! Every lift, every workout! You will surprise yourself over and over! Dive in to all of it, not just the class, but the community! The community at Crossfit Katy is a large portion of what sets it apart!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

Outside of crossfit, I love to spend time with family, friends, and I love going to concerts!

Clint Price

Hometown:  Huntington Beach, California 

Age:  50                                                    6a00e5523ce553883401b8d0c545cb970c

Occupation: Truck Driver

When did you first start CrossFitting?: March 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  March 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? Mornings

Favorite WOD:  Anything using the equipment

Least Favorite WOD:  OHS, strict pull up, Toe-2 -Bars

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  Grew up playing most sports.  In high school, played water polo, football ,wrestling, and swimming.  And a potential wrestler for the 1984 Olympic team.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Reading about Christmas Joy Abbot.

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  My 1st WOD was with Mike, we did box jumps, and kettle bell swings, I was humbled.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  As a driver the weight creeps up on you, I lost 60lbs, got off my high blood pressure and cholesterol medicine and now I look up the endurance class and run at the truck stop.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  Better eating habits, more energy.  Doing the in-house brawls competition and doing the BCS in College Station.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ___ 6a00e5523ce553883401b8d0c545cf970cpounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):  Got off my meds, to do a strict pull up

 Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:  Doing my first Rx WOD, how everybody helps, doing my first in house Brawl, and also trying to do the Crossfit Open.

Any advice for people just getting started?  Like you have heard, just keep coming, don’t give up, and yes you will be sore.  My advice is to trust and listen to our Trainers, they are really good at what they do for us and you will be sore but keep coming.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? As most everyone knows I love the TEXANS football.  I’ve learned how to Bbq when I moved out here, mix different flavors and spices, enjoy my family and grandkids.

Thank You Guys For Everything!

Trent Fojtik

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TRENT FOJTIK

Name:  Trent Fojtik                 6a00e5523ce553883401bb07b3d5d9970d-320wi

Hometown: Edna Tx (Now Sealy Tx)

Age: 27

Occupation:  Electrical Design @ Mustang Engineering

When did you first start CrossFitting?: July 18th, 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: July 18th, 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 5:30 AM

Favorite WOD: Anything with Hang Clean and I like Wall Balls for some reason.

Least Favorite WOD: Least favorite movements: Burpees, Push Ups, Pull Ups, Front Squat

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I played football and baseball up though my freshman year in high school.  In 2001 during my sophomore year I tore my ACL & MCL playing football. I rehabbed my knee and got active as soon as I possible.  I tore my ACL again in the offseason of 2002, so I decided that I had enough.  I quit everything and haven’t really participated in anything consistently other than beer league softball until I joined CrossFit in 2013.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  I met my wife Lindsey in 2008 and we got married in 2010.  Shortly after moving from Waco to 6a00e5523ce553883401bb07b3d604970d-320wiKaty/Sealy she became obsessed with working out.  She became a certified trainer and begged me all the time to work out.  I showed zero interest until I finally bit the bullet and did a mud run with her. That is when I realized how out of shape I was!  She taught a boot camp that I participated in, but that fizzled out for me. Lindsey found that CrossFit might be something I would be more interested in so she talked me into going with her.  I went to class that morning scared to death!  The WOD was an AMRAP with pushups and lateral hops.  I can remember Leah coming up to me half way through the WOD saying “Trent you should probably stop attempting pushups, you’re not going to be able to take your shirt off.”  She was right! I couldn’t wash my face either!  I couldn’t finish a scaled workout for at least two weeks.  I was really out of shape!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I am really in better shape now than I have ever been.  I have lost over 50lbs and 29 inches, 9 inches in my waist alone!  I can see muscle tone that I don’t remember ever being able to see before.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  I have more energy day to day and am not near as lazy as I used to be.  CrossFit has made me an all-around better person mentally and physically.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):  I am doing most WOD’s RX.  When I started I couldn’t even do 10 pushups or run a mile without stopping.  I don’t think I have ever been able to do a strict pull up.  I can proudly say I can string a few pull ups together now! I would like to get most of my “Max Lifts” over 225lbs (Deadlift and Back Squat only ones @ 225+).  I would also like to be competitive in a small competition in a non-scaled division.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:  Starting out I struggled finishing WOD’s under the class time cap and sometimes still do.  I can remember the people (most I didn’t even know) cheering me to the last place finish.  Those moments are hard to forget!  I enjoy the community at CFK and hope to make many more friends through CrossFit.

Any advice for people just getting started?  Don’t be intimidated.  Don’t quit. You will be amazed at the gains you make within the first 6-8 months.  It’s not easy, but nothing worth it is.  You will meet some great people that will do anything for you.  Being a part of CFK is really something special.  I am addicted to the workouts and the camaraderie.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  I really enjoy anything outdoors including hunting, off-roading, and shooting sports.  I love spending time at deer camp; it’s my favorite time of the year.  I like to collect sports memorabilia of all kinds.  I love watching football at the pro and college level.  I recently picked up a road bike and have enjoyed doing some rides. I did  my first MS150 last year (2013)!  I also love spending time with my new daughter Addison born September 2014.

Ben Mills

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BEN & NESREEN MILLS

Name:  Ben Mills       

Hometown:  Rockland, ME6a00e5523ce553883401b8d0827478970c-320wi

Age: 34

Occupation: Training Manager

When did you first start CrossFitting?: June, 2013

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?: June, 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  Either, depending on schedule

Favorite WOD:  Push press

Least Favorite WOD:  Wallball, and partner workouts with “can’t touch the ground” rules.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: 33 years of… nothing.  Wrestling with my boys was the only physical activity I engaged in.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  My wife got me in to it.  My first WOD was not good.  I did the trial workout after recovering from a lung infection.  I had to stop halfway through the warm-up run and left.  I ran at home for a week until I could do the warm-up run and then came back.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  The biggest change is energy.  I wake up ready to do things.  I don’t get home at the end of the day and collapse…  well, not most days.  I have lost almost 40 pounds from Crossfit and eating mostly Paleo.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  I didn’t expect the energy.  I went in to lose weight and hopefully get healthier.  I never thought spending so much energy working out would give me so much more.  It also taught me mental toughness.  I always thought “well I feel bad/tired/etc. and it is only going to get worse through the day”, but CF taught me that action and activity make me feel energized.  Things get better, not worse.  You just have to push through.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):  I wanted to run the warm-up without stopping to walk at all.  It took about two months.  Next, I wanted to do a pull-up with just the black band.  I did a full WOD last week with just the black band.  My next goal is to get under 200 pounds.

 Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: My favorite part these days is just the positive comments I get from the other CF’ers.  My schedule is all over these days, so I see a lot of the group but not always frequently.  If one of the gang hasn’t seen me in a while, they usually ask how much weight I have lost, and comment on how much better I look.  But the thing I love about CF people is that they always follow it by saying: “what’s your goal?  How much more do you have to go?”.  Its like, “you look good, now let’s finish it strong.”  That is why I love CF…the motivation!

Any advice for people just getting started?  Stick with it, don’t be afraid to be last.  Listen to the trainers, because they know their stuff.  Sometimes I have to drag myself in… but I always love the way I feel when I leave.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? My hobbies are 9 and 7, Jacob and Jordan.  Wrestling, biking, sword fighting or xbox, whatever the boys like to do.  Other than that, I love gaming and watching sports.  My way to relax at night is listening to whatever show my wife is watching on netflix while I play Xbox, and usually talking about the day’s WOD.

NESREEN PROFILE

NESREEN PROFILE

Name:  Nesreen Mills   

Hometown: Katy/Houston

Age:  30

Occupation: Stay at home mom6a00e5523ce553883401b7c6f866b6970b-320wi

When did you first start CrossFitting?  2012
When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  2012

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 9:30AM

Favorite WOD:  I generally enjoy any WOD with pull-ups, cleans, and snatches.

Least Favorite WOD:  Anything with thrusters or rowing…yuck!

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I was never an athletic person before I started CrossFit. I would do anything to get out of gym class in junior/high school.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  My first experience with weightlifting was with a friend who is a body builder. He showed me how to do a few things at the YMCA gym (mostly machines, a couple free weight exercises). I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed weightlifting, since I generally hated anything that required physical exertion. =)

After that, I started searching around for some type of personal training program. I found CrossFit Katy and decided to give it a try. I was very nervous and it was a bit overwhelming at first. I don’t remember the WOD, but it was probably the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life. I’d never pushed myself like that.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  Though I was never really overweight, I had hardly no muscle. Now I’m much leaner, stronger, and healthier! I’ve gone from about 28-30% body fat to about 20% though I actually weigh more than I used to (muscles, baby!)

I have so much more energy on a daily basis. It’s pretty amazing to see how far I’ve come. My early workouts were all done with 5-20 pounds on a training bar and it was extremely difficult for me. It’s pretty amazing to look back and see what I used to think was heavy and difficult.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  I can’t imagine how I would be today without CFK. I have so much energy and I look forward to going to CF every day. Where it used to be a struggle to get to the gym, now I crave it.

CrossFit has literally changed my life. I used to get winded walking up a flight of stairs. I remember when I first started CF, even the warm ups were excruciatingly difficult for me.Sometimes I can’t even believe the things I can do now. For 28 years, I was weak, out of shape, and sluggish. The past two years have been the best years of my life.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):  My biggest goal that I finally hit this year was to be able to do a pull-up (kip) without a resistance band. I can now even do a couple strict pull-ups without a band as well. I’ve very recently started to do most pull-ups in WODs un-banded! My next goal is to be able to do a handstand walk and handstand pushups.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:  I loved doing Murph this year. That was probably one of the most challenging WODs I’d ever done. It was so exhausting but it ended with such a sense of accomplishment.

Any advice for people just getting started?  There will be a lot of slow progress in the beginning, but just keep going! Don’t give up! It’s hard, but it’s worth every drop of sweat!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  I love to spend time with my two amazing boys and husband, read, watch movies, sing, knit, and take photographs.

KIM BUTNER

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KIM BUTNER

Name:  Kim Butner

Hometown:  Katy, TX6a00e5523ce553883401bb078a0c7b970d-320wi

Age:  61

Occupation:  Medical Office Manager

When did you first start CrossFitting?  April 2009

When did you first start at CrossFit Katy?  April 2009

What class do you generally attend?  Afternoon at 5:30 p.m.

Favorite WOD:  My favorite WOD is when it is done.

Least favorite WOD:  I didn’t think I had a least favorite WOD until August 15, my first time to take the burn class.  I DID not like that one for sure.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:  I was not very 6a00e5523ce553883401bb078a0c80970d-320wiactive before I started running and biking in about 1999. Started going to the gym doing spin and aerobics classes. Did a few MS150 and then started doing ½ marathons’ once a year.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  In late 2008 my daughter and I decided to train for our first full marathon and we were looking for some cross training and she found a flyer for CrossFit Katy. I remember thinking I would try for a few months and that would be good. Those few months have turned into 5 years.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I thought my legs were okay with the running but my upper body was not. I have seen everything becoming more toned.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press____pounds;  do a pull-up; do a WOD RX’d. etc.):  Not sure I had any goal when I started since I was only to going to do CrossFit for a few months. Each month I would hand Neal my check and tell him he had me for another month and he would laugh, I think he knew I was hooked. When I first started I could not do more than 3 pushups, did not know what a wall ball was and it never even cross my mind that I would be able to deadlift  145 lbs.  I am working on doing pull ups without a band and would like to do doubleunders without my extra jump.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/CFK moments:  This statement would take way too long.  I have favorite moments almost every time I am at the gym.  The trainers are great and I have made some awesome friends.

Any advice for people just getting started?  When I talk to people about CF I tell them if I can do it they can do it.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Quilting is one of my hobbies, I love spending time with my grandkids and family.

I would not have been able to set a goal of 12 half marathons in 12 months if not for CrossFit Katy.  In December of this year I will have reach this goal.

*Kim is not only a success story for how far she has come during her five years at CrossFit Katy but she is a great example of how CrossFit training can be used to supplement and help your training in other sports.

Great job Kim and good luck finishing your half marathon goal this year!

Abigail

CROSSFIT KATY

ABIGAIL (“ABBY”) LEAL

ATHLETE PROFILE/SUCCESS STORY

Name:  Abigail (Abby) Leal  6a00e5523ce553883401a3fd44de68970b-320wi6a00e5523ce553883401a511f47d1f970c-320wi

Hometown:  Granbury, Texas

Age:  29

Occupation:  Stay at home mom.

When did you first start CrossFitting?  September 2012

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  September 2012

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  6:30 p.m. but I have started attending 10:30 CF Burn as well, :).

Favorite WOD:  Anything that includes front/back squats, power cleans, or pull-ups.

Least Favorite WOD:  Overhead squats, toe to bars or rowing.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I didn’t play ANY sports growing up, I was always ok with just taking P.E. 🙂  It wasn’t until a few years ago when I wanted to loose some weight that I became interested in working out.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel?  I had taken some personal training sessions at a local gym and once I completed the sessions my trainer suggested I try CrossFit.  It took me a few months to finally get the courage to try it out.  I don’t exactly remember the my first WOD but I do remember it included pull-ups, when they started explaining the WOD all I could think was “Wow!  I need to leave before they find out I can’t do pull-ups!”  I wasn’t aware there were bands we could use!  When I finally finished the WOD I felt dead but I knew I wanted more!  Ever since then I’ve been coming back for more!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I’ve seen so many changes in my body!  I have lost 15lbs and 5% body fat.  I can actually see muscle definition, which is a first for me!  My endurance has also gone up, before CF I could barely run a mile without having to stop and walk.  I actually ran my first half-marathon last November!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  I never expected for CF to change my life, but it has! I am the healthiest and fittest I have ever been!  I also realized that I actually enjoy working out!  Before CF it felt like a “chore” to workout but now I look forward to getting that next PR!  Thanks to Leah I have learned so much about nutrition and have been able to make better nutrition choices for my whole family.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example: deadlift/squat/press__pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc).  I am able to do pull-ups without a band and just recently was able to do double unders.  One goal I want to achieve is to get better at handstand push-ups.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:  One of my favorite moments was when I PR’ed my one rep max deadlift, never did I think I would be able to deadlift 300#!  It felt great having the trainers and my workout buddies cheering me on and telling I could do it!

Any advice for people just getting started?  You will get the results you want if you put in hard work so just keep showing up!  It doesn’t matter if you finish last, all that matters is that you finish.

What are your hobbies, interest and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  I enjoy spending time with my husband and 4 year old son!  I also enjoy cooking and working on DYI projects 🙂

Adam Heiman

CROSSFIT KATY 2014

REGIONAL AND GAMES ATHLETE PROFILE

Name:

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Hometown:

Katy, TX

Age:

27

Occupation:  

Mechanical Designer

When did you first start CrossFitting?

August 2010

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?

August 2010 (first and only place I went to).

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)? 

Afternoon… I don’t know how you morning wodders do it!

Favorite WOD:

Anything with squats (any type) and pull ups… or super heavy squat cleans

Least Favorite WOD:

Heavy deadlifts.  I’m awful at them.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:

I grew up playing baseball all my life and through my senior year of high school. I ended up quitting and giving football a try my junior and senior year. I didn’t do much other than Globo-gym style weights until after college. I became a certified personal trainer at one of these gyms and started to develop a love for a less mainstream style of training.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

The owner of my current gym at the time pointed me to the CrossFit main site after seeing my unorthodox training routines. So I looked up the main site and started playing with kipping pull ups among other things. I eventually found CrossFit Katy and dropped in for my first class. I loved it right away, but I tried to figure out how to juggle it with the regular gym membership. After a couple of weeks, I tried “Fran” in a regular gym… after all the looks, I decided it was time to go all in, and the rest is history.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?

Well I would like to think I was in pretty good shape before CF. I was a personal trainer who actually worked on my legs and didn’t neglect cardio. I also ate very clean (probably too clean for the amount of calories that competitive CrossFit demands) That being said, CF took my overall fitness above and beyond what I thought it could be and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

The biggest thing I’ve noticed is mental toughness. CF forces you to tell your mind to shut up and just do something, and I feel this can be applied to many things in life.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): 

Goal reached: Cleaned 315#

Goal still to achieve: Deadlift 500#

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:

By far one of the best CFK moments was regionals this year… The KATY chant!

Any advice for people just getting started?

Easier said than done, but don’t be intimidated.  You will have lots of people around to support you!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

BBQing and Eating

Brittani Morales

CROSSFIT KATY 2014

REGIONAL AND GAMES ATHLETE PROFILE

Name:  Brittani Morales                    

Hometown:   Katy, TX

Age:   26Image 18

Occupation:   Kindergarten Teacher and CF Katy Coach

When did you first start CrossFitting?  Officially August 2009.  I would Crossfit at the park when I came home from school on break.

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  I only train at the best gyms…that’s why I have been at Crossfit Katy since the beginning!

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  Mostly afternoon since I have to be at work so early.

Favorite WOD:  CHIPPERS! Or anything long and heavy, :).

Least Favorite WOD:  Anything with burpees or double unders and maybe thrusters…ughImage 19

Tell us about you sports & fitness background.  If you ask any of my family, they will laugh at you if you ask about me playing sports.  By junior high, I failed miserably at playing my family’s sport of softball.  I did play volleyball in junior high, but we all know no one has any street cred with junior high athletics!  In high school, I did drill team for a bit, but wasn’t too crazy about it.  At Texas Tech, I loved working out at our Rec center.  From the spin classes to yoga, to running 11 miles on treadmills, I was there!  I ended up doing 3 half marathons in college.  It was an easy training program for me, I knew what I need to do each day, and it was fairly attainable (I would later learn that running is the most boring thing ever!).  I would sometimes go into the circuit machine room, but would never go close to the weight room because it was far too intimidating and I had no clue what I was doing!  SO as for my fitness background, I loved to be at the gym or doing fitness classes, but lack of coordination kept me out of sports.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  I first began Crossfit when I came home to visit from school and my mom had started going to Crossfit at the park with our neighbor.  I don’t remember the first WOD, but I immediately fell in love, and loved that I didn’t have to plan what I was doing.  When I went back to Lubbock, I couldn’t find any Crossfits there at the time, so I would try to do versions of what they were doing back at home, but in the middle of the Rec center where everyone could give me strange looks!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I don’t think that I really lost any weight, actually the scale has been a tough thing to overcome mentally.  I have to remind myself that it is just a number.  I have read articles that show how one weight can look different on many people.  I do know that my bodyfat percentage has changed since beginning Crossfit.  I’m not sure where it was when I first started, but I know it was somewhere around 24%, and now it is 18%.  It’s definitely has a lot to do with eating though.  If I am being super strict, like eating zone-paleo, I can feel and see a difference.  It takes a lot of discipline, planning, and prep work.  If we aren’t zoning our food, we usually just eat paleo.

My body composition has changed.  I have arm muscles and traps that no longer fit into fitted shirts.  I will forever be cursed with the Crossfit blue jean issue, so I tend to stick to dresses and Lulu.

When I started Crossfit, I just did what the board said.  Because I was new, I would always PR on my lifts, which was extremely uplifting and motivating!  My benchmark workouts kept getting faster and faster, and I slowly got better.  My first individual comp was CF Katy’s 1st Bring the Heat and I ended up getting 1st in the standard division.  All these little things built on each other and it helped me to learn what a competitive sport is like, and then somehow I ended up on Crossfit Katy’s Regional…and now Games team!  When I first started Crossfit, I had no clue what I was doing and if someone would have told me I would be going to the Games, I would have thought they were crazy!  The mental aspect has been one of the biggest challenges to overcome, and this year was probably the toughest mentally for me.  The regional workouts were full of my not-so favorite skills, but I think it helped me to realize that if I keep doing Crossfit, I’m never going to be finished.  There is always going to be a goal to work towards, always something new, always bigger challenges.  If something is thrown at me that is not one of my strengths (strict Handstand Push Ups, max distance handstand walks, and my frenemy muscle-ups), then I am going to do the best I can at that moment, and I’m going to have to be ok with that, because there are always more days ahead to work weaknesses, but letting negative thoughts consume my mind at that point, is only going to make it harder.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  I never thought that Crossfit would consume this much of my life!  I am so thankful that my husband, Chad, enjoys it as much as I do (and happens to kick butt at it), because it really does take up such a big chunk of our time.  You have to have balance though.  Life isn’t all about Crossfit, but we have met some amazing friends and seen big changes in family members through it.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.).  Muscle-ups have been a goal I have reached, but also I goal that I still want to achieve.  We have a love-hate relationship.  I have been working on those darn things for two years now!  I can get them one at a time, but even then there are good days and bad days.  My goal is to be able to consistently string them together. 

 Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments.  Some of my favorite CFK moments have been:  seeing my dad begin Crossfit and completely change the direction of his health for the better, being proposed to at our CF Katy Crawfish boil, making it to the CF Games with my awesome team and our amazing fans, and meeting so many great people from all walks of life.  The members here are like my family!

Any advice for people just getting started?  JUST DO IT and keep doing it.  If you check your pride and your worries at the door, just do what the board says, and keep coming, you will begin to see why every time you talk to a Crossfitter, they can’t not talk about Crossfit, and then you’ll soon find yourself doing the same thing!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Outside of Crossfit?  What does that even mean?  Just kidding…sort of.  I love cooking, going dancing, doing anything Pinterest worthy haha, and relaxing with my main squeeze, my friends, and my family.

Chad Morales

CROSSFIT KATY 2014

REGIONAL AND GAMES ATHLETE PROFILE

Name: 

Chad Morales

Hometown:

Texas City

Age:

26

Occupation:

Pipeline Controller

When did you first start CrossFitting?

May 2010

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?

February 2011

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?Image 20

All Classes Due to Work Schedule

Favorite WOD:

I don’t really have a favorite.

Least Favorite WOD:

ROWING!!!!  I HATE ROWING WITH A PASSION!!!!

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:

I have played sports all throughout my life from Baseball when I was probably 4 all the way up to high school where I then began playing Golf, Football, and running track.  After high school I continued my athletic career with Football at UMHB in which I played from 2006-2010.  As far as going to the gym and working out I never really did any extra work other than what was required until right before I graduated high school and that was all globo style lifting.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I don’t really remember my first WOD but I do remember that I was visiting Brittani at the time from school and she brought me along.  I remember it being in the old box out in the HEAT!!  I believe it was running kettle bell swings and maybe one other movement.  Other than that everything else was a blur. I mean I had done tough workouts before but there was just something different about it, I don’t know if it was that I just wanted to finish as fast as I could so I didn’t look like a wimp in front of my girlfriend or that I just had no idea what the word pacing meant…  But from then on that was it after I got back to school I started looking around for a Box found a buddy of mine that had just opened his own place in Belton and I haven’t looked back since.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?

I don’t feel like I have lost or gained a lot weight from doing crossfit, sure I have fluctuated within 10-15# due to changing what I was eating, and based on what we were preparing for.  I feel the biggest change for me has been the way I carry weight.  When I started crossfit I looked like your typical football player, thick bulky neck and then thicker through my midsection.  Now I weight about what I weighed in college at my heaviest but am much leaner.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I never expected to become a coach/ trainer and have the ability to influence and guide people to where they want to go.  Whether that is fine tuning their gymnasty skills, coaching them through technique with lifts to help them with their overall strength, or even just helping someone out with mobility tips or stretching!!!

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):

One of the goals I set when starting crossfit was to clean 300#, just yesterday not only did I clean 300#, I power cleaned it x 3 touch and go.  But I think going forward one of my biggest goals is to just have fun at the Crossfit Games and enjoy the experience no matter the outcome…..AND to squat clean 345 and back squat 500#.

 

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:

There are tons of things I could say that are my favorite crossfit moments like qualifying for regionals as a team 4 years in a row or qualifying for the GAMES for the first time this year! But I would have to say that my best crossfit memory/moment would have to be when Brittani got her first Muscle Up!  Just the excitement and gratification on her face after the Months/Years of hard work and frustration leading up to it!!

Any advice for people just getting started?

Crossfit is not easy, it’s not supposed to be!!!  The hardest part about crossfit is getting started and sticking with it!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I love just getting to hang out with my wife whether that be at home just relaxing or watching a movie or hanging out with the fam. I also enjoy doing projects around the house, building things in the garage.

Madeline

CROSSFIT KATY 2014

REGIONAL AND GAMES ATHLETE PROFILE  

Name: 

Madeline (“Maddie”) Felio Moore

Hometown:  

Flower Mound, TX

Age: 23

Occupation:

Grad school student

When did you first start CrossFitting?Image 22

March 2012

When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?

August 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?

Afternoon

Favorite WOD:

Anything with MUs, HSPUs, burpees, double unders, box jumps, power cleans, GHDs, rope climbs, pistols, handstand walks… 😉

Least Favorite WOD:

Karen

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:

Started gymnastics when I was three, did competitive Tumbling & Trampoline from 4th grade to 9th grade. Started competitive cheerleadingImage 23 after that. Senior year, my team won the Cheerleading World Championships held at Disney World each year. At Baylor University I was apart of their inaugural Acrobatics & Tumbling team, which became Baylor’s 19th varsity sport. After a couple years on Baylor’s Acro team I decided to give CrossFit a try! I’ve always loved weight lifting and so finding a sport mixed with that and my gymnastics background was perfect.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

After I decided I didn’t want to do acro anymore, I knew I had to find something else active. I had seen CrossFit on ESPN once before and knew one person who did CrossFit in Waco. Looked into it and tried it the next week! I don’t remember my first WOD, but I do remember wanting to get a muscle up right away! So I spent a little while with one of the coaches and got my first muscle up that first week!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  

I’ve only fluctuated within 7-8 pounds since I started high school. However, I am currently the heaviest I’ve ever weighed and definitely the most tone I’ve ever been! #smallbutmighty 😉

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

GOING TO THE GAMES! After graduating from Baylor last May, I decided I was going to give all that I had to crossfit for my one year off of school before heading back to grad school. But never did I expect to be so lucky to find such an amazing team! They helped me improve more than I could have imagined and I’m lucky to have helped them reach one of their biggest goals this season!

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pullup; do a WOD RX’d, etc.): 

My main goal all season has been to help the team get to Regionals and do what they haven’t been able to do in the past, qualify for the Games! In the future, I hope to qualify for Regionals as an individual.

One weightlifting goal I reached was being able to finally snatch over my body weight! And my next goal is cleaning 200#. 

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments:

-The night we all took C4 Pre-workout for the first time during advanced class!

-Neal’s pump-up speech at Fittest Games! #cutit

-Winning our heat for Event 7 at Regionals!!

Any advice for people just getting started?

Take your time! Don’t rush into Rx. I didn’t do Rx for the first couple months. Take your time learning the technique first! And remember…crossfit is fun!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I’m getting married June 7th! I finally got Josh to start crossfit when we moved here last August. And he is officially hooked! I am starting a Physician Assistant graduate program at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth this July. I’m actually missing the first week of classes to go to the Games! Josh and I have a boxer named Cassius that we absolutely love!! He is our first child and we take him everywhere with us.

 

Tara Carr

ATHLETE PROFILE:

 Name:  Tara Carr

 Hometown:  Sealy, TX

Age:  29

Occupation:  Clothing Designer/Stay at home momImage 24

When did you first start CrossFitting?  January 2013

 When did you first start training at CrossFit Katy?  January 2013

What class do you generally attend (morning/afternoon)?  9:30 am

Favorite WOD:  Jackie

Least Favorite WOD:  Karen—150 wall balls for time… No thanks!:)

Tell us about you sports & fitness background:  I was a cheerleader and played softball in high school. After high school I played on a few softball leagues for fun, but did not take fitness seriously at all!

    How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?   I knew I wanted to get back in shape after having both my girls and tried a few things like boot camps and group fitness classes at the Y, but didn’t stick to it…. My husband said I should try CrossFit so I decided to give it a shot. My first class had pull-ups and several 400m runs in it. I definitely could not do a pull up at the time and running 400m once much less several times seemed impossible. I remember seeing someone rowing instead of running and thought that maybe the running was optional?? Ha! Not so much, I remember telling Leah, “I think I would like to row instead of run… I’m not really a runner!” Lets’ just say that her answer was NO, and running was my fate! Somehow I finished the WOD and I knew right then and there that I needed the structure of CrossFit to be able to meet my fitness goals.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?   There have been so many changes I don’t know if I can fit them all here! Most important, I think, is my energy level. Having two children under the age of five can be draining sometimes. Before I started CrossFit I felt like I had zero energy all of the time and was struggling to get through the days without needing a nap! Since starting CrossFit my energy is never a problem! I’ve actually added things to my already full plate and never feel overwhelmed anymore! Other than that my body has definitely changed, before I was thin but had ZERO muscle tone! It has been pretty crazy to see muscle on me now!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?   I really didn’t expect for my whole life to change but in a way most aspects of my life have. Everything from my food choices for myself and my family to simple things like starting and actually finishing a project have all changed for the better. I think it has a lot to do with the type of mindset that you have to have to do CrossFit. You are just more conscience of the “what you put in is what you get out” principal and it tends to spill over into so many other things.

Name one goal you have reached since joining CFK and one goal you want to achieve (example:  deadlift/squat/press ­­­___ pounds; do a pull-up; do a WOD RX’d, etc.):   I worked for a very long time on my pull-ups and finally got them a few months ago! Next goal is definitely a muscle up!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFK moments: I really enjoyed going to regionals this year… I think being there and seeing all the hard work everyone puts in to compete at that level is so inspiring. This is definitely where I got the itch to start training harder and really push myself to see where it could take me.

Any advice for people just getting started?   Just keep showing up! There are definitely days where it would be easier to cancel your class and go about your day, but showing up and proving to yourself that you are dedicated to your progress is what will keep you motivated!!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  My family of course, my husband and two daughters keep me super busy! I am also a clothing designer and am in the process of launching a new line!