MARK SHAW

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Do you have any nicknames?

Besides the ones I give myself, no

Where are you from?

Born and Raised Austin, Tx

What is your fitness background?

Three sport athlete in HS. One yr of college football, and Crossfit since 2013

How long have you been CrossFitting?

4 YEARS

What made you want to start?

The Crossfit games back in 2008 that was televised on ESPN got me interested in the sport.

What is your favorite part of Elite Crossfit?

My favorite part of Elite would have to be the coaches. They all have a different experience with crossfit, so they all have a different perspective on "HOW TO" go about doing something. Its great!

What progress have you made since joining the gym?

Ive accomplished my goal of multiple Ring Muscle ups, and I can definitely see progress in my handstand. Hopefully I will be walking. 

What is one thing you would like to improve on over the next few months?

I would like to see improvement in my stamina and I know it all starts with me. 

What advice do you have for people just starting out with Crossfit?

Stay motivated, and give it your all everyday. Take care of your body WE only get one, haha

If you could design your own workout for the class to do, what would it be?

Ummm Im not sure on a WOD. lol probably something involving pull ups, running, some kind of ab, and rope climbs.

Favorite cheat meal?

Favorite cheat meal BBQ all day 

Which is your favorite Fast & Furious movie?

Lol there are way to many and I dont have a favorite one.

What music of you like to listen to when working out?

Mostly rap/hiphop, however I do enjoy classic rock, and rock/ pop music from my teen yrs (2003 - 2007)  

JESSICA BANDA

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Do you have any nicknames?

Most people just call me Jess, but people call me JB, Banda, or J Benzo.

Where are you from?

I am from the 2-1-0, home of the San Antonio Spurs! I grew up and lived on the Northwest side until recently.

What is your fitness background?

I started swimming since I was 4 and eventually ended up going to college on a swimming scholarship. I wasn't much of a "land" workout kind of person...I would rather be in the pool, but if I hadn't broken my collar bone in middle school I probably would have continued playing soccer. It is funny because I hate running, but that's all you do in soccer! 

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I have doing Crossfit for about 5 years, although I took a break for about a year when I moved to the 281 area.

What made you want to start?

Well I actually tried out Crossfit in 2009 with a friend at Alamo City Crossfit, back when it was on Blanco. During that time I got a job, which was 100% travel, so I was never home during the week to commit to a box. And with that being said, because of that traveling job I gained almost 65 pounds in the 3 years I worked out of town. I ended up getting a job back in San Antonio and realized I needed to get my health under control. I couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I started to work out with a couple friends in a garage before I committed to a box. I liked Crossfit because it kept me in that competitive mindset for every workout. I am not one to go to Gold's and workout on my own...let alone lift heavy weight. I personally need people to push me and I found that with Crossfit. 

What is your favorite part of Elite Crossfit?

When I moved to the 281 area I was sort of nervous to try out the box's in the area. My friend Adrian and I would always have conversations about Crossfit and he told me stories about Jeremy and how I should try out Elite. It is always tough moving boxes, but after my first week I knew it was a place I wanted to stay. The coaches and members brought me in with open arms and it felt like home. 

What progress have you made since joining the gym?

I was on a year break from Crossfit when I joined Elite 6 months ago, and since then I have matched my PR's in my clean and jerk, snatch, and bench. Not only that, but I have improved my running and DUs. Hoping to get back to my weight pre-traveling job in the next year.

What is one thing you would like to improve on over the next few months?

I would like to get my back squat PR back and also be able to string DUs for a workout.

What advice do you have for people just starting out with Crossfit?

Go at your own pace, but at the same time push yourself. Stretching and using the foam roller is key. And push through the soreness, you WILL feel better. :) If you Crossfit regularly, eat healthy, and stretch...you will not only see results, but you will feel better.

If you could design your own workout for the class to do, what would it be?

It would probably include either snatches or overhead squats with box jumps and maybe a 200m row. I like any workout with a barbell.

Favorite cheat meal?

A huge weakness of mine is CHEESE and mexican food. I would say cheese enchiladas, Chachos nachos, and fideo. That is of course more than one cheat meal. lol

Which is your favorite Fast & Furious movie?

I’ll watch a Fast & Furious movie, only because it has the Rock and Paul Walker. I am more of a Marvel and Disney kind of movie watcher. Ha!

What music of you like to listen to when working out?

Anything gangsta! jk I usually listen to Bey, Kanye, and Drake. Definitely nothing rock. I like a good beat and not loud noise/yelling when working out. lol

 

KEITH AND PIE BRANGAN

Pie and I have been married for 35 years and have two children, son Keith Jr., daughter, Lyndsey and 7 grandchildren.  Two grandsons are currently serving in the military.

We are both retired and living La Vida Loca. For the past year we have been planning our daughters October 2017 wedding.  While planning the wedding we decided to work on reducing our weight and get back into shape.

The problem is we are both in our mid sixties and have not worked out in 35 to 40 years. Speaking for myself, over the years my weight ballooned to 360 lbs.  Through only dieting I was able to drop to 278 pounds.  After our 2017 physicals, Pie and I joined Elite Crossfit on January 25, 2017. Since joining Elite Crossfit, in the last four months I have been able to lose an additional 41lbs (237lbs).  As this is still a work in progress, my goal is to weigh 195lbs by my daughter’s wedding day, October 14, 2017. In the same time period Pie has lost 18 lbs.  The only thing that slowed her down was the Texas Two Step which resulted in injury. 

Seeing that we were both dealing with existing physical injuries, it was important to find a gym that could work with people in their 60’s with injuries. We spoke with many gyms and workout facilities we found online, Elite Crossfit being one of them.  We read about Crossfit online and in talking to people, we were worried the workout regiment might be to extreme for people in their sixties.  After listening to our family and friends we decided to call Jeremy and just talk.  After a couple of phone conversations, Jeremy asked us to come in and meet a coach he thought would be a great match for us. He introduced us to Carly Baldwin-Brown.  

Carly worked with us privately for about a month and a half. After making us feel confident in our abilities, she kicked us out of the nest into normal workouts that she modified due to our physical limitations. Carly is a great coach!!  She is always positive and always pushing to get more out of us. Along the way we were starting to meet and workout with very special people, most being half our age. These wonderful people take a little time out of their workouts to pump us up to finish our WOD. The encouraging atmosphere is intoxicating at Elite Crossfit. We have enjoyed making many new friends in the short time we have been going.  

Not only have Pie and I worked with Carly. We have had the great opportunity to work with Annie and Katie. All three coaches have the best attitudes and are very knowledgeable and helpful. They keep us going!
 

DANNY BOES

Do you have any nicknames? Boes, DB… The guys I work with from Mexico call me “Cool Arrow”  

Where are you from?  Texas baby! Born and raised.  I’ve spent most of my life here in SA.

What is your fitness background?  I dominated High School dodge ball.  Aspired to be a body builder early on, growing up in the Arnold era and all, but quickly figured out you have to work out something other than your arms to be successful.  Quit organized sports in the 10th grade when I made the Vasity Baseball team and found out you had to practice every day after school.  Eff that.   

How long have you been CrossFitting? 6 yrs.  I joined Elite, much to the dismay of Jeremy, in June 2011.  (He thought I was crazy, I drove by once out of nowhere, no calls or emails, asked a few questions, went back a few days later and said “sign me up”)


What made you want to start? See picture above. Not looking too much like Arnold… I had for years struggled with my weight, lose 5 lbs gain 10 back.  I did the mega gym thing.  I have bought and sold a lot of garage weight lifting equipment over the years. I could never stick to anything.  A Vendor of ours at work, would drop by every so often, I hadn’t seen him in like a year, he shows up and had lost a bunch of weight and just looked good.  I said, what the hell you have been doing, he said Crossfit. Long story short, did a little research and found Elite, they were the only one fairly close to where I live back then, the rest is history.   5 days a week for 6 years… 5:15AM  

What is your favorite part of Elite CrossFit?  The part when the timer goes off and the wod is over.    

What progress have you made since joining the gym? You name it.   I’m 46 yrs old and I am in the best shape of my life.  The only thing is I’m not as fast as I used to be. 

What is one thing you would like to improve on over the next few months? Sweat control. Seriously, I think I can cure the world’s water shortage by just ringing out my shirt.   


What advice do you have for people just starting out with CrossFit? Stick with it.  Don’t get frustrated.  The OLY movements take a lot of effort and practice. Hell, all of it takes effort and practice, but if you stick to the program, you will see results.  And it is a program; you have to show up regularly.  The more you go the stronger, faster, etc. you will be.    

If you could design your own workout for the class to do, what would it be?  Doesn’t matter, I hate them all.  But if I had to choose it would be something with a 500m row, kettle bell swings, and anything with a barbell except thrusters.  Grace is my favorite wod…. 2:43...what’s up bitches??

Favorite cheat meal? Really?? We have access to the best Tex-Mex food in the world.  Also Whataburger.  

Which is your favorite Fast & Furious movie? I can’t say that I have ever seen a Fast and Furious movie.  Smokey and the Bandit is as close as I can get.

Would music do you like to listen to when working out?  Anything from Nickleback or Creed… What?... Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus is my jam.  

ARNALDO MIRANDA

Do you have any nicknames? - Not yet.  Arnaldo is difficult for some people to say, so I am open to suggestions.  

Where are you from? -Perryton, Tx 

What is your fitness background? -Mountain Bike, Road bike, obstacle course racing/trail running.  Basically anything to keep me outside! 

How long have you been CrossFitting? -About 10 months.  Joined my first crossfit box, Elite Crossfit, June 2016.  

What made you want to start? -My awesome girlfriend, Marisa. 

What is your favorite part of Elite CrossFit? -The community!  Everyone who works out here are hard working and fun loving people.  Surround yourself with people who have the same goal as you, and Elite Crossfit does that.  

What progress have you made since joining the gym? -Learning how to lift weights.  Before crossfit I mostly did endurance and body weight workouts.  I have learned a lot of complex lifts and OLY has been a fun journey.  

What is one thing you would like to improve on over the next few months? -OHS and full snatches!  My mobility is horrible, and these lifts are my most difficult.  

What advice do you have for people just starting out with CrossFit? -Leave your pride at the door.  We have girls and guys older than you who will out lift, run, and out work you.  Compete against yourself and continue with small goals.  

If you could design your own workout for the class to do, what would it be? 

15' EMOM 15 Box jumps 5 Clean and Jerk 1 rope climb 

Favorite cheat meal? Wings and sweet potato fries! 

Which is your favorite Fast & Furious movie? The original first OG Fast & Furious ever to come out!  I owned a Ford Lightning so I get excited seeing it on the big screen, haha.  

Would you rather work out to Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber? Neither, but if I have to choose.  I PREVAIL cover to Taylor Swift-Blank Space.  Look them up 😈

TIM PILINCSAR

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Do you have any nicknames? Tim
Where are you from? College station
What is your fitness background? I love playing, watching, and talking about all sports
How long have you been CrossFitting? 4-5 months
What made you want to start? I needed something to replace smoking
What is your favorite part of Elite CrossFit? 5am classes
What progress have you made since joining the gym? I feel great, stopped smoking cigarettes
What is one thing you would like to improve on over the next few months? Improve my diet
What advice do you have for people just starting out with CrossFit? Just keep showing up
If you could design your own workout for the class to do, what would it be? Power snatches and rope climbs
Favorite cheat meal? Jimmy johns and bundt cakes
Which is your favorite Fast & Furious movie? 
Tokyo drift
Would you rather work out to Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber? The sound of silence

KATHLEEN BAILEY

The my nickname is Kat. I'm from Corpus Christi, TX. Crossfit makes up of my fitness background. I've been crossfiting for almost 2 years now. The best part of Elite Crossfit is getting a good workout around good people. I started because I wanted to really become committed to something that was both fun and challenging. Since joining I have grown from a couch potato to someone who really loves the sport. Over the next few months I am hoping to improve my endurance. My advice for new comers to crossfit is to keep up with crossfit and give it a chance. If I were to design a workout it would include a mile run and back squats. My favorite cheat meal is pizza. I haven't seen the Fast and Furious movies yet. I'd pass on both Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.  

JOSH COFFEY

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Do you have any nicknames? Coffey/Hot Coffey
Where are you from? Santa Fe, TX
What is your fitness background? Tae Kwon Do....20 years ago!
How long have you been CrossFitting? ~5 months
What made you want to start? Over-packed gyms, friends' success.
What is your favorite part of Elite CrossFit? The people
What progress have you made since joining the gym? I'm stronger, my clothes are baggier, and I sleep better.
What is one thing you would like to improve on over the next few months? This feels like a trap. Like you want me to name a body part or exercise so you can torture me. Nice try! Diet. Final answer.
What advice do you have for people just starting out with CrossFit? Don't give up. If you still have an ego, leave it at the door.
If you could design your own workout for the class to do, what would it be?
A) 1" AMRAP
  - Burpees
  - Rest 1 minute while clock resets
B) Death by burpees
  - Work your way up and try to beat score from A.

Favorite cheat meal? Local Coffey sells these pop-tarts from Bakery Lorraine that will change your life.
Which is your favorite Fast & Furious movie? Can't beat the original.
Would you rather work out to Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber? No. 
 

AARON MARUQUIN


I joined CrossFit about 4 years ago because I wasn’t happy with my appearance, I was out of shape and at risk for diabetes. My first class was the hardest work out that I have ever endured, I was exhausted after the first trial but very happy I finished it. I continued my work out regime at CrossFit and after a month I had noticed great improvements, I had lost weight and improved my work out times gradually through out the course of time, with these positive changes in my life my confidence gave me a great sense of accomplishment. After the first month my coach at the time Cyndie suggested I set goals for myself to improve and so I made a goal to increase my back squats to the weight of my body and by the end of the year I had met that goal proudly. I think what keeps me coming back is the interaction with the people, everyone I work out with I see on a weekly basis and it’s fun to work out with the same folks daily. I think my funniest moment at CrossFit is when I was doing my first front squat and no one told me it was going to be significantly less than my back squat so I loaded the bar up with 250 pounds and failed immediately but my proudest moment is my running since I have flat feet so it hurts to run, with that being said my first mile took me 19 minutes and 45 seconds but after hard training and repetitive work I am now down to 7 minutes and 19 seconds. I continue my work out regimes at CrossFit because I can see the improvements all my hard work has produced through out time and I really enjoy the challenges.

RYAN WILEY

I joined Elite in August of 2016, not knowing a single thing about Crossfit.  I had always worked out in big gyms in the years prior, however I was never able to stick with it.  I definitely didn't know what to expect coming into the box for the first time, but after my first class, I was hooked.  Things were very hard for me in the beginning (not to say that they are easy now), but the coaches and community kept me motivated and I have been able to see myself progress beyond what I thought I was capable of.  I've thoroughly enjoyed my time training, competing and just hanging out with everybody and look forward to many more hours of it.

BRIAN CAIN

What brought you to Elite CrossFit?

I was watching the CrossFit Games on TV and searched for one near me, luckily I found Elite.

-How often do you CrossFit?

5x/week

-What have been the benefits of your CrossFit training and how has it changed your health/life?

Since the beginning of the year I'm down 50lbs, my energy level is up, and I am stronger. I pay close attention to what I'm eating and make better decisions regarding food.

-What is your favorite part of CrossFit? Any advice for someone thinking about joining?

My favorite part is the positive attitude everyone has. They're there because they truly want to be better and the coaches want that for you as well. My advice, never get discouraged about not being able to lift a certain weight or perform a certain technique. You WILL get it. Once you do, you'll have a new goal to replace it.

BRANDON PIXLEY

What brought you to Elite CrossFit?

I had been to CrossFit at another gym, but when I found Elite, it fit me.

-How often do you CrossFit?

5-6 times a week.

What have been the benefits of your CrossFit training and how has it changed

your health/life?

I was medically discharged out of the military in 2006 for back issues. I couldn't run a mile

without it locking up. Now, my miles are faster than before I joined.

-What is your favorite part of CrossFit? Any advice for someone thinking about joining?

My favorite part of CrossFit is the community aspect behind it all. Everyone works together, day in and day out. My advice to a "newb," don't be discouraged by who can lift more. Push yourself to your own individual limits.

MANDY FLORES

My husband and I joined Elite in February of 2014. I had attended a USAW cert there about a year earlier and was impressed by the coaches. Our first coach was brenda. Brenda is extremely knowledgeable and I credit her with a lot if my improvement in gymnastics and Olympic lifting. My favorite movement is pull ups. Manny enjoys the powerlifting aspect of crossfit. Since starting crossfit manny has noticed his core and back are much stronger. We both love named wods, our favorites would include DT, Fran and Mary. It's easy to get "addicted" to working out, uou have to make sure you rest appropriately to avoid injury. I have injured both shoulders due to over use. My coaches pointed I was doing too much volume, and now I don't experience any pain. Manny has an old shoulder injury and a plate on his collarbone so he avoids Kipping and does everything strict. When I began my crossfit journey in 2012 I was overweight. After 3 years I'm stronger, faster and in the best shape of my life. Manny and I really enjoy working out together, and he even doesn't mind when I beat him.

THE CORTEZ FAMILY

My name is Ana Cortez; I am the mother of a 21, 20, 15, and 13 year old. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years. For most of my life I have done some type of exercise be it running, jazzercise, kick boxing or bike riding. My motivation for exercise was always to be “thin.” I never considered myself to be an athlete. So how did I end up in cross fit? Well it all began in August 2008, my husband and I were working out at UIW and I saw Jeremy working out with a few people and they were doing some CRAZY work out. My first thought was, yea right, I could never do that! I looked on in amazement. My husband took the bait first, and after he was done with the work out of the day (WOD) he could only say, out of breath, “that was tough!” He was ready to sign us up after that first WOD. I, on the other hand was a bit apprehensive. What if I can’t do this…? What if I can’t do that…? My husband reminded me that we were looking for something different, in terms of a workout routine and we wanted something challenging. Of course my motivation to work out was still- to be “thin.” Well, I am here to tell you that what I got from cross fit what so much more. The beauty of cross fit is that you are working out for YOU and you are going to get better, stronger, and faster when you are ready; physically and mentally. I am doing things now, like dead lifting 200 lbs that 3 years ago I could never dream of doing. My motivation changed from, I want to be “thin,” to I want to be FIT, and at 43 be able to call myself an Elite cross fit athlete. I didn’t get here by myself though. I think Elite has the best coaching staff in all of SA, and it starts with Jeremy, who I call “Coach.” He motivates, pushes, encourages… and pushes some more. He truly believes in all of his athletes and he knows and respects our strengths and weaknesses. Everyone that joins Elite becomes part of the growing Elite family. We sweat together, push each other, high five each other and pick each other up when we’ve got nothing left. Some say that I am “obsessed with cross fit” and that’s ok, maybe I am, but I feel great! I get to work out with some amazing people, including my husband, and I can actually say (blushing) that I am Elite cross fit athlete. I have accomplished a lot, in terms of what I can lift and in my times, and I am determined to keep working to get better. I’m not going to lie, the WOD’s are hard!! I have cried a few times, and have cussed Jeremy out (in my mind) a time or two, but after I am done, the sense of accomplishment is so rewarding. Three years of x fit has changed my life and has become a Cortez family affair. (FIVE x fitters in the houseJ.) So I leave you with a few closing thoughts:

To coach-”The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.”- Vince Lombardi

To all other athletes- “Improvement begins with I.” –Arnold Glasow

My definition of an athlete: anyone who works out hard and comes back for more.

JACQUELINE LYONS

After starting CrossFit in September 2012 I fell in love with the sport of fitness, not necessarily the box in which I started. After trying different CrossFit gyms, I was disillusioned and even though I had passed the CFL1 in September 2013, I quit and went back to my previous globo gym. In October 2013, I caved in when a friend convinced me to give it one more shot with Elite CrossFit, since it's pretty close to where we both work. After one class, I remembered why I love the sport, why I got my cert, and why I want to coach. Since the end of October, I have continuously gotten stronger, both physically and mentally, and made progress in every aspect of the sport in which I came so close to quitting. Elite welcomes everyone who walks through their front doors with open arms and makes them comfortable in their own skin. In addition to being friendly and welcoming, Elite has some of the most knowledgeable coaches I've ever met or come in contact with. Whenever I have had questions on a movement or skill, the coach was ready with an answer or alternative that I greatly appreciated. For those new to CrossFit or who have never even thought CrossFit was for them, I challenge you to try Elite. Not only will you get great one on one fundamentals teaching, but you will become part of a community committed to its people and the betterment of everyone who walks through its doors.

MATT ALEXANDER

I began my crossfit journey back in January 2013. Over the 8 years or so following college, family, work, and overall life, had taken me far away from being in the shape I was once in. I had tried several times to get back in the gym, doing the typical one month on, 4 months off routine that many often fall into. I had watched the Crossfit Games on TV with my wife one day while drinking a few beers and gorging ourselves on chicken wings and pizza! The thought then entered my mind that I would love to try my hand at this type of training. It took about 6 months of convincing myself and my wife to find a box.

There was a gym that was a few minutes closer to the house, but running around in a grocery store parking lot just seemed too comical for me! As fate would have it, April and I stumbled upon the diamond in the rough that is Elite Crossfit. The first coaches that I met were Emily and Brenda. I was quite impressed with there knowledge and abilities. We were welcomed in and started our "On-Ramp" course that weekend The first few weeks were tough, by tough, I mean brutal. I then realized just how far gone I had let myself go. Over the next few months I attended when I could, but was still set in my ways and lifestyle that wasn't conducive to getting any better or making progress. That following August, after a trip to the coast and a sly remark about not being able to quit smoking, I dedicated myself to truly getting back into shape and getting healthy for myself and family. Once that decision was made, a switch flipped. My workouts began to improve, my speed, strength, endurance, and overall demeanor were improving exponentially. After about 4 months into training 5 times a week, I was able to compete in my first competition with two coaches and another fellow athlete. The experience lit a fire inside of me, I was officially hooked! A month or so following, I competed in my first individual competition and placed first in my division. For the first time in nearly 10 years, I felt like an athlete again!

During my time here at Elite, I have met some truly amazing people and built many cherished friendships. I could not ask for a better group of people to be involved with. The programming is great, but second to the camaraderie!

The coaches have taught me more that I could ever imagine. Like most meatheads, we think we know all there is to know! Two years into this journey, I learn more and more everyday and still plenty left to learn! There is an abundance of misinformation out there concerning crossfit and its methodology, the staff at Elite puts those myths to bed! Each and every one of them have dedicated themselves to educating themselves and others about what fitness truly is. They literally eat, sleep, and breathe Elite!

Looking forward, I have several personal goals to meet. I am really wanting to hit the 600# mark on back-squat and 350# on Clean, which has become my favorite movement. I vividly remember my first few days trying to get the clean movement down, barely able to clean 225.. I had so many bad habits that had been instilled during my high-school football days. One by one, Brenda, Jeremy, Jared, and Clint, coached me through my faults ,enough to get me to the 300# mark. After a pretty nasty bicep tear, and few months recovery, I was left with no choice but to fix my form. Three months after injury, I hit a PR. If there is a WOD with cleans, you can guarantee I will be there! Now snatches, that's another story! It may take some bargaining to get me there! Hopefully I will finally get that movement down and it can also be moved into the favorites column.

This entire experience has been absolutely awesome. Working out has gone from a mere way to keep weight off to one of my favorite pastimes. I have found something that my wife and kids can do together and enjoy each others successes, regardless of ability. I truly enjoy watching the same transformation in everyone that walks in the door. I have learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. If I wasn't stubborn and bullheaded before, I am now(just ask my wife)! I have learned how to push myself mentally and physically through points I would have never imagined . The sick part, I actually enjoy going into that dark deep place and coming out on the other side. I find that I am able to deal with adversity much easier in my personal and professional life. After subjecting yourself to all the blood, sweat, tears, and emotions experienced in the gym, you learn that you can truly do anything you put your mind to and that the only limitations in life are the ones that are self-imposed. As stated on the wall at the Redland gym, "All it takes, is all you got!" Give everything of yourself in anything you do and success will follow.

SID HARRELL

I started Crossfit 3 years ago as I was about to turn 50 and after my pre-50 physical where my doc informed me I was pre everything and if I didn’t want to start taking pills daily I needed to do something. I started going to a traditional gym but was quickly getting bored and unmotivated. After seeing the Crossfit Games on television I became very excited seeing all the different things that were involved with Crossfit and did some research and found a place that was not only convenient but had a great reputation in the Crossfit community. From my first On-Ramp class with Emily Tucker I was hooked, from that time the Elite community has been nothing but supportive and encouraging. The one thing that impressed me and provided even greater motivation were the coaches I have worked most closely with, Jeremy Tucker and Brenda Ausch. Brenda especially has been extremely motivating, once my skills advanced she encouraged me to begin Olympic Lifting even making the dreaded Snatch my favorite movement and was my coach for my first Olympic Lifting Competition (nobody told me I would have to wear a singlet). Crossfit has also awakened my desire to compete, with the training and encouragement of the coaches I have entered several Crossfit competitions, may not have won any of them but have had a fantastic time in all of them. Crossfit has had a tremendous impact on my life physically and personally, since starting Crossfit I have lost 70 pounds, have an improved attitude that carries over to my professional and personal life, and has renewed my confidence in what I can achieve.

When I started Crossfit I had many people tell me I was too old and that I am going to hurt myself. Well after three years I have had some bumps and bruises and A LOT of sore muscles but nothing that has kept me from my daily activities (and many of my running and cycling friends have had much more serious injuries during this time). Things that surprised me when I started Crossfit was how much mobility I have lost over the years of leading a mostly sedentary life, while some movements can be difficult there is always a way to do a version of the movement for any skill level, how truly supportive the coaches and other members are to each other, and just how much fun it is to share the experience with the other members.

LESLIE COLEMAN

I started crossfit in August of 2012, I think. The time has gone by really quickly.

The coaches at Elite were extremely knowledgable and this made my decision to join extremely easy. I believe their were two coaches the first time I attended. I actually started in boot camp with Clint and Janelle. This was the best way for me to start. Eventually I progressed to Crossfit.

My least favorite movement is my weakness, pull-ups.

I like that at Elite you know everyone for the most part. The coaches know you, and your strength/weaknesses. They push you to do better, and be better. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn't say that Emily, and Becca are what I like best about Elite. They are real people, and real down to earth women who are extremely relatable. Their honesty is valued. I gained too much weight and it was ridiculous!!! And for that reason, I was slow, winded and unconditioned. Emily told me in a nice way, but I valued her honesty. I was able to bounce back to the place of not being winded, and gasping for air after as little as a 200 meter run.

I knew exactly what I was doing wrong when I gained 35 pounds, I was eating too much junk, and not putting in the necessary amount of work. I didn’t deserve the results. Results take work. I primarily attended Becca and Emily’s classes but, every coach at Elite is passionate. I can go to any class, and any coach at Elite will push you to do better, and somewhat know your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes I try, and do rings rows in a coaches class who I don’t regular, it never works. I get stuck doing one pull-up at a time :-( But, I know this makes me better.

Currently I am overcoming a hamstring injury. It has it's challenges. I won't let that stop me along my journey. I feel that there is always something I can do fitness wise despite my injury. Modify, modify, modify!!!

Crossfit has pushed me physically to places I thought were impossible for me. I bounced back from being complacent, and Elite helped me get back to where I needed to be. I could not have accomplished this journey on my own. In my mind and heart I was too lost. I didn’t shed 35 pounds on my own I had assistance for Elite Crossfit. I will always give props were props are do! Crossfit has definitely had a favorable impact on my life. Health starts with fitness.

MALCOLM RIOS

My Crossfit journey started probably like most. I was sitting at home and watching ESPN when out of no where these extremely in shape men and women appeared. Thinking "wow! It would be great to look like that!." I continued watching them compete and later said to my self "haha never mind I would die if I did that." About a year and a half later! And countless talks with a buddy of mine who was a full on Crossfiter I just worked up enough courage to think about joining!. So after a few more weeks of "looking for a box" but really procrastinating. I ran across Elite Crossfit. It was the best decision I have ever made to join. It was a Sunday morning around 9:45 am and why I remember this. is because this is where my Life of being naive about fitness and my body died. And also because I would never for get a but kicking like that!. After that day I was hooked so I began the fundamentals with Coach Brenda (She a tough but loving cookie I must add) but due to some unfortunate personal situations I was forced to quit. More than a few months go by and all I could think about was Crossfit and all the great Coaches and People I met. I live close by so driving past everyday was hard. I felt like I failed and I let everyone down. And that's not me so I knew I had to come back. Remembering why I started Crossfit in the first place and just knowing how I am. It was an easy decision. I texted Brenda one day letting her know I want to come back and that I was sorry for letting her down. Thinking she would just ignore me and blow me off for quitting on her like how I did. I nervous about her reply. She replied in a way only Brenda knows how to reply a lets get to work then type attitude. She welcomed me back in with open arms and we took off right where we started. I have been doing Crossfit for about 6 months straight now and the knowledge I have learned from Brenda, Jeremy and all the other great coaches and athlete has been beyond amazing. Every day I'm learning more and more about how important correct movements, mobility and technique is. And that was something I didn't learn from all my years of football and "training." I played pop warner, middle school, high school and was even lucky enough to play college Ball. But with just 6 months of Crossfit at Elite I learned more about proper technique and mobility in 6 months than I have in 22 years of my life. I was taught to train but we trained to survive for 5 seconds maybe more but with being here at Elite I've been taught how to train for whatever life throws at me. They have help build the strength of my body and mind to never Quit and to keep moving. Coming to the Box is honestly the highlight of my day. To be able to hangout with a bunch of hard working and very dedicated people who uplift you! Is truly an experience that many do not get the chance to come by and for that I'm extremely blessed. I am very thankful for the time and knowledge that JT and all the coaches and athletes have given me. And I'm also thankful for being honored to Hold the title of athlete of the year for Elite Crossfit in Selma. It means a whole lot to me to know that my hard work hasn't gone unnoticed. Thank you JT, Brenda and Elite Crossfit for literally Changing my Life.

MATT CLARK

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I started my CrossFit journey in June 2012 but it really didn’t take off until February 2013 when I joined Elite. I fell in love with Elite right away because of the Coaching and the programming. It was just what I needed to get me the next level…and the next one, and the next one… Before CrossFit I was always in the Globo gym and everything I did was what was taught to me by my High School and College Football coaches. Once I started CrossFit and learned the right way to do fitness, I gained so much strength and confidence and became the fittest I’d ever been. CrossFit has also taught me a lot about nutrition which has given me a much healthier life to live and has drastically changed my lifestyle. There’s no way I’d ever go back to where I was before CrossFit; this is the way my body is supposed to feel…like I’m 20 years old again.

My first Coach at Elite was Jared and I credit mainly his knowledge for keeping me hooked on Elite at the beginning; but also his sense of humor…or was it the other way around? Elite has great coaches who know just how to push you and they will always do what’s right and best for you, even if it’s hard and uncomfortable. The Tuckers are great people and I really enjoy having the privilege of calling them Coach. I love the “Old School Mentality” of Elite.

In June 2013 I tore my bicep and was severely limited with what movements I could do. Clint and Emily gave me mobility work and alternate movements that I could perform so that I didn’t have to stop working out. They also encouraged me to not push myself too much and to be patient and give myself time to heal. If it weren’t for them, I would probably still be injured today and not making any progress. During my recovery I realized that I don’t have to be the best at everything, I just need to be better today than I was yesterday. This really helped alleviate a lot of self-induced pressure on myself. When I came back from my injury, I was a lot stronger mentally because I had gotten out of my own way and was free to just enjoy the CrossFit experience for what it was.

My favorite CrossFit movement is the Muscle Up because it was the hardest movement for me to get. And now, every time that I get a muscle up I’m like, “wow, I just did a muscle up!” I have such a sense of accomplishment when I look back at how much work I had to put in to get just one; and I love the challenge it brings when I look at how far I have to go to keep getting them. My favorite CrossFit workout is Murph. It has so many elements to it and I think most of them are in my wheelhouse; who doesn’t love a workout that that has thing they’re good at? My least favorite movement is Chest to Bar pull-ups and my least favorite workout is 14.5: burpees; need I say more?