LAUREN’S STORY

I first heard about Loudhouse Crossfit through some friends. My coworker/good friend and I decided to try it out together and we were hooked from the first WOD. I was extremely nervous the first time I walked into the box because I saw these very pretty, fit women who looked like they have been working out for years. The nervousness and anxiety soon diminished though when the coach and the ladies immediately welcomed my friend and me. 

I decided to give Loudhouse CrossFit a try because I’ve been a member of just about every gym in Lufkin and even done Zumba classes. I’ve never been able to stick with it though. So, I wanted to try something different and had heard amazing things about CrossFit. Little did I know that CrossFit is MUCH more than great workouts, it is a community of amazing, positive people that push you to do your best. The coaches help you with not only the fitness aspect, but also nutrition. I saw results immediately, which anyone would love. Crossfit was just completely different from any other form of fitness that I have tried so I had to give it a shot.

My first CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) consisted of deadlifts and pushups. I used only the bar with no weight added for deadlifts and I had to modify the pushups (what some call “girl pushups” but we don’t use that term).  I quickly discovered that I was more out of shape than I thought and felt a bit discouraged.  The coach encouraged me and let me know that it was pretty common for a new CrossFitter to feel that way.  I was hooked!

Loudhouse CrossFit has changed my life in ways to numerous to count! The obvious is that I’ve toned up. I’m stronger and faster, and I have more energy throughout each day.  I just feel GREAT!! CrossFit has definitely given me confidence I’ve never had before. It has also changed my life in ways that most people do not know about, in more personal ways. When I began CrossFit a year ago, I smoked cigarettes. Something I’m not proud of and most people do not know about. I almost completely stopped smoking immediately after beginning CrossFit, smoking was just a negative outlet to stress and personal issues. I now had a very positive, much healthier outlet that replaced smoking. I still occasionally smoked but felt a deep guilt and regret when I did. Also, I was taking prescribed anti-depressant medication. I had went through very traumatic events months prior to beginning CrossFit and had been diagnosed with depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). About 10 months into CrossFit, I realized that I was happier than I’ve ever been, felt better than ever physically and emotionally, and the medication was no longer needed. It’s been 2 months now since I weaned myself of the medication and I feel amazing. I honestly believe I owe it all to this new healthy way of living through CrossFit and my blossoming faith in God.

* What is a goal that you set and achieved through CF?

The unassisted pull-up!! It took me several months to get it, but it was the best feeling when I finally did a pull up without a band or box.

* How did you achieve those goals?

I would stay after class and just keep working on my kipping and would do negative pull ups. The coaches and other CrossFitters were always there to give bits of advice, critique me, and push me to achieve my goal.

* What are your current CF goals?

One of my biggest goals is to increase weight on my lifts and squats. A goal in particular I have is to deadlift over 200 pounds. Right now my personal record is 190. Another goal is to participate in my first CrossFit competition, which I am actually doing in August.

* What role do the Loudhouse coaches play in helping you with your goals?

The coaches play a MAJOR role with my goals. They don’t just critique me or any other CrossFitter. They encourage me, push me when I feel like giving up and actually believe in me. No goal is impossible to obtain at Loudhouse. The box is a very positive atmosphere, which begins with the coaches upbeat, encouraging attitudes and spreads throughout to everyone else.

* Tell me about the camaraderie at LHCF?

It’s awesome!!! Everyone pushes everyone throughout the workouts. We may have friendly competition with each other but other than that, we push one another to do the best to that person’s ability. I’ve seen and experienced so many times where someone will finish their workout and go do extra reps or run extra laps with the person struggling to finish the workout just to motivate them and encourage them to finish! It is an amazing experience to see everyone come together like that. There is no negativity in CrossFit and definitely not at Loudhouse!

* What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of sticking with CrossFit and not giving up or quitting like I have any other form of fitness. I did stop going for about 3 months during the winter and I literally was miserable. I’ve been completely dedicated for about 6 months now and have no intentions of ever quitting. Also, just looking back at when I began CrossFit and seeing how far I have come as far as strength and endurance blows my mind and makes me feel EXTREMELY accomplished!! It is a great feeling.

* What’s your favorite CF movement/lift?

My favorite CrossFit lift is probably the deadlift just because I feel like a beast having several plates on my bar! Haha!! I really enjoy anything involving weights the most. It is a very liberating feeling to pick up a barbell, regardless of the lift we are doing at that moment.

* How would you explain CF to someone who hasn’t tried it?

CrossFit is much, much more than just a workout. It is a LIFESTYLE! You form life time friendships and become so close with those you work out with on a daily basis. It is the most positive experience. Crossfit changes the way you feel and think about yourself. Besides the friendships and life changing aspects, CrossFit is the absolute best, most efficient way of working out I have ever experienced. My body has never been as toned as it is now and I honestly do not think I could tone up the way I have just going to a gym. Everyone should give CrossFit a try so they can see for themselves all the hype!! None of this is exaggerated. I can say without a doubt, CrossFit has and will continue to change my life…and not just CrossFit, but LOUDHOUSE CrossFit!

KELLY EVANS

How were you first introduced to LoudHouse Crossfit?

I happened to know the owners of Loudhouse Crossfit, and Amanda Skinner has been encouraging me for years to get active and move more. When they finally opened the Box she called and said please come see me. Try a class and just see how you feel about it.

Why did you decide to try it?

I have been overweight most of my adult life and have tried every fad diet you can name with no permanent positive results. I have always wanted an EASY quick weight loss. I knew I was at a place in my life that I had to make a total change. Something in me just clicked and said this is it. Quick fixes were getting me nowhere. I needed a permanent life style change, and I knew hard work could get me there. Little did I know it could impact my life so positively!

What was your first LHCF experience?

Ha….. Funny question for me because it was totally mixed emotions. I show up and here I am, overweight with baggy t-shirt and pants, trying to cover up all my fat and there are three other girls that show up with booty shorts on super fit and skinny. J Guess who goes to the bathroom and starts crying. I am like, “why would Amanda ask me to do this when she knew it would be just as hard for me mentally as physically!!??!” This is the good part…. Amanda Skinner looked right at me and said, “Do you trust me? Let me show you that this will be a good thing.” So I sucked it up and went out holding my head up and faced the music. There was one girl there that immediately greeted me and welcomed me with lots of encouragement. I had never seen this girl a day in my life but here she was right beside me encouraging me. I had no idea that first day that what she was doing for me is what Crossfit is all about. Crossfit IS family. Coach Amanda modified the WOD for me with a lighter weight wall ball and showed me how to modify the other movements we were doing that day. And guess what, this girl finished that workout just like those other girls. I had modifications on some of the movements but I DID it. That was April 6th, 2012 and here it is one year later and guess who is still going!

How has LHCF changed your life physically, mentally, and emotionally?

I say all the time that Loudhouse Crossfit has saved me in more ways than one. It has completely changed my life. I am doing things physically now I would have NEVER thought possible. But what gets me most excited is that we have gone from just me doing it, to my entire family. All four of us are in Crossfit classes and changing our lives mentally and physically. I want to live life with my kids and do the things they love to do, swimming, amusement parks, hiking and playing sports outside. We do all those things now and it is only because I have gotten healthier and I am ABLE to do these things now. A year ago I couldn’t have been able to do these things. I was too overweight and out of shape. Now, I’m the first one to say, “Grab your racquets lets go play some tennis” or “Let’s go hike the trails.” It has been so positive for my family words fail to explain. We are LIVING life together now. Not sitting on a couch in front of the TV. We are LIVING, enjoying life.

What is a goal that you set and achieved through CF?

I have so many different goals I have reached through Crossfit. Even some of the smallest things have been HUGE accomplishments for me. For example, it was a huge thing for me to be able to run one complete lap. Another goal was being able to run two laps without stopping to walk. I remember I had to start doing Burpees on a tall box just stepping back and stepping up. I wasn’t able to get on the floor. NOW, I am a Burpee machine. No modifications. J Each class you attend, you reach a small goal or at least take a step toward a goal you are working on.

How did you achieve those goals?

Crossfit builds your strength and your endurance so you are able to do just a little more each day. Reaching all these small goals in Crossfit classes helped us be able to reach a big goal and I was able to complete Tough Mudder and the obstacles. I remember I had never ran more than three miles but, with help from the coaches at Loudhouse I was able to complete all 12 miles!!!

What are your current CF goals?

I need to build my upper body strength! I still struggle with pull-ups and have been moving through different modifications to get me to a pull up. I REALLY want to be able to do pull-ups!! Another goal I have is double unders. I would like to reach those two goals this coming summer.

What role do the LHCF coaches play in helping you with your goals?

The coaching is KEY in Crossfit WODS. We do lots of variations of movements and every class they are showing us ways to improve form and movements. The coaches are always taking new classes in different areas and bringing what they learned back to the box to teach all of us. They say a good teacher never stops learning and I have found that this is very true about the coaches at Loudhouse. They are always learning to make themselves better and to help us, their clients. We are blessed!

Tell me about the camaraderie at LHCF?

There is a saying in Crossfit, “CROSSFIT is the only sport where the loudest cheers are for the last to finish”. That is so true. There is always someone there to cheer you on and encourage you. I have so many examples of how awesome the people are at Loudhouse. I am normally the last person to finish each workout. Every time I am last, there is always one or two people that have finished their workout that help me count down my last sets or they run those last laps with me. We want everyone to feel that amazing feeling of pride to finish a workout.

What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?

My most AMAZING accomplishment I have done since starting Crossfit is COMPLETING TOUGH MUDDER!!! A twelve mile obstacle course in the mud. I remember coming home in July, after doing Crossfit only three months, and telling my husband I WANT to do this!! He thought I was totally crazy but supported me and said, “Ok Ill train with you”. We started training and COMPLETED it in October 2012. Crossfit builds your strength and your endurance so we were able to complete Tough Mudder and the obstacles. I remember I had never done more than three miles but with the coaches at Loudhouse they set up a training program and we completed all 12 miles!!!

My other proudest accomplishment I have through Crossfit is that I have never, not finished a workout. I may be the last, I may have modifications, I may throw up in middle of it, but I have NEVER, not finished a workout. I am very proud of that.